Guest Lectures in the School of Computer Science

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The school welcomes external speakers and hosts a number of guest lectures from a wide range of collaborators in industry and academia. There are several ways to arrange a guest lecture:

  1. Scheduled lectures for COMP101, a first year course with 200+ enrolled students. For the academic year 2016/7, these talks take place from 11am to 11.50am in Lecture Theatre 1.1 in the Kilburn building
  2. School research seminars arranged by Antonio Pop, see examples of past seminars
  3. Technical talks arranged as part of a scheduled course, speak to the course leader for the relevant course. These tend to be more advanced courses aimed at students later in their degrees or as part of postgraduate study.
  4. One-off talks arranged ad hoc that are not part of scheduled series of lectures, for example Life at Google, engineering at twitter and Digital Media the BBC
  5. Seminars and talks arranged by students, not academic staff, for example HackSoc.com. You should contact the relevant society concerned, via manchesterstudentsunion.com/groups

For COMP101, recent guest lectures have included American Express, Apadmi, Professor Dave Cliff, Network Rail, NCC Group plc, the BBC, CodeThink, Code Club, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Manchester Girl Geeks, ThoughtWorks, Web Applications UK, ARM Holdings plc, Imagination Technology and the Hut Group.

Examples of recent guest lectures

Some example guest lectures for COMP101 are shown below to give a flavour of the kind of talks that are appropriate

Interested in speaking?

For COMP101, we are always looking for good speakers who can engage large groups of students on interesting topics that they care about and relate to Computer Science. For COMP101, there are a limited number of guest lecture slots (around 20) which run through term-time on Thursdays at 11am starting in November and finishing in early June. Its important that speakers

  1. Give much more than a sales pitch for an organisation, by providing insight into a technical subject
  2. Talk about content that relates to the (very broad) syllabus of COMP101
  3. Engage, interact, educate and entertain. Students vote with their feet (by not turning up) if they think a lecture won't be interesting

If you would like to propose a guest lecture for COMP101, please contact Duncan Hull. For all other external seminars and events, see the links above.

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