London Connection: Features Feed https://london.ac.uk/international-programmes-blog/rss.xml en Bringing computers to life https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/bringing-computers-to-life Bringing computers to life<span><span lang="" about="/user/72" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lucy.bodenham</span></span> <span>Wed, 13/03/2019</span> <p>The new BSc in Computer Science will offer students the opportunity not only to learn core computing skills but also to apply those skills to any area or subject they feel passionate about – from music and art to sociology and education.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Students working together in lecture room" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2017-11/planning-a-study-schedule.jpg?itok=e1y2C6az" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2017-11/planning-a-study-schedule.jpg?itok=e1y2C6az 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2017-11/planning-a-study-schedule.jpg?itok=WWIW90X6 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> &quot;One of my career highlights was making software for machine learning in creative work, called Wekinator, that a lot of people have used.&quot; </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>With exciting project-based learning, the course will encourage students to express themselves creatively and develop new links between technology and life.</p> <blockquote> <p>Our ethos is that we want students to demonstrate that they understand the theories and concepts we teach by applying them in whatever creative way they like.</p> </blockquote> <p>The new degree has been developed by the University of London and member institution Goldsmiths, whose academics have extensive experience in applying computer science to a wide range of other fields.</p> <p>Dr Rebecca Fiebrink is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths – and she is also a musician. She explained how she has never had to choose between her two interests.</p> <p>“One of the biggest reasons I came to Goldsmiths to teach is that all the people teaching here really look at computing as something that has strong links to society and to the arts, and many of us explore those links in our research. For me that’s one of the great things about Computer Science – you can apply it to really anything that you care about and that interests you.</p> <p>“We don’t make students and staff choose whether they’re technical people or creative people. We teach students who are studying creative computing and music computing and games programming right alongside students who are studying computer science.”</p> <blockquote> <p>All the people teaching here really look at computing as something that has strong links to society and to the arts.</p> </blockquote> <p>Dr Sarah Wiseman, Lecturer and Programme Leader at Goldsmiths, co-authored the Web Development module in the new BSc programme. She described how students will be encouraged to be creative within their computing practice.</p> <p>“Our ethos is that we want students to demonstrate that they understand the theories and concepts we teach by applying them in whatever creative way they like. For example, students on the Games Development course won’t be asked to produce the exact same game – we will give them a brief and ask them to interpret it in an exciting and creative way. In some modules there are marks specifically for their creativity and it is their chance to add their own personality.</p> <p>“Having this creative element in the degree gives students a chance to really care about their projects and their work. They want whatever they’re creating to be as brilliant as it can be because it’s something they own and if they hadn’t created it then it wouldn’t exist. Their projects are individual and unique to them and that gives them the enthusiasm to do it right.”</p> <p>With seven different specialisms on offer – from Games Development to Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality – students are able to build on their interests and develop the programming skills they need to innovate in any field they choose.</p> <p>Example projects produced by students studying the Goldsmiths on-campus degree include a DJ training system that uses machine learning to automatically rate scratching ability; an educational resource to teach physical computing and electronics to primary school students; a robot designed and controlled by a student as part of a play he produced; and an interactive games controller developed as part of a sensory game.</p> <p>Dr Wiseman added, “One of the best parts of my job is interacting with students – honest, enthusiastic and unpredictable people. I never know what I’m going to be talking about and that’s very exciting. They challenge me and inspire me and it’s great to be able to play a part in lots of different creative projects that are meaningful to each student.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Having this creative element in the degree gives students a chance to really care about their projects and their work.</p> </blockquote> <p>Goldsmiths academics are also committed to their own research, exploring how technology can integrate with, and be influenced by, other fields.</p> <p>Dr Fiebrink said, “One of the highlights of my career has been making software for machine learning in creative work – called Wekinator – that a lot people have used. It hit around 25,000 downloads this year and I recently had someone knock on my door who had put on an opera in Bristol about Frida Kahlo and had used my software. That’s really exciting to feel that I’ve made something that lots of people are using to do things that I never would have imagined.”</p> <p>Find out more about the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7cab20e3-0e55-4c0b-b236-26ed9bcb0e7f" href="/courses/computer-science" title="BSc Computer Science degrees">BSc Computer Science degrees</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary The new BSc in Computer Science offers you the opportunity to learn core computing skills and apply these to any area you are passionate about. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Allie Fitzgibbon Show related content On Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:56:14 +0000 lucy.bodenham 9441 at https://london.ac.uk How professional bodies can advance your career https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/professional-bodies-can-advance-your-career How professional bodies can advance your career<span><span lang="" about="/user/72" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lucy.bodenham</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/03/2019</span> <p>When it comes to career advancement, professional bodies are indispensable. Here’s why.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Postgraduate student studying new ideas about education" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2017-10/future-for-education.jpg?itok=o2rGsihc" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2017-10/future-for-education.jpg?itok=o2rGsihc 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2017-10/future-for-education.jpg?itok=MZd-BVie 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> The University of London has official partnerships with ACCA, CMI and CIMA, enabling our Global MBA students to enjoy many benefits related to these bodies. </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>Whether you’re an experienced leader or just starting your career, professional bodies are a powerful resource.</p> <p>When you’re doing well, acknowledgement can carry you to even greater heights. Especially when the affirmation comes from the most respected practitioners in your field.</p> <p>And if you’re finding things challenging, the support and skills professional bodies offer is invaluable.