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Computing students help local charities

(2 April 2019)

Some of our Computer Science students have been using their newly acquired skills to help local charities.

Teams of five or six students worked with one of six local charities which wanted help to develop their website or other digital platforms.

Each team worked with its charity for five months, before presenting its computing solution to a panel including representatives of the charity and their University tutors.

River Tees Rediscovered

River Tees Rediscovered, which aims to bring the Tees landscape to life through conservation, engagement, learning and training, asked its students to add walking trails to its website, and create an online system where volunteers could log their litter picking activity.

James Hunter, Delivery Officer with Groundwork NE& Cumbria who works on the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership, said: “It has allowed us to widen our offer and increase engagement for users who are now able to experience the trails and interact with them online, which is especially important for those with barriers to physical access to the trails.

“The students have skills that we don’t have and couldn’t afford to buy in and to have the chance to utilise these is an invaluable asset to our project.”

River Tees Rediscovered has been part of the project for three years. Previously, students have developed the organisation’s website and an app.

One of this year’s students, Catalina Tataru, has now agreed to develop the app further in her own time.

Other projects

Other student groups developed: a new website for Beyond Limits, website improvements for Woodhouse Close Church, Bishop Auckland; website and social media improvements for Fruitful Durham; a bookings system for Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street; and a parents’ evening bookings system for Park View School, Chester-le-Street.