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Students visit RAF Coningsby to learn from BAE Systems

The University of Lincoln Careers and Employability Service and 9 students from the Schools of Maths & Physics, Engineering and Computer Science recently visited RAF Coningsby to spend a day with BAE Systems.

The visit provided an overview of the Military Air & Information sector of the business which operates the Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise (TyTAN) contract, supporting the RAF Typhoon fleet. Students were able to experience  BAE Systems training systems which are delivered to RAF staff using advanced simulators in a state of the art facility.

Students were also granted access to the Typhoon Maintenance Facility and witnessed a variety of aircraft in different states of repair.

Lizzie Rundle of Careers and Employment pictured with the student visitors.
Lizzie Rundle of Careers and Employment pictured with the student visitors.

Overall, the trip provided students a first hand opportunity to see their studies and skills learnt at the University of Lincoln could be translated into real industry problems within BAE Systems and the RAF.

Student feedback was that they enjoyed experiencing some of the world’s most advanced technology within the defence sector and they found it was both awe inspiring and provided some excellent ideas for their future projects.

Find out about the work BAE Systems provides at RAF Coningsby, learn about the Typhoon jet and further BAE Systems opportunities worldwide.

School of Computer Science wins SU School of the Year 2016/17!

The School of Computer Science has won the the Lincoln Student Union ‘School of the Year’ award, and was selected from a shortlist of Schools across the University of Lincoln.

College Officers and School Reps deliberated over which of the many deserving Schools should receive the award and decided on Computer Science!

Students from the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln

Quotes and feedback from nominees illustrate why the School achieved this award:

“…there is a good sense of team between all of the Reps, and they work well with staff in the School to achieve things for students. They have developed good ways of raising issues and having them resolved in a timely manner.”

 “This nomination is mostly due to our phenomenal School Representative, who always goes out of his way to do things for others, whether that’s organising social events or organising meetings with academic teachers to ensure that the course is being taught in the best possible way.”

 “Many of the issues raised by students have been dealt with incredibly quickly and the overall atmosphere of the school is overwhelmingly positive!”

 “This is due to the fact that we have an amazing School Rep who goes above and beyond to help the Course Reps in any way that he can. We also worked incredibly hard as a team to get everyone involved in the module evaluation which have just taken place where the participation response had risen by 1.73% more than last year, which is a good improvement for the school.”

 “I would like to nominate the School of Computer Science for school of the month. This is due to the fact that we have an amazing School Rep who goes above and beyond to help the course reps in any way that he can. We also worked incredibly hard as a team to get everyone involved in the module evaluation which have just taken place where the participation response had risen by 1.73% more than last year, which is a good improvement for the school.”

 “Reps in the school are always enthusiastic and solution focused – which is fantastic to see. They have effective subject committee and have developed informal routes for raising feedback along with staff.”

Find out more about the School of Computer Science or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

Prof Duckett to speak at Agri-Robotics event

Robotics, automation and associated technologies

As part of Arable Horizons hosted by Farmers Weekly, University of Lincoln Professors, Tom Duckett, School of Computer Science / lead for Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems and Simon Pearson, Founder of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), will be speaking at the National Space Centre, Leicester, on 26th April 2017.

Arable Horizons is a series of 5 interactive talks, hosted by Farmers Weekly and in partnership with Syngenta, which cover some of the most exciting and innovative agricultural research; from robot-assisted farming to gene-edited crops. Exploration into the development of higher yields and cheaper production are key themes, as well as bringing a greener and more stable future for British agriculture.

The topic, “Robotics, automation and associated technologies”, will discuss exactly how robots and other related technologies will make UK farming more efficient than ever, whilst reducing the cost of labour and pesticides.

Pictured is Thorvald, LIAT's Agri-Robot.
Pictured is Thorvald, LIAT’s Agri-Robot.

Editor of Farmers Weekly, Karl Schneider, is a keen supporter of British agriculture: “UK arable farmers face a variety of unprecedented challenges over the next 25 years, from pesticide resistance and soil degradation to climate change and feeding an increasing population. Farmers Weekly, in partnership with Syngenta, want to draw attention to some of the individuals and institutions working to ensure a more productive and sustainable future for UK agriculture. We want to highlight some of the incredibly exciting research projects currently underway in the sector, projects that could genuinely change the way we farm in 2040.”

UK agricultural researchers, scientists and agronomists will be in attendance, as well as the nation’s farmers. The event will be a fantastic opportunity to chat and network with agri-robotic professionals Weekly staff and guest speakers Prof Tom Duckett and Prof Simon Pearson.

You can register for the talks here.


The agenda for the event:

17.30 – 18.00

(30 mins)

Drinks and nibbles will be provided for guests on arrival, with the chance for delegates to network before the formal start of the evening.

18.00 – 18.10

(10 mins) Introduction from Farmers Weekly Editor, Karl Schneider

Karl Schneider will introduce the evening: the idea behind the project, the topic, speakers and guests, partnership with Syngenta, and opportunities for interactivity throughout the talk.

18.10 – 18.50

(40 mins) Prof Tom Duckett presents ‘Robotics, automation and associated technologies’ Arable Horizons talk.

University of Lincoln professor and Head of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Tom Duckett presents an introductory overview of the current use of robotics and associated technologies in agriculture and what some of the recent/future advances could mean for UK farmers. Prof. Duckett will talk about some of his own research and how we can work with other industries to make the integration of new machinery and technology into the farmers’ everyday toolkit as simple and productive as possible.

 

18.50 – 19.15

(25 mins) Prof Simon Pearson presents a talk on the most exciting future agricultural technology projects.

University of Lincoln professor and Founding Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri Food Technology Simon Pearson presents his talk on some of the specific projects focussed on novel robotics and machinery, their integration into the UK agriculture industry and what it could mean for the farmer on the ground.

19.15 – 20.00

(45 mins) Interactive session with Prof Tom Duckett, Prof Simon Pearson & Karl Schneider

Karl Schneider will chair the interactive session in which the panel will take questions on the topics of robotics and associated technologies from the audience, both from guests in the room and those watching online.

20.00 – 20.20

(20 mins) Presentation from Syngenta on their work in robotics and the potential for the future

A Syngenta expert will present on what they as an organisation are doing in the area of robotics and machinery and how their research could help farmers tackle some of their most common and costly issues.

20.20 Dinner