We are today celebrating the amazing success of our students who took part in the IT Management for Business Degree (ITMB) e-skills competition.
Led by lecturer Ali Owrak with additional coaching and support from ITMB graduate Tim Skelley, the teams won first place in every category and we received a special prize for best university. No other university has ever won all categories. The teams were awarded £1600 prize money in total as well as a trophy to bring back to the school.
Ali said: “I’m exceptionally proud of what we achieved yesterday and the hard work from the students. We set out at the start of this project to unite students from all three years, improving team work and ensuring they built trust with one another. We wanted to ultimately create an ‘ITMB family’; we definitely achieved that and more!”
The competition involved students from 19 universities pitching their project ideas to some of the largest employers in the UK with one aim – to change young people’s perceptions of the careers they can enjoy within the industry and inspire more to pursue these careers.
As well as conducting a large scale questionnaire, the students took their project into the classroom, holding a number of IT related workshops with 60 pupils at Chorlton High School. The visit was so successful that the school has asked them to return next year. This initial research has enabled the teams to focus their project proposals on the elements that would resonate with their target audience.
The event yesterday involved each team presenting to a panel of judges from companies such as IBM, Capgemini and Deloitte; with only three minutes to explain their idea and a few minutes for any questions.