SoCS Industry Club NewsletterPublished: Friday, 08 June 2018
School of CS Industry Club Newsletter
Industry Club Newsletter - Contents
- Computer Science industry club at the University of Manchester: May 2018 Newsletter
- Software engineering mentors during 2018
- Industrial Placements during 2018
- Careers fairs and drop-ins
- Guest lectures and technical seminars
- Research in the School of Computer Science during 2018
- Competitions and hackathons
- Graduate destinations and salaries
- Knowledge Transfer and Impact Acceleration
- Alumni and Meet the Professionals
- Computing at School: After the reboot
- Study while you work: part-time MSc and EngD
- Keeping in touch, subscribing and opting in
This newsletter summarises the 2017/8 academic year in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. It is likely to be of interest to:
- employers recruting the ~250 undergraduate students and 150+ postgraduate students graduating from the School of Computer Science every year
- organisations looking to collaborate on R&D projects with University
- alumni interested in giving back to the University
This newsletter summarises events that have taken place in the during 2017/8 and describes how you can engage or collaborate with students and staff in the school during the rest of 2018 and 2019.
During the last academic year we've run two more iterations of the industrial mentoring in software engineering scheme and have been pleased with the results. We are grateful to the employers who have supported us in designing and implementing this ambitious new scheme. Partners to date have included ARM, Avecto, Barclays, the BBC, CDL Software, CodeThink, Code Computer Love, DataCentred, Digital Bridge Ltd, EGN Digital, Farm Digital, The Hut Group, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Morgan Stanley, NCC Group, On The Beach, Rental Cars, Sabisu, Sage Group plc, ThoughtWorks, Web Applications UK and Zuhlke Engineering. If you'd like to get involved this October 2018, please contact Duncan Hull.
During 2017 and 2018 the school has 102 students on year long placements with industrial experience, which is another record for the school. This has grown considerably from around 30 students on placement in 2007, to 60 students per year in 2012 and over 100 this year with a similar sized cohort of students. We are keen to keep growing the industrial experience program because:
- Employers benefit as placements are a cost-effective way to recruit students and graduates
- Students benefit from combing practical experience of employment with their academic study
- The University benefits from producing graduates with a more diverse set of skills
Employers providing technical placements for Computer Science students this year include Apple, Accenture, Airbus Defence and Space, Alert Logic, Amadeus Services Limited, Apadmi, Avecto, ARM, Autodesk, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, BJSS, Blackrock, Brightec, CERN (Geneva), Complex Information Services, CISCO, CodeThink, Couchbase, Credit Suisse, Feral Interactive, GE Aviation, GE Energy, Human Software Limited, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HSBC (Hong Kong), IBM, Imagination Technologies, Innovative Technology Ltd., Intel Corporation, ISA Software (Paris), JP Morgan, Laterooms, Nissan, Nomura International, McAfee, Mentor Graphics (now part of Siemens), Methodia, Morgan Stanley, NCC Group, Ocado Technology, OpenShadow, Siemens plc, Sophos, Team Netsol, The Hut Group, TopCashBack, Viagogo, Rare (Microsoft), Redmayne-Bentley, SAGE, Shout Platform Ltd, Skyscanner, Spirax Sarco, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Europe and Waters Corporation.
There are a wide range of salaries on offer for placement and intern students. A survey of over 100 UK tech intern salaries conducted by HackSoc at different UK Universities reported an average intern (placement) salary of £25k (with a standard deviation of just under £11k). The highest reported intern salary was Palantir Technologies in London at £62k, with significant variations by sector and location. Although the survey is now three years out of date, UK graduate salaries have risen fairly slowly and the data provides a useful reference for students, staff and employers when they are evaluating and negotiating job offers.
If you have year long placement vacancies and summer internships that you'd like to advertise to students please contact Mabel Yau.
Our annual computing careers fair was held on the 3rd and 4th October 2017 in the Kilburn building. Exhibitors this year included Accenture, Amazon, American Express, Apadmi, ARM, Autodesk, Avecto, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Cantarus, Cisco, Cyberscience, D3T, Deloitte, DigitalBridge, Fujitsu, IBM, Intechnica, Jaguar Land Rover, N Brown Group, KPMG, Late Rooms, Morgan Stanley, NCC Group, Ocado Technology, Royal Bank of Scotland, Rentalcars.com, The Hut Group and ThoughtWorks.
The fair is always over-subscribed and we are unfortunately unable to accommodate every employer we'd like due to space constraints. The careers service also organise the Big Careers Fair in Manchester Central. We also offer short 1 to 2 hour drop-in sessions for employers to exhibit during term time, if you'd like to exhibit (and recruit students) in 2018 please contact Mabel Yau.
We're always looking for external speakers who can give high quality guest lectures and seminars on all aspects of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering. If you'd like to give a talk, academic or industrial, see the guest lectures page, they range from first year undergraduate level to more in-depth research seminars and everything in between. Some recent examples from the last 12 months include:
- Jon Andews (Apple Inc.) CoreOS and the new Apple File System (APFS)
- Dr. Andy Harter (RealVNC) Turing Lecture: Innovation & Technology, Art or Science? (Turing Lecture now YouTube)
- Paul Vlissidis (NCC Group) So you want to be a fugitive?
- Dr. Hrishi Aradhye (Google) Advances in on-device Machine Learning on Android
- Craig Dean (WebApplicationsUK) Your first job as a software engineer
For more examples of recent guest lectures and technical seminars see
More than 60 PhD students presented their research at this years annual Research Symposium which took place on 10th - 12th April. As usual, there were a wide range of talks on data science, ontologies, machine learning, simulation, optimisation, digital biology, mobile & distributed computing, artificial intelligence and software engineering. Professor Simon Thompson from the University of Kent opened the symposium with a keynote presentation titled "On the journey to independence: from first idea to first grant” which was well received. The symposium included 38 poster presentations and 29 research talks, all of which were well attended.
