Hometown: Portadown, Northern Ireland
"The School of Computing is great. You never do the same thing twice. There are always new things to do and new areas to explore. Everybody is very welcoming and you can always become a part of what is happening" - Kyle Harrison
After visiting friends in Dundee, Kyle realised that the School of Computing was the place for him. Kyle said:
“I liked the city and I was really interested in the course so I ended up emailing some questions to Janet Hughes – although at the time I didn’t realise she was Dean of the School! Fortunately she was happy to help answer my questions.”
Now nearing the end of his studies Kyle feels that the Applied Computing degree provides students with a very strong skills base:
“The course helps you to develop the skills to do a lot, and to learn any computing language. For example, even though everybody on my course is studying the same degree, when you look around the room you see that each student is taking a different approach and going off in a different direction.
“You get to do a lot of group work too. At the time you don’t always understand the benefit of it, but once you finish, you realise that it’s really good to learn how to work with different people. In 3rd and 4th year there’s more opportunity to work with students from other disciplines. I’ve even been able to collaborate with medical students.
"The School of Computing is great. You never do the same thing twice. There are always new things to do and new areas to explore. Everybody is very welcoming and you can always become a part of what is happening. Also, a lot of the time it doesn’t just feel like work.
"2013 has been one of the biggest highlights of my time here. I got to take part in a Yahoo project, a Hack event that involved the NHS, and I got to go to Boston as part of iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine competition). I also went to London for a BBC Hack event and I’ve been to lots of Tech meet ups. It’s hard to pick just a few highlights from 2013!”
As somebody who has seized every opportunity to get involved with outside activities, Kyle’s one piece of advice for prospective students is:
“Say yes to any opportunity. The amazing time I had in 2013 is proof that this pays off!”