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University of Sussex and American Express join forces to offer IT opportunities

* 7 March 2003 *

University of Sussex and American Express join forces to offer IT opportunities

The University of Sussex has beaten off stiff competition from other UK universities to join forces with American Express in offering an exciting new way to study and gain work experience in information technology.

Thirty students will work part-time for American Express for two years, based in the Sussex Innovation Centre on the University of Sussex campus, while also studying for a Masters degree in computing in the new Department of Informatics.

"The University is delighted to be working with American Express on this ground-breaking partnership," says Professor Alasdair Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. "I am particularly pleased that American Express found that we offered them an unrivalled range of graduate programmes in a strong research-based computer science department."

The tuition fees for the course will be paid by American Express as well as a competitive salary*. At the end of the two years, the highest performing students will have an opportunity to gain a full-time job with American Express.

"This partnership is an excellent start for the new department," says Professor Ben du Boulay, Dean of the School of Science & Technology. "We expect there to be many other benefits for teaching, research and the School's links with the business community."

Students will take the new MSc in Information Technology for E-Commerce, which has already attracted many good students in its first year of operation, or the MSc in Human Centred Computer Systems.

"We have developed this programme to provide graduates with an integrated package of part-time postgraduate study combined with unique hands-on experience that will be gained from working in the commercial environment," explains Martyn Carr, Vice President Technologies at American Express.

* Notes for editors *

University of Sussex Press Office contacts:
Peter Simmons or Alison Field,
University of Sussex,
Tel. 01273 678888,
email or

American Express Press contact:
Jacquie Goozee,
American Express,
Tel. 020 7976 4677.

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