Paxton, who design and manufacture security systems has announced the first recipients of the scheme which has been created in collaboration with the University of Brighton.
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.
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.
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.
Arun Sharma is currently on placement as a junior software engineer at West Control Solutions, and is one of two recipients of the Lancia Consult Award for Excellence in a Computing Placement Year at our school awards ceremony.
We caught up with Arun, a student on our Computer Science (Games) course, to find out more about his placement and life at Brighton.
“I’ve always wanted to explore a degree with an emphasis on games, and Brighton offered me the chance to do so, with the opportunity to transfer from a partner college to the second year of the Computer Science (Games) course here.
Highlights of the course for me include the variety of lecturers and their well-established backgrounds, and the 3D Graphics and Animation and the Intelligent Systems modules. Intelligent Systems not only provided a glimpse into game development but also other real-world applications.
I must also recommend the placement year; regardless of any computing course you apply for. It expands your knowledge, allows you to make new contacts as well as possibly having a job offer at the end of it!
The placement office was absolutely excellent, consistently reviewing and offering improvements to my CV and offering mock interviews and tips. I am currently on placement at West Control Solutions as a junior software engineer. The Computer Systems Architecture module has been invaluable for my placement, giving me a solid understanding hardware basics for computer systems. I have already formulated a final year project using the technologies and programming languages I have acquired on placement.
I plan to use my course to get into the games industry. In addition to this, there is a possibility I may pursue a masters in Software Engineering using this degree as a base.”
Congratulations to Arun on his achievements so far!
Congratulations to all our students graduating today!
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!
Ganiyu Ibraheem, BSc(Hons) Software Engineering tells us why his placement year was the highlight of his course.
I’ve always had an interest in software development; having participated in programming competitions since high school. I decided I wanted to study Software Engineering at Brighton University as it is one of the few universities offering the courses and with the capacity to support my academic needs.
One of the best parts for me has been the amount of support I received from my lecturers, it really proved helpful throughout the course. The staff are very helpful and have lots of ideas on how to progress academically and professionally. And the course is quite flexible as there are numerous modules available to choose from during the final year ranging over different areas of software development.
The highlight of my course has been my placement year. I was a Software Development intern in the Research and Development Information department at AstraZeneca in Cambridge. I worked clinical trials software for the scientists and utility software for use internally within the department.
The most challenging part of the placement the shift from academia into the industrial setting, as this requires you to draw heavily on the knowledge gained in university and apply it to practical projects. The most interesting part was the amount of exposure I gained at AstraZeneca, as the company provided a lot of support and resources for our professional development.
Another highlight of the placement year was receiving a World-wide Developer Conference (WWDC, 2016) Scholarship from Apple, as I attended a lot of seminars from Apple Engineers in the context of Mobile App Development.
I intend to further pursue a career in Research and Development. The course and placement year has enabled me to pursue a master’s degree whilst I spend the summer working at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
I definitely would recommend the course as the course content is very up to date with industry standards and very practical in nature. And I would encourage prospective students to take advantage of the wide array of opportunities and support provided by the academic staff. And also to take a placement year if they can.
Umair Khalil, Third Year (BSc) Hons Computer Science gives us an insight into life as a computing student at Brighton.
The reason I chose to study at Brighton is because the curriculum reflects what is being used and practiced in industry. The city of Brighton was another big factor as the community here is diverse and brings together the many different cultures within a vibrant city.
The guest lectures have been crucial in understanding how content taught at the University can be instrumental to tasks undertaken by large sized companies. As an example, the Pension’s Regulator gave a lecture for one of my modules, showing how some of their technical and business processes consist of some of the material we learn here. This was a prime example in showing how the course is up-to-date and useful for students to see how the newest technologies can be used in almost any industry.
The course remains up-to-date with the current technologies and theoretical approaches. In the final year, there are a wide array of options to choose from. Some of the modules help to gain the required knowledge on a particular field you want to advance in. I also found the final year project a good resource in helping me to gather a thorough understanding on a topic that is not taught at the University.
The staff have been extremely supportive since the minute I arrived. They have all helped to push me out of my comfort zone. They have always provided me with the advice and the tools to stand out in a very demanding industry, and how I can maximise opportunities in and out of university.
Although I didn’t do a placement year, I did do a spring internship at IBM which taught me massively about the responsibility of client requirements and how the latest pieces of technology within the field of computer science can simplify many everyday tasks and aid businesses to achieve their long-term goals.
The knowledge I have gained from the course has been an invaluable resource in equipping me for life after I graduate. I feel as if the three years I have spent at here have really prepared me for any small or big task I encounter in my everyday life.
I would definitely recommend the course to those who have a technical background, not afraid of challenging themselves and have an aspiration to be involved within a hugely prosperous industry. As there are constant evolutions within Computer Science, there are endless possibilities about what might occur within the field. There are new topics and tools which would be of interest to people based on their skillset and curiosity.
What I would say to a lot of people is to dream big and aim high. By setting a high standard for yourself, you can achieve many great things and life is too short for not taking any ambitious risks. Try to get as much experience as you can by either undertaking some side projects and publishing this online or getting some work experience. A lot of small and large firms hold internships so be sure to apply as this would put you in a great position when applying for jobs. As we’re living in a digital age, maximise your online profile by utilising websites such as GitHub and LinkedIn, since a lot of recruiters in the field of computer science tend to examine students on these profiles. Lastly, don’t be intimated by the job market when it comes to graduating, employers tend to recruit hard working students who are not afraid to have a bit of fun and there’s no better place to learn about the two other than the University of Brighton.
For his final year Computer Science (Games) BSc(Hons) project, Adam Worley invented an alarm called ‘Chrono-lux’ that banishes the wake-up blues and makes mornings more enjoyable by simulating a sunrise using a smart-bulb.
Adam says: “My project is to develop a connected Android alarm application with integration with smart devices. For many, the mornings can be a struggle as they find it difficult to wake to their alarms. By developing Chrono-lux people will be able to configure smart-alarms, these alarms will be able to trigger smart-devices and other Internet of things (IoT) devices.
“Currently there is a boom of connected devices coming to market from smart-bulbs to connected kettles and fridges; these devices allow for a level of automation and intelligent features that can be useful in day to day use. Chrono-lux intends to bring these devices together to allow for a more enjoyable morning, by simulating a sunrise using a smart-bulb. It has been shown that mimicking aspects of the day/night cycle can help to improve alertness and bring your body gradually to more natural sleep cycles.
“There are multiple uses of lighting in use today such as morning alarm clocks that have built in lighting to simulate the sunrise or the use of mood lighting on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, intended to tune the passengers to their destination time-zone to reduce jet-lag and fatigue. However currently there are very few Android apps that utilise these smart-devices. Initially my application will work with Philips Hue bulbs, with the ability to be extended for use with other smart-bulbs and devices such as kettles, coffee machines and even toasters.”
Sunshine, blue skies, our brilliant ambassadors and friendly staff welcomed visitors to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June.
Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and campus where you will be studying. You’ll also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.
If you are thinking about beginning your studies in 2018 and missed this one, find out more about upcoming events on our website.