</p> <p>For managers and accountants, the most important professional bodies are unquestionably the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).</p> <p>Together, these bodies represent the very best accountants and managers. They uphold standards, they disseminate important skills, and they ensure that the quality of the entire profession is maintained.</p> <p>That’s why University of London has official partnerships with ACCA, CMI and CIMA. Thanks to these relationships, our Global MBA students can enjoy many benefits related to these professional bodies.</p> <p>One important benefit is that as a Global MBA student you’ll be eligible to gain Chartered Manager status on completion of your studies. As a Chartered Manager, you’ll emerge from the programme with an eye-catching qualification with real relevance to your organisation. Having a chartership is a proven way to improve your career prospects and make a difference to your organisation.</p> <blockquote> <p>The benefits of chartership also translate into greater financial rewards. According to a recent Chartered Manager Institute report, chartered managers enjoy an average salary increase of over £7,000 a year. As well as better remuneration, 93% also reported greater self-awareness and 86% reported enjoying greater self-confidence: important qualities for managers.</p> </blockquote> <p>Beyond qualifications, our relationships with ACCA, CIMA and CMI also help to ensure that our Global MBA students receive the best education possible. By working closely with these professional accreditation bodies, we ensure that our programme is closely aligned to the real challenges faced by managers, and that the skills we teach are endorsed by the foremost experts in the fields of management and accounting.</p> <p>Prospective students who are already members of professional bodies can also benefit from module exemptions. For example, ACCA members can gain exemptions from up to five out of 11 modules. This means that if you’ve already begun taking your professional-level papers with ACCA, you won’t have to repeat work to obtain your Global MBA.</p> <blockquote> <p>By offering module exemptions, the Global MBA allows students with professional body qualifications to progress through the programme faster so that they can graduate faster and use their Global MBA to start making a difference in their organisation.</p> </blockquote> <p>For a full list of module exemptions, read more about how we can provide <a href="https://london.ac.uk/applications/how-apply/recognition-prior-learning/recognition-and-accreditation-prior-learning" title="Recognition and accreditation Global MBA">recognition and accreditation of prior learning</a>.</p> <p>Ultimately, professional bodies like ACCA, CIMA and CMI are vital elements of the industry. Regardless of your ambitions, it’s a great idea to get involved with them as early as possible. Their guidance, support and expertise can help you to gain valuable experience and advance your career faster - especially when combined with an MBA.</p> <p>Equipped with both the elite-level understanding of business from the Global MBA, and the guidance of these professional bodies, you’ll give yourself the best possible chance of career success.</p> <p>In the words of Ann Francke, CEO of CMI:</p> <blockquote> <p>When students graduate with a Level 7 Strategic Qualification in Management from CMI as well as a very prestigious University of London Global MBA, they are truly boosting their employability by presenting employers with exactly the skills they seek.</p> </blockquote> <p>Find out more about applying to study on the <a href="https://london.ac.uk/courses/global-mba" title="Global MBA">Global MBA</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary How our relationship with ACCA, CMI and CIMA can help you reach the top. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Chris Zacharia Show related content On Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:43:08 +0000 lucy.bodenham 9439 at https://london.ac.uk Careers only YOU can dream of https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/careers-only-you-can-dream Careers only YOU can dream of<span><span lang="" about="/user/9626" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lindsay.alexander</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/03/2019</span> <p>The UK tech sector is growing more than two and half times faster than the overall economy, while in the US more than 190,000 new tech jobs were added in the last year alone. With rising demand for talent to fill these new vacancies we look at just some of the roles that may be available to graduates from the new BSc in Computer Science.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Man coding on a laptop" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-01/computer-science-image.jpg?itok=79-k4Ax5" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-01/computer-science-image.jpg?itok=79-k4Ax5 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2019-01/computer-science-image.jpg?itok=5h54_4Vd 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> From app developers to drone operators, the tech sector offers unparalleled opportunities for the next generation of technologists. </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>The first session of the new BSc in Computer Science, launched by the University of London, in partnership with member institution Goldsmiths and online learning platform Coursera, will start in April this year.</p> <p>The new degree has been designed to give students not only the fundamentals of computer science but also skills in a number of specialisms that will be in high demand among employers. Industry experts predict that artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual and augmented reality will be some of the biggest technology trends to take off in the coming years – all of which are specialisms on offer to students choosing the University of London degree.</p> <blockquote> <p>Because tech is always advancing - and the technology we use today will be improved again tomorrow - no matter what industry you go into there are endless opportunities.</p> </blockquote> <p>Tobias Cieslik, Director at Xult Group, has been working in tech recruitment for more than five years. He said, “Some of the big trends we’re seeing are in augmented and virtual reality, which have become hot topics within the sector. Other areas like autonomous and electric vehicles are developing year on year, while cyber security remains a priority for almost all industries. Because tech is always advancing – and the technology we use today will be improved again tomorrow – no matter what industry you go into there are endless opportunities.”</p> <p>Sarah Trevelion, Talent Manager at consulting and technology company Techmodal, agrees. She said, “My role allows me to meet some really interesting people who have worked in IT for a number of years but have now moved into subsectors like sales, intellectual property rights and legal advice. Once you have a good grounding in tech there are so many other branches of work you could choose, and the breadth of roles is very exciting.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Once you have a good grounding in tech there are so many other branches of work you could choose, and the breadth of roles is very exciting.</p> </blockquote> <p>While many companies offer on-the-job training and development opportunities, industry experts agree that a degree in computer science will continue to be rated highly by recruiters.</p> <p>Sarah Trevelion commented, “At Techmodal a lot of our recruits come in at a junior level and we offer training within the business. For me a good candidate doesn’t just have the basic skills but also has an aptitude for continuous learning. So having a degree not only demonstrates a certain level of ability and exposure, but it also tells me you’re at the right academic level to keep learning.”