Good morning UG, it’s Monday 28th February 2022 and we are into week 4 already! The semester 1 exam results will be released at 1pm this Friday, so I hope you get the results you are hoping for! The UCU strikes continue this week (Monday to Wednesday) which may have an impact some of your teaching. Did you know that the Department has a hardware library that is free for students to use? We have a wide range of items you can borrow, see below for more information. Finally, just a reminder that the undergraduate handbook contains all the information you need to know about your studies, again you can find further information below.
I hope you have a good week, on with today’s news ...
Undergraduate Programme Director
STUDENT SUPPORT IN CS.
Issues can impact students at any time, usually when you least expect it. If you are affected by any issues, and if they start to impact your studies, then it’s vitally important that you speak to someone and get the help and support you need. If you need any support then please request an appointment directly with our Student Support and Welfare Administrators, Maria Sloan
and Guy Malkin
in the SSO office
, or, drop into the student hubs and ask to speak to someone confidentially about anything that might be affecting you and your studies. Also, remember to contact your Academic Adviser (your tutor or project supervisor), or your year tutor if you are struggling and feel you need guidance academically. If you have been impacted then it’s likely you will be directed to submit mitigating circumstances
which the Department will then consider and make a recommendation to the exam board following the University policy on mitigating circumstances
. You can find out more about how we handle such requests in the undergraduate handbook
. It is vitally important that you let us know of any mitigating circumstances as and when they happen, submitting them at the earliest opportunity.
SUPPORT FOR A DISABILITY/DYSLEXIA IN EXAMS.
If you need extra time, rest breaks etc. because of a disability, please contact the Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) ASAP to register with our office. You can contact DASS by email
, or give them a ring on 0161 275 7512. If you want your condition to be considered then you must have fully registered with the DASS and have met with a Disability Adviser to discuss and agree any exam adjustments by 4pm, Thursday 17th March 2022 in order to receive support in the May/June 2022 examinations. Appointments with Disability Advisers in the week leading up to the deadline become booked up very quickly, so please ensure that you contact us as early as possible. If an adviser is not able to see you to determine appropriate support before the deadline, it is likely we will not be able to put support in place for you. Fully registering will include completing our registration form, confidentiality form and providing appropriate evidence of your disability
. Please contact us for more information.
SUPPORT SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: My Learning Essentials
. My Learning Essentials is the Library’s award winning programme of skills support, including both online resources and face-to-face workshops which will aid you in your personal and professional development. The workshops
offer a relaxed group environment where you can try out new strategies for yourself while learning from and with peers whilst the online resources
help you develop skills and interests which are relevant to you, at times and using the methods that suit you best. My Learning Essentials is a great way to get the most out of your time at Manchester; helping you to make the best use of all of the specialist resources and support the University has to offer. Following student feedback, My Learning Essentials should now by advertised on your Blackboard landing page.
UPDATE. Some COVID-19 legal restrictions have ended in England. However, while the lifting of restrictions and the return to some form of normality is welcome, we need to be particularly mindful of those who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19. If you test positive you should report this
and stay at home, avoiding contact with other people for at least five full days. You should only return to campus when you have received two negative test results on consecutive days. You can still order free coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests online
or collect them from your local pharmacy until the 1st April. The best way to keep yourself and others safe is to get vaccinated
and take up your booster vaccination if you haven’t already done so. We strongly encourage everyone to continue to wear a face covering while moving around indoors on campus; in some areas this will be a requirement. We will review this in April following government announcements. You can view the full article here
UNIVERSITY MENTAL HEALTH DAY.
Thursday 3rd March is University Mental Health Day, which brings together our university community to open up the conversation around mental health and highlights the support that the university has on offer. We have lots you can get involved with this year including:
- Guide Dogs meet up – ticketed sessions from 1pm-2:30pm. Meet Guide Dogs and notice the difference that being around animals has on your wellbeing! Book your place on Eventbrite, spaces are limited!
- Photography competition – Instagram. Send in your photos using the theme of the Six Ways to Wellbeing. This could be a snap of where you have Taken Notice on a walk or a photo from your volunteering/sport activities. Feel free to be as creative as you like! You could be in with the chance of winning a year’s subscription to Headspace, 1x £10 Feel Good Club voucher, and a mindfulness journal. The winner will be announced on University Mental Health Day (3rd March). Head to @uomwellbeing on Instagram to find out more and how to submit your photo.
