Students to showcase mental health solutions at industry event

Twenty-six leading digital employers are coming together in Manchester on Wednesday 14th November to inspire, challenge and help over 200 undergraduates from universities across the UK. All the students are undertaking Tech Industry Gold accredited degree courses, which develop the business and interpersonal skills most valued by industry alongside technical capabilities.

Students representing ten universities are taking on the topical challenge of how technology solutions can help students’ health and mental wellbeing. They will present their concepts and prototypes to employer panels. As well as identifying the most promising ideas, the employers provide feedback to every student group on business viability, presentation skills and teamwork, and technical creativity.

Employers participating at the Manchester event include: 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, Quicksilva, RBS, SAS, Sky, Telefonica/O2, Ten10, UK Cloud, and Volutus.

These day-long events take place twice a year, organised 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.

Brendan O’Rourke, CIO, Telefonica UK said: “O2 is delighted to sponsor the Tech Industry Gold accredited degrees’ student competition. We often hear about the challenges faced by students regarding their health and mental wellbeing, and exploring how technology can address these issues is hugely relevant in today’s digital world. The engineers and creatives in our Innovation Lab are always keen to offer their support to these initiatives as they pair integrated, industry-relevant academic learning with the technical, business and interpersonal skills needed to excel in today’s tech industries.”

Dr. Kevin G Doyle from the University of the West of England, Bristol said: “Tech Industry Gold accredited degrees offer students a fantastic way to develop the skills needed in a competitive workforce. The opportunities managed through Tech Partnership Degrees has led to fantastic work placements, work shadowing opportunities and careers in the tech industry for our graduates. Since the start of the programme,  students have achieved excellent results compared to other business/tech degrees.”

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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, Quicksilva, SAS, Tata Consultancy Services, Telefonica/O2 and VMWare.

Universities offering Tech Industry Gold accredited degreeand 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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