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Week 12 • Monday 10 December 2018 • #18.13          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 10 December. Not only is it Week 12, but it’s also the final week of the Semester – as I think you will probably know! I hope that this Semester has been a good time for you. The Monday Mail will be back on 14 January, for the first week of the exams. Until then, I wish you a very happy Christmas break, and see you in 2019!

best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


1ST YEAR PROJECTS.

  37 projects! 272 students! The First Year Project poster session in University Place last Thursday was buzzing, with fantastic ideas on display – see all the posters in the Y1 Project Poster Gallery, and pix and video on Instagram. Onto the prizes! M2 won Best idea/concept for "Golly" – Theodore Aaron-Obelley, Mudassir Ahmed, Mohamed Al-Fakih, Ivan Dewerpe, Flavius-Andrei Diaconu, Selwyn Lilley, Jordan Lloyd, Michelangelo Prisciano, Tutor: Markel Vigo; Most visually appealing poster went to W3 for "Butterfly Effect" – Danah Yahya, Vlad-Andrei Cojocaru, Theodora Konstantinou, Joseph Lawrence, Shangjie Lyu, Anna McCartain, Victor-Andrei Miron-Uritu, Tutor: Kung-Kiu Lau; and Most carefully thought-out plan was won by Y3 for "One Liner" – George Condei, Raditya Hendarmo, Sneha Kandane, Kacper Maksymowicz, Cristina-Malina Mircescu, Mann Patel, Yirong Yu, Tutor: Aphrodite Galata. Well done everyone!


PASS1.

  Costanza Maria Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: It's the end of the semester and so we are running a special PASS1 session. We will be having a Christmas Quiz in Collab 1 this Weds 12 Dec at 12:00! Come along to have some fun, and try to win our prize for the best Christmas jumper! See you there!


PASS2.

  Zyad Bamigdad (Y3, CSE) writes: This week's session will be light. We will talk about 3rd year projects, optional units for the second semester, and anything else you guys want us to talk about. You can send requests, questions, or anything through this form. Best wishes for the holidays!


EXAMS.

  The exams timetable for January 2019 is now published. A reminder that we have an archive of past exam papers, which includes comments from staff on the way exams were answered.


KILBURN XMAS OPENING.

  From Sat 15 Dec-Fri 21 Dec inclusive and from Weds 2 Jan-Sun 13 Jan 2019 inclusive, UG student access is daily between 10:00-20:00 (with valid Out-of-Hours Pass). Labs open during this period are LF31, Tootill 0 and Tootill 1, Collabs, 1.8. From Sat 22 Dec-Tues 1 Jan 2019 inclusive Kilburn and IT Building are closed and there is no student access. The Learning Commons and George Kenyon IT Cluster are open throughout this period except for Tues/Wed 25/26 Dec.


SSO XMAS OPENING.

  The School's Student Support Office (SSO) will be open as usual during December from 09:00-17:00, apart from the following: today Mon 10 Dec closed 14:30-15:30; Mon 17 Dec closed from 14:00; Tues 18 Dec closed from 15:00; Weds 19 Dec closed from 14:15; Fri 21 Dec closed from 15:00 until Weds 2 Jan 2019 re-opening after the University's Holiday period at 09:00. Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year!


MLH LOCAL HACK DAY.

  This from Amelia Huang (Y3, CSwIE): Last Saturday, UniCS and MMU’s helloHackers hosted an MLH Local Hack Day at The Shed in MMU. It was a great 12 hours of hacking, with over 70 attendees all picking up new skills or building amazing projects! Congratulations to Best Project winners Heido Nomm (Y1, CS) and Albert Viilick (Y1, CSBMwIE), who built an app that recognises and translates foreign currency price tags into your home currency. A huge thank you to all the mentors and volunteers who offered invaluable knowledge and support, and thank you to everyone for making it such a huge success! Photos from the event can be found here (and below). See you all at StudentHack VII!


PEAK AI.

  This from Joe Blackmore (Y3, CS4wIE): PEAK AI, a Manchester-based Artificial Intelligence and Data Science startup is coming down to Kilburn this Weds 12 Dec to talk about data science in the industry. Pop down to LT 1.5 from 14:00-15:00 to hear them talk about the daily life of an industrial data scientist and how one can break into the industry after University. And of course there will be pizza!


MAY BALL 2019.

  Rebecca Wiggins (Y2, CS) writes: Save the date for the 2019 May Ball! It’ll be hosted at the Midland Hotel on 10 May 2019. Tickets available after Christmas. Don’t forget to bring your formal wear back from Christmas break!


AI FOR GAMES.

  Amad Aslam (Y3, CSwIE) writes: Thanks to everyone who came to the "AI For Games" talk last Thursday, and special thanks to PhD student William Woof for taking time out of his busy schedule to present for us! For anyone who missed out or wants a recap, the slides can be found here.


ROBOTICS TALK.

  This Weds 12 Dec at 17:30 in LT1.1 Prof Angelo Cangelosi, who joined the School earlier this year, will talk about Developmental Robotics: An Interdisciplinary Journey from Psychology to AI and Cognitive Robotics. Abstract: Developmental Robotics is the interdisciplinary field that aims to design sensorimotor and cognitive capabilities in robots, by taking direct inspiration from child psychology experiments. We will present several examples of developmental robotics models of language learning and grounding, including studies with the iCub robot, and a neurorobotics model combining the iCub and SpiNNaker. All students and staff welcome, just turn up.


THOUGHTWORKS TECH RADAR.

  Get ahead of the latest technology trends by joining ThoughtWorks tonight Mon 10 Dec at Federation House, Defiant Room (M4 4BF) from 18:30. You'll find out about sticky clouds (aka vendor lock-in), lingering enterprise patterns, enduring engineering practices and the increasing pace of technology change. Interested? Register. Drinks and nibbles will be provided and there will be time to network with your peers and speakers.


USER ENGAGEMENT STUDY.

  Jonathan Carlton is a PhD student in the School, working jointly with BBC R&D. He’s running a study to explore the relationship between levels of user engagement and interaction data, within the context of online media experiences. During the study, you will be shown step-by-step how to create an Origami Jumping Frog – don’t worry, you don’t need any previous origami experience! It will take roughly 40 minutes to complete, and he will provide the origami paper. Interested in helping with this research? Register.


HAPPY XMAS!

  Have a happy Xmas! Card courtesy of XKCD.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.

[ End of The Monday Mail - Week 12 - Semester 1 AY18 - #18.13 


Week 11 (B) • Monday 3 December 2018 • #18.12          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 3 December, and it’s week 11, a B Week. I hope everything is going well. It's been a long and busy semester but keep going – Xmas is near! Good luck to all First Year students for their project presentations this week, and the poster session on Thursday, which will be in the foyer of University Place at 12:00. Do have a look. On with today's news and I hope you have a good week!

best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


HATCH LONDON WIN!

  Congratulations to Amelia Huang (Y3, CSwIE) and team who last weekend won Best Project at Hatch London, a diversity-focused hackathon aiming to solve 2030 UN Sustainable Development goals. Their idea was an app that aims to help detect early signs of postpartum depression, specifically targeting countries such as India, where mental health has a strong social stigma attached to it. Their project was aligned with the UN healthcare goals of increasing accessibility to healthcare and promoting mental health and stability. The hackathon was structured around sprints and iterating in a way similar to start-ups, with participants needing to prepare an MVP and a 5-minute pitch deck. They won themselves a drone, along with insight days with Accenture and Deutsche Bank. Watch out for news next year for a potential Hatch Manchester! Amelia's trip was supported by the School’s Student Activities Fund.


NEXT MEETING OF SSC.

  The staff student committee will be meeting this Weds 5 Dec. If you have any issues to raise then please consult one of your student reps. Contact details are in the SSC area on Blackboard.


TOO HOT/TOO COLD.

  If you’re in a room in Kilburn which is too hot or too cold, please email us, at the time of the problem, and we will try to get it fixed ASAP. We've also put the email in the essential links box above.


FINLAND HACK.

  Aayush Chadha (Y3, AI) writes: Hendrik Mölder (Y3, BM) and I were at Junction 2018 in Arctic Finland last weekend. Junction is Europe’s largest hackathon and hosted close to 1600 hackers this year. We teamed up with the organisers of AUHack to work on building a health app around a graphene-based strain sensor, that detected when you chewed food. We entered the project as an entry into the Data Economics track. Even though we didn’t win, it was a great learning experience, not only as hackathon attendees but also as hackathon organisers. Plus we got to hack with sensors that aren’t typically used at hackathons. In addition to that, the hackathon organisers also allowed participants to indulge in (and hack) Finnish traditions, such as the sauna. The trip wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the School’s Student Activity Fund.


ACM PROGRAMMING HEATS.

  This from Vlad-Andrei Munteanu (Y2, CS): Last week my team Big Dawgs Society – Patrick Sava (Y2, CS), Teodor Pintea (Y2, CSBM) and myself – attended the regional stage of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (NWERC) in Eindhoven. We achieved 27th place out of 120 teams from 13 countries. Our trip was supported by the School’s Student Activity Fund.


PASS1.

  Costanza Maria Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: This Weds at 12:00, join your PASS session to know more about revision techniques and summer internships tips! As usual, you are also still able to ask academically related questions, or attend one of our unit-specific sessions: COMP15111 in Mercury, COMP12111 in IT401 and COMP11120 in LF6. See you there!


PASS2.

  Aayush Chadha (Y3, AI) writes: Hey second years, like we mentioned in the last session, this week is going to be about exam prep. To make this session useful and productive, please send us your doubts, questions and requests for tips through this form. If you could send us requests for specific concepts to cover, that would be great as well and we’ll try to accommodate as many of them as possible given the time! Hope to see you all!


UNICS MEETING.

  This from Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4). Our brand new merged society, UniCS (HackSoc&CSSoc) will be holding a forum tomorrow Tuesday 4 Dec at 12:00 in the Mercury room, Kilburn. If you want to get involved, make any suggestions, have any questions, or simply get to know people from the society, you are more than welcome to come! Don't worry, you don't have to be a member of the society to join us, everyone is encouraged to attend. We can't wait to meet you all, see you on Tuesday!


XMAS PUB CRAWL.

