There have been complaints about the smoking at the front of the building at Forrest Hill, staff and students have been asked to move from the main entrance.
Update: This seems to have escalated in the meantime and is now beyond our control. Following an incident yesterday staff of the University’s Communication and Marketing Team have passed this on to the Security and Estates and Buildings teams, respectively. Communication and Marketing staff have been advised by their management to immediately report any incidents of smoking in the designated non-smoking areas to the University’s Security Team.
The School runs a Mechanical Workshop and there is a chance to have guided tours to show the equipment is has, it may prove to be useful for projects. Some of the equipment we have to aid us in this are; milling machines, including a 2-axis CNC mill; lathes; power saws; welding equipment; CAD packages; PCB router; digital storage scopes and other related electronic meters.
After last weeks meeting with the Architect from Appleton Tower, it was discussed about moving more lockers in, but after consideration this may take up a lot of useful space, so we will just be taking the lockers we have at Forrest Hill with us. There are still lockers available in FH, indicating the current provision meets the demand.
INFPals is proving to be very useful.
DMMR: It was reported that the students are finding the lecturer Kousha is going through the lectures to fast and they are struggling to keep up.
INF2C-SE was realised 8 hours late but the deadline has been extended.
INF2C-CS the students are really struggling with the first coursework. For a 10 credit course it states that both coursework’s can be done within 30 hours but it isn’t proving to be the case. Questions asked on the Piazza page are being directed to the labs, but there is only one lab demonstrator available and the labs are very busy, so the students aren’t benefiting from his help. The course in general is good though.
IAML the students are still waiting on the feedback. The quizzes for the course the students are not finding it helpful. Piazza has lots of posts and it is very difficult to find useful comments, they are getting lost in all the posts. Some coursework clarification was provided through Piazza and not everyone has seen it, this would be been better to be sent out via the class list.
It was asked if Henry’s lectures could be more structured (actual course content should be given priority and anecdotal context could be provided as an add-on towards the end of the lectures) and his slides could have a better layout.
MLPR is not being recorded as the lecture theatre is not equipped for recordings. Bjoern suggested that the students ask the lecturer if they can record them themselves.
IRR is proving to be inconsistent and it is not clear of what is expected from the students or tutors. Reading workload varies from 1-2 papers per week in some group to 10 papers per week in others.
MLP labs are held in the Drill Hall and a lot of students aren’t able to get a seat to attend this as there are other students using the space to study. It would be useful to have timetable so students can see what is booked into the rooms.
IVR: it was mentioned that the coursework was quite a lot, although it was reduced from last year. There is also 2 lectures a week, they are available on-line but they are very hard to follow as there is a lot of background noise. There are no lectures notes available – only slides.
Kami Vaniea joined the meeting to explain to the Reps that she is now Equality and Diversity Officer and said that they are going to start doing Career focus groups for females in studying in Informatics. Our female intake is increasing every year. There will be a video on-line giving students opinions which will be in various languages. She is also going to be working closely with Hoppers and CompSoc. Bjoern mentioned it is possible for the School to fund any staff student social events.
It was asked if the school could pay for refreshments etc if the students were to set up student-run study groups, as lot of students don’t know one another and this kind of thing would help.