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Archive for June, 2016

SoAC promotes Girls into ICT initiative

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.

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.

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

 

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SoAC achieves Green Impact Bronze Award

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 – Breaking the Mould

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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.

Dr Carlene Campbell awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

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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