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Archive for October, 2018

Evacuation of wheelchair users in emergency situations

We are pleased to tell you that we have brought our emergency evacuation equipment with us to the UWTSD SA1 Waterfront campus. The “stair crawler” is designed to evacuate wheelchair users in case of emergency. This is particularly important when the wheelchair user cannot be carried down the stairs – due to the chair being a life-support system in itself – and, of course, to preserve dignity.

One of our lecturers, Dr Tim Bashford, learned how it felt to be ‘evacuated’ today while training staff to use the equipment.

Here is the stair crawler (kept on charge when not in use):

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…and the stair crawler in action:

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Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar (October 2018)

We have brought our popular Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars with us to the SA1 campus. These seminars are to help share research happening in the Faculty, and hopefully encourage future collaborations. All are welcome, from inside or outside the Faculty, staff or student.

This month, Professor Kelvin Donne told us about his research which has included the following:

  • Ballistics impact of projectiles onto automotive glass.
  • Computational modelling of light-tissue interaction.
  • Non-destructive testing of composite materials
  • Usability analysis in product engineering research

Here’s Kelvin in action:

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If you missed the talk, and would like to catch up with what Kelvin said, the video is available on Moodle. If you cannot see “Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars” on Moodle, comment below and Gaynor will add you.

Graduate Talks inspire UWTSD Computing students

Every year it is lovely to receive messages from Graduates who would like to return to the School to give something back. These Graduates are doing well, they have established successful Careers and volunteer to come back to the School to talk with our students. Often they themselves were inspired and given employment opportunities by other Graduate talks during their time with us at the University. Our graduates work in countries all over the world, have exciting careers and fantastic lifestyles. There are a lot of opportunities in the field of Computing & Technology, globally and locally – more than ever before.

Today we welcomed back one of our Computing Graduates Nathan Dickinson (Product Technical lead at Vizolution) to share hints & tips for Uni and Career success along with his colleague Simone Cuomo who spoke about exciting career opportunities for our Graduates.

Nathan completed his Computing degree with us in 2012 before starting his Career as a Software Developer with the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS), he quickly became a Senior Software Developer with NWIS 2014 before starting as a Senior Developer with Vizolution in 2016. Nathan quickly went on to become a Lead Developer with Vizolution and a Product Technical Lead in 2017.

To encourage students Nathan says “Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are lucky, you have worked hard and deserve your place here at Uni” … “In the words of Buzz light-year ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’ dare to dream and never give up, if you set you mind to it you can do it!”.

Vizolution is an exciting 21st Century Tech company based in Swansea that provides excellent benefits and a great place to work. Vizolution is a Saas Company and started in 2012. Grown from 5 staff members to over 130 staff worldwide with offices in Swansea, Bristol, London, North America and Canada (105 based in the new Swansea office). Ranked by Deloitte as on of the EMEA’s fastest growing tech companies with 31 enterprise clients (87% financial services, 10% telecoms, 3% utililes), with 4 products live in 13 countries and in 8 languages. They have a New Swansea office (located in Bay studios – Fabian way with 12,500 ft office space with 160 desks, Open plan, Break out area with ping-pong table, arcade and table football. With free fruit and yoga it is a True 21st Century Tech Company.

We also welcome PhD student Mathew Hunt one of our Electronics Graduates who shared wise words and many valuable hints & tips for success at Uni and Post Graduate opportunities within the school.

Congratulations and thank you to Nathan, Simone, Mathew and all the staff at the Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea for making this event possible and allowing our students to gain such valuable and inspiring knowledge. Diolch.

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