Welcome to our Blog : Swansea's School of Applied Computing : University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Many Thanks to Applied Computing  Graduates Dafydd Moore (IT Manager @ Waitrose – John Lewis PLC), Lisa Fox (Business IT & Computing Teacher) and Edd Turtle (Leader Developer @ Hoowla) for coming back to speak with our students today, for sharing industry insights and hints & tips for Academic Career and Life Success. Congratulations on your achievements to date and we hope you visit us again soon.

Continuing SoAC’s proud tradition of marking its notable achievements and milestones with food, a Tardis cake materialised in the departmental office this morning.

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This worthy inductee into the School’s Cake Hall of Fame was brought in by lecturer Tim Bashford to celebrate his recent birthday and PhD.  Congratulations, Dr Tim!

The School of Applied Computing is proud to report that the achievements of three of its lecturers have recently been recognised by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

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Our congratulations go to Associate Professor Stephen Hole, Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan and Dr John Rees, who were awarded prestigious Senior Fellowships of the HEA over the summer.

The status of Senior Fellow is awarded to those professionals who reach the highest standards of teaching and supporting learning in higher education.  The award recognises excellence across a broad range of key criteria, including management, coordination, subject and pedagogic research, scholarship, academic practice, professional values, supervision, assessment and mentoring.

The HEA, globally recognised for inspiring excellent teaching as an essential driver of student success, delivers a platform for continuous professional development and aims to improve learning outcomes by constantly enhancing the quality of teaching in Higher Education.

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In a first for the world of archaeology, Dr Nik Whitehead (pictured) recently took the School of Applied Computing’s laser survey scanner to a top-secret Bronze Age dig in the North West of England.

The technology had never been applied in the field in this way before, and was used to scan finds in situ as they emerged from the ground encased in mud. When the data captured onsite has been processed and analysed, it’s hoped that it will reveal information about remains and artefacts which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Nik was also lucky enough to uncover an interesting find herself during her visit, a fragment of rock quartz excitingly labelled as “small item 74, found in context 2 of trench 2.”

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To prevent plundering, the location of the dig is a closely-guarded secret. The site was discovered in 2013, when two metal detectorists found a small but well-preserved Early Bronze Age hoard – extremely uncommon in this part of Britain.  An assessment of the area by the Portable Antiquities Scheme sparked great excitement; the discovery of jet, worked flint, cremated bone and charcoal confirmed that the detectorists had located something highly significant.

The site has been identified from the evidence as a prehistoric burial mound, or round barrow, in use between the Late Neolithic and Late Bronze Age, a remarkable 1,200 period waiting to be explored. But the really exciting thing about this one is that it was intact.

Most barrows were severely damaged by 18th and 19th century antiquarians, who dug into them indiscriminately looking for treasure.  So archaeologists rarely have an opportunity to excavate one that’s completely untouched – which makes the Lancashire barrow of major importance.

 

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At the School of Applied Computing exceptional numbers of First Class Honours students have graduated, with many also receiving the prestigious British Computer Society (BCS) Award.

Professor Ian Wells, Head of School said: “The School of Applied Computing at UWTSD is proud to announce that we have an exceptional number of First Class Honours students graduating this year. We have eight in Computing and six in ‘Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (two of which are at MEng (Master of Engineering) level). Five of the Computing students will also receive the British Computer Society (BCS) award giving them full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and membership of the BCS. In a profession where traditionally there are few females these results are of particular significance since four of the students receiving the award are female.”

Professor Wells added: “Holding CITP status reflects your integrity, professionalism and dedication to your work. Your status will be recognised in a formal listing of Chartered IT Professionals on a register available to potential clients and employers on the BCS website.”

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Congratulations to all of our Amazing Students on your success. We wish you all the very best for the future and remember the School of Applied Computing and University will always here to support you now and in the future.

