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Computer Science student aims to improve people’s lives through tech

November 29, 2023

Uzair Patel has been awarded an Edge Hill University Excellence Scholarship for his efforts in demystifying technology and harnessing its potential to make all our lives easier.

The second year BSc (Hons) Computer Science student from Blackburn uses his software and hardware engineering expertise to inspire others to consider careers in the tech world or set up on their own.

Uzair was involved with his local Youth Zone, leading sessions with young people and sharing his knowledge in areas like 3D printing and beginner electronics. He also assists his mosque with its IT systems and has volunteered at a local creative space, ‘The Making Rooms,’ for five years, helping others set up businesses or pursue their passions. 

Amazingly, Uzair still manages to find time to indulge his love of tech, inventing apps and other gadgetry to solve day-to-day problems and inefficiencies, such as a video intercom and registration system for businesses in multi-occupancy buildings, which also acts as a booking system and notifies tenants of activities.

For Uzair, the scholarship win is a welcome boost and recognition for his extracurricular commitments:

“Through this scholarship, I will be able to expand my research and knowledge, helping my prospects. I hope to get some years of industry experience, and my ultimate goal is to start a company that uses technology to improve people’s lives.

“I’m most proud of volunteering to help others learn more about technical skills. It’s very important to share knowledge as it can help inspire others to pursue their passions.”

Uzair is a strong advocate for his course and all the support he gets around it:

“It has broadened my horizons about possible careers within my field of interest. I love the varied course content and using the latest equipment. All the staff I’ve met are exceptionally friendly and open to feedback and suggestions about the course. This has helped boost my confidence to become a course rep. They’ve also allowed me access to facilities like the electronics lab and are always on hand to answer questions. They’re even open to helping me with my extracurricular activities.”

And when Uzair is not in the lab, he’s making the most of the campus facilities.

“Edge Hill’s campus is amazing. The roof garden of Catalyst – home to the University library and student services – is one of my favourite places.” 

Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate determination, commitment and achievement outside their studies. We have a broad programme of scholarships for prospective and current students, recognising practical and academic excellence.

Edge Hill’s Department of Computer Science offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses from a STEM foundation year to Robotics & Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology Management for Business. All students have the opportunity to gain extra free industrial certification.

November 29, 2023


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