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Archive for March, 2017

NHS Wales Masterclass (IT Service Management)

We’ve had a Masterclass today with Keith Reeves from NHS about how IT Services are managed within the NHS. This is a big challenge given the size and scope of the organisation, with over 72,000 staff, 7 Health Boards and 3 Trusts, and 442 GP Practices. The NHS use the ITIL framework. The slides will be uploaded to Moodle (Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars) shortly.





The School of Applied Computing has got together with UNSW, its counterpart down-under, to offer a limited number of paid student placements to undergraduate final years, Masters and PhD students this summer.

The work experience placements will last between 3 and 12 months, and offer a stipend of $500 per week. Start date is flexible.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in projects such as Enterprise Multi-Data Source System Integration, Data Management, Business Intelligence or Voice aided Mobile Data Entry for Automated Logistics and Supply Chain Management


For further details contact Dr Carlene Campbell on carlene.campbell@uwtsd.ac.uk

Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar, March 2017 (report)

One of the School’s PhD students, Archie Watt, featured in the monthly Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar yesterday. He was presenting his work on Monitoring Coastal Erosion, a continuation of the ASTEC project undertaken in the school a few years ago. An array of wireless sensors will return data on a regular basis to monitor changes in the coast. Coastal erosion is a hot topic for the UK, with several high-profile collapses in the last few years.


We also had a talk from Mr Steve Winkley of Tata Steel who told us about ways in which Tata Steel, and industry in general, are hoping to modernise with reference to Big Data and other technological developments.

The slides from both talks are available on Moodle under “Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars” for anyone who missed it, or wants to have another look. Thank you, Archie and Steve!



2017 Trip to the National Museum of Computing

On March 10th 2017, we made our second departmental visit to the National Museum of Computing. It was an early start from Swansea to get to Milton Keynes by 10.30am.

At The National Museum of Computing, we had some introductory talks with an overview of old tech that some of us remembered better than others!

Then we were off for a tour of the facilities. Here we are looking at the Harwell Dekatron Computer (later renamed the WITCH). This is the oldest surviving computer in existence (as opposed to a replica) dating from 1947.

We also saw the famous Colossus machine, which was able to find the keys for ciphers during the Second World War. It remained top secret until the 1970s.

We had a tour of more relatively recent tech – here’s some computers from the 1970s and the 1980s with the Apple Lisa at the top:

Who can resist a bit of retro gaming?

After lunch, we used the BBC Micro computer lab (1980s) to do a bit of programming in BASIC – a snake game:

And finally an attempt to get a computer to pass the Turing Test by entering friendly phrases for a computer to produce in answers to questions posed to it:

We all had a great day out and learnt a lot about the history of Computing which has come so far in such a relatively short time. Thank you so much to everyone at The National Museum of Computing and thank you Carlene for organising the trip!


Daniel Hawkes (Alumnus) Masterclass – Big Data and Business Intelligence

The School of Applied Computing were pleased to welcome back Graduate Daniel Hawkes this lunchtime to give a Masterclass for undergraduate students on the challenges facing change and data management. Daniel studied the Business Information Technology degree as a part time student whilst he was also working and graduated from UWTSD in 2016. He is now a Complex Analysis Manager for BT, looking at big data and business intelligence.

Daniel said: “I was already doing a technical role within BT but I needed more business knowledge and theory. BSc Business Information Technology helps you from a corporate perspective because it has a nice balance between data and business. I would not be here without doing both the degree and my job. They went hand-in-hand. The degree sets you up for the future because it gives you a rounded understanding of how businesses operate. The lecturers at the School of Applied Computing are fantastic – I would recommend the course, the university, everything.”

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