What was your academic path before coming to the Web Science DTC/MSc Web Science programme?
I studied BSc Web Technology at the University of Portsmouth attaining a 1st. My final year project focused on new semantic web technologies and their impact on the web.
Why did you choose Web Science?
I came across the course online four years ago, I nearly applied for the MSc Web Science but instead decided to further my industry experience by moving to London. Postgraduate education was never far from my thoughts and I knew Web Science was the choice for me once the timing was right.
Over the last five years, I have built a career upon the internet through web scripting technologies, yet my knowledge is limited to a computer science bias. I wanted to change this through the collaborative interdisciplinary learning offered through studying Web Science. I want to explore the effect of this amazing ongoing invention on society and vice versa, and in turn extend my, and society’s, understanding of the web through this fantastic new field of study.
The opportunity to dedicate myself to the ambitious agenda of Web Science within a pioneering department is an extremely exciting prospect and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.
What does the Web mean to you?
From waiting for a 33.6k dial-up modem to finally connect to now having instant HD video at my fingertips, I have watched the web change society and, in turn, society change the web. The web has allowed me to build a career and keep me in touch with family thousand’s of miles away. It has also given me the opportunity to express myself through the sharing of music, photos and thoughts.
Through our interactions we have inadvertently created one of the most important socio-technical phenomenons in human history. We now have a responsibility to fully understand and engineer a web to be proud of and I want to be part of that.
After graduating, I moved to central London to pursue a career in online design and development. I accepted a role as a Creative Specialist for global information services provider, Experian. During my time there I spearheaded many projects with clients such as Panasonic, EA and Estee Lauder.
Following my role at Experian, I moved to Creator, a top London agency, to work as a Front End Developer. During my time at Creator, I worked on projects for brands such as Thomson, Virgin and many more.
I most recently worked as a Developer for Chelsea Football Club pushing forward their online presence whilst helping transfer onto and integrate new multi-channel marketing platforms across the business.
More information can be found on my LinkedIn profile (feel free to connect): uk.linkedin.com/in/paulgilbertweb/
What are your career ambitions?
My life has changed so much in the last 5 years, I’ve found it’s important to do what makes you happy, grasp every opportunity and always have a positive outlook. I like the idea of teaching at higher education level, inspiring the next generation of web scientists or work for the UK government to help shape the future of the web within our society.