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RGU student shortlisted for best undergraduate computing award


A Robert Gordon University (RGU) student has made it through to the final of a competition searching for the best undergraduate computing student in the UK.

Corrie GreenCorrie Green (19), a third year Computer Science Application Software Development student at RGU, has been named as one of 10 finalists in the TARGETjobs Computer Science and Analytics Undergraduate of the Year category.

To qualify for the final, Corrie first had to complete a series of online tests before travelling to London to take part in an assessment centre session and interview with award sponsor Expedia.

He impressed the company so much that they invited him to apply for a three month internship which he will complete over the summer.

Corrie will return to London for the 2016 awards ceremony on April 22, which will be hosted by Fiona Bruce, to hear if he has won the title.

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards, which launched six years and now features 12 prestigious awards, aims to celebrate the best undergraduate students at UK universities and looks for a combination of academic excellence, the ability to pass difficult online assessments and good communication and interpersonal skills.

The 2015 competition was entered by more than 3500 students from over 130 different universities.

Corrie said: “At the assessment centre we had to use our knowledge on the current apps in place within the travel industry, and design improvements for them. It was a great opportunity to discuss computer science related topics with like-minded students, and I will look forward to sharing a meal with them again at the awards ceremony.

“I’m very excited to have made the final shortlist for the award and am also delighted to have been successful in securing a summer internship with Expedia.”

Computing Science Course Leader, Dr John Isaacs, said: “The Undergraduate of the Year is an extremely competitive competition and being shortlisted for this award against students from all over the UK is an absolutely outstanding achievement.

“Corrie is an extremely dedicated student, both academically and representing the university externally at various hackathons and game jams - to see this being recognised by a national event is fantastic news.

“Everybody in the School of Computing Science and Digital Media is delighted that he has been shortlisted for the award and wish him the best of luck for the final.”

If he wins the award, Corrie will also get to spend a week in Expedia’s head office in Seattle.

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology