Hometown: Dundee, Scotland
"My one piece of advice to prospective students would be tomake sure you have a good balance between your studies and your social life. Join societies! It’s the main way that you meet people and you have lots of fun." - Lewis Boyden
Lewis Boyden is a first year student at the School of Computing. He is studying on a unique new course in Applied Computing (Games) which is run in collaboration with Dundee & Angus College at the University of Dundee. Lewis first heard about the degree programme while attending an interview to study an HNC in Software Development. Lewis said:
“The interviewer at Dundee & Angus College asked if I’d heard about the Applied Computing (Games) course. I hadn’t so they told me a bit about it and I became really interested in applying.
“My brother had studied Applied Computing at the University of Dundee and he really enjoyed the course. I’d also been impressed by the examples of student work that I’d seen at Honours project exhibitions and although I hadn’t previously considered university – I am glad I decided to give it a go.
“The course is quite technical but really interesting.It’s quite focused on programming and you get to do lots of small projects. One of the projects that I’ve enjoyed the most involved working as part of an interdisciplinary team to create a data visualisation for an individual of your choice. I also enjoyed the end of year project even though it was challenging. I created an interactive campus map, with one of my classmates and two Product Design students.”
Since starting at the University of Dundee Lewis has also become involved in several societies, including the Physics Society and the Computing society. He said:
“You can balance your studies and your social life. What’s good about societies is that they are run in the evening so you can go along for a few hours after class and just have a good time. There’s a really good social life around here. Everyone is really friendly and you can always find someone who wants to do something!
“My one piece of advice to prospective students would be to make sure you have a good balance between your studies and your social life. Join societies! It’s the main way that you meet people and you have lots of fun.”
Although graduation is still awhile away for Lewis, he is considering pursuing a career as a Software Developer and is open minded about where this role could take him:
“It could really be anywhere in the world!”