</p> <blockquote> <p>You will be expected to know a lot about a lot. Completing a degree gives you a mindset that’s ready to learn, adapt and deal with challenges.</p> </blockquote> <p>Rob O’Brien, Senior Technical Manager (International and Labels) at ITV Studios, knows the importance of a solid academic grounding. He said, “Whatever industry you work in, they are always going to want to use the latest trends and you will be expected to know a lot about a lot. Completing a degree gives you a mindset that’s ready to learn, adapt and deal with challenges.”</p> <p>For those with a passion for computing, working with the most current tech offers its own rewards, but for others the incentives are more personal.</p> <p>Phil Peters began his career three years ago and was quickly promoted to Senior Software Engineer at Ordnance Survey. He said, “I love being at the forefront of technology. As an engineer I’m given access to new programmes and new software at least six months before users. But what’s really rewarding is to think that the software and data I’m working on is being used by the police and the ambulance service to be able to find your house faster so they can help you. My work is genuinely benefiting people’s lives.”</p> <p>Perhaps the most exciting thing about a future career in computer science is that many students beginning their degree now will be doing jobs that haven’t even been created yet. According to McKinsey Global Institute, a third of new jobs created in the US in the past 25 years were roles that did not exist before. From app developers to drone operators and from user experience designers to vloggers, the tech sector offers unparalleled opportunities for the next generation of technologists to create their own career path.</p> <p>Find out more about the <a href="https://london.ac.uk/courses/computer-science" title="BSc Computer Science">BSc Computer Science degrees</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary With rising demand for talent to fill new tech jobs, we look at just some of the roles that may be available to graduates from the new BSc in Computer Science. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Allie Fitzgibbon Search terms <a href="/taxonomy/term/1526" hreflang="en">computer science; technology; artificial intelligence</a> Show related content On Fri, 01 Mar 2019 15:36:12 +0000 lindsay.alexander 9411 at https://london.ac.uk The power behind the throne: how CFOs influence companies https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/how-cfos-influence-companies The power behind the throne: how CFOs influence companies<span><span lang="" about="/user/9626" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lindsay.alexander</span></span> <span>Wed, 27/02/2019</span> <p>We take a closer look at how a skilled CFO can contribute to the success of an organisation.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="A manager audit" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-06/manager-audit.jpg?itok=UM3NKotO" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-06/manager-audit.jpg?itok=UM3NKotO 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2018-06/manager-audit.jpg?itok=43qPVqyN 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> By continuously learning and developing your strategic skills, you can be the CFO your organisation needs in challenging times. </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p><a href="https://www.cimaglobal.com/" title="CIMA">CIMA’s</a> 100th anniversary was recently celebrated at <a href="http://www.amitysingapore.sg/default.aspx" title="Amity Global Institute">Amity Global Institute</a> in Singapore. <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="93e16c31-9c23-48c7-b591-9ab66cbdc719" href="/centre-distance-education/dr-dimitrios-n-koufopoulos-bsc-mba-phd-fcim-fic-aiia" title="Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos">Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos</a>, Programme Director for the Global MBA, gave a key note speech highlighting the increasing importance of the role of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in today’s ever-changing business environment.</p> <p>Behind every top CEO is a great CFO. They may get less of the limelight, but CFOs now wield enormous power, with corresponding influence over the success of their organisations. A series of changes both within companies and the external environment has led to more and more influence for CFOs. And while this can be a good thing, it also brings extra responsibilities. So how can CFOs keep up with their new demands, while exercising their power wisely?</p> <p>It is vital for organisations to recognise how drastically the business environment is changing. Rapid technological revolution and continuing globalisation (despite the recent backlash) are reshaping the competitive landscape, exposing firms to new opportunities and threats.</p> <p>In turn, these developments influence company strategy and internal organisational contexts. New behaviours are experimented with, changing how firms act towards their consumers and competitors and also how they treat their employees. Managers are urged to continually develop their skills in areas that span interpersonal, decisional and informational roles.</p> <p>Overall, this amounts to an enormity of change. Yet there is every sign that it will continue to accelerate. It’s hard to believe that the iPhone is barely ten years old, so rapidly has it changed the priorities and abilities of consumers and companies. How close are we to the next revolutionary technology, with all its transformational impacts?</p> <p>As technology continues to progress, it’s becoming clear that businesses need to be more open to embracing new methods and systems of working. These changes are so far-reaching that they must be confronted if an organisation is to remain competitive. While the complexity can be overwhelming, there are considerable benefits of fully engaging with change.</p> <p>So what does this mean for CFOs? Given that their role has expanded greatly, it’s only natural that the responsibility for confronting this new competitive landscape should fall on their shoulders. Since the 1980s, CFOs have emerged from the shadows of the spreadsheets to become the undisputed deputy to the CEO. No longer just marshalling accounts and crafting budgets, CFOs now have wide-reaching powers across their organisations. While this has increased their influence, it also deepens their duties.</p> <p>Changes in business culture have tipped the balance of power towards CFOs. As shareholders expanded their influence in the 1990s and 2000s, the demand for return on investment led to greater emphasis upon controlling costs and financial scrutiny. Traditionally, these were the CFO’s bread and butter. This also gave CFOs greater license to shape company strategy, a key factor in the battle to deliver greater value.</p> <p>Then, the eruption of a number of high-profile business scandals led to the CFO being anointed as bastions against corruption. The CFO wasn’t just the CEO’s deputy - but now also kept watch over their behaviour.</p> <p>Finally, the financial crisis of 2007-08 triggered a wave of cost-cutting that called for a still more hands-on CFO. Simultaneously, technology and data gave CFOs more insights into their organisations than ever, allowing them to peer into every corner of their company. With budgets constrained, the authority of the CFO grew - after all, nothing kills a project faster than a ‘no’ from the CFO.