Reflecting on a placement year

Final year student, Becky Rush, had a busy and exciting year on placement at BBC News last year. Now back for her final year, Becky reflects on her time at the BBC.

“Throughout my placement at BBC News I had the opportunity to work with talented developers and significantly improve my skills in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – to name just a few. I worked on projects which are published in over 20 languages on the BBC News website and seen by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. I was even given the opportunity to be the lead developer on my own project, which has been a fantastic learning experience!”

You can find out more about Becky’s placement as she kept us posted during her time at the BBC from an exciting project she developed to the anticipation and initial thoughts on starting her placement.

Trends, technology and university life

In a recent article in University Life, Dr John Kingston, senior lecturer in Information Systems and Business Computing here at Brighton, joins the discussion about trends in technology at university and student and employer expectations.

One of the points the article makes is that 92% of CIOs think current IT recruitment needs are not being met by education, resulting in a £63bn cost to the UK economy (from a study by Robert Half UK).

At Brighton we have been using Mendix to help our students understand the requirements needed to design mobile applications, without the knowledge of coding, to address this.

“We use Mendix to teach students how to use software applications and the principles of applications without teaching them programming,” explains Dr. John Kingston, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Business Computing at the University of Brighton. “Mendix requires students to learn how to structure data, create workflow diagrams and specialised user interfaces.

“However, when they’re finished, they just press a button and it creates the application. We are using it with first-year Business Computing students, which has resulted in one student getting a summer job with Brighton City Council.”

You can ready the full article here.