Fast work at the UKie GameJam

Computing students from the University of Brighton pitched their skills against teams from across the UK in a marathon 30-hour student game jam this week.

Based on the theme ‘change’ five teams of first and second year students from Computer Science for Games and Digital Games Development took part in the event organised by UKie (UK Interactive Entertainment, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive games industry).

Our teams had just 30 hours to work together to create a game based on the theme ‘change.’ Game jams are rapid development sessions which get participants thinking on their feet under severe time pressure while working together in small teams. It’s great experience and brilliant for portfolios as taking part in game jam’s is highly valued by employers in the games industry. Read More

Computer Science BSc(Hons)

Off to France for International games competition

As part of the Integrated Group Project module, our computing students were asked to develop an educational game. The top three games were submitted to the 6th International Educational Games Competition at the 12th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2018) that will take place on 4 – 5 October 2018 at the SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France.

All three submissions were shortlisted (out of 60 submissions in total) in the ‘games in development’ category.  Three of our second year Computer Science BSc(Hons) students, Tom Corlett (Computer Science BSc), Michael Cruz Cervera and Angel Kozlev will be travelling to France for the final round of the competition where they will present their games to the judges.

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Elise Davies, Digital Media BSc(Hons0

App to assist people living with dementia

Elise Davies, Digital Media BSc(Hons) tells us about her final year project (and her course).

“I chose Brighton because not many universities offered digital media and I liked the variety of the course. I was going to choose graphic design but I wanted the knowledge of coding which this course given me. The city of Brighton was also a big factor, there is always something going on and it’s a lovely city to live in.

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John Evans. Computer Science (Games) BSc(Hons)

Desk navigating robot using computer vision

Computer Science (Games) BSc(Hons) student John Evans tells us a bit about his course  and demos his final year project robot at the Computing Degree Show.

“I chose this course as it is a general computer science course which could give me more options compared to focusing purely on games.  The artificial intelligence modules and web-based games module were the most exciting for me personally, as I got to explore interesting concepts with technologies I enjoyed using.

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Amandeep Kaur Bhasin. Computer Science BSc(Hons)

My Brighton experience – Amandeep Kaur Bhasin, Computer Science BSc(Hons)

I had an interest in technology from a young age and believed that Computer Science would allow me to understand more about tech and learn the skills I would need to join the tech world. Brighton is also known as UK’s next digital tech hub and this can be seen by the various small business and start-ups within the area. This makes having the University of Brighton on my CV much more valuable for employers.

I would highly recommend Computer Science to anyone considering it. There is a good mix of modules within the course (mostly technical) but you will have a few modules throughout the degree which will teach you how businesses may apply these principles.

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Sam Buxton

Head in the cloud

Sam Buxton, Business Information Systems BA(Hons), talks about his work experience at RSM UK and migrating into the Microsoft Cloud.

I did my placement at RSM UK where I worked as an IT Trainee for 16 months. The role encompassed everything from IT Support tasks, all the way up to designing and deploying solutions to meet the business needs. I managed the third line support desk while simultaneously working on agile project tasks, such as the migration of employees into the Microsoft Cloud. I also had the opportunity to help colleagues fit out new offices with the base networking infrastructure.

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Celebrating success

We celebrated some fantastic successes today with our award-winning computing students.

Head of School, John Taylor, introduced the School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics awards ceremony by leading a round of applause and congratulating all our winners.

Congratulations to Beck Rush, Digital Media Development BSc(Hons) and Arun Sharma Computer Science (Games) BSc(Hons)who both received the Lancia Consult Award for Excellence in Computing Placement Year and £500 each. The prize is awarded by a University of Brighton alumnus, the MD of Lancia.

Becky spent her placement year at the BBC, you can read about some of her experiences on this blog, including this post. And Arun worked for West Control Solutions, a local software company. We will be finding out more from Arun about how his placement went, soon.

Rupert Agnew Computer Science BSc(Hons) received the FDM Group Prize, and £250, for the best development project from a final year student completing either the Computer Science BSc(Hons), Computer Science (Games) BSc(Hons) or Software Engineering BSc(Hons). You can find out more about Rupert’s project on the blog, here.

Digital Games Production student, Laura Marquick was the recipient of an award from one of our accrediting bodies, the BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT Project Prize for the best project by a final year undergraduate computing student. Laura’s project explored ways to use the structure, abstraction, and discipline of programming to interpret physiological data from the human body and product unique visual effects that reflect the natural beauty of the body’s biological processes.

Our computing division has strong links with Wired Sussex, and Digital Media student, Jaime Dare, and Digital Games Production student, Scott Jarvis were the recipients of awards from Wired Sussex for the best project for a Digital Media, Digital Media Development and Digital Games Production by a final year student.

The celebrations for our graduating students continued into the afternoon with our school graduation ceremony at the Brighton Centre.

Congratulations and well done everyone!