</p> <p>In turn, this expansion in the CFOs role demanded expertise in areas not traditionally within the CFO’s remit. Risk management, business planning, and strategic thinking all became expected abilities for CFOs. But without concomitant upskilling, how can CFO’s possibly be expected to embrace all these diverse capabilities?</p> <p>Regardless of what type of CFO you aspire to be - innovator, disruptor, or safeguarder - you need continuous training and enhancement of your skills. The rapid, wide-ranging disruption we’ve witnessed over the past decade is not an anomaly but a sign of things to come. That’s why education is so important. In the quest to stay not just informed but insightful about the latest developments, continuous learning is your best guide.</p> <p>The University of London’s Global MBA strives to educate and provide important skills for the next generation of CFOs. Through this education, we have a direct influence on the industry, providing students with an elite-level strategic overview of business, from innovation through to corporate law and accounting. Our graduates get more than just frameworks: through the development of critical thinking skills, they emerge with the vision to lead their organisation.</p> <p>By continuously learning and developing your strategic skills, you can be the CFO your organisation needs in challenging times.</p> <p>Find out more about the <a href="https://london.ac.uk/courses/global-mba" title="Global MBA">Global MBA</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary We take a closer look at how a skilled CFO can contribute to the success of an organisation. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Chris Zacharia Search terms <a href="/taxonomy/term/68" hreflang="en">Global MBA</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/1524" hreflang="en">CFO</a> Show related content On Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:14:12 +0000 lindsay.alexander 9400 at https://london.ac.uk Correcting misconceptions: time to close the tech sector gender gap https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/close-tech-sector-gender-gap Correcting misconceptions: time to close the tech sector gender gap<span><span lang="" about="/user/9626" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lindsay.alexander</span></span> <span>Wed, 20/02/2019</span> <p>With latest workforce data revealing that women make up less than 20% of the IT sector in the UK, and just 25% in the US, the industry is working hard to encourage more diversity. We’ve spoken to two senior computer scientists about why more young women should join the tech revolution.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Computer-science-123" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-08/computer-science-123.jpg?itok=Fy5iaEPU" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-08/computer-science-123.jpg?itok=Fy5iaEPU 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2018-08/computer-science-123.jpg?itok=YAFIGfUs 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> Increasing the number of women working in IT could boost the UK economy. </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>The University of London, in partnership with member institution Goldsmiths, University of London and online learning platform Coursera, has launched a new BSc Computer Science programme, with the first session starting in April this year.</p> <p>In addition to core computer science skills the course offers a choice of cutting-edge specialisms such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Online teaching is combined with practical activities and projects to give students the hands-on experience they’ll need for their future career.</p> <p>Dr Rebecca Fiebrink and Julie Allinson, who are both senior computer scientists, feel passionately that it’s a career more women should consider.</p> <blockquote> <p>A computer science degree will give you the technical skills to accomplish something that’s important to you. It’s never boring.</p> </blockquote> <p>Dr Fiebrink is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. But despite an early interest in programming she hadn’t even considered a career in the field until she spoke to a careers counsellor.</p> <p>“I grew up playing video games with my dad and learned how to programme for fun when I was in high school making fan fiction websites and animations for my friends. And yet I didn’t see myself as a technologist. Just having someone give me permission to imagine myself in that role was life-changing.”</p> <p>She believes misconceptions about the tech sector can put some people off and wants to emphasise the enormous range of careers available.</p> <p>“Technology is not just for geeks. You’re engaged in creative thought all the time and the most successful computer scientists are those who like working in social, dynamic environments – and who understand and can communicate with others.</p> <p>“People wrongly assume that to love computer science you just have to love technology and nothing else. But computer science can be applied to anything. It can be applied to helping your community or saving the planet. A computer science degree will give you the technical skills to accomplish something that’s important to you. It’s never boring.”</p> <blockquote> <p>There’s a perception of the tech sector being full of young men wearing scruffy t-shirts and headphones and not talking to each other. The worst thing is when women are put off because they think it’s a club they’re not allowed to join.</p> </blockquote> <p>After completing a degree in English Julie Allinson, Lead Developer at CoSector University of London, began her career as a librarian and now uses that background in her role designing and building the digital architecture for online collections and archives.</p> <p>“As a librarian I was tackling increasingly more technical tasks and found I wanted to understand how to solve those problems myself. I thought about it for years before I decided to study for an MSc in Computer Science. The biggest challenge for me was probably my own lack of confidence and research has shown that’s something that puts a lot of women off.</p> <p>“There’s a perception of the tech sector being full of young men wearing scruffy t-shirts and headphones and not talking to each other. But there are skills used in almost all jobs that are applicable to IT – logic, problem-solving, communication skills. The worst thing is when women are put off because they think it’s a club they’re not allowed to join.”</p> <p>Research suggests that closing the gender gap could have huge financial benefits for the sector. A recent study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that increasing the number of women in IT could boost the UK economy by up to £2.6 billion.</p> <blockquote> <p>There’s no right fit for computing, it takes all different styles of personality and people and that’s what makes it a rewarding career.</p> </blockquote> <p>Dr Fiebrink said, “Having more people with more ideas and more life experiences is important if we want to be making tech that’s useful to people and has a positive impact.”</p> <p>Julie added, “Every profession benefits from having a diverse set of people working in it.</p> <p>You can’t fix a problem from the outside – the only way to improve the gender gap is by having more girls come into the sector feeling able to challenge traditionally male structures. So if you’re worrying that you don’t fit then stop and give it a go. There’s no right fit for computing, it takes all different styles of personality and people and that’s what makes it a rewarding career.”</p> <p>Find out more about the <a href="https://london.ac.uk/courses/computer-science">BSc Computer Science degrees</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tags <a href="/taxonomy/term/1060" hreflang="en">Computer Science</a> Summary We’ve spoken to two senior computer scientists about why more young women should join the tech revolution. