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Mrs Sarah Summerbell

Mrs Sarah Summerbell
HP Lecturer - Mathematical Sciences


After graduating from Warwick University in 1980 with a BSc Class I (honours) in MORSE (Maths, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) I embarked on a career in IT. Initially I trained as a programmer/systems analyst with a software consultancy company. My experience was primarily with large IBM mainframe systems using languages such as COBOL, PL/I, CICS, DB2 SQL. With a wide variety of customers, from banks to local councils I was able to get an insight into a broad range of commercial systems.

After starting a family I transferred to Safeway, a large supermarket chain enabling me to work part-time. I gained a more in-depth understanding of many aspects of the retail business and the development, maintenance and support of the computer systems needed.

When Morrisons took over Safeway I was made redundant and I decided that after more than 20 years in IT this was the perfect opportunity to try something completely different. In 2004 I began teaching at a Further Education College. I also studied part-time for my PGCE which I gained from Greenwich University two years later. I taught at a range of levels including numeracy key skills, adult numeracy, GCSE and A-Level.

In 2009 I started teaching at Brunel University London.