Lauren Parsons

Junior Developer - Torchbox Academy

I've recently joined Torchbox as a Junior Developer in the new Academy Programme. I'm relatively new to coding, having just stumbled into it during an internship which extended my master's research.

I've been working on a project to help me get more familiar with Django (a Python framework). I've also been involved in my first client project with RNIB, helping with code reviews and quality assurance.

Alongside my studies, I previously worked on outreach initiatives that encourage people from minority backgrounds to apply to higher education, and as a part-time tutor & mentor on programmes that provide young people with access to free one-to-one tuition. I'd like to continue in this vein, and I'm particularly keen to encourage more women and non-binary people to get into coding and STEM.

I love cooking, reading philosophy, learning languages (computer and otherwise!) and being outdoors! In my spare time, you'll probably find me trying to perfect my coffee brewing techniques or searching for a good picnic spot!