Industry prize for Speyside computing student

A Speyside computing student has picked up an industry prize for the second year running thanks to her outstanding academic performance at university.

Jemma Tansley, computing prizegiving 2015Second year Robert Gordon University (RGU) student Jemma Tansley (20), from Grantown on Spey, was awarded a ConocoPhillips prize at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media’s annual prize giving.

It is the second year she has won the prize, having also been awarded it in her first year.

The former Grantown Grammar School is currently studying Computing (For Graphics and Animation) at RGU and is currently finishing an eight week placement with Equal Adventure in the town.

Jemma said: “Out of all the projects I have done while on the placement, I have to say my favourite was working with a real time client who requested a full interactive website for his farm.

“This project included several meetings with the client face-to-face, multiple revisions in terms of the design and function of the site, and enabled me to push my confidence in knowing that I can complete a full high quality task in a short amount of time. The client was extremely happy with the amount of effort I had put into the project.

“I am also interested in developing an app in my free time during the summer, and getting myself some software to look into and create a portfolio of developing special effects and title/credit sequences for films.”

Jemma choose to study at RGU due to the impressive technology on offer and said: “I had a couple universities in mind, but it wasn’t until I came to an open day at RGU that I fell in love with the course. I wanted something that was technical but artistic at the same time, and I think the course suits my expectations very well.

“The first year was a great introduction to everything, giving a taste of the business side of IT, the digital media side and so on.

“It was also great to have several team projects to which we could interact with our new course mates. The second year was slightly more individually course based, in that I started to get a taste of graphics and animation.

“Of course some elements of the course were a lot harder compared to the first year, but with plenty of revision and practise there are no problems at all. I passed both first and second year with distinction and a ConocoPhillips prize, which I am very grateful for.”


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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology