Tech Industry Gold Students – Spring 2021 Live Guide

Welcome to our Live Spring Guide for all students on our Tech Industry Gold Degree programmes. 

Put the dates in your diary, start thinking about your entry to the Spring Challenge… Looking forward to a productive term.


As a Tech Industry Gold student, please make sure you register with us so that we can keep you posted when new information is available.

Find out more below:

Why get involved?

Hear from some of the course tutors and students who have taken part:

“Students should definitely make the most of the opportunities on these Tech Industry Gold programmes to meet employers. It is not often that one gets to meet senior executives with extensive experience in running successful companies. So, this must be a top priority for every ITMB student. In addition, we see the positive impact of this not only on employability but also academic results. The students who get most involved learn the most, and this makes a real difference to their futures.”

Hajrë Hyseni, ITMB Programme Leader, University of Hertfordshire

“The national competitions have been a real highlight of my degree course. I’ve learned so much from working with my team members and from the experience of presenting to employers and talking to them about my ideas. I would say don’t be nervous, get a team together and give it a try, you won’t regret it!”

Blanca Isabel Valencia, 2nd year ITMB student, Queen Mary University

“Tech Industry Gold courses provide you with an enormous amount of interaction with employers. This really helped me when applying for jobs, as I had a large network and the employer-related projects provided me with so much to talk about in interview.”

Matt Rigby, Tech Industry Gold graduate and Agile Coach for IBM

“TCS has been a big supporter of Tech Industry Gold for years – the results are outstanding and the programmes make a real difference to the pipeline of talent coming into digital and tech careers. The events are an important part of that. My team enjoyed the new ‘speed networking’ this year, meeting a lot of students in a short period of time, and hopefully helping to inspire them about the opportunities in front of them.”

Yogesh Chauhan, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Tata Consulting Services

National Spring Challenge – ‘New Realities’

Who Teams of two to eight students on Tech Industry Gold programmes, any year group
When Get started as soon as possible!

24th February 2021 – Students need to register their team providing at this stage a team name (usually the solution they are proposing). Preferably with team members’ names and email addresses as well, if available.

3rd March 2021 – Project brief (2 pages max) and full team details must be submitted to [email protected]

10th March 2021 –  Competition day (online)

What • You work as a team to come up with an innovation solution to a real world challenge.
• The theme for the Spring Challenge is ‘New Realities’.
• Together, you create a presentation to share your concept and thinking with a panel of employers, who are all there to help you.
• The employers will listen, discuss questions with you, and offer you feedback.
Why • Gain confidence and learn new skills
• Build bonds and have fun with your colleagues
• Be noticed by employers and win prizes – Trophy for the winning team and cash prizes for winning team and two runner-up teams in each of the competitions, i.e first year and second/final year. Also vouchers, workshadowing / virtual meet-ups with employers.
How Click here for more information and details on how to enter
More… The employer panel will be announced in due course.

National Spring Student/Employer Event

Who All students on Tech Industry Gold programmes
When Wednesday 17th March 2021, 1:30 – 4:30 (online)
What Join employers of all sizes and students from other universities for this special event:
• Learn from inspiring speakers and skills development sessions
• Meet employers with our roundtables
• Celebrate this year’s Spring Challenge winners.
Why • Get an insight into industry futures and digital careers
• Develop skills in a fun environment
• Meet employers and win prizes – Vouchers for work shadowing opportunities / virtual meet-ups with employers.
How Register here for this event. If you missed the Autumn Event, check here for what happened.

Industry Insights Talks

Who All students on Tech Industry Gold programmes
Also currently open to Tech Industy Gold Degree Apprentices
What • Live online sessions with industry experts.
• 45 minutes each, including the opportunity for questions and discussion.
Why • A unique insight into the digital world, with topics ranging from the future of technology to how to build a successful career.
• Meet and ask questions of employers in an informal environment.
When Usually held on a Thursday from 2 pm – 2.45 pm

• 14 January 2021 – ‘How clean is your cloud? How dirty is your bitcoin?’
by Wiktoria Kulik (Cloud Foundation Delivery Manager – Fujitsu)

• 21 January 2021 – ‘The importance of context in data analytics and social media’
by Waleed Omer (Solutions Architect – Fujitsu)

• 28 January 2021 – ‘Can we build trust with responsible AI?’
by Alex Millington (Applications Developer, Defence and National Security – Fujitsu)

• 4 February 2021 – ‘My UX Design Journey – a fantastic career’
by Tina Akinmade, Acting UX Research Manager, CWJobs

• 11 February 2021 – ‘Oscillate Wildly – the changing role of Local Government ICT during a disaster’
by Ben Wainwright (ICT Development Manager – Lancaster Council)

• 18 February 2021 – ‘Emerging Tech: The future of Work’
by Anvi Patel (Solutions Engineer – VMware) and Seema Shad (Pre-Solutions Engineer – VMware)

• 25 February 2021 – ‘Women in Tech’
by Faith La Grange (Director UK PS Local Regional Government – Microsoft)

• 4 March 2021 – ‘What do IT architects do all day?’
by Natasha Rhodes (Domain Architect – Matalan)

• 11 March 2021 – ‘Quantum Machine Learning: Machine Learning boosted by Physics’
by Santanu Ganguly (Solutions Architect – Cisco)

• 18 March 2021 – ‘A life in Telecoms’
by Alan Nunn (Consulting Director – CGI)

• 25 March 2021 – Emerging Technologies
by Simran Arora and Ludmilla Dias (VMware)

How Click here to register
Notes Talks are recorded and made available in the student resources area at  If you register, you will be able to see all the previous talks too.

Open House Employability Skills Workshops

Who Second Year Students looking for a placement and Final Year Students looking for a graduate position
What • Informal discussion sessions for students and teams of three employers from different companies
• Focused on getting started on your career.
Why • A unique opportunity to meet different types of employers that recruit into digital roles
• Improve your chances of getting the job you want
• Gain confidence from learning about the selection process and what they are looking for.
When • 13 January 2021
with Daniel Doherty (Capgemini) and Joel Thomas (IBM)• 17 February 2021 – Understanding strength based assessments
with Daniel Meyer, Recruitment Specialist, Accenture
How Click here to register

Other actions to take….

Join the Tech Industry Gold community at for free access to student resources, including Industry Insight Talks.
Keep in touch on social media – go to to join us.
Join the Tech Allies Alumni Network at for more opportunities to develop your skills and expand your network.
Create / edit your LinkedIn profile to include the Tech Industry Gold logo and start connecting – include TP Degrees and join the TP Degrees Community group – go to for all the details.