Championing digital business solutions


North Somerset Council and University Centre Weston (UCW) are working together to give students the opportunity to showcase their digital skills to local employers at an event supported by Barclays Corporate.

Students from the UCW BA (Hons) top-up degree in Applied Computing will present the website and application development projects they have been working on to local businesses at a digital showcase event on Thursday 18 May.

The event, which is being co-hosted by UCW and North Somerset Council and supported by Barclays Corporate as part of their commitment to the development of the digital skills industry, will be attended by local businesses and digital technology experts, and takes place at UCW’s Knightstone Campus in the centre of Weston.

The projects to be showcased include new websites for organisations including Badgworth Equestrian Centre, SJ Clarke Property Maintenance, and creative and retail businesses; an automated tagging system for Middle Moor Farm; a smartphone mileage tracker for Wassenburg Medical; and an application designed to manage British Show Jumping events at affiliated equestrian centres.

Two days before the digital showcase students will pitch their projects to a panel of judges at a session hosted by The Hive business enterprise hub in Weston, and an award for the best project will be presented on the night. The showcase will also feature business-focused panel discussions centred on cybersecurity and UCW’s new degree apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions.

Deputy Leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, 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.

“I am continuously impressed by the digital skills that our young people are developing and I am looking forward to being part of the judging panel and learning more about the students’ projects.

“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.”

Jenny Hann, UCW’s Assistant Director for Higher Education added: “Applied Computing is a subject UCW excels at, with 47 per cent of last year’s Honours students achieving First Class degrees, which is almost double the national average.

“Our strong emphasis on our students engaging with work-based learning demonstrates that they are ready and able to make a powerful contribution to business success.

“Our new degree apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions, scheduled to begin in September, will enable businesses to upskill their existing staff while making full use of our excellent computing academic staff team and UCW’s outstanding facilities.”

Local business interested in attending can sign-up at http://www.ucw.ac.uk/ucw-digital-business-solutions-showcase/ or find out more by emailing info@digitalshowcase.tech.