Newry graduate creates software system to help deal with chronic illness

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Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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Emma Martin from Newry graduated today with a Master’s in Software Development from Queen’s University Belfast.

Emma was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness, during her time at university but with the support of her lecturers and Queen’s staff, she was able to balance the condition with her studies.

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She has now secured a job as a Software Engineer at BT.



Speaking to Newry Times, Emma commented, “I wouldn’t have been able to secure my dream job without the course from Queen’s.

“The lecturers and especially my course director was constantly engaged with us throughout the whole course and the level of support I received from Queen’s was exceptional – which made my time at Queen’s really enjoyable.

She continued, “I also enjoyed being able to use the Graduate School to study and attend a number of workshops.



“Queen’s as a whole really engage with students in terms of careers, upskilling and social events – I felt that instantly I was part of the Queen’s community.

“Also, the location was great as it meant that I was able to spend time with my classmates before, after or during my day at Queen’s which made me create a friendship group that I still have now,” Emma added.

Emma used her experience of Fibromyalgia as the inspiration for her dissertation project, where she created a system for people suffering from chronic illnesses to monitor their progress or help get diagnosed.



The system also allows GPs to view a dashboard to monitor the patient’s progress.

She explained, “I am extremely privileged to have had the chance to study at Queen’s – I always wanted to since I was young.

“Queen’s has enabled me to use my experience of having a chronic illness to develop a system using the skills I learnt from my Master’s course and build something that I am extremely proud of,” the local woman added.



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2 Comments for “Newry graduate creates software system to help deal with chronic illness”

  1. Well done Emma! You may wish to like up with our Newry based M.E. and fibromyalgia charity.

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