Stephen Rawsthorne

“Edge Hill’s dedicated lecturers are always there to provide support and I can’t thank them enough for helping me get to where I am today”

Stephen Rawsthorne’s passion for networking technology prompted him to embark on one of Edge Hill’s Computing courses, and after graduating Stephen was successful in securing a place on the graduate scheme for global banking firm Barclays.

In Stephen’s role as a Network Engineer, he’s able to put all the skills he learnt at Edge Hill into practice, from his extensive knowledge of networks communicating on a professional level.

Stephen said:

“My role involves working as part of the Solution Implementation Team on a variety of projects and designing and implementing changes to Barclays network infrastructure. I support core business environments by providing a technical perspective on network and infrastructure projects during conferences and meetings. I work alongside project managers and other teams to solve problems and implement changes to the network, by writing, implementing and testing configuration on routers and switches.

“Project planning and time management are vital within this role as I work with colleagues all over the world to ensure projects are delivered successfully and on time.

“I have recently been assigned to Barclays Network Access Control (NAC) project. This involves unifying endpoint security technology such as antivirus, system authentication and network security enforcement. This project requires a lot of planning and attention to detail due to the importance of network security.

“I really enjoy my role at Barclays as I have always been interested in networks and network security and aspired to one day work within this field. For me it’s almost like being at university again and only having to study my favourite module. Barclays invest heavily in new devices and infrastructure so I am constantly exposed to the latest networking technology. This is brilliant as I get to learn all the time and my role constantly evolves keeping things fresh and interesting.

“My time studying at Edge Hill provided me with a well-rounded and extensive understanding of computing, especially networks.  The lecturers made all of the modules I studied interesting and fun. The University also provided me with a range of soft skills such as communicating, listening, effective time management and note taking which are vital when applying for graduate positions.

“The University has gone above and beyond with regards to their support. The lecturers have always been available to give advice and guidance, and they provided extensive feedback to help me update my CV and covering letter when applying for jobs.

“I would advise students to work hard and get the best degree they can. This will certainly help them stand out when applying for graduate positions. Graduates must also believe in themselves and their own ability and leave self-doubt behind. Make the most of the services provided by the University, be confident and prepare properly for every interview and you will be successful.”