Potential significant disruption alert! Due to proposed severe downgrades to the pensions of academic staff, and after years of discussion to try to find a solution, the union representing such staff, UCU, is balloting its members over strike action. If the vote is in favour, as is likely, there could be significant disruption to universities starting in late January/early February. Lecturers never want to disrupt students' degrees, and we very much hopethat these strikes don't happen. But for the strikes to be avoided a big change of position from universities is likely to be required.
You can read more about the reasons for this dispute here. If you support the position of your lecturers, or you are concerned about the possible disruption for your course, you could email the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Keith Burnett, to say so. (What would I say?)
I'm very happy to answer any questions on this on the course discussion board.
What could you write to the Vice-Chancellor? That's completely up to you! You could, if you wanted, mention that
This presentation has been prepared for the Getting beyond 'enterprise' event at the University of Sheffield on 28 June 2017.
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This module introduces some really interesting topics and ideas I have never met before. I feel as though I have picked up some really valuable skills and had my mind opened to computer programming... On the whole I feel this is a modern course, teaching the skills needed for today in a truly original and fresh way.
This module has helped me learn a computing language which is something I've always wanted to do. The core concepts of this module are interesting and I have probably gotten the most out of this module compared to the others thus far. My favourite part by far has been the LaTeX classes, I feel I've taken away a life long skill at such an early stage of the year!
The merging of things learnt in Python, LaTeX and HTML towards the end of the semester seemed almost certainly something that will come in useful, not just during the rest of my time at university but also perhaps in a career afterwards.