Good morning UG! It’s Monday 18 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.
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, or email
them, or phone 0161 306 8155. You’ll also see lots of people around campus wearing ASK ME badges so… ask them things!
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.
WELCOME WEEK PUB CRAWL.
This from Rifad Lafir
(CS4wIE) and Zeki Forster
(CSwIE), co-Presidents of CSSoc
: Hi everybody! We are CSSoc, a student-led society. We organise social and tech events for students. We are kicking off the start of the year with the Freshers' Pub Crawl (see event
on FaceBook) organised in collaboration with HackSoc. It is happening this Weds 20 Sept at 19:00. It's a great way to spend the evening getting to know the people you are going to spend the rest of the year with. This event is not just for the freshers so everyone is welcome! Hope to see you all there!
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, term dates and opening hours, course structures and assessment, how you progress between years, rules and regulations, and much more.
THIRD YEAR PROJECT SUCCESSES.
Congratulations to Izzy Whistlecroft
for her success in the 2017 BCS Lovelace Colloquium poster competition based on her final-year project here in the School (supervised by Alvaro Fernandez
). Her project investigated algorithms for creating abstract art in the styles of Piet Mondrian, Bridget Riley (example pictured) and Jackson Pollock. You can try Izzy’s project out here
. Izzy is now studying for a PhD in Cryptography at Southampton. And congrats to Andrei Muntean –
his project Deep Reinforcement Learning (supervised by Jon Shapiro
) was Highly Commended in the Computer Science category of the international Undergraduate Awards
2017. See Andrei’s project in action
COURSE UNIT SELECTION.
You have until 15:30 on Friday 6 Oct to finalise your Semester 1 course unit choices.
STUDENT HELPERS NEEDED.
30 Sept and 14 Oct, fancy earning a bit of extra cash for the start of term? Have a project or something cool and interesting to demonstrate to prospective students at our Open Days? Contact Jez Lloyd
ASAP to get involved!
This year the School scored a 92% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey, voted by final year UG students. We take your student experience very seriously, and always want your feedback. We’ll soon be launching this year’s Staff-Student Committee. Details next week.
HACK MANCHESTER. HM
returns this year on 28-29 October at the Museum of Science and Industry. Teams of up to four turn up with an idea and have just 24 hours to create a working product. Interested? Tickets are selling fast!
GREAT UNI HACK.
returns on 11/12 November. Why not get involved as a volunteer or participator?
While you were away, Professor Jim Miles
, who looks after the School’s important history archives, found some previously unknown letters from Alan Turing in a filing cabinet in the Kilburn building! This important discovery was widely reported by The Guardian
, Nature, Sky News and many others.
Need help managing your money? Check out the University’s Finance Help
FREE SOFTWARE MEETING.
At Manchester Free Software
's May Meeting, Michael Dorrington
will talk about “Debian: Installing Free Software Operating Systems”. Tomorrow Tues 19 Sept 19:00-21:00 at Madlab
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