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The first in this session’s series of Research Seminars organised by the School of Applied Computing was held yesterday, when SoAC was delighted to welcome visiting speakers Dr Matthew Briggs and Mr Ashley Pullen.

imag2772Dr Briggs, Executive Research Development Officer at UWTSD, spoke on Open Access in the areas of research publications and research data significant developments.

Ashley Pullen,a PhD Research student from the School of Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics, then delivered an insightful resume of his research into Magnetic Flux Leakage.

Further Research Seminars this session will be held at 1pm on Wednesdays 16th November, 14th December, 18th January, 15th February, 15th March, 19th April and 17th May. 

The venue is Lecture theatre MH503 in the main block, Mount Pleasant Campus.  All are welcome – and there’s a free buffet lunch and tea/coffee. 

For further details, please contact Dr Carlene Campbell.



The School of Applied Computing produces enterprising solution-focused students that are equipped to create innovative solutions to today’s problems / opportunities.


Enterprise education has been a part of the School’s curriculum for many years and it is proud to support the European Commission and the development of Enterprise & Entrepreneurial policies within the EU and beyond. Members of the School recently attended and supported the Enterprise Conference ‘Putting the Entrepreneurial Into Learning‘ (pictured below) hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


The Conference explored current trends in Enterprise education and focused on the practical implementation of entrepreneurial learning using the new European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. The European Commission identified Enterprise and entrepreneurship as one of the key competences necessary for all members to be successful in the knowledge-based society. The EC produced this framework to help education providers understand and integrate Enterprise and entrepreneurship into the curriculum to help equip students with the necessary knowledge skills and competencies to take society forward and create new innovative solutions that have a positive social impact. There is a growing awareness that entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and attitudes lead to the widespread development of entrepreneurial mind-sets and culture which benefit individuals and society as a whole.

The School would like to thank all involved including the Conference organisers and it’s supporters for the invitation to participate and the success of such a positive prestigious policy influencing event.


The second Wednesday in October is annual National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day.  Staff at the School of Applied Computing have really risen to the occasion this year, bringing in a delightful and quirky assortment of cuddly friends.

Pictured are a selection of bears who’ve been spotted helping out with lectures around SoAC today : James Williams with Yoda; Ada Lovelace Bear (holding her computer algorithm for calculating Bernoulli numbers); Lee Cobley’s winged dragon; Ian Wells with his teddy bear note-holder, and lastly Dr Nik Whitehead’s Zaphod Beeblebear (from The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).


The start of the new academic year has seen Colin the University Cat (also known as Telford) appointed to the role of Senior Student Ambassador at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s Mount Pleasant Campus in Swansea.


The SU has awarded Colin his new job title in official recognition of the sterling service he has been performing over the years in student liaison. “He’s very affectionate, and enjoys keeping the students company in the library,” said a member of staff. “He can tell if anyone’s feeling homesick or lonely, and makes a special fuss of them. Colin’s always there for the students, and is a real asset to the life of the University.”

As well as the major contribution Colin makes to enhancing the student experience and reducing people’s stress-levels, he can be regularly spotted patrolling the campus to make sure everything’s in order. He also works tirelessly on marketing, and can be relied upon to meet and greet visitors on Open Days.

Described by a recent graduate as “the best cat in the world”, Colin – who has his own Facebook page and Twitter account – has been busy so far this term making new friends among the freshers, and is currently spearheading a campaign to recruit new members for his team of Student Ambassadors.

Pictured is Director of Operations Hywel Griffiths presenting Colin with his ambassadorial T-shirt.


Professor Ian Wells, Head of the School of Applied Computing, is pictured receiving his certificate after serving as Chair for the IET Wales South West Local Network Committee for the 2015/16 session.


The IET, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, has two main Local Networks which provide a range of general interest engineering-related events throughout the year.  Their two Young Professional Sections are tailored specifically towards students and early-career engineers, while their three existing specialist sections organise events related to Electronics, Manufacturing and Power. More recently, their new Healthcare Specialist Section has been added to this list.

Typical programmes include technical lectures, family events, social and networking opportunities, CPD sessions and of course the IET annual South Wales dinner.

Further information is available on the IET website.
















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.


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).


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.



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.”


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.



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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