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Luke’s Graduate Scheme success

School of Computer Science graduate, Luke Thompson, recently attended the Find Your Feet Careers Fair at the University of Lincoln.

We were delighted to see Luke back on Campus and caught up with him about his new role on the IT Leadership Programme (Graduate Scheme) at Dunelm.

Luke at the Find Your Feet Careers Fair, 1st Nov 2017
Luke at the Find Your Feet Careers Fair, 1st Nov 2017

Read on to find out how Luke’s experience at Lincoln helped prepare him for the world of work!

“I am currently on a 2 year rotational programme with Dunelm. The scheme is designed to encourage future leaders of the business and expose us to all areas of what is a very interesting and diverse, yet still relatively small business.

The first part of the scheme, which I have recently completed, was a placement in store as part of the management team in one of our 160+ retail stores. Not what you would expect for an IT grad, however, as a business we put the customer first and understanding all of the differing technologies that enable our stores to sell efficiently is integral. This experience will form my first report to the directors board who take an active role in the development of all the graduates.

From there, I moved to a project that has been working on the onboarding a recent acquisition of an online business, including 3 brands. Once I have completed this rotation, I will move onto specific IT rotations across IT Programmes, IT Services, Online services and Architecture and security. It’s likely I will be working on some of these integrations as well as upgrades to ensure that the customers, in store or online, have new and inspiring ways to shop.

My time at the University of Lincoln was amazing, but not without challenge and hard work. Having recently been back at Lincoln to attend the Find your Feet Careers Fair, I remember the position I was in only a year ago applying for jobs and pretending my final year project didn’t exist- it did and that deadline will come however much you put it off! However, I can honestly say the hard work was worth it and I was in the lucky position to be able to choose from graduate offers to get the right role for me. I look at the facilities now and I am amazed at how things have come along and what a great position students of the School of Computer Science are in today to be employable when they reach the end of level three / four.

However far away that seems, try and spend some time applying and practicing for interviews, show off your skills and work on your weaknesses, there is so much support available in the University, you just have to access it!”

It’s great to see Luke is applying his skills and knowledge learnt during his time at Lincoln and we wish him the very best in his future career!

You can find out more about the School of Computer Science online.

Isaac Newton Building to inspire scientists of the future

The University of Lincoln’s Isaac Newton Building, which has become home to thousands of scientists, engineers and mathematicians of the future, has been officially opened today (Thursday 19th October) by the UK’s most senior scientist, Professor Sir Mark Walport.Sir Mark, the Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), visited the University’s Brayford Campus as special guest at a ceremony marking the official opening of the major new science and engineering facility.

As the new home of Lincoln’s Schools of Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics and Physics, and the base for the University’s growing strategic partnership with Siemens, the £28 million Isaac Newton Building represents a vibrant hub of academic teaching and learning, pioneering research, and collaboration with international industrial partners.

Credit: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite.
Credit: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite.

The building – named after one of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons, the great 17th century mathematician and physicist who was born at Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth near Grantham, Lincolnshire – highlights the institution’s significant growth, support for industry, and commitment to the provision and advancement of key STEM subjects.

Sir Mark said: “It was an honour and a pleasure to open the Isaac Newton Building today. This splendid building brings together researchers from the Schools of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics and Physics. It has been designed to foster collaboration between these disciplines – and importantly to bring in the arts and design skills of the University of Lincoln.

“The University, through its partnerships with Siemens and other businesses, both large and small, and with the city and region, is building on the engineering and technological heritage of Lincoln and Lincolnshire. It epitomises the importance of the city and regional partnerships that are necessary to underpin local and regional growth and productivity.”

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, added: “The Isaac Newton Building represents the latest in a series of major new developments to support our growth in science and engineering capabilities. It shows what can be accomplished by listening and responding to the skills and innovation needs of industry, both locally and nationally, and we are grateful to our partners and our funders for the faith and vision they have shown in this endeavour over the past eight years.

“It’s fitting that it is named in honour of perhaps the greatest scientific mind of all time, and one of Lincolnshire’s own, Sir Isaac Newton. We hope that by giving our students and staff the best environment possible to pursue their studies, we can equip and inspire future generations of pioneering thinkers to follow in Newton’s footsteps. It is the discoveries, large and small, that will be made in the Isaac Newton Building over the coming years that will be the biggest tribute to his legacy. We are delighted that the UK’s most senior scientist, Professor Sir Mark Walport, has opened the new building where we will develop scientists, engineers and mathematicians of the future.”

The building includes new teaching spaces, specialist robotics facilities, scientific laboratories and workshops, offices, and advanced research equipment. It also houses a 500-seat lecture theatre – the largest lecture theatre on campus – and a new café. With an overall internal area of approximately 7,000 square metres, the facility represents the largest building on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus.

Professor Andrew Hunter, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said: “Over the last decade we have made major investments in science in the form of new buildings, courses and academic departments. The aim has been not only to offer new opportunities for students, but to provide the skills, expertise and facilities our region needs now and in future for economic success. We are already seeing the results, from award-winning industry collaborations to national excellence in teaching and world-leading research.

“The Isaac Newton Building makes even more of this possible by bringing engineering, mathematics, physics and computer science together under one roof. It will provide fertile new ground for ideas to grow, particularly at the intersections of subject disciplines where the most innovative and influential ideas are often found through disciplinary convergence.”

The new building will ultimately provide a backdrop for an apple tree grown from a rare cutting taken from the tree which was thought to have inspired Sir Isaac Newton. The University of Lincoln was gifted a graft of the tree, from which it is reputed Newton saw an apple fall causing him to speculate upon the nature of gravitation during the ‘Year of Wonders’ (1665-66), when he achieved his most notable works. Since being donated to the University by Woolsthorpe Manor, which is managed by the National Trust, the cutting has been nurtured by scientists and once suitably mature will be planted next to the new Isaac Newton Building.

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PRaVDA project highly commended in British Engineering Excellence Awards

On 5th October, the annual British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAS) were held in the Honourable Artillery Company, London.

In attendance were industry leaders, all with the hope of winning a prize for their contribution to engineering. The event itself, launched in 2009, demonstrates the breadth and vitality of the UK’s engineering and innovation capabilities.

Prof Allinson pictured, far left, along with fellow prize winners.
Prof Allinson pictured, far left, along with fellow prize winners.

The University of Lincoln came second in winning the ‘Best Design Team’ award for their PRaVDA project, led by the University of Lincoln’s Prof Nigel Allinson, MBE, School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln.

You can find out more about the School of Computer Science online.



Student showcases VR work at EduLearn 2017

School of Computer Science student, Andrew Cardwell, was given the opportunity to present his work at EduLearn 2017, Barcelona. 

BSc (Hons) Games Computing student Andrew (pictured, far right) demonstrated his work on the use of virtual reality in education through a case study of Crime Scene Investigation at the Virtual Reality Experience session which he chaired.

Andrew said: “It was a great experience as I got to share my work with other researchers and professors using Virtual Reality from all around the globe and was also able to learn from their work.”

Andrew’s CSI work provides the user with the ability to step into a virtual crime scene with pre-loaded set ups aimed at developing various skills. The VR programme also works dynamically and can be programmed to change in real-time as the user moves through different crime scenes.

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Andrew’s case study was co-authored with academics from the School of Computer Science and Dr Ruth Croxton, Forensic Science Programme Leader, School of Chemistry, University of Lincoln. You can read the paper here.

Find out more about the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK.