Qualifications and Professional Memberships: Eur Ing
Current Position: Emeritus Professor of Software Quality at Southampton Solent University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University, Hon FBCS and the John Ivison Award from the BCS. Margaret's work was recognised in 2008 with the MBE.
Interests: Margaret's area of interest is quality within a computing context. She has also been Conference Director since 1992 of the annual series of Software Quality Management international conferences, aimed at benefits to industry, and since 1995 of the annual series of international educational INSPIRE conferences. She has edited over thirty seven books, has examined eighteen Phds and was the assistant editor responsible for Europe for the refereed Software Quality Journal.
Margaret Ross has been and is influential in BCS, currently holding various positions including that of nationally elected member of the BCS Council, Chair of the Hampshire Branch, Vice Chair and Secretary of the BCS national Quality Specialist Group, member of the BCS Ethics Expert Panel, the TickIT Committee and the BCSWomen Committee.
In 1998 Margaret was appointed as Senator to the Engineering Council. She elected in 2001, as one of the 24 members to represent all the EC Registrants, onto College A of the newly formed Engineering and Technology Board. Margaret’s original degees were in mathematics.
Margaret was responsible for introducing the first accredited European Computer Driving Licence course in the UK. She is particularly interested in encouraging part-time education, including a distance-learning modes of study to enable all those who were not able to follow conventional education courses to obtain skills and qualifications which would be of use or interest to them.
Margaret is interested in promoting access to IT for the aged and disabled in addition to encouraging youngsters, particularly girls, into computing and technology.
AOI: In 2001, she won the national PAWS Special Award for a TV soap idea that if televised could raise the profile of engineering and attract youngsters to computing and technology.