26th February 2004

 

FREE COMPUTING HELP FOR SMALL FIRMS

 

Small businesses north and south of the Humber are being given the chance to recruit Computing students free of charge to find solutions to their technical problems.

 

Some final-year Computing students at the University of Lincoln spend 320 hours working on real-life projects with small businesses as part of their degree course and

the university – which has Computing students in both Lincoln and Hull – don’t yet have enough local businesses on their books.

 

“We want to let the business community in Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding, know that the computing expertise is available here to find solutions to a range of problems,” said Dr Chris Coulson, project leader at the university’s Department of Computing and Informatics.

 

“Our students can tackle a variety of problems, from web site production and databases to 3D animated logos and school teaching and testing projects,” he said.

 

Dr Coulson is currently setting up a project involving final-year students and the  Carers’ Centre Hull to give carers in the city computer training as well as access to the Internet via their own personal computer.

 

“We’ve realised that our third-year students need help connecting with the local community and small business sector,” he said. “In the past these projects have been arranged in an ad hoc way but now we’re keen to set up a more formal system.”

 

In total 150 final-year Computing students could be individually available to work on projects with local small businesses from September 2004. There is no charge to the company for the help which students provide.

 

“The beauty of the scheme is that the student gains valuable workplace experience in a real situation while the local business or organisation gets expert help free of charge,” said Dr Coulson. ‘In some cases the relationships developed through such projects could lead to more significant university / industry links.”

 

Dr Coulson is also interested in talking to companies which may wish to employ a Computing student on a year-long placement. For more information contact Dr Coulson on Hull (01482) 311280.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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