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2011

Lacking gift inspiration? New online company launched with Abertay student help

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No idea what to buy your loved ones this Christmas? A new Dundee-based company can solve your problems – and is doing so with the help of students from the University of Abertay Dundee.

Gift Juggler researches thousands of products, lets you profile your friends and family to find the perfect gift, use your Facebook account to create an online gift calendar, and receive free email recommendations and reminders for the important events in your life. You’ll never forget an important date again.  

The company is the brainchild of Sharon Dickie, a former Vice President of Marketing at NCR and a part-time lecturer at the University of Abertay Dundee’s Dundee Business School.

Working with Nicola Thomson, 4th year BA (Hons) Business Studies student, and Chris McAndrew, 4th year BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development student, Sharon has built a clever, easy-to-use site that filters through endless options to give immediate, personally tailored results.

Sharon said: “The idea for Gift Juggler came from experiences we’ve all shared – lacking gift ideas, or forgetting an important date or birthday of someone close to you.

“Students have a lot to offer companies, regardless of whether they are start-ups or well established, and it’s great to give future graduates experience working in a real business.  

“For Gift Juggler, the combination of business and computing students has helped shape what we’re offering. Even though I come from a technology background I’ve not grown up with web and social networking technology like the Abertay students.

“As a lecturer and a businesswoman, it’s great to see Abertay University take applied learning so seriously – and create students and graduates ready to help launch new businesses.”

Business student Nicola Thomson said: "Working with Sharon was a fantastic hands-on experience that allowed me to use some of the theory I had learned in class in a productive and meaningful way. I enjoyed working on this project as I could see it developing week-by-week which was a real encouragement.

“I was given responsibility for research that was needed and I felt it fulfilling to present the findings back as I knew that my input was greatly appreciated."

Web design student Chris McAndrew said: “I found my involvement to be eye-opening, valuable and time well-spent. I went in not really knowing my strengths and weaknesses and came out with a better understanding as to what they are for me.  

“I feel I am better prepared because of it and I’d welcome more internships. I’d certainly recommend fellow students to participate in these opportunities when they present themselves.”

Students at Abertay University have the option of working on real-life applied projects across a number of courses, including business, computer games and a range of computing courses including Web Design and Development.

Gift Juggler can be found online at http://www.giftjuggler.com/

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For media enquiries, please contact Chris Wilson (Communications Officer) – T: 01382 308522 M: 07837 250284 E: chris.wilson@abertay.ac.uk

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