Pleased with both the performance of the student & with the support received from the UNITEPlus project.


Placement: Software Program Developer

Company: Faros Engineering Ltd    

Student: Anson Cheung, Final Year MSci (Hons) Software Engineering Student, Lancaster University     

Faros Engineering is a metering and energy management business with a number of FTSE100 customers including Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Jaguar.  Their services cover technical aspects, such as meter operations and secondary metering through to energy bureau and reporting.   The company contacted Lancaster University in search of support in updating the front end of in-house bespoke energy management software.  This included replacement of visual user interface from Silverlight and upgrade to ensure the database can be accessed from a number of different platforms, e.g. laptops and tablets.

Areas of business support –

  • Research and analysis of visual user interfaces
  • Documenting current system
  • IT development


“During the 140 hours of the placement funded by the UNITEplus programme, excellent progress was made both in mapping and documenting the existing system and in the initial phases of redevelopment.

We have been very pleased with both the performance of the student and with the support received from Lancaster University and the UNITEplus Advisor.  Indeed, so much so that we have offered employment to Anson directly with the Company to continue and complete the project.

The conclusion of the project will allow us to offer our customers (both old and new) a more responsive and effective energy management software.”

James Green, CEO, Faros Engineering Ltd


Anson’s feedback“The overall experience working with Faros Engineering has been rewarding. I have learned to organize and prioritise my tasks appropriately. As well, the flexible working hours and the ability to work remotely have definitely increased my productivity. As a result of this placement, I have provided a high quality performance and delivered the objectives set out in the brief. Faros have expressed high praises with my performance and have thus approached me with an offer of employment for a full-time position with the company”.

 Anson Cheung, Final Year MSci (Hons) Software Engineering Student, Lancaster University


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Benefits for businesses:
  • Provides your business with additional skills
  • Has a positive impact on your company’s performance and productivity
  • Enables you to explore the student/graduate employee marketplace on a low risk basis
  • There is no cost incurred, the salary is paid by the project
  • Create links with universities
  • Support with all aspects of recruitment
Benefits for students:
  • Work on a meaningful project relevant to your studies
  • Able to make a real impact to the business you are working for, enabling you to demonstrate achievements to potential future employers
  • Support throughout the recruitment process and placement
  • Paid National Living Wage for up to 140 hours


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