Turn On Your Future @ UWTSD's School of Applied Computing

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!

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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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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!

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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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!

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.

On Friday, 13th October, many of the BSc/HND Computer Networks and Cybersecurity students visited CISCO HQ at Bedford Lakes, near London.  We made and early start from Swansea, arriving at CISCO just before 11am.

CISCO are a world leader in networking and communications for the Internet and we were fortunate that they had agreed to give us a tour and demonstration of their latest technologies. We started with some insight into CISCO’s social responsibilities (they are named most years in the “100 best companies to work for” list.)

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Following this, we toured the facilities:

We were also shown the latest video conferencing facilities, which include features such as facial recognition to detect the person who is currently speaking and focus on them:

Following the tour, CISCO associates told us about some routes graduates take to join CISCO as employees. One such method is the CISCO Sales Associate program (CSAP). If successful, candidates train for a year (fully paid) before starting their new roles. Some of our students are now planning to apply. Since they will already have gained CCNA (possibly CCNP) certifications by the end of their studies, this will give them a headstart in the selection procedures.

 

After lunch, we saw even more impressive video conferencing facilities which are designed to be as realistic as possible, with participants on the screen being kept at actual size and the use of directional audio:

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We then had a cyber-security demo, and were interested to see that UWTSD had a traffic spike on Friday 5th October 2017! Wonder what caused it?! We also saw the various procedures CISCO have in place to deal with zero-day attacks (an attack that is brand new)

Finally, we had a demonstration of the CISCO Spark smart whiteboard which allows people remote and local to collaborate. On the picture below, you can see the participants at the top of the board. One of them was at the Oslo office. One of our students also collaborated via their phone.

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All in all it was a very worthwhile trip – many thanks to Kapilan for organising it and for CISCO staff for hosting us!

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Many thanks to Business Technology Graduate Dan Hawkes (BT), Web Development Graduate Jordan Crocker (Senior Web Developer) and Computer Networks Graduate Simon Downes (PhD student) for visiting the University today to talk with our students about their University and Career journey to date, sharing valuable hints and tips for academic and career success. Inspirational invaluable and greatly appreciated. Thank you all.

1We are proud of two of our recent graduates, Ryan Vismonte (3rd from left, above) and James Jones (2nd from right) who have secured full time work, just days after graduating from the School of Applied Computing.

Ryan has been employed as a Graduate Engineer with Sony.  After a year of training, he will become a Test Engineer for Sony, testing electronic circuit design of producta before they get manufactured for mass production.  James has been employed as an Electronic Systems Engineer with Cellnovo where he will be working on diabetes monitoring devices.

Ryan studied on our MEng Computer Systems and Electronics programme and James studied on our BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering programme. Many congratulations to you both from all of the staff in SOAC!

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Q. What is your Name? Thomas Matti

Q. What was your University course? Business & Information Technology.

Q. What is your job title and role? Risk Management Analyst.

Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? I work for a company called Arcadis which is the Leading Global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services. We have 28,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than €3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? The first role at the company included working with database formulas which I learnt on the course. These skills helped me complete tasks with ease.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? My typical day would consist of coming into work at 7:30, look at my calendar to see what tasks I have for the day such as: Sitting with peers to discuss new potential risks, attending meetings and presenting findings to senior management.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? Results, it’s nice to actually see some improvement in your work and receive recognition from it.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career? I think personally having a degree is crucial for really kick-starting your career.

And as cheesy as it sounds the advice I would provide is never give up!

There were times on my course where I didn’t understand information, contemplated is this what I wanted to do? But as long as you have the mentality to never give up and be hopeful that something will come out of it then something will. Then you can apply that mentality not just to the course you’re doing but also to the career you’re seeking.

Q. A Quote that sums up your time at the University? Highs and lows, but worth the Graft.

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