Samuel Hood wearing graduation robes

Sam Hood

Hometown: Dundee

Course: BSc (Honours) Applied Computing

"The atmosphere at the School of Computing is brilliant, especially in fourth year when there is a dedicated lab just for your class, where a lot of work and play occurs! It also helps that the staff are very approachable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic." - Sam Hood

“I studied Applied Computing and entered the course as a direct entry second year student after two years at college.

“The reasons I chose to study at the University of Dundee are two-fold. The University is located in my hometown and I knew that I would be more than happy to continue living here. I also knew that the University of Dundee is one of the best universities in the country for computing, so choosing to apply here was a pretty easy decision

“My first impression of the School of Computing was fantastic. I loved the open spaces where you can work with others and I thought that the Queen Mother Building was great as it has lots of good equipment and high quality facilities.

“My time here has been really enlightening. The Applied Computing course is designed to expose you to how real-world computing projects are carried out, such as by gathering brief specifications from clients, and presenting your final year project.

“The atmosphere at the School of Computing is brilliant, especially in fourth year when there is a dedicated lab just for your class, where a lot of work and play occurs! It also helps that the staff are very approachable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their own subjects.

“A lot of the highlights of my time at university have been related to group work - I particularly enjoyed being involved in hack days in London and Glasgow. I’ll always remember the many afternoons spent in the Union with classmates, as well as various presentation days that ended with a great feeling of relief when everything fell into place. For me, making a bunch of friends that I'll most likely keep in touch with for the rest of my life has been the best highlight!

“If computers are your thing, the University of Dundee is the place to be – the courses aren’t all just about programming, there are opportunities to learn about user design, networking, assistive technology and many more areas of computing.

“The Applied Computing course is perfect preparation for real-world jobs, of which there are many in the computing field. I currently have a job at Ninewells Hospital as a Junior Programmer for the Health Informatics Centre.

"It's a six month placement and I'm not sure what I'll do after that. Perhaps it will be extended or perhaps I will go travelling for a while and try to pick up a computing related job in Australia or Japan. Who knows? I guess that's the next big adventure!”


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