First year computing students receive award for outstanding achievements

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The outstanding achievements of two first year computing undergraduates were recognised at an Award Presentation on Wednesday 24 July.

Dimitra Krezia studying BSc Computer Science Honours and Vince Goldman studying BSc Computer Security and Forensics Honours with Professional Practice Year received awards for achieving an A+ grade for every assignment with an average overall mark of above 90%. 

Throughout the year they have both been an inspiration to their friends and peers. 

Outside their studies, they have been very proactive in taking advantage of the many extra-curricular events organised by the British Computer Society (BCS) Student Chapter and the Beds Computing SU Society.

Dimitra was awarded for commitment to her studies with the BCS (The Chartered Institute of IT) Bedford Branch Student Prize which is given every year to the highest performing first year computing student in the University’s School of Computer Science and Technology. 

The prize includes automatic membership of the BCS for the remainder of her studies and a £150 cash prize.

Dimitra was presented her certificate by the Chair of the BCS Bedford Branch Dr Ip-Shing Fan from Cranfield University.

Dimitra Krezia had very little experience of Computer Science and programming until she came to the University, however the University helped with this anxiety “by being very supportive towards mature students that have to work [as well as study]” and by having a clear curriculum.

She added:  “The teachers and the organised events this year contributed a lot to my success.

“I am honoured to receive this prize and see my efforts being rewarded in this way. I am looking forward to new, exciting challenges in my second year.”

When Vince Goldman joined the University in October 2018, having had only one year’s experience in computing after completing an Access Course.

Vince Goldman was awarded the School of Computer Science and Technology Prize which was presented by Dr Paul Sant, Head of School for the School of Computer Science and Technology.

Vince said building relationships with his classmates and peers was invaluable when he started at Bedfordshire. “Luckily, this group wanted to learn as much as I did and we competed in hackathons and took part in most of the other events the University provided for us.

“I learned so much from my peers and these extra-curricular events, and we all had something to offer each other – whether it be softer skills such as motivation and confidence building, or programming and using tools I had never heard of.” 

Vince hopes “to continue to succeed next year”.

Sue Brandreth, Associate Lecturer at the University, committee member and Education Liaison Officer of the Bedford Branch of the BCS, said: “From the start is was obvious that both Dimitra and Vince were determined to do well and make the most of the opportunities that the University provides.

“They readily took advice from teaching staff about the best approach to learning and have really excelled. They have been model students and an inspiration to both fellow students and teaching staff.”

Dr Paul Sant said: “It is great to see such dedication and hard work, and that we can reward it through the kind sponsorship of BCS.”

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