• The Monday Mail - Week 10 (B) - Sem2 AY16 - #16.26

    Published: Monday, 24 April 2017

    :: Your weekly round-up of undergraduate life in the School. From Toby Howard, Director of Undergraduate Studies. :: http://tinyurl.com/themondaymail | http://www.facebook.com/computersciencemcr | https://twitter.com/csmcr  

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    Good morning UG! It’s Monday 24 April, and it’s Week 10, a B week. I hope you had a good three weeks of vacation! There are now three more weeks of teaching and scheduled activities, and the exam period begins on 18 May. As the end of term nears, if you have lab work that needs marking, make sure to check the deadline arrangements for your courses. Now, on with today’s news!

    best wishes,
    Toby Howard
    Director of Undergraduate Studies

    * VACATION JOBS. We have Vacation Work opportunities for UG students here in the School for the coming Summer. There are now 13 projects available – but hurry! Application deadline is 17:00 this Friday 28 April.

    * BANK HOL. Next Monday 1 May is a Bank Holiday so if you want to come into Kilburn you’ll need a valid out-of-hours pass. Please note that there will be no IT support over the Bank Holiday weekend 29 April-1 May.

    David Malan lecturing, head shot* DAVID MALAN TALK. If you missed David Malan’s splendid CS50 talk here in the School last month, you can watch it online, and see his slides. David is also interviewed by Jez Lloyd in Episode 17 of the CS@Manchester podcast. And Episode 16 of the podcast features an interview with Jon Parkinson, who has just finished a four-year PhD in unsupervised machine learning with Ke Chen. They discuss scientific research and life after a PhD.

    * NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY. Final year students, our NSS completion rate is now 56%, and the survey closes on Saturday. If you haven’t yet done your NSS please do, and take your ack to SSO for your free bar of choc and your chance to win £100 in our final prize draw this Friday 28 April.

    * PASS1. Josh Dawes (Y3, CMwIE) and Hugh Williams (Y3, CMwIE) write: We hope you all had a great easter holiday, and that you're all egg-static to start PASS again. See you Wednesday 12:00-13:00 (or 13:00-14:00 for CM).

    * ACADEMIC WRITING HELP. The University Language Centre offers one-to-one sessions to help students improve their writing skills. Full details.

    * EXAMS AND HELP. Exams are just around the corner, and if you feel you need support, here are some contacts.

    Tell Us logo* GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK. The Unit Survey gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your course units, and for Semester 2 it runs from today until 9 May. Please take a moment to give us your feedback – you can use Blackboard or download the app (iOS | Android). We take your views seriously, we react, and we publish a response to your views, for every course unit.

    * VOTE! If you’re not registered to vote, now might be a good time to do so! And if you are registered in Manchester, but will not be here on 8 June, make sure you have a postal vote.

    * ENTERPRISE IT. The IP Expo conference is at Manchester Central this week Weds/Thu 26/27 April with keynotes from Google, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle, Mitnick Security and Chef Software. If you're interested in the Cloud, CyberSecurity, Networks and Infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, IoT, DevOps or Open Source then this event will be of interest. Entrance is free if you register before 19:00 tomorrow Tues 25 April (or £35 thereafter!).

    * MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. The Grad Fair will be taking place on Thursday 4 May 10:30-16:00 (easy to remember, as it's Star Wars Day!) in The Armitage Centre, Fallowfield. Come and explore your options with over 150 exhibitors from a wide range of sectors, providing something of interest for students of all degree disciplines.

    * SU ADVICE SERVICE. The Students’ Union Advice Service has temporarily relocated to the staff office on the first floor of the building, and is still open Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00 where students can drop-in or arrange an appointment. For phone advice call 0161 275 2952, or email.

    * DIGITAL HEALTHCARE. The North West Biotech Initiative is a student-led, non-profit organisation which aims to bridge the gap between students and the local biotech/healthcare sector.  This Thurs 27 April they’re hosting a panel discussion “Digital Technologies: a New Era in Healthcare” from 15:30-18:00 in the Mosely Theatre, Schuster Building. Free registration, all welcome.

    * SAGE PLACEMENT. An opportunity has arisen for an undergraduate student to join Sage for an industrial placement year. Working within the Product Engineering team based in their offices in Manchester (Exchange Quay) you will be part of the team developing some of their core Accountants Division products. Deadline for applications this Friday 28 April. More info on moodle.

    * RADIUS PAYMENT SOLUTIONS DROP-IN. Radius Payment Solutions are a leading paytech company with over 900 employees based across 13 different countries. They do all of their own in-house development and are expanding the team of Developers at their new Technology Centre in Manchester city centre, with roles for Python, Oracle and Java developers. They’ll be in LF this Thurs 27 April from 12:00.

    * DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PHD. The Centre for Digital Entertainment, based at Bath and Bournemouth Universities, is offering  4-year fully-funded postgraduate research studentships, to start September 2017. Their funded PhD programme includes mentoring by leading companies specialising in games, visual effects, and animation.

    * SCHOOL SEMINAR. As part of the School’s regular seminar programme, This Weds 26 April at 14:00 in Kilburn LT1.5 Dr Kuansan Wang (Director, Microsoft Research Outreach) will describe Microsoft Academic services (MAS), a project set forth two years ago to create a cognitive agent that is proficient in all fields of study and explore how such an agent can empower scholars to be better informed and more productive. All welcome.

    * EUROPEAN MASTERS. The European Master’s Programme in Computational Logic (EMCL) is an international 2-years study program completely in English offering a joint MSc degree within a consortium comprising four universities and a research centre: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; Technische Universität Dresden, Germany; Technische Universität Wien, Austria; Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal and Data61, Australia. Apply now, deadline 31 May.

    * SOMETHING TO SHARE? Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.

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