Department of CS newsletterPublished: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
Weekly newsletter for the Department of CS
[ top ]News from Head of Department
The Aurora leadership development programme for women (deadline 17th Dec) for details see:
The scheme is open to both PS and academic staff. The application asks for a supporting statement from the Head of School; I am willing and able to do this on Alice's behalf.
There was a practice fire evacuation from the Kilburn Building on 24th November.
Overall this went well.
However, there were two issues of note:
1. Some taught students in computer clusters attempted to ignore the fire alarm. This is obviously not a good thing.
2. WE had an insufficiency of Fire Marshalls. The evacuation took only just over three minutes, where it usually takes a bit over six minutes. This appears to be due to the low building occupancy and herein lies the lack of Fire Marshalls. We need to recruit more Fire Marshalls. In the University’s H&S arrangement Chapter 7: Fire Safety, the role of an FEM is specified https://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=13925 In brief, this is to do a sweep of part of the building to make sure people leave the building.
Training for being a Fire Marshall is available. If willing to take on this role, please email James Fields (James.Fields@Manchester.ac.uk) by 17 December.
[ top ]News and announcements
Michelle Fox (DSOM) officially leaves Computer Science for her 12 month secondment to SEP at the end of this month.
To mark this occasion we would like to invite you to say farewell on Tuesday 14th December at 11.00 a.m in the Staff/Postgraduate Common Room.
Please note this date and time in your diaries - we look forward to wishing Michelle well.
[ top ]Wellbeing
Come and donate to Wood Street Mission Christmas appeal and eat delicious homemade cake!
We will be set up in the Kilburn 1st floor foyer area, near to the Turing Lounge from 10-11am. Bring your cash and a coffee and enjoy a well-earned break!
Exclusive...Guess the Weight
...of a delicious homemade Christmas cake made by our very own Marion Morris!
£1 per guess. Whoever guesses closest gets the cake!
See what we are raising money for here: HOME - Wood Street Mission
Why not bake? If you would like to bake and donate your delicious creation please bring to CSOPS 2.03 before 10am on the day. You will need to have ingredient information to go with it such as gluten, nuts etc. Thanks!
Highlight of the Week:
Keeping up with your exercise both online and in person
Be Active face to face classes and Zoom during December and January
Heart Heroes are a group of trained students delivering Basic Life Support (BLS) training including CPR, recovery position and choking to people in the community.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
[ top ]Events
Winter graduation ceremonies will be going ahead in-person and the Computer Science ceremony will take place at 10am on Wednesday 15th December. We will be holding a drinks reception from 11am - 12:15pm, 15th December in the marquee outside Whitworth Hall to celebrate our graduates' achievements. All staff are invited to come along to the marquee so please do join us if you are able.
Note that the ceremony and marquee reception have been risk assessed. I will let you know should circumstances change.
Please join us for our forthcoming Atlas Talk (online) in Computer Science
Joining details: https://zoom.us/j/98513350116 Passcode 910561
Title - Learning from Disagreements
Speaker - Professor Massimo Poesio (joint work with Alexandra Uma, Dina Almanea, Tommaso Fornaciari, Dirk Hovy, Silviu Paun, and Barbara Plank)
Hosts - Professor Sophia Ananiadou & Professor Angelo Cangelosi
For Abstract and further details:
[ top ]PSS News
We are pleased to welcome new intern Arséne Werlen who joined SSO on Monday 6th December. Arséne joins Lisa, Cameron and Alyx in the Undergraduate Team and will be supporting with primarily Undergraduate related activities.
SSO has expanded rapidly over the past few months as a result of our increased student numbers, however we are now fully staffed which is very positive. A reminder of SSO currently;
Hannah Cousins - T&L Manager
Lisa Wright - Senior UG Administrator
Cameron Macdonald - UG Assistant
Alyx Adams - UG Assistant
Arséne Werlen - UG Intern
Graham Richardson - Senior PG Administrator
Chris Calland - PG Administrator
Sharon Chai - PG Intern
Mabel Yau - Careers & Employability Officer
Anna Warburton-Ball - Student Experience Intern
Maria Sloan - Welfare Administrator
Guy Malkin - Welfare Administrator
Selina Low - T&L Intern
[ top ]Social Responsibility
Thank you so much to all those of you who donated gifts for the Wood Street Mission charity. You are amazing!
They have just now been picked up and are now on their way to Wood Street to be sorted and wrapped.
What a wonderful thought that a child will be opening your donation on Christmas morning.
Remember our bake sale on Tuesday - all donations to Wood Street.