Good morning! It's Monday 31 March, and it’s Week 10, a B week. And it’s the last week before the Easter vac – but you probably knew that! It’s been a long semester, and I hope it's been a good one for you so far.
Best wishes, Toby → http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~toby
Last week the SSC met for the second time this semester, and included a very interesting (and frank!) discussion about lectures. Read SSC secretary Dan Tzabar’s (Y2, CS4) report of the meeting → http://sscc.cs.manchester.ac.uk
MEET THE PRESIDENT.
The President of the University, Nancy Rothwell, is visiting the School today Monday 31 March, and she's holding an informal open meeting for all students at 10:30 – 11:00 in Kilburn 2.15 (second floor). If you have a gap in your timetable, do go along and meet her.
SUMMER VACATION WORK.
Interested in some paid work here in the School during the summer vacation? It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and tech, and do important development and support work for the School. Details of the positions available, and how to apply (deadline 17:00 Mon 5 May) → http://studentnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/employment/vacationjobs
CODE FIRST GIRLS.
Last weekend the School hosted Code First Girls, organised by Entrepreneur First ( →
Also last weekend the School hosted the monthly North-West Raspberry Jam meeting. Lots of people –
young and not-so-young! –
had great fun with their Pis in LF31.
Network Rail are here today Monday 31 March to guest lecture in COMP101 about alternative careers in IT, including business analysis and project management. All welcome, LT1.1 at 11:00.
The latest NSS prize draw winner is Nikki Schofield (Y3, CSwIE), whose name was picked by previous winner Ludwig Knoepfel (Y3, IC). Nikki receives a £100 Amazon voucher. Final year students: to enter the final draw on Fri 2 May, just complete the NSS and take your ack email to SSO.
COURSE UNIT FEEDBACK.
For the next 3 weeks, you’ll have an opportunity to give us your feedback on each of your Semester 2 course units – please do this! We need and value your feedback –
we read it all, and we publish your lecturers' responses to you (see, for example, the Semester 1 responses → https://wiki.cs.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/US_Response_AY1314_Semester_1
). To give us your feedback, log into My Manchester and click My Blackboard, or use an app → http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/enhancing-my-experience/tellus
Today’s COMP26120 guest lecturer at 15:00 in LT1.1 is Travis Walton from virtualisation tools company Appsense ( → http://www.appsense.com
). Travis will talk about the role of efficient algorithms and data structures in computer games, and will relate this to the course material. You can talk to Travis afterwards about job opportunities at Appsense. All welcome, not just COMP26120 students.
STAFF VS STUDENTS.
The second annual Staff vs Students competition takes place this Weds 2 April at 15:00 in the Collab. Places are almost full, so register ASAP if you want to take part. We have Amazon vouchers worth £200, free pizza during the comp, and free beer/non-beer in Kro Bar afterwards → http://www.uomdojo.com/svs/register
Interested in being part of the CSSoc committee next year and running the society? All positions are open! For more information come to AGM this Weds 2 April at 13:00 ( → url.cssoc.co.uk/agm
) .... and this Friday 4 April, it's the Easter pub crawl → url.cssoc.co.uk/easter
SSO EARLY CLOSING.
To allow staff to attend School meetings, SSO will be closing early today Monday 31 March at 15:30.
Today Monday 31 March in Collab 1 at 17:00. All Y2 students welcome.
AGILE 3RD YEAR PROJECT CLUB.
Tomorrow Tuesday 1 April at 13:00 in G33, we’ll be trying out some retrospective techniques to help bring out ideas for your project reports → email@example.com
Great Preneurs is organising the first ever conference about Manchester Startups. Speakers include the editor in chief of The Next Web, Martin Bryant, and Ben Taylor, co-founder of Fatsoma. It’s at Techhub on 3 May 10:30 –
18:00 → http://greatpreneurs.com/conference/
CAREERS / COMPS / REPORT ENVIRONMENT ISSUES. →
Links at http://tinyurl.com/themondaymail
Have a super week!