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Barney is lucky enough to discover the tech industry straight from finishing his degree, so will be set up for a stable career early from a very early age.

Barney Coding Fellowship Student Head Shot

What was your background/career before you joined the Coding Bootcamp?

I recently graduated from the University of the West of England with a 1st in Business and Management, which included a year long placement at SAP working in digital business consultancy.

Why did you opt for a Bootcamp straight from University rather than heading into a job?

Overall I wasn’t particularly excited by the job prospects that were available to me as a graduate and had always been interested in the development side of technology and digital business. I felt that entering the tech industry as a business graduate would lead to me being separated from the development side of the industry either by organisational structures or knowledge boundaries.

When you were first considering Bootcamps, what was your vision to where they could propel you in your career say…. 5 years on?

Over the next five years, I expect that my focus will be more on developing my craft and gaining valuable experience on a wide range of projects ahead of any specific career goals. That being said, with a business degree to draw upon I feel I will be uniquely positioned to work in key positions that involve both commercial and development departments of tech organisations.

Now, 4 weeks into the Coding Fellowship, how confident are you that it will equip you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your career aspirations?

In talking to the instructors and seeing how the tasks are structured, it’s clear that we are being taught in a way to prepare us for junior developer roles where we will be continuing to code projects and carry on learning. In this way, I have learnt embrace the fact that I may not know the answers to many of the issues we come across on the course and rather than simply asking the instructors we are encouraged to seek out answers ourselves as we would in an actual developer role.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had no professional experience before the course but my own interest in web technologies had lead me to experiment a lot with HTML, CSS and JavaScript using online resources such as Codeademy.

How would you describe your experience so far on the bootcamp?

The course has been taught very well and the lessons are very enjoyable. But the sheer volume of information and constant rhythm of taking on new concepts at a fast pace can be a little bit tiring. I’ve definitely found it important to pace myself and allow myself breaks when I need them.

Some of the days in which we have covered multiple topics have been tiring and sometimes I find it hard to stay concentrated. Fortunately the notes that are provided are excellent so as long as refer back to them I can usually catch-up on anything I may not have fully understood.

How have you found the support on the Bootcamp?

The support has been amazing, not only is there plenty of help provided in the classroom but I always feel that I can go to any of the DevelopMe staff with any issues or concerns I may have. An early example, was when I felt that the pace of some of the HTML and JavaScript lessons weren’t necessarily allowing me to progress my learning. I brought this up and was met with excellent response on how I can slow down my working to write cleaner and better code.

What would you say to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

Firstly spend some time coding in your own time before the course to ensure you enjoy it …even when it gets tough. Also, its included in the prep work, but I would definitely recommend getting to grips with basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It has made a massive difference to me in the opening weeks and allows me to understand many of the more advanced concepts that we cover, meaning I can get the most from these 12 weeks.

What role are you looking for after the Bootcamp? Where do you see yourself in the future?

Ideally a full-stack position as I’d like to gain experience in a range of technologies

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 5 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude and a genuine desire to put 100% into their career change. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

Ellie was not long out of studying before she decided to enrol on our September 2019 Bootcamp. She surprised herself by having favourite parts of the course that she didn’t anticipate!

Ellie Coding Fellowship Bootcamp Student at her computerWhat was your background/career before you joined the Coding Bootcamp?

I did a degree in Music a couple of years of go, then worked in a call centre and publishing.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

In my publishing role I got into the practice of noticing really small details and enjoyed making everything consistent and organised. It was part of my role to make short HTML ‘weblinks’ pages as part of our product, and this gave me the first introduction to coding. From there, I got inspired and decided to do some research online myself.

I realised that using this more technical side of my brain to really solve problems and create working things myself, was really rewarding and satisfying and I wanted to know more. The Fellowship really just offered an opportunity to learn a wide variety of useful skills but in an environment with other people in the same position and being taught by real experts in the field.

What were your main questions/concerns before joining the Bootcamp?

