Student-designed apps will boost student experience

Friday, 21 March 2014

App competition winners group2

A competition has given students and staff the chance to create apps to improve the student experience at Oxford Brookes.

Six winning ideas were chosen and will be developed into apps for use by the University’s community, enhancing the experience of those studying here.

The six winning applicants, pictured above with Professor John Raftery, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, also received an iPad Air as a prize for their successful entry.

This follows a similar contest which ran in 2012. Both form part of a project designed to enhance the student experience at Oxford Brookes.

This competition gives our students and staff the opportunity to create apps that will truly benefit the community at Oxford Brookes.

Professor John Raftery, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience

As well as welcoming entries from students, this year’s competition was open to University staff, and to those at Brookes’ Associate College Partner institutions.

Professor Raftery (above centre), who leads the project, commented: “This competition gives our students and staff the opportunity to create apps that will truly benefit the community at Oxford Brookes.

“Giving students that chance makes sense as they’re the ones with first-hand experience of what it’s like studying here.

“Many great ideas were submitted this year and choosing the winners was a challenge – but once developed we’ll have some apps that will really improve the experience of students.”

Winning entries include an app to assist in tracking assignment deadlines, a question app for lectures and an app version of the library catalogue.

The full list of winners of this year’s competition, along with their ideas, can be found below:

  • Teena Bowes, a word count app (Research/Associate College Partnership category)
  • Jaymi Patel, a library catalogue app (Research category)
  • Kate Ringham, an app for booking office hours (Staff category)
  • Fabrizio Rossi, a calendar app for tracking assignments (Learning category)
  • Miguel Vilares, a Brookes social network app (Community category)
  • Tom Wilford, a question app for lectures (Teaching category).

The six winning ideas will add to the complement of those already available at Oxford Brookes.