As part of an ongoing partnership between delivery and logistics company DPD and Staffordshire University, the Schools of Computing & Digital Technologies and Creative Arts & Engineering ran a highly successful Design Sprint competition for students as part of the recent FutureFest event in November.
Students spent a full day busily working in groups to create and design solutions for various challenge topics provided by DPD, and presented these to a prestigious panel of judges which included our own VC, Professor Liz Barnes, the CEO of DPD, DwainMcDonald, and School Deans Professor Eunice Ma and Professor David Hawkins.
Twelve teams presented their ideas with the three best teams awarded not only prizes, but also the opportunity to work further with DPD on future projects. All teams impressed the judges with their innovative suggestions and pitching skills, and picking the winners was a challenge in itself!
Huge congratulations to everyone who took part, and to our winning students!
Mr Awad AlRasheed, PhD research student from the School of Computing & Digital Technologies, scoops the award for Best Presentation at the 19th International Conference on Knowledge Management Systems.
Supervised by Head of Computing at Staffordshire University Russell Campion, Mr AlRasheed has also been honored as an outstanding PhD Research Student by His Excellency the Saudi Cultural Attaché Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Ali Almagushi at the Saudi Embassy in London in September 2017 and presented to HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, the Saudi Ambassador in the Saudi National Day Celebration.
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.”
We recently held our annual graduate exhibition GradEx right here at Staffs, taking over huge areas of the university to bring you the most up-to-date and exciting innovations created by our third year students.
Click Here to find out what The Sentinel had to say about this great day!
Vivian Murray, exhibiting her Games Software Design
On Sunday May 7th Staffs Uni went head-to-head against Keele in a number of eSports titles to determine who would be crowned winner.
With a rise in eSports over the past few years thanks to streaming services such as Twitch & big deal sponsorship, there’s never been a better time to get involved.
Games included competative staples such as Overwatch, CS:GO, League of Legends and Smash 4 amongst others over the whole day, with other events for spectators including a Halo 4 tournament, free to play gaming stations, and a VR demo area run by Overclockers UK.
While Keele may have taken the win for this event, Staffs will be hungry for a comeback in the near future.
For more information about studying eSports and games design, why not come to one of our Open Days?