- KitKat ChitChat – University Place 11am-2pm. Pop along to the ground floor of University Place between 11am-2pm to grab a KitKat and stay for a ChitChat! You can meet other students and also find out more about the wellbeing and mental health support on offer at the university from staff members.
YEAR TUTOR OPEN HOURS.
The year tutors are here to support you if you need any help and advice, so feel free to contact your year tutor by email. They also run a weekly open hour where you can pop in (in-person or virtually) for a chat:
- Year 1 (not CM): Gareth Henshall. In-person (Kilburn 2.82) Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00, amd Online - Monday 13:00 - 14:00.
- Year 2 (not CM): Ahmed Saeed. In-person (Kilburn 2.80) Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 (no online).
- Year 3/4 (not CM): Tim Morris. In-person (Kilburn 2.107) 12:00 - 13:00, and Online - Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00.
- CM (all years): Andrea Schalk. Online only - Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00.
- UG Programme Director: Paul Nutter. In-person (IT119) - Thursday 10:00 - 11:00.
PASS2. Jingxuan Chen
(Y3, AI) and Carmen Faura Praxedes
(Y3, SEwIE) write: Heyyy from the PASS2 team! Hope you enjoyed last week’s session! This Thursday (3rd March) we’ll talk about tips and currently available internship opportunities. We will also be reviewing your CVs so bring those along. Same place, same time: 12pm, in Collab (with free snacks) and on zoom
! Hope to see you all there! Our scheme’s evaluation is still open - scheme evaluation form
. And we have opened our PASS2 Coordinator Recruitment for 2022/23 - fill in the form
if you would like to be involved in PASS2 next academic year!
MEET A STUDENT REP.
This week’s featured student representative is Ribhav Ojha
(Year 1, CSwIE): “Hey everyone! I am Ribhav from New Delhi, India. I am a student representative, so please do not hesitate if something concerns you. I was doing first semester online, but I am now on campus! Cheers!!” Please contact Ribhav by email
if you want to raise any queries about life in the Department, tell us what’s good about what we do, or just want a chat!
SSO NEWS. Hannah Cousins
. This week we say a sad farewell to Hannah Cousins. Most of you will have received help from SSO at some point or other, but you may not realise that Hannah has been doing a great job of leading the team since 2019. In particular, she made sure that SSO was able to cope with the additional requests for support during the pandemic; a difficult period for both students and staff. The great level of support we’ve been able to provide students over this period is down to the hard work of Hannah and her team. Hannah is leaving us to take on the role of Teaching and Learning Manager in the School of Medicine, and will be vey much missed in the Department. I'm sure you'll want to join us in wishing her all the best for the future.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.
March 8th is International Women’s Day and to celebrate there will be a number of activities happening across the campus - see here
for further information. In the Department, UniCS are organising a Women in Kilburn event - see below for further details.
NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY.
National Student Survey (NSS): Now Open. The National Student Survey (NSS) is a UK-wide, official survey aimed at final year students, and is your chance to look back on your higher education experience to speak out on everything from the teaching on your course, access to resources, and even about the student voice. Remember, the NSS is anonymised, so you can give your open, honest feedback. We want your views. It’s your NSS, see here
for further information.
STAY SAFE AND DOWNLOAD THE SAFEZONE APP.
Would you know who to contact for urgent medical help or to report security incidents? Download the SafeZone app on iOS and Android devices to get quick access to both first aid and emergency alerts. This lets security know where you are, so a team can get to you quickly. Or, you can call security on 0161 306 9966 – take a look on the back on your staff/student card and the number is always there. Take note of the first aid and security posters of the building you are in so you know the best way to get help if it is needed. If you need a defibrillator, you can find one in the Kilburn Building and Engineering Building A. The orange box is next to the stairs on the right-hand side as you enter the building. Download the SafeZone app through the app store or save the Security team’s number – 0161 306 9966 to your phone.
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY DATA SCIENCE SOCIETY.