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Allie Fitzgibbon Search terms <a href="/taxonomy/term/436" hreflang="en">Computer Science</a> Show related content On Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:34:30 +0000 lindsay.alexander 9367 at https://london.ac.uk PCL Moot Court on the legal implications of AI https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/pcl-moot-court-legal-implications-ai PCL Moot Court on the legal implications of AI <span><span lang="" about="/user/77" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">peter.quinn</span></span> <span>Thu, 14/02/2019</span> <p>A University of London Undergraduate Laws grant supported Pakistan College of Law’s 6th Annual National Moot Court Competition, reports Amna Riaz.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Pakistan College of Law 6th Annual National Moot Court Competition" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-02/pcl-moot-2019.jpg?itok=UorblbVk" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-02/pcl-moot-2019.jpg?itok=UorblbVk 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2019-02/pcl-moot-2019.jpg?itok=lEeEkl79 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> &quot;The competition challenged participants to showcase their understanding of the legal implications of the use of Artificial Intelligence.&quot; </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>As a major contributor towards legal education and skills development of law aspirants, Pakistan College of Law conducted its 6th Annual National Moot Court Competition on 25-26 January 2019, sponsored by the University of London Undergraduate Laws Grant Fund.</p> <p>Each year, a specific area of law is selected in creating the moot problem provided to participating teams in an attempt to broaden their knowledge and understanding of different areas of law. </p> <p>This year’s event witnessed an astounding number of 18 country-wide institutions with spirited participation in the simulated moot court competition. With teams from Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Malakand, Dir and Hyderabad, we were particularly proud of the pioneering participation of the team from Shaheed Bhutto University, Dir. This team noted that the two-day event at Pakistan College of Law taught them more about law, legal representation and argument development  than their undergraduate study has been able to do. This remark from the team reaffirmed our trust in the utility of conducting simulated moot court events and related activities associated with effective drafting.</p> <p>The two-day competition, focusing on a specially created fact sheet, challenged the participants to showcase their understanding of the legal implications of the use of Artificial Intelligence and the connection with violations of Convention Rights, particularly the right to privacy.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Trophies at Pakistan College of Law 6th Annual National Moot Court Competition" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-02/pcl-moot-trophies.jpg?itok=fHrwzEEu" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-02/pcl-moot-trophies.jpg?itok=fHrwzEEu 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2019-02/pcl-moot-trophies.jpg?itok=9lBF3BfT 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> &quot;PCL is thankful for the support of the University of London Undergraduate Laws Grant Funding Programme towards making the Moot Court Competition a success.&quot; </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>The final round was judged by an esteemed panel consisting of renowned lawyers as well as academics, Mr Salman Akram Raja (Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan), Mr Alessandro Chieregato (Deputy Director, Pakistan Center of Legal Research and Publication), Mr Ibrahim Haroon (Advocate High Court), and Mr Zeeshaan Zafar Hashmi (Advocate High Court and PCL Lecturer).</p> <p>Mr Salman Akram Raja, who was delighted to judge the final round, appreciated the participation of the teams and encouraged students to continue taking part in such competitions.</p> <p>The 6th PCL National Moot Court Competition was won by Lahore University of Management Sciences, with Indus College of Law, Hyderabad, the runner-up. The winner’s and runner-up trophies were presented by our Guest of Honour, Mr Saad Wasim (University of London Regional Advisor, South Asia), Mr Salman Akram Raja, Professor Tasneem Kausar (Principal, Pakistan College of Law) and Professor Humayoun Ihsan (Dean, Pakistan College of Law). </p> <p>Pakistan College of Law is thankful for the support of the University of London Undergraduate Laws Grant Funding Programme towards making the 6th Annual National Pakistan College of Law Moot Court Competition a success. We are also thankful to Mr Saad Wasim for encouraging us to conduct an International Moot Court Competition next year and look forward to doing so.</p> <ul><li>Amna Riaz Ali holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London. She has served as a Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Pakistan and as a Lecturer and Mooting Coordinator at Pakistan College of Law.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary A University of London Undergraduate Laws grant supported Pakistan College of Law’s 6th Annual National Moot Court Competition.  London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Amna Riaz Show related content On Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:57:41 +0000 peter.quinn 9310 at https://london.ac.uk Forging new friendships at the 19th ASEAN University Games https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/forging-new-friendships-19th-asean-university-games Forging new friendships at the 19th ASEAN University Games<span><span lang="" about="/user/77" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">peter.quinn</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/02/2019</span> <p>Ng Wen Sze reports on a memorable experience for SIM-University of London students at the ASEAN University Games.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="BSc Economics and Management student, Parajuli Nabin" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-02/nabin-main.jpg?itok=XMI_Mlfp" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-02/nabin-main.jpg?itok=XMI_Mlfp 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2019-02/nabin-main.jpg?itok=lMorkwGx 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> The 29 SIM students were the third largest group, of whom 10 were SIM-University of London students. </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>Have you ever heard of Naypyitaw? It’s a town in the country of Myanmar, formerly called Burma. Most tourists don’t visit Naypyitaw. It has a population of one million and is about a five-hour drive north of the capital city of Yangon.</p> <p>In December 2018, 190 Singaporean athletes, along with 33 officials, thronged the town of Naypyitaw for the 19th ASEAN University Games (AUG). This biennial sports event, held since 1981, has three objectives – to promote ASEAN solidarity in youths through school sports, to provide opportunities for school athletes to benchmark their sporting talents in the ASEAN region, and to interact and engage in cultural exchange.</p> <p>The ASEAN countries are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei and Timor-Leste. For the first time, AUG was held in Myanmar, from 10–19 December 2018.</p> <p>Representing Singapore were youths from NUS, NTU, SMU, SIT, SUSS and SUTD. The 29 SIM students were the third largest group, of whom 10 were SIM-University of London students. They competed in athletics, football, traditional boat race and volleyball. In fact, SIM currently holds the chairmanship and secretariat for the Singapore Universities Sports Council (SUSC) for 2018 to 2020 and the AUG is one of several international competitions which SUSC coordinates for Singapore.