After receiving a First Class Honours in Web Systems Development in 2015, Edge Hill graduate Tom Walker returned to campus to help boost employability in the Computer Science Department.

Tom, who is a Design Researcher for BBC Education, along with his colleague Charlie Gardener, a User Experience Design Researcher for BBC Children’s (CBBC and CBeeBeeS), delivered two guest lectures and workshops to second year User Experience Design students and third year Usability and Data Analysis students.

Students discovered the user experience (UX) techniques adopted by the BBC and complexities that their user studies go through to ensure that the data collected is representative of the desired audiences.

The workshops emphasised the need for ethics and a clear UX methodology when dealing with end users and gave students a taste of the decision-making process that happens during planning for a series of usability, accessibility and user experience tests.

David Walsh, Director of Enterprise & Employability for the Department of Computer Science and Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, said:

“Collaborations with businesses in a module aids the students to affirm that the course content being taught aligns with the industry. When that business is a global brand such as the BBC it elevates not only the relevance of the content but also heightens the focus of the students on the tasks. Talks and workshops like these build the technical and transferable employability skills of the cohort.

“We are proud of all our alumni in the Computer Science Department and it is always heart-warming to see those alumni flourish. It is even better when the graduates return to deliver guest lectures and workshops. Tom is a recent Web Systems graduate, and this allowed the students to discuss possible career pathways and how to achieve them. I think it helped to raise the aspirations of the student’s career goals by seeing that the degree and modules taught on their degree, along with the right attitude to work, and determination means there is no career out of reach.”

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