Gaining professional skills and broadening horizons

We caught up with final year Computer Science student Eric who filled us in on his course, his final year project and life at Brighton.

What made you choose Brighton and this course?

I’ve always loved Brighton, and have always been good with computers and programming. Brighton has a great tech scene too.

How did you feel when you were first accepted to Brighton?

Very excited, I didn’t expect myself to ever really get to university. The course was pretty much as expected, maybe with a little too much maths and written formal logic thrown in (things I’ve always struggled with, despite doing well at programming), but the tuition and extra assistance from certain tutors pulled me through. I didn’t expect it to get so cold here in winter!!

 What were the highlights of your course?

Highlights have definitely been plentiful, best bits have been when we’ve been given free rein over something, like Saeed’s second year module of bit-shifting programming, it was great fun to get so low-level. And especially this final year – every project this year we’ve been able to choose our own focus and application, really good to flex the creativity unshackled. Read More

Final year student Daniella tells us about her final year project for Kia Motors and loving life at Brighton

We spoke to final year Business Information Systems student, Daniella Moore, who reflected on her time at Brighton as she prepared for her final year show.

What made you choose Brighton and this course?

My sister was studying at Brighton at the time and I always came down to visit her. I loved the town and the location of the University; thus choosing Brighton. I never knew what I wanted to do when I was older, but when I randomly chose to study ICT and Business at A-Level, I knew they were the areas that I wanted to have a career in. The course offered great modules that I thought would be useful for any job, as IT Business Systems play a major role in any organisation.

How did you feel when you were first accepted to Brighton, and how has the reality compared to what you imagined?

I was extremely happy and still am. I think Brighton is a great university and I would recommend to any potential students who are looking to study here.

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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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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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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.

A winning placement year

Arun receiving his award

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!