School of Computing
hackpompey is back
hackpompey: wearables is the fourth in a series of free events organised by University of Portsmouth students and local coders, creatives, computing enthusiasts and technologists. This event takes place on Saturday 21 November from 9:30am to 6pm at Innovation Space on Hampshire Terrace with refreshments provided throughout the day.
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.”
Can Claire double her distance?
Final year computing student, Claire Wraight will take part in the Regents Park 10k run in March, once again running for the mental health charity, Mind.
Doubling the distance that she ran in October last year as part of the Great South Run 5k race, she's also doubled her fundraising target to £200. Support Claire's efforts by pledging a donation on her Just Giving page.
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).