My main concern before committing to the bootcamp was whether or not I’d be able to actually commit all this new information to memory! I was worried that we’d be touching each subject so briefly that I’d forget it all and lose confidence straight away.

How does your experience on the Coding Bootcamp now answer those questions/concerns?

I’ve learnt on the bootcamp that you often don’t need to commit it all to memory, there are a wide variety of sources online to remind you of specific commands/functions. The real skill is in knowing which resources to use and rely upon. Despite learning a new technology/language almost every week, I’ve had loads of time to practice some main principles which really crop up in almost all the technology we’ve used.

What have you enjoyed most on the Bootcamp?

I have really enjoyed Javascript which was a surprise. I was expecting to prefer the more design type content but I have really actually likes the logic and maths side of Javascript.
Nic with the rest of his fellow students
What have you found hardest? 

Over the whole 12 weeks I definitely found the Redux week the hardest of the curriculum. I think a lot of the other students may feel the same as me on this one. This is mainly because it added an extra layer of complexity to what we were doing and we suddenly went from just using a handful of files to a really large number of files. Within the week however I got more used to following the path between each file and what each file did and with a bit of patience and persistence I became fairly confident using it.

How have you found the support on the Bootcamp?

There is always someone there to help me, however, generally we are encouraged to work on our problems ourselves. But of course when I have really got stuck there has always been a teaching assistant to help me.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

Make sure you give yourself time outside the course to let your brain consolidate your learnings – it is very intense so do not over book yourself outside of the course and take it easy.

What role are you looking for after the Bootcamp? Where do you see yourself in the future?

I have enjoyed both the front and the back end so if I can find a role that combines both that would be great so I can really keep learning.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 4 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

Talking to Chris one of our Autumn 2019 students about the difference between being a teacher and a pupil was really interesting. He really embraced the Coding Fellowship having had an interest in Tech and the industry for many years.

Why are you doing the Coding Fellowship?

I am pursuing a career change, building upon a subject I’ve loved to teach to secondary school students.

What was your background/career before you joined the Coding Bootcamp?

I worked in education – initially teaching in ICT then as an Assistant Head, Vice Principal and finally a Head Teacher responsible for helping with the closure of a struggling school.

How is studying on the Coding Fellowship different to being at the front of the class?

I am used to being at the front of the class and telling students what to do and how to do it. Being a bootcamp student has turned the tables and I have made sure that I take advantage of that position and ask as many questions as possible to ensure I get the answers I need.

It is interesting now having to follow the advice that I used to give to students!

What what your main question/worry before enrolling on the Bootcamp?

I was interested to see how my skill level in programming would match up to the standards expected in the industry.

How does your experience on the bootcamp now answer those questions/concerns?

I’ve certainly not been kept idle! The standard is high and a number of concepts taught by the professional instructors are new. I feel that I have begun to fully understand more difficult concepts.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had created basic HTML/CSS websites, set up and implemented content management systems, built an educational web application with Coldfusion and Access. In the classroom, I have taught to A-Level languages like Visual Basic and Python.

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

I have loved the breadth and the depth of the knowledge we are trained with. All the topics build on each other and I see knowledge I was taught earlier in the course cropping up and becoming relevant with topics further down the line. It is very exciting.

What have you found hardest? 

It is very intense and there is a huge commitment of time and motivation to ensure you make the most of this opportunity. I put time aside to review my work for the day after each session when I get home and that really puts me in good stead for the next session.

How would you describe the support on the Fellowship?

The standard of teaching is really great and the tutors are all industry professionals. They are not full time tutors for DevelopMe, they all work in industry too so they are up to date with all the current needs of the web development industry. This means they know how to support and guide us in the right direction.

I can get very frustrated when I feel things are not going well and my learning seems slow. I sometimes let my frustrations show but every time I have done this all the tutors, teaching assistants and course owners say exactly the right thing to help me move forward.

We have online testing which is marked and fed back on – this is often done within just 2 hours! – so fast it is amazing!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

Clear your schedule, do your prep and during the bootcamp take extra time around the course to also dedicate to it. For example. I come in an hour early  before we start so that I can settle, review and get my head in the right place ready for when we will be submerged in information at 9.30am every day. As I mentioned already, I then review the information when I get home.

