All posts by Hannah McGowan

Students receive personal invitation to RAF Metheringham

Alex Curtis and Raymond Kirk, students at the School of Computer Science, were delighted to receive an invite to visit RAF Metheringham in Lincolnshire.

Alex was contacted by RAF Metheringham after delegates had seen his Lancaster simulation game at the School of  Computer Science showcase event in May 2017.

Find out what Alex said about his experience: 

The attendees from RAF Metheringham were intrigued by my project as Metheringham was the home of 106 Squadron, primarily a Lancaster base. Furthermore, 59 Lancaster Bombers were lost from RAF Metheringham and there is a poignant exhibit in the wartime gymnasium to commemorate those aircraft and crews lost.

School of Computer Science Annual Showcase 2017. Image: Electric Egg
School of Computer Science Annual Showcase 2017. Image: Electric Egg

They had been interested in creating an interactive exhibit, which demonstrates how to perform each of the crew roles: Pilots; Navigator; Flight Engineer; Mid Gunner; Rear Gunner; Bomber Aim and Wireless Operator to educate the public, especially the younger generation. With the aid of an interactive exhibit the education of topics such as Morse keys and RAF crew, roles will become more engaging and interesting for the users.

Myself and fellow student, Raymond Kirk, are currently completing an interactive mirror project for display at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC). This initially started as a summer project which the School’s Bruce Hargrave facilitated, subsequently introducing us to the IBCC curators. Bruce also helped provide support throughout the project. Since we are close to finishing the IBCC project, we decided to collaborate on new exhibits at Metheringham as we enjoy working together. The skills we’ve learnt whilst studying the Computer Science and Games Computing programmes at the University of Lincoln really complement one another.

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When visiting RAF Metheringham, we were shown around the vast array of artefacts and exhibits the site had to offer. We especially enjoyed going inside a Dakota plane and learnt what the plane’s role was during the war and learning how it was made and functioned. We showed Metheringham the prototype mirror we had created for the IBCC and the Lancaster simulation game. They really liked the demonstrations and this was important for us to show, as it allowed Metheringham to see the type of exhibits we can create. 

Myself and Raymond are looking at setting up a business to aid our future projects and have been in touch with careers to start the process.”

Find out more about RAF Metheringham online.

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.”

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