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Graduates deliver Inspirational Talks @ UWTSD SOAC Swansea

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.

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Graduate Profile: Jason Price (Systems Administrator)

What is your name? My name is Jason Price.

What was your University course?
I completed two University Degrees at Swansea’s School of Applied Computing. Both my Undergraduate degree and Postgraduate Masters were in the area of Computer Networks.

What is your job title and role?
My Current role is a Systems Administrator.

Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? 

I work for a company called Medical Connections Ltd; the company name may suggest a medical company however it is actually a software company. The company specialises in a software toolkit (API) which allow software developers with limited knowledge of DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) to cover the medical area of all types of scans ranging from ultrasound to MRI. DICOM is the standard way an image or video is created, transferred, shared, and even stored in a clinical environment. Because the standard is so vast, it makes sense for a ‘new’ DICOM developer to use a toolkit which would do all the standardisation for them, so they can concentrate on making a successful application.

Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job?

The University gave me the independence to break down tasks, and to troubleshoot in a manner which was thorough and precise. The University also gave me the knowledge to find and research in a critical way while also only looking for ‘relevant’ information and how to identify them quickly and efficiently so not to spend too much time on a ‘dead end’.

 Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?

I’ll usually start my day by looking through email filtering to ensure customer emails have not been falsely stopped. I will then look at the Virtual Hosts to ensure clean operation and if any errors have been found then to action them appropriately. After checking all internal systems, I will then inspect / improve / action external services such as the website, license services, and cloud services. I will then check my “to do” tasks and complete as necessary, which can range from improving developer’s machines (upgrading hardware) to changing infrastructure and servers.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?

Troubleshooting: I like finding a difficult or unusual problem and trying to find a solution or even sometimes a workaround. Sometimes the problems can test your researching skills, intuitions and/or even your patience, but always satisfying to find a solution that just works.

Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career?

Make sure that you enjoy your chosen field of study, that’s it’s not something that you only excel at, but you actually enjoy doing. For me technology has always excited and inspired me, and I’ve always loved troubleshooting and tinkering. Using things in a manner where they were not originally designed.

I would also recommend that whatever your chosen field is don’t stop at its completion, if you can  complete your professional qualifications even at the lowest level as soon as possible this will give you an edge in the job market, but also give you a boost in confidence.

SoAC lecturers become Senior Fellows of Higher Education Authority

 

The School of Applied Computing is proud to report that the achievements of three of its lecturers have recently been recognised by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Our congratulations go to  Dr Stephen Hole Associate Professor, Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan and Dr John Rees, who were awarded prestigious Senior Fellowships of the HEA over the summer.

The status of Senior Fellow is awarded to those professionals who reach the highest standards of teaching and supporting learning in higher education.  The award recognises excellence across a broad range of key criteria, including management, coordination, subject and pedagogic research, scholarship, academic practice, professional values, supervision, assessment and mentoring.

The HEA, globally recognised for inspiring excellent teaching as an essential driver of student success, delivers a platform for continuous professional development and aims to improve learning outcomes by constantly enhancing the quality of teaching in Higher Education.

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It’s Hand-in Day for year 3’s Exhibition Boards

It’s been a busy day in the SoAC School Office as our third years call in to drop off their Exhibition Boards for marking.

But there’s far more to the Exhibition Boards than simply getting a good grade.  Producing an A1-size poster summarising their degree project also gives students the opportunity to develop presentation and marketing skills – vital in today’s workplace.

After the boards have been marked, the students will be displaying their work to the public at the School’s 2016 Degree Show at TechHub on May 26th. But as well as showcasing their boards, the poster event also gives them the chance to meet local employers who are looking for graduates with their skills.

Businesses and entrepreneurs come to the annual event to browse the ability, innovation and initiative on show.   But they don’t just look.  Impressed employers at previous years’ Degree Shows have offered graduate placements and work experience .. . so don’t miss it!

School of Applied Computing Goes Green

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You can’t have missed noticing what a green bunch we are in the School of Applied Computing. From the  message on the 3rd-floor screen about our recycling point to the stickers reminding you to switch off lights as you leave a room, we never miss an opportunity to do our bit for the environment.