  Also from Luke: join us for the final social of 2018, the Xmas Pub Crawl! We’re starting at 19:00 this Friday 7 Dec at Ford Maddox Brown and heading into town. Check our Facebook page for updates of where we are throughout the night. Don’t forget to wear your Xmas Jumpers, there will be some free drinks for the best one! Hope to see you all there!


BLOOMBERG EVENT.

  Bloomberg are back, and hosting an Agile workshop this Weds 5 Dec from 13:30 in Collab. This will be followed by a Diversity & Community Panel at 16:00. There will be pizza! Places are limited so sign up.


GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK.

  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 21 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.


MIT CIRCS.

  If you want to tell us about any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 1 teaching period, the deadline is Monday 7 Jan 2019. If there are any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 1 exam period, the deadline is Mon 28 Jan 2019. If you have any queries, please talk to the relevant Year Tutor (Y1: Sean Bechhofer; Y2: Duncan Hull; Y3: Tim Morris; Y4: Graham Riley; CM: Andrea Schalk). Please note that School can only consider your circumstances if you submit a Mit Circs form.


CYBERSECURITY TALKS.

  This from Danny Dresner (COMP10120 and MSc cyber-teaching): Guest Lectures on this year's PGT Cyber Security programme continue this week in Kilburn 2.19, open to all students and staff. Most of these guests are from external companies with an appetite for graduate recruits. Today Monday 3 Dec at 16:00, Ian Thornton-Trump (Chief Security Officer and International Speaker) on Cybersecurity futures, and at 11:00 tomorrow 4 Dec Colin Williams (University of Warwick) on Meat The Machine: Homo Sapiens Is Obsolete! All Hail Homo Cyborgia!


TEAM UGANDA.

  Have you ever wanted to volunteer internationally? Would you love the chance to lead a team in another country? The University is looking for volunteers for Team Uganda, 21 July-19 August 2019. The team will consist of an Assistant Project Leader, 14 Team Members and 8 Ugandan volunteers. Check out the blog from last year to hear from previous volunteers about their adventures. Applications open on 28 January 2019.


SEMINAR.

  The Weds 5 Dec in Room A112, Samuel Alexander Building, Prof Chris Hankin (Director, Research Institute in Trustworthy Inter-Connected Cyber Physical Systems) will talk about the current cyber threat landscape in critical national infrastructure and cyber-physical systems more generally, and the use of Deep Learning in anomaly detection and some recent results on evasion attacks. Register.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 10 (A) • Monday 26 November 2018 • #18.11          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It's Monday 26 November, and it's Week 10, an A week. I hope everything is going well. The end of term is fast approaching and I hope you're on top of things. If not do have a chat with someone: your Personal Tutor (3rd Year students, this is your project Supervisor) or SSO would be glad to help. On with this week's news, and I hope you have a good week!
Best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


GOOGLE WORKSHOP.

  This from Teodora Stoleru (Y3, CS): Thank you to everyone who attended the WTM Scholarship workshop. It was great meeting all of you and I hope you found it useful. For anyone who was unable to come, or in case you missed my email, here are the slides and the pictures. I would also appreciate it if you could take a few moments to fill in this feedback form. As a reminder, the deadline for the application is Thurs 6 December. Good luck!


PASS1.

  Costanza Maria Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: This week there will be some room changes. The PASS groups in IT407 are temporarily moved to G41. Concerning the unit-specific sessions, COMP15111 will take place in Atlas 2, COMP12111 in IT401 and COMP11120 in LF6. The other locations remain unchanged. See you there!


PASS2.

  Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE) writes: I hope you all enjoyed the last session. This week will talk about computer networks to compensate for the lack of the networks module this year. As questions about routing happen often it is definitely worth attending. Also, slides from the last session are available on the PASS website. In case you think PASS is terribly exciting or terribly boring or too focussed on jobs, let us know via the feedback form, so that we can plan our sessions accordingly! Also we have got some snacks!


LOCAL HACK DAY.

  This from Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4): come join us this Saturday 1 Dec for Local Hack Day, a mini one day hackathon. HackSoc x CSSoc are partnering with MMU's Hello Hackers to bring a fun day of hacking, workshops and food (all free of course). The event starts at 09:00 at The Shed, MMU.


KNEEBONE BURSARY.

  The Kate Kneebone Acorn Bursary is an annual commemorative award of £500 funded by the Kneebone family and ARM, since 2013. In addition to the funding, the Bursary offers the opportunity to discuss a funded internship placement (with an Engineering bias) with ARM in Cambridge. All current Year 2 UG students in the School are eligible. See full details and how to apply. Deadline this Friday 30 Nov, 17:00.


GAME DEV WORKSHOP.

  Flaminia Rosato (Y3, CSwIE) writes: We have the second session of our Game Development Workshop this Wednesday! Join us in Collab 1 from 14:00-16:00. We'll start to add functionalities to our game using C#. You can find materials from the previous session here, so you can get up to speed on what we've done so far. Find the event on Facebook, we look forward to see you there!


GAME DEV JOBS.

  Also from Flamina: If you are interested in a placement or internship at Activision-Blizzard, you can still apply until the end of the month: email them with your CV and, if you have any, you can include relevant projects or work samples. Find more info about the role on our Facebook page or on Activision's website.


GIVING TUESDAY.

  Tomorrow Tues 27 Nov is #GivingTuesday, an international day to do "good stuff" to support a worthwhile cause. Here in the School please visit the Academic Support Office, Kilburn 2.01, at the top of the stairs to the second floor, where Melanie Price is collecting for Wood Street Mission, and Karon Mee for Emmeline’s Pantry. At the Making a Difference Fair in the Renold Building from 11:30-14:30 meet organisations including ReachOut, Peer Support, LINK Good Neighbours, Green Impact, Access All Areas, Robogals and blood and organ donation. Bag a bargain and recycle at the Swap Shop in support of The Proud Trust and Barnabus. There’s also a cake sale and at the Barnes Wallis Hub there’s HeartStart CPR training (register). See full details of what UoM is doing for #GivingTuesday.


UG AWARDS WIN.

  We reported at the start of the Semester that Cristian Bodnar (below left), who graduated in the Summer, won the prestigious annual international Undergraduate Awards, aka the junior Nobel Prizes, in the Computer Sciences category for his 3rd year project Text to Image Synthesis Using Generative Adversarial Networks supervised by Jon Shapiro (COMP34120 AI and Games). Last week Cristian received his award at the big event in Dublin. This is a fantastic world-class achievement! 3rd Year project students, why not think about submitting your project to the Undergraduate Awards next summer?


CYBERSECURITY TALKS.

  This from Danny Dresner (COMP10120 and MSc cyber-teaching): Guest Lectures on this year's PGT Cyber Security programme continue this week and next in Kilburn 2.19, open to all UG and PGT students and staff. Most of these guests are from external companies with an appetite for graduate recruits. Tomorrow  27 Nov at 12:00, Sarah Clarke on Supply chains and complex interactions; at 14:00, Shavana Musa from the University of Manchester School of Law on Cyber lawfare; and at 16:00 Tim Armit (The Post Office) on Resilience and business. Next Monday 3 Dec at 16:00, Ian Thornton-Trump (Chief Security Officer and International Speaker) on Cybersecurity futures and at 11:00 on 4 Dec Colin Williams (University of Warwick) on Meat The Machine: Homo Sapiens Is Obsolete! All Hail Homo Cyborgia!


ADVENT OF CODE.

  Oliver Dunk (Y1, CS) writes: Every December for the last few years, I’ve enjoyed participating in Advent of Code. It's a series of small programming puzzles released daily from 1 December  through to the 25th. I thought it might be good to mention in the Monday Mail, as it’s a fun way to develop your programming skills or even learn a new language! The puzzles show up here and I have a private leaderboard if anyone wants to join: 27855-854075f1. Just to be clear, it’s nothing to do with me, but I like it enough to try and spread the word!


SPEAK UP.

  The University believes that everyone has the right to live, work and study in an environment free from the fear of harassment or violence. The Speak Up! Stand Up! campaign is a collaboration between the University and the Students Union that calls for action on harassment, hate crime and sexual violence. If you want to know more about where to draw the line, have a look here. If you want to report bullying or harassment go here.


SCHOOL SEMINAR:

  CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE. Tomorrow Tues 27 Nov, 14:00-15:00 in Kilburn LT1.4 Ewa Deelman (University of Southern California) will talk about Science Impact of Sustained Cyberinfrastructure: The Pegasus Example. The recent observation of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars is a clear display of the increasing impact of dependable research cyberinfrastructure on scientific discovery. This talk describes the challenges of developing and sustaining cyberinfrastructure capabilities that have impact on scientific discovery. Just come along, all welcome.


SCHOOL SEMINAR:

  SOFTWARE VERIFICATION. This Weds 28 Nov, 13:00-14:30 in Kilburn LT1.5, Lucas Cordeiro (COMP26120) will talk about  Automated Software Verification and Synthesis in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lucas will give an overview of automated software verification and synthesis techniques and then discuss the challenges, problems, and recent advances to ensure safety, security and reliability regarding UAVs. Just come along, all welcome.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 9 (B) • Monday 19 November 2018 • #18.10          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It's Monday 19 November and it's Week 9, a B week. We're 3/4 of the way through the Semester, and I hope things are going well. Remember, if you have any concerns or there's anything we can do to help, please let us know. Speak to your Personal Tutor (3rd Years: this is also your Project Supervisor) or pop into SSO. Now on with today's news and I hope you have a good week!
best wishes
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


GREAT UNI HACK.

  This from Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4): Last week GUH 2018 took place once again at the MMU Business School! With over 200 attendees, 15 sponsors, partners, and lots of motivated organisers and volunteers, we made this event into an unforgettable memory. Congratulations to all the winning teams and a big thank you to all the participants that filled the place with creative ideas and fun projects! Photos and stories from GUH can be found on our facebook, instagram and twitter pages, and in our next blog post! See you all at StudentHack VII!


GREAT UNI HACK WIN.

  And congratulations to Amelia Huang (Y3, CSwIE) and Gurmukh Singh (Y2, CS) whose GUH minigame won the Skyscanner challenge for most creative use of the Skyscanner Travel API. Amelia and Gurmukh say: in the game, you’re a man on the run from your captors, and you have to use your limited budget wisely to escape by flying around the globe. The game is built in ReactJS and is completely client-side and serverless, using a Lambda function to call the API securely. Play it here !


