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Masters News 2017-2018

(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 • Thursday 19 October 2017


Industrial Action As you may be aware, on the 23 and 24 October UCU, the principal union for academic staff, will be taking strike action.



Industrial Action
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As you may be aware, on the 23 and 24 October UCU, the principal union for academic staff, will be taking strike action. Reasons for this action can be found in this UCU leaflet

http://manchester.web.ucu.org.uk/files/2017/10/Manchester-Uni-strike-flyer-Oct17.pdf

This industrial action may mean that some teaching activities in the School or in the Alliance Manchester Business School may be disrupted (some staff may strike, others may choose not to).

The Kilburn and IT buildings will be open as normal, but there may be picket lines on campus.

Individual lecturers have been asked to inform you in advance of any scheduled teaching activities which might be disrupted.

As and when we receive further information, we will add it to the wikipage at

   https://wiki.cs.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/StrikeOct17

Regarding labs and submission of work:

1. All labs on 23 and 24 October will be open as normal, so that students can continue their lab work.

2. Staff and TAs may, or may not, be available at these sessions.

3. Unless or until you are told otherwise, deadlines for lab/coursework submissions remain unaltered.



Period 1 Course Unit Surveys
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The Period 1 Unit Surveys will be open from 23rd October until 12th November.  This an anonymous process enables students to score each unit and to comment in any way they wish. 

We would be most grateful if you could complete the survey, as course unit organisers find this an invaluable way to make improvements to their course units.  For example, between last year and this year we have provided new guidance to staff about feedback based on last year's surveys. Members of staff will provide responses after the survey has closed.



Hardware Library
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Do you like to tinker with hardware? Is there a special project for which you need some hardware? The School’s Hardware Library has a wide range of components for you to borrow. Everything from Raspberry Pis to Drones, Arduinos to Kinects, basic electronic components to robots, for you to play with.



Ada Lovelace
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Last Tuesday was Ada Lovelace Day and the School marked this by unveiling a portrait which hangs near the walkway entrance to Kilburn. In case you haven’t heard of her, Ada Lovelace is widely credited as being the first ever computer programmer, for her program written in 1842 for Babbage’s Analytical Engine.



D3T Drop-in
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Award winning game and software development company d3t is based in Runcorn and creates software for the games and interactive sectors. If you'd like to make games and interactive software at one of ‘The Best Places to Work’ in the games industry meet them in Kilburn this Thurs 19 Oct, 12:00-14:00.

 

Masters News • Tuesday 3 October 2017


Assorted Events

There are lots of computing-related events in Manchester that you may be interested in participating in; this message gives some examples and links that may be useful.



Hacksoc
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This from Hendrik Molder (Y2, CSBM): next Tues 10 Oct, 17:30-19:00, Hacksoc presents the HackSoc & American Express Networking Event. #freepizza. We're glad to have American Express coming down and spending an awesome evening with us! The main focus of the event is on a topical & technical presentation by AMEX, which is followed by a short overview of career opportunities at American Express, after which there's a chance to have a chat with AMEX engineers and recruiters over PIZZA and drinks. Places are limited, so register now!



Great Uni Hack
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Teodora Stoleru (Y2, CS) writes: We’re excited to announce that GreatUniHack is back for the fifth time on 11-12 November at the MMU Business School here in Manchester. Apply now and get the chance to express your ideas and build new connections. Don’t worry if you are new to programming. Everyone is welcome, from very beginners to students who have already gathered experience in the past years. Updates about the event, our sponsors and tips for the hackathon can be found on our facebook / twitter / website.



School Seminar
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As part of the School’s regular seminar programme, This Weds 4 Oct at 13:30 in Kilburn LT1.4 Prof Er Meng Joo of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore will talk about “Cognitive Robotics: Recent Developments and Futuristic Trends”. All welcome.



Events Calendar
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Sami Alabed (Y3, CSwIE) writes: Are you overwhelmed by the amount of events Kilburn and tech scene has in Manchester? Subscribe to the Kilburn Events calendar, which contains the UG events calendar, HackSoc events, CSSoc Events, TechNW (the wider tech scene in Manchester) events, and Europe-wide hackathons. It is highly modular so you can choose which calendar to sync with your own.

