EU Code Week!

DSC06306.JPGAs a part of EU Code Week programme Computing@UCLan organized a coding session for all UCLan students. The idea of the event was to make coding more visible, demystify these skills, and to bring motivated people together. All students regardless of their background (computing or non-computing) were encouraged to join the event. There were many attendees at the session from different UCLan’s Schools and short survey revealed high student satisfaction. The session was led by Dr. Marija Katic, Dr. Daniel Bowen Fitton, Dr. Matthew Paul Leslie Horton and a PhD student Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas. Find out more about EU Code Week @


International Agent Conference 2015

Last week saw 40+ international agents visit us on the UCLan campus from all over the world. We had a fantastic time in the School showing them round and talking to them about our innovative research and our teaching catalogue.

Graham and I even find time to take our India Regional Manager Govind out for some lovely Caribbean food.




Public Lecture: Jofish Kaye

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 14.09.03Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye, Senior Research Scientist, Flickr and Yahoo! Labs will be giving a talk titled Sharing Feelings, Photos & Passwords on Monday, 1st June 2015, 7:00pm, TVI Lecture Theatre, Adelphi Building, UCLan. Please register on EventBrite if you plan to attend at

Every day we make decisions about which technologies to use: what phone to buy, how to share files with collaborators, how to check your bank balance. These choices are not just about the best technology for you to use as an individual, but also about the decisions made by your colleagues, family, friends and others around you. In this talk, I’ll discuss research with over 180 participants exploring how people share passwords, how they manage their bank accounts and finances, and how they store, share and safeguard their photos, documents and data. I’ll talk about the complex moral and emotional decisions people navigate as they make these decisions, and discuss implications for the design of financial tools, next-generation password access, and tools to help us manage our data.
Jofish Kaye is a Senior Research Scientist at Flickr and Yahoo Labs. His research explores the social, cultural, and technological effects of technology on people, and how people’s decisions and behaviors can change and improve those technologies. His previous work has ranged from studies of long distant relationships and computerized smell output to visualizations of Twitter and academic publications. He is co-Chair of the CHI 2016 conference, occasionally teaches at Stanford University, and has a Ph.D in Information Science from Cornell, a Masters degree in Media Arts & Sciences and a B.S. in Cognitive Science, both from MIT.


1st Year Computing Students Go Bowling

We took all 1st Year Computing students bowling this week, and we even paid! It was fun and there was quite a lot of friendly banter (and sometimes even bouts of serious competition) floating around the place. Exams are in a few weeks and bowling is a good way to de-stress before that final push to the finish line.

Quotes from some of the students who attended…

Just wanna thank all those who organised it for the bowling today. Was good fun and a good break from the norm!”

Glad I came down, even if I was disgraced by my shoddy bowling.





UCLan Future Leaders Programme

LeadershipThe UCLan Future Leaders Programme starts next month in April 2015 and lasts for 12 months. It is open to all first and second year undergraduate students across the whole of the University. This is a great chance for students to gain a leadership qualification as it is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and fully funded by UCLan, so it is at no cost to students.

Leadership1It’s a great opportunity for students to gain new skills. It is also a fantastic addition to a CV and it adds value to it. We are very proud that this year we got quite a few students from Computing through the tough selection process. Initially, students have to fill in an application and write a personal statement. Once they have been approved through that they need to attend a selection day at the army barracks, it’s very challenging but also lots of fun. Those students who manage to get through the selection day then need to attend a residential. It is only after completing all these stages that a student can join the leadership programme.