Good morning! It’s Monday 5th October and it’s a Week A. For those who have joined us in Manchester, I hope you have settled in and have managed to get out and explore the city. Teaching starts this week, so you should be following your personal teaching timetable. Throughout the semester we alternate between Week A's and Week B's, with different timetabled activities according to whether it is Week A or Week B. The Monday Mail will always remind you which week it is – and this is a Week A. At the 2nd and 3rd Year Welcome Week presentations last week we recognised the students who were awarded prizes last academic year - see below for details. Congratulations to all! We’ve introduced something new to Monday Mail this week … say hello to Puzzle Corner! Each week we will present some puzzles for you to have a go at, including a tough one that we will give you a month to complete - see the end of Monday Mail for details. Thanks to Gareth Henshall, the resident CS puzzle expert, for putting Puzzle Corner together.
I hope the start of teaching goes well this week … on with the rest of today’s news.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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.
Please make sure you have downloaded and installed the Linux VM image for VirtualBox
produced to support your learning this semester. If you have any issues then please contact the support team
Your teaching timetable is now available via my.manchester
. Please be aware that it may change due to circumstances beyond our control, so we recommend that you check your timetable on a daily basis. You can find out information about individual course units, such as Zoom codes for live, synchronous activities via the Blackboard
page for each course unit.
COURSE UNIT SELECTION.
You have until 15:30 on Friday 16 October to finalise your Semester 1 course unit choices. After that deadline, your course selections freeze, and changes for Semester 1 won’t be possible. Please ensure you are also enrolled onto your Semester 2 choices by this date (120 credits in total). Course unit selection will reopen in February for you to make changes to your Semester 2 unit choices. Please note: 1st years have no choice in the 1st semester.
SUPPORT SERVICE SPOTLIGHT:
DASS. 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
SSO DROP IN SESSIONS.
SSO are hosting drop in sessions every Wednesday at 2pm. Feel free to drop in if you have any questions, need some support or would just like a chat! Join using Zoom
STUDENT STUDY ROOMS.
To further increase the amount of study space available, from Monday 5 October all students will be able to book empty teaching rooms for private study. To book a room, log into Resource Booker
where you will see a link to Student Study Rooms
(like below). If you click this, you will then be able to book a room which would otherwise be empty. Bookings can be up to 3 hours in duration, and students can make a maximum of two bookings per day. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance, but a student can have no more than 4 future bookings at any given time, to prevent individuals from block booking space.
Each year the Department awards prizes to UG students who have excelled academically or made significant contributions to life in the Department. Last week, the winners from last academic year were recognised at the virtual welcome week events: Alex Bowker-Lonneker
(CSwIE, Professor’s Prize for outstanding performance in Year 2), Siyun Hu
(CM, Professor’s Prize), Feifan Chen
(CSwBM, Professor’s Prize), Leonor Almeida Resende
(HCI wIE, Professor’s Prize), Konstiantyn Perehuda
(CS MEng, Golden Anniversary Prize for excellence in 1st year studies + Netcraft Prize), Serena Huston
(CMwIE, Golden Anniversary Prize), Dragos Marin
(CS, Golden Anniversary Prize + Netcraft Prize), Miranda Watkins
(CS MEng wIE, Golden Anniversary Prize + Netcraft Prize), Augustas Macijauskas
(now Maths, Golden Anniversary Prize), Laura Justesen
(AI, Michael Jealous Prize for best first year student + Netcraft Prize), Matei Stan
(HCI MEng wIE, Netcraft Prize), Ivan Durev
(CS, Netcraft Prize), Andrii Perehuda
(CSMEng, Netcraft Prize), Alex Iordachescu
(CS, Netcraft Prize), Thomas Gill
(CSwIE, Netcraft Prize), and Manav Gupta
(AI wIE, Netcraft Prize). Huge congratulations to all. Really well done!
PASS1. Simeon Tsvetankov
(Y3, CSwIE) and Javier Rodriguez
(Y3, CSwIE) write: Hope you're all doing well and keeping up with university work! Your tutorial groups have now been published so it's time for your first PASS session, where you will meet your PASS Leaders! It's scheduled for this Wednesday at 12:00PM and we have been working hard to make it possible for you to meet in your Discord server
. Make sure you join all the other 1st Year students that are already making use of it. If anything else pops up in the meantime, please feel free to contact Simeon
PASS2. Teodora Balmos
(Y3, CSwIE) and Boris Vasilev
(Y3, CSwIE) write: Hello from the PASS2 team! We hope you enjoyed your welcome week. PASS2 (Peer Assisted Study Sessions for second years) will have its first session this Thursday, 8 October at 11 am. We will talk about PASS2 and second-year modules for the first semester. In the following days, we will set up a zoom meeting for the session and you will get the details in time for you to join. In subsequent weeks we will cover topics that will help you land an internship or a placement (CVs, technical interviews etc.). So please do come along and we hope to see you all on Thursday.
FIRST YEAR GROUP PROJECT.
As part of the COMP10120 introductory activity last week, the first year tutorial groups got together for the first time to produce a group coat of arms to describe their skills, interests, hobbies and unique selling points. There were some excellent examples produced, in particular from groups: Y16, X8, X16, Y9, W9, W3, M8 and M4.
DEUTSCHE BANK GLOBAL CODING CHALLENGE.