PASS1.

  Costanza Maria Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: Thank you to everyone who filled in our form! Thanks to your help, we are now able to provide some module-specific PASS sessions, as an alternative to your normal ones, starting this Weds at 12:00. So far, we will be holding COMP11120 in LF6, COMP15111 in Mercury and COMP12111 in IT401. The normal PASS session will still be on as usual, so choose to attend whatever best suits your needs. Hope to see you there!


PASS2.

  Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE) writes: I hope you all enjoyed the last session. This week will run a Git workshop with focus on common pitfalls you encounter in Software Engineering. Please bring your laptop if you can. Also, slides from the last session are available on the PASS website. In case you think PASS is terribly exciting or terribly boring or too focussed on jobs, let us know via the feedback form, so that we can plan our sessions accordingly. Also we have got some snacks!


KNEEBONE BURSARY.

  The Kate Kneebone Acorn Bursary is an annual commemorative award of £500 funded by the Kneebone family and ARM, since 2013. In addition to the funding, the Bursary offers the opportunity to discuss a funded internship placement (with an Engineering bias) with ARM in Cambridge. All current Year 2 UG students in the School are eligible. See full details and how to apply. Deadline Friday 30 Nov.


WOMEN TECHMAKERS.

  Teodora Stoleru (Y3, CS) writes: Don't forget about the Women Techmakers Scholarship workshop this Weds at 14:00 in Collab 1. If you're interested in attending, register and start working on your application before the workshop. We'll have an interactive section where we'll be discussing what makes a strong application and learning how to apply those principles directly to your essays. We also have refreshments and some surprises from Google prepared for you. Hope to see you on Wednesday!


CSSOC / HACKSOC.

  This from Joe Blackmore (Y3, CS4wIE): Give-a-Grad-a-Go are coming to run a CV, Cover Letter and Interview Preparation session from 16:00-18:00 in Collab this Weds 21 Nov! Come along to get some useful advice on how to improve your applications. And American Express are back for a tech talk and workshop in Collab from 17:00 this Thurs 22 Nov, where pizza will be provided! This will be followed by a Pub Quiz upstairs at KroBar from 19:30.


MALAWI.

  As you will know the School has been involved in two trips to Malawi to bring Computer Science to schoolchildren. A third trip in June 2019 is now being planned and we’re seeking volunteers. Ben Possible (who went this year, graduated 2018) will be hosting a café where students who are interested can stop by to ask him about the trip, and his own personal experience. He’ll be in the Byte Café for the next two Tuesdays after 14:00.


MANCHESTER CALLING.

  This is a paid opportunity for international students (who pay overseas tuition fees). The Manchester Calling Campaign (MCC) is a telephone campaign run by the University’s International Office which aims to provide phone calls from current students to international offer-holders of the University. As a Telephone Campaign Assistant, you would be making some of these calls, so it's your chance to be the friendly voice of Manchester for these students. Apply, deadline 15:00 Friday 30 Nov.


ROCKET APT CHALLENGE.

  Win up to $5,000, the chance to compete for a share in the grand prize of $24,000, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Rocket.Build near Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The Challenge uses the Rocket MultiValue application platform, a real-world application development platform used by thousands of well-known, large organisations around the world, which combines an embedded database and development platform, so you can easily create applications. Find out more.


FREE SOFTWARE MEETING.

  At Manchester Free Software's November Meeting, there will talks about AppArmor + auditd, Debian Installer preseeding for security, boot process hardening including GRUB, and the monthly Security monthly round-up. Tomorrow Tues 20 Nov 19:00-21:00 at PLANT NOMA (M60 0AE).


UNI TRAVEL AWARDS.

  The University offers three travel awards annually for students wishing to travel either as part of their course or outside term time: the Zochonis Special Enterprise Fund (to assist students with the cost of a project or special study), the H.E. David Travelling Scholarship (to foster international understanding and goodwill), and the Pawel Koprowski Memorial Vacation Award (to enhance your studies or for a holiday). Deadline for applying 22 March 2019.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 8 (A) • Monday 12 November 2018 • #18.09          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It's Monday 12 November and it's Week 8, an A week.  I hope everything is going well, especially for Year3 students who are doing their Lightning Talks at the moment. Have a good week everyone, and on with today’s news!
best wishes
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


MLH WIN!

  This from Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4): We are pleased to announce the UoM community has won First Place in the MLH 2018 EU season! MLH ranks every hacker community based on attendance and the number of wins at hackathons across Europe. We will be having a celebration (with pizza of course) in Collab at 13:00 this Weds 14 Nov, during which this year's trophy will be presented.


JACOBSHACK WIN!

  Congratulations to Foundation Year student Gurneet Bhatia, whose team won the "Most Disruptive" award at JacobsHack2018 in Bremen, Germany. They built an android application to use crime stats data provided by the UK police to determine the safest route to take, using the Google Maps API. Also at JacobsHack were Aayush Chadha (Y3, AI) and Natalia Gutanu (Y2, HCI). They developed a system to automate facial expression recognition that delivers real-time social cues to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. They want to share a tip with you – installing openCV on a Raspberry Pi is a time-consuming activity! Their trip was supported by the School’s Student Activities Fund.


PASS1.

  Costanza Maria Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write:  As we are now past half of the first semester, we have decided to put in place some PASS Module-Specific Sessions to help you with your understanding of the various topics. There will be some specifically trained PASS leaders ready to answer your questions, solve your doubts or go over a particular topic from a given module. We would be grateful if you could register your interest on this form, in order to organise these sessions in the best way possible. See you on Wednesday!


MEET THE PRESIDENT.

  The President of the University, Nancy Rothwell, is making her annual visit to the School tomorrow Tues 13 Nov and she's holding an informal open 30-minute meeting for students (students only, no staff) at 15:00 in Kilburn 2.15 (2nd floor). Come and talk to the person that runs the University! If you can’t make it, ask a Student Rep who can attend to raise an issue on your behalf.


HACKSOC&CSSOC.

  This from Mariya Tsvarkaleva (Y2, CSwIE):  Hey everyone! We're excited to announce that HackSoc&CSSoc is launching a blog! In there, you will find lots of photos from past events, people sharing their experience, and fun stuff we did! Make sure you follow our blog and feel free to email us if you want to contribute!


PLANNED MAINTENANCE.

  A reminder that we have scheduled systems maintenance downtime from 18:00 this Weds 14 Nov to 09:00 on Weds 15th. During this period all School systems, including ARCADE, will be unavailable. So please plan around this, and in case of difficulty please contact the relevant Course Unit leader.


UNITY WORKSHOP.

  Flaminia Rosato (Y3, CSwIE) writes: Join our first Game Development Workshop! We'll be building a game step by step using Unity. Meet us in Collab1 this Weds 14 Nov at 14:00 for the first session, with Unity installed on your laptop. Pizza and drinks provided! You can register here and find our event on Facebook. We will hold sessions every two weeks, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


CRACKCHESTER.

  This from Saira Hassan (Y2, CSwIE): Our next event is a fun beginner-friendly workshop on Bandit Wargames, which will teach you shell scripting and some basic security principles. We will be in the Mercury room this Weds 14 Nov at 12:00. All you need is a laptop and yourself!


CYBERSECURITY TALKS.

  This from Danny Dresner (COMP10120 and MSc cyber-teaching): Guest Lectures on this year's PGT Cyber Security programme continue this week and next in Kilburn 2.19, open to all UG and PGT students and staff. Most of these guests are from external companies with an appetite for graduate recruits. Today Mon 12 Nov @12:00, Jon Noel from McAfee on "Malware Evolution", and at 14:00 tomorrow Tues 13 Nov, Alan Jenkins, late of the RAF and IBM, on "Leadership". And next Mon 19 Nov @12:00, Detective Mike Roberts, North West Regional Organised Crime Unit on "Digital Forensics". All welcome.


HACK THE NORTH.

  The Government’s Department of Work and Pensions digital team is hosting a free Hack event in Manchester. The aim of the event is to bring together a variety of digital specialists to hack digital solutions that could help vulnerable people in the Manchester area access key support services quickly and easily. Full details and tickets. Event starts 13:00 Fri 23 Nov at The Studio (M1 1FN), then continues from 08:30-16:00 on Saturday. Food and refreshments provided, and prize for the best solution.


WOMEN TECHMAKERS.

  The womentechmakers.com program enables women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field. Sponsored by Google, the scholarships provide a EUR 7,000 EUR award for the 2019-2020 academic year. All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual Women Techmakers Scholars' Retreat in summer 2019 to connect with fellow scholars, network with Googlers and participate in a number of workshops. Teodora Stoleru (Y3, CS) will be running a workshop about Google's Women Techmakers Scholarship next Weds 21 Nov at 14:00 in Collab 1. She'll be explaining the process, giving you tips for the essay questions, and telling you about her experience as a 2018 Scholar. Register, and start working on your application before the workshop. Deadline for scholarship applications is 23:59 on 6 Dec.


PGR STUDY.

  Final year students: is your final year project making you think 'Research is great, I want to do more of this'? Did you know that you do not need a Master’s degree in order to apply for a PhD? Do you wonder what new ideas your lecturers get really excited about? Or what the really important problems are that industry needs to solve? If yes, then you may be interested in continuing to study with the School of Computer Science for a Postgraduate Research degree (PhD/EngD/MPhil). Come along to meet our Postgraduate Research Recruitment Tutor Dr Bijan Parsia to discuss PhD opportunities, research projects and proposal ideas. This Weds 14 Nov 13:00-14:00 in Room IT401. You also might be interested in the Law Fair & Postgraduate Study Fair this Tues/Wed 13/14 Nov at Manchester Central.


ENIGMA AND TURING.

  This Weds 14 Nov, G107 Alan Turing Building, a 1941 Germany Army Enigma machine will be coming to the University. This special lecture will showcase the Enigma and work conducted by the Henry Royce Institute to reveal a new perspective on the machine, with 3D images taken using X-Ray CT technology. Speakers from the Schools of Maths and Computer Science will also give their perspective on Alan Turing and his enduring legacy at the University of Manchester. Register.


STEM WOMEN.

