Computing Science placements

If you have a specific business challenge that you don’t have the time or resource to tackle, hosting a Stirling student for a placement may offer the perfect solution.

Read on for more information about how student placements can benefit your business, or contact us to ask a question

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Student placements and projects

Our students are looking for work experience related to their studies throughout the year. By welcoming a Stirling student into your business, you’ll be gaining a valuable asset to help you tackle a specific project or need, as well as building relationships with the next generation of leaders.

What skills can our Computing Science students offer your business?

The nature of the placement work can vary substantially, though the majority of the students will find placements where they will work on software engineering and development projects. Students may be involved with projects analysing, designing, implementing and/or evaluating solutions for a problem which the placement provider or one of its clients faces. However, other placements such as in technical support and job roles are also feasible. It is hoped that the students will participate as members of an industrial team, as opposed to working in relative isolation. The placement should require the use of skills and knowledge acquired during the first three years of training, which are shown in the degree information page and which they will apply in a real industrial setting.

Examples of previous projects

  • Visualising IoT building data using Python and Power BI
  • Developing a Blog website using Wordpress, Javascript and CSS
  • Developing an e-commerce web app for stock data using C#
  • Creating a child-friendly HTML5 web game for an e-commerce website
  • Upgrading a smart heating controller
  • Developing an online learning environment for learning the English language
  • Creating an integrated data storage and visualisation solution for racing data
  • Using machine learning to detect defective equipment from images
  • Front-end development for an office management system
  • Software and hardware manipulation of a Raspberry Pi
  • Turbine blade damage image recognition using AI/ML
  • Visualising time series data using Python
  • Developing a mobile app for a Chauffeur Drive System

"The placement brings new ideas and a fresh perspective for the company. We have really enjoyed taking on a young, enthusiastic new developer." 

Pete Thomson, KM Soft

"We need people who are seriously passionate about software and electronics engineering. We look for people who have personal, extracurricular projects and activities that complements what they are learning at university. Both students met this criteria."

Janet Menzies, Mage Control Systems

When do students go on placement?

This module runs from June to September. 

The placement provider will be asked to remunerate the student during the tenure of his or her placement as this is a full-time placement for 6 - 12 weeks.  

  • February to March 2024 - Companies will be contacted with a view to gaining placements for the students. If interested in providing a placement, companies will be given placement background information, timelines and a project proposal form.
  • March 2024 -Companies agreeing to take students will complete the project proposal form and return it to Dr. Kolberg by Friday 15 March 2024 at the latest.
  • March to April 2024 - Placement details will be advertised to students, who will be asked to make 3 placement choices. Dr. Kolberg will then forward the students' CVs to the companies of their choice and this will normally be completed by Friday 29 March 2024.
  • April 2024 - Using their current recruitment process, companies will decide on the student most suitable for the placement and a second choice if possible. The name of the student selected will be forwarded to Dr. Kolberg by the end of April 2024.
  • May 2024 -Students will be advised of their placements in the first week of May.
  • June to September 2024 - Students will carry out their projects/job roles.

Submit a project proposal

Complete our scoping form to let us know the kind of support you're looking for and what you'd like students to work on within your business.

Get in touch

If you have any questions please contact Mario Kolberg.