Laura Hooper

Graduate year: 2013 | Course: Interactive Games Design | Worked at: Jaywing as Junior Project Manager

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “Before coming to the University of Gloucestershire, I had no previous technical experience connected to my chosen course. However, the course itself is well developed to help individuals acquire a wide variety of knowledge, from programming to 3D Modelling. This allowed me to develop an extensive range of skills that I could pursue and enhance with my chosen field. All lecturers are friendly, easy to approach and dedicated to getting the best from their students. The course and the University have allowed me to leave with a first class degree and a career in the field that I wanted.”

Laura HooperJunior Project ManagerNewburyJaywing
Aaron Sullivan

Graduate year: 2012 | Course: Multimedia | Worked at: Triggersoft as Junior Developer

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “I chose to study Multimedia at the University of Gloucestershire because of its clear cut and broad course structure, the friendly lecturers I met at the open day and the variety of up-to-date software, technologies and approaches set out in the course plan. The course at UoG allowed me to build a framework of key skills that I would need to become a Multimedia professional, but also contained much more precise and bespoke knowledge that meant I could follow more specific routes if I wanted as the course progressed. I would highly recommend the University of Gloucestershire to any prospective students.”

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“After a successful two years at the University, I took on a placement year at a Cheltenham-based software house. Completing a placement is a must; they allow you to work on the skills you developed over the course so far, allow you to gain business knowledge across the whole scope of an organisation and completing a placement also allows you to positively make you distinguish what it is you want to do in your forthcoming career. My placement at Triggersoft empowered me to realise that I wanted to do application and web development/programming, and that is what I am now doing full-time, and ever since, I haven’t looked back.”

“P.S. Did I mention, if the course allows it, it is well worth doing a placement year?”

Aaron SullivanJunior DeveloperCheltenhamTriggersoft
Mark Brooks

Graduate year: 2012 | Course: Business Information Technology | Worked at: BrooksDesigns as Project Co-ordinator

Why the University of Gloucestershire? Studying Business Information Technology has allowed me to gain an insight into how business works from understanding their infrastructure, technologies and business operations to the provision of data handling customer support. I found having the option to select modules from other courses within the School of Computing and Technology, helped me to build up a greater skill set, which I can now carry with me into industry. This makes me a flexible and versatile individual on current and future projects. I enjoyed my time studying my degree and I am very appreciative of the wealth of expertise the lecturers have shared over the duration my course.”

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“Being able to develop my business and technological skills simultaneously has allowed for me to transfer skills learnt throughout my degree into my job, as I have always had a passion to work in a context where organisation, data handling and client liaison were key to my role in a company.”

Mark BrooksProject Co-ordinatorGloucestershireBrooksDesigns
Rachel Brooks

Graduate year: 2012 | Course: Multimedia | Worked at: CM Group as Media Developer

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “During my 4 years at the University of Gloucestershire I gained a wealth of experience and knowledge from my course, which in my third year I could transfer to real-life industry based projects. Having the opportunity to go on a Placement to CM Group and work on projects for multi-national clients gave me an in-depth insight into how commercial projects are undertaken, right from the initial client meetings to the testing and distribution of the courses developed. Without a combination of both my University studies and placement I would not have gained the confidence to be able to go out and liaise with clients, get work and thus follow a project from its commencement to its realise to the client.

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“As a student I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying Multimedia and ‘dipping my toes in the ocean’, whilst learning from the vast wealth of subject knowledge the lecturers have!! Having obtained a first class honours degree I feel that this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of how much there is to learn, though without my university experience and the help of the lecturers I would not have the passion to continue to develop my skills and knowledge.”

Rachel BrooksEducational Mobile App DeveloperGloucestershireBrooksDesigns
Jonathon Meadows

Graduate year: 2011 | Course: Interactive Games Design | Worked at: Vero Software as Marketing Executive

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “I studied Interactive Games Design at the University and in this time I gained a valuable and in-depth insight into the games industry, the course covers various aspects and roles of the games industry. I could then see what I was best at and could pick the modules to suit me and the area of games design I wanted to pursue. In the final year we had the chance to make a game, as part of a team; this allowed me to demonstrate the fantastic skills I’d learnt over the 3 years. I found the lecturers on the course to be friendly, very knowledgeable about the modules they taught and always ready to help.”

Jonathon MeadowsMarketing ExecutiveGloucesterVero Software
Joe Pratt

Graduate year: 2009 | Course: Multimedia | Worked at: Parcelgenie as Junior User Experience Designer

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “Before attending the University of Gloucestershire I had no previous experience with any graphics, animation or web development technologies, which in retrospect makes what I’m doing today evening more unbelievable. The quality and structure of the course as well as the knowledge and support of the lecturers were key to the development of my skills and enthusiasm for digital media. I am also extremely grateful for the work experience opportunities that the University provided me with.

