UCW students to showcase digital skills

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University Centre Weston (UCW) and North Somerset Council are teaming up again to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their digital skills to local employers in the 2018 Digital Showcase.

The event, supported by Barclays, runs from 3pm on Thursday 10 May at the Law and Professional Services Academy at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.

The projects being showcased on the night include new websites and applications for local businesses, the development of a bespoke wireless streaming music adaptor and the production of a 3D printed hand.

Four panel sessions for employers on digital themes are planned, on topics including cyber threats; the General Data Protection Regulations; skills gaps and the development of digital skills; and innovation in North Somerset.

The speakers include Ed Heath from Avon and Somerset Police Cyber Security team, Barry Horne from BPH Training, Steve de-Bruin from Audit West, Nick Horne from Liverty; and Ed Boal from Gregg Latchams.

Leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Nigel Ashton, said: “Digital business is a big and increasingly important part of the North Somerset economy, so it’s essential that we are growing our own talent for our future workforce.

“The event will also be an excellent opportunity for North Somerset’s talented digital students and businesses to meet each other and develop a better understanding of local digital opportunities.”

Mark Barnett, UCW’s Subject Area Manager for IT, added: “The Digital Showcase represents an opportunity for our applied computing degree students to exhibit and promote their final year projects, which represent a consolidation of three years of study and have been developed in conjunction with local employers and sponsors.

“The diversity of projects includes commercial websites for local SMEs to leading technology integration and 3D construction.

“The Digital Showcase also provides employers an excellent platform to meet local talent and gain a deeper appreciation of the quality and calibre of applied work undertaken at UCW.”

UCW is also inviting employers to exhibit as part of the showcase – a great way for employers and respective employees to get to know each other and for b2b networking.

The computing degrees at UCW are delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol.

For more information about the Digital Showcase, or if you would like to exhibit on the night, please contact Mark on mark.barnett@weston.ac.uk.