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Computing Success Stories

Undergraduate Stories | Postgraduate Stories | Apprenticeship Stories

At the Computing School at Buckingham, we are proud of the success of our students and graduates. You will find below what some of our recent graduates have to say about their time at Buckingham and how it helped their careers.

Undergraduate Success Stories

Mihir Raniga (BSc Computing, 2022)

Mihir RanigaI loved that the course covered all aspects and areas of computing in great detail – from basic programming to web development, cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence with interesting and challenging projects, both in groups and individual.

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Thomas Humphreys (BSc Computing, 2022)

Thomas HumphreysI joined the September 2019 cohort and was surprised by how different the course was compared to my previous university programme. The tight-knit classes allowed me to ask many questions and engage with the lectures more easily; the timetables gave the flexibility to organize my spare time, especially allowing me to apply in practice what I had learned in blockchain and crypto; and having my personal tutor alongside me meant I was encouraged and motivated when I most needed it.

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Asha Krishnan (BSc Computing, 2021)

I transferred to Buckingham in September 2018. The University stood out to me because they provided me with a huge amount of flexibility and support when transferring. It also seemed a clear choice because of the small class sizes and the emphasis on providing quality teaching. These factors, amongst others, did in fact combine to make an unmatched learning experience.

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Thomas Ewan Borland (BSc Computing, 2021)

Thomas Ewan Borland, BSc Computing graduateI’ve been fascinated with programming from a young age, so studying computing was the obvious choice for me. Programming is all about solving logical puzzles where there are many right answers, and I’ve always found it satisfying and rewarding… The lecturers were passionate about the subject and easy to interact with. Many of the modules were great fun and all were interesting.

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Anastasia Taylor (BSc Computing, 2020)

My choice in Computing stemmed from my passion for mathematics and programming. I have always liked the challenge of logical problem solving that programming provides and I appreciate that there is opportunity for creativity too. I was interested in working in a wide variety of industries, so the fact that every industry uses computers also gave me the freedom to pursue any area I wanted.

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Bethan Gibson (BSc Computing, 2020)

When I applied to University, I was in the middle of doing a year-out internship. I had never touched programming before in my life and it was a very last-minute decision. I visited a few Universities around the country but Buckingham was the only place that really felt like home. When I arrived, I was really welcomed by the lecturers and felt especially supported by the admins. I would definitely recommend Buckingham to anyone who wanted a supportive and personalised experience.

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Henry Dashwood (BSc Computing, 2020)

I transferred to Buckingham having been studying Economics at the University of Exeter. As part of an internship during my gap year I had written a report on how automation is affecting the labour market which led to a sense that I would have to acquire a whole new set of skills upon completing my degree. For those who find themselves in a similar situation, Buckingham’s two-year degrees offer a chance to change direction without the feeling of delaying one’s career.

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Alisha Mahajan (BSc Computing, 2019)

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I was initially studying Economics at UCL. However, the course didn’t resonate with me so I decided to change my degree after the first term. I got a chance to do an internship at the Customer Experience Department at Salesforce and decided that I wanted to make a career in User Experience and User Interface Design.

In search to join a new degree, The University of Buckingham stood out for me due to its two-year programme with a start date in January and a very high student satisfaction score.

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Renata Franczak (BSc Computing with Accounting and Finance, 2018)

I never wanted to end my adventure with studying after graduating from high school. Studying at university was my dream. Unfortunately, for a moment I thought of it as “an impossible dream”. Happiness smiled to me about 8 years after graduation and it was time to start higher education. Choosing The University of Buckingham turned out to be the best choice.
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Dominic Thackray (BSc Computing, 2017)

I joined The University of Buckingham to study Applied Computing, following A-Levels. The draw to Buckingham was the small class sizes, a course covering a broad range of topics and the ability to study over the course of two years, with my aim to get into industry as soon as possible.

The way that the course was structured was fantastic; I liked the fact that the ‘non-technical’ sides of industry were also covered, encompassing the importance of project management and understanding customers’ needs.
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Nicholas Whiskerd (BSc Computing, 2017)

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In advance of making any formal application, I made enquiries to Buckingham and was readily invited to visit and meet with department staff, discuss what was right for me, and how and when I could start. Flexibility was offered due to my previously studied applicable modules and, therefore, I was able to join the BSc Computing programme in the second of the four half-year terms. The two-year bachelor’s degree programme appealed to me, as it was not a case of increased pressure beyond what is fairly expected, but simply was efficiently structured, notably without long breaks between terms.