What role are you looking for after the Bootcamp? Where do you see yourself in the future?

I am really keen on working more on the back end of web development. I have really enjoyed working with my SQL databases, object orientated programming, PHP and I have really enjoyed designing APIs and looking at how that is structured – that is something I had never come across before. I have always been interested in how data can be displayed, used and interacted with so all those skills as well as Laravel have really drawn me in.

We have been running our Coding Fellowship Bootcamp in Bristol for 4 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

Our mission has always been to focus intently on our students learning experience and help them achieve their career ambitions. Over the last 4 years we have developed The Coding Fellowship – the most comprehensive tech career change programme in Bristol and the South West region. 

With over 5 years of highly successful delivery of all our learning programmes and 5 star ratings from our students; we are more student-centred than ever, and passionate in supporting people looking to upskill or accelerate their current or future tech careers.

As we enter a new decade and celebrate our fifth year in business – we take a brief moment to reflect. 

In 2020 we will have reached a unique ‘milestone’ – having helped over 100 successful graduates to achieve their career change goals, and worked with our 50+ committed hiring partners to grow their tech teams through the Coding Fellowship programme alone; with a subsequent and unrivalled 98% of graduate students moving directly into web / software development roles. 

As we were the first Coding Bootcamp established in the South West – we have always set the bar very high; and our ambition to provide the highest quality and most commercially relevant courses, has ensured that we have been on a constant learning journey both for us, our incredible team, our expert instructors and our students. We never stop refining our courses in alignment with industry standards and employer demand. 

We launched with four ambitious students in 2015. Thank you Simon N, Simon C, Kasia & Josh! Have a look at what Simon C is working on now, his own tech start-up!:

Coding bootcamp students on desks

As we now enter the next decade; we have combined all of our learnings from five years of delivery experience into shaping our comprehensive 16 week tech career change programme. To reflect the high value, there will be an adjusted price of £9,450 (£8,950 when full fees paid upfront) applicable from June 2020 

The Coding Fellowship has evolved dramatically over the last 4 years as we have consistently strived to create the best possible learning environment, curriculum and support networks to make our students’ transition into their new careers as effective and seamless as possible. Through all this our price has remained the same, this no longer reflects the quality of the programme and commitment of the growing team here at Develop Me. By choosing to study with us you can feel confident that you’re in very good hands! 

Our totally unique Coding Fellowship Programme has been designed to put you in the perfect position to land a job as a junior developer straight from graduation. With a 98% hire rate we even help you make that transition by organising multiple interviews with our hiring partners.

Yes – technical skills are fundamental in our learning programmes at Develop Me, but we believe  it is fundamentally all about people. Everyone has a different and unique journey. Our absolute focus is on helping people to get to where they want to go – both in terms of industry-relevant technical skills and also in supporting them with the vital skills required to make their learning journey a success. 

We therefore offer ‘lifetime’ career support to all our graduates as they transition into their 1st, 2nd, 3rd roles and beyond.

We believe in skills over formal qualifications.

We also believe collaboration, team work, critical thinking, emotional intelligence with problem solving are the skills required in the 21st century workforce – all married with a passion and purpose. We won’t call them ‘soft skills’ – as these are the fundamental skill-set required in any 21st century workforce. 

If you are looking to accelerate your existing or a new career in tech – talk to us to see how we can help you achieve your goals in 2020 and beyond.

The Coding Fellowship Programme is an immersive, project-driven, 16 week accelerated Coding Bootcamp programme in web / software development. 

You’ll get to grips with all the technologies, tools, processes and skills you need to embark immediately on a career as a web / software developer – whilst putting together a portfolio of real world project work and making some great contacts along the way.

Course Structure

  • Pre-course programme

4-6 week (60+ hours) completed online from home, that helps our students come fully prepared to make the most of the 12 weeks spent in class.

