AJ Bell, one of the UK’s largest investment platforms, was founded in Manchester in 1995 and strives to create a culture which makes investing easier as their customers work to achieve their dreams.
We are extremely privileged to be a recipient of AJ Bell’s generosity which provides students from the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford with incredible experiences.
AJ Bell began supporting students completing an undergraduate computing degree at Salford through our annual HackCamp.
HackCamp is a module where students from across our computing department collaborate with one another to solve real-world challenges submitted by our industry partners, including AJ Bell. The module is incredibly beneficial to our students, providing them with the opportunity to work with new people, to put the skills they’ve learnt into practice, and to receive invaluable advice from leading companies.
AJ Bell Technology Award
In 2021, we were delighted to announce the AJ Bell Technology Award which will be awarded to the best performing student in each academic year across our portfolio of computing degrees.
Students completing a degree in Computer Science, Computer Science with Cyber Security, Computer Science with Data Analytics and Software Engineering will be eligible to win one of the prizes; the top performing student across these courses will be determined through a combination of practical and written assessment grades. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and a way in which to recognise their academic success.
The first Level 4, Level 5, and Level 6 winners were announced at the end of the 2020/21 academic year, with the gift also promised for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic years.
Dr Julian Bass - Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering, Universty of Salford
"We are delighted to welcome AJ Bell as one of our strategic industry partners and look forward to our growing relationship. The AJ Bell Technology Award will allow us to recognise the achievement of our top performing students in each of the year groups by providing a financial incentive .... It goes to show that if you work hard, you are rewarded, an important lifelong lesson for all our students.”
Mo Tagari - Chief Technology Officer, AJ Bell
“Technology is the life-blood of business and as an online business with technology at its core, we are passionate about helping students gain their technology qualifications and becoming the business leaders of tomorrow .... We are proud to be sponsoring this award which will give the winners a financial boost and recognise the progress they are making in their studies and their journey into a career in technology.”
"It has always been my dream to become a software developer and I even moved from Romania to the UK to achieve this. Having to do something so radical - moving to another country to study - I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed but receiving the AJ Bell Technology Award has reassured me that I made the right choice.
I would like to thank AJ Bell for making this award possible. I am touched by your generosity and willingness to help me achieve my goals."
Level 4 winner, Computer Science
"I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the AJ Bell Technology Award. I am beyond honoured to accept such a prestigious award from this amazing company.
With the prize money, I am planning to upgrade my laptop which will help immensely with university assignments and external projects I am working on."
Level 5 winner, Computer Science
"Thank you for sponsoring the AJ Bell Technology Award, which I have the honour of receiving this year.
I've recently graduated from the University of Salford with a First Class degree in Computer Science with Data Analytics; I now plan to kickstart my career in data science, and this prize will contribute towards new hardware for deep learning projects."
Level 6 winner, Computer Science with Data Analytics
At the University of Salford, we strive to provide our students, staff, and community with exciting opportunities; we are incredibly grateful of AJ Bell’s generosity and excited to build upon our relationship in the future.