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Join our team! New lecturing posts at Goldsmiths Computing

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Goldsmiths Computing are recruiting six new staff to join our growing department.

The posts:

  • Lecturer in Computer Science
  • Lecturer in Computer Science (0.5FTE)
  • Lecturer in Games & Graphics
  • Lecturer in Games Art (0.5FTE)
  • Lecturer in Computational Arts (0.5FTE)
  • Post Doctoral Teaching & Research Fellow.

Lectureships pay £42,452 – £48,721 per annum (or the pro rata equivalent for part-time positions), including London Weighting. The Post Doctoral Teaching & Research Fellow position pays £34,110.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 June 2015.

MSc Games Programming graduate on working at Fuzzy Frog

IMG_6126In an interview published in Develop magazine, April 2015, MSc Computer Games & Entertainment graduate James Gamlin discusses his work at Fuzzy Frog.


What do you do at the studio?
I’m currently a gameplay designer, which entails a lot of the level design for the current project as well as working on general gameplay functionality. I perform minor scripting tasks awa well, though usually to help the level development process run smoother on my end.

How did you get your current job?
I started out on the Creative Skillset trainee programme as part of my MSc at Goldsmiths, University of London. This meant I was on a work placement with Fuzzy Frog, that was in turn assessed by the university. Once my placement came to an end I was asked to remain with Fuzzy Frog in full-time employment.

What perks are available to employees at the studio?
Being relatively new to the games industry, I’m a bit unsure as to what the standard is on this situation. However what I can say is that from a graduate perspective it’s been a great environment to learn about the industry and the development process outside of academia.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to attend the East Midlands Indies events which would not have been possible without the relevant networking connections that were available to me.

What is the recruitment process like at your studio?
fuzzyWe’re currently in the midst of growing as a company so our recruitment consists of job postings on our website and through various connections within the industry.

We normally have quite a lot of applicants selected for interviews, and if successful will be put on a probation period for a month.

What was your own interview like?
My placement interview was with the CEO and creative producer at Fuzzy Frog, which might sound quite intimidating, but in actuality was quite informal and relaxed.
We began by talking about the current projects and what would be expected of me if I were to join these projects.

I brought my portfolio with me, which consisted of both programming and design projects I had worked on throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. It was quite fortunate that a lot of the work in my portfolio had connections to current projects at Fuzzy Frog.

Describe what the atmosphere is like at your studio.
Since the company is relateively small-sized (though it has grown considerably in the past year), we all work closely with each other, meaning that different departments are all in the same room. It creates a comfortable atmosphere to be surrounded with a range of people with different skills and backgrounds.

We work very vocally, asking for advice for problems and creative feedback for our implementations, or assets. This means that everyone is given a portion of responsibility for making design decisions, which we then review and discuss collectively at the end of each sprint.

BAFTA’s Scholarships open for MSc Computer Games & Entertainment

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BAFTA is now accepting applications for its scheme to financially support a selection of UK students in their study of film, television or games. This year, the scholarship scheme is available to students on Goldsmiths’ MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment.

Each scholarship provides up to £10,000 to cover one year’s course fees, an industry mentor, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK for a year.

Applicants are also considered for one of three Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television & Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros., which additionally provides a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies and access to additional Warner Bros. mentors.

In return, scholarship recipients are required to contribute to the BAFTA Guru online learning channel and take part in BAFTA’s outreach activity to young people.

How to apply

Complete and submit the online application form, along with any supplementary pages, by 5pm on Friday 12 June 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be informed the w/c 6 July , and must be available for interview on Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 or Friday 17 July.

  • The scholarships are available to UK nationals. If you are a non-EU citizen and have officially confirmed UK residency status you can apply for a scholarship, but you will be required to supply confirmation from the Home Office of your residency status. Citizens of other EU countries are not eligible to apply.
  • Students who receive a scholarship for the first year of a two-year course will be considered for a scholarship for their second year.
  • Students who have previously received a scholarship for the first year of a two-year course will be considered for a scholarship for their second year.

More information about the BAFTA scholarship

Not all bad for #womenintech

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image: Ada Lovelace

‘There aren’t enough messages to young women that technology is a fascinating area to work in, a fast-moving field, one that rewards hard work, an area where you really can change the world’ (Naomi Alderman, The Guardian, 

The media has been rife with stories lately about women in technology, or rather the lack of them. According e-skills, the number of women working in the tech sector has fallen from 17% to 16% in 2014.

There are numerous initiatives to increase the number of women in the sector from the classroom to big business, yet in the last ten years the number of women in key roles in the technology industry has remained roughly unchanged.

Yet despite the statistics there are causes for celebration. We have very recently celebrated Ada Lovelace Day, who at the start of it all – working in the 1800’s – produced the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world’s first computer programmer…a woman!

In April this year, the US appointed a female chief technology officer which is inspiring women across the country to break the gender bias in the tech industry. Megan Smith was previously a vice president of Google[x] at Google. Smith has been one of the country’s leading advocates in the movement to get more women into tech jobs*.
(*http://www.wired.com/2014/09/megan-smith-cto/?mbid=social_twitter )

Closer to home, the BSc in Digital Arts Computing course at Goldsmiths has defied the odds and attracted a 65% female cohort this year. A key element of this programme is that it integrates technical programming skills, theoretical and historical conceptions of art into a distinctively computational arts practice. The programme is taught in an integrated way, with a mix of critical studies and computational arts practice elements across both the Art and Computing departments.

