Posted on 16/03/2017
Dr Martin Gaskill (Master Educator), Filippo Di Paola, and Peter Estlin (Sheriff Alderman, the City of London)
Filippo Di Paola, final-year student of our BSc in Computer Science with a Year in Industry, received one of the WCIT Outstanding Information Technology Student Awards 2017. The awards were created to recognise outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate IT students within the UK. Criteria for the award included academic excellence, overcoming adversity, entrepreneurial skills and contribution to charity or community. Ten universities nominated their chosen candidate and provided a written citation in their support.
Filippo previously won the Student Union 2014/15 Crest Award, which gives recognition to individual members of societies who have served their group above and beyond the call of duty. Under his presidency, our student-led Computing Society went on to win :
- The Society of the Year Award, which is the most prestigious of awards available to all Student Union societies.
- The Skills and Employability Cup, which is awarded in collaboration with the university's careers services, and recognises innovation and a commitment to improving the skills and career development of group members. This included the organisation of several coding workshops, taster sessions on several programming languages, and the organisation of a careers fair that attracted over 20 companies.
- The Community Action Cup, which is part of the volunteer awards given every year by Runnymede Borough Council. The award recognised the Society's initiative of starting several school code clubs and supporting The Village Centre in Englefield Green by helping them keep their computer room open to the public.
This is truly exceptional!