Graduate Advocate for Computing

MEET ED

GRADUATE ADVOCATE FOR 

COMPUTING

Hi, I’m Ed. I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2014 and am really pleased to come on board to highlight Computing opportunities at university level.

After a multi-million pound investment and refurbishment, our new computer labs opened in September 2015. Taking up a building at our Park Campus, the labs boast state of the art, industry standard hardware and software dedicated to our computing courses, including Computer Games Design/Programming, Cyber Security and Web Design.

We are now pleased to announce that we are able to offer a range of taster sessions and workshops in these facilities for your school. Alternatively, you can book me to deliver sessions at your school/ college at a time to suit you.

Best of all, as with anything with outreach, these taster sessions are provided completely free of charge.

WHY STUDY COMPUTING?

An overview of why students should consider a course in computing, and what they should look for in a university

CHOOSING COURSES IN COMPUTING

A presentation that looks at the key questions for students interested in computing at university level will have to pose to themselves when looking for the perfect course and university for them, giving them tips on what to look for and what matters to them.

VIRTUAL REALITY? VIRTUALLY REAL!

Virtual reality is set to become the next big thing in video gaming, and has become a point of research within the university’s School of Computing. This workshop includes a short presentation on the past, present, and potential future for VR, how students can study how to create games for it in higher education, and allow them to see for themselves how it works via Google Cardboard headsets. All smartphones and headsets will be provided by the university to allow up to 30 students to work in groups of 6.

CYBER SECURITY WORKSHOP

Whilst cybercrime is increasing in frequency and sophistication, awareness of cyber security and people looking to work in this computing field has not. This workshop is designed to help redress this issue. Students can expect a presentation around the world of cybercrime and some of their methods to collect data illegally, followed by the main exercise- students will work in groups to come up with a method of collecting data if they themselves were cybercriminals. In order to catch a criminal,  you must think like one!

PASSWORD PROTECTION WORKSHOP

As mentioned, awareness of basic cyber security good practice is still something which is an issue in the digital world we inhabit. One of the most basic features of online security, having a good password, is no exception to this.

In this workshop, students will be invited to test their existing password against a safe and secure website that gauges how strong it is against a brute force attack. They will then have a short presentation that gives them hints and tips about how to make this stronger before being tasked with creating a stronger password, which will then be tested against the same website.