  • Bootcamp Programme

12 week full-time immersive classroom Coding Bootcamp Programme – which equips students with a solid and well rounded skill base, enabling them to enter the industry immediately from graduation.

  • Career Support

      • Guaranteed job interviews
      • CV workshops & interview advice
      • Portfolio development
  • Programme Features

    • Pre-course study support groups
    • Small class sizes 
    • Weekly 1:1 learning support sessions
    • Progress learning apps
    • Expert industry instructors
    • Creative studio environment
    • Networking opportunities
    • Assignment of personal industry Mentor for support 
    • Wellbeing services
    • Socials & Meet-ups
    • Alumni community
    • Lifetime career support

    For full details and how to apply please visit

    Finance is available to support your career change.

    Please get in touch to find out more.

    You can also hear from some of our graduates and hiring partners discussing their experiences of the bootcamp and their new careers as developers.



One of the main questions we get asked when interviewing students for our Bristol based Coding Bootcamp is ‘Will I find a job in tech as soon as I graduate?’.

Develop Me has a wide pool of hiring partners who interview and hire our Bootcamp Students on graduation. Goram and Vincent have employed 3 of our graduates so far and they explain exactly why they love hiring our Bootcamp Grads.

Coding Bootcamp Student at her desk after being hired from the coding Bootcamp

What does your company do? 

Goram and Vincent is a Bristol-based digital agency specialising in enterprise-level ecommerce, offering design, build and optimisation services. We work mainly with direct-to-consumer lifestyle brands selling via Magento and Shopify.


What has been your experience hiring Develop Me Coding Bootcamp graduates?

Despite some initial skepticism we’ve gone on to hire three Develop Me Coding Bootcamp graduates in the last 18 months and we haven’t looked back. We now see the course as a critical part of our long-term recruitment strategy and we plan to work ever more closely with the Develop Me team going forward.

The course is very bold in its aims and as such it seems to attract brave, ambitious individuals who are brimming with ingenuity and a fresh outlook – which is exactly what we look for when recruiting for new G&Vers. More often than not we meet candidates who are career changers who in turn bring a wealth of experience from other roles and sectors they’ve previously worked in. They bring so much to the culture of the company as a result and it helps prevent us from becoming too inward looking and keeps our perspective fresh.

Helen, DevelopMe Bootcamp Graduate

Helen – Graduated early 2019- now working at G&V

We pride ourselves on the nurturing atmosphere we have within the team and we’ve found the Develop Me Coding Bootcamp graduates seem to flourish within the setup we have – and we’re really proud of that.

What have you learnt about hiring / supporting Coding Bootcamp graduates? 

We give the graduates a proper role from the off (no internships), with real/significant tasks to work on, but with the time, space and the safety net of the wider team behind them who’re committed to supporting their progression. This creates an environment where they can grow rapidly, enjoy and take full credit for their successes, while also being allowed to fail (and thus learn) in relative safety – basically owning the whole process. What we end up with in return are new developers who, within 6-9 months, are contributing at a level, and with a confidence, that utterly belies their time in the industry.

If you’re thinking of hiring from the Coding Bootcamp for the first time, it’s absolutely key that you have an established team in place already who are fully onboard and committed to helping develop junior talent – you owe the graduates that much. And if you just think of this as a source of cheap development resource, that’s absolutely the wrong attitude to have.

We’ve taken an organic approach so far, but after the success we’ve had with our graduates to date, we are now in the process of putting together a more structured induction programme specifically tailored to the Coding Bootcamp students.

Sam. Bootcamp Student from summer 2018

Sam – graduated Bootcamp Summer 2018 now working at G&V

What the course delivers for us is bright individuals who have proven they can learn at pace and adapt to coding principles quickly, but it’s our job as employers to continue that development and nurture the potential. If you can manage that, the graduates will pay you back in spades.

Did you have any reservations before hiring your first bootcamp graduate (did you think they could really learn to code in such a short space of time)? 

Absolutely. As someone who has done the traditional degree route myself, with a placement year in industry, and having over 16 years experience to date, I was utterly cynical of the whole thing.

