Computing students showcase skills

Demi Parker shows off the computer game she created while studying for a computing degree at Bradford College

Computing students from Bradford College showcased their work to family, friends, tutors, classmates and potential employers at their final year project open day.

Games developers, software engineers, programmers, networking and cybersecurity specialists were among the graduating students whose work was celebrated at the annual computing degree show held in the College’s Advanced Technology Centre.

Among those displaying work was Demi Parker, a mum of one from West Bowling who gave up a career in retail to return to education to pursue her dream career as a computer games developer.

She demonstrated The Scary Game that she had created with her games-loving daughter in mind, in which a young girl has to try and rescue her babysitter from an evil ventriloquist’s dummy before her parents get home. 

“I have been a gamer all my life but now I find making them is even more fun than playing them,” said Demi who is graduating from a BSc (Hons) in Games and Digital Media.

“There is a lot of talk about the gaming industry needing more women so hopefully I can boost the numbers.”

Also proudly displaying their work were Ajaz Hussain of Bradford, who designed a server infrastructure, Richard Paul of Brighouse who developed a role play game inspired by classic Japanese games and Celso Teixeira who showcased an IT infrastructure system.

Among the industry professionals in attendance to see the quality projects were staff from event sponsors Eclipse Legal Systems who were on the look-out for new talent.

Based in Little Germany, Eclipse, which is part of the Capita Group, develops specialist software for the legal profession. The firm has a long association with the computing department at Bradford College with a number of graduates having gone on to enjoy successful careers with the company.

Graham Hannam, support manager at Eclipse, said: “We are looking for the best graduates we can find to come and work for us at Eclipse and the graduates that we have had from Bradford College have been second to none.

“We have graduates from many other universities but these graduates are the cream of the crop. I think that is because the college gives them more practical ability. Many of them have worked on real-life projects rather than just playing about of code within the university environment.”

Suliman Khan has been working for Eclipse since being spotted by the firm at last year’s final year project day.

“I was presenting here last year, as the students are today, and now I am on a graduate scheme with Eclipse,” said Suliman, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Computing and Information Systems.

“I am proof of the value of these events. The project that I showcased got me a foot in the door at Eclipse and into the IT career that I was looking for.”

Also returning with Eclipse were Logan Bickerdike, a BSc Computing graduate, and Craig Bentall who studied Software Applications Development at the College.

Logan’s message to the class of 2018 was “pursue your dreams, work hard and Bradford College will help you get there.”

There were more words of encouragement for the graduating students from two keynote talks.

The first was delivered by Kathryn Penny who is director of the Yorkshire Games Festival. She offered practical tips on how to get into the games industry.

The second was from Ivor Cheung and Gordon Brown of Leeds-based tech firm Infinity Works, both of whom studied at Bradford College. They encouraged students to attend networking events to make contacts in the industry and share knowledge. 

University Centre Bradford College offers a vast range of computing and ICT courses

Anyone interested can call 01274 433 333 for more details or can come along to the next open event, on Saturday, 7 July 2018, to meet tutors.