Faculty of Technology
Engineering alumnus interviewed
Tobi Asehinde from Nigeria, studied for a master’s (MEng) degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Portsmouth.
He graduated in 2012, and just two years later, he’s now the founder and Managing Director of Vibe Web Solutions, a web consultant for Lagos Eko Project and Assistant Honorary Secretary of the Nigeria-Britain Association.
On the British Council website, Tobi talks about studying in the UK, exploring the link between technology and business, and bringing those lessons back to build a successful career in Nigeria.
Long Service Awards
The annual Long Service Awards 2014 were held on Friday 12 December in The Hub.
Staff were presented with certificates by Vice-Chancellor, Graham Galbraith, with 32 members of staff being recognised for 25 years’ service and three members of staff receiving certificates for 40 years’ service.
Peter Brook, HR Director, talking about the awards ceremony, said: ‘It was an enjoyable occasion, and it was a pleasure to meet and congratulate staff who were being recognised for having dedicated so much of their working life to the success of the University.’
Colleagues from the Faculty of Technology who collected certificates for 25 years' service included Shirley Begg, School Manager, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, Dominic Fox, Head of Department, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, Andrew Little, Principal Lecturer, School of Engineering, and John Williams, Reader in Environmental Technology, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying.
Martin Oliver, Principal Technician, School of Engineering collected a certificate for 40 years' service.
Advancing women’s careers in STEM
The University has been awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
The national awards encourage and celebrate good employment practices for women working in STEM in higher education and research. They are awarded by the Equality Challenge Unit.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “This is a significant achievement for the University which confirms our determination to identify and remove gender bias and ensure we have an inclusive culture that values all staff.
“I am personally looking forward to working within the Athena SWAN framework not only to satisfy our commitments related to our Bronze award, but also to build towards an institutional Silver award.”
The University joined the Athena SWAN charter in 2011 and made a commitment to the six charter principles, which included a pledge to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts in STEM areas, which is one of the key objectives of the action plan over the next three years.
Professor Janis Shute, Chair of the University’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, said: “I am extremely pleased that the University has achieved this recognition. Through the action plan, as well as individual departmental awards, the University aims to remain responsive to the challenges that face women in STEM and ensure that good practice in gender equality, which benefits both men and women, is shared across all areas.”
Computing students make great strides
Two final year BSc Computing students completed the 5K Great South Run on Saturday 25 October 2014. The 5k run is a hugely popular addition to the Great South Run Weekend, particularly for first-time runners looking to take their first strides towards the longer 10 mile event which takes place the following day.
Gary Alderman ran for personal achievement while Claire Wraight (pictured) ran for mental health charity, MIND. Claire said, "I got 30 mins 48 secs for my time and I ended up raising £200 so I'm really pleased!"
Top teams solve progamming problems
On Saturday 4 October 2014 twelve undergraduate students from the School of Computing took part in a UK and Ireland-wide programming competition sponsered by IBM and Google. The competition challenged the students to solve mathematically-oriented programming problems in the fastest possible time.
Top performing Portsmouth team, Katnat (Katie Steele and Natalia Morel) were followed closely by The Toddlers (Todd Perry, Craig Wilson and David Williams). Alex Bright (working alone) and two second year teams also took part for the first time, BLT (Bethany Griggs, Lewis Capitanchik and Thomas Punt) and Up4It (David Ralph, Andrew Stanton & Martin Vasilev).