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


Q. What is your name?    Esam Mohamed M Naas

 Q. What was your University course?    MSc E Commerce Technology

 Q. What is your job title and role?    IT Coordinator/Systems Analyst & Developer

 Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for?   Wall Colmonoy Limited is a pioneer company in alloys manufacturing and engineering

 Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job?    Computer networking, advanced programming and web design

 Q. Do you have a typical day, and how would you describe it?    Yes, systems administration and network availability

 Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?    Data analysis and extraction

 Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a career?    Believe in yourself and learn everything related to your subject



Q. What is your Name? Ana Mirsayar

Q. What was your University course?
· BEng Computer System and Electronics
· MSc e-Commerce
· PHD in Telecommunications from King’s college London

Q. What is your job title and role? UK RTI (Research, Technical and Innovation) Coordinator/ Project Manager. I work for Thales UK, Vice President of RTI which enables me to get a helicopter view of the company’s business units (Under water systems, Avionics, Defence, Cyber security and Transportation). I go to different Thales sites to hear the progress on major works. I also manage my own projects

Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? Thales is a French company that has expanded internationally. They work on many different business units and some great examples of their work can be found under the activities tap. It is such a large company with a vast scope of work that if I was to give you small examples then I won’t be doing it justice.


Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? Some of the soft skills that became handy were communication, team work, task prioritising and discipline and the attention to details particularly for example in PCB design. Work under pressure, I remember for our final project work one of the guys dropped out of the course due to personal reasons and we had to pick up on his work and still deliver on the same deadline.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? I am usually in a couple of teleconferences, and a meeting or two. On a quiet day I look at the road map for my projects to monitor progress. I regularly ask for updates from the team and plan ahead and I allocate tasks to members. I must say that I’ve only been managing projects in the last year. Before which I was a senior design engineer who designed and developed mathematical algorithms. So I’d say my maths modules became very useful. Also understanding the systems at a top layer and looking down was also something I had learnt at university which is essential for detailed designing as you need to understand the concept of operation and applications.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I enjoy having an appreciation for the technical nature of the work as it always helps the project managers make better decisions in comparison to the mangers that have a business background. My job is varied and it involves travelling inside and outside the UK which I do enjoy. Interacting with customers and hearing their needs for our products is also enjoyable.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career? My humble opinion for the students would be not just to study for a label (PhD) or just to get high marks. Make sure you really understand the concept because the devil is in the details and that is the most important thing. Engineering is a great career to have as it is fun, satisfying, challenging and its safe, as many surveys show that job security in engineering is quit high.

During the Working Week


At the Weekend🙂


Q. What is your Name? Luke Byers

Q. What was your University course? BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

Q. What is your job title and role? Technology Risk Analyst

Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ)

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job?

Business environments (internal and external), Business Continuity Management (BCM), Written and presenting skills.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?

Analysis and reporting of data, testing of controls in place to mitigate risks and providing assurance to risk managers. Providing advice to ensure people comply with policies.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?

Operational risk is an interesting space with so many factors, In particular I enjoy working within the Technology department and understanding how a large financial organisation deals with the changing landscape of technology trends and cyber threats.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career?

If you see an opportunity that interests you don’t be afraid to go for it. Prepare for interviews well, be confident in yourself and you will get a chance!

Q. A Quote that sums up your time at the University?

I learned a lot while having fun and making friends along the way, what more could you ask for!

MEng Trip

Our MEng Applied Environmental Engineering students went on a trip yesterday. As part of their course, they study water treatment procedures and techniques. Today they toured the facilities at Gowerton Sewage Treatment Works, and also the Felindre Water Treatment Works, to see how industry handles water treatment. Here are a few photos of the day. 🙂 Many thanks to the staff at Gowerton and Felindre for showing us around their facilities.

The third-floor corridor in the School of Applied Computing was transformed into an unusual learning space this week for final-year students on the User Experience Design module.

To illustrate how to define an information architecture, Dr Nik Whitehead, Associate Professor, led the group of students in a hands-on card sorting exercise.  The aim was to consider the ways different types of user organise information, and to investigate the implications this has for website design.

The task the students were given was to structure a website in a logical order based on where user groups would expect to find the information they’re searching for.  Elements of the site were represented by colour-coded repositionable sticky notes, which were attached to the walls of the corridor.  By moving and sorting these, the students were able to optimise information-flow and user expectation in a highly visual and memorable way.

As well as discovering how to perform a card sort, this practical, collaborative – and fun – teaching technique enabled the students to learn from each other by observing and appreciating how differently each person approached the task.



The School of Applied Computing is delighted to announce the recent awarding of academic titles to two of their lecturers.

Dr Nik Whitehead has become Associate Professor, while Dr John Rees becomes Professor.



Dr Nik Whitehead, Associate Professor

Subjects taught by  Dr Whitehead, Associate Professor include Systems Analysis and Design,  Research Methods, Data Warehousing for Business Intelligence and Data Mining.

Before coming to UWTSD, she lectured in Newport and Aberdeen, and has also held the position of Head of School  for the School of IT in the Faculty of Business & Science, University of Akureyri, Iceland.

Her research interests include Data Visualisation, Usability, Human-Computer Interaction and Data Mining (astrostatistics).


Professor John Rees


Professor Rees teaches across a range of levels and disciplines in the School of Applied Computing.

He is an experienced research supervisor and examiner, and an active researcher and participant in external activities in support of businesses and the skills agenda.

Prior to coming to UWTSD in 2014, Professor Rees has held posts in the University of Glamorgan, Staffordshire University, Southampton Solent University and DSCIS.  He has previously held professorial title for ten years as Professor of Computing Enterprise at Staffordshire, and Professor of Business Technology at Solent.

The School of Applied Computing extends warm congratulations to them both.



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.


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