by Emma Love, Lecturer in Building Surveying.
In March I organised a special event for the final year students from the School of the Built Environment to celebrate their time with us, and what for many would be the last few weeks at Birmingham City University.
I wanted the event to give the students a really good send-off and bring together students and staff to celebrate their achievements over the last three years. As a proud Brummie, I knew what the theme had to be, so the attendees enjoyed an evening inspired by the TV series Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders is an epic drama set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham.
by Daniel Alder, BSc Computer Networking student.
In current society, some may argue that there’s an ever-increasing pressure on students to pursue a university degree. This escalates the number of students with degrees – saturating the market and leading to a more competitive environment for graduate jobs. Students must then enhance their CV to stand out, whether through carrying out extra-curricular activities, volunteering or completing industry certifications. However, a great way to stand out from the crowd and increase your graduate employability is to take a placement year in industry.
by Becki Marshall, BSc Computing and Information Technology student.
Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Museum hosted a “Meet the Experts” event on Big Data during the half term. “Big data” is used to describe data sets that are too big or complex for ordinary data analytics methods to handle. In a world of growing technology, it’s important to understand how we can deal with the masses of data produced each day. Dealing with large amounts of data can lead to problems such as information capture, retrieval, searching, analysis and transfer.
by William Holmes, BSc Computer Networks student.
I attended a four-day intense Juniper Boot Camp, led by Ron Austin and Phil Harris, lecturers at Birmingham City University during the Graduate+ Week this month. The Boot Camp delivered all the knowledge needed to take the entry-level JNCIA certificate, which Juniper offers. Juniper is a world-leading provider of network solutions. The Boot Camp featured nine lectures and four labs in three days for 60 students, with an exam on the fourth day.
by Sivagayinee Gangatheepan, PhD in Planning.
Last month, Birmingham City University hosted the first BIM Regions West Midlands event of the year.
The event focused on Building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation for BCU’s campus development.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model based process that equips architecture, engineering, and construction professionals with the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. Continue Reading
by Magdalena Nawrocka, BSc Film Production Technology student.
In a city dominated by multiplexes, it is often difficult to find places to watch less mainstream films, relax in the right atmosphere and discover movies that you just wouldn’t discover from the billboards. Add to it the not-so-big student budget, the access to independent cinema in Birmingham is extremely narrow, especially in the City Centre. Not so long ago the only choice was The Electric Cinema, although after the recent price increase, it may not be as attractive as it used to be. A rightful rival appeared on the horizon: The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen.
by Sam Woodcock, industry guest blogger from InTouchCRM.
When people ask me what I do, and I say I’m a “Software Developer”, they seem fairly impressed yet not entirely sure what it means. Even my parents still can’t quite grasp what it is I do. They know I’m good with computers and also useful for any technical issues they have. So for both their sake and yours, I’ll attempt to describe what happens in a day in the life of a software developer working for InTouchCRM.
by Dr Daniel Doolan, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering.
Vol Libre (1980) created by Loren Carpenter is an extremely well known example of early computer animation. It used fractal terrain generation of create a fly-through of a three dimensional landscape. This would in turn lead on to the development of the Genesis Sequence in Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan (1982) (IMDB).
by Liam Sorta, BSc Computer Games Technology student.
For the last five years, Birmingham City University has opened its doors as host to the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ), a 48-hour game development event aimed at bringing those with a passion for games together to create a game from scratch. The diversity the jam promotes is indicated by its 36,000 jammers, 7,000 produced games and the involvement of 95 different countries this year alone.
by Ron Austin, Associate Professor for MSc Data Networks and Security.
Today (14 February) the Queen opens a new National Centre for Cyber Security. With more and more of us living our lives online, are we really aware of the dangers of cyber-attacks to businesses and individuals? Ron Austin, Associate Professor of Networks and Security, shares his tips for keeping safe online.
The Internet is a powerful and wonderful tool that allows people to communicate and share ideas, however just as you would not leave your home without locking the doors and windows, you should not venture out on to the Internet without understanding some of the rules and best practices.