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School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester
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May 15, 2017 03:34 AM PDT

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

Follow @webappsuk

Follow and get in touch with the podcast team @csmcr

April 20, 2017 07:39 AM PDT

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.

Find out more about CS50 here:

April 07, 2017 06:52 AM PDT

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.

I hope you enjoy today's episode. If you have any ideas for what you would like to be featured in this podcast please contact us!


Find out more about studying a PhD in the School of Computer Science:
More on the Machine learning research group:

March 16, 2017 05:10 AM PDT

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).

Want to find out more about Hackathons in manchester?

Check out the Hacksoc pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HackSocManc/

March 10, 2017 07:58 AM PST

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.

If you want to contact us just send us a tweet! @csmcr

February 24, 2017 06:36 AM PST

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.

If you wish to contact the CAS team please email casmanchester@computingatschool.org.uk

November 24, 2016 07:51 AM PST

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.

If you would like to contact the podcast team then please either email:
or tweet us @csmcr

September 22, 2016 07:09 AM PDT

Our latest episode of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with Laura Howarth-Kirke from the BBC.

Laura graduated from the School of Computer Science in 2013 and won SET Student of the Year. She has since worked at the BBC under firstly their graduate scheme and now as a software developer.

We discuss how and why she first became interested in Computer Science, her role and experiences working at the BBC and what future technologies she expects to see in the future that will change our behaviour with the web and TV.

You can tweet us @csmcr if you have any questions and see our full archive of podcasts here:

July 26, 2016 06:50 AM PDT

Our final year Computer Science students graduated last week, which included a formal ceremony followed by a Champagne reception celebration in the Kilburn Building. There were over 400 people in the glorious Manchester sunshine toasting our successful graduates, including many families and friends alongside academics and support staff from the School.

We managed to catch up with a few of our students (who are, in order by appearance: George Vanbrugh, Lora Lovchalieva, Veneta Haralampieva & Anmol Khurana) and ask them about their experiences as an undergraduate here in Manchester and where they plan to go next, now they have graduated.

We also speak to Toby Howard (http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~toby/), our Undergraduate director, on a proud day for everyone in the School, where we get to celebrate the fantastic achievements of so many students, as their journey at Manchester comes to an end.

Tweet us @csmcr or if you have any enquiries about our degree programmes then please email

You can also follow Veneta's full student experience by visiting her blog site: http://www.mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/veneta-haralampieva/

May 20, 2016 08:03 AM PDT

We interviewed 4 of our recent Computer Science graduates attending a recent Alumni event back at the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester.

Featured in the episode are:

Stephanie Cook
Software Engineer, BBC

Mihai Anca
Software Developer, Envoy (Formerly working at Twitter in Silicon Valley)

Qasim Ashraf
Software Engineer, Appsense

Zac Hamid,
Graduate Software Developer, IBM

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