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Deborah Matthews

Business systems development manager at Coast & Country Housing, Redcar

Deborah Matthews

BSc (Hons) Computer Studies, class of 2008

'I could have studied at a Scottish university for free, but I thought it was worth paying to come to Teesside – it’s a forward-thinking university.'

After graduating from Teesside University in 2008, I began working as an assistant network manager for Racecourse Data Technologies – the leading provider of betting software for on-course bookmakers.

We were involved in constructing and maintaining temporary wireless networks on every UK racecourse throughout the racing calendar – these are capable of supporting in excess of 500 clients. The network captures data from on-course bookmakers which is processed and relayed to every betting shop, and satellite TV subscribing to Racing UK or At The Races in real time.

During my three years in post I travelled throughout the UK, attending prestigious events like Royal Ascot, the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival. I quickly developed essential problem-solving skills, often working under pressure and to strict deadlines.

To further my career I applied for a knowledge transfer partnership with Teesside University and Coast & Country Housing. My application was successful and I began work as a business development analyst, based at Coast & Country’s head office in Redcar. I was later appointed business systems development manager and continue to work in this role.

Coast & Country Housing is a not-for-profit local housing company, registered as a social landlord. I lead business systems development, providing a focal point for the controlled introduction, development and enhancement of corporate business systems.

The fast pace of the IT industry means that I am constantly learning new skills, and continually developing my knowledge and experience. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Why Teesside University? I read about it in the Times Education Supplement which rated the degree as excellent. After visiting a few universities, I decided to travel down for an open day at Teesside. I’m from Glenrothes in Scotland so I could have studied at a Scottish university for free, but I thought it was worth paying to come to Teesside.

I liked the compact campus which was close to the town centre. The Students’ Union is excellent with entertainment nearly every night of the week – from comedy clubs to karaoke nights.
I really enjoyed working as a student mentor – it developed my skillset and helped me financially.

Teesside University is a forward-thinking university. There is a really good balance between academic and social activities, allowing students to have a very rounded experience. The University offers a great range of courses and academic support services, as well as an established Students’ Union.