What’s up Herts?

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[Tom Boon | Contributing Writer]

The School of Engineering and Technology welcomed a guest speaker to the University on Wednesday the 18th November. Peter Moore came to the University to talk to students and members of the public about ‘Lightning Protection, Electromagnetic Hazards and Aircraft’. The talk was part of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s range of monthly talks organised by the Hatfield Branch of the organisation. The School regularly hosts these talks on a Wednesday afternoon every month, with the public welcome to attend. The next talk will be about the e-GO aircraft on 16th December in the Lindop Building. More information can be obtained from the School of Engineering.

[Huriyah Quadri | Print Editor]

The School of Life and Medical Science revealed that the National Institute for Health Research are funding UH to carry out research on the most effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The project is called Optimal Treatment for OCD (OTO). Hertfordshire residents who suspect they have OCD symptoms are encouraged to contact the Clinical Studies Officer, Deela Monji-Patel, if they are interested in taking part. You can also contact Research Nurse, Jasmine Hanson on 01707 253834.

The School of Creative Arts welcomed award winning role-play game designer and writer, Kenneth Hite, on 2nd December who delivered a MRG talk. They also ran a Creative Industries Employer fair on 8th December which was incredibly informative and eye-opening. The fair showcased the multitude of pathways open to Creative Arts students, and allowed them to network with employers. Trident Media took part at the fair in order to inform students of the media-related opportunities available to them at UH. The University also launched the new Architecture course on 16th November which featured a lecture from Sir Peter Cook.

[Laura Slingo | News Editor]

The School of Humanities recognised Mass Communication’s student, Lee Ziyang’s win at Hertfordshire’s Flare Ignite Awards, 2015. Lee produced a professional and innovative website, aided by his module at UH in Advanced Web Design, and won the Flare award for Best Design. In addition, Dr Katrina Navickas, Senior Lecturer in History, and Dr Adam Crymbal, Lecturer of Digital History were honoured with awards at the prestigious British Library Labs Symposium.

Crymbal was recognised for his retrofitted arcade machine, aiming to create a metadata collection from the British Library’s Flickr catalogue. Navikas won the accolade for her digital map which illustrated the history of democracy. The Political Meetings Mapper aims to bring alive the political debates from history to life through maps from the British Library selection.

[Hannah-Rose Bicknell | Features Editor]

The School of Law lecturer Dr David Gibbs, has been successful in gaining funding from the British Academy. He will work as a mentor on his research projects at the Eastern Academic Research Consortium. It is a great achievement for him, as he now can further his training and learning into the field of quantitative empirical analysis.

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics has started training the next generation of astronomers and engineers in Zambia. Principal lecturer in Astronomy, Mark Thompson, taught the first ever Astrophysics course in September, and will continue to train them over the next five years.

The School of Computer Science celebrated their 50th anniversary of the Computer Science degree, which took place on the 13th December. It was a reflection on the University’s achievements and contributions to computing. A gala was hosted at Hatfield House, following guest speaker, Professor Gordon Bull. The gala was open to all alumni and students who wished to attend. The School of Computer Science will be holding a public lecture on personal computing, with guest speaker, Peter Saffrey, a bioinformatics scientist for Illumina. The lecture will take place on the 21st January 2016, 7:30 – 9:00pm in the Lindop Building on College Lane.

The School of Education is holding a plethora of events over the next few months. The first was held on the 9th December to help young children explore the wonders of science, offering a practical day full of fun. The next event will be on the 13th of January, called ‘Learning Without Limits’ and is going to be run by Angela Wilson and Martyn Vandewalle from Wroxham School. The event will be focusing on teaching techniques and how to do so without labelling or limiting learning. The seminar will take place in room R115 on de Havilland Campus from 5:00 – 6:30pm. If you would like to attend the seminar please contact Sonia Meneses at s.meneses@herts.ac.uk.

The School of Health and Social Work came into effect in 2012 after the University combined the School of Health and Emergency Professions and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. This year, researchers within the school have submitted a report stating that English schoolgirls are less satisfied with their lives than boys, and they feel more pressure to succeed at school. You can read the full report online at: herts.ac.uk/about-us/news/2015/october/hbsc-report

The Business School has had an exciting few events on in the past month, ranging from the Flare competition, all the way to their bake sale in support of Children in Need. More recently though, Mary Mckinlay, a module leader on the National Centre for Project Management professional and academic programmes, has been awarded a prestigious lifetime Honorary Fellowship of the Association for Project Management for her significant and sustained contributions to the profession.

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