The Manchester University Data Science Society will be holding our usual workshop on Wednesday the 2nd of March, where we will not only teach the fundamental skills required for the field, but will also join Peak AI for their networking event. Our first workshop will be from 4pm to 5pm in Roscoe Building (room 3.5), and we are pleased to be joined by CGG, where we will discuss data science applied to geoimaging. CGG are a geoimaging company that render geographic data into digital 3D structures. Their data scientists will join us via Zoom to discuss how the company applies cutting-edge data science techniques to fulfil this mission, and how their images inform environmental projects. We will then proceed with our Content Workshop, where we will join Peak AI at their Manchester office, to give us a lovely evening with free food and advice on career progression! Peak AI is Manchester's most dynamic data science company, and they want to meet MUDSS members to share exclusive tips for landing a data science role - including tips tailored for women entering the industry. They are also keen to pair MUDSS members with their data scientists under a 1-1 mentorship program and are offering us dinner on the house. Get your FREE ticket for the Content Workshop here
. This workshop will be between 5pm and 8pm in the Neo Building (M1 4ET). There are only a limited number of tickets available so get yours before spaces fill!
We are excited to announce on Wednesday the 9th of March UNICS will be running a problem solving workshop with Palantir from 2-4pm in Collab, Kilburn. There will be snacks for those who attend! There are limited spaces, so please sign up here
STUDENT-STAFF LIAISON COMMITTEE.
Last Wednesday we held the first meeting of SSLC this semester. It was a fruitful meeting, where we discussed a number of things, in particular the department was keen to get feedback on what to do with the Byte Cafe area in the lower first floor area of Kilburn, which has now closed permanently. We also discussed the School Student Experience Action Plan (SEAP), which details actions for improvement to ensure we provide the highest quality student experience. If you would like any further information, then speak to one of your student reps. It was pointed out that we’ve not had any issues raised through the reps (or any praise for the good things we do) since before December, so please remember to make use of your reps if you want to tell us about anything, whether that’s an issue, or something we do well. You can find out more about the meeting in the SSLC Blackboard page
, where you can find minutes from the meetings, along with contact details for the student reps, the issues log etc.
Don’t forget we have a student hardware library in the Department that contains hardware components that are free for you to borrow. There are all sorts of items available, from Raspberry Pi components to Drones, Arduinos to Microsoft Kinects, basic electronic components to robots … even Oculus VR headsets. To see what is available for you to borrow (for free!) have a look at the library catalogue
. If you want to borrow an item then all you have to do is reserve it online
. You will then be contacted when an item your reserve is available for pick up from the Kilburn building (from Tootill 0). Please note, any loaned items should not be taken away from Manchester.
Hiya folks, following the success of the first 'intro to pwning' workshop, this week we're hosting a follow up workshop on Thursday in Atlas 2 from 4-6pm in the Kilburn building. In the workshop you will learn some of the techniques used in the binary exploitation of services, make sure to be there! Don't forget! The latest episode of our podcast is out now! We discuss what cybersecurity is like within University, so give it a listen here
. Hacker's Hub is back for 2022! Be sure to stay tuned for one of the biggest cybersecurity events here in Manchester. With £100s worth of prizes, special talks from experts in the field and to top it all off, a 48 hour Capture the Flag! This is an event you simply can't miss out on! Keep an eye on our social media for more details! As usual we will also be running our weekly meet-up in the Atlas room from 2-4pm so be sure to pop by and say hello, we'd love to see you there! Be sure to follow us on our socials to stay up to date with the latest news and events: Crackchester | Linktree
THE UNDERGRADUATE HANDBOOK.
The Undergraduate Handbook
is your one-stop resource for all the information you need to inform you about your studies. It contains a vast amount of information, such as the rules for progression
between years, or how mitigating circumstances
are handled, or details on what is academic malpractice
. The handbook contains all the information you need during your studies.
SEMESTER ONE RESULTS.