 

Masters News • Saturday 30 September 2017


Careers Fair: 3rd & 4th October 2017



School of Computer Science Careers Fair
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There will be a Careers Fair in the Kilburn Building on from 12:00 to 3:00 on 3rd and 4th October, with different employers attending each day.  This is a good opportunity to meet with companies who often employ our graduates.  Details are at:

http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/news/full-article/?articleid=5972

Exhibitors this year include Accenture, Amazon, American Express, Apadmi, ARM, Autodesk, Avecto, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Cantarus, Cisco, Cyberscience, D3T, Deloitte, DigitalBridge, Fujitsu, IBM, Intechnica, Jaguar Land Rover, N Brown Group, KPMG, Late Rooms, Morgan Stanley, NCC Group, Ocado Technology, Royal Bank of Scotland, Rentalcars.com, The Hut Group, ThoughtWorks and Top Cash Back.

 

Masters News • Friday 22 September 2017


Welcome I hope that you have had an interesting and enjoyable Welcome Week, and feel all ready to get started on your chosen units next week.  This is the first Masters News of the new academic year.  In general, there will be ...



Welcome
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I hope that you have had an interesting and enjoyable Welcome Week, and feel all ready to get started on your chosen units next week. 

This is the first Masters News of the new academic year.  In general, there will be an issue every 2 weeks, although there may be some interim posts to advertise events, etc.  If there is something you would like to advertise to your class mates, please let me know.



Timetable Clashes
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Please be aware that it is possible to select course units that have timetable clashes.  As such, please check that there are no such clashes between units you have selected.  The Student Support Office will seek to contact everyone with a clash today, but it would be good if you could also check.



Hack Manchester
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HM takes place this year on 28-29 October at the Museum of Science and Industry. Teams of up to four turn up with an idea and have just 24 hours to create a working product. Interested? Tickets are selling fast!



Alan Turing Letters
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Professor Jim Miles, who looks after the School’s important history archives, found some previously unknown letters from Alan Turing in a filing cabinet in the Kilburn building! This important discovery was widely reported by The Guardian, Nature, Sky News and many others.



iOS 11
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Please be aware that this week's Apple's iOS 11 release is blocking Microsoft email accounts from sending messages using the default Mail app for iPhone and iPad.  As such, please check that this issue has been resolved before upgrading.

 

Masters News • Wednesday 26 July 2017


Our of Hours Laboratory Access
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The ongoing work on the windows is changing which labs are available. I understand that MSc students have taken to relocating into 1.8, during the out-of-hours period (6pm – 11.30pm). However, it has been arranged that relocated PhD students will have exclusive access to 1.8 while their offices are being refurbished (27th July – 20th August).

As a result, please for this period can MSc students make use of the masters lab until 11.30pm weekdays, and between 8am – 11.30pm during weekends. Thanks.

I hope this is not too inconvenient.

 

Masters News • Monday 12 June 2017


Release of Exam Marks I hope the exams went smoothly, and that you are enjoying the chance to work full time on your project.  It is expected that exam marks should be available on 10th July.



Release of Exam Marks
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I hope the exams went smoothly, and that you are enjoying the chance to work full time on your project.  It is expected that exam marks should be available on 10th July.



Relocation of Student Support Office
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Due to the ongoing building work in Kilburn the Student Support Office (SSO) has temporarily relocated from LF21 to LF7/8 (opposite Byte Cafe). 



Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society
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16 funded PhD positions are available for 2017 in the Centre for Data Analytics and Society at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4-year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Data Analytics and Society.

The programme will include an integrated MSc in Data Analytics over the first two years which will provide you with the foundation skills to complete your research project, all of which have been developed in conjunction with an external partner.

The CDT will encourage significant advances which bring together social science with methods from computing, mathematics and the natural sciences.

The Centre will focus on


• Promoting the creation and analysis of new longitudinal and streamed data resources for socio-economic investigations.


