Students impress employers with mental health solutions


Undergraduates impressed leading digital employers with their innovation at today’s Tech Industry Gold event in Manchester, which was generously sponsored by O2 (Telefónica UK). Over 200 students from ten universities came together with twenty-six employers from across the UK for a day of inspiration, challenge, and networking. A highlight was a competition based on how technology solutions can help students’ health and wellbeing.

All the students are studying for Tech Industry Gold accredited degree courses, which develop the business and interpersonal skills most valued by industry alongside technical capabilities.

The competing teams presented their concepts and prototypes to employer panels, which considered factors including potential business viability, technical creativity, presentation skills and teamwork to make their judgements.

The winning teams from the University of the West of England, Bristol and Oxford Brookes University were commended for their concepts.

UWE developed ‘HelpPod’  (similar to a nook pod)  which would provide a safe space for students to engage in the wellbeing services of the university. The pod incorporates a touchscreen and a streamlined aggregate view of all the wellbeing content available, navigating students, quickly and easily to the help they need. The team discussed developing the pod to be adaptive and agile to technologies so that it was a constantly evolving service.  The team impressively carried out a great amount of research, engaging with students and university wellbeing services.

The Oxford Brookes’ team concept titled ‘Let’s Cook’ was a clear and simple idea to help address loneliness and healthy eating at university. It involves 3-4 students coming together to cook a meal using locally sourced ingredients and recipes. There is no pressure to cook for others but it is a good way to make new friends and socialise with them over a healthy meal. Users identify where they live but names and other details are not shared until approaches to get together are made. One of the judges liked it so much they suggested that students should get their favourite recipes from their parents to enjoy home cooking at university.

Ian Griggs, Senior Technical Product Manager, O2 (Telefónica UK) said: “We were so impressed by the students at today’s event. Their passion and enthusiasm were clear to see and naturally inspired by studying a Tech Industry Gold accredited degree, providing business and interpersonal skills that are absolutely critical to successful careers. O2 are delighted to work with colleagues from companies in all sectors to help give these students a truly unique student experience throughout their degree course.”

Chloe Coglan, ITMB student at the University of the West of England, Bristol said: “We are thrilled to win today’s Tech Industry Gold competition, it is a real confidence boost. The genuine interest from employers really motivates us, and knowing that our course is accredited by industry make us much more confident in our futures.”

Virginia Power, ITMB course lecturer, University of the West of England, Bristol said: “I am very proud of our students. They really thought through the concept and brought together their technical, business and interpersonal skills to make an impact on the judges. These events are great for all our students, helping them achieve great results in their degrees and prepare them for the world of work.”

A list of all the winners is available here:


First Prize
Oxford Brookes (Lets Cook )
Second Prize
UWE  (Unifood)
Third Prize
Glasgow Caledonian  (Open Mind)


First Prize
Second Prize
Oxford Brookes University
Third Prize
Glasgow Caledonian University

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Oxford Brookes

Spot Prizes
Sponsored by Accenture: Kukku Goerge (Aston)
Sponsored by Accenture and Fujitsu: Tolu Abisogan, Mouna Kamara (Queen Mary University of London)

Sponsored by GSK ‘Shadow a Leader’: Barnaby Fittall (UWE)
Sponsored by Ten10 Amazon Voucher: Karolina Bargiel (Queen Mary University of London)
Sponsored by TP Degrees Amazon Voucher: Kainat Tariq (Oxford Brookes)

Employers participating at the Manchester event included: Accenture, Acquledge, Air Products, Barclays, BT, Business Data Partners, Capgemini, CGI, Cisco, Deloitte, FDM Group, Fujitsu, Global, IBM, ICO, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds Banking Group, National Childbirth Trust, O2 (Telefónica UK), Quicksilva, RBS, SAS, Sky, Ten10, UK Cloud, and Volutus

The day-long Tech Industry Gold student/employer events take place twice a year, brought together by the employer-led organisation Tech Partnership Degrees. Students meet potential employers, network, showcase their ideas, and are inspired by industry leaders through keynote talks and interactive skills sessions. Students benefit from a unique development opportunity as well as making new contacts and having fun together.

Any employer interested in getting involved in future events should contact, and any university interested in finding out more about Tech Industry Gold accreditation should contact

Check here for photos of the event and watch the highlights video. Videos of the event’s presentations and panel sessions are also available to students and lecturers already involved in the programme. If this applies to you, please join the LinkedIn TP Degrees Community group to gain access.


About Tech Industry Gold

Tech Industry Gold is the industry accreditation for digital and tech degrees and degree apprenticeships. Designed to meet standards that are defined by employers, Tech Industry Gold programmes integrate industry-relevant academic learning with the technical, business and interpersonal skills new recruits need to excel in digital careers. They not only meet industry standards for content, delivery, and assessment but also offer a unique student experience due to the active support of employers.

All Tech Industry Gold programmes include BSc (Hons), MSci (Hons) or MSc degrees.

All stakeholders benefit:

Students can choose Tech Industry Gold programmes with confidence because of their results – including outstanding employment and academic outcomes. Employers get easier access to exceptional talent and new recruits with the business, interpersonal and technical skills to be immediately productive in work. And for universities, offering Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes helps them to grow new markets and recruit highly engaged students who achieve outstanding results.

Tech Industry Gold accredited degrees have proven their value for over a decade. Each year, over 80% of students gain a 1st or 2:1 (Annual university reporting of graduate degree classifications, 2007 – 2017). Graduates are in high demand and, six months after graduation, are typically earning £3000 – £5000 more than graduates of similar courses without this accreditation (Analysis of Unistats data, August 2018). These degrees are also helping to address the gender imbalance in technology, with double the proportion of females compared to computing overall.

About Tech Partnership Degrees

Employer-led and not-for-profit, Tech Partnership Degrees unites employers and universities to improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce through industry-accredited Tech Industry Gold degrees and degree apprenticeships.

The Tech Partnership Degrees Employer Board comprises senior executives from Accenture, Air Products, Amazon, Barclaycard, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Cisco, Deloitte, the Department for Work and Pensions, Fujitsu, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds Banking Group, National Childbirth Trust, Network Rail, NHS Digital, O2 (Telefónica UK), Quicksilva, SAS, Tata Consultancy Services, and VMWare.

Universities offering Tech Industry Gold accredited degrees and degree apprenticeships include: Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Birkbeck, BPP, Chester, Chichester, Derby, East London, Essex, Exeter, Glasgow Caledonian, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, Lancaster, Leeds Beckett, Loughborough, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Northumbria, the Open University, Oxford Brookes, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Ravensbourne, Sheffield Hallam, Suffolk, Sunderland, Teesside, University of the West of England (UWE), University of West London (UWL) and Winchester.

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