But Pete the recruitment specialist at Develop Me caught me at a time when I was struggling to fill a mid-weight frontend position and convinced me to see a few graduates from the cohort at the time. Liz who graduated in Autumn 2017 walked in the door and within minutes blew us away with her confidence, attitude and positivity, plus a great piece of final coursework, and a WordPress portfolio done in her own time. We as good as hired her on the spot and she’s been a key member of the team for over 18 months now.

Pete - Develop Me's recruitment specialist

Pete – Develop Me’s recruitment specialist

Since then it’s totally redefined how we recruit and build our team going forward. It’s driven us to focus on bringing new/fresh talent into the business more often and to commit to developing them further within the business. Culturally it’s been an absolute joy to work here as a result and the vibe is fantastic. It also has the knock on effect of giving the more senior team members bags of personal development opportunity as a result of building the team this way.

Any tips for companies hiring junior developers / bootcamp graduates for the first time?

You need an established development team in place who are all aligned and on board with this approach as it needs to be a team effort. Doing this right is a commitment and an investment but the developers we’re getting out of this are a joy to work with.

Get your development house in order first. The cleaner your process and the more robust your tech stack and documentation is, the more frictionless the whole process will be. If you’ve got a backlog of maintenance and improvements you’ve been dying to make but haven’t got round to, do them first. You’ll find onboarding Bootcamp graduates far easier and more productive (and less stressful for them) if your ways of working are concise and slick.

Have a development plan in place. When mentoring Bootcamp graduates (and when they start with us), the most common thing they want to know is, “what is it like working in the real world?”, and “how well should I be doing after a week, a month, 6 months, a year, etc?”. We try to keep things relaxed but we give the grads clear things to aim for such as, “deploy something to production in your first week”, “complete a support/change ticket and get it into a release within your first month”, and “ship your first complete small feature/module within 3 months”. We’re planning to take this further and create a more formal roadmap for them to follow, but please just have a plan (beyond a few days) for what you want them to achieve.

Liz Bristol Bootcamp Student

Liz – Graduated from Bootcamp Autumn 2017 now working at G&V.

There’s nothing worse than turning up to your first development job and finding there’s no computer, your desk isn’t properly setup, nobody has any time for you and everyone is too frightened/busy to give you anything to do apart from “read documentation”. Don’t be that company!

Is there anything you would tell students at the start of the coding bootcamp that you think would help them on the course?

Don’t panic! You’re going to cover a lot of new things at real pace, and in a very short space of time. There’s going to be an inevitable amount of anxiety and an urge to rush in order to keep pace, but in development sometimes you really do need to slow down in order to go faster.

Listen to the instructors, don’t be afraid to ask for help (again and again) and don’t suffer in silence.

If you’re having a good/easy week, help someone else. It’ll be credit in the bank when you have a tough week and you’ll learn far more from explaining something to someone else than you did by doing it in the first place!

Any advice you would give current bootcamp students about how to prepare for their first developer job in the industry? 

When it comes to finding a job and doing interviews, there’s probably a lot of personal pressure to just find a job. But don’t accept anything that doesn’t feel right – listen to your gut.

Don’t be afraid to push the interviewer on their approach to hiring junior development talent. Ask – do they have a plan/proper induction programme? What does the established team look like? Can someone demonstrate what the dev stack and code base looks like? What will my first week, month, year look like? Do they have any previous graduates/junior developers that they’d be happy for you to meet/talk to? An inability to answer any of the above satisfactorily could be a red flag.

When I mentor students I normally advise them not to accept too specialised a role unless they’re 100% sure it’s what they want to do. You’re so early in your career and you have plenty of time to specialise later on if you want to. But for your first role, taking on something broad will allow you to explore a wider piece of the development stack and will only help in the long run.

Do draw on previous career experience in the interview and absolutely sell your story of how you ended up doing this. While we naturally try to choose the strongest graduates from a given cohort, it’s normally the graduate’s previous career/life experience and how passionately they told their story that influences our final decision.

