Kelly Gardner

My journey into the world of technology has been an unconventional one and proves that anyone can have a career in tech if they are passionate enough to pursue it.

My background is in Academia, I moved to Stirling from Johannesburg, South Africa, to complete a Master of Letters in The Gothic Imagination at the University of Stirling. Following this I undertook a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature. My research was on the emergence and development of sentience in post-human zombie gothic and towards the end of my degree I moved on to researching transhumanism and technological body modifications which birthed my interest in technology. After working as a teaching fellow at the University of Stirling for four years I was desperate for a career change and joined CodeBase Stirling as the Digital Content Administrator and Events Support. In addition to running the CodeBase Stirling digital channels, and despite my lack of coding skills, I started as a mentor for our biweekly coding club, Prewired. In the past year I have focussed on advancing my own programming skills and in turn I have assisted in further developing our digital skills sessions. Now I design and facilitate workshops for our Digital Skills 4 Girls sessions and our Level:Up program, which aims to support young people interested in learning more about future careers in tech. Over the next year we hope to expand our program to offer digital skills sessions to the wider community, and across Scotland.