Friday July 7th saw host to the annual Computer Science In Schools Conference, held for the first time in our brand new Mellor Building facilities on our College Road campus.
The event saw educators and computing specialists from across the area come together to discuss and improve the ways in which computing is taught in our primary and high schools, with keynotes & panel sessions from examining bodies AQA and OCR, as well as a number of other workshops available through out the day.
With such a positive response from this years event, 2018 looks to be an even bigger year for Computer Science In Schools Conference.
A special thank you to our sponsors for the event; AQA, OCR, Cambridge Institute and BCS.
Congratulations to all of our students who graduated on Friday!
It was great to see the School of Computing and Digital Technologies out in force for the grand finale of Awards Week 2017. Despite the day starting off a little on the dark side, the sun came out to see lots of our students and staff enjoying the day with family and friends on the beautiful Trentham Estate.
Our Computing graduands were up first in the morning ceremony, where Carol and Kevin Shanahan received the joint award of Honorary Doctor to recognise their work and the thriving local business they set up together – Synectics Solutions.
“Change always equals opportunity for someone,” Kevin told our new graduates. “Major change equals major opportunities, and it’s up to you guys to go and seize them.”
The company employs over 350 people – including two Staffordshire University alumni on the senior leadership team – and has taken many students on placement over the years.
“We’re absolutely delighted that the Class of 2017 are coming to Synectics,” added Carol, explaining that three of this year’s graduates will be joining the company.
Then our Film and Media, Journalism, Games and Visual Effects students took to the stage in the afternoon for what Vice-Chancellor Liz Barnes described as “probably the liveliest ceremony of the week”! Staffordshire-born explorer, photographer and writer Major Levison Wood received his honorary doctorate, and he too had some inspirational words for our graduates:
“This isn’t the end; it’s only the beginning of a new great adventure, which you should be very excited about.”