Ben Jenkinson

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Ben Jenkinson
Soul-Scape.com
Kettering / Leicester / Nottingham England, UK

I am a Computer Science graduate of the University of Nottingham seeking a graduate position in software development or web development. I have a passion for good user experience design and human computer interaction.

Sorry, I haven't updated this for a couple of years.
Some links may no longer work, and my latest projects aren't mentioned.


Skills

C#, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Java, PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL, & VBScript. I have also had some experience with the Django framework, XML & XSLT.

I can use Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and all the other usual applications and IDEs, from Visual Studio to JCreator.


Work Experience

Year in Industry at Microlise Ltd. (2010-2011)

I participated in the Year in Industry scheme (YINI) and received a placement as a Software Developer. During my year with the company I started by writing and implementing automated testing scripts for existing products and then progressed to building a software release management system for internal use in C# & ASP.NET. I then oversaw the rollout to developers and was responsible for fixing any bugs that occurred.

Pre-University

I spent my secondary school years at Brooke Weston City Technology College, a school that actively encouraged the use of IT in every possible area; because of this, I achieved a GNVQ Distinction in ICT two years earlier than the national average.

I attended a two-week work placement at East Northamptonshire County Council in their IT department. Duties involved solving any IT related problem that arose, managing several hundred workstations across the entire building. While I was there, part of my time was spent creating a proposal for a visual redesign of their intranet, used for public announcements and file-sharing.

In my last year of 6th Form (2005), I designed and produced the school Yearbook. This involved everything from collecting student commentary & photos, designing the layout of each page, type-setting and proof-reading and then liaising with the printers by phone. The experience taught me about planning and meeting deadlines. Over 100 copies of the book were sold and I feel very proud of the finished product.


Education

Computer Science BSc at the University of Nottingham (2008-present)

During my degree I took many different modules covering computer architecture, development and mathematical theory. For the full list of my modules, visit my reference site.

4 A-Levels from Brooke Weston City Technology College (2006-2008)

11 GCSEs from Brooke Weston City Technology College (2001-2006)

I also possess a Distinction level GNVQ qualification in ICT, which is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grades A* to C, alongside 10 UCAS points from an Open University module on Astrophysics, and an introductory course on Mandarin Chinese.


Portfolio

Designer & Developer at NUTSonline.org (Sept 2010 - July 2012)

From 2010, I have been the sole developer of the website for Nottingham University Television Station (NUTS). As a Student-Run Service of the University, NUTS provide original drama, entertainment shows and live coverage of important University events. I built the entire site in PHP to allow live streaming and an archive of their past shows.

NaSTA Awards & Conference 2012 Design & Development (2012)

NaSTA Awards and Conference 2012 Website

NUTSonline.org Website Design & Development (2010)

Nottingham University Television Station (NUTS) Website

Designer & Developer at Soul-Scape.com (2002 - 2008)

I was the designer for multiple sites & complex web applications from under the Soul-Scape.com domain. Projects have ranged from text-based MORPGs, content portals for Flash games, forums, blogs and a couple of proprietary CMSs to power them. I've made websites to advertise bands, solicitors and gaming guilds, each of which was carefully designed around their needs.

Soul-Scape.com Design, XHTML, CSS & CMS (2002 onwards)

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Garners Solicitors Design, XHTML & CSS (2008)

Screenshot of Garners Solicitors

Certificate for Chinese Course Print Design (2008)

Certificate for Chinese Course

World of Warcraft Guild Forum Design, XHTML & CSS (2008)

Screenshot of World of Warcraft Guild Forum for DreamcatcherScreenshot of World of Warcraft Guild Forum for Dreamcatcher

World of Warcraft Raid Tracker Design, XHTML & CSS (2008)

Screenshot of World of Warcraft Raid TrackerScreenshot of World of Warcraft Raid Tracker

Coconut CMS Design, XHTML & CSS (2007)

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Morbid-Martian Design, XHTML, CSS & CMS using XSLT (2007)

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EUNICE Design Concept (2006)

Screenshot of EUNICE

Celeste Template for Shopify e-Commerce System (2006)

Screenshot of Celeste

Silverlode Design (2005)

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Oblivion Knights Design (2005)

Screenshot of Oblivion Knights

Conquest MORPG Design (2005)

Screenshot of Conquest


Career Plans

I am always enthusiastic about expanding my knowledge and I look forward to the experience of working for an established company. I've come to realise that the worlds of academia and the workplace are extremely different, and I am eager to work on more practical projects. I've got a wide understanding of many different computing fields, and I'm always enthusiastic and eager to learn.

I have a passion for design, and I take great satisfaction in designing effective and attractive user interfaces for software and websites; interfaces that improve the user experience and make their tasks easier.


Get in touch

I'm actively seeking a graduate position in software development or web development. If you'd like me to work for you, please do get in touch.