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“The placement opportunity was never part of my plan but the encouragement and connections of my lecturers were the main reasons behind my year at IBM as part of their User Experience team.

Since completing my degree I have worked for Parcelgenie, a Brighton based technology start-up, as a Junior User Experience Designer, however, this was only a platform for gaining experience before creating my own technology start-up. I’ve always believed the experience and environment provided by the University of Gloucestershire was the main reason behind my entrepreneurial attitude. I’m now heading the design of Pepper, a social network for live music, which has won awards from Creative Bloq magazine and also been featured on BBC Click.

Aside from my experience at the University itself, Cheltenham is a great place to live with a vibrant night life and loads to get involved with. I will always value the memories I have of living and studying there.”

Joe PrattCEOSouthamptonPepper
Katie Godwin

Graduate year: 2012 | Course: Multimedia | Worked at: Currently Freelancing

Why the University of Gloucestershire? After searching high and low across the UK for a University course that could develop my technical skills in design, the Multimedia course at the University of Gloucestershire made it an easy decision for me to make. The course allowed me to develop a thorough knowledge of the industry and offers a vast assortment of modules, all of which interested me. The variety of the Multimedia course has provided me with the opportunity to balance the many aspects of the industry, but also vital transferable skills that benefit my career.”

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“Confident, knowledgeable and stimulating lecturers that are on hand to support creative direction, encouraged me to make significant achievements in the course and maintain my enthusiasm throughout all three years.

I started working as a Freelance Web and Graphic Designer during my degree, which I have continued since graduating in 2012. I maintain a successful workload and attribute to the invaluable skills gained from my degree.

Completing my degree here has made me grow significantly as a person; my self-confidence has improved immeasurably, as has my ability to design. Without attending the University of Gloucestershire I would not be able to fulfil briefs which clients expect from me, today.”

Katie GodwinWeb and Graphic DesignerCheltenhamPersonal Portfolio

Graduate year: 2011 | Course: Multimedia | Worked at: Blemain Group as Junior Web Developer

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “I was a student at the University of Gloucestershire between 2008 and 2011 studying for a BSc Multimedia. Due to my previous sporting background I wasn’t really sure whether the course would be a good suit for me as I had not done anything like this before. But within a couple of weeks I knew I had made a good decision. The course contained a wide variety of subjects areas, from web design, development and Actionscript to the business side of digital media and game development. I really benefited from the structure of the course and the variety of options as this allowed me to make an informed decision about which career path I would like to pursue.”

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“During my final year, I was part of a talented group of individuals for the advanced group project. We created a racing game based around the streets of Cheltenham, a Flash based Carbon Calculator and a Wordpress driven website to market the products (we also scoped an augmented reality iPhone App!). The project was featured on BBC News Points West and won an IET award for Technical Merit.

After graduating, I gained employment at a large financial firm based in Manchester as a junior web developer. I worked for 18 months, learning and honing my skills in the professional world of web development. During May 2013, I managed to secure a new job for a UK leading events and marketing agency also based in Manchester. In my role as web developer for this company I work across all our clients, which range from leading hight street supermarkets to world renowned banks and household names.

I have to say I love what I do! Without going to the University of Gloucestershire and learning the skills taught, I would not have been in the position I am now. The quality of teaching and the wealth of knowledge the lecturers have was second to none. Mixed with a great learning environment, set in the beautiful Park campus in Cheltenham, has no doubt, set me out on the right career path.”

Adam CatlowWeb DeveloperGreater ManchesterThe Fresh Group

Graduate year: 2008 | Course: Multimedia | Worked at: Cardiff University as Student

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “Studying Multimedia at the University of Gloucestershire gave me not only a fantastic skill-set specific to media and web design, but also a much sharper understanding of the needs and demands the public place on technology.  The lecturers were not only knowledgeable in their specific fields, but also passionate about what they taught, which really made the course engaging.  Now studying Psychology, I intend to use the skills I learned at University of Gloucestershire to help develop effective and accessible solutions for individuals with acute and chronic mental health conditions.”

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Jordan Woodward

Graduate year: 2010 | Course: Interactive Games Design | Worked at: Codemasters as Experienced Level Designer

Why the University of Gloucestershire? “When I was looking at Universities I wanted to find somewhere that would teach me the key skills I would need to pursue a career in the Games Industry and to allow me creative freedom to explore my own ideas and concepts. After visiting the campus and meeting the lecturers I knew that UoG would be the right place for me. During my studies I had the opportunity to not only concentrate on areas I felt utilised my strengths but also improve on areas I felt were weaker.

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Lecturers were always friendly, approachable and helpful whenever I had questions or didn’t understand something. While at the University I made a lot of life long friends, many of whom are employed in relevant industries and I hope to work with them again in the future.

I feel that my studies at the University of Gloucestershire and gaining a First Class degree have enabled me to further my dream career in the Games Industry.”

Jordan WoodwardExperienced Level DesignerBirminghamCodemasters

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