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App helps students get more out of university
4:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Durham City News
CAMPUS social life is getting a boost from a mobile phone app designed by a North-East graduate.
Stephen Irvine led a team of Durham University students that created Threesixty Campus, which enables students to keep tabs on social events via their mobile phones.
Now, following a £250,000 investment led by the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund, which is managed by Newcastle-based Northstar Ventures, he can further develop the app in time to launch it at Freshers’ Fairs.
Through Threesixty Campus, students can find out more about extra-curricular opportunities available at groups and societies at their university and even make payments for membership and events.
The app also allows those running student societies to manage their membership more efficiently and, by streamlining payments, removes the need for cash and cheques on campus.
Mr Irvine, 24, who is chief executive of the company Threesixty Campus, said: “It is something that started as an idea in my room at Durham, which then progressed over the summer after I managed to entice fellow students to join me on my journey.
“I have been a Fresher at three different Universities – New York, Nottingham and, most recently, Durham – so I have a real insight into how the student market works. "
Alex Buchan, investment manager at Northstar, said: “This product has the real potential to effect a radical change in how student societies are run, making them much more accessible and vastly improving communications between the committees and members.”
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