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Pez Cuckow

Web Designer & Photographer

Name: Pez Cuckow
Address: Manchester, UK
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Hi, I'm Pez, a contracting full stack web developer and director of Peg Productions Limited. I've just completed a Computer Science, Business & Management degree at the University of Manchester having spent a year working at Goldman Sachs in London.

Although always seeking new contracts, I'm also currently looking for a challenging & inspiring graduate position in a small company that offers the chance to innovate and solve complex problems as part of daily routine.

I mainly program in Javascript & PHP but have experience in languages from Node.js, through Python, C(++/#) to Bash and regularly apply my programming knowledge to build bespoke solutions for myself or clients.

Examples of my work include; a content management system; an online personal finance application; a payment system used by societies at the University of Manchester and an accounting and task management system which I use to keep track of my Freelance work.

When I can, I like to spend my weekends at Hackathons throughout the UK working in teams to build something new, while taking the opporunity to pick up new technologies and meet interesting people.

In my free time I enjoy trekking and camping in various places throughout the UK, I spent summer 2012 volunteering for the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London as a performer in the Industrial Revolution section.

In 2011 I completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and was given the chance to visit St James' Palace and meet the Duke himself, the physical section of my DofE included the Ten Tors Dartmoor endurance event organised by the British Army which I completed in 2010.

Employment

2014 - Current

Peg Productions Limited

Contracting Senior Full Stack Web Developer & Company Director

Developing MVP web applications for startups using various development frameworks

Architecting the expansion and development of existing web systems

2012 - 2013

Goldman Sachs, Inc

Technical Analyst in Asset Management

Worked with operations to run, update & support their trade management software

Commended on technical aptitude, innovative thinking and client support skills

Summer 2011

University of Manchester

Web Systems Programmer

Produced three websites for the as part of a team using the Symphony PHP framework

Implemented following GRASP principles, OOP and using agile development techniques

Positions of Responsibility

2010 - 2014

Computer Science Social Committee

Chair, previously Website Editor and Online Marketing Manager

Worked as part of a team to organise the end of year ball & weekly events

Cooordinated and negotiated with external companies, to secure sponsorship

2010 - 2014

University of Manchester

Student Ambassador and Open Day Presenter

Sharing my passion for Computer Science with applicants and secondary school pupils

Guiding the applicants through the visit day process and interview preparation

2010 - 2014

Gaming Society Committee

Server & Website Manager, Photographer and Marketing Coordinator

Reponsible for marketing to new students, online presence and recruitment

Automated the game servers, social network pages and updated public feeds

Achievements

2010 - 2014

Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours

Computer Science with Business and Management

Received the Head of School award for outstanding contribution to the School of Computer Science

2011 - 2012

University of Manchester Coding Team

Solution planner as part of a select team of three

Selected for the University's coding team for technical problem solving ability

Competed in the ACM sponsored North-West European Programming Contest

2009 - 2011

Duke of Edinburgh Award (Gold)

Independent candidate working directly with DofE Wiltshire over 18 months

Included; 4 Day expedition in the Brecon Beacons; volunteering with DofE Bronze candidates; coordinating a residential with disadvantaged children & Ten Tors 45m endurance hike

Dice.rs Live Chat
A freelance project for a private client, I built him a custom web chat for his website. The chat itself powered by a Node.js server, which the clients connect to using WebSockets so the messages can be pushed to their browsers. It has admin functionality, supporting standard IRC functionality such as ban, kick and ipban and supports guest accounts. The user account sessions are linked directly to the websites login which is handled by PHP, so keep everything in sync.
Details
  • Date June 2014
  • Categories Web Development
  • Languages Node.js, Javascript
  • Technologies Socket.io
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pegFinance
I built pegFinance for my final year project at University. My objective was to build a web application that could tell you how much money you would spend next month and what that money would be spent on. I built a system that parses bank statements extracting the key information, performs named entity resolution to map transactions to shops and then automatically categorises the transactions. Having done this the system is able to use machine learning techniques to predict the likelyhood that you will spend money at a particular shop in a given month and to make an estimate of how much would be spent. During evaluation on unseen test user data, the system was able to correcly predict how much would be spent, with an error margin of 13.7%
Details
  • Date 2014
  • Categories University, Web Development
  • Languages PHP, jQuery
  • Technologies MySQL, MatLab
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This Site
Does this website count? I decided that my website needed an update following completion of my degree so set out to build something bespoke that was easy to change. The site itself is written using PHP, with Twig for the template parsing but all of the content is defined in YAML files. This makes the content particularly easy to update. When building the site I decided to optimise it's size as much as possible and if you check the source you'll find minification of the HTML, CSS and JavaScript as well as lazy loading techniques for the larger content. This in addition to the responsive design (try resizing the page!) help ensure the site is suited for mobile phones.
Details
  • Date 2014
  • Categories Web Design, Web Development
  • Languages Javascript, jQuery, PHP
  • Technologies YAML
Computer Science Project Report
"For my final year project I built a web application that can predict how much money a user will spent or receive next month, based on their historical spending patterns. As part of the project, I wrote a 15,000 word report on my application which outlines the motivation behind the project, the existing research in the area, the systems design and the implementation of that design before evaluating it's performance and suggesting future research."
Details
  • Date March 2014
  • Categories Report, University
  • Technologies LaTeX
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Should the UK continue to block torrenting websites?
Final year business report written for University investigating the effect of torrenting on the UK media industry and the effectiveness of the blocking of torrenting websites.Abstract Torrenting is used to download copyrighted works from the Internet. This report gives an overview of the technology behind it, investigating its effect on the media industry. The consequences of introducing blocking measures is reviewed from support- ing and opposing evidence. In conclusion there are four suggestions for more specific research and legislation related specifically to the UK media industry.
Details
  • Date May 2014
  • Categories Report, University
  • Technologies LaTeX
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Peg Productions
This website was built as a brand for my limited liability partnership Peg Productions, which my business partner and I used to sell and develop websites. The site itself was written completely in flash and responsive in nature, though as it used flash, was not mobile compatible.
Details
  • Date 2010
  • Categories Web Design, Web Development
  • Languages Flash, PHP
Yearbook Management System
The yearbook management system was created to help the yearbook committee at St Laurence School design and create the yearbook. Students from each year could log on and create their yearbook profile, upload photos and vote people for the end of year awards. Admins could then review and download all the profiles, ready for export as a yearbook as well as being able send out emails to everyone in the year.
Details
  • Client St Laurence School
  • Date 2010
  • Categories Web Development
  • Languages PHP
Client Management System
I created the Peg Productions client management system to help manage the hosting of all of our websites and clients. The system automatically issues bills for web hosting and for ordering domains and the clients can login to renew their web hosting. It also helps balance the books, by organising bank statements and the assosiated transations as well as offering time tracking which could be used to bill customers.
Details
  • Client Peg Productions
  • Date 2010
  • Categories Web Development
  • Languages PHP
Maths for Mums and Dads
Created for a client who was trialing a new startup to help parents teach their children maths. The site was designed to look like a table and to be engaging for both children and adults who might be accessing it.
Details
  • Client Wizard Tutors
  • Date 2009
  • Categories Web Design, Web Development
  • Languages HTML
Aim Photography
This project was completed as part of Peg Productions, the specification was to design a brand for a new photography business and an accompanying website.
Details
  • Client Finishing Touch
  • Date 2009
  • Categories Web Design, Web Development
  • Languages HTML
Finishing Touch
Another Peg Productions project, we built a website with a custom CMS for a day spa and beauty salon. The CMS made it easy to add new products and treatments as well as update the websites content.
Details
  • Client Finishing Touch
  • Date 2009
  • Categories Web Design, Web Development
  • Languages HTML, PHP
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