School of Informatics

Lucy Havens

Lucy graduated with Advanced Master in Design Informatics degree in 2019. She tells us about studying for her MSc in Advanced Design Informatics with us.

Name Lucy Havens
Degree Course Advanced MSc, Design Informatics
Lucy Havens

Why Informatics at the University of Edinburgh?

I chose to study Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh because of its unique combination of computer science and data analytics with design.  I’m pursuing a career in data visualisation and have a particular interest in working with libraries and other cultural heritage institutions.  The University of Edinburgh’s connections with companies and organisations outside academia make Edinburgh the ideal city in which I could develop data visualisation skills.

What are your interests outside of studying?

I love to read and write, play piano, and explore Edinburgh’s music scene.  I’ve also enjoyed numerous visits to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh.

Tell us about your time studying with us.

I’ve been impressed with how well the University has helped me not just learn about designing with data, but also bring my skills to real-world contexts.  My classes have given me the opportunity to combine design and data work through projects with Tesco Bank, the National Trust for Scotland, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and digital humanities research projects at the University.

What advice would you offer a prospective student?

I’d encourage a prospective student to take the time to get to know their fellow classmates!  The University has a very international student body so language barriers can be challenging to overcome.  It’s worthwhile to make an effort to get to know students from all different backgrounds and I think it’s one of the characteristics of the University of Edinburgh that distinguish it from many other universities.