Tech-savvy students win new awards

The winners of the first student TechMaster of the Year Awards, Pearse Hughes (second left) and Kevin McLaughlin second right, pictured with Ulster University Tutor Roy Sterritt, Queen's University lecturer Hans Vandierendonck and Queen's Graduates Association President Feargus McCauley
Gareth McKeown

ALLSTATE NI has announced the winners of its first annual student TechMaster of the Year Awards, organised in association with the Queen's Graduates' Association at Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University.

The new programme aims to recognise the ingenious and extraordinary contributions to technology and innovation from students at all stages of IT-related degree courses at QUB and UU.

The 2017 winners were Kevin McLaughlin, a 26-year-old first year MEng Software and Electronics Systems Engineering QUB student from Ballerin in Co. Derry, and 31-year-old Pearse Hughes from Lurgan, who has just graduated with a First in BSc (Hons) Computing Science from UU.

Each of them received £500 in prize money and a trophy.

Kathryn Lockhart, Project Manager for the Global Universities Partnership at Allstate said:

“The sheer volume of entries we received, and the exemplary contributions of both Pearse and Kevin, have confirmed the importance of these awards for future years to come."

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