  STEM Women run free community events for female students studying Science/Technology/Engineering/Maths subjects. They’re running an event at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester this Weds 14 Nov 11:30-16:30. Keynote speaker: Liv Boeree. Exhibiting employers include PwC, Network Rail, Citi, JP Morgan, Volker Wessles, Emis Group, CGG, RBS, Vodafone, Sky Betting and Gaming, Jacobs, AND Digital, First Group, Bakkavor, Cummins, Bakkavor, Graham, John Sisk, Wood and Lend Lease. Register.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

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Week 7 (B) • Monday 5 November 2018 • #18.08          The Monday Mail

Toby picGood morning UG!  It’s Monday 5 November, and it’s Week 7, a B week. I hope you had a chance to recharge your batteries last week. Now it’s back to business as usual, and we’re on the home stretch towards Xmas – 6 more teaching weeks to go! And good luck to all 3rd Year students whose Lightning Talks start this week. So have a great week, and on with today’s news!
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


HACK SHEFFIELD.

  Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4) reports: A week ago 12 of us travelled to Sheffield to participate in the fourth HackSheffield, a 24 hour hackathon. Between us we built a 3/4 player pong (Sara Caballero-Bruno (Y2, CSE), Lucas Diaz Fiol (Y2, SEwIE), Caitlin Fotheringham (Y2, CSwIE), Evgeny Serebrenny (Y2, CS)), an online budgeting application using the Capital One API (Anda Andronie (Y2, CSwIE), Denisa Baboi-Dragan (Y2, BMwIE), George Chiriluta (Y2, CS), Ben Piggott (Y1, CSwIE)) and an investment adviser using sentiment analysis of news articles (Dan Ally (Y3, CS), Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4), Vlad Farcas (Y3, CSwIE), Zara Robinson (Y3, SE)). Thanks to the amazing team over at Sheffield, who alongside the main event were able to run some fun extra activities, including salsa dancing and yoga.


CSSOC+HACKSOC.

  Also from Luke: tomorrow Tues 6 Nov we will be partnering with Accelerate ME, a student-focused start-up accelerator based in Manchester, to bring a panel of experienced computer scientists to Kilburn.The event starts at 17:30 in LT1.1 with a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to learn about the differences between working in big corporations and small start-ups. Our guests have worked at Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and others before going on to found their own companies. Find out more and book free tickets.


HEALTHCHECK UPDATE.

  Thanks to everyone who participated in our Week 4 "Health Check" survey. We had nearly 230 responses, the majority of which were positive with no issues raised or identified. Where possible, course unit leaders have taken immediate actions to address issues. See a summary of responses.


PASS2.

  Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE) writes: PASS2 is back this week! In today's session will talk about trees and graphs and go through some examples. Also, slides from previous sessions are available on the PASS website. In case you think PASS is terribly exciting or terribly boring or too focussed on jobs, let us know via the feedback form, so that we can plan our sessions accordingly! Also we have got some snacks!


FIRST MEETING OF SSC.

  The first meeting this year of the staff-student committee will take place this Weds 7 Nov in IT406 at 14:00. If you'd like to raise an issue then please speak to one of your reps before the meeting (or at any time). A list of your student reps can be found on the SSC noticeboard on LF, and contact details in the SSC pages on Blackboard (under CS UG Community). Our Head of School Prof Robert Stevens will also be at the meeting.


FILMING IN KILBURN.

  This Weds 7 Nov there will be two film crews in Kilburn shooting a new undergraduate recruitment video. They’ll be following groups of students and doing interviews. Cameras will briefly be in some lectures and labs, including COMP23311 at 10:00, COMP16121 at 11:00, and PASS1. The crew will aim to concentrate on faces of students who have agreed to take part in the video, but if you don't wish to be filmed just let the production team know.


CAPTURE THE FLAG.

  BAE Systems Applied Intelligence are running their popular Capture the Flag (CTF) event again this year, here in the School. Demonstrate your cybersecurity skills by breaking into websites, cracking ciphers, finding hidden data and analysing packet captures. There will be prizes for the winners and free pizza for all players. Sat 24 Nov, 10:00-16:00, Collab 1 & 2. To sign up, email ctf@baesystems.com from your University email account including: your full name, team name (if applicable), year of study, programme title (e.g. CSwIE). You will need an out of hours pass to participate in the competition.


ACTIVISION.

  This from Flaminia Rosato (Y3, CSwIE): Come down to LT 1.1 this Weds 7 Nov, 14:00-16:00 for a talk from Activision.You'll find out about the stages of developing a game and get tips on how to secure a job in the gaming industry. Register here and join us to have a chat with our experts! We will also host a series of workshops where we will build a game step by step – look out on our Facebook page, more details to come!


CYBERSECURITY TALKS.

  This from Danny Dresner (COMP10120 and MSc cyber-teaching): I'm thrilled to announce an improved and more diverse series of Guest Lectures on this year's PGT Cyber Security programme in Computer Science. All lectures take place in Kilburn 2.19, and are open to all UG and PGT students and staff. Most of these guests are from external companies with an appetite for graduate recruits. Today Mon 5 Nov at 12:00, Paul Vlissidis from NCC Group on “Red pills, blue pills, and penetration testing”; tomorrow Tues 6 Nov, Jo Dalton from Pentest Partners on “Hacking vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems and the Internet of Things”, and at 16:00 Royd Whittington, late of a major retail bank on “Architecture Governance”. Next Monday 12 Nov @12:00, Jon Noel from McAfee on “Malware Evolution”, and at 14:00 on Tues 13 Nov, Alan Jenkins, late of the RAF and IBM, on “Leadership”.


CYBER CHALLENGE.

  Also from Danny: We’re putting together a team to enter the Atlantic Council's UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge, at the London BT Tower 11-12 Feb 2019, all expenses paid. To apply, email me with your answer to each of the following questions (75 words max each): 1) What would you consider to be the most significant cyber incident to date, and why? 2) What potential, future cyber incident keeps you up at night, why, and done by whom? Deadline 12:00 Fri 16 Nov.


BLOCKCHAIN.

  Interested in blockchain tech? A new UoM student society called Blockchainers is holding its launch event this Fri 9 Nov at 18:00 in the MSP Bright Building at the Manchester Science Park (M15 6GZ), with talks and free food. Free tickets.


WELLBEING CHAMPIONS.

  Are you passionate about positive wellbeing and want to pass this on to other students? Consider being a student wellbeing champion. The University can support you to run events linked to the its wellbeing campaigns calendar, help you with promotion, and link you up with a network of like-minded people. Volunteering roles that benefit other students count towards the Step Up and Lead section of the Stellify Award, and will be recorded on your HEAR. Find out more.


GRAVITY.

  Watch Oscar-winning film Gravity for free, at Barnes Wallis Student Hub (North Campus), Room G.067, this Weds 7 Nov at 16:00.


IGNITE.

  The SU’s Women’s Officer and other students are organising an event, IGNITE, on 30 Nov to raise awareness about sexual violence. The event will include workshops, talks, and stalls from organisations and NGOs around the UK. They’re looking for volunteers to help create a supporting app or website, especially focusing on safety tips around Manchester. If you’d like to help, contact the team.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 6 (Reading Week) • Monday 29 October 2018 • #18.07          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 29 October, and it’s Week 6 – Reading Week. There are no scheduled teaching activities this week – it's a chance for you to have a break and recharge your batteries and maybe do some catchup. Usual teaching and timetabled activities resume next Monday 5 Nov (Week 7B). Have a good week and enjoy Halloween!
best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


FIRST MEETING OF SSC.

  The first meeting this year of the staff-student committee will take place next Weds 7 Nov in IT406 at 14:00. If you'd like to raise an issue then please speak to one of your reps before the meeting (or at any time). A list of your student reps can be found on the SSC noticeboard on LF, and contact details in the SSC pages on Blackboard (under CS UG Community). Our Head of School Prof Robert Stevens will also be at the meeting.


PASS2.

  Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE) writes: I hope you all enjoyed the last session. There is no session this week, but we encourage you to use Reading Week to read our favourite book: "Cracking the Coding Interview". Next week we will go through some examples with trees and graphs. Also, slides from the last session are available on the PASS website. In case you think PASS is terribly exciting or terribly boring or too focussed on jobs, let us know via the feedback form, so that we can plan our sessions accordingly! Also we have got some snacks!


GREAT UNI HACK.

  This from Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4): Great Uni Hack, our first 24-hour Hackathon of the year, is fast approaching on 10/11 November and we are in the process of recruiting volunteers. If you think you would like to help us run this event then sign up.


FEEDBACK SESSION.

  There’ll be a feedback session to look at AY17 Semester 2 COMP exam answerbooks at 14:00 on Weds 14 Nov in Atlas. Advance registration required, deadline 12:00 this Weds 31 Oct. Email SSO with your name, student ID number, programme of study, and the list of COMP scripts you wish to view. Returning IE students: to view AY16 scripts please give details in your request. If you wish to view scripts from other Schools please contact them separately.


VENTURE OUT.

  Have you got a great solution to a problem? Here's your opportunity to win a cash prize up to £500 and make your idea a reality. Enhance your CV, gain enterprise and entrepreneurship skills and learn how to identify opportunities and develop ideas. The Venture Out competition is open to all students at the University. You can enter as an individual or a team of up to six members. The entry deadline is 12:00 on Friday 9 Nov. Any questions, ask Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4, pictured below) who entered last year.


STUDENT ART PASS.

  Mihai-Cristian Olteanu (Y2, CSwIE) writes: the Student Art Pass is very useful for students who like travelling and visiting museums and art exhibitions. It gives free access or 50% off the normal price on most of the art attractions in the UK. The cost of the card is £5/year, so just from 1 exhibition you normally "get your money back". It’s like a railcard, but for art exhibitions & museums! Popular places where it can be used include the Tate galleries, Kensington Palace, British Library, British Museum, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Jewish Museum.


PGT STUDY.

  Final year students, would you like to continue your studies with us and do a Master’s Degree? Come  to the PGT Open Day next Weds 7 Nov 14:15-15:00 in Atlas 1. Meet Dr Caroline Jay and find out more about our Masters in Advanced Computer Science.


MEN'S RUGBY.

