My name is Ben Bristow (formally known as Benjamin Bristow).
I am 20 years old and a few years ago I moved from Grimsby, England to study a Bachelors (Bsc) in Web & Mobile Development at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in Paisley. This September I am starting my third year.
Although I’m still in full-time education I also happen to have gathered a fair bit of professional, commercial experience.
I recently finished working at the Digital Product Development department of Arnold Clark, one of the UK’s largest automotive dealers.
At Arnold Clark I worked with a talented team on various products including their main company website which has thousands of visits every day. One of my biggest achievements was creating ‘Room Booking’, a web-app that streamlines the process of employees booking meeting rooms within Head Office. This was originally created as a side-project just for my department and is now in use throughout the entire head office. Whilst working at Arnold Clark I utilized a range of technologies including Ruby on Rails and React and gathered priceless experience working in a modern corporate environment.
Currently I am working with Video3 Media, a Scottish company who specialize in video production and live webcasting to help them create a web solution that gets used by a large number of high-profile clients including NHS Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Before moving down to Paisley, I worked with Dragons Design, a web development agency based down in Cleethorpes, England. This involved working with a multitude of web technologies including (but not limited to) Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, WordPress, Magento, Laravel and others for companies such as E-Sign, Wowcher and Patteson’s Glass. I still do some part-time work with Dragons Design in a work-from-home situation.
In my free time I love attend concerts and I spend a lot of time with the Student’s Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS) to organize, promote and DJ events.