• Creating new methods (e.g. scaling up existing methods for real time big data analytics),


• Investigating social processes (e.g. virtualisation of retailing; data-driven decision making and social behaviours)


• Facilitating interventions (e.g. resource targeting, network planning, social media apps for diet, travel, lifestyle planning).

Projects are available across a range of subject areas including Demographics, Transport, Health, Retail, and Politics. All projects have been developed in conjunction with external organisations and can be seen here - https://datacdt.org/projects/



Blue Dot Festival
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Our colleagues in the School of Physics and Astronomy have organised a summer festival with a difference. The Blue Dot festival is an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space. It takes place 7-9 July with performances from Alt-J, The Pixies and Orbital at Jodrell Bank Observatory near Macclesfield in Cheshire.



Jamchester
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The UK’s biggest professional game jam is on 23-25 June at The Studio event space in the heart of Manchester. It’s an annual, weekend-long video game and VR creation competition. There’s a few tickets left, so hurry!

 

 

 

Masters News • Tuesday 25 April 2017


Generic Exam Feedback You may be interested to review some generic feedback that has been produced on past exams, which is available from: http://studentnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/assessment/exam_papers/index.php.



Generic Exam Feedback
=====================

You may be interested to review some generic feedback that has been produced on past exams, which is available from: http://studentnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/assessment/exam_papers/index.php.



Postgraduate Taught Student Image Competition
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There will be a Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase (http://www.psrs.manchester.ac.uk/) in June to highlight student research in the university, for which registration is already open.  As part of this there is an image competition for postgraduate taught students (http://www.psrs.manchester.ac.uk/images/pgt/), which is an opportunity for you to practice communicating your work to a wider audience, and potentially to win a prize.



One-to-One English Language Sessions
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This is to advise you that the University Language Centre’s new term of tutorials will begin on 24th April 2017. This provision is free to students at the University of Manchester and ideal for anyone hoping to improve their written English.

These one to one sessions last approximately one hour and give you the opportunity to receive expert help in improving your academic work. To apply, please fill out a request form: https://goo.gl/forms/pSJLlS6bX459ujtX2 and email tutorials@manchester.ac.uk with a recent sample of your writing (it must be 900 - 1500 words in length). Click on this link for further information: http://www.languagecentre.manchester.ac.uk/tutorials/



Class Representatives Meeting
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There will be a staff / class representatives meeting on Friday; if you have topics that you would like to have discussed there, please bring them to the attention of your representatives:

MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Chatzikyriakou Kyriakos
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Ali Syed Abdullah
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Kynigos Markos
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Rafi Naveed
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Pieris Kyriakos
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Wan Kunxin
MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Kun Ju
MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Qiuyu Li
Modular MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Hanady Ahmed
Modular MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Jon Halliday
Modular MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Pejman Saeghe

 

Masters News • Friday 17 March 2017


PTES (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey)...



PTES (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey)
============================================

You may have noticed that there are a lot of surveys relating to your experience here; perhaps there are too many, but here is one more!  PTES is a national survey of postgraduate student experience, and we try to take actions that take into account the results of this survey.  For example, a few years ago we had quite bad results under PTES for our ACS and IT Management programme;  we made a whole series of changes the following year, and the result improved.

To encourage you to complete yet another survey, everyone who completes the survey can have a #5 voucher for the Byte Cafe ... so a coffee and a cake, or a sandwich and a drink. Please bring along evidence that you have completed the survey to the Student Support Office.

Complete the survey at: my.manchester.ac.uk



Teaching Awards
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The Student's Union is organising The Manchester Teaching Awards to allow you as students to recognize teachers who have gone the extra mile to enhance your learning. These awards are designed to give you a say over your education by highlighting the student-perspective on good teaching practice.  If you would like to nominate someone, please see the additional information at:

https://manchesterstudentsunion.com/teachingawards



Careers Support
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Rachel Mutters writes: As your School’s Careers Consultant, I want to ensure you are all getting the support you need from myself and the Careers team about what to do when you graduate. If you’re leaving us this summer it would be great to know. I have created a couple of questions for you which will determine how we can assist you. If you have no idea what you want to do, we are the best port of call, as we can talk through your options and help point you in the right direction. Also check out our Mock Assessment Centre, open to all year groups. Employers will be asking you to assessment centre and one of the tricky parts is the group exercise, working in teams to establish and outcome on a time restraint. Students often struggle with this as they haven't had a practice before. Come along to our popular Mock Group Assessment Centre to get to know what to expect from employers. Accenture and BAE Systems will be here to provide hints and tips from an employer perspective. To confirm your attendance visit Careerslink and search for event ID 3974. We will be feeding you too!

