BSc (hons), CEng, Computer Science
IBM & University of Portsmouth
1989 – 1992 Portsmouth, UK
In a UK first, IBM partnered with the University of Portsmouth to offer a jointly awarded and sponsored degree scheme. After a tough selection process I was lucky enough to be one of only 19 students awarded a place on the third year intake of this scheme, earning a (small) salary from IBM for the three years.
I spent part of each week working in IBM’s head office at North Harbour, Portsmouth and the rest of the time studying at the university. I also attended an intensive six week summer school each year.
My final year project / dissertation was an actual piece of industrial project work, designing and coding order maintenance functions for IBM’s room-sized, water-cooled, build-to-order mainframes.
Thirty years later my degree parchment is a rare thing, bearing a company logo as its joint awarder.
1984 – 1989 Bedford, UK
4 A Levels
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science
10 O Levels
English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Design & Technology, German