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Next generation of developers unearthed in joint project between Ideagen & Scottish university

20 May 2016
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Governance, risk and compliance experts, Ideagen, has helped to unearth the next generation of software developers in a joint project with Glasgow’s Caledonian University.

Ideagen, who boast over 2,200 customers globally, sponsored a 12 week Integrated Project with the University’s third year students, who were split into working groups. The groups included students studying on three separate BSc Honours programmes in Computing (Web Systems Development), Computing (Information Systems Development) and IT Management for Business.

Each group was tasked to both scope and build an electronic incident reporting management system with key members of the company’s development team mentoring the students during the entirety of the project.

Ideagen were then tasked with choosing a winning team, with a £500 prize and tour of the company’s Scottish office in East Kilbride up for grabs.

Stuart Fleming, Ideagen’s Development Manager, said: “This has been an excellent project which was not only beneficial for the students and the university but for ourselves as well.

“The project gives students the chance to expand their knowledge while working on a ‘hands on’ task. At the same time, they can assess the way Ideagen works on similar projects and likewise allows us to have a close look at them and how they tackle tasks of this nature.

“The dedication and commitment shown by all who took part was extremely refreshing and we were blown away by the calibre of each team throughout the 12 weeks. The sheer standard of work was extremely high which meant picking a winner was difficult.”

Ross Gledhill, Ideagen’s Head of Product Design, added: “We are looking to unearth the best software development talent and projects like this one are perfect for both us an employer and for the students themselves.

“This project has been a huge success as we’ve been able to provide these graduates with real challenges, work with the latest technologies and methods and almost immediately get a sense of achievement.

“By sponsoring projects such as this, we hope to unearth the next generation of development talent and provide them with a rewarding career with us here at Ideagen.”

Peter Barrie, Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, added: “This project marks the second year in succession that Ideagen and Glasgow Caledonian University have worked together. This partnership is an exciting venture for the university and will be of great benefit to our Computing students.”

The winning team from Glasgow Caledonian University – Robert Morrison, Andrew Mackenzie and Darwin Thomas – scooped a winning prize of £500 during their visit to Ideagen’s office in East Kilbride on Monday, May 9th. They were invited, alongside the runner-up team of Holly Miller, Sohaib Ahmed, Hampus Helmbrant Persson, Mohamma Umar Khokhar and Kyle Hoban, to meet its Development team and learn more about the company’s operations and graduate opportunities.

Ideagen is headquartered in Nottingham with satellite offices across the UK in Bristol, Glasgow, Welwyn Garden City, Chesterfield and Sittingbourne. The company also has offices in the United States and Dubai.

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