Welcoming Sukru Eraslan to the Manchester IoC Team

Photo of Sukru Eraslan

This month, we gained a new member of our IoC team. Dr Sukru Eraslan joined us from the Middle East Technical University (METU) as a PDRA working on our Learning Analytics Pipeline for Software Engineering.

Sukru’s PhD, and later post-doctoral work, is on eye tracking for understanding how people navigate the Web, to help make it more accessible. We’re looking forward to using his skills in empirical analysis of how students learn core software engineering concepts, and running user trials in assessing the usefulness of the outputs of our analytics pipeline.

Welcome to the Institute of Coding, Sukru!

Happy 1st Birthday, Institute of Coding!

On Friday, 25th January, the IoC celebrated the 1 year anniversary of its official announcement. The team gathered for cupcakes and some creative photography. (Thanks to Jez Lloyd from our external affairs team for the photo, and to the IoC Hub team at Bath for the delicious cupcakes.)

We also celebrated two new members joining our team.

Kamilla Kopec-Harding is our data science expert. She’ll be working on our learner analytics platform, helping us to understand how undergraduates learn core software engineering concepts, so we can devise more effective teaching materials.

Peter Crowther was recently awarded his PhD from the University of Bristol. He joins the team as a research software engineer, and will be writing Python code to extend our RoboTA prototype to support our second semester course units. He’ll also be working on adapting RoboTA to get our industry competence profiles up and running.

Welcome to the team, Peter and Kamilla!

Welcoming Julio Cesar Cortes Rios to the Manchester Team

Photo of Julio Cortes RiosWe are pleased to welcome Julio Cesar Cortes Rios to the Manchester IoC team, as a post-doctoral research assistant. Julio is an experienced software architect and manager, who has worked on a range of projects, including fingerprint recognition and biometrics systems for the Mexican Government.  He holds a BSc and an MSc in Computer Science from Universidad La Salle, Mexico, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester.

Julio will be dividing his time between the design and evaluation of the RoboTA continuous feedback and marking system, and work on our new learner analytics platform for software engineering.

Welcome to the team, Julio!

Institute of Coding Launched at the House of Lords

A photo of the Palace of Westminster

The Institute of Coding was formally launched with an event in the Peers’ Dining Room at the House of Lords, on 21st June 2018.  Representatives of the academic partners met with industry stakeholders, current digital skills learners and government, to discuss the UK’s digital skills needs and how they might be met by the Institute.  Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE hosted the event.