The semester one exam results will be released at 1pm on Friday 4th March following the Faculty Exam Board on the 2nd March. Results will be released via the student system and SSO will email to confirm when they are available to view. For further information about semester one results please see the intranet page here
. The Department holds scaling panels to look at the marks distribution for each course unit and take action where we feel the marks for the cohort are out of line. This may result in marks being potentially scaled up or scaled down for the cohort on a particular course unit. We will provide further information closer to the publication date where you can find out what action has been taken (if any) along with copies of the data dashboards for each course unit (but not course units that run over both semesters). Please note: marks are provisional and may be subject to change, they will be confirmed in the end of year exam boards that will take place in June/July.
COMP101 GUEST LECTURE.
A COMP101 guest lecture will be held on Monday at midday in the Engineering building, Lecture Theatre A. All welcome, not just first years. The business opportunities for cameras and machine learning technology: An introduction to https://seechange.ai/
who we are and what we do. We’ll provide examples of some of the uses we put our technology to and how this relates to COMP101.
WOMEN IN KILBURN EVENT. Hi everyone! We are organising a Women in Computer Science (Kilburn - to be more precise) event on Wednesday 🙂 2nd of March, 1pm in the Turing Lounge (where the ping pong table is opposite the 1.8-1.10 labs). We want to create a safe space in which we can talk about the difficult moments we might go through, nasty comments and how to deal with them. PS: We’ll have snacks for you
The Faculty of Science & Engineering and the Students' Union will be hosting a Faculty Forum for all FSE students on Wednesday 23 March, 2022, 13:00-14:30, in Academy 3 (in the SU Building). This will be a chance for you to discuss big topics and influence strategic change across the Faculty. The forum is open to ALL students across the Faculty. Faculty Officers and Student Reps are expected to be in attendance and are encouraged to bring along other students with them. We will be discussing mental health, with a secondary focus on assessment, hygiene and plagiarism. It is not necessary to prepare anything for this Forum, nor do you need personal experience of these topics, but any experience or ideas you may have with exam support within FSE will help. Registration is mandatory to attend. Sign ups via this form
will end at 10 am on the 23 March. If you wish to sign up after this point, please email
for the joining information.
DARREN HUYTON SPORTS DAY.
On Friday 11th March, the School of Engineering Student Experience team will be hosting “The Darren Huyton Sports Day”, in collaboration with UoM Sport. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to play football, netball, basketball, table tennis, and badminton, as well as taking part in old-school sports day activities such as the egg and spoon race and three-legged race! At the end of the day, we will crown the winning department or discipline. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or have never played before, the day is a chance for everyone to have fun, keep fit, and represent your department! Find the full timetable here
. The namesake of this Sports Day, Darren Huyton, worked for the University of Manchester for over 15 years, before he sadly passed away suddenly in late January. He was extremely excited for the upcoming sports day we were planning, and, as a lover of sport who worked in student experience for many years, there seemed no better way to honour him than to name this event The Darren Huyton Sports Day. At the event there will be collection boxes available to donate to the British Heart Foundation for anyone who wishes to do so. You can also donate online here
. Sign up to take part by the 4th of March here
In partnership with the Great Run Company, UoM Sport is hosting a 2.5km and 5km event at Platt Fieldson March 9th 2022. It doesn’t matter if you have never taken part in an organised run before or if you are a seasoned runner this event is for everyone. This year UoM Sport are working with the UoM Run Wild society to promote this event as well as wider running opportunities. Registration is via the Students' Union website
. Entry costs £3 (+£5 if you would like to purchase a purple t-shirt to run in). Once registered you will receive further event day information, have access to training plans and support
, and hear first-hand about future PurpleWave events. If you would like to volunteer to support the event please visit our Volunteering in sport page
for details on how to get involved. Any enquires please contact us
or pop in to the Sport office, located on the first floor of the SU on Oxford Road.
MANCHESTER INTERDISCIPLINARY MATHEMATICS UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE (MIMUC).
MIMUC will bring together over 100 participants, BSc/MSc students, from across the Faculty of Science and Engineering. It will be a simulation of a real conference – meaning there will be research/project talks about mathematics projects from students. There will also be talks from companies who use mathematics everyday and want to recruit UoM students, as well as panel sessions with academics, experts and alumni. Oh and don’t forget the free food and socials! There will also be cash prizes for those who choose to give a talk/presentation. It takes place 31st March - 1st April. You can find out more on our website
, and you can register here
. Do you want to give a talk about something you’ve done in mathematics or are interested in? We are now accepting abstracts and poster submissions for the conference! Your inspiration can be something interesting you learnt in a module, something you heard or even your own research! More information about the abstract/poster submission can be found on our official website. Submit your abstract via the conference registration form. For more information or queries contact us by email
, see our website
or Instagram: @mimuc_manchester.
