Allstate NI colleagues graduate from Queen’s with Master’s in Software Development

Four Allstate NI employees are celebrating today (Friday 14 December) as they each graduate with an MSc in Software Development.

The Master’s in Software Development course at Queen’s provides a year of intensive education in software engineering and as a ‘conversion’ course, is specifically designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines.

The graduates, Nial Dennison, Conor Henry, Grainne Reavey and Brian Rocks, all took different non-computing paths before starting their Master’s, including Geography, Quality Engineering and Film and Media.

They worked on a project at Allstate NI during their studies and following its completion, successfully gained employment with Allstate.

During the dissertation project the students worked with Allstate NI over a 12-week period in the CompoZed lab to create a client information and booking management system for local charity Ballynahinch Counselling Services (BCS).

The project allowed the students to gain relevant industry experience and develop a socially responsible product that will benefit the community. The charity received a willing and dedicated resource to develop bespoke software for free, and Allstate NI were able to support charity partners, help the local education system by teaching the next generation of software engineers, and also employ the graduates that they invested in.

Speaking about her time at Queen’s, Grainne said: “What I enjoyed most about my Master’s degree was how unique the course was. Although it was intense, each module allowed me to gain relevant skills and knowledge which I have found extremely beneficial in my career so far. I also enjoyed how every student came from a different background and brought different skill sets which made team projects and tasks so valuable.

“It was very clear throughout my time at Queen’s how close and connected the University is with relevant companies throughout the IT industry. These strong links gave me the opportunity to complete my dissertation project with Allstate NI.”

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