A newsletter for PGT
Masters News - Contents
2. Student Support in Computer Science
3. Staying safe on campus
4. Virtual Machine Image
5. SafeZone App
6. Teaching Timetables
7. On campus study spaces for students
8. Remote PC access
11. AI/ML Society
12. Manchester University Data Science Society (MUDSS)
13. Google Student Developer Club
14. The Open Research Working Group
15. Disability Advisory and Support Service
16. A game to help you learn about academic malpractice
17. SU Buddy Scheme
We wish all our new students a warm welcome to the Department of Computer Science. We hope you have (virtually) settled in and are ready to start learning on Monday. This is the first of a regular newsletter that will provide news and updates about things happening in the Department and University.
Student Support in Computer Science
The Student Support Office (SSO) are there to help you throughout your studies and can be contacted by email. Usually SSO are located in the Kilburn building but this year (at least for the first few weeks) they will be located in the new FSE student support hub in Booth Street East. You can find out more information about contacting SSO here.
Staying safe on campus
It’s important you keep COVID safe, particularly when on campus. When you are on campus please abide by the measures that have been put in place including following one way systems, using cleaning and hand sanitising stations, and wearing face coverings. Full details, including handy summary animated video, can be found on the Staying Safe website. You should also follow UK government guidance at all times, including restrictions currently in place in Greater Manchester on socialising. Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines will be taken very seriously by the University. Please make sure you let SSO know immediately by email if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate, or have tested positive for the virus. Please do not come into the University.
Virtual Machine Image
Given that much of the teaching and learning activities will be on-line this semester, it is important that you have access to your own computing hardware and access to the internet during semester 1 for you to be able to engage with your studies. To help support remote learning for our course units during semester 1 we have produced a Linux VM image for VirtualBox. Please make sure you install the image. If you have any issues then please contact the support team.
SafeZone is our mobile app designed to give you extra peace of mind when coming to campus or living in accommodation, particularly during the current pandemic.
It allows you to contact our COVID-19 helpline to ask any questions, report concerns or inform us of a positive COVID-19 test. It also allows you to contact our Security team directly if you are in an immediate emergency or require first aid.
For more details and to download the app visit: https://www.welcome.manchester.ac.uk/welcome-and-induction/arriving-on-campus/staying-safe/safezone/
Teaching starts next week so make sure you follow your personalised timetable which you can access via My Manchester. Course unit leaders will let you know which links to use for live teaching sessions. Don't forget to familiarise yourself with the course unit Blackboard space beforehand for further information.
On campus study spaces for students
Study spaces are available on campus for those students that need to use this option.
Some are purely a space to study whilst others also have access to a PC.
In order for us to safely manage access to our buildings at this time it is essential that these spaces should be booked up to 24 hours in advance.
The centrally managed spaces are operated by the library and you can find out more about the libraries current service offering here or go straight to booking a study space here for AM/PM slots. Below is a high-level summary of the main facilities available.
No. study spaces
No. PC spaces
Printing, Copying, Scanning
Printing, Copying, Scanning, Click and Collect
Printing, Copying, Scanning, Click and Collect
In addition to the centrally managed spaces, each Faculty also has its own local spaces. In FSE, there are a number of spaces located in the following buildings:
* Barnes Wallace (Ground Floor) and Kilburn (Office 2) – PC clusters
• Kilburn (2.3300, 2.1100, IT407, Turing lounge) – self-study spaces
If you need to use a computer for completing coursework, it's advisable to use those in Kilburn, as these will have the correct software. These spaces are not bookable in advance and are available on a first come first served basis.
We will continue to review and update our offering of on campus facilities in response to the changing circumstances and will send further updates out as necessary. The ongoing safety of both staff and students is our primary concern.
• Library_spaces_weekly_update_002.pdf (128.29 KB)
Remote PC access
You can now remotely connect to PCs in computer clusters running Microsoft Windows using the Remote PC service. This easy-to-use service means you can download software to access the cluster PCs, or you can even access them using your web browser. In the case of Linux, the only remorse access is via SSH but you will require two factor authentication running for this to work - see the Department Wiki for details. For instructions on how to use the remote access service, please login to the Support Portal and search for RPC. More information can be found on the Questions and Answers about RPC FAQ page.
