Good morning UG! It’s Monday 9 March, and it’s Week 7, an A week. Spring is here, the flowers are coming up, and I am sure the long hot summer days that Manchester is famous for are just around the corner! I hope things are going well for everyone – and good luck to all 3rd year students doing their project demos at the moment. Have a good week!
Toby Howard → http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~toby
Director of Undergraduate Studies
MAY BALL 2015. Josh Langley
(Y2, CS4wIE) writes: It’s here again! Every year CSSoc teams up with the Languages, Religion and Theology Socs to organise the famous May Ball for all students and staff. This year it’s at the Midland Hotel on Saturday 2 May and tickets go on sale this Thurs 12 March in Byte Cafe at 13:00. The first 100 early-bird tickets will be £27, and thereafter £32 so get your tickets quick! Your ticket includes entry, a three course meal, a couple of bottles of wine per table, and entertainment and dancing till late.
Following our recent outstanding win in the Fall 2014 Major League Hacking Europe competition, the MLH organisation is hosting a prizegiving event this Weds 11 March from 14:00-16:00 in IT407 when the MLH trophy (below) will be awarded. If you participated in any of the MLH events over the last year please come along. Food and refreshments provided!
CODING DOJO. Ettore Torti
(Y2, CSwIE) writes: this Thurs 12 Mar at 16:00 in Collab, Coding Dojo will be hosting an implementation workshop for all the algorithms we've covered so far. Some of these are: 0/1 knapsack, Djikstra's algorithm, toposort, and longest increasing subsequence. There’ll be an online judging system to test your solutions against, and we'll be there to help out. Come along if you're interested in algorithmic challenges, competitions such as Google Code Jam, the Facebook Hacker Cup, and the upcoming Staff vs Students Competition, or if you want to improve your technical interview skills. Bring your own laptop or pair up with someone who has one.
GCHQ SUMMER SCHOOL.
* CALLING ALL BAKERS. This Friday 13 March is Red Nose Day, and at 15:00 in the Staff/Postgrad Common Room, it’s the inaugural Computer Science Bake-off! Bakers: you can bake a team or individual entry. Non-bakers: you can still enter the competition with a shop-bought cake but you must decorate it yourself! Eaters – everyone is welcome! Come along and eat, and make a donation. If you want to enter the comp, just tell ACSO → firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE AMBASSADORS. Jez Lloyd
from the School’s External Affairs Office has made a new recruitment video featuring six of our student ambassadors. Clockwise below from left: Irina Prioteasa
(Y3, CSBM), Sarah King
(Y3, CMwIE), Marios Katsakioris
(Y2, CSE), Dan Underwood
(Y3, CS), Zac Hamid
(Y3, CMwIE) and Rebecca Doran
(Y3, CMwIE). Check out the video → http://goo.gl/V9gAZX
BE AN AMBASSADOR.
And speaking of ambassadors, the University is recruiting current students for paid work on the Orientation and Welcome Programme in September 2015. The scheme helps new students transitioning into life and study in Manchester, offering support and guidance from fellow students. Successful applicants will be part of a large team providing a world-class and friendly welcome to The University of Manchester. Apply → http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SAapplication
* NSS. The School is doing well in completion of the important annual NSS Survey. At the last count we’re second only to the School of Geography at 65% completion rate. We’re at 63% (Single Hons) and 56% (Joint Hons). Third year students, please help us get 100% completion! Don’t forget there’s free choccy and chance to win £100 for all completers – just take your ack page to ACSO.
TDD TESTERS WANTED. Laura Armitage
(Y3, CSwIE) writes: For my 3rd year project I would like to collect some data on the typical coding step taken by human programmers in simple TDD (test driven development) exercises. If you’re interested in taking part please come to the Third Year Lab (1.8) 11:00-13:00 next Thurs 19 March (TDD experience preferred but not necessary). There will be refreshments! →
* GOOGLE SUMMER OF CODE. This summer you can develop your experience and skill set, enhance your CV, and earn money too, working on open source projects for organisations including Apache, CERN, FreeBSD, Github, GNU, Google, KDE, LibreOffice, MIT Media Lab, Python, Ruby and over 100 others. The scheme opens for applications next Monday 16 March → http://goo.gl/9rmiKg
The School’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Computer Science provides a six month “foundation” period consisting of taught units, followed by a 3.5 year period of focused PhD level research. The CDT has studentships available for UK and EU students, which cover tuition fees and a stipend for 4 years. We’re hosting a CDT Open Event this Thurs 12 March 2015, from 17:00 in the Atlas Rooms (Kilburn). As well as opportunities to talk to CDT director Jon Shapiro
and current CDT students, there’s free pizza! Spaces are limited so advance sign up →
There’s a PGT Open Day this Weds 18 March. To find out more about opportunities in our School, visit our stand in the Schuster Building 14:00-15:00. Register now → http://goo.gl/6l9eq4
The University has just announced a new scholarship scheme for PGT study → http://goo.gl/KLsh9a
CAREERS DROP-INS THIS WEEK. Jannine Andrew
and Dominic Laing
from the University’s Careers Service are running bookable one-to-one sessions in the Mercury room (next to the Atlas rooms) in Kilburn every Monday 12:00-13:00 to help you with your job/internship/postgrad applications. Email Dominic to book an appointment → Dominic.Laing@manchester.ac.uk
DISCOVER ISLAM. Mohamad Agil
(Y2, CS4) writes: I’m on the committee of the Islamic Society, and this week is Discover Islam Week with the aim of raising awareness about Islam and breaking the negative stereotypes associated with it. We've got a marquee outside Uni Place all week with all sorts of interactive stalls inside as well as daily events so get involved! → facebook.com/manchesterisoc
* HOMER-GENIUS. On Tuesday 14 April at 19:00 physicist and author Simon Singh (“Fermat’s Last Theorem”, ‘The Code Book” ) will speaking at the Manchester Conference Centre (Sackville Street) about his latest book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets. Free booking → http://goo.gl/FpQKmV
THE HUT CHALLENGE.
Following their COMP101 guest lecture last year, The Hut Group are offering £5,000 for their machine learning challenge. Can you improve personal retail recommendations using their big data? Deadline this Sunday 15 March → http://www.thehutchallenge.com
BIG CHIP AWARDS.
Have you built an interesting digital artefact as part of your study or industrial experience placement? Why not enter it for this year’s BIG CHIP awards in Manchester? Deadline next Monday 16 March → http://goo.gl/ReYgle
This Weds 11 March at 14:00 in Kilburn LT1.4 Dr Tingting Mu
from the University of Liverpool will talk about “Learning Co-embedded Spaces from Relations for Heterogeneous Objects”, presenting his recent research with examples in text mining. All welcome → http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/seminars
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