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Thursday 7th July 2016

Having achieved the Bronze Award in the NUS’ Green Impact programme for 2015/16, the School of Applied Computing’s Green Team (Gaynor Thomas, Sue Maw and Sue Williams) were awarded with their certificate in a recognition ceremony this morning in the Round Reading Room in the Alex Building.

A variety of teams from UWTSD’s Swansea campuses attended the Swansea event, which applauded good practice and innovation in sustainability across the University.

Green Impact is an initiative which aims to raise awareness of sustainability issues in the working environment.  To reach Bronze level, the SoAC Green Team have worked hard over past months introducing a range of measures to reduce waste and encourage recycling, including the introduction of collection points for used batteries, Tassimo pods, ink cartridges and postage stamps.

SoAC’s Green Team don’t intend to rest on their laurels, though; already preparing new ideas and initiatives for the 2016/17 campaign which launches in early August, they’re aiming to achieve at least Silver Level in the next academic year.

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Interested in joining the SoAC Green Team and/or finding out more about sustainability?  Contact Gaynor Thomas or Sue Maw for further information.

 

There’s a new noticeboard on the third floor of main block …

As a complement to the recent programme of “Girls into ICT” school visits to SoAC, the School of Applied Computing has created a noticeboard celebrating the contribution of women to STEM disciplines.

Designed to appeal to prospective students on school visits and Open Days, the informative and lively board will feature a selection of different notable women over the course of the academic year.

In the spotlight this month is computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, the  NASA coder who made the moon landings possible.  Future displays will highlight computing heroines such as Ada Lovelace, “Amazing” Grace Hopper, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Megan Smith.

It’s hoped that raising awareness of the achievements of women in STEM will encourage more girls to consider computing as a career option, a discipline frequently viewed as heavily male-dominated.

The board is located next to the School Office on the third floor of main block. Check it out and find out more about Margaret Hamilton … and also  read Dr Carlene Campbell’s inspiring story.

 

 

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Over the past few weeks, the School of Applied Computing has been inviting groups of girls from local schools to taster days aimed at inspiring them to consider a career in the fast-moving and exciting world of IT.

The programme of visits, organised by Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan in association with EESW, has so far welcomed parties from Dwr-y-Felin, Birchgrove, Llandovery College and Bishop Gore. Gowerton and Penyrheol Schools are due to visit within the next few weeks.

 

A typical visit day kicks off with a brief introduction to careers in computing by Professor Ian Wells, followed by a talk from Dr Carlene Campbell about why ICT needs more women. Inspired by this, the school parties then get the chance to try some hands-on activities.

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Ably aided by SoAC’s PhD students and ambassadors, the school parties are divided into smaller groups which rotate around a selection of educational and fun-packed practical workshops. These include RoboWar, where the girls learn how to construct Lego robots and programme them to complete a given task, Maze Runner, PC Building and – perhaps the favourite – a Virtual Reality experience using Oculus Rift headsets.

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The day ends with a round-up talk and distribution of goody bags. The girls have thoroughly enjoyed their days and feedback from the schools involved has been overwhelmingly positive, with teachers eager to arrange more workshop sessions and visits in future.

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Interested? Contact Dr Kapilan Radhakrishan at kapilan.radhakrishnan@uwtsd.ac.uk for further information.

 

The School of Applied Computing’s Green Impact Team are delighted to report that SoAC has achieved the  Bronze Award under the NUS’ 2016 Green Impact programme.

You’ve probably noticed the Green Impact noticeboard on the third floor – new for this year – as well as collection points set up in the department, where you can drop off your batteries, printer cartridges and stamps for recycling.

Less obvious, perhaps, have been the many other sustainability initiatives that the Team has introduced around the School this academic year. Criteria include wellbeing, procurement policies, travel, communication and embedding and travel.

Keen to build upon their good work, the Team have already started meeting targets for the Silver Green Impact award, and have introduced some flagship initiatives such as the recycling of Tassimo pods (collection points in MH307 and Reception).

This year’s Swansea Awards Ceremony is to be held at 10.30 am on 7th July in the Round Reading Room, Alex Building.

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