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Phillip Mutebi Nsubuga (BSc Computing with Accounting and Finance, 2017)

I joined Buckingham as unlike most Universities, they offered a January start date in addition to the normal September entry. This was suitable for me joining from a South African school whose academic year ended in December. This partnered with the consistently high ranking for student satisfaction made Buckingham a compelling choice and I have not regretted. My time at The University of Buckingham has shaped me into the person I am today.

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Abhiram Adi (BSc Computing with Economics, 2015)

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the School of Computing in Buckingham, as it provided me with opportunities to develop real-life IT projects, and my particular highlight was working with the research department to produce a mobile-based chemical recognition application. I received a lot of support from various lecturers, and because the University is so tight-knit, the collaborative learning that I gained was invaluable.

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Shannon Burchall (BSc Computing, 2015)

I had started my university experience in the United States, however I knew that I wanted to make a switch over to the UK to study. Having lost a year from receiving my degree on time, I really wanted to make sure I still graduated on time. As I searched online, I came across The University of Buckingham’s accelerated two year degree.

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Humzah Ghauri (BSc Computing with Business Management, 2013)

Buckingham’s 2 year degree was a very attractive proposition to me; it meant I could start building my professional career sooner. Furthermore, Buckingham’s Computing department is ranked as one of the top in the UK so it was an obvious choice for me. I studied the BSc Computing with Business Management degree which was the ideal major/minor course combination – it provided me with the Computing Fundamentals alongside Business sense for working in the real world for a business.

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Christopher Clayton (BSc in Computing, 2011)

I have always taken a keen interest in computers particularly creating things so from my early teen years I immersed myself in the online video game community. This involved setting up little discussion platforms for people to discuss and share gaming knowledge as well as getting involved in building my own role-playing video game.

I felt that I never fully performed to my best during my A-levels and had rather modest expectations of what I could achieve when I started university. I was intrigued by The University of Buckingham’s personalised approach to teaching which contrasted the method used by more traditional universities.

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Postgraduate Success Stories

Themiya Damruwan (MSc Applied Data Science 2024)

Portrait photograph of Themiya DamI am a medical doctor who graduated with an MBBS from Sri Lanka and joined The University of Buckingham for my postgraduate studies in MSc Applied Data Science. I always had the passion to be an engineer and it led me to complete my master’s degree in December 2023 with a Distinction. I am humbled and honoured to be awarded the Issac Jassim Award for best performance in postgraduate studies in the School of Computing. Here is my story.

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Godwin Ebikwo (MSc Applied Data Science 2024, BSc in Computing and Software Entrepreneurship, 2019)

Buckingham is more than a university; it’s an environment that equips you with the right skills, resources, and support for learning and growth. My experiences there have laid a solid foundation for my flourishing career. If you’re considering a place that fosters both personal and professional development, think Buckingham. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Cornald Orjiako (Graduate Diploma in Computing, 2024)

Image of Cornald OrjiakoI discovered The University of Buckingham and gave it a shot. And looking back at the year-long graduate diploma programme I chose, it sure was the right decision.

The friendly faculty and staff at the university and particularly in the School of Computing, the conducive learning environment, the mode of teaching and assessment were all in the right mix to enable me to excel in my studies.

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Eshragh Ghoodjani (MSc Applied Data Science, 2023)

Eshragh Ghoodjani

As someone with an engineering background, it was always natural for me to be drawn to technology. My passion for the field only grew as I discovered the vast and exciting world of data science. With the amount of data that’s generated each day, I knew that this was a field with immense potential and opportunities. This is why I decided to pursue an MSc in Applied Data Science.

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Wissem Redjem (MSc Applied Data Science, 2022)

Computing StudentDriven by my deep passion for technology and the limitless possibilities of computers I pursued a five-year programme to earn a State Engineering Degree in Computer Science with a specialised focus on Software Engineering in Algeria. I further honed my mathematical problem-solving skills with a Master of Science in Computer Science and
Mathematics. After graduating, I had the opportunity to work for around 2 years and lead a diverse range of commercial projects across various industries, including healthcare, logistics, and ecommerce.

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Padmavathi Sivalingam (MSc Applied Computing, 2022)

I did my engineering in Computer Science in India and worked in the software industry for 6 years. After a break of 7 years to focus on my family, I wanted to resume my career. I felt that doing a Masters would be a great way to reinitiate myself into the professional space. While looking at various universities, I was impressed with the wide range of research projects that were going on at The University of Buckingham in the areas of Big Data, Biometrics and Medical diagnosis.

