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Liverpool John Moores Lift ‘The Defectives University Challenge – Halloween Special 2017’ Trophy

ROQ opened the doors of its Test Lab to more than 80 university students from across the North West who were up for the challenge of taking part in our latest event ‘The Defectives University Challenge – Halloween Special 2017’. The popularity of The Defectives has grown year-on-year and this time teams from Edge Hill, Manchester Metropolitan, Lancaster, Liverpool John Moores, Salford, Lancaster and the University of Central Lancashire took part in the event.

The evening is designed to be a fun introduction into software testing, with a competitive edge as teams work together to find defects on specific websites against the clock. The victors on the night with a narrow margin were a team from Liverpool John Moores University, followed closely by teams from Edge Hill taking both second and  third place.

Ian Smith, Head of Innovation at ROQ, kicked off the proceedings with a brief introduction to the evening and an insight into the role quality software has played in driving success in the past and what that may look like in the future. Ian then handed over to ROQ Test Consultants Grace and James who explained the rules of the competition and provided some much-welcomed guidance on how to go about finding defects.

The teams were directed to several spooky themed websites in order to find defects, earning points based on their severity. After a short break to refuel and an opportunity to discuss what they had learnt in the opening session, the teams then pitted their wits against a number of major high street retailer websites to see if they could uncover more bugs.

As well as being a fun night out – fuelled by pizza and beer – The Defectives supports our drive to engage with the next generation of software testing professionals and partner with local universities. Sarah Barlow, Head of Talent at ROQ, said: “It was great to see so many eager students at the event. The number of people attending each year just keeps increasing, which just shows how much they enjoy taking part in a challenge that involves going head to head with other universities and learning about the importance of software quality.”

Sarah added: “ We are now on the hunt for our ROQ Graduates of 2018, we look for individuals that have an inquisitive mindset, strong attention to detail and a team player. We want individuals that are passionate about quality, and want to launch their career with a supportive and innovative employer. The deadline for graduate applications is the end of February 2018, then it’ll be time for interviews and assessment days before we look to start our new recruits in July, who will begin a fun, interactive induction process in the summer before the hard work really begins!”

Find out more about ROQ’s Graduate Programme and apply today!

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