  This from Lucy Simper, the University’s Rugby Development Intern: we are hoping to create a Computer Science Campus League men’s rugby team. There’s an optional training session at the Armitage Centre on a Tuesday and matches are on a Wednesday or Sunday. Sign up.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 5 (A) • Monday 22 October 2018 • #18.06          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 22 October, and it’s Week 5, an A week. As always, I hope everything is going well! A reminder that next week is Reading Week and there won't be any scheduled teaching activities then – it's a chance for you to have a break and maybe do some catchup. But this week is as busy as usual, so on with today’s news! Have a great week!

Best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


HACKUPC WIN.

  This from Aayush Chadha (Y3, AI): Keeping in line with Manchester’s tradition of attending hackathons over the weekends, nearly 30 of us went to HackUPC in Barcelona. Over the 36 hours of the hackathon, 7 teams from Manchester worked on projects like visualising neural nets using LEDs and a Raspberry Pi (Mihai Bujanca, Ritam Anand (Y2, AI4), Mariya Tsvarkaleva (Y2, CSwIE)), an app for deciding which bin must an item go into (Mihail Ghinea (Y2, CSwIE), Calin Ilie (Y3, CSwIE), Humza Shaheen (Y3, AI), Stefan Trett (Y3, CSwIE)), a fake news detector (Andrej Ivanov (Y3, CS4), Hendrik Molder (Y3, BM), Carlos Miguel Pina Vaz Gomes (Y3, CS), Mina Milad (Y3, SEwIE)), layover optimization using Skyscanner (Saira Hassan (Y2, CSwIE), Laszlo Nagy (Y2, CSwIE), Tejas Chandrasekar (Y2, CS4)), interactive/digital white boards (Anda Andronie (Y2, CSwIE), Adela-Maria Mihaila (Y2, CSwIE), Surya Prasad (Y2, CS4)) and a CV generator (Chionia Kotsalidou (Y2, CS), Steeve Moussa (Y2, CS4), Saif Mir (Y2, CS4)). Rifad Lafir (Y3, CSwIE), Catalina Vlad (ITBM @ Manchester), Mihnea Savu (Y3, CSwIE) and Aayush Chadha (Y3, AI) built a hardware hack that allows programmers to remain in the zone, and ended up winning the 3rd place prize. The trip for most Manchester students was supported by the School's Student Activity Fund and the winning project used hardware borrowed from the CS Hardware Library.


PROGRAMMING CONTEST SUCCESS.

  Last Saturday 33 Manchester CS students across 11 teams competed in the 2018 UK/IE Programming Contest which is the first round of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Congratulations to “Big Dawgs’ Society”– Vlad-Andrei Munteanu (Y2, CS), Teodor Pintea (Y2, BMwIE), Alexandru Sava (Y2, CS) – who ranked on the scoreboard as the leading team from Manchester and the 6th from UK and Ireland. This result guarantees their place in the regional round in Holland in November. Every team solved at least 1 problem and four teams solved 5 (thus placing in the top 50). Manchester is one of only 4 Universities competing with a team in the top 10.


PASS1.

  Costanza Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: Come join us this Wednesday to learn more about how to structure a Report and about which Library resources are available to support your studies. Don’t forget leaders are there to help with your academic issues too, so feel free to pop in with specific questions!


PASS2.

  Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE) writes: I hope you all enjoyed the last session. This week will talk about Big O, hash tables and dealing with rejection. Also, slides from the last session are available on the PASS website. In case you think PASS is terribly exciting or terribly boring or too focussed on jobs, let us know via the feedback form, so that we can plan our sessions accordingly! Also we have got some snacks!


CODING CLASS.

  HackSoc & CSSoc ran the third coding class for non-CS students last week, which was greeted with great enthusiasm by students from across the University. If you would like to get involved then find Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4) and the rest of the team in Collab on Thursdays at 12:00.


CSSOC+HACKSOC GO BOWLING.

  This from Luke: Are you ready for another HackSoc & CSSoc social event? If so, you will love our Bowling & Burgers event this Weds 24 Oct at 18:45 at All Star Lanes. We will provide food, bowl & fun for just £7. Spaces are limited so fill in the form to secure your place. 


FEEDBACK SESSION.

  There’ll be a feedback session to look at AY17 Sem2 COMP exam answerbooks at 14:00 on Weds 14 Nov in Atlas. Advance registration required, deadline 12:00 Weds 31 Oct. Email SSO with your name, student ID number, programme of study, and the list of COMP scripts you wish to view. Returning IE students: to view AY16 scripts please give details in your request. If you wish to view scripts from other Schools please contact them separately.


GOOGLE @MCR.

  Teodora Stoleru (Y3, CS) writes: Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Google @Mcr event last Wednesday. We hope you enjoyed the talk and the Q&A as much as we did. Here you can find the pictures from the event. You should have received a feedback form by now, so please fill it in so we can improve for next time! If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Andrei, Todd, or me.


WOMEN TECHMAKERS.

  Also from Teodora: We'll be running a workshop about Google's Women Techmakers Scholarship in a few weeks' time. This is a scholarship awarded to women in technology based on academic performance, leadership, and impact on the community of women in tech. If you think that sounds like you, start working on your application and join us for the workshop, where I'll be explaining the process, giving you tips for the essay questions, and telling you about my experience as a 2018 Scholar.


FANTASY TEACHING SPACES.

  Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas, and congratulations to Edward Cooper (Y1, CS4wIE) and Caitlin Fotheringham (Y2, CSwIE) who were picked out of the hat and win £15 vouchers. Meanwhile here are some of the ideas that people sent in: more natural light, aircon in labs, stand-up desks, skateboarding lecturers, circular teaching spaces, lamps to indicate if a room is booked and in-use, all-year-round Christmas-themed study room, a locker room, a high performance computing (HPC) lab, a Visual Recovery room “to rest our exhausted eyes”, more comfy areas, beanbags, and personal study pods.


PRIZEWINNER.

  Congratulations to Miruna Muntean (Y2, CSwIE) who won an Amazon Echo Dot in Novacoast’s raffle at our recent Computer Science Careers Fair.

* GAME DEV SOCIETY. This from Flaminia Rosato (Y3, CSwIE): Hello! We are a new division of HackSoc that focuses on organising game development workshops, meetups and game jams. Beginner or experienced, as long as you're interested in making games you’ll find yourself right at home. Come down to Lecture Theatre 1.1 on Weds 7 November, 14:00-16:00 for our first event – a talk by Activision (register here). To keep up to date on our activities follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or send us an email.


MORGAN STANLEY DIVERSITY EVENT.

  Join MS to hear first-hand accounts and explore with them the positive impact of Diversity in the world of technology. This interactive session will allow you to showcase your opinions and abilities, with prizes to be won! This Weds 24 Oct 14:00-17:00 in University Place Room 3.204, and afterwards at KRO Bar. Register.


FACEBOOK CRUSH YOUR CODING INTERVIEW.

  Learn how to put your best foot forward in a talk from one of Facebook’s Software Engineers. Weds 14 Nov at 13:00 in Kilburn. Prepare in advance, and Register.


PGR STUDY.

  Interested in continuing your Computer Science studies here after graduating? Come along to the PGR Open Day this Weds 24 Oct from 13:00-16:30 in the Alan Turing Building. And at 15:30 Bijan Parsia will be giving a talk here in Kilburn in Atlas 1 about the programmes, opportunities available and a chance for you to ask any questions you may have. For all queries contact Teri Gosling.


ETHICS WORKSHOP.

  Final year students: are you Interested in a career working with Children and Young People? Come to a new Workplace Ethics Challenge workshop that will give you the edge in job interviews and applying for professional courses, including PGCE and Social Work. This Weds 24 Oct 13:30-16:00 in Whitworth Hall. The workshop will explore ethical challenges experienced by newly qualified professionals in the workplace and will focus on sexting, social media and safeguarding. See full details and sign up.


AND DIGITAL DROP IN.

  Today, Mon 22 Oct 12:00-14:00 in LF, kick start your career in Tech at AND Digital. AND Digital work on large-scale, multi-industry, eCommerce and enterprise-level software development projects with best practice agile ways of working at the heart. Come and have a chat with them to find out more.


CLIMATE CHANGE.

  There's a new weekly lecture series facilitated by the Students’ Union, bringing you lectures by experts on everything and anything. This Weds 24 Oct, 16:00-18:00 at The Hive, SU 1st floor, Natalie Bennet & Paul Tobin on "Climate Change: too hot a topic?" Book your FREE ticket.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 4 (B) • Monday 15 October 2018 • #18.05          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 15 October, and it’s Week 4, a B week. We're a month into the academic year, and I hope everything is going well. First Year students, I hope you're beginning to feel settled in the School, and in Manchester too. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, talk to us! SSO is a great place to start and they can advise who best to speak to. 

Best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


SSC REPS.

  Voting is over and your student reps are now elected, so congratulations to Denizhan Akar (Y1, CM), Radu Androne (Y3, CS), Sara Caballero-Bruno (Y2, CSE), Fiona Campbell (Y3, CSwIE), Dhruv Chauhan (Y1, CM), Jack Davison (Y4, CS4wIE), Alex Adrian Dumitru (Y2, CM), Nadine El-Refee (Y2, HCI), Isabelle Osondu Hall (Y1, AI4wIE), Vlad-George Ionescu (Y1, CS4wIE), Reem Kurdi (Y1, SE), Cristina-Malina Mircescu (Y1, CSwIE), Hendrik Molder (Y3, BM), Humza Muhammad Shaheen (Y3, AI), Heido Nomm (Y1, BM), Sean Joseph Parker (Y2, CSwIE), Mark Paveszka (Y2, SE4wIE), Patrick Sava (Y2, CS), Octavian-Costin Teodorescu (Y2, CSwIE), Dainius Varanauskas (Y2, SEwIE), Preslav Venkov (Y3, CSwIE), Iulia Visterneanu (Y3, CS), Iuliana Voinea (Y3, CSwIE), Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE), and Wenqing Zong (Y1, AI4wIE). You can find their contact details on Blackboard under CS UG Community > School of Computer Science SSC. Please let them know of any issues you’d like raised at the first SSC meeting on Weds 7 Nov.


PASS1.

  Costanza Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: We really look forward to having you all back this Wednesday for our third PASS session! It is not too late to give it a try, if you haven’t already. Remember you can always contact your leader in advance and ask them to prepare the session on a particular topic. See you on Wednesday!


PASS2.

  Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE) says: I hoped you all enjoyed the last session and talk from our external speaker. This week will dive into some most common interview questions and talk how to approach solving whiteboard exercises. Also, slides from the last session are available on the PASS website. In case you think PASS is terribly exciting or terribly boring or too focussed on jobs, let us know via the feedback form, so that we can plan our sessions accordingly!


HEALTH CHECK.

  We're running an early-Semester Course Unit health check – please take a moment to give us your feedback on your courses so far this Semester. Deadline 17:00 this Thurs 18 Oct.


SE MENTORS.

  Thanks to all 38 of our software engineering mentors who participated in some excellent code review and lively discussion last week with 250+ second year COMP23311 students. With over 400,000 lines of stendhal game code there was plenty to talk about! Mentors came from a wide range of employers including ARM, Barclays, BAMTechMedia, BBC, Bloomberg LP, Booking.com, CubicMotion, DAI, DigitalBridge, IBM, Ivanti, Jaguar Land Rover, PushDoctor, Sage, The Hut Group, ThinCI and ThoughtWorks. Special thanks to our student mentors returning from placements at Autodesk, Apadmi, CERN, CodeThink, The Hut Group and Intel who also helped out with mentoring: Paul Chelarescu (Y3, CSwIE), Sam Da Costa (Y3, CMwIE), Jack Davison (Y4, CS4wIE), Tristan Maat (Y4, CS4wIE), Alex Mitcu (Y3, CSwIE), Tom Pritchard (Y3, CSwIE) and Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE).


CSSOC+HACKSOC.

  Joe Blackmore (Y3, CS4wIE) sends this: Goldman Sachs are running a talk and coding challenge this Thurs 18 Oct from 12:00-16:00 in Collab. There will be a HackerRank workshop from 13:00 with practice exercises followed by a timed competition at 15:00! Register now. They will also be running a Women in Technology meet-up open to all female students from across the Faculty in the Postgrad Common room the same day at 17:00-18:30 where pizza and drinks will be provided.


GOOGLE ARE COMING.

  Teodora Stoleru (Y3, CS) writes: Don’t forget about the Google@Mcr event coming up this Weds 17 October, at 13:00 in LT1.1. Sign up here and RSVP to the Facebook event (FB login needed) if you haven't already. See you there! 


FANTASY TEACHING SPACES – WIN £15.

  What sort of labs and rooms for different kinds of studies would you like to see in the School? Think radically. Ignore cost, disruption, practicality. Use this form to submit your ideas and you could win one of two £15 vouchers! Deadline: 18:00 tomorrow Tues 16 October.


MORGAN STANLEY DIVERSITY EVENT.

  Join MS to hear first-hand accounts and explore with them the positive impact of Diversity in the world of technology. This interactive session will allow you to showcase your opinions and abilities, with prizes to be won! Next Weds 24 Oct 14:00-17:00 in University Place Room 3.204, and afterwards at KRO Bar. Register.


SPACE SCIENCE.

  Rocket scientist? Star gazer? Budding astronaut? Perhaps you're the next Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos or just curious about space? Manchester Students for the Exploration and Development of of Space (MANSEDS) are looking for software and hardware engineers to help their teams of lunar explorers, Martian rover builders and satellite makers.


A MILLION CORES.

  Come and celebrate the SpiNNaker project’s 1,000,000 core milestone on Friday 2 Nov with Professor Steve Furber here in the School of Computer Science. There will be talks, demos and tours. Free registration, all welcome.


SIEMENS ARCADE EVENT.

  Mariya Tsvarkaleva (Y2, CSwIE) writes: Siemens is hosting an Arcade Event today Monday 15 Oct at the SU, from 10:00 onwards! This will involve a series of challenges designed to test and excite the toughest gamers, engineers and business brains. If you're interested in opportunities and internships in Siemens and want to get involved, visit the event link (FB login needed) and click "Interested".


GET OFFICE FOR FREE.

  Did you know that students can download Microsoft Office 365 for free? I mean, of course, legitimately! :-)


SOCIAL JUSTICE FAIR.

  Come to the Volunteering and Social Justice Fair! Tomorrow Tues 16 Oct in Academy 1, Oxford Road, 11:00-15:00.  Meet over 100 organisations including charities and student-led groups who’ll be showcasing their volunteering opportunities related to culture, the environment, health, sport, social inclusion and more.


FREE SOFTWARE MEETING.

  At Manchester Free Software's October Meeting, there will talks about Free Software games and intros to Logical Volume Manager and Vim. Tomorrow Tues 16 Oct 19:00-21:00 at PLANT NOMA (M60 0AE).


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 3(A) • Monday 8 October 2018 • #18.04          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 8 October, and it’s Week 3, an A week. How are things going? Well, I hope! We seem to have an incredibly packed edition this week – the Morgan Stanley challenge, another Careers Fair, upcoming visits, hackathons and events... something for everyone! Don't forget to vote for your student reps – and have a great week!
best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


STUDENT REP VOTING.

  Voting is now open for student reps on the staff-student committee. Please make your vote count. Go to Blackboard > CS UG Community > School of Computer Science SSC > Voting for Student Reps 2018/19. Complete the survey in your year group folder. Deadline for voting 17:00 this Friday 12 Oct.


PASS1.

  Costanza Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: We are very pleased with the amazing turnout we had for our first PASS1 session, and we look forward to have you all back this Wednesday! If there is a particular topic or issue you would like your PASS leader to address, do not be afraid to ask for it. See you on Wednesday!


PASS2.

  Aayush Chadha (Y3, AI) writes: This week's PASS session is going to be a broad overview of the interview process. We plan to bust some myths and simplify all the jargon surrounding interviews. Also, slides from the last session are available on the PASS website. In case you think PASS is terribly exciting or terribly boring or too focussed on jobs, let us know via the feedback form, so that we can plan our sessions accordingly!


CAREERS FAIR.

  I hope you enjoyed our Careers Fair here in Kilburn last week on Thursday & Friday. It was a huge event with 29 employers coming from all over the UK to Kilburn to meet YOU! I'm sure you will join me in thanking Duncan Hull (Employability Tutor & Year 2 Tutor) and Mabel Yau (Careers and Placements Officer) for their fantastic efforts to put it all together. Thanks Duncan and Mabel! (and everyone else!)


WINNING TICKET.

  And would the lucky owner of ticket 64 please contact Mabel. You have won the ARM raffle draw from the Careers Fair!


CSSOC+HACKSOC.

  This from Luke Beamish (Y3, CS4): Hi everyone! Last week we ran our first coding class for non-CS students, after a great turnout we are now recruiting for more CS students who are interested in being mentors. The classes run every Thursday at 17:00 for an hour. If you think you might be interested then come along to our mentor briefing this Thurs 11 Oct at 12:00 in Collab 2.


FEEDBACK SESSION.

  There’ll be a feedback session to look at AY17 Sem2 COMP exam answerbooks at 14:00 on Weds 14 Nov in Atlas. Advance registration required: to view your COMP scripts, email SSO with your name, student ID number, programme of study, and the list of scripts you wish to view. Returning IE students: to view AY16 scripts please give details in your request. Deadline for requests: 12:00 Weds 31 Oct. If you wish to view scripts from other Schools please contact them separately.


GOOGLE ARE COMING.

  Teodora Stoleru (Y3, CS) wites: Google is coming to the School next Weds 17 October, at 13:00 in LT 1.1. There will a 30-minute reception with pizza and a chance to talk to our guests, followed by a 45-minute tech talk about Disjoint Sets and how to use them. Then you'll be able to ask questions during a 45-minute Q&A panel with School alumni Todd Davies (Google Munich Office, graduated from UoM in 2016), Andrei Muntean (Google London Office, graduated from UoM in 2017) and me (former Google intern, now 3rd year student here). Google swag will also be provided. If you'd like to attend, please sign up here and RSVP to the Facebook event to be kept up to date with the details. If you decide last minute and haven't filled in the form, you're still welcome!


MORGAN STANLEY CODING CHALLENGE.

  This Weds 10 Oct in Atlas 1 from 14:00-16:00, join recent graduates from Morgan Stanley Technology division in an 2-hour programming competition to resolve an array of problems ranging from an assessment centre HR allocation algorithm to a student loan pricer. In teams of up to 3, work against the clock to resolve real-life business problems. Pizza & soft drinks will be provided, and there are some great prizes for the winning team. Register.


GREAT UNI HACK DEADLINE EXT.

  Mariya Tsvarkaleva (Y2, CSwIE) writes: Hey everyone! After seeing how excited many of you are to join GreatUniHack, we decided that we want to give more students the opportunity to be part of it. That's why we're extending the applications deadline until this Weds 10 Oct! If you've signed up already, don't forget to finish your application before Wednesday. Apply now! If you're not that keen on hacking, but you like the Hackathon atmosphere and need something for your CV, then volunteering is for you! GreatUniHack is looking for volunteers at the moment, so sign up if you're interested.


CRACKCHESTER.

  This from Saira Hassan (Y2, CSwIE): Thank you for coming to our CTF! It was a great learning experience, and we hope it gave you a taste of the cybersecurity industry! Massive thanks to our sponsor Novacoast, to Ian Cottam (the School's Technical Support Manager) for helping find an alternative venue at very short notice, and congratulations to the winning team "Her Majesty's Pwning Service" – Alessandro Cara (Y2), Michael Yonli (Y3, CS), David Petrescu (Y2, HCIwIR) and Dainius Varanauskas (Y2, SEwIE).


WORKPLACE ETHICS CHALLENGE.

  Final year students: enhance your employability and join final year students from across the university in an interactive workshop which explores contemporary ethical challenges relevant to every graduate workplace. Interactive scenarios, group exercises and discussions will challenge you to reflect on your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities and decision making in the workplace, such as harassment, bullying and discrimination, and privacy and confidentiality in an age of online communication. Next Weds 17 Oct, 13:30-16:00, University Place. Sign up.


HENDRIK’S CONFERENCE REPORT.

  Hendrik Molder (Y3, BM) writes: I went to a cool product and front-end conference called Refresh in early September and wanted to share some insights with you. The visit was funded by the School’s Student Activities Fund. I visited different tracks and listened to a lot of talks, so it was a bit hard to put it all together into a single blog post, but I tried to shine some light on website accessibility, Serverless architecture, FaaS, and SPAs.


VOLUNTEERING.

