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Computing students help local charities

(2 April 2019)

Computer Science students have been using their new 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 tutors.

One of the students, Philip Colebrooke, said: “It’s been a good experience for us to work as a group and to work with a real world client.”

What the students did

  • Website improvements for River Tees Rediscovered
  • 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
  • A parents’ evening bookings system for Park View School, Chester-le-Street

River Tees Rediscovered has been part of the project for three years. Previously, students have developed the project’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.

She said: “It’s great to put our learning into practice and get some real world experience. It’s good to have on my CV.”