</p> <p>We interviewed BSc Economics and Management student, Parajuli Nabin (pictured above), who was awarded bronze in Athletics.</p> <p><strong>What was it like to be part of the ASEAN University Games?</strong><br /> It was the first ASEAN University Games I took part in. I was very excited about the race venue, meeting my competitors and executing the race plan. Unlike the local races in Singapore, AUG brings in some of the best athletes in Southeast Asia of whom some are medalists at big games such as SEA Games. I was thrilled to be able to race toe-to toe with the best in the region.</p> <p><strong>What was most memorable?</strong><br /> The motto of the AUG 2018 was Youth and Friendship. The most significant thing about the event was forging new friendships with the participants. On top of that, the hospitality shown by the locals and the volunteers at the Games was most memorable for me.</p> <p><strong>How did you overcome the odds to be one of the top 3?</strong><br /> There was excitement and nervousness as I lined up for the race. Relax and be steady was my mantra. The race went tactically as all of the top three athletes were hustling for position. While it wasn’t as fast as I expected it to be, bringing home a medal was a great feeling.</p> <p>For BSc Economics student, Chermain Chan, the recent AUG was her second and last one as she is graduating in 2019. The silver she achieved in archery was a surprise, as she reflects. “My performance during training fluctuated quite a bit, so I was not sure how well I would do in the competition. Luckily, my teammates and I had a good amount of time to work things out before the qualifying round. We managed to stay positive although it was a tough competition. We agreed never to give up. The results were great as we performed better than at our normal training sessions. My teammates and I are elated with what we have achieved.” Chermain said that staying positive was really important, not just for her sport but also for her studies. She stepped on to the shooting line with confidence to win – and she did.</p> <p>Students in the SIM-University of London programme are always encouraged to develop a holistic education. We are pleased that Nabin echoes our sentiments. He says that, “While academics comes as a priority in our school journey, I urge fellow students to actively take part in sports of your preference. Athletics, long distance running in particular, has taught me discipline, self-control, and to be fearless. Bring sports into your life, it will give you experiences and teach you lessons that you cannot find elsewhere.”</p> <p>Congratulations also go to BSc Accounting and Finance students, Goh Jun Hui and Ronald Ng, and to BSc Management and Digital Innovation student, Ong Hui Li. They achieved bronze in the traditional boat race and archery in the AUG at Naypyitaw. Well done!</p> <p><strong>Ng Wen Sze is a Programme Executive at SIM.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tags <a href="/taxonomy/term/1056" hreflang="en">singapore</a> Summary Ng Wen Sze reports on a memorable experience for SIM-University of London students at the ASEAN University Games. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Ng Wen Sze Show related content On Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:53:54 +0000 peter.quinn 9244 at https://london.ac.uk Gain a competitive edge in supply chain management https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/gain-a-competitive-edge Gain a competitive edge in supply chain management<span><span lang="" about="/user/9626" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lindsay.alexander</span></span> <span>Fri, 18/01/2019</span> <p>We’ve asked module authors from the University of London’s new MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics degree how the programme will benefit future industry leaders.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Person using a tablet for supply chain management." typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-01/supply-chain-operations_0.jpg?itok=CWdSKZ3C" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2019-01/supply-chain-operations_0.jpg?itok=CWdSKZ3C 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2019-01/supply-chain-operations_0.jpg?itok=sRTKD6sa 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> There is a growing demand for managers with the ability to identify and manage complex business issues. </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>Earlier this month, University of London launched a dynamic master’s degree that was developed with Sir John Cass Business School, City (Cass), one of the UK’s leading global business schools. The programme examines the fundamental concepts behind managing successful global supply chains and explores new technology and innovations that are rapidly raising industry standards.</p> <p>Many established organisations are crediting their commercial growth to well-managed supply chains. The demand for professionals with the skills and knowledge of supply chain management is increasing across various industries, including manufacturing, retail and technology. This degree is designed to help develop expert skills, giving managers a competitive edge to progress their careers.</p> <blockquote> <p>Our programme is unique in terms of scope, quality and content delivery. We combine excellent academic expertise and practical relevance with an innovative delivery of the content.</p> </blockquote> <p>With academic direction by Cass, students can be confident that the course content is industry relevant and demonstrates a high standard quality of education.</p> <p>“Cass is committed to the combination of cutting-edge knowledge with a strong focus on practice and relevance for business purposes. Being a top international business school with a strong presence in the supply chain disciplines, Cass can provide a superior edge to those who want to understand and apply the most effective tools and frameworks,” says Dr Paolo Aversa, author of the Strategy for Delivering Value module.</p> <p>Strategy for Delivering Value explores tools that can help managers and executives achieve superior results for their organisation. Strategy management is essential for the delivery, governance and operation of successful supply chains, which can shape the future of ever-changing business environments. Having the knowledge to develop an efficient and informed strategy can lead an organisation to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage.</p> <p>"Given the centrality of this topic for future leaders, this course ambitiously aims at developing professionals who not only master the core topics, tools and perspectives of strategic management, but are also able to adapt their application to the different competitive contingencies on a global scale," says Dr Aversa.</p> <p>The concept of supply chain management has gained tremendous momentum over the past decade and is viewed as imperative in the operation of complex global supply networks. Understanding the financial flow of a supply chain and having the ability to mitigate potential risks that could jeopardise effective business operations are key skills that students will learn on the Supply Chain Finance and Risk Management module.</p> <p>“It is fascinating how different business disciplines merge under the umbrella of supply chain finance,” says module author, Dr Florian Lucker. “The supply chain finance domain is very dynamic with new fin-techs challenging the conventional approach to supply chain finance. Students of this module will gain first-hand knowledge and develop skills that prepare them for careers in professional service firms or corporate supply chain roles.”