Ruth First Scholar (2018-19)
Faith Chipuriro is from Zimbabwe.
She graduated from the Women’s University in Africa (Harare) in 2011 with a BSc in Information Systems. Her studies were supported by a scholarship from the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre & Network (ZWRCN). She worked with other recipients of the scholarship in the Evelyn Zinanga Committee, on projects designed to promote gender equality and encourage girls to stay in education.
Faith has worked as a developer of ICT systems, websites and e-learning platforms, and as an ICT trainer. Alongside those jobs, she is active in a church organization that provides support to the sick, the elderly, orphans and the disabled.
At Durham, Faith is taking an MSc in Internet Systems and E-Business. She is a member of St Chad’s College, which supports the Scholarship by providing subsidized accommodation for all Ruth First Scholars.
Faith completed her MSc in October 2019 and was awarded a Distinction. She remained in Durham to do an internship with Honcho, a company that provides a reverse-auction marketplace app for insurance. She is now working as a system developer for Design 365, a web design company based in Newton Aycliffe (County Durham).
When she returns to Zimbabwe, she plans to develop mobile learning resources for rural communities, using solar power to enable internet access to educational materials in remote areas.