We still have a long way to go, but rather than looking at cold statistics, lets focus on the positive stories and inspire the next generation of women programmers.

#womenintech

 

Digital Body Meetup – looking for contributors

digi-bodyBodiMEetup, a regular gathering to discuss new technologies around the idea of the “digital you”, is looking for contributors to share their stories and opinions, and discuss how to engage entrepreneurial leaders.

Our digital body is at the centre of our digital future, from avatar to mini-me statues, from fashion technology to bespoke tailor, from jewels to 3D printed organs. Technologies such as 3D body scanning, voice/face/palm recognition and personal health devices offer interesting commercial opportunities.

BodiMEetup is a place to discuss these issues. Got something to say? Or would you like to speak or nominate a speaker? Please contact Ricardo on davila.otoya@gmail.com / @davila_otoya

 

Working for a big tech company

This post first appeared on the Queen Mary Careers blog on 15th July 2014

Many students are interested in this kind of role, but would like to know more about the kind of skills required, how competitive the job market and what kind of roles these organisations offer.

We asked students which company we should talk to, and Psi-Star, the Queen Mary Physics Student Society, replied “IBM”. By a stroke of luck, IBM is a partner of Queen Mary, and definitely is a big technology company, so we arranged a conversation. Although the information below is about working at IBM, it will apply to most multinational technology consultancies, and so we hope you will find it useful!

Can I work for a multinational technology company?

As a basic requirement, IBM requires a minimum 2:1 for its graduate roles, which is where the bulk of their recruitment lies. As they have offices in so many countries, they also require a work permit for the country you are applying to. So, if you are an international student in the UK, you should apply to the IBM office of your country of origin rather than the UK one. However as IBM requires global skills, the fact you have done a degree in a different country from your own should increase your advantage.

Do I want to work for a multinational technology company?

You may think the answer is obviously yes, but companies such as IBM will not suit absolutely everybody. First is the location – for students applying in the UK, the main location is Hursley in Hampshire. Other multinationals will also probably be too big to find the space in expensive London and so will likely be located in more remote places. Another requirement for working in technology, which will be great for most people but not for all, is the need for flexibility and enjoying working in an ever-changing environment.  When a new project comes in, working hours will change, the pressure will mount and then it might all be suddenly over if the company decides to pursue a new track. Add the global element to the mix and you might find yourself having to book an 8pm phone call with your co-workers in Australia, or jetting off at the last minute for a client meeting in Spain. You will also need to enjoy taking responsibility for keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest gadgets, breakthroughs, and technology business deals.

What skills and experience do I need to get selected?

On an average year, IBM gets about 8000 applicants (who meet the basic criteria outlined at the beginning) for about a 300 intake across all roles, with about 50 of those being in research and development.  These numbers are typical for most graduate schemes in well-known organisations across all sectors, including the public sector such as the NHS graduate schemes or the Civil Service Fast Stream. So if you are interested, you need to ensure you show you match what IBM needs more than about 20 other EU graduates with a 1st or a 2:1.

So what are companies such as IBM looking for? Top of the list, as for almost any job, technical or not, are communication skills. Whether you are discussing a new idea with your colleagues or explaining a service to a client, good verbal and written communication skills are essential to get the project finished and the deal done, which is what the company needs to survive. Expect to be assessed on this all the way through selection, from the application form (where spelling mistakes mean an easy way to reduce the 8000 to a more manageable number) to the assessment centre.

Following on with this concept you also need team-work, some leadership skills (although you don’t need to be a natural leader) and the ability to work and motivate yourself independently – contrary to popular misconception, big companies such as IBM are too busy to hold your hand even at recent graduate level and want to know you can trusted with doing your job without having to be watched all the time.

By now you might have noticed a conspicuous lack of absence of specific technical knowledge or degree requirements. Indeed, even for the technical research and development roles (called “labs” in IBM) companies only need good problem solving-skills and a passion for new technology. IBM has got people with all degrees, even history and English in their development roles, and although PhD  graduates might start a few salary points above, there are very few roles that require a postgraduate degree.

In terms of what work experience would look good in a CV, IBM as all major employers, recruits a third of its graduates from students who have done internships or industrial placements with them during their degree.  An internship in a similar technical company will also serve you in good stead. But any work experience that evidences the interpersonal skills described above is important. Finally, as roles such as the ones in IBM are so high-pressured, the company likes to see you have a pressure –escape valve on your CV – i.e. sports, a regular hobby, something that allows you to relax.

Good luck with your applications!

Maya Mendiratta

Careers Consultant

QMUL Careers & Enterprise Centre

We’re hiring! Research Group Administrator

icon-evolveGoldsmiths Computational Creativity comprises a group of around ten people who research issues related to creativity in software. They have recently secured funding for a number of projects, in particular three new EU-funded research projects related to computer generation of ideas and the promotion of Computational Creativity.

We are currently looking for a part-time (0.5FTE) group administrator who will take responsibility for day-to-day running of the group and the interaction of group members with European project partners and European Commission officers.

You should be a well organised individual with excellent communication skills. You should have experience in higher education administration at a senior level, ideally with experience of dealing with European Union funded projects

Salary: £27,542 to £31,462 pa incl LW
Part time (0.5FTE pro-rata) / Fixed Term until 30 September 2016
Closing date for applications 8 August 2014
Interview Date W/C 25 August 2014  /  Available from 1 September 2014

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