Deri Jones To Speak At University Of Kent

On the 25th January Deri Jones will speak to the second year Computer Science students about the opportunities available through the SciVisum Work Placement programme. Sharing the platform with be Adam Coleman, one of the significant number of past participants who have gone on to become full time employees, and who is now the supervisor of students on the programme.

Students will be able to find out more about the programme, how to apply for inclusion, and have the opportunity to discuss the real world experiences of a past participant.

SciVisum is proud to have strong links with the local Universities and provides a variety of internships and industrial year placements for Canterbury students.  We also offer opportunities for graduates and PhDs to be involved in world-class software development processes, using the best open-source tools, and working with clients who are themselves on the cutting edge of technology and leading experts in their fields.

Deri Jones, CEO

Deri says of the programme:

“We see it as incredibly important to nurture new talent coming into the industry, prizing the latest techniques, thinking and new ideas that lead to the fantastic, innovative developments that our clients expect from us.

Within our highly experienced and highly competent software team, students and new graduates have a huge opportunity to learn – within a company culture where innovation and individual thinking is strongly encouraged. In addition the chance to experience the practical side of business development and client interaction is an invaluable experience in today’s competitive job market.

In fact many of those who came to us first on placements got on so well they are still with the company today, and you can’t get a better testimonial than that!”

Deri himself has a history with the University of Kent. In 1992 he took the helm of the UK’s first ISP, the fledgling EUnet which was at the time 3 technical staff from the Computer laboratory at the University of Kent.  His wealth of experience working in all sizes of business from large corporations to his own start up ventures, means that he has insight into the issues faced by all kinds organisations and offers the opportunity for students to gain an incredible level of practical knowledge when learning more about how their skills can be used out in the business world after graduation.

Adam Coleman

Adam is now a Performance Testing Engineer with SciVisum and was an early participant in the program. He has also gone on to take on the role of Supervisor for students on work placement, helping  them to develop technical and business skills, acting as a mentor, and being the point of liaison with the University.

He says of his experiences:

“As a Mathematics student who converted into a Computer Science MSc for postgraduate study I found SciVisum when looking around for technology companies in and around the Canterbury area. Joining the company on a graduate internship before being offered a permanent position at its conclusion has opened my eyes to the ways in which a small tight-knit company can achieve big things with a forward thinking group of people on board and at the helm.”

What Other Past Participants Have To Say

Ben Walker

Ben is part of the web testing team and has become our Sys Admin expert, working not only with our own systems, but solving problems for clients. In fact he has become known to his colleagues as “The SysAdmin Ninja” for his incredible skills. He was part of the programme in 2010 and was offered a full time role after graduation.

He says of his experiences:

“I studied Computer Science at University, graduating in 2010. I joined SciVisum soon after through a graduate internship scheme, run by the University of Kent, in partnership with local technology companies. The company has a great working atmosphere, with small, friendly close knit teams, where everyone has a role to play.”

Richard Lancaster

Richard is currently a student and part way through a year’s placement with us. He is working in the web testing team which provides the opportunity to work closely with clients themselves, the internal research and development team, the load testing engineers and Account Management and Customer Liaison.

He says of his experiences:

“As a current Computer Science student at University of Kent, Scivisum has offered me an invaluable placement opportunity. I have found Scivisum to be an immensely stimulating place to work, where you are surrounded by intelligent, individual thinkers.

This brilliant opportunity has not only allowed me to improve my technical skills, but also to build a softer business-oriented skill set that I will give me a new insight when returning to academia.” 

Barcamp Canterbury

As a Canterbury company we are proud of our local roots and delighted to have been sponsors of, and presenters at, the BarCamp Canterbury “unconference” since it’s inception in 2010. It is a fantastic event and growing stronger every year.

This year the event takes place on 27th and 28th April.

For More Information

University of Kent students should contact their placement team in the first instance.

Other universities interested in the programme should contact Deri Jones directly to discuss opportunities.