The chance came to prove it today when we were audited for the NUS Green Impact Bronze Award.  The criteria we were assessed on were :

  • Waste & Recycling
  • Energy
  • Travel
  • Procurement
  • Wellbeing, Biodiversity & Community
  • Embedding & Communication

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in Green Impact this academic year.  It’s given us the chance to engage with sustainability at an everyday level, raise awareness and develop good practice within the School.

Our Team’s contribution is currently being assessed, with the results of the awards to be announced shortly.  Watch this space!

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Event: Sensor Networks – Monitoring the Environment

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Tomorrow night (Thursday 15th October) from 6:30pm onwards in the Alex reading room (refreshments at 6:30pm lecture at 7:00pm) Professor Ian Wells will be delivering a Lecture address as the incoming chair of the IET Wales South West Local Network. The talk will be on the use of Sensor Networks for Environmental monitoring including the ASTEC project that was very revolutionary for its time, as it was the worlds first underwater network that used Radio Frequency communication.

Professor Ian Wells is Professor of Digital Signal Processing and Head of the School of Applied Computing at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea. He has been a lecturer, researcher and manager for nearly 30 years. His current personal research interests include sensor networks (both terrestrial and underwater), ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT), medical signal processing, communication systems and computer networks.

Contact Name: Hugh Woodward (hwoodw2928@aol.com)
Date & Time: October 15th 2015 at 7.00pm, Refreshments from 6.30pm.
Venue: Alex Reading Room, Institute of Sustainable Design, UWTSD, Alexander Road, Swansea, SA1 5DX
Registration: Members of the public are warmly welcomed to this free event – registration is not essential but would be helpful: http://www.theiet.org/events/local/225957.cfm?nxtId=224579.

START-UP Weekend Swansea is Coming :-)

START-UP Weekend Swansea is Coming ;-). Below, SUW co-ordinator and Company Director Adam Curtis talks to UWTSD Computing students about the up-coming event:
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For more information please click-here.

Computing at Schools Conference – 7th October 2015

A CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF THE ICT CURRICULUM IN WALES

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The School of Applied Computing at the University of Wales Trinity St David is hosting a half-day ‘Computing at Schools‘ Conference on the 7th October 2015 from 1pm to 5pm.

The Conference will be taking a look at recent changes in ICT affecting the curriculum for Key Stages 1 to 4, and in particular at the New Computing Progression Pathways. We’ll be hearing talks from:

  • CAS – Computing at Schools – Wales;
  • CISCO Networking Academy;
  • Birmingham City University representatives; and
  • An IT skills and career-building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide.

Location: Cadogan Conference Room, Mount Pleasant Campus.
Time: Wednesday 7th October 2015, 1pm to  5pm.
Fee: Free of charge.
Facilities: Refreshments will be available. Limited number of free NCP car park spaces are available.

To register for this event please click-here: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/applied-computing-visit-days/. If you need any further details, please contact kapilan.radhakrishnan@uwtsd.ac.uk or telephone 01792 481192acuwtsd

NEW: UWTSD Applied Computing YouTube Channel

Checkout Swansea’s School of Applied Computing New YouTube Channel for Graduate interviews hints tips and more:

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Meet your library elf: Suzanne Taylor

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Here’s a little post to introduce you to your magical, mischievous, ever-so-helpful, elf-like subject librarian ;-). Our resident  librarian on the Mount Pleasant Campus Owen Library is Suzanne Taylor (below middle). Computing students, please get in touch with Suzanne if you need any help in finding or accessing library resources.

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Q. Favourite Christmas movie:

It’s a Wonderful Life’ as it shows the positive impact one person can have upon so many lives or ‘The Holiday’ because I would love to spend Christmas in Kate Winslet’s  country cottage.

Q. Favourite Christmas book:

It would probably have to be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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Q. Favourite Christmas food:

A roast turkey or chicken dinner with all the trimmings, – minus the sprouts :-).

Q. One of the best things about Christmas:

There’s something very special about driving to see family early on a frosty Christmas morning when the roads are empty. Also walking my dog on a beach on Boxing Day and seeing him chase the ball along the tide’s edge.

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