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Postgrad Nicholas

Nicholas Tenhue – Postgraduate Student Success Story

Nicholas Tenhue, 25, is a British student taking a two-year MSc in information and communications technology innovation at UCL. He took the first year of his course at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Why did you choose to follow this postgrad course?

  • I chose the course because it is a mixture of entrepreneurship and technical subjects. I did computer games technology for my first degree and decided that I would like to specialise in human-computer interaction. I am interested in how human beings interact with a computer system and how you can design better systems for them. I found out about the course on the internet.
  • I have set up my own start-up company running a "wellness" app that allows you to run against other people around the world in real time. You can interact via smartphone and hear whether you are meeting your targets. The goal is to have marathons where people are running against one another in different parts of the world. We are aiming to achieve social change by getting people to run more.

Why did you choose to study at UCL?

  • UCL is a great place in which to study because of its entrepreneurship societies and because the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) is really renowned for industry partners and contacts. I chose UCL because it is one of the best recognised institutions in London and is particularly good for human-computer interaction.

What experience are you gaining during your postgrad study?

  • The MSc has been really eye-opening, particularly having the programme running across Europe and organised by the EU’s European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). There are 19 partner universities and I have a huge network across Europe.
  • The MSc has been incredibly useful and I am writing my thesis on bio-banking where you have details of blood taken from a large number of volunteers. I am looking at ways of representing visually and simply the complex data this reveals.

I have been fortunate in that I have been sponsored by EIT, which has meant my tuition fees were covered and I got a scholarship.