Computer-savvy students showcase their skills
Now in its fourth year, the Undergraduate Computing Showcase gives students graduating this summer in BSc (Hons) Computing, BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics and BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems the chance to present and discuss their work with IT specialists, members of the business community and potential employers from across the region.
This year projects range from how to open a bank account using only online data to a prototype for a system that could potentially monitor water pumps in African villages.
Laura Blake, a BSc Computer Forensics student, will be presenting her user-friendly website which helps internet users reduce the risks of becoming the target of identity theft.
She commented: "Online identity theft is a major and serious problem. Given that potential cyber criminals regard the online community as a playground in which to target vulnerable victims, it is of fundamental importance to devise a way of combating this growing problem. I have created the website www.identity-smart.co.uk, which is designed to help people become savvier about how they surf the web. It's basically a one-stop-shop of information for web-users to pick up tips ranging from how to spot a spoof email to how to set up a secure Facebook account.
"The advantage of my website is that it fulfils its objective to help web users in a simple and direct way as it uses symbols to convey simple instructions. This enables any user to understand quickly and effectively how to detect, stop and report malpractice."
Maurice Calvert, Principal Lecturer in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering, commented: "This is a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate pride in their achievements and display the skills they have developed. We have some very strong marketable projects this year - some which can and will be of benefit to wider society if taken forward. This event is the culmination of three years of study and an opportunity for prospective employers to meet our students. In previous years students have been offered interviews as a direct result of their Showcase presentations."
All are welcome to the Showcase, which will take place from 6pm-9pm on Wednesday 15 May in Lecture Theatre B on the fourth floor of the University's Rose Bowl.
To confirm your attendance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.