Two students from the School of Computing at the University of Kent are the latest to be recognised for their excellence while on an industry placement, after winning an award from Medway Council.
Direna Rugnato and Devesh Patel, who are studying Computing with a Year in Industry BSc, were part of a team that won the Innovation and Bright Idea award at the council for their work on the Social Care Mobile Working project.
The project involved introducing the latest technologies to improve paper-based and manual processes within Medway Council’s Children and Adults Directorate. The project enables social workers to have greater flexibility in their work life and, as a result, would also improve the quality of the service that is provided to the most vulnerable people in Medway.
Third-year student Direna said: ‘It’s an amazing feeling to be part of such a successful project and team. It’s been an honour to be recognised in the workplace, it just goes to show how much impact you can have while on a placement year.’
The recognition from Medway Council follows on from success for other Computing students. In September, Sam Cordner-Matthews, a Computer Science with a Year in Industry student, received a Digital Recognition Award while on placements at asset management firm Schroders.
In July Jade Donaldson, a Computing with a Year in Industry student, was awarded a GSK Placement Student Recognition of Excellence certificate and nominated for a Science Recruitment Group Industrial Placement Employee of the Month award, while on placement at GSK.
Meanwhile in May, Jordan Norris, a Computer Science with a Year in Industry student, won an employee award for exceptional contribution during his industrial placement. Jordan worked at Zest The Agency as part of his degree and was given the quarterly ‘Besty Zesty’ award, after being nominated by his colleagues.
Finally, and also in May, Hubert Dziedziczak, a Computer Science (Networks) with a Year in Industry student, won the Employee of the Quarter award while on placement at the Wates Group. The award recognises individuals who perform tasks far beyond their job descriptions in helping the company achieve its objectives. Nominations are made by colleagues, with the colleague with the most votes announced at the quarterly team briefings.
The School of Computing sends over 100 students on placements every year. The School has strong links with industry in Kent, nationally and internationally and has two dedicated placement officers who help students secure roles.
The Industrial placement programme is available to all undergraduates and taught Master’s students in the School.