Joel Russell Computer Science Student


I'm Joel Russell. I'm in my final year as a Computer Science BSc student at the University of Surrey, following a year-long software development placement at Fivium. At Surrey I have been President of the Computing Society and the Technical Manager of StagTV. I am now an elected Committee member of Surrey Stage Crew. I spend my free time volunteering on exciting live events and broadcasts with both Stage Crew and StagTV, as well as paid event photography.

Feel free to email me at [email protected] for any reason; I'm pretty quick with replies.

What's Joel up to?

Current Education

I'm studying for a BSc in Computer Science at the University of Surrey, where I'm starting my final year.


I am involved in StagTV, the University of Surrey's student-run video creators community and broadcast service. I have helped with the planning, set-up, vision mixing, and most other roles of StagTV-run livestreams, and in my year as Technical Manager I was responsible for the society's complex equipment.

Stage Crew

I get involved in Surrey Stage Crew, the Students' Union's society which oversees lighting, sound, and rigging for most campus events. I have gained a lot of interesting experiences and knowledge in taking part in the society, and it's a lot of fun! For my final year I am on the society's Committee as the Webmaster.


I was President of the University of Surrey Computing Society (CompSoc) in my second year, and I oversaw the society in its aims to support CompSci students and engage all students in academic and social events. The society won the Gold STARs award for our hard work.

Here are some other things I do


A bit of a hobby. I enjoy taking photos, and I'm working on a custom-built website to show off said pictures. Mostly of events, people, or my dog. I shoot with a Canon 6D Mark ii.

Web Development

I've written a number of fun projects and microsites over the years, most of which were in PHP. I have more recently been developing with Node or Spring, as well as learning Rails at university. I use a lot of MySQL, and on my placement year I used Oracle Databases and PL/SQL. I'm also an Oracle Certified Associate PL/SQL Developer.

Web Design

I've spent some time making nice-looking professional websites for some local businesses and people. A few examples include a local music artist and a professional translator. I have worked on simple informational pages as well as detailed and complex sites.