Take the opportunity to demonstrate your engineering skills, coding abilities, and creative thinking while competing against other talented software developers at the Deutsche Bank Global Coding Challenge. Our commitment to technology is clear to see; Deutsche Bank has become one of the first financial institutions to establish professional research and development capabilities, including our global network of five Innovation Labs, Global Technology Centres and Digital Factory. We have established a dedicated Technology, Data and Innovation function, which brings together our experts under one common IT strategy. Our commitment to you is to provide an engineering culture which inspires collaboration and innovation. At Deutsche Bank you can inspire, test, develop and progress. Show us your creativity, problem solving and programming abilities by taking on the Deutsche Bank Global Coding Challenge starting 5th October 2020 to 16th October 2020. Register now
to take part.
This from Molly Foster
: Hi everyone, we hope you are doing well! First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who used KB and supported the launch this week, we’d love to hear what you think of it! You can check out KB here
. The committee recruitment is running until the 7th of October so submit your application form via this form
. We ‘d love for you to be a part of the team! If you haven’t already, also join our Discord server
(for all year groups). Be sure to follow all our social media: the Facebook group
for event updates, also Insta: @unics_uom, Twitter: @unics_uom, and our website
. See you at our next event!
Hey everyone, we have recently published the first episode of The Crackchester CyberCast, the official podcast of the society! We had Adam Kramer
, a Professor at the Uni talking about cybersecurity with us! Give it a listen on Podcast.co
, where you can also find the links to your favourite platforms. Also, nominations for our committee positions are closing soon! There are 4 positions you can apply to: Dev Officer, Events Officer, Social Media & PR Officer and Content Manager. For more details on the positions and to apply, click here
, before this Friday, 9 October 6PM! Catch us at the Society Expo and Virtual Fair today and tomorrow! Any questions, then contact us
. And if you aren’t already, follow us on Facebook
*GAMEDEV. Gurneet Bhatia writes: Hey everyone, we hope that you have had a great start of the new academic year! We are so glad to see the interest over the past week in our GameDev project. If you haven't applied yet, you can do so here. The deadline for applications is Friday 9 October. We will look forward to reviewing your applications and hopefully collaborating with you! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us over Facebook or Instagram.
MANCHESTER SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT GROUP.
This from Matilde Jahilo
: The Manchester Satellite Development Group (MSDG) is a society dedicated to satellite design, build and launch. We are a group of hard-working students passionate about space technology and achieving something beyond a university degree. No prior experience in the aerospace field is necessary to join - anyone with similar values is encouraged to join our team. Our mission is to put the work of Manchester students in space while giving members unique exposure to the aerospace field. We provide the bridge between theoretical knowledge learnt in class and practical, hands-on experience. As computer science students, you will especially enjoy seeing the practical value of your knowledge in programming, data analysis or electronics. The Group is split into three areas of activity: Manchester CanSat Project, Manchester CubeSat Research Group and Outreach, to cater for various levels of experience - you could be taking part in a beginner-level simulated satellite mission, designing an actual space-capable satellite, or helping high school students get into STEM. What to know more? You can find out more information via the Students’ Union Society Fair
, our Facebook page
. Signup via the Students’ Union signup page
This from Gemma Smith
. As you know, we’re working hard to safely reopen our Library sites and deliver in-person services, details of which can be found here
. Main Library opening times can be found here
. Students can book study spaces in the Main Library, Joule Library or Alan Gilbert Learning Commons using this form
. There are no group study spaces offered at present, all study spaces are individual. Each space is available to book for a morning or an afternoon session. Students have to wear face coverings at all times whilst in the Library sites (unless they have a medical exemption). Students can access a wealth of digital resources and ebooks via Library Search
and through their Reading Lists
. If you want to access a print book then they can use the Click and Collect
service and they will be able to order a book to be collected from either Main Library or Joule Library. The Library’s service availability
page has all the latest updates.
SOMETHING TO SHARE?
Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 14:00 every Friday.
Welcome to Puzzle Corner, this is your weekly fix of brain teasers and logic puzzles. Each week there will be some new puzzles for you to tackle and you will also receive a monthly bonus puzzle. Solutions to the weekly puzzles will be released in the following Monday Mail. You are invited to submit your solutions to the Monthly Puzzle Hunt for a chance to be mentioned in Monday Mail (staff are also invited to have a go!). So with that all being said, here are your puzzles for this week:
1. In the Kilburn canteen today’s special dish of the day has got a special price: “Cryptic Curry costs £2 plus half its price”. How much does Cryptic Curry cost?
2. Having won the Open, Shane Lowry is now playing a 235 yard hole and tees off with a drive of 128 yards. He only makes half the distance of the previous shot for all subsequent ones. Assuming he has to make a distance of 235 yards exactly, (i.e. the ball goes over the hole if hit too hard), how many shots does it take to complete the hole?
Have a go at this Sudoku puzzle. Normal rules apply, and identical digits cannot be a knight’s move apart. The blue box is a magic square (each row column and diagonal sums to 15). The green boxes are exact clones (no rotation or reflection), the grey cells are even and the killer cage sums to 10.
Monthly Puzzle Hunt for October
You have a whole Month to complete this puzzle. This one is quite involved and can take some time to work out, Google is also your friend if you don't understand what solving a puzzle involves. If you complete the puzzle hunt then submit your solution plus methods for working it out to Gareth with the subject of: October Monthly Puzzle Hunt. The first 3 correct solutions with workings get a shout out in Monday Mail and a leaderboard will be created of all correct submissions (plus working) so we can have a Puzzle Champion at the end of the year! Good Luck!