Finally, please try to hit some stretch goals and do a really great README on your project!

In your experience how quickly do bootcamp graduates start making a genuine and valuable impact?

We always aim to get graduates working on building releases and doing production deploys within in their first month, which builds confidence and gives a real feeling of contribution very early on.

We typically see a ‘net contribution’ (where the amount of work a graduate produces outweighs the amount of support they need from other team members, or training time they’re being allocated) in the first 2-3 months. There’s generally a huge leap in confidence/ability around the 6-9 month mark where they even have the confidence to help new graduates. After a year we start to see a graduate’s confidence reach the point where they start contributing to process and decision making within the development team.

Our Coding Bootcamp is a 12 week immersive classroom course with a 4 week part time online course as preparation. 98% of our graduates now work in Tech roles most of which we placed in their first position straight after completing the Bootcamp – we are very proud of our students love watching each of them move into Tech from a huge variety of different backgrounds! 

The evolution and demand for UX Designers.

With the rapid advancement of digital technologies and the subsequent impact on how businesses ‘interface’ with customers; the understanding, evolution and application of User Experience Design (UXD) within organisations now truly informs their future success.

We have seen the rapid rise of successful companies that are design-led.  Good design processes now form a fundamental part of business strategy and decision making – placing human interaction at the heart of their business model.

Every touchpoint of a brand and connected customer experience is now designed as part of a holistic strategy.


As digital interaction becomes an increasing part of our daily interactions – businesses fully appreciate that seamless digital interaction is complex to deliver. However when done right – the whole brand experience rises to another level  – from the ‘Visceral’ to ‘Behavioural’ and ultimately to the ‘Reflective.’ [Ref: Don Norman’s Norman’s Three Levels of Design.]

Good UXD in the real world

1) The customer no longer has to scan for ages to find the donate button on a charity’s page.

2) The calls to a customer care line are reduced dramatically because the consumer finds the answer easily on the website.

3) Shopping cart value soars because the website effortlessly shows the shopper items that complement their purchase.

Your competitor is only one click away!

UX is emerging out of the ‘visual design’ world and establishing itself as fundamental strategic design process within any business interface or transaction. We are finally evolving from aesthetic design to a human centred approach to the design of the company ‘experience’. As they say – your competitor is only one click away. So it is vital to deliver a frictionless experience from beginning to end.

“Design used to be the seasoning you’d sprinkle on for taste; now it’s the flour you need at the start of the recipe.” — John Maeda, Designer and Technologist

Demand for UX Designers

With this new imperative to seamlessly satisfy ‘users’ – businesses are now eagerly recruiting talent to help research, prototype and design interactive services that bridge the gap between people and technology – this is the role of the UX Designer.

UX Design Courses

As a result of the increase in demand for UX Designers, we provide two unique courses:

Our 10 week part-time User Experience Design course – has been developed by industry experts to help anyone looking to up-skill and explore moving into the ever increasing number of roles in UX Design.

The programme’s industry informed curriculum will teach how to approach problems creatively in order to design the next generation of great apps, websites and digital products and gain a deeper understanding of the methods, tools and processes of working as a UX Designer.

This course is aimed at people looking to expand their knowledge of UX Design methodologies, tools and processes providing you with a complete applicable UX ‘toolkit’ with commercial experience of working with a real life client on a live project.

Our next cohort for this in September 2019 is fully booked, however, we will be scheduling a new cohort shortly for 2020. To find out more and register your interest here and also see what our students have to say.

We also run a shorter 2 day UX fundamentals workshop – which will give you or your team a short but intense intro to the fundamentals of best UX practice, user research and testing; interface design & brand.

This programme provides introductory knowledge for a holistic approach to UX best practice and is best suited to graphic or digital product designers or small teams who are looking to develop their current skill-sets in designing for digital services.

You can find out more and book one of the remaining places here.

Who we train

We can help anyone to accelerate their career in Tech.  To date we have trained: Career changers, Researchers, Marketers, Graphic/Interface Designers, Project and Account Managers and Entrepreneurs to develop their portfolio of UX Design skills.

