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Queen Mary launches first UK University Computer Science Internet bursary for budding undergraduate programmers.

London - 27th February 2003 - Winner has fees and maintenance grant paid for their degree in Computer Science plus a fast-track interview route to a year's work placement with Microsoft and their Graduate scheme. See competition website at

The Computer Science Department at Queen Mary, University of London is to launch an innovative web competition for the UK's brightest, aspiring computer programmers. It is the first UK University to offer this type of bursary, which will nurture new computer scientists and widen participation in higher education.

With over £25K of prizes, including software and gadgets from Microsoft and Philips Electronics, the competition is aimed at 16 and 17 year-olds hoping to study Computer Science at university. Via an Internet treasure-hunt, aspiring undergraduates work through a multi-stage eliminator website before the final challenge - writing their own computer program.

The winner will be offered a unique prize: fees and maintenance grant paid for three year degree study in Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London (subject to UCAS application and minimum entry requirements). And if they are really outstanding, the possibility of a career path with software giant Microsoft: a fast-track to the interview stage of a year's work placement with Microsoft during their study at Queen Mary which could also lead to a place on their graduate scheme after graduation.

Runners up will receive copies of the latest Microsoft software.

The competition kicks off at It will be phased over the year, with the programming task taking place over summer 2003. The winner will be announced after interview in November 2003, ready to apply via UCAS to begin their degree at Queen Mary in September 2004.

Professor Edmund Robinson Head of Department at Queen Mary's Computer Science Department said: "We believe that this bursary will attract some of the best young brains out there in the field of Computer Science. The competition will test their mathematical and problem-solving skills in a way which is perhaps more relevant to their degree and future career than the usual application process. I'd be delighted if outstanding young programmers, who would not usually consider entering university, consider a degree in Computer Science as a result of our competition."

Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, Head of Academia from Microsoft said: "We are delighted to support the development of talent and innovation in tomorrow's computer programmers through Queen Mary, University of London's innovative project."

Joe Morice from Royal Philips Electronics said: "We have a long association with the Computer Science department at Queen Mary, University of London, and we are delighted to help in the education of the industry's future workforce".

For further information please contact:

Rose Ross

Campaign Director

Omarketing Limited

+44 (0)20 8255 5225

Dr Peter McOwan

Department of Computer Science

Queen Mary, University of London

+44 (0)20 7882 5224

Notes to Editors

1. Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary is the fourth largest of the Colleges of the University of London. Its roots lie in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College. Pooling strengths, expertise and resources, Queen Mary is now fully integrated.

The College currently has over 9000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with an academic and support staff of around 2600. It is organised into the four faculties of Arts; Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; Law and Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences. It is a research university, which ranks in the top 25 per cent of the all UK universities. It also has a strong international reputation, with over 20 per cent of students coming from over 100 countries.

Queen Mary is predominantly based on one main campus at Mile End in London, E1: the only central London campus-based College within the University of London.

2. Computer Science at Queen Mary

Queen Mary was one of the first universities in Britain to offer degrees in Computer Science. Since then the department has played a major part in the development of the subject, with particular strengths in parallel computing and the logical foundations of computer programming. In recent years the department has expanded and now includes staff with expertise in key areas of computing such as computer vision, software risk analysis, information retrieval and computer mediated communication. Many Queen Mary graduates in Computer Science frequently go on to work in computer programming, designing the latest software packages.

The department offers a range of courses, including BSc and MSc in Computer Science. Joint honours are available in combination with Mathematics, Business Management, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Physics. Postgraduate taught courses include MSc in Advanced Methods in Computer Science and an MSc in Information Technology.

3. About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.

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