Two special mentions go to the winners of the Outstanding Poster and Outstanding Presentation awards (sponsored by IBM) which respectively went to
- Gavin Abercrombie for a poster title "The 'ayes' have it? Towards topic-centric sentiment analysis of parliamentary debates”
- Ainur Begalinova for the presentation "Reliable Slippage Detection on a Budget through Machine Learning”.
The symposium also saw the presentation of the Outstanding Thesis and Outstanding Paper awards which went to
- Sarah Nogueira for her PhD thesis titled Quantifying the Stability of Feature Selection
- Mantas Mikaitis for his paper Neuromodulated Synaptic Plasticity on the SpiNNaker Neuromorphic System published in Frontiers in Neuroscience
If you'd like to attend or sponsor next years research symposium please contact Giles Reger or Ulrike Sattler. For more information on the different research groups in the school see cs.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/groups. For a wider overview of research happening across the University, see the postgraduate summer showcase which is taking place on Tuesday 26th June 2018 in the Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester (all welcome).
It's been another busy year for competitions. Hacksoc.com, a student led tech society in Manchester, have organised two competitions: greatunihack.com in the autumn and studenthack.com in the spring, the latter was supported by
- Web applications UK
- The Hut Gruop
- Bloomberg LP
- Morgan Stanley
We are grateful to sponsors for supporting these events, which wouldn't run without their support. If you'd like to support future events run by Hacksoc, please contact them at hacksoc.com/contact. Alongside student-led events there are a large number of other competitions our students have participated in:
- Hack Manchester
- Capture the Flag (CTF) BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
- Cybersecurity Challenge UK
- European MLH series (various events around Europe)
- Microsoft Imagine Cup
- Staff vs. students coding competition
- The United Kingom / Ireland Programming contest UKIEPC, part of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)
- Leeds Hack
- The Barclays / UK Fast University Technology Challlenge
Hacksoc were awarded the Major League Hacking (MLH) European season trophy in 2017 in recognition of the quantity and quality of hackathons they have participated in.
According to the Graduate Market in 2018 annual review from highfliers.co.uk of graduate vacancies & starting salaries, the University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for graduates. The median graduate starting salary on offer in 2018 from the UK’s leading employers is expected to be £30k. This is unchanged for the fourth year running.
Destinations for students graduating in summer of 2017 have included many of the employers above and also Google, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, the BBC, Bloomberg, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Pinewood, BioRelate and many others. Approximately 10% the cohort graduating in 2017 went on to further study including Masters and PhDs at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, Edinburgh, Manchester, Delft Technical University and MMU.
Computer Science Graduate salary data collected by the independent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), reports an average salary of £25k six months after the course with a typical salary range of £18k - £30, although this data only includes UK students, not the wider EU cohort and overseas students. The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data survey reports a similar figure of £25.3k one year after graduation.
A summary of recent destinations of graduates is available at www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/industry/club
The School of Computer Science supports a range of collaborative industrial projects through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs). Recent examples in Computer Science include work with Callsign, Heat Source Ltd, Mirror Web, Snap-on, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Purple.ai, Zubito, Klappo, Elsevier, the BBC, Sabisu, Unilever, Eversheds and more. Please contact our research office if you'd like to know more or have R&D projects you would like to collaborate on.
Skyscanner founders Bonamy Grimes and Gareth Williams were awarded the Outstanding Alumni prize at the School of Computer Science graduation ceremony on the 14th July 2017, with Bon giving a speech to the graduating congregation in the Whitworth Hall. As usual, the alumni office have a range of Meet the Professional events scheduled allowing students to "speed network" with alumni of the University in an informal friendly environment starting from September 2018. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The careers service are also seeking general mentors for the popular Manchester Gold scheme.
Following on from the Shutdown or Restart report in 2012, a group led by Professor Steve Furber published After the Reboot – Computing Education in UK Schools in 2017, which explores the challenges and issues facing the subject in primary and secondary schools since the subject was introduced in English schools in 2014.
The Computing at School (CAS) Manchester Regional Hub has continued to support both primary and secondary schools in teaching computer science.
Following on from the success of the Pilot, this year a team of four students from The University of Manchester are going to Malawi to further the work in transferring knowledge about Computer Science in one of the worlds poorest countries. They will be working alongside 5 teachers from the UK to educate young people in schools and to train local teachers. See manchester.hubbub.net/p/malawi-2018 for details.
See www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/schools-and-communities for more information on how we've been support UK schools in Computer Science.
We have a range of postgraduate programmes which allow people to study while they work and work while they study.
The modular and part-time MSc provides an opportunity to complete one of our MSc degrees in anything between 2 to 4 years, whilst working. Employers are often willing to support their employees by covering some or all of the fees or giving extra days off in order to complete coursework. email: email@example.com for details.
The new EngD (Doctor of Engineering) from The School of Computer Science gives a unique opportunity to perform cutting-edge, industry relevant research that addresses real world challenges. Academia and industry work together in mentoring and training you and you will graduate with the academic rigour necessary to undertake applied research and with the skills and experience to apply that research capability directly within your industry. To find out more, please contact Simon Harper.
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For more frequent updates, see the Monday Mail (a roundup of weekly undergraduate news) and twitter @csmcr. The CS@Manchester podcast published by Jeremy Lloyd is now well established and about to release Episode 24, you can subscribe on iTunes or listen via podomatic. We also have a Computer Science alumni page on LinkedIn which all alumni are welcome to join.
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