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Praveen Kumar Guntoju (MSc Innovative Computing, 2019)

After graduating with a BSc in Information Technology from Osmania University (Hyderabad, India) I worked as a Web Developer for a couple of years before deciding to pursue my master’s degree. I decided to do my studies at University of Buckingham based on the recommendation of my brother who also encouraged me to do my own research into the institution. Based on independent research and talking to former students as well as staff I felt that Buckingham met the key requirements I was looking for in my next place of study.

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Audu Emmanuel (MSc Applied Data Science 2021, BSc Computing and Software Entrepreneurship 2018)

Audu Emmanuel

I have always had a flair for creating software applications that will be able to provide value in the lives of individuals; software applications that users will derive joy from making use of. I started coding at the age of 14 and I was already sure by that time that I wanted to study Computing in University, Buckingham gave me that opportunity and hence the beginning of my journey.

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Dhiya Al-Saqri (MSc Applied Computing, 2017)

Upon successful completion of my BSc at the College of Applied Sciences – Suhar in Oman, I was awarded a scholarship from the College to complete a master’s in Computing. I had the option to choose any university from around the world but, The University of Buckingham was my beautiful destiny. I started my postgraduate study at Buckingham in January 2015. There are places where you can dream, but there are places where your dreams become true.

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Ngozi Ogo (MSc Applied Computing, 2017)

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in software engineering in my home country (Nigeria), I decided to immediately pursue a postgraduate degree in computing from a foreign university, preferably in the United Kingdom. The University of Buckingham was one of the few schools that had admission openings for April in my chosen field and going through the rankings of the Computing department, it seemed like the choice was already made for me.

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Jean Jimbo (MSc Innovative Computing, 2012)

The staff to student ratio at The University of Buckingham is unmatched, making it easy to not only approach staff but to encourage a supportive environment, which is crucial to the success of students. One of my favourite activities involved how the School of Computing encouraged students to come together to share their work in weekly seminars, opening up discussions where we could learn from each other no matter our level of study or exposure to various technologies.

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Daniel Okebukola (BSc Computing, 2011 & MSc Computing by Research), 2012

I have always had a passion for computers and technology, mainly using them to provide logical and mathematical solutions to problems. The 2-year degree programme offered at Buckingham was the main source of attraction for me; meaning I could conclude my degree in record time. Also, my elder brother was already at the university studying for his MPhil/DPhil in Law. Buckingham also offered a family discount for members of the same immediate family. Therefore, studying at Buckingham was a no-brainer and an easy choice for me.

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Jeremy Martin (DPhil Computer Science, 1996)

I was lucky enough to study part time at Buckingham in the nineties, ten years after studying for my first degree which was Mathematics at Cambridge. I was working as a programmer in the Oxford University Computing Services at the time and had a young family. I had a desire to become more deeply immersed in Computer Science and hoped to open some interesting future career opportunities.

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Apprenticeship Success Stories

Joanna Koda (MSc Applied Data Science, Degree Apprenticeship, Level 7 DTSS 2023)

Portrait photograph of Joanna Koda, standing in front on 'Women in Data' logoMy MSc degree was a game changer for me, and I never stop encouraging other people to get out of their comfort zone, work hard and learn completely new things! I am incredibly grateful to the University of Buckingham, all the brilliant teaching professors (especially my project Supervisor, Dr Naseer Al-Jawad), my workplace which enabled me exposure and 20% of my work time for learning, and of course myself for not giving up!

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Karen Bold (MSc Applied Data Science, Degree Apprenticeship, Level 7 DTSS 2022)

Karen BoldMy name is Karen Bold and I graduated from my Applied Data Science MSc from the University of Buckingham and Level 7 Digital and Technology Solution Specialist Degree Apprenticeship through Avado in the summer of 2022 – on my 51st birthday actually!

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Maddie Fang (MSc Applied Data Science – Degree Apprenticeship, Level 7 DTSS, 2022)

Maddie Fang - MSc Applied Data Science Degree ApprenticeshipWhen the opportunity came up, I joined the MSc Applied Data Science (Degree Apprenticeship) programme at the University of Buckingham, offered as part of the Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (DTSS) integrated degree apprenticeship provided via Avado, which was fully sponsored by my company at the time…

In July 2022, I successfully finished my studies and graduated with a distinction grade. The Master’s degree has prepared me well for my career in Data Science and helped me to further develop my skills and gain the technical experience required to be successful in this career.

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