Plastic, it’s everywhere and we are all widely aware of how its non-biodegradable properties are having devastating effects on the environment, especially our oceans. Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The issue of plastics may seem daunting but the best way to tackle this problem is to seek out ways where we can all do our part.
The realm of engineering is constantly evolving as well as becoming increasingly important in our world. There are so many great reasons for women to be involved in this exciting and ground-breaking field, with an array of thriving career opportunities available. To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED18) taking place on the 23rd June 2018, we round up 5 of the top reasons for women to study engineering.
Graduating and starting a career might seem like a daunting prospect, but it’s also an exciting opportunity to do something you’re passionate about and experience new things. Digital Media Technology covers such a broad range of subjects, our graduates end up in all sorts of different roles. A team of current students and staff from our film courses caught up with some of our Digital Media Technology graduates to see where they are now, and to ask for their advice on starting and building a career.
You’ve probably been told hundreds of times, it’s never too early to start revising. While we absolutely believe in the importance of getting work done, everyone is entitled to a break now and then! If you’re looking for some entertainment without the guilt of ‘I should really be revising’, check out our recommendations for computer games you can play that almost pass as Uni work.
by Darren Prosser, BSc Computer Forensics student.
Cyber security is a significant subject in today’s society, and it has a powerful impact on businesses and citizens of the world. It’s easy to forget the importance of cyber security, but we all play an important role in protecting each other in this area.
Last month, I visited the Cyber Security Summit and Expo at the Business Design Centre in London, along with my fellow third-year Computer Forensics students. We had the opportunity to meet the elite of the cyber world and get inside knowledge of how businesses and government organisations implement the latest security protection on their systems, in order to keep the citizens of Britain safe.
by George Everett, Faculty Web Assistant and BSc Digital Media Technology Student.
Some mysterious artwork has started to appear around the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment’s (CEBE) new Project Space at Millennium Point. At a glance, they can be mistaken for huge colourful decals but look again as they are in fact assortments of sticky notes cleverly arranged to create quirky Computing and Digital Technology-inspired murals. The pieces, whilst low-resolution and basic, are in fact rather intricate in design and have required careful planning and thinking from CEBE students who are making the most of the new project space which has been designed specially for team-working on CEBE projects.
by Sophie Vernon, BSc Motorsports Technology student.
Hello everyone! I’m Sophie and I’m a placement student currently working within a precision engineering company in Birmingham called Brandauer. Many students work in design engineering during their placement, but I wanted to do something different than what I’m used to at University. So, when I went on placement, I chose a role as a Continuous Improvement Engineer.
Essentially my role involves working on projects to improve various areas of the business. I work across all departments with every member of the company, and seeing how every department operates has already given me in depth knowledge of the industry. I’ve also found the role very rewarding as I see immediate effects after putting my projects in place. Don’t get me wrong, in no way is it easy to change the way people think and work, but once you get the ball rolling people become less afraid of change and more willing to embrace it.
by Shanna Hardy, Employability Programme Officer.
Entering higher education is an important stepping stone in reaching your career aspirations, goals and dreams. But do you know that leaving university with employability skills is just as important? If you were a hiring manager looking to fill a sought-after position within your organisation, who would you chose? Graduate A, who’s worked in industry during their studies, understands the pressures of working life, and can hit the ground running, or Graduate B, who has little or no evidence of how to handle job specific tasks and has not yet entered what we all refer to as ‘the real world’?
by Dan Hind, BSc Computer Games Technology student.
Last month I attended HackTheMidlands here in the heart of Birmingham City University at Millennium Point. HackTheMidlands is a 24 hour hackathon for people of all skills to come together and make something innovative over the course of the weekend.
So what is a hackathon? The official student hackathon league, Major League Hacking, describe a hackathon as an “invention marathon” where “students can augment skills learned in the classroom by teaching themselves how to independently research new technologies and fix problems they encounter”. So in essence, people of all specialties come together to make software and hardware under a time constraint to solve challenges and meet criteria set out by event hosts and sponsors.
BCU Racing is a student-led team that competes in the Formula Student Challenge in July each year. Formula Student is an event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and over 150 teams from all across the world have the chance to design, build, and race their cars at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the Formula Student event, so it’s an exciting time to get involved!