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How 3D printing can help repatriate colonial artefacts

Brighton researchers are using 3D imaging to produce physical copies of artefacts, allowing visitors to study exhibits more closely than ever before.

These technologies can further help museums in repatriation efforts, without the need to hold on to artefacts that were taken away from their places of origin. The digital technology is being seen as a way forward as museums look to “decolonise” and repatriate artefacts “obtained” from their countries of origin mostly during the colonial era.

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Improving the lives of autistic people

A University of Brighton student has won a £1300 grant to develop a project that provides support and guidance for autistic young people.

Software Engineering student Mark Blake received the Unltd ‘Do It Award’, the prize money of which will go towards funding his initiative The Autism League.

The Autism League is a collaboration between writers, filmmakers, photographers, social media talent and activists with the objective of improving the lives of those on the autistic spectrum.

Over the next year, Mark will cooperate with other autistic students to create content which will be hosted on The Autism League website: https://autismleague.com. Read More

A fashion show with a twist

Students and staff from Computer Science for Games and Fashion with Business Studies degrees united to create a catwalk show like no other.

The cutting-edge virtual reality experience, entitled Fashion 360 VR, was developed over four months with the objective of providing an immersive new way to experience fashion students’ collections.

Via a VR headset, users could view a digital runway show featuring models displaying the students’ distinctive designs. The technology was available for visitors to use during the Graduate Show at the University’s City campus and was then on display at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

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Gaining professional skills and broadening horizons

We caught up with final year Computer Science student Eric D’Addio who filled us in on his course, his final year project and life at Brighton.

What made you choose Brighton and this course?

I’ve always loved Brighton, and have always been good with computers and programming. Brighton has a great tech scene too.

How did you feel when you were first accepted to Brighton?

Very excited, I didn’t expect myself to ever really get to university. The course was pretty much as expected, maybe with a little too much maths and written formal logic thrown in (things I’ve always struggled with, despite doing well at programming), but the tuition and extra assistance from certain tutors pulled me through. I didn’t expect it to get so cold here in winter!!

 What were the highlights of your course?

Highlights have definitely been plentiful, best bits have been when we’ve been given free rein over something, like Saeed’s second year module of bit-shifting programming, it was great fun to get so low-level. And especially this final year – every project this year we’ve been able to choose our own focus and application, really good to flex the creativity unshackled. Read More

February Codefest event

We had a great turnout at this month’s Codefest which took place on Friday, with students from a range of computing and engineering subject areas taking part.

Students were set tasks, either ten challenges for “advanced” or five challenges for “beginners”, that had to completed within two hours. They had to reverse engineer the question based on test cases for each challenge –  focused on logic, maths and programming skills, to provide the solutions.

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Gay(m) Jam

University of Brighton partnered with local AAA developers to host Brighton’s first GAY(M) JAM, a collaborative competition celebrating inclusion and diversity within gaming.
GAY(M) JAM was a non-profit, social, and competitive event organised by the Game Jam and LGBTQ+ Societies on 23-25 February 2019. Teams of 40 of our students from eight different courses worked together for 48 hours to make a game from scratch that focused on LGBTQ+ inclusivity and included authentic and impactful LGBTQ+ characters or story lines.

This themed event was a big success and allowed participants to get first-hand experience on how to make a game from scratch, build their portfolio, improve their teamwork and communication skills, be creative, network, win prizes, and, most importantly, have fun!

 

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Students win Paxton scholarships

Two Brighton students have won prestigious scholarships at global technology company Paxton.

Computing students Annabel Spain and George Livas will undertake a three-month paid work placement in which they will take part in technology research that will form the final-year project of their degree course.

The students will also receive £10,000 towards their university fees.

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Christmas Codefest

Students recently flexed their coding skills at the Christmas Codefest event. Open to all levels, students had to solve programming challenges in teams. The winning team were presented with a Raspberry Pi set and case each.

Run by Almas Baimagambetov, the sessions are a great way to improve your computing skills. If you missed this event, look out for the next one in the New Year ~ January 9th ~ then monthly throughout the year.