  Giles Reger (COMP26120, COMP24412) writes: Thank you to those who attended our very well-attended meeting on volunteering opportunities last week. If you were not able to make it then don’t worry. All information is sent out via the list (sign up here) and all events come with an appropriate level of training. We are particularly interested in people keen and able to help develop activities with the exciting things we have in the Hardware library (drones, robots, oculus rift etc).


BIG CAREERS FAIR.

  Thinking about an internship, industrial placement or a job after graduation? Get exploring your options and the range of opportunities at The Big Careers Fair (link includes full list of Exhibitors) at Manchester Central this Tues/Weds 9/10 Oct. It’s free to attend and Alex Jones, our School’s Careers Consultant, will be on hand to help you if you are unsure what to do when you get there. Register to attend Day1 | Day2.  Any questions, ask Alex.


CYBER SECURITY.

  Danny Dresner (COMP10120 and MSc cyber-teaching) writes: If you’ve been bitten by the cyber security bug of enthusiasm then get on to Immersive Labs who offer exactly the right kind of progressive online cyber security learning experience to complement our studies. Your Uni email addr 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! Enjoy. Learn. Develop the skills... let's make the connected world a safer place for all.


MINDSPHERE HACKATHON.

  Siemens is hosting the Mindsphere Live multidisciplinary hackathon in Sheffield 16-18 November. Teams of Comp Sci/Elec Eng/Mech Eng/Robotics students will work to build a device powered by data from the Siemens Big Data system Mindsphere. All travel, food and accommodation is covered, plus the teams will have over £1000 worth of kit to work with. Register by 15 Oct.


CTF EVENT.

  William Davison (Y3, CSwIE) writes: OWASP Manchester are organising a CTF in collaboration with Manchester Grey Hats. They're really keen to get more students along, it's taking place at Manchester Technology Center on 13 Nov from 18:30-22:00. Sign up fast!


KENNEDY SCHOLARSHIPS.

  These are awarded annually to enable British citizens graduated from British universities to take graduate programmes at Harvard and MIT. They cover full tuition and health insurance fees, a generous stipend for living expenses, one return UK-Boston flight and a grant for vacation travel within the US. Deadline for 2019-20 scholarship applications: 24 Oct 2018.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 2 (B) • Monday 1 October 2018 • #18.03          The Monday Mail

Toby picGood morning UG! It’s Monday 1 October, and it’s Week 2 of Semester 1, a B week. I hope everyone is settling down and everything is going well. Remember, if you need any help, just ask! SSO is a great place to start. As usual I have a huge amount to tell you about today, so get involved with our exciting UG community and have a great week!
Best wishes
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies

 


KILBURN CAREERS FAIR.

  The annual Kilburn Careers Fair returns this Thurs 4 and Friday 5 October, from 11:30-14:30 on the lower first floor open area. We have over 30 exhibitors across the two days, right on your doorstep, including ARM, Amazon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan Stanley, Ocado, The HUT Group, and many more!


PASS1.

  Costanza Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: PASS1 starts this week on Weds 3 Oct at 12:00! PASS Leaders we be coming into the end of your COMP16121 (Java) lecture to direct to the right rooms so you don't have to worry about it. If you don't make it to the lecture come find us in Collab 1 and we'll direct you from there. Look forward to seeing you all!


PASS2.

  Aayush Chadha (Y3, AI) writes: Hi all, we hope the last session on course unit selection helped you finalise your course choices. This week we are going to be talking about writing an incredible CV. To make the session productive, bring along a printed copy of your CV! If you don’t have one yet, still come along, since we’ll be sharing some important tips and pointers! See you all at 15:00 in Collab as usual.


SSC REMINDER.

  Don't forget, nominations close at 17:00 today Monday 1 Oct. Please consider nominating yourself as a student representative in the School. Use the online form.


GREAT UNI HACK.

  This from Mariya Mladenova (Y3, CSwIE): We’re very excited to announce that GreatUniHack, the 24-hour hackathon run by our own students, will take place again this year on 10-11 November at the MMU Business School. Applications are now open, so make sure you sign up. The event is very beginner-friendly, so don't worry if you don't have much programming experience, we welcome everyone who is excited to learn and wants to build something cool.


OUR RESPONSE TO YOUR FEEDBACK.

  We’ve now looked in detail at the Course Unit Survey results from Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017-18. We take your views seriously, and we’ve asked all the Course Unit lecturers to respond to your comments. Read their responses.


CSSOC+HACKSOC.

  This from Ritam Anand (Y2, AI4). As you may have heard last week, HackSoc and CSSoc have merged to become one society. In light of this merger, we have decided to seek your help to find us a new name as a collective society. If you think you have the perfect name for the new brand, fill out this form by 12 October. The winning submission wins a £25 Amazon voucher! May the best name win!


FANTASY TEACHING SPACES.

  We want your ideas about “Fantasy teaching spaces”. What sort of labs, lecture spaces, rooms for different kinds of studies, etc, would you like to see in the School? You are allowed to ignore cost, disruption, practicality; we want ideas that will stimulate our thoughts; cost and practicality can scale back ideas, but often radical thoughts are particularly useful. Use this form to submit your ideas. We can’t promise action, but we’re planning what we want to do with the spaces in Kilburn. We’ll publish what we think are the best, including the funniest, ideas. And we’ll pick two idea-submitters out of the hat to win £15 shopping vouchers! Deadline for sending your ideas: 18:00 Tues 16 October.


MIT CIRCS.

 If you want to tell us about any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 1 teaching period, the deadline is Monday 7 Jan 2019. If there are any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 1 exam period, the deadline is Mon 28 Jan 2018. If you have any queries, please talk to the relevant Year Tutor (Y1: Sean Bechhofer; Y2: Duncan Hull; Y3: Tim Morris; Y4: Graham Riley; CM: Andrea Schalk). For weekly matters, if your work receives a late flag in a lab, there is a formal process for appealing against this, details at the above link.


CRACKCHESTER.

  Saira Hassan (Y2, CSwIE) writes: Thank you for visiting our fresher's fair stall and trying our challenge – we hope you enjoyed it and learned something new! Our first event of the year will be a CTF challenge created by Novacoast, hosted in G41 (Kilburn, ground floor) this Weds 3 Oct at 14:00. So whether you are a complete beginner or expert, bring a team of up to 4 and come join us! You can book tickets here. There may be free pizza!


SCHOOL SEMINAR.

  This Weds 3 Oct at 13:00-14:00 in Kilburn 15, Professor Debi Ashenden (Portsmouth University) will talk about "Social Loafing: Why Good People Breach Security And What To Do About It". Abstract: There is a category of insider threat that has so far been under-explored. This is the ‘everyday insider threat’, where people are committing small breaches of security policy, are aware that they are doing it but are not intending it to have a detrimental effect on the organisation. This talk will explore how current security research relies both explicitly and implicitly on rational choice models to explain employee behaviour. All welcome.


NEW UG LAB.

  We have a new general-use PC Lab, Room LF8, aka the Malkovich Room, opposite Byte Cafe. It has 15 PCs with standard Linux/Win images. The new lab replaces LF17 (opposite SSO) which is now part of the PhD student space. You’re welcome to use LF8 in core Kilburn hours (Mon-Fri 08:30-18:00).


FOCUS GROUP,

  £10. There’s a focus group next Weds 10 Oct at 14:00 in Renold H2, to ask you about your experiences in researching and applying to university, to identify any improvements we can make to our information and materials. Refreshments will be provided and each attendee gets a £10 voucher. Apply in advance to Adi Gal-Greenwood.


VOLUNTEERING.

  Giles Reger (COMP21620, COMP24412) writes: In case you are looking at your timetables and thinking that you don’t have enough to do, or looking at your CVs and thinking that they are missing something… I would like to remind you that there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in volunteering in public engagement and school events this year. You can still register your interest and we we'll be holding a meeting at 14:00 this Weds 3 Oct in IT 407 – come along to find out more.


BE AN AMBASSADOR.

  The University employs Student Ambassadors. These are varied, rewarding, flexible work opportunities for current first year students. Get details


HARDWARE LIBRARY.

  Paul Nutter (COMP12111, COMP22111) writes: Did you know we have a student hardware library in the school? It has a wide range of components that are free for you to borrow, whether for supporting your own pet project, a final year project, or even if you are planning on doing something exciting at a hackathon. There are all sorts of items available, from Raspberry Pis to drones, Arduinos to Kinects, basic electronic components to robots, we even have Oculus VR headsets. To see what’s available have a look at the library catalogue. If you want to borrow an item then all you have to do is reserve it via the catalogue, then simply collect it from Steve Rhodes (corner office in Tootill 0) when you receive confirmation it is available. 


MONITOR ARMS.

  You may have noticed that we have removed the monitor stands in the Tootill labs and replaced them with arms. We hope you’ll find you now have more desk space and it will be much easier to adjust the position of the monitor to make viewing more comfortable.


AI DEBATE.

  What challenges and opportunities does Artificial Intelligence pose? Debate the issues with Jim Al Khalili (University of Surrey, and TV presenter),  Ewa Luger (Edinburgh University), Wendy Hall (Southampton University) and Neil Lawrence (Amazon & Sheffield University) on Sun 28 Oct at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester Science Festival. Get tickets.


BLACK HISTORY EVENT.

 Brilliant and BAME: Celebrating Black History Month’ is taking place at the University this Weds 3 Oct, 12:00-15:30, showcasing different organisations and opportunities, live music, street food and art.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Week 1 (A) • Monday 24 September 2018 • #18.02          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 24 September, and it’s Week 1A of Semester 1. Teaching starts today. Throughout the semester we alternate Week A's and Week B's, with different timetabled activities according to A and B. The Monday Mail will always remind you which week it is – and this is a Week A (here's the full UG timetable). OK, on with today’s news, and as usual there’s a lot to tell you about! Get involved! And have a great week!

Best wishes,
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


FIRST YEAR STUDENTS.

  First year students (seen below!), I hope you enjoyed Welcome Week, and I hope you're settling in ok. We tried not to overwhelm you with information last week, and if you have any questions, just drop into our Student Support Office (SSO, next to lab LF31), contact your Personal Tutor, or Sean Bechhofer (all programmes except CM and HCI), Andrea Schalk for CM, or Simon Harper for HCI – they’ll all be very happy to help.


