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Matt Morrison: Curriculum Vitae
Education
October 2003 - July 2006:
Exeter University - 1st class BA degree in English and Film

December 2002 - June 2003:
Exeter College - 'A' Level English Literature; grade A

October 2001 - July 2002:
Exeter University - completed first year of Computer Science BSc degree to 2:1 standard.

September 1995 - July 2000:
Queen Elizabeth's School, Pamphill, Wimborne, Dorset
  • 10 GCSEs (2x A*, 7x A, 1x B)
  • 4 'A' Levels - Computing A, Maths C, Business Studies C, General Studies C
  • Took part in Dorset Maths Quiz for three consecutive years (1994-96) coming 4th, 2nd and 1st respectively.

Employment
Since graduation from university (Summer 2006):
Self-employed freelance web designer. Please see my web design site for more details.
  • extensive self-taught understanding and knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • preference for ‘raw’ coding, ie. without the use of automated programs or wizards
  • my most recent site (www.gazelles.co.uk) has involved heavy usage of PHP and MySQL, and I am continuing to experiment with and learn dynamic, data-orientated web design
Summer 2005 & 2006:
Data Tester for Dun & Bradstreet Ltd.
  • checking the presence and validity of a range of data in redesigned credit reports
  • thoroughly appraising the form and style of new credit reports in terms of their suitability for end users
  • required a massive attention to detail as well as a technical and organised approach to testing and subsequent reporting
  • this position was working from home, so regular and clear communication with the main team at Dun & Bradstreet was essential
June 2003 - August 2005:
Assistant Web Developer @ Netrank Ltd., Southernhay East, Exeter
  • creating templates for search engine optimisation techniques
  • presenting my own conclusions on Internet keyword research
  • integrating my individual tasks as part of a team effort
Summer 2001:
Bartender @ The Roebuck Inn, Sixpenny Handley, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire

March 1999 - September 2001:
Sales Assistant @ WH Smith, Old George Mall, Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • For the final 6 months I also looked after the electronics department, which required organisation, enhanced responsibility and maturity, and also included training other staff how to man the department.

Personal Approach
I am friendly and confident and have good communication skills. I work efficiently and can adapt and enjoy working both individually and as a reliable member of a team. I am enthusiastic and can work well in pressurised situations such as meeting important deadlines.

I believe I have an excellent ‘way with words’. My education has primarily focused on writing, and has included working on everything from reviews, guides, essays, analyses, presentations and so on. I am able to adapt my style of writing to suit an audience, be it technical or casual.

I have a good eye for style and design, and would consider myself to enjoy a useful mix of analytic and creative persuasion.

I consider myself a quick, intelligent learner who is able to use initiative sensibly.

I operate to extremely rigorous self-standards, often my own worst critic, ensuring that any task is completed to the most thorough and precise detail, resulting in output that I am happy and proud to put my name to.

This sentiment is easily visible in my web design; I enjoy my work, it is a passion of mine, and I never see it as solely a source of income, a distinction which shows through in the pride and completeness I construct each site with.


Computing Skills
I have a vibrant interest in the use of Information Technology and many computer skills:
  • Advanced knowledge of raw code web design (HTML and CSS), word processing (Word), Internet and e-mail operation, all aspects of general computer use (Windows), and excellent typing skills/speed
  • Good knowledge of graphics packages (Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Fireworks), web animation (Flash), spreadsheets (Excel), and databases (Access)
  • Familiarity and understanding of many other aspects of IT, including web programming (JavaScript, PHP, MySQL), networking, etc.

Writing & Photography
I am a keen writer and photographer, and continue to develop these abilities both as a hobby and to compliment future employment positions.
Hobbies
Computing, photography, travelling, writing, music, sports, reading, socialising, cinema, journalism, literature, comedy.
© Matt Morrison, 2009-10 | matt@mattmorrison.co.uk