Chapter 1 Students
I teach, mentor, tutor, lecture on and supervise a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You can find me online during office hours, in the labs, my office and the lecture theatre. 🎭
1.1 All years: Debug your future
If you’d like to debug your CV, application form, covering letter and job search etc, read debugging your future (Hull 2021a) and hacking your future (Hull 2021b), especially if you haven’t written a CV, Résumé or LinkedIn profile before. Once you’ve done this you can send me any relevant documentation and then:
- Drop-in to my weekly one-to-one CV clinics for Computer Science students online during term-time during my open office hours
- Get feedback on your CV from as many other people as possible, because “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” (Raymond 1999)
Outside of term time, it’s best to book a debugging appointment. 🐛
1.2 First year students
If you’re in your first year of study, I serve as:
1.3 Second year students
If you’re in your second year, I serve as:
- Course leader for second year software engineering: COMP23311, a course designed by Suzanne Embury (Embury 2020; Eraslan et al. 2020)
- Organiser of the labs for the software engineering mentoring program
- Course leader for Coding your Future: COMP2CARS a course designed by me for (primarily) second year students to design, build, test and debug their futures in computing.
Previously I served as second year tutor from 2016 through to 2020.
1.4 Penultimate year students
If you’re on placement during your penultimate year (your last-but-one), I serve as:
- Course leader for “with industrial experience” (IE), an elective and intercalated year in industry.
- Year tutor for students on placement, either face to face or via telecon
1.5 Final year students
If you’re in your final year of study, you’ll find me:
1.6 Masters students
If you’re doing a Masters degree, you’ll find me:
- Leading the course on Principles of Digital Biology which covers Bioinformatics, Computational Biolgy and a bit of medical informatics 🧬
- Supervising Master of Science projects in Computer Science and Data Science. (Wickham and Grolemund 2017) This typically involves various combinations of Wikipedia, Wikdata, SPARQL (DuCharme 2013) and chatbots. 🤖 (Sharwood 2019)
1.7 PhD students
If you’ve got any interesting PhD research ideas you like to pitch to me, particularly if they involve computer science education or professional issues, I’m all ears! 👂
Outside all of the above, I also get involved in:
- 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.
- Judging competitions such as studenthack.com and greatunihack.com 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)