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University of Sussex alumni to aid campus digital transformation

8 February 2019

Ideal employees who graduated from the University of Sussex return to the campus to complete a wi-fi survey as part of a digital transformation project. 

The University of Sussex is developing an innovative digital strategy encompassing mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and (Voice over IP) VoIP. Up to 25,000 people use the campus at Falmer and the University selected local network experts Ideal to carry out the wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) survey.

Ideal is a trusted wireless partner for a wide range of organisations globally including IKEA and Royal Museums Greenwich, as well as local organisations such as BHASVIC College and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Ideal is particularly excited to announce this partnership with Sussex University not only because they are thrilled at the opportunity to improve the experience for so many users at the campus but because a number of their staff have studied at the University, some of whom will be working directly on the project. 

Solutions Director Mick McLean commented “As a local employer it’s great for us that the University of Sussex develops a stream of talent.  We have a number of excellent engineers who studied at the Uni 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.”

Lewis Moorcroft graduated from the University of Sussex in 2010. Since joining Ideal he's not only taken time out to travel the world (see more here), he's also progressed from a Junior Engineer role to a Senior Project Engineer. Here's what Lewis has to say "I moved down from the Midlands in 2006 to study Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex. Four years later in 2010 I graduated with a 2.1 Bachelors Degree (Hons) and decided to remain in Brighton.

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 Egede studied his Masters at Sussex University and has worked his way up through Ideal to his current position as a Senior Project Engineer “I attended Sussex University from 2012 – 2013, completing my Masters program in Digital Communications Systems and Business Management. Towards the end of my Masters program, I started working part-time at Ideal as a Service Desk Administrator. 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.”

Bruno Nunes learnt about Ideal and their deep technical expertise through meeting Ideal at the University career fair and through a connection from the Uni. Having studied at Sussex he is excited at the opportunity of  helping improve user-experience across the campus. Bruno shares his experience “I studied my MSc in Digital Communication Systems & Business Management at the University of Sussex. My course modules comprised of Computer Networks, Wireless and Telecommunications which I found fascinating and were fundamental in defining my career."

After I graduated in Winter 2017 my UoS Networks module lecturer made me aware of a job opportunity at Ideal through another ex-student of his who worked at the company. It was a great recommendation!  I am now working as a 2nd Line Network Support Engineer specialising in Security, Routing and Switching which were topics that first sparked my interest while undertaking my MSc.

After having such a positive experience at the Uni 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 are always on the look out for new talent to join their ever-growing team. See vacancies here.

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