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Top prize for Brunel computing student at IT awards


A final year student from the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London has been named as a Gold Award winner at the Outstanding Information Technology Student Awards, hosted by the country’s leading organisation for IT professionals.

Business Computing student Joanna Joss was one of just two students to recieve a Gold Award this week from the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, a City of London Livery Company for industry leaders.

This year's high profile award for IT students at UK universities saw entries from Brunel, Cambridge, City University, University of Hertfordshire, Imperial College London, London Metropolitan University, University of Northampton, Open University, University of Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, UCL and the University of Warwick.

Those nominated by their universities were judged on their individual merits, with judges particularly looking for evidence of academic excellence, overcoming adversity, entrepreneurial skills and contribution to charity or community.

After receiving her award, Jo said: “I came to Brunel as a mature student to get the skills I would need to pursue a career in computing, and I have definitely received a good grounding in the subject. However, my time here has also given me the opportunity to push myself academically through study, and professionally through an industry placement.

“To have that hard work recognised through an award like this from WCIT has really motivated me to make the most of these last few months as a student, and given me confidence that I will succeed in my future career path."

The awards event was held at Saddlers' Hall, City of London, and attended by many high-profile IT professionals including the CTO of Unilever, and Christina Scott, CTO of News UK.

(Image: Joanna Joss, second from right, collects her Gold Award at Saddlers' Hall)