Good morning UG! It’s Monday 19 October, and it’s Week 4, a B week. I hope everything is going according to plan, and that life in Manchester is treating you well. On with today’s news, and there’s quite a lot of it (as usual!).
Director of Undergraduate Studies
STAFF STUDENT COMMITTEE.
Voting for student reps is now complete, and thank you to everyone who took part. This year’s reps have now been elected. We have 10 for Y1, 8 for Y2, 6 for Y3, and 1 for Y4 –
you can see them all, with contact details, on the SSC page
. There’ll be a start-up session for the new reps this Weds 21 Oct, and the first meeting between reps and the School to discuss issues will be on Weds 11 Nov. If you’d like to raise any issues, please contact a rep for your year.
In response to student requests, some dual-boot Win/Linux machines have been installed in the 24/7 access George Kenyon cluster (in the building behind University Place). We’d welcome your feedback.
And also in response to your requests, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been able to increase the Linux disk quota to 5GB for every student. Given the low price of storage these days you may be wondering why we are currently limiting at 5GB. The reason is that all the filestore is backed up automatically, and we need to consider the impact on the backup system.
This from George Vanburgh
(Y3, CSwIE): First year students –
feeling the pressure? Not to worry! PASS1 continues this Weds 21 Oct at 12:00. Feel free to bring any and all problems, academic or otherwise along to your sessions, and we'll do our best to sort them out. Haven't made it to PASS yet? Come along to Collab1, and we'll sort you out.
PASS2. David Green
(Y3, CMwIE) and Liam Breeze
(Y3, CS4) say: this Friday 23 Oct we'll be in LF15 (not Collab). Along with the usual course questions we’ll be covering the start of your placement such as moving city, or even country, and the first few days and weeks of your placement.
* BLOG. Veneta Haralampieva (Y3, CSwIE), is one on the School’s bloggers and she’s just written a great new post about starting her final year here in the School. Check it out. We’re looking for more bloggers, so if you're Interested in joining the team and earning £25 per post, email Jez Lloyd.
Congratulations to the following students who each won a £50 Amazon voucher from our Applicant Experience Survey draw. Thank you to everyone who participated –
your feedback is very helpful for us. Thunder Aldakhil
(Y1, CSE4), Gleb Bersenev
(Y1, CS4), Iulian Cristea
(Y1, CSBMwIE), Dan Dumitriu
(Y1, CS), Terry Feng
(Y1, CS4), Filippo Ferrari
(Y1, AI4wIE), Edvard Holden
(Y1, CS), Samuel Jenkins
(Y1, CS), Nathan Oldfield
(Y1, CS) and Maria Shipley
1-UP ADD UP. Anuj Vaishnav
(Y2, CSE) writes: last week 1-UP organised a hardware workshop
using physical gates to build a full Adder and SR flip flop. The cool end result was a hand-crafted 8-bit adder built by the group! We also taught how to reform the logic in different combinations of gates from truth tables.
CODING DOJO ACM COMP. Tudor Morar
(PhD, Y3) writes: the ACM competition will take place this coming Saturday 24 Oct, at 09:30-15:00 in the Collab rooms. You'll be competing in teams of 3, trying to solve as many problems from the given set during a 5 hour time limit. Sign up
(deadline Weds 21 Oct at 16:00). The leading team will get to represent UoM at the Northwestern European competition in Sweden –
all expenses paid! RULES: We will try to provide computers for everyone, but since space is limited we recommend bringing your own laptop (or desktop PC or mainframe, if you prefer). You’re allowed to bring your own printed material (e.g. books, print-outs), but not to use code from other sources or electronic material of any kind. For any enquiries please use our facebook group
or email Tudor
. If you need to brush up on your skills, the Coding Dojo is organising a workshop this Weds 21 Oct at 14:00, in Collab.