 

Masters News • Monday 30 January 2017


Semester 2 I hope that the exams have gone smoothy, and that you are settling in well to your 2nd semester units.



Semester 2
==========

I hope that the exams have gone smoothy, and that you are settling in well to your 2nd semester units. Early in the new semester you should take the chance to discuss any issues with your choices and plans with your Programme Director.  To support this, we will have an event for our masters students on Monday 6th February. The details are:


• 13:00 Session with Programme Directors:


• MSc in Advanced Computer Science, Sandra Sampaio, 2.19.


• MSc in Advanced Computer Science and IT Management, Goran Nenadic, IT 407.


• Part Time and MRes students should meet with their Programme Directors, Renate and Konstantin, 1-to-1.


• 13:30 Pizza in PGT Breakout Room.



Exam Feedback
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There will be a feedback session at 14:00 on Weds 15 March to give you the opportunity to view your marked COMP exam answer books for the Semester 1 exams. Advance registration is required; please email SSO with your ID, name and the list of courses you’d like to view. The deadline for registration 12:00 Weds 1 March.



Seminar Programmes
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As part of the School’s regular seminar programme, this Weds 1 Feb at 14:00 in Kilburn LT1.5, Prof Bronis R. de Supinski (Lawrence Livermoore National Laboratory) will talk about A Standards-Based Approach to Effective Use of Future Large Scale Systems: "Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a long history of leadership in large-scale computing. Our next platform, Sierra, will be a heterogeneous system delivered by a partnership between IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox. A major consideration is how we will access Sierra's significant performance potential. This talk will provide an overview of the Sierra architecture, our reasons for selecting it and progress towards its deployment." Everyone welcome.

The Data Science Institute invites you to their next Advanced Data Analytics Seminar taking place on 7 February at 13:00-14:00 in the Kanaris Lecture Theatre (Manchester Museum). Dr Joris Bierkens from TU Delft will present “The Zig-Zag Process and Super-Efficient Sampling for Bayesian Analysis of Big Data”. Full details. All welcome.

 

Masters News • Monday 12 December 2016


This will be the last Masters News of 2016.  I hope you have enjoyed the term, are close to submitting all your coursework, are not dreading the exams too much, and that you have a pleasant and relaxing vacation.

This will be the last Masters News of 2016.  I hope you have enjoyed the term, are close to submitting all your coursework, are not dreading the exams too much, and that you have a pleasant and relaxing vacation.



Exam Preparation
================

You’ll be starting revision soon, so why not bookmark the past exam papers page ... and here’s the complete timetable for all Uni Exams.



Money Skills
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The Student Support and Advice team have linked up with financial education specialists, Blackbullion, to deliver an online, interactive resource to all staff and students at the University of Manchester. For further details, see:

http://www.studentsupport.manchester.ac.uk/finances/money-matters/money-skills/



Unit Surveys
============

The Unit Survey gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your course units, and for Semester 1 courses it runs from today until Fri 23 Dec. Please take a moment to give us your feedback – you can use Blackboard or download the app (iOS | Android). We take your views seriously, we react, and every year we publish a response to your views, for every course unit. For example, here are the responses to your comments on Semester 2 of last year.



Mitigating Circumstances
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If you have any mitigating circumstances that have affected your Semester 1 teaching period, the deadline for submitting a mitigating circumstances form to SSO (Kilburn LF21) is Monday 16 January 2017. If you have any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 1 exam period, the deadline for submitting is Monday 30 January 2017. Please note that the School can only consider your circumstances if you have submitted a Mitigating Circumstances form by the deadlines given above.