UniCS is the University of Manchester's tech society. We are a big community with a passion for technology and creating innovative solutions for everyone to enjoy. Through our hackathons and other events, we aim to bring students and industry closer together. When we aren’t organising our own events we also travel to events in places like Barcelona, Helsinki, and Bordeaux, amongst other exotic destinations, often free due to various hackathon sponsors. Come join us to see what we get up to this year! Our new application ‘KB’ that will be launching soon, via which you will be able to create your own profile and use our networking feature to video call and text chat with your new colleagues. Follow all our social medias and join the Facebook group for event updates (Facebook, Insta: @unics_uom, Twitter: @unics_uom, Website).
We’re Anonymous Crackchester. We are a society whose main focus is to bring life to the idea of hacking and cyber security within the University of Manchester. We host tons of fun events such as Capture The Flag, our flagship events that often have practical components such as lock picking and escape rooms, as well as workshops. This year we are launching a monthly competition (with prizes!) and a cyber security podcast featuring guests from the different companies across the industry. And if this wasn’t enough for you, guess what? We have Dev Officer, Events Officer, Social Media & PR Officer and Content Manager committee positions available. If you have any questions about these roles don’t hesitate to contact us. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and join our discord server.
Hello everyone, welcome to the University of Manchester, we are the AI/ML society! We are a group of AI loving, machine learning enthusiasts with a passion to teach and share our interest with others. We have a lot in store for you this year, ranging from basic and advanced workshops, to social events to relax and get to know one another better. Joining will allow you to increase your knowledge about this industry leading technology and meet a group of people who share your passion/interest. So, no matter if you’re a beginner or advanced, join our society today by following our social media: Facebook and Instagram.
Manchester University Data Science Society (MUDSS)
MUDSS is a new and dynamic society here to accelerate the development of your data science skills via hands-on, industry-level workshops and sponsored hackathons. MUDSS is for students of all levels who are ready to take their data science skills to the next level. The workshops place an emphasis on machine learning and cover topics that are not only fascinating in and of themselves, but also likely to come up in technical interviews. While still very new, we are one of the fastest growing societies on campus. Find out more and register at our website and/or like our Facebook page in order to stay up to date with workshop dates, and careers events.
Google Student Developer Club
Google Developer Student Club has come to Manchester this year! Developer Student Clubs are groups of passionate students which are interested in developing practical skills which build on the theory which we learn within University. We focus on learning web and mobile technologies which can are being used in the real world right now. This year we are focusing on education through workshops and technology talks from both student experts and professionals. If you any of this sounds interesting to you and/or you want to get involved come along to our introductory talk. We also have social media channels which you can use to keep up to date with all our new events and contact us if you are interested in helping run and create events! See our Community, Instagramand Facebook pages.
The Open Research Working Group
The Open Science Working Group (OSWG) is a forum bringing together researchers from across the University at all stages of their careers to discuss, address, and share best practice related to conducting Open and Reproducible Science. If you're thinking about studying for a PhD or pursuing a career in research it's a great way to meet like-minded researchers. Read more here and join the mailing list.
Disability Advisory and Support Service
The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) at the University is a specialist service supporting students with any condition that has a significant, adverse and long term effect on normal day to day activities. DASS helps students with a range of conditions which includes but is not limited to dyslexia and other learning difficulties, autism spectrum condition, mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, mobility and sensory impairments, unseen disabilities like epilepsy, HIV, AIDS, chronic fatigue, IBS and Crohns. DASS can help students access exams, study and specialist support but only if you register with them. Make an appointment and register here. For advice talk to the Department’s DASS coordinator Hannah Cousins.
A game to help you learn about academic malpractice
Play an interactive fiction game, learn more about academic malpractice, and help future students.
As part of his MSc project, one of your fellow students has developed an interactive fiction game for teaching the academic malpractice content. The game attempts to be an interesting and more engaging way to learn about academic malpractice. It provides Computer Science grounded scenarios that you might encounter during your studies. The student is looking for people who would be interested in playing the game and providing feedback. Participation is voluntary.
SU Buddy Scheme
The Student Union has now started a Buddy Scheme, here's what they say about the initiative and why you might want to get involved.
We recognise that this is a really difficult time for many of our students, especially those who have to isolate or those who are new to Manchester and are unable to meet many people due to COVID19 restrictions. Right now, it’s more important than ever that we come together as a community and help one another through this time.
That’s why we’ve set up our UMSU Buddy Scheme - to help connect you with other students! As part of the scheme, we’ll pair students with other students who will get in touch for weekly phone or video calls, providing some social contact and the chance to make a new friend.
More information can be found here: