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Computer Science Employability

Computer Science Employability

We have a range of opportunities for industrial involvement in curriculum and computer science employability initiatives.

We encourage input from industry as prospective employers of our graduates.

Organisations can provide real-world application of our learning as part of the student portfolio. They can also act as advisors on the development of the school’s curriculum.

We welcome all employers, from both public and private sectors, to engage with our students.

If you're interested in working with us, please get in touch.

Project work and portfolio development

In 2019 the school introduced its new curriculum for undergraduate teaching. A major component of the new curriculum is project work and developing a portfolio.

There is scope to include case studies with industry partners. Students will work on small projects during set periods throughout the year. The case studies will vary in complexity, time allocation, and resourcing.

The school is looking for employers to work with undergraduate and postgraduate students. This would involve support during dissertation writing and providing research areas.

Group project work

Our group project modules often have project specifications co-designed with an industry partner. These projects give groups of students a six-week time frame to work on a project. The industry partner is a stakeholder and client in this context.

Students will either be master's students or in the second year of an undergraduate degree.

Computer science employability events

Every November, the school hosts a week of intensive computer science employability events.

These have included:

  • hackathon workshops
  • placement discussions
  • coding and enterprise challenges
  • professional skills sessions
  • employer talks
  • networking events

The reach of these events is very broad and involves all types of students. Events usually attract groups of around 40 students for each event.

Events occur throughout the year and we are looking for employers to run such events.

Mock interviews

Mock interviews with employers are part of the computer science employability module in stage two. This gives employers and students the opportunity to speak to on a one-to-one basis.

Guest lectures on technical modules

Taught modules often include technical presentations from employers. These might share how they have developed and applied relevant technologies in their workplace.

Develop your professional skills seminars

On Wednesday afternoons, the school hosts a catered afternoon seminar series. Employers come and typically talk to 40-50 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Employers discuss developing professional skills and improving awareness of professional practice.

Get involved

If you or your business would be interested in supporting us, and getting involved with any of these opportunities please get in touch.

Email: mark.wightman@ncl.ac.uk