21 September 2009
National Student Survey
The following table describes the performance of the school in the National Student Survey, which involves final year undergraduates. An analysis of the results for the university under Computer Science (this includes computing programmes within the school, across schools, and in other schools) gives a similar outcome. These results are for internal use only for the time being; the university level results become public (via http://www.unistats.com/) on 29th September, when we can see how we have done compared with others.
In essence, we have improved on most headings, but not overall satisfaction (although the university level overall satisfaction score for the discipline goes up from 74 to 80, which will be the most important one for potential applicants). As such, this is a positive result, although we need not to be too euphoric; the results in 2008 were hit by poor scores from a cohort that were badly messed about by university restructuring, so we are still nowhere near our 2007 Overall Satisfaction result of 89%.
Overall, the university will be disappointed with its performance, which is worse in 2009 than in 2008. This means that there will be significant interest in the steps schools are taking to improve performance in future years, and as a school we will be seeking to identify appropriate actions (in particular in relation to Assessment and Feedback). In this setting, please feel encouraged to pass on ideas for actions to the Teaching Strategy team (Ian Watson and Pete Jinks).
Research Student Best Thesis and Best Paper Prizes
Each year, at the Symposium, prizes are awarded for the best PhD thesis examined, and the best paper published, in the previous year.
This year the School prize for best thesis will go to Gwenn Englebienne for his thesis 'Animating Faces from Speech', which has gone forward to the BCS/CHCP Distinguished Dissertation Competition. Gwenn also presented part of the work at the prestigious NIPS conference in 2007. Congratulations to Gwenn!
We request nominations of papers by PhD students for the 2009 prizes. Thus, if you are:
1. A student who has published a good paper during the last 12 months or so, please encourage your supervisor to put it forward for the best paper prize.
2. A supervisor one or more of whose students published a good paper during the last 12 months or so, please encourage your supervisor to put it forward for the prizes.
3. A research group leader, please ensure that one or more good papers published by research students in your group are put forward for the prizes.
The deadline for submission is Thursday 1 October. This is a hard deadline.
Next Generation Nucleic Acid Sequencing Meeting 24 Sept
Recently developed sequencing platforms represent a major improvement in throughput and cost per base when compared to previous generation technologies. The availability of deep sequencing platforms potentially has high impact for enabling nucleic acid sequence based discovery.
This meeting is intended to act as a forum where delegates can share and learn from the experiences researchers have gained through using different platforms.
The event is free to attend. The number of delegates is limited to approx 50 individuals to be selected by the Organizing Committee. Please contact Christopher Cowan for enquiries.
Square Kilometre Array Lunch 25 Sept
Antennas and front-ends for the SKA: progress and prospects.
Neil Roddis, Domain Specialist in Receptors at the SKA Program Development Office
12.30pm-1.30pm in the Lovell Seminar Room , room 3.225,
University Foundation day lecture 14 Oct
The University marks its foundation each year with a Foundation Lecture given by someone of renown. The President and Vice-Chancellor would like to invite as many members of staff as possible from across the University to attend this prestigious event.
The 2009 Foundation Lecture will be delivered by Professor
Sir John Sulston, Chair of the
The full programme is as follows:
Reception: 4.00pm University Place
Lecture: 4.30 pm University Place
If you are interested in attending, please request a ticket by emailing Lesley Sisson with your name, School and address. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Tutorial Announcement - Implementing Ontologies in OWL 11-12 Nov
The BioHealth Informatics group at the
This two-day introductory ‘hands-on’ workshop aims to
provide attendees with both the theoretical foundations and practical
experience to begin building OWL ontologies using the latest version of the
Protégé-OWL tools (Protege4). It is based on