</p> <p>While the programme offers modules that provide comprehensive technical and practical knowledge of global supply chains, other modules explore theoretical concepts that directly affect supply chains, such as Business-to-Business (B2B) marketing.</p> <p>Almost every product or service involves a number of B2B transactions before it reaches the final customer. B2B marketing involves a wide range of marketing activities such as identification of business customer needs, determining pricing for products and services that will balance customer demand and company profitability, and promoting products and services in a creative way to business customers.</p> <p>The Business-to-Business Marketing module provides students with a number of advance concepts, frameworks and practices in business marketing.</p> <p>"Given the scale and importance of B2B marketing, an understanding of the dynamics of B2B marketing is of great value for students,” says Dr Oguz Acar, the module author. “Any student who works in a company that operates in or does business with B2B companies would benefit from this module.”</p> <p>The MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics provides students with the skills needed to deal with sophisticated and complex tasks in a rapidly changing corporate environment. Businesses are driven by fierce international competition, growing customer demand and increased time pressures. Having the ability to identify and resolve these issues can give professionals an opportunity to advance in their workplace. The programme is offered fully online, so you can study anywhere at any time without disrupting your career momentum.</p> <p>Find out more about the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e7078156-4bb8-4dd5-a5c4-4b250dc3d9a6" href="/courses/supply-chain-management" title="Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics">MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary We’ve asked module authors from our new MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics degree how the programme will benefit future industry leaders. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Lindsay Alexander Search terms <a href="/taxonomy/term/1083" hreflang="en">supply chain management</a> Show related content On Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:26:32 +0000 lindsay.alexander 9101 at https://london.ac.uk The fifth anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/fifth-anniversary-nelson-mandelas-death The fifth anniversary of Nelson Mandela&#039;s death<span><span lang="" about="/user/72" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">lucy.bodenham</span></span> <span>Fri, 21/12/2018</span> <p>This month marked the fifth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013). We take a look at his thoughts on studying in prison.</p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="Nelson Mandela" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-07/nelson-lc-mandela-day.jpg?itok=EXj500ZU" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-07/nelson-lc-mandela-day.jpg?itok=EXj500ZU 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2018-07/nelson-lc-mandela-day.jpg?itok=XsT06PHf 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> &#039;I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.&#039; </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>Nelson Mandela studied Law as a University of London student through distance and flexible learning during his 27 years of imprisonment on Robben Island.  Having passed the London Intermediate examinations in 1963, the conditions imposed by the South African authorities at the time prevented him from completing his degree.</p> <p>So what was it like to access the reading materials Nelson Mandela needed to study whilst in prison? In the Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela says: ‘On the one hand I was assigned the sorts of stimulating books that would not have been on a South African reading list; on the other, the authorities inevitably regarded many of them as unsuitable and thus banned them.’</p> <p>In fact, receiving books at all was often a challenge. Nelson explains:</p> <blockquote> <p>You might make an application to a South African library for a book on contract law. They would process your request and then send you the book by post. But because of the vagaries of the mail system, the remoteness of the island, and the often deliberate slowness of the censors, the book would reach you after the date that it needed to be returned. If the date had passed, the warders would typically send the book back without even showing it to you.</p> </blockquote> <p>His dedication to education is truly astonishing, when one considers that he was undergoing long, gruelling hours of manual labour each day. Fellow prisoners recall that, when Nelson had free time, he wrote his autobiography in secret. Although the manuscript was discreetly smuggled to London, wardens found several stray pages and banned Nelson from his law education for four years.</p> <p>This event is also covered in his autobiography, in a surprisingly humorous tone:</p> <blockquote> <p>When my studies were cancelled, I was still in the midst of pursuing my LLB at the University of London. I had started studying for the LLB during the Rivonia Trial and the suspension of study privileges for four years would undoubtedly assure me of the university record for the most number of years pursuing that degree.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is a glimpse into Nelson Mandela’s journey, which in 1993 led to Nelson and President F.W. de Klerk,  jointly winning the Nobel Peace Prize. This was ‘for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.’</p> <p>Read more about <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e03683ac-2718-4ea2-9462-74ff9894dcf2" href="/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/nelson-mandela-day-remembering-his-devotion-education-and" title="Nelson Mandela - remembering his devotion">Nelson Mandela</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary To mark Nelson Mandela&#039;s fifth anniversary, we take a look at his thoughts on studying in prison. London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Alison McCarty Show related content On Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:52:23 +0000 lucy.bodenham 8974 at https://london.ac.uk Female staff as students on the qualities of Leading Women https://london.ac.uk/news-opinion/london-connection/feature/female-staff-students-qualities-leading-women Female staff as students on the qualities of Leading Women<span><span lang="" about="/user/2682" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim.kontos</span></span> <span>Thu, 20/12/2018</span> <p>We share a few highlights about some of the women who work at the University of London and have completed a Higher Education degree or are currently studying at a University of London Member Institution while they work. </p> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-12/lc_leading_women_staff_students_graduates.png?itok=LcuE9pa1" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-12/lc_leading_women_staff_students_graduates.png?itok=LcuE9pa1 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2018-12/lc_leading_women_staff_students_graduates.png?itok=ickubPma 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> Pictured: Aisling, Annemarie, Beatrice, Cynthia, Eve, Helen, Holly, Kim, Lisa, Maja, Mary, Mehrunnisa, Natalie, Natasha, Rebecca, Yvette. Image credit: Dan Hugh </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <p>We take the opportunity at the end of this year of celebrating Leading Women to share a few highlights about some of the women who work at the University of London and have completed a Higher Education degree or are currently studying at a University of London Member Institution while they work. </p> <h3><strong>Our female staff as students and graduates of UoL Higher Education</strong></h3> <p>There is a variety of firsts within their families that these women have managed to achieve, that make their work and Higher Education studies stand out. Some have been the first in their family to get an undergraduate or graduate degree, or first to gain a PhD, first to move abroad for their career or for studies or the first female to hold a managerial role, first female in their family to attend university, first lawyer in the family, and so much more. They shared that these achievements were possible due to the inspiration of other family members, the support of parents and friends, as well as a lot of hard work and determination on their side. </p> <blockquote> <p>This would not have been possible without my father’s encouragement who told me to write up my applications.