• The Monday Mail - Exams Week 4 - Sem2 AY16 - #16.32

    Published: Monday, 05 June 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 5 June, and it’s the fourth and final week of Exams. I hope they’ve been going well – in case of emergencies contact SSO (0161 306 8155). This is almost the last Monday Mail for this academic year – next week’s will be a roundup of the highlights of the year – so I'll take this opportunity now to wish you a happy and rewarding summer. If you’re graduating, we hope to see you and your families here on Graduation Day. If you’re about to start a year's Industrial Experience, good luck for what I’m sure will be a fantastic time for you. If you’re returning for your next year of study with us in September, have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you again soon. On with today’s news...

    Best wishes,
    Toby Howard
    Director of Undergraduate Studies

    * GRADUATION. Graduation Day is Friday 14 July with the ceremony in Whitworth Hall at 12:00, and the reception and prize-giving by Head of School Professor Robert Stevens in the marquee outside the Learning Commons afterwards (not in the School, because of the ongoing building work and windows replacement). We hope to see you and your family and friends there!

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    * SOFTWARE ENG PRIZES. Congratulations to the winners of the IBM Team Challenge! First prize goes to Team Q01: Nick Park (Y2, CSwIE), John Iyere (Y2, CSwIE), Costanza Maria Improta (Y2, CSwIE), Martina Catizone (Y2, CS), Asta Simaityte (Y2, CSwIE), James Ellis (Y2, CS4wIE). The team demonstrated excellent use of the software engineering practices that they had learnt in both semesters, using a git-flow model to manage a clean codebase, where a stable release was always available on the master branch, and a hot-fix branch was used to make urgent changes. They also showed initiative, using Slack to communicate outside of contact time, and document assigned work. Particularly impressive was their distribution of work, which meant all members gained experience in the key concepts taught in the second semester. Two other teams were Highly Commended; Team Q06: Cristian Bodnar (Y2, CS), Alexandru Mitcu (Y2, CSwIE), Alexandru Mardale (Y2, CSwIE), Raul Lozano Martin (Y2, SEwIE), Max Staniforth (Y2, CS), Bowen Li (Y2, CS), for their excellent approach to testing and additional work on the REST API;  and Team R04: Daniel Allison (Y2, CMwIE), Natalia Piasek (Y2, CS), Pierre Barnaud (Y2, SEwIE), Danielle Holliday (Y2, CMwIE), Boyin Yang (Y2, CS), Anca Cristian (Y2, CSwIE) for their collegiate working practices and high quality user interface. Well done all!

    * SSO MOVE. Due to the ongoing building work in Kilburn the Student Support Office (SSO) will temporarily relocate from LF21 to LF7/8 (opposite Byte Cafe) on Tues 6 June. Apologies in advance for any delays in responding to enquiries while computers and telephones are being set up. For any urgent queries please email SSO. It would be helpful if any non-urgent visits to SSO could be delayed until after Weds 7 June when normal service should be resumed.

    * MIT CIRCS. If you want to tell us about any mitigating circumstances for the Semester 2 exam period, the deadline is this Friday 9 June. If you have any queries, please talk to your Year Tutor (Y1: Sean Bechhofer; Y2: Duncan Hull; Y3: Tim Morris; Y4: Nick Filer; CM: Andrea Schalk). We can’t consider your circumstances unless you’ve submitted a Mit Circs form by the deadline.

    * GAVIN SUCCESS. Congratulations to Gavin Donald from SSO, who was nominated for the award of Best Support Staff as part of the 2017 Manchester Teaching Awards!

    * STUDENT VIDEO. Fancy yourself as a film-maker? The Faculty recruitment team are looking for two Computer Science students to create a 90-second student-life video, covering University study and the city of Manchester. If you’re interested email Jez Lloyd (equipment will be provided).

    * PAID OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY. We’re  looking for enthusiastic students to help us deliver a Year 12 Summer School. The topic is Functional Programming, Graphs and Logic and we’re looking for students with some knowledge/experience of either functional programming or (first-order/description) logic. The summer school will take place 11-13 July in Kilburn and you must be available on 10 July for a training day. Payment will be around £15 per hour (dependent on experience). For more information or to apply contact Giles Reger, deadline this Fri 9 June.

    * FINALIST FUTURES. From today until 16 June check out the Finalist Futures Workshops open to all final year students.

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    * INTERGALACTIC FESTIVAL. Our colleagues in the School of Physics and Astronomy have organised a summer festival with a difference. The Blue Dot festival is an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space. It takes place 7-9 July with performances from Alt-J, The Pixies and Orbital at Jodrell Bank Observatory near Macclesfield in Cheshire. Looks great!

    Blue Dot photo from last year -- Jod Bank telescope and stage

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

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