By Zoe Fripp
A student from the University of Hertfordshire has been awarded the silver prize at the 2018 Worshipful Company of Information Technologies (WCIT) Information Technology Awards, making it the second year in a row the prize has gone to a student from the University.
The awards are given out each year to give recognition to outstanding UK undergraduate and postgraduate IT students. Universities are encouraged to nominate a student candidate, providing a written citation supporting them.
George Evans, now in his final year, was nominated by the University’s Dean of the School of Computer Science, for his continuous contributions to extracurricular activities and the extra effort he gives to support first-year students. University staff continue to highly commend George for his unwavering devotion to his studies, positive attitude, hardworking nature and his academic ability.
Dean of the School of Computer Science, Professor William Clocksin, said: “George’s journey in higher education gives proof of his collegiality, contribution to the community, tenacity, resilience and outstanding academic ability. He has been a Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) leader, an active participant in the international RoboCup championships, a key member of our ‘ethical hacking’ team and he continues to support and share numerous learnings and experiences with the School as a whole.
“I am delighted that his contributions have been recognised by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologies (WCIT).”
The criteria for the award include academic excellence, overcoming adversity, entrepreneurial skills, and contribution to a charity or the community. After successfully meeting the criteria expected by the Judges, George was awarded the Silver price of £250 grant cheque, as well as a certificate that says 2018 Outstanding IT Award.
The University of Hertfordshire School of Computer Science is one of the largest and most established departments in the UK, teaching undergraduates since the 1960’s. As of 2017, 90.5% of the Graduates from the School of Computer Science are in employment or further study within 6 months, meaning there are many worthy candidates for nomination within the School.