• The Monday Mail - Week 12 - Sem2 AY16 - #16.28

    Published: Monday, 08 May 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 8 May and it’s week 12, the last week of scheduled activities before the start of the exam period on Thurs 18 May. It’s certainly been a long Semester, and I hope it’s been a good one for you. Please make sure you get all outstanding marking out of the way ASAP and definitely by the end of this week. Now, on with today’s news!

    Best wishes,
    Toby Howard
    Director of Undergraduate Studies

    * VENTURE FURTHER. Congratulations to Jonathan Tang (Y1, CMwIE) whose team was Runner-Up last week in the Digital Category of the Manchester Enterprise Centre’s 2017 Venture Further business start-up competition, with their project “HollaMe”, a marketplace and platform for student services exchange. Well done Jonathan! If you’d like to participate in Venture Further next year (as a graduate or student) applications open in March 2018.

    * 1ST YEAR PROJECT SHOWCASE. At last Thursday’s 1st Year Project Showcase the work on display was as original and imaginative as ever. Well done to all First Year students, and congratulations to the winners – voted for by you! And the winners are… Coolest Application (visual or idea): X6 for UniTracker (a fine UI to timetables and ARCADE data & grades; tutor: Dirk Koch); Best User Interface: X4 for Avoid IT (a route finder that avoid high crime areas/analyses crime data; tutor: John Latham); Best Data Content: W2 for Hungry? Always! (groceries price comparison site; tutor: Mary McGee Wood); Best Implementation Quality: Y1 for Kil-IT (navigation support for Kilburn and IT Building; tutor Carole Twining); Best Implementation Quantity: X6 again for UniTracker; and Most Professional (business plan, legal, ethical, terms-of-use...): X4 again for Avoid IT. The overall winner is X6 (Raul Ignatus, Advik Jain, Samuel Littlefair, Liam Maddison, Andreea Smidu, Teodora Stoleru, Yilei Wu) with an impressive 26 nominations! Winners: to claim your prize, one of your group please contact Uli Satter ASAP. Well done winners and well done everyone in all the groups for your fantastic work!

    the 4 winning groups' posters

    Collage of 15 photos of the showcase

    * YEAR 2 & YEAR 3 PROJECT SHOWCASES. Members of the School’s Industry Club are visiting us this Friday 12 May to see demonstrations of final year projects (in Collab 1 & 2) and second year projects (“Event-lite” for COMP23420 software engineering in G23), both from 11:00 to 13:00. If you're a final year student who would like to informally demo your project for a few hours, there are a few slots still available, contact Duncan Hull. Anyone is welcome to watch the demos for either session. This is a great networking opportunity for all concerned, so don’t miss out.

    * CSSOC AGM. Zeki Forster (Y1, CSwIE) writes: we’re having our AGM for CSSoc this Weds 10 May at 14:00 in LF15. We’ll be electing next year’s Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. There’s free pizza and drinks so please come along!

    * HACKSOC NEWS. This from Cristian Bodnar (Y2, CS): It's the end of the academic year and a new Hacksoc team has been elected for next year. President: Robert Ihnatisin (Y2, Electronics), Vice President: Catalina Maria Vlad (Business Information Systems student), Events Director: Hendrik Mölder (Y1, CSBM), Dev Officer: Raul Igantus (Y2, CS) Graphics Officer: Bogdan Facaianu (Y2, CSwIE). We also have new Hackathon Directors: Teo Stoleru (Y1, CS) and Ana Simon (Information Technology Management for Business student). They will be coordinating the team which will organise four hackathons next year: GreatUniHack, a Health hackathon in partnership with Manchester Science Park, StudentHack, and the CS50 hackathon which will take place every year from now. Many thanks to the current committee members for everything they've done and good luck to the new team which has a busy year ahead!

    * SSC. Last Wednesday’s staff-student committee meeting was lively as usual, and you can read the report on the SSC Blackboard page. A big thank you from Paul Nutter and I to all the Reps for their work this academic year, and the many useful discussions we’ve had.

    * MIT CIRCS. If there are any mitigating circumstances that have affected you during the Semester 2 teaching period, the deadline for submitting a mitigating circumstances form to SSO is Thursday 18 May. If there are any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 2 exam period, the deadline for submitting is Friday 9 June. If you have any queries, please speak to your Year Tutor (Y1: Sean Bechhofer; Y2: Duncan Hull; Y3: Tim Morris; Y4: Nick Filer; CM: Andrea Schalk). The School is unable to consider your circumstances unless you have submitted a Mitigating Circumstances form by the above deadlines.

    * 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 until tomorrow 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.

    * EXAMS. A reminder that we have an archive of past exam papers, which includes comments from staff on the way exams were answered.

    * HISTORY DISPLAY. We have a new display in the Kilburn Building, on the first floor opposite the courtyard, and just around the corner from the Quiet Lab (room 1.8). It celebrates the work of Desmond Henry [1921-2004] who was an artist, philosopher and pioneer in computer art. He used wartime analogue computing devices to create artworks, and was a member of the Philosophy Department here. He discussed morphogenesis with Alan Turing and received an award from L.S. Lowry. Desmond was a very interesting character and a highly accomplished artist as well as an engineer and philosopher. Check out the display. Does it give anyone any ideas for a 3rd Year Project?

    Shoe of Desmond Henry panels

    * EXAMS AND HELP. Exams are just around the corner, and if you feel you need support, here are some contacts. And the Library’s Exam Extra scheme is running from now until 7 June, offering students a range of support during this exam season including additional support workshops, online resources, extended opening hours and help finding study spaces.

    * SCHOOL SEMINAR. As part of the School’s regular seminar programme, This Weds 10 May at 14:00 in Kilburn LT1.5 Dan Hill (Arup Partners) will describe “A campus as smart as it needs to be”. All welcome.

    * UNIVERSITY GREEN. Right opposite us in Kilburn, the new University Green development opening next year will include a Co-op store, and Loungers and Five Guys restaurants.

    University Green visualisation

    * PHD IN PARALLELISM. The CDT in Pervasive Parallelism, at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics, has some fully-funded places available for UK-eligible candidates. If you are an EU national who’s worked or studied in the UK the past three years, you may also eligible for this studentship.

    * MBS MASTERS. Interested in a Masters at Alliance Manchester Business School? Their next informal lunchtime information session will take place this Weds 10 May, 12:00-13:30, in the Atrium in the Alliance MBS East building. You don’t need to have studied business before. Meet staff and current students and discover how the MBS courses can boost your career prospects. Pre-register or drop in on the day.

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

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