Casey, aged 22 from Port Talbot, joined the Computer Science department at Swansea in 2013 on the 4-year MEng computing scheme and excelled both academically and in extra-curricular activities throughout her studies. Casey has now graduated with the highest grade-average of her cohort of Masters students and was awarded Best Performance by a Student on a 4 Year Degree.
Casey’s third year and fourth year projects were both exceptional pieces of work that highlighted ways that computing can help people living with chronic health problems. She looked at the problems in providing entertainment for people living with dementia in care homes and designed and built a fabric book for them to use that promoted reminiscence therapy- the therapeutic recall of past events and experiences.
Speaking about her time at Swansea University Casey said: “I really enjoyed my time at Swansea University. Even though I knew nothing about computer science when I started, the lecturers were very helpful as were my classmates. The lecturers were also very approachable and it felt more like friend-to-friend conversations as opposed to teacher/student. I'd advise all students to make the most of their time off in the summer and get some experience through internships or similar jobs. I did this and it led to me receiving a few job offers before I'd even finished university."
"My Computer Science Foundation year was awesome. Not only did it give me an extra year at University but I learnt more on that year than any other. The Foundation year teaching sets you up well for the rest of the degree and the flexibility of the syllabus means you can learn more industry-relevant material.
The Tech industry in Swansea is booming at the moment. There is a huge amount of inward investment and companies are moving here from England. I had experience working in industry through a SPIN placement scheme supplied by Swansea University and that experience helped me get four job offers.
I graduated with a first this year and I now work as a Developer Advocate for Veeqo, a local software start-up with 40 employees. The Foundation and my degree, as a whole, set me up perfectly for my dream job!"
"My journey with Swansea university started three years ago when I was fortunate enough to be offered a place on the Computer Science Foundation degree programme. I had recently started an IT business liaison role, and a co-worker who was already enrolled on the programme encouraged me to apply for a place. With a degree in Tourism, Management & French - and no IT related qualifications - I wasn't sure if I would be out of my depth on a Computer Science course. Each module of the course was challenging in its own way, and during the first few weeks I started to question whether I'd made the right decision to start the course. Working full time and attending university one afternoon and evening a week was at times challenging, but thanks to the stimulating content and the high quality of the lecturers, I began thriving on the programme so much so that I gained a distinction grade and was delighted to even be awarded the prize for the top student in my class.
I was so inspired by the course that I decided that I wanted to pass on my knowledge of Computer Science to the next generation of computer scientists. Less than a month after earning my FdSc in Computer Science, I began my secondary Computing & ICT PGCE course! I'm really excited to work with these young students and inspire them to become the digital creators of the future.
During the Foundation Degree, I became aware of the Technocamps programme and the great work that it does with schools across Wales. I was fortunate enough to attend some of their events that really show-cased the great work they do. As a result, I have decided to spend the enhancement week of my PGCE course with the team at Technocamps. This is something that I am really looking forward to and I am sure that I'll have another great experience with them.
I have had some fantastic experiences and opportunities to enhance my professional development over the last three years thanks to the Foundation Degree programme and Technocamps."