Tuesday 3 November 2015

Software Engineering Class of 2015

The Computing (Software Engineering) degree class of 2015, who graduated in July, are celebrating a record number of graduate-level job offers just months after receiving their certificates.

Twenty-four students graduated from the degree course this summer, and 18 have already started working in graduate, industry-relevant positions, while four have now started postgraduate study.

The graduates are working for a variety of companies, including Barclaycard, Travis Perkins, ABI Research, Aerofi Ltd and Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGC).

Dr Mark Johnson, Deputy Head of Computing, commented: “One of the most satisfying parts of my role as a tutor at the University of Northampton is seeing students being successful upon Graduation. To see so many Software Engineering graduates going into high-quality industry positions or postgraduate courses, is incredibly rewarding. I would personally like to thank the Computing course team and University Centre for Employability and Engagement staff for their support in helping students achieve their career goals. Most importantly however, I’d like congratulate the students themselves for their amazing success in 2015. I am confident the graduates involved will go from strength-to-strength in their future career progression!”

One of the graduates, Shelli Bernard, has joined ABI Research as a Research Analyst. The company offers technologies insights to industry. She explained: “My job involves looking at technologies and markets that are currently topical or are expected to be in the near future. The company then speculates on future applications of the researched technology. I am currently involved in smartphone research, specifically mobile social applications. There is also the opportunity for travel to the company’s various offices, including the headquarters in New York and London, and to visit technology shows and conferences. I recently got the chance to go to Cambridge to visit cloud technology specialist Alcatel-Lucent as part of a current research project.”

Fellow graduate Jon Dalton has joined Travis Perkins, the UK’s leading timber and builders’ merchant, as a Graduate Software Engineer. He explained: “I’m part of an agile/scrum team to produce working software to meet the business needs using a number of languages. The training I receive is excellent and there are real prospects for on-going career development.”

The University of Northampton is one of the country’s top performers for student employability. In 2015, for the third year running, the University maintained a student employability rate of 96 per cent* of students in work or further study six months after graduating.

For further information regarding the Computing degree at the University of Northampton, visit the course page.

Pictured: Some of the Software Engineering class of 2015, with Dr Mark Johnson in red, centre.
*HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2013/14, July 2015.  Percentage of UK domiciled full-time first degree leavers in work and/or further study six months after graduating.

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