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Fidessa launches University prize

Fidessa, a UK based software company with a development centre in Belfast, has established a prize to reward a top student in computing at Queen’s University each year.  The monetary prize is targeted at final year students on the Computer Science degree, and is aimed at raising the Company’s profile among computing graduates here, as well as providing generous financial support to the winning student.  Fidessa, headquartered in London with offices worldwide, is a leading financial markets software and services company employing over 50 people in Belfast.

The inaugural Fidessa prize at Queen’s has been awarded to Kadri Umbleja from Estonia.  Kadri came to study at Queen’s as part of a study abroad programme.

Dr Patrick McParland, Development Unit Manager at Fidessa, commented “I am delighted to present Kadri with her prize, which she fully deserves, as I believe she only joined the course in the final year as part of a study abroad programme from her university in Estonia.”

Commenting on behalf of Queen's, lecturer Dr Peter Kilpatrick said "We are grateful to Fidessa for committing to this prize at Queen’s.  There are a large number of software companies in Northern Ireland and Fidessa are to be congratulated for adopting a pro-active approach in trying to raise its profile with potential recruits.  It is the ideal partnership as the prize is awarded to the student who performed best in an aspect of software that is aligned to the particular skills that Fidessa require.”

Dr Kilpatrick continued “Kadri proved to be an excellent student, and I wish her well in undertaking her planned doctorate in computing back in Estonia. I understand that she thoroughly enjoyed her stay in Northern Ireland and certainly would be a welcome addition to the local software industry if she chose to return in the future.”


Presenting Kadri with her cheque are Dr Peter Kilpatrick from Queen’s University (left) and Dr Patrick McParland from Fidessa

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