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Graduate Profile: Ross Thomas

Q. What is your Name? Ross Thomas

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

Q. What is your job title and role? I am a junior developer and my role is configuring the companies scripts to match all different client needs.

Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? The organisation I work for CloudIQ is a Tech Start-up company that was created around 2012, we want our clients to make the most of their e-commerce website by re-marketing old ones and marketing new ones.

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? I feel the main ones would be business awareness – this was important on adapting to a different situations you may be faced with and being aware of how it’s impacting the business and environment you are in. Another skill that I feel is of high value to me is analytical thinking, this has helped me so much when being faced with a problem or when my code isn’t working, it is having to think of different ways and think out of the box to solve it.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? Every day is different, but will have a similar feel to it, mostly I am writing or editing code to meet the clients needs but I could also be investigating the code and working with the team to try and fix the issues we have.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I enjoy working with the people I work with, but more so I enjoy learning and overcoming the different situations where I may have struggled for a while. I get a real sense of achievement when something works after trying to figure it out for ages.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career? Be patient and don’t be afraid of changes, if you are unhappy with your working life change it.

Q. A Quote that sums up your time at the University? Challenging but worth it – I’d do it all again!.

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TECHSTARS Competition 2018

TECHSTARS 2018 COMPETITION

Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s School of Applied Computing recently participated in the TECHSTARS Competition and presented their enterprising and innovative ideas to a panel of expert judges (below) at Swansea’s Tech Hub.

TECHSTARS 2018 Competition was organised by UWTSD Senior Lecturer James Williams who teaches the School’s Enterprise and Innovation module. The Competition enables students within the School of Applied Computing to form inter-disciplinary teams and pitch their ideas to a panel of experts from industry. Teams consist of students from multiple programmes including Applied Computing, Business Technology, Web Development, Computer Networks and Software Engineering. The panel of experts included: Ann Swift (Enterprise Manager for the Welsh Government), Professor Ian Wells (Head of the School of Applied Computing) and industry representative Lee Woodman from Visit Digital.

The Winning Team H.E.L.P. (below) consisted of students Paul Lawrence, George Searle, Henry Cobbold and Ross Van Den.

Halo Emergency Logistical Provisions (H.E.L.P.) created a product titled HALO v1 an emergency mobile networking product for governments and aid agencies around the world, is designed to provide a communications system in areas where traditional methods of communications i.e. Cell coms, Wi-Max coms etc. are no longer available due to the damage of communications towers. It is to be utilized in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster provides a High speed Local Area Network (LAN) and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) communications i.e. voice, video and data between rescue workers, medical professionals etc. on the ground to coordinate humanitarian aid/rescue efforts. And a High speed Wide Area Network (WAN) satellite communications i.e. voice, video and data to a Command and Control (C&C) center located in the UK that contains professionally trained logistical coordination staff who will liaise with governments and aid agencies near to the effected country/area to provide.

A special mention and recognition with regard to immediate commercial viability was given to Team ‘Top Ticket’ including team members Oliver Jordan, Lara Terzi and Lewis Ireson (below) for their product ‘Food Scout’. An App that provides comprehensive maps of a store, provides a product’s location and compares prices across stores using location based filters.

Professor Wells (below right) said: “The School strives to include the principles of Entrepreneurship in all that it teaches. This exciting event highlighted some of the very innovative ideas that our students can produce, many of which were commercially viable propositions.”

Fellow judge Anne Swift (above left) added: “It was my pleasure to attend Techstars. It is a great event giving students the opportunity to develop and practice their entrepreneurial skills within their course subject. All of the teams presented innovative business opportunities as well as some really viable products that could be taken forward into real businesses. I hope the event has opened up the students eyes to the possibility starting their own business one day as well as highlighting how they could use the skills to identify opportunities for future employers.”

TECHSTARS organizer James Williams said: “I arranged the event because I know there is great potential within every person and when people are given the opportunity to apply themselves in a supportive environment they discover that potential for themselves. In this case I arranged the event to allow 2nd Year Computing students studying the Enterprise & Innovation module to have the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas and prototypes to a panel of expert judges from industry academia and the Welsh Government. The feedback they received was very valuable inspiring and rewards for the students. A fantastic learning experience for our students who are now better prepared for Graduation and Careers that will positively contribute and evolve our society with their Computing skills and enterprising growth mind-sets.”

