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School of Computer Science celebrates International Women’s Day 2018!

Today is International Women’s Day. In celebration of this yearly event, we met with some of our female students to find out the projects they’re undertaking as part of their studies at the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln UK.

After being recognised for its commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine), the University of Lincoln achieved a Bronze Award in 2014 as part of the Athena SWAN Charter.

In addition, the women in science, engineering and technology group (WiSE@Lincoln) was set up at the University in 2012 to coordinate and deliver sustained support, guidance, training and inspiration for the Lincoln women in science, engineering and technology. The WiSE group is headed up by the Eleanor Glanville Centre, an interdisciplinary centre for inclusion, diversity and equality at the University of Lincoln.

You can find out more about some of our female students’ research below!

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International Women’s Day ​​(March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.​ ​International Women’s Day​ (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD run by the Suffragettes in 1911.​ IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

www.internationalwomensday.com

Join in the discussion on Twitter using #IWD2018

Great success for MSc Computer Science Graduate at Lincoln

Mark Pastuszka, student at the School of Computer Science received his Master’s degree qualification and was also presented with a School Award, at the University of Lincoln’s Graduation in January 2018.

Mark originally joined the University of Lincoln, enrolling on the BSc Computer Science programme. After his successful graduation,  he decided to continue his education with the University, studying the MSc Computer Science course. Both programmes are currently accredited by the British Computer Society.

As well as receiving his Master’s level qualification, Mark was also presented with Award for Most Significant Contribution to the School of Computer Science – a well deserved accolade, Mark undertook a dedicated role as Student Ambassador for the School, along with many other supporting roles throughout his time at Lincoln.

Delighted to have been singled out for success, Mark said, “Now I’ve finished my courses, I’ve recently started as a Software Developer at Impero Software in Nottingham.
I know it sounds a bit cliché but, honestly, the past four years at the University of Lincoln have been the best years of my life so far- Lincoln has helped make me who I am today. It was a life changing experience, I learnt so much, found a career path that I love, and made life long friends.”

A huge congratulations to Mark and we will enjoy keeping in touch with him as his career progresses!

Our Computer Science Undergraduate and MSc programmes are currently accredited by the British Computer Society, and the University of Lincoln is also affiliated with the Institution of Analysts and Programmers – find out more here.

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.

SoCS student papers presented at two key European conferences

School of Computer Science students Carl Gowan, Jack Laurel and Scott Ringham now have two publications to add to their CVs following their participation in last year’s SoCS undergraduate research opportunities scheme.

The students worked alongside SoCS staff Bruce Hargrave, Dr Kevin Jacques and Dr David Cobham to carry out research into the benefits of setting up on-campus student enterprises. The research focused on a previous project where a group of students from across the University participated in a structured hackathon event called “Appfest”. After the hackathon event had taken place a number of those who had taken part were invited to form a student enterprise to develop apps for clients both inside the University and from further afield.

Scott, Jack and Carl’s research was into the effectiveness of using hackathons to set up high tech student businesses. Their first paper was accepted at the 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference and the three travelled to Valencia (pictured here with Dean for Transnational Education Dr David Cobham) to present their findings. A second paper was then written focussing on the successfulness of the student enterprise created, one year on from the original hackathon. This has been accepted and will be presented at the 9th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona next week.

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What is the SoCS undergraduate research opportunities scheme?

Each year a number of students successfully apply to take up paid employment through the month of July working on a range of research projects in the School. As well as contributing to the Schools research outputs the scheme is an excellent opportunity to bring staff and students together to work on research projects and for students to hone their technical and research skills. All students are encouraged to write up their findings and, with the help of the academic members of staff involved, to submit the paper to a conference or a journal. Where these are accepted the School undertakes to cover the cost of travel and attendance at the conference. Previous students have presented at conferences not only in the UK and Europe but also as far afield as Canada, the United States, China and Taiwan.