At Staffordshire University we always ensure that our students have the most relevant knowledge for this fast paced industry. On the 10th of May our very own Dr Justin Champion and Chris Howard attended a one day event in Manchester, which was jointly hosted by Cisco and UKFast, with the idea behind the event being to bring together industry and academia to better understand what recent developments are happening within computing.
The talks were given by various companies to give an insight into how they are seeing the sector develop, and what skills our future graduates will require to get a head start upon graduation, with the event also being an excellent opportunity to network with industry players and to reinforce the understanding of what skills our graduates will need for the future.
Here at Staffs Uni, we aim to produce the type of graduates which the networking industry is so keen to hire.
Dr Justin Champion & Chris Howard
Computing students on a number of our undergraduate degree courses recently had the good fortune to attend the Cyber Security Expo taking place in Bristol.
This event, one of the largest trade events in the UK, brings together employers and potential employees such as our students, and is attended by some of the largest international security companies, all able to give our students unique advice & insight into how to further their careers in the sector.
Our students were able to talk to many of the companies in depth, creating networking oppurtunites, and gaining the certainty that the skills they’re learning about are in demand by the industry.
Staffs Uni students with their prizes!
A number of Staffs Uni students also completed a challenge run by Huawei, seeing them taking home a Raspberry Pi each!
Here’s what one student had to say about the day…
“…it was an excellent trip, and allowed me to “network” with large companies and talk about what is expected in terms of technical & soft skills when I graduate, and allowed me to put my name out there in the industry and pick up industry contacts”
Staffordshire University was recently host to games design competitions Search for a Star and Rising Star, with games design students from up and down the country attending the event which included informal mentoring sessions, round table discussions, a networking lunch and talks by established industry professionals.
uinque networking oppurtunites for students with many big names in the games industry
This years speakers included Philip & Andrew Oliver, creators of the ‘Dizzy’ series of games and current founders of independent developer Radiant Worlds giving a history of games and their own personal experiences in the industry, as well as Tim Furnish of Sumo Digital Nottingham, and Liz Mercuri of popular game-engine Unity.
The event was not to be missed by those with a passion for games, giving a unique networking oppurtunity and first hand insight from games developers.
Find out more about Search for a Star by clicking here