Well done and Congratulations to all students who presented at the TECHSTARS Competition 2018.

Students receiving their Certificates of Achievement.

For more photos please click-here.

Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar – February 2018

Our monthly Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar took place today. Michael Dacey of the School of Applied Computing gave a fascinating talk on his research into the teaching of programming. This included a consideration of working memory, pattern learning and other issues. Also, Mr Ewan Hoyle from the School of Engineering gave us a talk on ultrasonic imaging.

Two very good talks, and here are some photos of Mike and Ewan in action:

Slides and a video of the talks will be available on Moodle shortly.

More Girls Into IT

We’ve been hosting another Girls Into It event to give teenage girls a taste of Computing as a possible career. Yesterday, pupils from Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth built and programmed robots, and learned about cybersecurity. Lovely to meet you all and to see you embracing Computing so enthusiastically! 🙂

Girls Into IT (November 2017)

We recently hosted another “Girls Into IT” session in the School, with 30 school pupils learning about and enjoying Computing. The girls built and programmed Lego Mindstorms robots and also learned about Cybersecurity in our networking lab. Here are some photos of the day – very nice to meet you all!

Times Higher Education Award

The School was recently nominated for a Times Higher Education Award in the “Most Innovative Business University Collaboration” category. This was for our relationship with the NHS Wales Informatics Service.

Although we did not win, we were delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious award. Here are some staff members at the Awards Ceremony in London.

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Guest Speaker Rob James on New & Immersive Technology

The School of Applied Computing welcomed Digital Architect Rob James from the DVLA in Swansea this afternoon. Rob spoke with students studying the Change Management module on the Business Information Technology and Applied Computing degrees about the ways in which new technology such as VR, AR, AI and The Internet of Things (IOT) is changing the way businesses are being run.

A fascinating insight into how new technology is shaping the future of business!

Thanks Rob!

Graduate Profile: Richard Martin – Web Developer

Q. What is your Name? Richard Martin

Q. What was your University course? BSc Web Development

Q. What is your job title and role? Developer

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Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for?
We build estates management software.

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job?
Project management as well as coding and computational skills needed for a career in IT.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? Get in for nine and get the kettle on. As any developer will tell you software is fueled by caffeine. Spend my morning writing asp.Net MVC and SQL then some self study and onto the React and NoSQL project.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? The freedom to manage my own time and investigate and research different technologies as I see fit. Also working with cutting edge technologies such as React.JS.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career? Do your best in anything you do. My career as a developer started four years ago before I started uni when I took a three week temporary data entry position. I gave it my all as I always do. Within two weeks I had finished all the data entry and moved in to front end web design/development. Which lead into my degree. So, just always do your best at anything you do. You never know what will be your break into your career.

Q. A Quote that sums up your time at the University? Hard work, challenging and stressful but one of the best and most rewarding things I have done.

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>> If you would like to submit a Graduate Profile please contact james.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Taster Day (Dyffryn Haf, Coleg Ceredigion, Bryntawe)

Many younger student visited the School of Applied Computing today for a Taster Day. Students from Dyffryn Haf, Coleg Ceredigion and Bryntawe spent time programming Lego Mindstorms robots and making a computer game using a software package called Unity. They also did Web Design and a networking demo.

Great to meet so many young enthusiatic people today – here are some photos of them in action!

Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars (Mr Terry Stubbs)

Our first Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar of the academic year kicked off today with Mr Terry Stubbs, Research Development Manager, Welsh Government. He talked about “SMART funding, delivery and support in Wales and the benchmark in approving projects.” He is SMART Innovation expert for Universities and Colleges, South Wales, collaborative research, development and innovation projects.

Terry’s talk centred on ways to access funding for projects to benefit Wales, both now and into the future.

Many thanks to Terry for his talk! Staff and students can access the video of Terry’s talk via Moodle.

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