A group of Computing and Creative students from CONEL have been shortlisted for the 157 Group’s ‘Going Further’ Website Redesign Competition. The final stage takes place on 19th April where they have to deliver a Dragons’ Den style presentation and sales pitch in front of a panel of industry professionals.
The group is one of 5 selected to go through to the final stage, out of over 40 colleges that entered the competition. The team is excited to be shortlisted and they are confident they are on to something good. They started the project in October and finished in January. They are proud of their fully functional, professional website after spending months planning, designing and coding for the 157 Group.
The 157 Group is a forward thinking membership organisation which represents 27 leading UK colleges and college groups, transforming the UK economy through the delivery of high-quality technical and professional education. Ian Pretty, CEO of the 157 Group states: “The 157 Group Going Further competitions is a great opportunity for outstanding students from our member colleges to show off their website design and presentation skills. I am looking forward to seeing their creativity and Innovation.”
The competition gave the students hands on experience and it was a great opportunity for their future prospects. The team worked well together by working to the client’s requirements and assessing the skill set within their team. This was followed by brainstorming, producing a storyboard and screen designs in order to visualise the end product. Ultimately, they created, implemented and tested the website, ready for the launch.
Luke Taylor Designer & Coder, studying Access to Computing (pictured above, far right) states: “When I first signed up to the 157 project I didn't realise how much of a challenge it would be. The journey has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs but we have a talented and hard working team keeping things going. A massive thanks to the staff involved who provided crucial support and guidance. Finally after all of our hard work it is incredibly rewarding to see the end result! Now with fingers crossed we will wait and see if our hard work has paid off. This competition has helped me gain great experience and has helped me get a place at King’s College to study Computer Science. “
Kalpesh Sagar, ICT and Computing Lecturer (pictured above, fourth from the left) said: “The 157 Project has provided an opportunity for learners to apply learning to a realistic industry-based project. The group have been working to understand the client’s requirements, designing webpages and implementing the functionality and improvements into an enhanced, redesigned website. Learners have enjoyed the process and find that this is an exciting opportunity for the group to learn and apply their knowledge practically. It’s great to see learners working together collaboratively in this project where they can contribute innovative ideas to improve the client website.”
Many of CONEL’s ICT and Computing students have progressed to Kings College and other Russell Group Universities after achieving high grades and finishing their studies at the College.