Chapter 1 Students

I teach, mentor, tutor, lecture on and supervise a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You can find me in the labs, my office and the lecture theatre. 🎭

Question everything, or _[Nullius in verba]( as the say at the Royal Society

Figure 1.1: Question everything, or Nullius in verba as the say at the Royal Society

1.1 All years: debug your CV

Open office hours:

  • You can drop-in to my weekly one-to-one CV clinics for Computer Science students in LF25 during term-time during my open office hours: Mondays from 10am to midday in LF25 / Tootill 1.
  • If you haven’t written a CV (two pages), résumé (one page) or LinkedIn profile before, you might find the Debug your CV guide useful at (Hull 2020a)
  • Get feedback on your CV from as many people as possible, because “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow(Raymond 1999)
  • Outside of term time, it’s best to book an appointment

1.2 First year

1.3 Second year

1.4 Penultimate year

  • Leading the course for “with industrial experience” (IE), an elective and intercalated year in industry.
  • Visiting students on placement, either face to face or via telecon

1.5 Final year

  • Supervising final year educational projects based in secondary schools in Greater Manchester, see coding their future. (Hull 2020b)

1.6 Masters

  • Supervising Master of Science projects in Computer Science and Data Science. (Wickham and Grolemund 2017) This usually involves various combinations of Wikipedia, Wikdata, SPARQL (DuCharme 2013) and chatbots. 🤖 (Sharwood 2019)

1.7 Extracurricular

Posing on the [BBC Breakfast Sofa]( with the winning team of the BBC / Barclays University Technology Challenge (UTC)  in [MediaCityUK](, Salford

Figure 1.2: Posing on the BBC Breakfast Sofa with the winning team of the BBC / Barclays University Technology Challenge (UTC) in MediaCityUK, Salford

  • Organising, facilitating and promoting extra-curricular activities such as hackathons (Briscoe and Mulligan 2014; Warner and Guo 2017) and edit-a-thons. (Hull 2017, 2015; Mohammad-Qureshi and Hull 2019) These usually occur off-timetable, for example Wednesday afternoons, evenings and weekends.
  • Served as a judge for and since 2014. These two hackathons are organised by UniCS, a student-led tech society formed by the merger of HackSoc (computer geekery) and CSSoc (socialising). Many other hackathons exist, they are usually aimed at beginners looking to learn new skills, rather than experts looking to compete. (Briscoe and Mulligan 2014; Fogarty 2015)


Briscoe, Gerard, and Catherine Mulligan. 2014. “Digital Innovation: The Hackathon Phenomenon.”

DuCharme, Bob. 2013. Learning SPARQL. O’Reilly UK Ltd.

Embury, Suzanne. 2019. “COMP23311 Software Engineering 1.”

Fogarty, Tim. 2015. “Hackathons Are for Beginners.”

Hull, Duncan. 2015. “Improving the Troubled Relationship Between Scientists and Wikipedia.” In First Wikipedia Science Conference, Wellcome Trust, London. Figshare.

Hull, Duncan. 2017. “Wikipedia at the Royal Society: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” In Physiology Friday: The Physiological Society, Hodgkin Huxley House, London. Figshare.

Hull, Duncan. 2020a. “Debugging Your CV, Linkedin, Job Search Etc.”

Hull, Duncan. 2020b. “Getting Started with Computing Education Projects.”

Mohammad-Qureshi, Sarah, and Duncan Hull. 2019. “Learn to Edit Wikipedia: Thursday 17th October, University of Manchester.” Wiki Loves Scientists.

Raymond, Eric S. 1999. The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary. O’Reilly Media.

Sattler, Ulrike. 2019. “COMP10120 First Year Team Project.”

Sharwood, Simon. 2019. “IBM Asks Remaining Staff to Take Career Advice from HR-Bot.” The Register.

Warner, Jeremy, and Philip J. Guo. 2017. “ Examining How College Hackathons Are Perceived by Student Attendees and Non-Attendees.” In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research - ICER 17. ACM Press.

Wickham, Hadley, and Garrett Grolemund. 2017. R for Data Science. O’Reilly UK Ltd.