As part of my responsibility for the BSc Computer Science course at Birmingham City University, I get the opportunity to review a lot of Personal Statements submitted by students looking to join the course.
I spoke to students at Solihull College about how to best present themselves for successfully university entry and the slides are included below. The slides are hosted on the SlideShare account for Thomas Lancaster.
I do recommend that students put the time in to identify their skills and experience and to relate these to the courses that they want to take.
This will help them to obtain a valuable and worthwhile position to study a Computing or IT subject at Birmingham City University.
I recently joined Robert Clarke in speaking about contract cheating to a room full of academics and people from within the wider Computing industry.
As well as looking at examples of contract cheating and the research involved, the talk also considered some of the implications for student employability.
The presentation took place for the Wolverhampton branch of the British Computer Society. The slides, hosted on SlideShare account for Thomas Lancaster, are included here.
Contractor sites, such as Freelancer.com, are widely used within the Computing industry, both by workers and contractors. It is only when they are used for academic work which is then submitted towards academic qualifications that this becomes unacceptable.
It was interesting to hear the reactions of the wider Computing sector to the research. That is certainly an area for further research, discussion and exploration.