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10th South of England Regional Programming Language Seminar

Posted: Thursday, 23 August 2018 08:00

The 10th South of England Regional Programming Language Seminar (S-REPLS 10) will be hosted at Birkbeck on 18 September 2018. S-REPLS is a regular and informal meeting for those based in the South of England with a professional interest - whether it be academic or commercial - in the semantics and implementation of programming languages.

Attendance is free of charge, and we are currently accepting talk suggestions and attendance registrations: Full Details

Computer Scientists devise new measure for research impact

Posted: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:00

The team - Professor Mark Levene, Professor Trevor Fenner and Dr. Martyn Harris from Birkbeck's Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and Professor Judit Bar-Ilan from the Department of Information Science at Bar-Ilan University – has proposed a new bibliometric indicator, the χ-index (chi-index), as a more informative way to indicate academic performance. Further details.

BEI School Open Evening - July 12th 17:00 to 20:00

BEI School Open Evening - July 12th 17:00 to 20:00

Posted: Monday, 2 July 2018 07:00

Come along to our School Open Evening where we can answer any last minute queries you may have about starting your studies with Birkbeck.

Further details and Booking

Booth Memorial Lecture 2018

Booth Memorial Lecture 2018

Posted: Monday, 25 June 2018 12:00

On 12 June 2018 we hosted the 2018 Andrew and Kathleen Booth Memorial Lecture, where Zoubin Ghahramani FRS, Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge and Chief Scientist at Uber, delivered a lecture on the history of machine learning and recent advances in artificial intelligence. Further details...

Web Developer/Researcher Post on the Mapping Museums project

Posted: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:30

A vacancy is available for a Web Developer/Researcher to join the AHRC-funded Mapping Museums project on 1st October 2018. The post is full-time for 12 months and will involve designing and developing a high-quality website to showcase the project and its outputs, working with other members of the interdisciplinary research team, which combines expertise from the arts and humanities, computer science, and social sciences.
The application deadline is 24th June. Full details of the post and how to apply

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May 2018 11:00

Our departmental application for an Athena SWAN Bronze award was accepted by the Equality Challenge Unit. The purpose of the Athena SWAN Charter is to recognise commitment to the advancement of gender equality in academia, to address unequal gender representation across academic disciplines, professional and support functions and to remove the obstacles faced by women.

HackXLR8 Hackathon returns - June 13-14

Posted: Monday, 23 April 2018 10:00

Join HackXLR8: the official hackathon of London Tech Week at ExCel, London. Team up and collaborate with designers, startups and developers to create an app or prototype for an IoT, Smart Mobility or GreenTech solution.

The winners will pitch their ideas on the main stage of TechXLR8 and be awarded with great prizes.

Lecturer A/B in Computer Science

Posted: Friday, 2 March 2018 10:00

We are now looking to appoint a lecturer in Computer Science to help develop our participation in the Institute of Coding (www.instituteofcoding.org), a new, exciting, national initiative that brings together over 60 universities, industry, training providers and professional bodies to address the UK’s digital skills gaps.

We are particularly seeking applicants with a growing reputation for research in Data Analytics/Data Science, who will also contribute to one or more of the interdisciplinary research themes of the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab (www.klab.bbk.ac.uk/research) and the Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics (www.bida.bbk.ac.uk).

Full details

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Posted: Friday, 2 March 2018 09:06

We are now looking to appoint a senior lecturer in Computer Science to provide leadership in our participation in the Institute of Coding (www.instituteofcoding.org), a new, exciting, national initiative that brings together over 60 universities, industry, training providers and professional bodies to address the UK’s digital skills gaps.

We are particularly seeking applicants with a growing reputation for research in Data Analytics/Data Science, who will also contribute to one or more of the interdisciplinary research themes of the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab (www.klab.bbk.ac.uk/research) and the Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics (www.bida.bbk.ac.uk).

Full details

Institute of Coding: Birkbeck part of major UK digital skills initiative

Posted: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:33

The Department for Education highlights Birkbeck’s expertise in widening participation and outreach on day that Institute of Coding announced by Prime Minister at Davos.

Birkbeck will share its experience of widening participation and outreach within the new Institute of Coding, a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts set to receive £20 million to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap.

The consortium is formed of businesses including IBM, Cisco, BT and Microsoft, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), 25 universities (led by University of Bath), and professional bodies such as the British Computer Society and CREST.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos, Prime Minister Theresa May spoke about how the Institute of Coding, a key part of the government’s efforts to drive up digital skills through the Industrial Strategy, will equip people of all ages with the skills they need.

Participating in the foundation of the new Institute of Coding will build on the continued success of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017 making it one of the UK’s longest-established departments of computing. The department’s mission remains the same, to provide programmes suited to those in work looking to attain computing skills, build confidence and professional networks, and advance their knowledge. It is expected that participation in the Institute of Coding will afford new opportunities for the department to expand its provision for those at work, out of work, and to provide bespoke programmes for graduates of subjects other than Computing wishing to change career to roles required by the global digital economy.

Considered in historical terms or in light of contemporary reports, women, people returning to work and people from BME backgrounds are particularly underrepresented within the computing sector. Women currently represent just five per cent of computer scientists. Fair participation in computing and business was the theme of Dame Stephanie Shirley’s Andrew and Kathleen Booth Lecture in November 2017, and the department has made substantial progress to ensure its own participation structures are robustly fit for purpose in the coming years.

Professor Mark Levene said: “Our participation in the Institute of Coding will seek to address underrepresentation in computing careers and provide further opportunities for lifelong learners and those who wish to up-skill in their career; however it will also provide the opportunity to learn from other institutions committed to tackling these issues. We welcome the opportunity for this type of knowledge exchange between businesses, universities and professional organisations to the benefit of students and the UK economy.”