Girl Geeks Party
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Manchester Girl Geeks are having their end-of-year party on Sunday 18 Dec. Everyone welcome – it’s free, but bring a dish.



Making a Difference Awards 2017
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The annual Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility are now open to receive entries, with a closing date of 1 February 2017.

The awards cover a wide range of contributions to the University’s social responsibility strategy, with categories including sustainability, public and community engagement, teaching and research impact on society, widening participation, social enterprise, volunteering, responsible processes and equality and diversity. Colleagues can nominate themselves or someone else for an award.

Previous winners and highly commended recipients state how receiving a Making a Difference Award has often helped develop their project, highlighted the impact of their work, provided well-deserved recognition to those involved and in some cases secured further resources.

The awards culminate in a high profile awards ceremony, hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2017. This key event raises awareness of the many ways individuals and teams across the University make a real difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.


• The deadline for entries is 1 February 2017.


• Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.


• Individuals and teams can enter.

To read about the full range of categories visit the social responsibility website.

 

Masters News • Tuesday 29 November 2016


British Computer Society (BCS) Several of our masters programmes are accredited by the BCS (http://www.bcs.org/).



British Computer Society (BCS)
==============================

Several of our masters programmes are accredited by the BCS (http://www.bcs.org/). The role of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, under its Royal Charter, is to make IT good for society, ensuring that everyone benefits from technology-led change. Every few years the BCS reviews the programmes it accredits, and a Panel from the BCS will be visiting the school on 1st December as part of the review.  As one aspect of this, the Panel will meet with Student Representative from both our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes.



Building Access over Christmas and New Year
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Please note that from Saturday 17th December – Thursday 22nd December 2016 inclusive and from Tuesday 3rd January – Sunday 15th January 2017 inclusive, UG and MSc student access is daily between 08:00 - 23:30 hrs for students who have valid Out-of-Hours Passes.

From Friday 23rd December 2016 – Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive, when both buildings are closed and there is no student access, The University's Learning Commons and George Kenyon IT Cluster are open throughout this period except for Sunday 25th and Monday 26th December 2016 if you wish to take the opportunity to use the facilities available there.



Phishing Training
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During a discussion about phishing at the Health and Safety committee, the PGT rep asked whether the online training was available for students. It has now been made accessible at: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/CCCEMPH

IT Services have asked that we bear in mind that the course was designed for staff so all of the examples and references are aimed at this audience.



SkyScanner.
===========

You may have seen in the news last week that SkyScanner, which lets users compare prices for flights and hotels, was sold for £1.4 billion. Did you know that the company’s founders Bonamy Grimes and Gareth Williams graduated from this School? Skyscanner is currently hiring Computer Science students for summer internships and graduate roles.



Oxford Road Closure
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Oxford Road is currently closed for resurfacing between Brunswick Street and Booth Street until late Sun 4 Dec, and bus diversions are in place for services 15, 18, 38, 41-45, 53, X57, 85, 86, 111, 142, 143, 197, 250 and 263. Find out more about the Oxford Road changes.

 

Masters News • Friday 11 November 2016


Student Representatives...



Student Representatives
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The following are the student representatives for our masters programmes.  If there is something you would like to bring to the attention of the school, please consider speaking to one of your representatives about it.  We have so far had one meeting, from which there are a range of actions, and we will have further meetings throughout the year. 

MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Chatzikyriakou Kyriakos
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Ali Syed Abdullah
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Kynigos Markos
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Rafi Naveed
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Pieris Kyriakos
MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Wan Kunxin
MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Kun Ju
MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Qiuyu Li
Modular MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Hanady Ahmed
Modular MSc in Advanced Computer Science & IT Management: Jon Halliday
Modular MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Pejman Saeghe



Meet the Professionals
======================

The Careers Service and the Alumni Relations team are running a Meet the Professionals event next Tues 15 Nov 17:00–19:30, in Collab 1 in the Kilburn Building. You can meet University of Manchester alumni who are now working in the area of IT and/or Computing. It will be held in a speed networking format, with groups of students meeting a different alumnus/alumna every 10 minutes. The formal networking lasts an hour and then you'll be able to network more informally with the alumni volunteers over pizza and soft drinks. Advance registration required.



