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Masters News 2018-2019

(see previous years' issues here)

Sent to all postgraduate students in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester,
from Norman Paton, Director of Postgraduate Studies.

Masters News • Monday 18 February 2019

Unit surveys and events

Period 3 unit surveys

Unit evaluation surveys will be running from 25th February to 17th March inclusive. These can be accessed from My Manchester. We very much appreciate your feedback, so please do fill them in.

Team Uganda

The Team Uganda project are looking for students to join them. They are currently looking for:

·         Assistant Project Leader: This role is open to any UG or PG student in any year including final.  We are looking for students with some experience of leading others, some overseas experience, and volunteering.  
·         Team Member roles (14 places): These roles are open to any non-final year UG students in receipt of the Manchester Bursary (or pre-2017 NHS funded students with a household income less than £35k).  
·         The project is run in partnership with S.A.L.V.E. International and includes community projects and holiday camps, and we are encouraging applications from all subject areas.
·         The applications deadline is Monday 4th March 2019 at 9am.
·         More info:

Team Uganda is part of the University of Manchester international volunteering programme  

BCS Women Lovelace Colloquium

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is now open for student abstract submissions! Find all the information here:

In 2019, the event will be hosted by the University of Salford on April 17th.

All women UG & MSc students of computing and related subjects are invited to enter one of the poster contests at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium.

The poster contests are as follows:
* First year and foundation year

• Second year, industrial placement, and any other non-finalists on BSc programs

• Final year BSc/BEng/etc, which also includes those in the penultimate year of an integrated MEng or similar

• MSc, which also includes those in the final year of an integrated MEng or similar

To enter the contest, students need to submit a 250-word abstract on the computing topic of their choice. The event is generously supported by sponsors so we are able to keep the event free for all who want to attend, and we can normally also pay the transport for all women who get into the poster contest (about 100 last year).

Once you have written your abstract, please copy and paste it into the form which you can find here:

The deadline for abstract submissions is the 22nd February 2019.

Note that the event will be held in Salford on 17th April 2019, and if you are selected, you will need to be able to get to the event with your poster in order to compete.

You can find more about the event here:


Masters News • Monday 21 January 2019

A newsletter for PGT

Masters News - Contents


Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:14:00 +0000

Good morning everyone. We hope the exam period is going well. If you have any problems or can’t attend an examination, contact the Student Support Office as soon as possible.

Mitigating Circumstances

If you want to tell us about any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 1 exam period, the deadline is Monday 28th January 2019. Please make sure you use the School of Computer Science form to submit details online.

Student Representatives

You can contact your Student Representatives directly if you have any issues or ideas which you would like them to discuss with School staff. Details are on the Blackboard page: PGT Community/Student Representation. There’s now a WhatsApp group for ACS students as well.

School Seminars

The School holds regular research seminars:

The next seminar, on 23rd January at 14.00 in LT 1.4, is Analysis and design of secure and privacy-enhancing information sharing systems: the case of Facebook and car sharing.

FSE Better World Showcase

The Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Better World Showcase celebrates the staff and students who are ‘making a difference’ through various social responsibility projects. We are taking posters about these projects on a roadshow to highlight some of the fantastic work that goes on across the Faculty. Visit the roadshow and see posters of over 40 different initiatives in:

University Place Drum – Monday 21 January – Friday 25 January

If you can’t make it to the roadshow, you can visit the Virtual Showcase.

Have your say on who wins the People’s Vote - vote for your favourite nomination here. Voting closes at 9am on Monday 28 January.

The winners will be announced at the Better World Showcase celebration event on Wednesday 6 February 2019. The details of the winners will be available on our websiteafter this date.

Speak Up, Stand Up Campaign

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have recently launched an inquiry to understand racial harassment in Higher Education. They want to hear from all students and staff who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards.

Closing date: Friday 15 February 2019 at 23:59.

Dame Margaret Elizabeth Lee Fellowship 

We are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Margaret Elizabeth Lee Fellowship.

