Mum of two puts safety first with motorbike device

“The course was challenging, it has updated my skills immensely for the job I now have at Michelin in Stoke. It is with the information systems support team. It has made the last four years of hard work worthwhile.”

Claire Barnett, BSc(Hons) Computer Science

A Staffordshire University graduate who has combined her passion for bikes and computer science has landed a new job with tyre manufacturer Michelin.

Upon graduating with a BSc(Hons) Computer Science, Claire Barnett was offered a job with Michelin working on their information systems, a job that will involve applying her new-found skills.

“The course was challenging, it has updated my skills immensely for the job I now have at Michelin in Stoke. It is with the information systems support team. It has made the last four years of hard work worthwhile.”

Mother of two, Claire revealed that she has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Staffordshire University as a mature student.

She said: “It feels brilliant, I am just so proud of myself. The course has been good. It was hard during the first year to get back into full-time education.

“I brought up two children who are now 13 and 18 and I thought it was about time I got my career back on track as I was a computer technician before I had them 18 years ago."

Claire also landed third place for her final-year project - a safety sensor for motorbikes - at this year’s GradEX competition in the computing and software engineering category.

The BSc(Hons) Computer Science graduate said: “As a biker myself one of my first worries is that if you come off your bike and you’re on your own in the middle of nowhere, nobody knows that you are there.

“I thought it would be a good idea to write a programme, that’s an Android application that if you do have an accident it’ll notify your friends and family and the emergency services to your exact location and the fact that you’ve had an accident,” she explained.

“This results in peace of mind for the biker, their family and quicker responses by the ambulance service, as they will know where you are and result in fewer fatalities.”

She added: “It spurred me on and gave me the commitment to do it because it is something personal.”

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