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  • Edge Hill students gain new skills and boost their employability through new challenges

    Henry James

    COMPUTER science students from Edge Hill were given the chance to gain new skills and improve their employability via challenges set by top businesses during dedicated Hack Week.

    Students from the department took part in extracurricular activities, putting their skills to the test and receiving feedback from industry experts.

    Highlights included working with software testing company, ROQ on a web-based hackathon, where the students could learn and experience a little about the testing phase of the software development lifecycle and network with the technical staff from the company.

    A group of 25 students also visited the offices of hosting server specialists, UKFAST in Manchester to take part in a ‘real-life’ five-hour hacking challenge simulating work carried out daily by penetration testers at-leading ethical hacking firm, Secarma.

    Meanwhile, Alder Hey Children’s Charity set students the challenge of producing a range of games for children of primary school age, with the aim of transforming their experience in hospital by bringing comfort, fun, reward and distraction, while providing vital information to parents and carers.

    Head of department, Professor Nik Bessis, said: “Hack Week is one of a number of extracurricular opportunities students can take part in to improve employability skills and enhance career prospects.”

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