* COMPUTER SCIENCE CAREERS FAIR. This year’s fair is taking place over two days due to the high demand – this Thursday 22 & Friday 23 Oct, 11:30 – 15:00 in Kilburn. We have 27 different exhibitors! If you’re looking for a placement or grad job come along and see what’s on offer. This is preceded by the Engineering & Science Careers Fair this Weds 21 Oct, and the Business & Management Fair this Tues 20 Oct, both in Manchester Central (next to the Midland Hotel) with around 80 exhibitors on each day.
Last call! Our feedback session at 14:00 on Weds 4 Nov in LF15 gives returning students the opportunity to view their marked exam answer books for AY14. Advance registration required: email SSO
with your ID, name and list of courses you’d like to view. Deadline for registration 12:00 this Weds 21 October.
This from co-chairs Sami Alabed
(Y2, CSwIE) and Shane Booth
(Y3, CS4): CSSoc is taking a breather this week, to organise our Halloween Karaoke event. This will be at K2 Karaoke on Fri 30 Oct. We'll be in the Byte Café from 10:00-13:30 this Weds 21 Oct. If you want to come, we need your £4 entry before the event!
The Academic Writing Tutorial Service is free to international students who want to improve their written English. These one-to-one one-hour sessions offer expert help in improving your academic work. Full details and how to apply here
* ADVANCED SEMINAR SERIES. This week: "Go Parallel or Go Home!". Parallel programming skills are scarce and in very high demand. At the end of Dennard scaling, hardware transitioned from frequency to parallel scaling, but software is lagging behind. Join Antoniu Pop (pictured here) from the Advanced Processor Technologies group to find out how we got here, why such skills are essential and what are the high-impact research opportunities with which you could get involved. This Thurs 22 Oct at 17:15 in Collab 1. Please be aware that you need an out-of-hours access pass to attend this event after 18:00.
LADIES WHO CODE.
Former MEng Computer Science student Raluca Puichiliță,
(now at ThoughtWorks
) is organising Ladies Who Code Manchester for an extra special Ada Lovelace celebration tomorrow Tues 20 October, at Autotrader HQ in Manchester from 18:00. They’re bringing together women from across Manchester and the North West to share stories and celebrate successes with a series of lightning talks followed by networking. Free registration
ADA, ADA. ...and check out the spellbinding interactive storytelling show
about Ada Lovelace (complete an with LED dress and a kilometre of string). Friday 30 October at The Lowry, Salford Keys, tickets £10 with NUS card.
* OUR NEW CHANCELLOR. This week the University appointed its new Chancellor, Manchester poet Lemn Sissay. He’s written a new poem about his role at the University, Inspire and be inspired. Lemn was recently on Desert Island Discs too.
MANCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL.
Over 130 events are happening around Greater Manchester, as part of the ninth annual Manchester Science Festival
(this Weds 22 Oct to 1 Nov).
Do you have an idea that could improve security for business and consumers? You could win £10,000 in the Cyber 10K competition
run by NCC Group, deadline 30 Nov. They'ill also be opening their annual Ninja challenge again within the next month, so keep an eye on http://areyouan.ncc.ninja
. You can speak to NCC Group at our careers fair this week.
* DAFT ITEM OF THE WEEK. The Telegraph newspaper had an interesting item last week on public appearances of the Windows Blue Screen of Death. Here’s one, when advertising columns in a Thailand shopping mall were struck by the dreaded BSOD.
“Silicon Valley comes to the UK” is an industry-supported event for students led by business leaders, investors and serial entrepreneurs. With talks and workshops on offer from an incredible line-up of speakers, it ‘s designed to inspire the next generation of budding entrepreneurs and enable networking with industry leading figures from Silicon Valley. Weds 4 Nov. Sign up
This week’s seminar
is on Weds 21 Oct at 14:00 in Kilburn LT1.4, when Professor Sarah Bridle
from the School of Physics and Astronomy will be talking about “Seeing the invisible by measuring galaxy shapes from noisy, blurry images”. Everyone welcome.
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