The fellowship is open to all full-time students (UG, PGT and PGR) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering who are of British nationality, and normally reside in the United Kingdom.
Students can apply for funding up to a maximum of £500 for their proposals to undertake projects, visit institutions of higher education, or attend educational conferences outside of the United Kingdom which can be considered to advance their knowledge in the area of their studies.

Please note that funding is limited. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. 

Please direct any enquiries to Kathy Morgan:

Students' Union Postgraduate Exec Officer vacancy

There is a Postgraduate Exec Officer position open for the upcoming elections. Students are able to stand until February 15th. If you know anyone who would be particularly well suited to the role, nominate them here:

Caroline Jay


Period one unit surveys • Tuesday 23 October 2018

Feedback on course units in period one.

The period one unit surveys are open, and run until 11th November 2018. Please give us your feedback!

Instructions on how to access the surveys can be found here:


Masters News • Tuesday 23 October 2018

A newsletter for PGT

Masters News - Contents

1. Masters News

Masters News

Monday network outage

Apologies for the major network outage yesterday morning. Normal service should now have been resumed. If this caused any major issues with your work, please contact the relevant course unit supervisor.

Period one unit surveys

The period one unit surveys run from 22nd October until 11th November. Please give us your feedback! Instructions for how to access the surveys can be found here:

Open Access Week 22 - 28 October 2018

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is being screened on Wednesday 24 October at 2.30pm in the Samuel Alexander Theatre. The documentary focuses on the need for Open Access to research and science. Come and enjoy some complementary popcorn and interesting insights. Read more and register your interest here.

Open Research Forum

The University’s second Open Research Forum (ORF) will take place on Monday, 5 November. It is supported by Vice President for Research, Professor Colette Fagan. The theme for this Forum is: How can openness can improve the research environment? It will feature academics from across the University sharing case studies on how they’ve incorporated openness into their research practise.

Book your place now…

Caroline Jay


Masters News • Tuesday 2 October 2018

Newsletter for MSc students.

Hopefully you are now settled into Manchester, and your first week of study has gone well. This newsletter contains information relevant to your studies, and events happening around the University. 

Examination information

Information about exams at the University can be found here:

Examinations and religious observance

The University will make every effort, in its timetabling of examinations, to avoid holding examinations on religious days or festivals which occur during examination periods for those students whose commitment to the observance of their faith would otherwise cause them to miss the examination. If this affects you, you must fill in the Examination and Religious Observance form from the Student Services Centre by 26th October for first semester exams, and 15th February for second semester exams.

Changes to exam format

This year, all exams will contain only compulsory questions. This makes things straightforward for students: it simply means that in every exam, you answer all the questions. We're letting you know about this change because past exam papers, which are available for most course units, may contain optional questions. Course unit leaders will give you further information about exams, and how the questions this year relate to those in past papers.

Enjoy your year safely

We want all of you to enjoy every aspect of your student life here at Manchester and that includes keeping you and your belongings safe. Unfortunately - at this time of year especially - criminals see lots of new people with expensive equipment, entering a city which they may be unfamiliar with, as an opportunity to catch them off guard and take a laptop or a phone. Please don’t let that be you.

Keep your bag with you at all times and try not to have expensive items on view, especially when walking in the street. Remember to keep yourself safe too by staying in groups when out and about the city, plus secure your home by keepings windows shut and valuables out of sight.

• See more tips on staying safe, from My Manchester

Celebrating Black History Month

‘Brilliant and BAME: Celebrating Black History Month’ which is taking place at the University on Wednesday 3 October, 12pm-3.30pm. This exciting University-wide event will consist of guest speakers, an exhibition of stands showcasing different organisations and opportunities, live music, street food and art and is open to staff, students and the local community.

Cyber security...hands on!

If you have been bitten by the cyber security bug of enthusiasm or wonder if you'd like to be...then get on to Immersive Labs ( who offer exactly the right kind of progressive on-line cyber security learning experience to complement our studies. Your University of Manchester of Manchester will get you a free registration.

And what's more, every time you complete a lab, you earn points for the University in an International league table! (In August we ranked 68 out of 365 institutions.) Enjoy. Learn. Develop the skills...let's make the connected world a safer place for all.

All I ask is an occasional e-mail to let me know how you're getting on. (


End of a Year • Thursday 6 September 2018

Submission and Graduation...

Submission and Graduation

For full-time students, the year in Manchester is now essentially over.  Hopefully your dissertations have come together well and in time, and you are now looking forward to some time off.  I hope you have had an enjoyable and useful year on our taught masters programmes.

Results will be available in early November, and we hope to see many of you at the graduation in December.


Masters News • Sunday 15 April 2018

I hope you have had some enjoyable leisure time during the vacation ... and not completely forgotten about your project!

I hope you have had some enjoyable leisure time during the vacation ... and not completely forgotten about your project!


Podcasts for most of your units should be available at:

Please let the student support office know if you have problems accessing them.

Academic Writing Tutorial Service

University Language Centre’s Academic Writing Tutorial Service: this provision is free to students at the University of Manchester.

These one to one sessions last approximately one hour and give students the opportunity to receive expert help in improving their written academic work. To apply, please fill out a request form: and email with a recent sample of your writing. Your sample must be 900 - 1500 words in length (you can submit a longer document if you wish but highlight areas of it, so the highlighted sections add up to around 1500 words).

Click on this link for further information:

PTES Survey - Free Byte Cafe Vouchers

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is still open and if you haven’t had your say yet, we still want to hear from you!

You can complete your survey by logging into My Manchester.

The University takes part in PTES to make sure that we understand the differing experience of students as they undertake their Master’s. However, we need as many of you as possible to complete the survey to give us the clearest possible picture of what is working, and just as importantly what isn’t.

If you haven't yet completed the survey, as recognition for doing so, the school will give a 5 pound voucher for the Byte Cafe to everyone who brings confirmation of completion of the PTES (screenshot is probably the best) to SSO.

Manchester University Student Image Competition 2018

Capture research through your eyes and take part to win £150.

To enter you must be registered as postgraduate taught student at the University of Manchester.  Full details are available at

Take your photo and submit it online at

Deadline for entries is Monday 14th May 2018


Industrial Action • Saturday 24 March 2018

Message from Head of School on Strike Action

Friday 16 March was the last day of the current round of strikes that have affected some of your scheduled classes. You are probably aware that the dispute is not yet resolved, so it is possible, but by no means certain, that there will be more strikes later in the year. We know that this is a difficult time for you and other students, but do be reassured that the University has processes to deal with assessments affected by such circumstances.

I am meeting with senior colleagues early this week to review the information that we have collected about the number of classes that have been affected by the strikes. Only when we have done this can we decide precisely what actions are appropriate to help you catch up on missed learning and how to account for any effects on assessments.
I’ll be in touch later in the Semester when I have more to report. In the meantime, do raise any questions with your tutors and supervisors and, of course, through the your reps on the Staff Student Liaison Committees. It remains for me to thank you all for your patience and understanding.


Robert Stevens
Head of School


Masters News • Friday 2 March 2018

PTES The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national survey, that focuses on students' experience of their academic programme and associated resources.


The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national survey, that focuses on students' experience of their academic programme and associated resources.

This survey provides us with useful information, so to encourage you to complete it, there will be free pizza at the following times in the Masters Breakout Area (Kilburn 2.11):

Tuesday 6th March: 14:00 – 15:00
Wednesday 7th March: 13:00 – 14:00
Friday 9th March: 13:00 – 14:00

Please complete PTES and bring along a photo or printout of the completion screen / submission number.  

Exam Results

Most of the exam results from January are now available.  Most people have done well; with most of the results in, only 10 people were in line to have to resit units in the summer.  If we have concerns about your results, your Programme Director will be in touch; if you have anything you would like to discuss, please contact your Programme Director.  This may also be a suitable time to become familiar with the regulations around the assessment of masters programmes, which are outlined in the Handbook (