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Archive for October, 2016

School of Applied Computing launches Research Seminar series



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.



EntrepComp Conference

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.

It’s Bring your Bear to Work Day at the School of Applied Computing …


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).


Cat appointed to role of Senior Student Ambassador

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.


Congratulations to Professor Ian Wells

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.















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