University of Salford launches the AJ Bell Technology Award

Categories: School of Science, Engineering and Environment

AJ Bell and the University of Salford have partnered to launch a new initiative for the University’s top performing technology students. The first ever round of the ‘AJ Bell Technology Award’ is being granted at the end of this academic year with winning students being judged on their practical and written assessments.


Students studying Computer Science, Computer Science with Cyber Security and Software Engineering will be eligible to win one of three prizes totalling £1,000. The winning final year student will be awarded £500 with the best first and second year students picking up a prize of £200 and £300 respectively.

AJ Bell, one of the UK’s leading investment platforms, is an important industry partner for the University, with this latest collaboration being another way to recognise the academic success of its talented students.

Julian Bass, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering at Salford, said: “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. 

“Careers that require technology skills are growing at an incredibly fast rate with competition being fierce for roles.  Our programmes are designed to give students a taste of the real-world through programmes such as the Software HackCamp, which AJ Bell also supports, playing an important role in learning and simulating the working environment.  It goes to show that if you work hard, you are rewarded, an important lifelong lesson for all our students.”

Mo Tagari, AJ Bell’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “Technology is the life-blood of business and as an online company with technology at its core, we are passionate about helping students gain their technology qualifications and becoming the business leaders of tomorrow.

“The University of Salford has a wide range of technology focused courses which can lead to a tech career in almost any industry. 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.”

The University takes pride in continuously developing new opportunities for students to support their learning and employability with industry partnerships providing unique and different ways to make things happen.

The AJ Bell Technology Award will initially run for three academic years with the final gift promised for students  in 2022/23.


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