</p> </blockquote> <p>Mehrunnisa, Bachelor of Laws, University College London and MSc Human Rights, London School of Economics, working as Quality Manager</p> <blockquote> <p>I benefitted hugely from support when I was a young woman (my mentor when I was at school helped me get into university and so many alumnae helped me along the way) and I feel a deep personal responsibility to do what I can to boost up other women, whenever I can.</p> </blockquote> <p>Holly, MSc New Media, Information and Society (LSE), now working at the University of London.</p> <blockquote> <p>My inspiration was my brother who despite cultural and financial challenges achieved a first class degree from Oxford University.</p> </blockquote> <p>Beatrice, MA in Higher and Professional Education at the IOE, now working as Head of Academic Services Provision.</p> <h3><strong>Qualities of Leading Women</strong></h3> <p>When asked about the qualities of Leading Women, they shared various responses including the following words:</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--media paragraph--view-mode--default [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class='o-container'> <figure class='c-media u-bleed-small'> <div class='c-media__media'> <div class="c-media__image "> <div class="media media-image view-mode-large media__wrapper"> <img alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" data-src="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-12/lc_leading_women_qualities.png?itok=3I7g1-DA" data-srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/promo_mobile/public/2018-12/lc_leading_women_qualities.png?itok=3I7g1-DA 480w, /sites/default/files/styles/promo_large/public/2018-12/lc_leading_women_qualities.png?itok=nrQffKe7 1290w" data-sizes="(min-width:1280px) 70vw, 100vw" class="lazyload" /> </div> </div> </div> <figcaption class="c-media__caption"> Qualities of leading women </figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--content paragraph--view-mode--default c-content [ o-slice-top o-slice-bottom ]"> <div class="[ o-container ]"> <div class="o-column-main"> <div class='c-text'> <blockquote> <p>I think one of the most effective qualities of a leading woman is someone who can draw out the very best from those around them. A leading woman is someone who is successful in their field but who can demonstrate integrity and commitment as well as empathy towards others.</p> </blockquote> <p>Natasha, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck, University of London</p> <blockquote> <p>Confidence to put forward ideas that may be different. Helping the people around you to achieve their goals. Realising that success is not always immediate, and that small changes are often more valuable in bringing about real progress.</p> </blockquote> <p>Lynne, MA Education, Gender and International Development at UCL Institute of Education, now working as Director of the International Foundation Programme.</p> <blockquote> <p>A leading woman believes in herself even if no one else believes in her/her vision, she knows she has what it takes to achieve what she wants to achieve […] She accepts that she will make mistakes, and realises that one or two mistakes do not define her. […] A leading woman sees in others what they need help seeing/believing themselves, she is willing to put in the effort (sacrifice) required to encourage, motivate and mentor.</p> </blockquote> <p>Helen, MSc Professional Accountancy, working as a Management Accountant.</p> <blockquote> <p>I think it's important to ask questions about things you're interested in.  If you see something and wonder 'why do we do something that way?' or 'could that be better?', it's important to question and see if you can take action to improve things.</p> </blockquote> <p>Holly, MSc New Media, Information and Society (LSE), now working at the University of London.</p> <h3><strong>Motivation to study while working</strong></h3> <p>It is never easy to have a work-life balance, especially when you also add part time study to the schedule. A number of our staff choose to study while they work at the University of London, and they are encouraged to do so. We asked what motivated some female staff to continue their Higher Education while they were working for the University:</p> <blockquote> <p>My motivation came from wanting to learn something new that could help more students have the chances to progress that my own students had in London. [I wanted] to understand different approaches to improving educational opportunities for students worldwide, especially for girls.</p> </blockquote> <p>Lynne, MA Education, Gender and International Development at UCL Institute of Education, now working as Director of the International Foundation Programme.</p> <blockquote> <p>Lifelong learning was appropriate for me – this was a mid-career undertaking.” Beatrice, MA in Higher and Professional Education at the IOE, now working as Head of Academic Services Provision.<br /> “I was also so impressed by some of the academic staff with whom I worked, and that inspired me to pursue further study.</p> </blockquote> <p>Holly, MSc New Media, Information and Society (LSE), now working at the University of London.</p> <blockquote> <p>I felt strongly about issues such as justice, accountability and transparency which are essential for good governance. […] My maternal grandmother was one of the many persons of Polish heritage who served in a hard labour camp in Germany during the Second World War. Her story along with the reading of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl made me question the morality of law. The study of law at University College London allowed me delve into these areas and much more.</p> </blockquote> <p>Mehrunnisa, Bachelor of Laws, University College London and MSc Human Rights, London School of Economics, working as Quality Manager</p> <blockquote> <p>It has changed the way I view the world, it has re-wired me to think more inclusively, to avoid judgement and listen to people’s lived experience in a more respectful way.</p> </blockquote> <p>Isabel, MA in Gender Studies at SOAS, now working as Communications and engagement assistant in the Leading Women campaign.</p> <p>The University of London encourages staff to continue their education as part of their personal and professional development in the areas they are interested in expanding their skills and knowledge.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Summary We share a few highlights about some of the women who work at the University of London and have completed a Higher Education degree or are currently studying at London connection section <a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Feature</a> Content author Kim Kontos Show related content On Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:38:56 +0000 kim.kontos 8963 at https://london.ac.uk