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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.

* CONGRATULATIONS *

We are very proud of you. Please click below for more photos:

Graduation 2016

 

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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TEDxSwansea 2016 – festival of ideas – shone brightly on Saturday as online business expert Nigel T Packer, author Lucy Griffiths, entrepreneur Kunal Patel, pro-vice chancellor professor Hilary Lappin-Scott shared their ideas on ‘Breaking the Mould’ alongside fantastic performances from Fever Sparks and Poets on the Hill. Videos of the talks and performances will be released soon – for more information about the event and speakers please click here. We hope you can join us next year for TEDx Swansea 2017.

The School of Applied Computing is delighted to report that Dr Carlene Campbell has been made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy at the recent meeting of its Recognition Panel.

Dr Campbell joined UWTSD in 2013 as Lecturer in Computer Networks. Her main interests are Computer Networks, Wireless Networks and Security, and she is currently supervising several full-time PhD, Masters and undergraduate students.

Hailing originally from the Caribbean, Dr Campbell took her undergraduate degree at the University of Technology, Jamaica, before coming to the UK for her Masters. She studied for a doctorate at Middlesex University, following which she lectured at Brunel and Coventry Universities.

Actively engaged in research, she has written a number of top-ranked journal papers and is Research Co-ordinator for SoAC’s Computer Networks and Communications Research Group.   As well as editing and reviewing a number of scientific and professional journals, Dr Campbell is also a CISCO Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI) with technical expertise in Computer Networks and Communications.

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Dr Carlene Campbell

*CONGRATULATIONS * to all our HND, Degree and Masters students on completing their final year projects. For more pictures please click on the image below:
Degree show 2016

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Anticipation is building in the School of Applied Computing in advance of this year’s Degree Show.  The Exhibition Boards produced by our final-years summarising their projects are being prepared today ready to be taken down to TechHub for Thursday evening’s event.

The Degree Show, a highlight in the School’s calendar, provides an opportunity for the students to showcase all their hard work and discuss it with the public.  It’s also a forum for local employers looking for computing graduates with their skills to meet our students and talk to them about their projects.

As always, you’ll find an impressive range of innovative and exciting projects on show this year.

Open to all and free entry, the Degree Show’s doors open at 5pm this Thursday, 26th May, at the new TechHub venue on Swansea High Street.  The entrance to TechHub is situated opposite Volcano Theatre (the Iceland Building).  See you there!

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And yes … there will be pizza!

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