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Margaret Cox

My director from 1981 to 1990 and collaborator in more recent times, Margaret has inspired me with her criticality, intelligence, knowledge and her faith in people.

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Margaret replaced Bob Lewis as head of the Computers in the Curriculum project in 1981 and I worked with her closely until 1990. Her experience of developing software extended into the seventies as part of the National Development Programme in Computer Assisted Learning funded work at the University of Surrey.

Reflection: Margaret taught me to be pragmatic, caring and nevertheless concerned to do the right thing at high levels of quality. I learnt how to formulate research with rigour through her advice.

We often debated about the best strategies and on one occasion I called her 'Mum' in the heat of an argument!

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893