Department of Informatics


Sussex alumni return to campus as part of network improvement project

Lewis Moorcroft outside the Meeting House

Lewis at work in Chichester I

Several Sussex alumni have recently returned to Falmer to conduct a Wi-Fi survey as part of ongoing network improvements.

Lewis Moorcroft, Martin Egede and Bruno Nunes now work for Ideal, a Brighton-based technology company.

Lewis, who graduated with a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in 2010, says, “About a year after graduating I began to work for a local tech start-up – Ideal. Several years later I am now a Senior Project Engineer at Ideal assisting the University of Sussex with their Wi-Fi project, back where my life in Brighton began all those years ago."

Martin started working as a part-time Service Desk Administrator towards the end of his Masters in Digital Communication Systems and Business Management (2013). He says, “I now work full-time for Ideal as one of the Senior Project Engineers – which means I propose network and security solutions for customers and implement those solutions from start to finish. A Masters degree in Digital Communication Systems proved advantageous as I started my journey into a career in IT.”

A more recent MSc Digital Communication Systems and Business Management graduate (2016), Bruno met Ideal at the University careers fair and is excited about helping to improve user experience across our campus. He is now a 2nd Line Network Support Engineer specialising in security, routing and switching – topics that first sparked an interest during his studies.

“My course modules comprised Computer Networks, Wireless and Telecommunications, which I found fascinating and were fundamental in defining my career.

“After having such a positive experience at the University it’s a great opportunity for me to apply some of those learnings and to work on their Wi-Fi survey. It’s also great to nurture these good relationships with the University as they produce graduates of high quality who can bring huge value to the city of Brighton and Ideal as a company.”

Ideal’s Solutions Director Mick McLean also commented on the stream of talent the University of Sussex develops for local employers:

“We have a number of excellent engineers who studied at the University and have progressed their career within the company. It really is a unique opportunity that those students can return to the University to make a real difference to how IT is used and, in turn, improve student experience.”

The Wi-Fi survey is running until the end of April, so current students and staff may see the Ideal team around campus.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 13 March 2019