Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Paul Bowden
Course: Computer Applications HND and Computer Information Systems Design BSc(Hons) (now Information Systems BSc (Hons))
"After doing a BTEC National Diploma in Business and Finance which covered all aspects of business I felt my best strength lay in IT so an HND and eventually a degree in that area felt like the natural progression.
I was no stranger to feeling, a lot of the time, that the challenge was like coming up against 'The North Face of The Eiger' (to coin a phrase from one of those lecturers)! I think the lecturers probably sat down and wondered what they'd do with me! But the majority of lecturers I studied under were highly supportive. In my mind, those are the types of people in the teaching profession that have the qualities of a 'true' teacher. And those are the teachers that I owe much to.
Insofar as facilities are concerned – the old saying 'a bad workman always blames his tools' only goes so far before you get to a point where you need to rely on how good the tools are. And the 'tools' (ie the computers) were essential to our work. The computers in our lab needed to be, and were, the best they could be running some very 'memory/processing power hungry' software – Oracle Database being an example of this. I'll still smile at the jokes we had about a computer 'needing more coal', when the network started slowing down due to particularly high demand at project hand in time! But I've come to learn that comes with the territory in IT and is unavoidable, irrespective of a machine's processing power.
Graduation, for me, was bad timing as, for a while, the IT job market was saturated and sadly my father, always a big influence in my life and who always encouraged me, passed away a few months after. Getting a job took on a new motivation with dad's passing. I took minor roles and eventually got into IT contract work which led in to a job at IBM as a mobile deployment engineer. This involved the deployment and maintenance of machines to users at various IBM offices around the South of England. Redundancy eventually saw me and a few others go. But having 'Big Blue' (IBM) on my CV opened doors and it wasn't long before I was working again.
My current role is as at the global engineering, construction and services company, KBR, as a valued member of their Desktop Support Team.
The HND and the BSc allowed me to really 'hone' in to find out in what area of IT my particular strength lay... but if there was ever a true highlight of my time at Kingston, it would be the friendships I have made. The friends you make at uni might very well be the friends you have for life – and when you're up against it you really do find out who your true friends are. When I was going through tough times, those friends stood right by me, and I'm proud to say they stood tall... "
Name: Joe Arday
Course: Computer Information Systems Design BSc (now Information Systems BSc)
Level: Final year (of a four year sandwich degree, including a placement year at Sun Microsystems)
"From the first day I walked through the doors of Kingston University, I have enjoyed the whole experience of both studying and being involved with the student community. On a personal level I feel privileged to have worked with people from lots of different backgrounds – people I hold in high regard and who will remain friends.
"For my final year project I developed a sports club content management system. I thoroughly enjoyed working on a project of my own choice, which was based on the experience I had gained throughout the course. I found managing the project from start to finish particularly satisfying.
"However, my favourite part was having the opportunity to show my work to fellow students, members of staff and people from local businesses at the project exhibition*. The experience I gained from my project will greatly help my plans to secure a graduate position as an IT consultant or junior project manager."
*The annual project poster exhibition gives final year students the chance to show their work to industry representatives.
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