Visit our website or contact us at for a chat about taking your next step.

Live Client Project

As part of the student learning experience on our ​part time 10 week UX Design​ course at Develop Me, we work on live projects and we are very proud to have given two Bristol charities a complete UX Design overhaul of their websites. This collaboration has resulted in each organisation receiving highly valuable consultancy services; resulting in several clickable wireframe solutions free of charge which they can implement immediately into their website.

Benefits to the Client

Whichever design they choose will:

– Improve the experience for their website visitors

– Increase the ‘desired actions’ executed on the website

– Improve profits

Our Students

The students on our course benefit from working alongside a real client from day one by being exposed to real life research, client communication and learning to collaborate and design as part of a team delivering user-centred solutions.

New Client needed!

We are now looking for another local charity to offer this service to and are welcoming applications to be part of this exciting jointly beneficial venture.

Essentially our students, with the involvement and guidance of our outstanding will run a full UX process with you, on your project.

Key elements:

– Unpacking your challenges and what you want to achieve with your website/app

– Defining your audience and their needs

– Audience research

– Website usability testing

– Information architecture (site map)

– User stories and user journey mapping

– Interactive prototypes of new features for your new website

– Final presentation and handover

Past UX Clients

To date we have collaborated with Penny Brohn and The Matthew, both Bristol charities. They have been overwhelmed by the variety of insights, research and applied wireframes they were presented; many already developed and ready to be implemented into their website structure.

‘It really felt like a gift being offered this level of quality work free of charge as we would never have been able to afford to pay for this ourselves’ (Penny Brohn)

Both clients would be happy to discuss with any organisation considering applying for the September project, how they found the process and give advice on how to prepare for the process.

To apply please have this set up, just contact us at

Requirements for a great UX Design Project Client

You would need to attend 3-4 sessions on a Thursday night, between mid September and November:

1. Discovery workshop

2. Audience research

3. Information architecture workshop

4. Project presentation

We discuss with you how the research will be conducted – this would really best suit a website with a fairly complex structure and/or one that serves multiple audiences. Or a site that has been around for a while and needs to be evolved to keep up with the expectations of today’s website visitors.

Register your interest

The best thing to do is let us know if you are interested and we can discuss this further. You are also welcome you to pop down to our campus at Develop Me to meet the team!

Our UX Design Course

Our part-time User Experience Design (UXD) course teaches all the key skills required to research, define, design and develop digital services based upon user-centred design principles. It has been developed to help anyone looking to up-skill or change career and move into the ever increasing number of roles in UX Design. 

For more information please register your interest here.


It started with a car crash and ended with a baby

The first web developer bootcamp to run in Bristol has now finished, and, by all measures, was a great success!

3 of the 4 students were offered paid work placements by Bristol tech companies, with the fourth on maternity leave before starting a work placement later in the year.

The feedback from the companies they are working with has been extremely positive.



The Coding Fellowship combines 12 weeks of intensive teaching, covering the fundamentals of web development, with a paid industry work placement and help to secure employment as a web developer upon graduation.

The course – run at the Paintworks, the heart of Bristol’s creative and tech quarter – is developed and delivered by industry experts, with a heavy focus on project work, using industry tools and practices, and hands-on learning.

It takes students from beginners all the way through to being employable junior web developers, while building a portfolio of work.

We catch up with two of the students on the spring cohort to find out how they are pursuing a new career in coding.

Read our Q&A with Simon & Kasia: (more…)


Training space

The Spring Cohort of the Coding Fellowship began on May 9th, based down at Bristol’s Paintworks the fellowship is the South West’s first coding bootcamp. The programme includes a 12 week intensive taught element – teaching the fundamentals of web development – a paid industry work placement and help finding employment as a web developer upon graduation.

The Bristol and Bath region has recently been recognised as the largest regional digital hub in the UK and with predictions that the digital industries will grow faster than any other in the coming decade, it’s a great time to be learning to code and joining the thriving tech sector. You can read more about this in the recent Tech Nation Report.