Headshot of Rubie Targema Takema in pink polo neck

Rubie's story

Rubie’s passion for technology inspired her PhD research and her dreams to change the world

I arrived at Portsmouth young, unsure and uncertain about my career. Now, I feel confident, decisive and motivated.

This is largely because of the support I've received from all the services in the University, both academic and non-academic. Portsmouth has greatly influenced the adult I have become.

Pursuing a passion for technology

Before starting my PhD, I did a Computing foundation degree at International College Portsmouth (ICP) and moved on to complete my undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Software Engineering. I had amazing support systems around me at Portsmouth during my undergraduate degree. My supervisors, the University services and the friendships I developed from the society I joined via the Students’ Union, all made it easier to make the decision to continue to a postgraduate degree.

I also really enjoyed researching during my final year project and was convinced that my research could benefit real-world problems. In 2019, I got the opportunity to present my undergraduate research at the Houses of Parliament. It was an informative and enlightening day, and the feedback I received from that day helped shape my research further. So I took the challenge and applied to continue my research as a PhD student. Portsmouth is also highly ranked for PhD Computing – so this greatly influenced my decision to continue to study here. 

Everything about technology is unique and fascinating. Pursuing a postgraduate degree in technology equips me with the skills, network and information to solve real problems that affect individuals.

Rubie Targema Takema smiling at Graduation

I feel confident, decisive and motivated. This is largely because of the support I've received from all the services in the University, both academic and non-academic. Portsmouth has greatly influenced the adult I have become.

Rubie Targema-Takema, PhD Computing

Living and working in Portsmouth

I wanted a medium-sized city with proximity to places and I got exactly that in Portsmouth. I get to walk everywhere without spending much money on transportation. The seaside and beach was another factor that influenced my decision.

I have a structured day/week and I try to give at least three hours minimum to study daily. Aside from my studies, I work with the Information Services department on a flexible basis, providing IT support to staff and students around the University. In 2018, I was nominated for a volunteering award for my work with a social enterprise called Toucan diversity, which I found through the Careers and Employability Service. I also meet three times a week with the International Fellowship of Christian Students (IFCS), a society I joined via the Students' Union, and I run a blog and podcast. When it’s not too cold, I play basketball.

Planning to lead the future

I would love to develop and influence effective educational technology policies for countries. I hope to also sit on advisory boards and help educational institutions and companies make better choices with regards to the adoption and integration of technology. I also hope to one day run a vocational and leadership academy where underprivileged children in Nigeria can learn world-class vocations and leadership skills.

Rubie Targema-Takema at the School of Computing conference 2019

Everything about technology is unique and fascinating. Pursuing a postgraduate degree in technology equips me with the skills, network and information to solve real problems that affect individuals.

Rubie Targema-Takema, PhD Computing

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