Students give IT aid to Galloway organisations

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140 computing xcience students from the University of Glasgow will be working on a number of IT related projects with local businesses and organisations.

The third year students will be working with Crichton Institute, Crichton Carbon Centre, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway and The Stove Network.

Tony Fitzpatrick, director at Crichton Institute Regional Observatory and Eva Milroy,development officer at Crichton Institute approached Dr Tim Storer from the Glasgow course.

They were looking for support to further develop the Crichton Institute Regional Observatory (RO).

Tim also co-runs the school’s industry liaison forum arranging student placements and industrial projects.

He commented: “Eva and Tony contacted when I was in the middle of re-designing the third year course.

“The course aims to provide students with a hands-on opportunity for developing their project management skills in as real as possible client/consultant relationships.

“The issues Tony and Eva wanted help with seemed to fit exactly into the new course profile.”

The students on this team-based software engineering course learn how to manage change in a software project, how to quality assure a project and how to be responsive to changing client needs and other influences that may affect a project.

Eva said: “ Through my work on the development of the RO and regular engagement with a number of stakeholders in Dumfries and Galloway I was very much aware that there are local organisations that are keen to explore the benefits of digital technologies.

“For example mobile applications, digital mapping and sensor technology to make better business decisions and interact more efficiently with their customers.”