Alumni Achiever of the Year 2017 – Charlotte Knill

Charlotte Knill

Charlotte Knill graduated in 2016 with a First in BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics, and in a short time has become a leading light for women in science in the region.

Charlotte found her first two years at University great at giving her theory and skills, but it was her placement year – with Northumbria Police’s High Tech Crime Unit - where everything came together and made sense as she put theories into practice, allowing her to understand them better and see how they relate to practical problem-solving.

After graduating Charlotte took the opportunity to work in the private sector with Security Risk Management for 14 months as Information Security Support Consultant before returning to Northumbria Police to follow her passion in tackling cybercrime. 

Now working as Digital Forensics Investigator at Northumbria Police, Charlotte is using the skills she learned at University and on her placement in the war against cybercrime. 

During her final year Charlotte created Female Tech Blog, aimed at encouraging women into cybersecurity careers. 

Charlotte’s professionalism in her chosen career is exemplary and she comes back to the University frequently to encourage the current cohort of undergraduates to follow in her footsteps. The work she has done in promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers for females has benefited our University and the science community in the North East. 

Professor Alastair Irons, who nominated Charlotte for this award said: “Ever since first year Charlotte was very focussed on her studies and clearly motivated to learn everything she could about computer forensics, cybersecurity and computing. It is a pleasure and privilege to nominate Charlotte.” 

Charlotte Knill has been named an Alumni Achiever of the Year 2017.

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