Making a Difference Fair and First Aid CPR Training
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Come along to a First Aid CPR session or the Making a Difference Fair on Tuesday 29th November to join in the activities for the third #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving, encouraging people to consider giving time, money or support to a worthwhile cause at a time of year when society in the UK tends to become consumed with parties, looking good and buying material things for people who often already have a lot.

The Making a Difference Fair, showcasing a variety of organisations where you can volunteer, in the Renold Building Concourse between 11.30am and 2pm, or pop along to a CPR session in your lunchbreak (between 12-2) in the Barnes Wallis Building to learn some lifesaving first aid skills.

Some of the organisations represented are:
Green Impact – NUS Scheme to encourage environmental sustainability
SPORT –many opportunities need no sporting skill or experience
Students Union Access All Areas and RAG
Kaya Volunteering – International Volunteering opportunities
Wood Street Mission (local charity supporting families)
UMBUG (University Bicycle User Group)

Students and staff from the whole University are welcome to attend and if you speak to any of the providers and complete the evaluation you could even win a £50 High Street Gift Voucher.

Follow #GivingTuesdayUoM to see other people’s giving stories from across the University about how they Make a Difference.

Tuesday 29th November (#GivingTuesday)
Renold Building Concourse 11.30am – 2pm – Making a Difference Fair
Barnes Wallis Building Hub – 12noon -2pm (running every 30mins on the half hour)– First Aid CPR Sessions



Girl Geeks
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Practically everyone uses Wikipedia – but have you ever tried adding to it? Women are sorely under-represented in editing and contributing to Wikipedia articles, and Manchester Girl Geeks aim to shift the balance with their Voting For Change edit-a-thon. They're teaming up with the People's History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library to acquire material related to the fight for the vote, and then share this knowledge on Wikipedia. Helpers from Wikimedia UK and Manchester Girl Geeks will be on hand to help you learn and develop editing skills. Free event this Sunday 20 Nov.

 

Masters News • Tuesday 25 October 2016


Postgraduate Research Open Day The university is holding an open day for prospective research students.You can download the programme as a PDF document (3.5MB).



Postgraduate Research Open Day
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The university is holding an open day for prospective research students. You can download the programme as a PDF document (3.5MB).



Research Student's Symposium
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To find out more about what our current research students have been up to, check out our annual Research Symposium Tues-Thurs 1-3 Nov in Kilburn. There’s significant variety, from Multi-core Computing to Learning from Data, from Digital Biology to Logic and Automated Reasoning. Everyone welcome to attend talks or browse poster sessions.



Unit Surveys
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It’s time to have your say about the teaching you’ve had during Period 1. Unit Surveys are open for every PG taught course unit. Please take five minutes to tell us about yours.  Complete your surveys on Blackboard, or on mobile: manchester.ac.uk/tellus.  The survey will be open during weeks 5, 6 and 7 from 24th October until 13th November



Bullying and Harassment
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We take the opportunity of recent headlines in the news to remind everybody that the university has a zero tolerance to harassment and bullying, and that it runs a reporting system [1] for cases of bullying, harassment or discrimination. It can be used by staff and students, and you can report an incident and get support from an advisor [2] or report an incident anonymously.

[1] https://survey.manchester.ac.uk/pssweb/index.php/767652/lang-en

[2] http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/equality-and-diversity/bhd/harassment-advisors/



Skyscanner
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This from Hacksoc: we’re proud to announce that Skyscanner will be holding a one hour talk entitled: “Distributed Systems at Skyscanner: Case Studies”, this Weds 26 Oct, at 15:00 in Kilburn 1.1. You’re all invited for a one-of-a-kind behind the scenes look at Skyscanner’s technology.



Clocks
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Don’t forget that clocks go back an hour to GMT at 02:00 this coming Sunday 30 October. It’s official – summer's over!