Good News from the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering
11 December 2018
The latest Good News from the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering
Leeds International Film Festival & Jenny Schofield:
A film by Jenny Schofield, Senior Lecturer on the Digital Journalism and Broadcast Media Technologies awards, was the opening film at the Leeds International Film Festival on Thursday 1st November at Leeds Town Hall.
Further information about Jenny's film can be found here. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work for Jenny, who thoroughly deserved her success. We are all excited to learn that Universal Studios have picked up the distribution rights for the film.
Code First: Girls
This week saw the finale of our very first Code First: Girls course here at Leeds Beckett University. Our Computing and Business Information Technology students have been instructors on this course which involved teaching female students (from non-computing courses) how to code. The students demonstrated a phenomenal effort to get to this stage in just a few short weeks! Thanks to our instructors Hubert Zieba, Robert Crossland, Jamie H., Jack Saxby and Halima.
The course has proved so popular that the course will run again next semester and we are looking to recruit and train more of our students as instructors. A special thank you to Katie Cliff from the Enterprise team who involved us in the initiative and helped us create contacts in the region.
We had a guest lecture from Steven Parkinson, UK Education Manager, Autodesk Education Experiences talking to our students about the Future of Making Things. This allowed our students to discuss what the "factory of the future" will look like.
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (John Elliott):
As part of winning one of the successful bids to exhibit our research, I attended an all-day planning meeting at their London Academy.
For this meeting we discussed many topics on organising and refining our ideas for this week long event. As with previous encounters, their support and organising team is second to none and by the end of the day, many a new idea had percolated up and fortunately my thoughts have excited and galvanised their media and organising personnel. So expect some interesting developments next summer.
Here's a link to the event (for general info)
There is an embargo on spoilers until their media initiative is launched. It is predicted that there will be lots of very interesting potential for high volume media and legacy interest. Journalists, TV, Science VIPs, MPs, all the major funders (EPSRC, Welcome Trust etc.), as well as specially invited guests and VCs will be in attendance.
The Royal Society said "make a big deal out of it...it is a great achievement for you to be exhibiting here; it is a fantastic achievement.... exhibits showcasing some of the best research being done right now across the UK".
Our team is headed by St Andrews but the heart of the content will be my research. More than anything, it is a great honour to realise that the top scientists in the land value and rate one's work, to an extent that it is chosen against many others.
The school of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering organised a 3 day Great Outdoors residential for our level 4 and 6 students.
Carnegie Great Outdoors is a department within Leeds Beckett University. They provide innovative experiences that combine adventure and education in a positive and creative environment. The key features of the residential was to:
• Get to know their academic tutors and teaching staff
• Build friendships with other students on their course
• Enhance their health and wellbeing
• Participate in exciting adventurous activities
• Work cooperatively and support others in challenging situations
• Develop improved communication, problem solving and decision making skills
• Improve confidence, overcome fears and develop greater independence
• Connect with nature and the environment
• Have fun!
The students took on many activities during the residential trip. On the first day, they went for an amazing five hour walk around Malham and the area. The following day, the students went caving in Thistle Runscar Caves, and participants needed to draw on their understanding of leadership and communication as they took their turn at leading the team. Students also climbed and abseiled Great Close Scar with qualified climbing instructors overseeing the group's safety. Climbing is a valuable activity for building confidence and trust and interdependence within groups.
The final day saw students working on team challenges. These activities included a variety of problem solving, team building and communication tasks and scenarios, in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere.
Overall the quote of the trip from one student was “I cannot believe I just did that, I’m buzzing!”