PGCE PRIMARY & SECONDARY.
Thinking about teaching? Join our free virtual Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Information Sessions this March and learn more about our PGCE teacher training for Primary and/or Secondary level at Manchester. The events will cover an overview of the courses, followed by a Q&A session with admissions and academic colleagues. You can find out more about the courses we offer in our PGCE brochure
and register here
to join our events:
- Monday, 7th March 2022, 6-7pm GMT (PGCE Primary)
- Tuesday, 29th March 2022, 6-7pm GMT (PGCE Secondary)
ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAMME – JOIN OUR FOCUS GROUPS.
We’re looking for international postgraduate taught or international undergraduate students to take part in our Academic Success Programme Focus Groups. They will take place in March and we want to get your views on how we can improve the Academic Writing classes which the University Language Centre offer as a part of the Academic Success Programme. We want to find out more about what other topics or skills you would like us to cover, and how you would like the sessions to be delivered in the future to get the most out of them. If you take part, you’ll get a gift voucher to thank you for your time. If you are an international student, and interested in giving us your views please fill in the form
. For more information on the Academic Success Programme, or if you want to enroll on a course, please click here
WHITE MALES FOCUS GROUP ON VOLUNTEERING.
The University of Manchester and Students’ Union Volunteering Teams are conducting research into student demographics in volunteering by running a series of focus groups. For this particular focus group we are seeking white male students who do not have much experience with volunteering. The session takes place on Friday 11 March, 1:30 - 2:30pm at the Students’ Union. It will last no longer than an hour, and you will receive a £10 Love2shop voucher for your time. We will be hosting the session in-person, and support is available for any accessibility requirements. If you are interested in taking part, please complete this short form
by no later than Monday 7 March. You will be contacted by email to confirm your place on the session. For any questions, support completing the form, or access requirements, please contact the University of Manchester Volunteering Team
INCREASE IN STUDY SPACES. The library has increased the number of study space available at various locations around the campus, including the main library and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. They have also introduced a new learning space in Prospect House, which can be found next to the IT building (the white building), so not far to walk for CS students! This space is currently open Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm. You can find out more here
UCU STRIKE ACTION.
The University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics and support staff in UK universities, will be holding more strikes this week from Monday 28th February - Wednesday 2nd March, which may have an impact on your teaching during these periods. Members of UCU have voted to strike over pay and working conditions. You can find out more information here
, there also more information about the strikes on the Manchester Students’ Union webpages
SOMETHING TO SHARE?
The deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 14:00 every Friday. Just contact Paul
Welcome back to Gareth’s Puzzle Corner, this is your weekly fix of brain teasers and logic puzzles. You are given 4 different puzzles to tackle. One is an easier Sudoku, the second is a more challenging Sudoku, the third is a different form of logic puzzle and finally we have a chess puzzle for you. I hope you enjoy the puzzles and if you have any puzzles you wish to feature or ideas for Puzzle Corner then please get in touch.
Easier Sudoku - Classic Sudoku by sudoku.com
Normal sudoku rules apply.
Challenging Sudoku - Highs and Lows by RK2793
Normal sudoku rules apply. The cage shows its sum. Symbols on the left of cells indicate if the digit in the cell is lower (-) or higher (+) than the cell on its left. Symbols at the top of cells do the same comparing to the cell above. Clues to the left of the grid sum all cells in the row which only have - signs. Clues above the grid sum all cells in the column which only have + signs.
Bonus Puzzle - Creek by Iwa Daigeki
Tint the grey boxes of the chart black or white. The number in a circle indicates how many of the orthogonal neighbouring fields are to be blackened. All white squares must form a single orthogonally contiguous area.
Chess Puzzle - Baadur Vs. Andrei, 2021
Drag and drop the Black pieces to draw the chess match.
Answers to the Previous Week Puzzles
The answers to last week's puzzles can be found here.