Today's episode features an interview with 2016 BSc Computer Science graduate Todd Davies, who came back to Manchester recently to present a guest lecture to our current Undergraduates.
Todd is now working full time as a Software Engineer at the Google Offices in Munich, Germany. After initially undertaking a summer internship, Todd starting working there full time last year.
We talk about a range of things, including the google recruitment process, and what his role entails in Munich. We also discuss his experiences on degree, his infamous 'Todd's Notes' and the surprising price of Lederhosen!
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Today's episode features an extended interview with 2 key academic staff that help shape the Software Engineering course here in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, both at Undergraduate level and at Advanced Computer Science for MSc study.
We talk to Dr Bijan Parsia and Dr Suzanne Embury about the many challenges of teaching the subject, what different techniques they use, the importance of team working and collaboration with Industry, and what skill sets they believe make a really good Software Engineer.
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Episode 19 of the CS@Manchester Podcast features interviews with a range of our Undergraduate students (now graduates!) at our recent summer graduation.
Gavin Donald from our Student Support office managed to catch up with graduates in the marquee and lawn outside the Alan Gilbert Common Rooms, whilst celebrating their achievements with family and friends, after the graduation ceremony in the Whitworth Hall.
He asks them how they were feeling after graduating, what their highlights have been in Manchester and where they are heading off for the next step of their career.
Featured in the interviews are Theodora Bors, Yazan Mehyar, Grzegorz Jancekow, Josh Dawes, Andi Zhang, Bryn Hanby-Roberts , Joe Razavi and Natalie Silver.
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Episode 18 of the CS@Manchester podcast focuses on life in Computer Science from an Industry perspective, with an interview with Craig Dean, the CEO of Web Applications UK: https://www.webapplicationsuk.com.
We speak to Craig about his first interest in computers, his fascinating career path, including a life changing experience working for a few years in Africa and his thoughts on computer science education. He tells us why he loves to find out something he doesn't know and acknowledging the fact that as a developer there should always be more to learn.
We also talk about his focus on community engagement and instilling a passion for coding and developing to students, school children and adults.
Craig has done a number of guest lectures at the University, including his 'To Boldly Go' talk, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WebAppsUK
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Episode 17 of the CS@Manchester features an interview with Professor David J. Malan from Harvard University.
We were delighted to be joined by David, who visited Manchester to present to the School and support a student hackathon event organised by our own HackSoc Manchester.
We spoke to him about the origins and ethos of CS50, what makes it so unique and how it's delivered on campus at Harvard and the incredible impact it's having on students worldwide.
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Episode 16 of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with Jon Parkinson, a PhD student here coming to the end of the four-year programme.
Jon talks to us about why he chose to change his career and study computer science, why he came to choose to study in the area of Machine learning.
We talk about how he's enjoyed the course and what it feels like to reach the end of the PhD.
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Part two of our Hackathon special episodes features interviews with organisers, sponsors and hackers at the Student Hack V event at Media City.
Featured in the episode is second year HCI student Stefania Hristea and Ankur Banerjee from @Accenture, who sponsored the event and set a hack challenge (@ankurb).
Also I speak to Luke Beamish, a first year hacking at the event, sponsors Julian Bucknall and Mohammad Azzam from @Barclays bank and finally organiser Ben Possible (@benpossible), a student currently out on his industrial experience year, with former PhD student and mentor Andrew Leeming (@leemingA).
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Part 1 of Episode 15 of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with Cristian Bodnar, a second year student here and one of the organisers of the Student Hack V event, which is at Media city this weekend (10-12 March 2017). Cristian is also member of the HackSoc here in the School of Computer Science.
I ask him what hackathons are all about, why he's got involved and what someone would expect to get out of attending one of these huge events!
Part two will be released next week, featuring interviews with participants and other organisers at the event this weekend.
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Today's episode features an interview with Dave Ames and Sarah Zaman, two members of the CAS Regional Centre, the North West base of the Computing At School.
The Regional Centre is a major new initiative to build regional support for computing in all Primary and Secondary schools. It is run jointly by the University of Manchester (School of Computer Science) and Edge Hill University, and is funded by the Department of Education through BCS (CAS).
We talk about the work that they've been doing across the region with school children, and the role they play in supporting teachers tackle the change in curriculum in Computer Science. We also celebrate their recent successes including a Better World award, recognising their work in Widening Participation.
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Today's episode of the CS@Manchester podcast poses the question - 'What exactly IS Computer Science?' to three academics from the School here in Manchester.
They are Dr Caroline Jay, Dr Gavin Brown and Dr Eva Navarro-Lopez.
We also ask what is unique about the culture here in the School and what reasons a student might consider joining to study at the University of Manchester, the birthplace of Computer Science.
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