Xbox LIVE Team Member Derby Graduate Success Story


One of the team behind the Xbox One console’s technology flew back from the USA to graduate from the University of Derby this week. Peter Innes (22) originally from Edinburgh has been working as a Software Development Engineer for Microsoft’s office in Washington State since last Summer. He returned to Derby and graduated with a 2:1 Class BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming degree, at the University’s Awards Ceremonies!

Peter has successfully completed 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.

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