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Microsoft Job Pushes All The Right Buttons For Derby Graduate

January 17, 2014

One of the team behind the Xbox One computer games console – global giant Microsoft’s big product launch of 2013 – flew back from the USA to graduate from the University of Derby today (Friday January 17).

Peter Innes has been working as a Software Development Engineer for Microsoft’s office in Washington State, on the US Pacific North-West coast, since September (2013). He returned to Derby today to graduate with a 2:1 Class BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming degree, at the University’s Awards Ceremonies (running from January 15-17) at Derby’s Assembly Rooms.

Peter, 22, originally from Edinburgh, did a year’s work placement with Microsoft in the UK, as part of his four year course. His then manager encouraged him to apply for a permanent position and – after flying to Seattle, USA, in November 2012, for a day of interviews and tests – he moved to the States permanently to begin working for the company in September 2013, shortly after finishing his degree course.

He said: “One of the main things I’ve worked on since joining Microsoft was the Xbox Live service, ahead of the launch of the new Xbox One console in November 2013.

“Microsoft is a terrific company to work for with a lot of opportunities. I’d always seen myself working somewhere like this after I’d gained a bit more experience but it’s all happened a lot quicker than expected.”

Peter added: “I chose the University of Derby’s Computer Games Programming course because there was the opportunity for a year working in the industry and also for the very practical skills I knew it would teach me.”

Dr Tommy Thompson, Programme Leader for Computer Games Programming at the University of Derby, said: “Working for Microsoft is the dream job for many of our students.

“For Peter to have achieved this so quickly after completing his degree, and moving to the USA to pursue his career, shows both his determination and the hardworking attitude we hope to instil in our students.”

Around 4,000 people who studied with the University's faculties of Arts, Design and Technology; Business, Computing and Law; and Education, Health and Sciences; will have graduated over the three days of Derby Awards Ceremonies, by the end of today.

For further information about Computer Games Programming at the University of Derby see website www.derby.ac.uk/bcl/computer-games-landing-page 


For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk


The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor since 2004.

Students have the choice of studying in four faculties: Education, Health & Science; Business, Computing & Law; Art, Design & Technology; and University of Derby Buxton. There is also the option of studying for a degree online through the University of Derby Online Learning.

The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre. The University of Derby Buxton is based at the magnificent 18 th Century Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome campus in the heart of Buxton.

University of Derby Students’ Union, research centres and academic schools – including The Derby Business School – are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the £1.5m Clinical Skills Suite, a state-of-the-art gym, and a pioneering computer games development suite.

The University’s corporate training and development division, University of Derby Corporate (UDC), is based at the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby.

Buxton and Leek College is also part of the University of Derby group. It was formed in August 2012, following the merger of Leek College and the University of Derby, and provides a further education and training service to students of all ages and abilities from Leek, Buxton and the surrounding areas.


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