UG AWARDS WIN.

  Cristian Bodnar, who graduated in the Summer, has won the prestigious annual international Undergraduate Awards, aka the junior Nobel Prizes, in the Computer Sciences category for his 3rd year project Text to Image Synthesis Using Generative Adversarial Networks (example below) supervised by Jon Shapiro (COMP34120 AI and Games). Winning this award is a fantastic world-class achievement – well done Cristian!


COURSE UNIT SELECTION.

  You have until 15:30 on Friday 5 Oct to finalise your Semester 1 course unit choices. After that deadline, your course selections freeze, and changes won’t be possible.


PASS1.

  Costanza Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Ben Lister (Y3, CMwIE) write: we look forward to welcoming First Years to their first PASS session next week on Weds 3 Oct at 12:00! In the meantime, it is not too late to become a PASS leader! Whether you are a returning PASS leader or you are completely new to it, please email Costanza or Ben and they will get you back on track. Please also note that this Weds 26 Sept, from 13:00-15:00 in Collab, is your last chance on attending the PASS in Your Discipline session, which is compulsory if you want to be a PASS leader this year and you have not attended a session. See you there!


PASS2.

  Igor Wodiany (Y3, CSwIE) writes: Hi all! It’s a new PASS2 team. We hope you are all settled and ready for the second year. PASS2 (or “CS Peer Support for second year students” as it is officially called now) starts today Monday 24 Sept at 15:00 in Collab. We will talk about 2nd year courses and run a panel with some 3rd year students to answer your questions. In subsequent weeks we will cover some important topics that will help you to land an internship or placement (CV and interview workshops, coding interview sessions, etc). So please come and we hope to see you all.


PRIZE WINNERS.

  Every year the School awards prizes to UG students who have excelled academically or made significant contributions to the School. Last week our Head of School Professor Robert Stevens awarded the prizes. Year1 (below, upper pic): Michael Jealous Memorial Prize: Ivan Pupovac (Y2, CM); Golden Anniversary Prizes for excellence in first year studies: Edoardo Lunati (Y2, CM), Michael Morgan (Y2, HCI4wIE), Andra Popa (Y2, CM), Ian Winstanley (Y2, CSwIE), Yuxuan Zhou (Y2, HCIwIE). Year 2: Professors Prize for Outstanding performance: Nick Park (Y3, CS), Carlos Pina Vaz Gomes (Y3, CS), and Jonathan Tang (Y3, CMwIE); Best Software Engineering Project (AY16): Costanza Improta (Y3, CSwIE) and Nick Park (lower pic). Well done everyone!


HACKSOC AND CSSOC MEETING.

  HackSoc and CSSoc will be holding a joint recruitment session this Weds 26 Sept. If you want to learn about what events we have planned for the year or how you can get involved in organising them, then come along at 13:00 to room 2.19 (Kilburn 2nd Floor). Rumour has it there may also be pizza!


BE A STUDENT REP.

  Represent your fellow students and make a difference. The UG Staff Student Committee (SSC) meets twice each semester to discuss students’ concerns. It’s a friendly and open forum for student reps to discuss things with the Director of UG Studies and other staff. Nominations for student reps are now open. If you’d like to nominate yourself as a student rep then complete the form provided by the Students’ Union. You will be required to provide a statement (max 250 words) outlining why you should be a rep. The deadline for nominations is 17:00 Monday 1 October. A ballot will open for students to vote for reps shortly after. Please get involved!


OUT OF HOURS ACCESS.

  To access Kilburn out of core hours (weekdays 18:00-23:30 and weekends 10:00-20:00), your student ID card needs to be specially activated. New students will need to complete two online tests and then take their ID card to SSO. Full details. Returning students: if you had your ID card activated last year, you don’t need to do anything – your card will have been activated automatically; if you weren’t activated last year you’ll need to complete the process described above.


GOOGLE CLOUD EVENT.

  Google has set aside a limited number of tickets for students and faculty to attend their flagship cloud event Next ‘18 London on 11 October. The event is packed with talks, demos and hands-on experiences on machine learning, Google Cloud, containers and more. To register for free use the code NEXTLONDON-DAY2-UNV-879 here.


HACK MANCHESTER.

  Hack Manchester is back on 28 October. Teams of up to four turn up with an idea and have just 24 hours to create a working product. There will be an optional set of challenges from sponsors inclucing GCHQ, AutoTrader, Avecto, DunnHumby, Web Applications UK and more. Sign up soon! Tickets for this popular event sell out very quickly!


HACKER101 FREE PLACES.

  Manchester-based Cybersecurity firm Secarma are offering Hacker 101 with the University! It teaches professional penetration testing and ethical hacking skills. The course introduces you to the basics of practical testing, provides the chance to develop real world skills alongside your University learning and gives expert insight into your career. It will run over several months so that you can schedule around your University commitments. The syllabus modules are: Introduction to ethical hacking and assurance / Web application testing / Internal and external infrastructure testing / Simulated attack and report writing / Peer review and advanced techniques. There's a limited number of FREE student places. Apply by e-mailing Paul Mason at Secarma. Your local contact is Dr Danny Dresner.


CLOUD COMPUTING.

  Ian Cottam, the School’s Tech Support Manager writes: Over the summer the School employed  two undergraduate students to explore Cloud Computing using the free student quota for cloud services from Amazon and Microsoft. The students were Sami Alabed (graduated this summer with first class honours) and Stefan Pristoleanu (Y3, CS). To give you a taster of what can be done, Stefan produced some video screencasts. How to set up a serverless web site using AWS, the design of the site, and how map-reduce batch compute can be achieved using AWS. Please contact Ian with any queries.


VOLUNTEERING.

  Giles Reger (COMP26120, COMP24412) writes: There is a wide range of opportunities (unpaid and paid) to get involved in volunteering for outreach activities. It’s great fun, hugely worthwhile, great for your CV, and recognised by the School and University. Additionally, if you wish to be selected for our next visit to Africa, Project Malawi, you will need to show that you are involved in outreach activities. Register to hear about our first meeting in the next few weeks. Any questions, contact Giles.


BE AN AMBASSADOR.

  This from Alyson Owens (our Undergraduate Admissions Assistant): A great opportunity for you to work with applicants and secondary school pupils who are interested in studying Computer Science. Learn new skills, great for your CV. Make new friends and earn some money talking about the thing you’re passionate about. If you want to be considered for the Ambassador Programme please fill out the online application. Deadline Mon 1 October.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.


Welcome Week • Monday 17 September 2018 • #18.01          The Monday Mail

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Good morning UG! It’s Monday 17 September, it's Welcome Week, and a very warm welcome to you all, to students joining us for the first time, and those of you returning for another year. I'm Toby Howard, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and you are reading the Monday Mail – which I send to all undergraduates every Monday during term-time – to keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the School. And there's always a lot happening! So have a great week, and on with today's news.
Toby Howard
Director of Undergraduate Studies


WE'RE HERE TO HELP.

  Got any questions? Need any help? Call into the Student Support Office (aka SSO) open Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 in Kilburn Room LF21, email them, or phone 0161 306 8155. You’ll also see lots of people around campus wearing ASK ME badges so… ask them things!


KILBURN REFURB.

  You may have already noticed that the courtyard, and the surrounding walkway and entrance area have been refurbished, which has opened up a lot of new space. The work is almost complete but there will be some additional furniture and nice things appearing soon. Meanwhile feel free to use the new areas!


TIMETABLES.

 This is Welcome Week, and the timetable for this week is special, with activities for students in all years. Year 1 students have introductory activities; Year 2 students have careers activities; Year 3 students have Project activities; so please check your timetables and make sure you know what’s going on.


LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT THE SCHOOL?

  Bookmark the UG homepage ...and get familiar with the UG handbook, your one-stop source of information about the Undergraduate School. It tells you about student support, course structures and assessment, how you progress between years, all the rules and regulations, and much more.


KILBURN OUT OF HOURS.

  Kilburn Building opening times are 18:00 to 23:30 on weekdays, and 10:00 to 20:00 at weekends.


WELCOME WEEK PUB CRAWL.

  Alexandra Stefanescu (Y2, BMwIE) writes: Congratulations once again to all the freshers for starting their new chapter at The University of Manchester! At the same time, welcome back to all the seniors that missed Kilburn throughout the summer! Our first event of the year is dedicated to all of you out there who want to socialise, meet new people from their course and have the chance to share impressions between the different generations: a joint pub crawl with HackSoc! This Weds 19 Sept, we're going to start off at Ford Maddox Brown @19:00, followed by Turing Tap, Footage, Courtyard and The Garratt! Can't wait to meet you there!


LATEST PODCAST.

  Tune in to our new School podcast episode which interviews Summer 2018 graduates Sarah Akerman, Sami AlabedCameron Allan, Josh Langley, and Ben Possible, also featuring Sean Bechhofer (1st Year Tutor, COMP11212), Prof Uli Sattler (COMP10120), Gavin Donald (SSO) and Head of School Prof Robert Stevens. It's a great listen, with students talking candidly about their experiences here with us.


STUDENT HELPERS NEEDED.

  Fancy earning a bit of extra cash for the start of term? We need helpers for our Open Days on Saturdays 29 Sept and 13 Oct. So if you'd just like to help, or have a project or something cool to demonstrate to prospective students, contact Jez Lloyd ASAP to get involved!


FINANCE HELP.

  Need help managing your money? Check out the University’s Finance Help site.


FREE SOFTWARE MEETING.

  At Manchester Free Software's September Meeting, Michael Dorrington will talk about “How to install GNU/Linux”. Tomorrow Tues 18 Sept 19:00-21:00 at PLANT NOMA (M60 0AE).


LEVY MARKET.

  Levenshulme Market is back on campus every Tuesday, starting tomorrow, for food and drink 11:30-14:30 in Bridgeford Street, opposite Kilburn. The market has rustled up lots of exciting new traders, while bringing back all of your favourites. Foodie Tuesdays are back!


SUSTAINABILITY.

  Passionate about sustainability? Become a Green Impact Auditor and take part in an international, award-winning programme! Improve your CV and develop auditing, analytical and professional skills in an environmental sustainability context. Contributes towards your STELLIFY Award. The University has plenty of other volunteering opportunities too.


SOMETHING TO SHARE?

  Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.