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July 2018

University of Bedfordshire Computing Student Awarded Industry Prize

Justyna Kurczaba receiving her prize

A computing student from the University of Bedfordshire has been rewarded for commitment to her studies with the BCS (The Chartered Institute of IT) Bedford Branch Student Prize which is given every year to the highest performing first year computing student in the University’s School of Computer Science and Technology.

Justyna Kurczaba, 26, had no experience of computing until she came to the University, but in her first year she excelled in her studies to become the highest performing student in her cohort achieving the highest possible grades for all subjects.

Prior to starting my journey at university, I didn’t have any experience in computing. Therefore I am overwhelmed with the progress I have been able to make during the recent months of my education, Justyna Kurczaba

“I was challenged to go out of my comfort zone as I had to seek assistance from tutors which was a bit daunting for me. However, I was approached with patience and understanding, which encouraged me to further develop my skills.”

As well as the guidance from her tutors, Justyna’s credited the opportunity for independent study for her success, saying: “Lectures and practical sessions were held three times a week, but I was able to find an abundance of supporting materials in the library which were more than sufficient while learning on my own.” said Justyna, who is from Poland but currently lives in Luton.

Justyna’s prize includes automatic membership of the BCS for the remainder of her studies and a £150 cash prize.  Her certificate was presented by the Chair of the BCS Bedford Branch Dr Ip-Shing Fan from Cranfield University.

“I am incredibly grateful to be presented with an opportunity to study at the University where I met inspiring people who contributed to my growth,” said Justyna.

It is great to see such dedication and hard work, and is great that we can reward it through the kind sponsorship of BCS. Dr. Paul Sant, Head of the School of Computer Science and Technology

Sue Brandreth, Associate Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University as well as committee member of Bedford Branch of the BCS, said: “From the start is was obvious that Justyna was determined to do well and make the most of the opportunities that the University provides. She readily took advice from teaching staff about the best approach to learning and has really excelled. She has been a model student and an inspiration to both fellow students and teaching staff and it has been a privilege to work with her”.

June 2018

Our New Arrival to the CST Family

Custom Hardline Watercooled VR SLI Gaming PC with Intel Core i9 7900X and NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti

We are pleased to have taken delivery of our new Custom Hardline Watercooled VR SLI Gaming PC.

  • 3XS Carbon Fluid Extreme SLI,3XS-front
  • Watercooled Intel Core i9 7900X Skylake X,
  • 32GB DDR4,
  • 2 x 11GB EVGA GTX 1080 Ti,
  • 512GB M.2

"Designed, built and tested to the highest standards by our multi award winning 3XS team, the GeForce GTX VR Ready 3XS Carbon Fluid Ti SLI features two of the high end 11GB EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC graphics cards for superb 4K performance in games. We have paired these powerful GPUs with Intel's “Skylake X” 7900X ten core CPU that we have professionally overclocked to a staggering 4.6GHz across all cores.

3XS -Side

Both of these components have been water-cooled to keep temperatures and noise levels down to a minimum and our engineers have managed to perfect the balance between acoustics and performance with each system having its own custom fan profiling.

The 3XS Carbon Fluid Ti SLI also includes 32GB of rapid Corsair Vengeance RGB 3200MHz DDR4, an Asus ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING motherboard, a 512GB Samsung 960 PRO M.2 SSD for lightning quick loading times and file transfer and a 2TB hard disk for storage."

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May 2018

Visit to Leonardo’s Luton Offices

Thursday 24 May, 2018 – University of Bedfordshire’s CST School’s BCS Student Chapter / Beds Computing SU Society

Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems

Leonardo opened its doors to welcome Computer Science and Technology (CST) students on Thursday, 24 May, 2018.

A small group of CST School students were invited to visit Leonardo's Luton site for a talk and guided tour to see behind the doors of a major Aerospace, Defence and Security company.

A busy afternoon had been scheduled starting with welcome and introductory talks and overview of the company. There was a discussion about the wide range of employment and work experience opportunities available to Computing and Engineering undergraduates and graduates – including placements (including software/computing and firmware), and the Graduate and Apprenticeships Programs. Many of the CST students took the opportunity to enquire about opportunities at Leonardo in their particular field of interest. Students were also encouraged to apply to join the next cohort of Leonardo Graduate recruits.

This was followed by a tour of the network of Labs – including impressive anechoic chambers. We were back in the lecture room after the tour for a question and answer session and an opportunity to network.

We would like to thank Leonardo’s Alex Pohl and her colleagues for their hard work in organising this visit and making it a great success. All who took part in the visit really enjoyed the experience, learned a great deal and found it all very inspiring.

Leonardo is a global high-tech player focused on four activity sectors: Helicopters, Aeronautics, Electronics, Defence and Security Systems and Space. With headquarters in Italy and over 47,000 employees, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland, and an important network of strategic partnerships worldwide.

Leonardo designs and creates products, systems, services and integrated solutions both for the defence sector and for public and private customers of the civil sector, covering airborne and terrestrial, naval and maritime, space and cyberspace.

Work undertaken at Leonardo's Luton Offices focuses on Airborne and Space Systems.

"Our Airborne and Space Systems provide the sensors and electronic systems that sit under the skin of the world’s most advanced aircraft, effectively acting as their brains, senses and nervous systems. Protecting pilots, alerting air crews to threats and providing crucial intelligence back to observers on the ground, the technology we offer can make the difference between life and death for our customers."

This visit was organised by the CST School's Beds Computing Society / BCS Student Chapter.

Project Poster Event

Project Poster Day

The CST School held its annual Project Poster Event on the 25th May 2018, in the Luton Campus Centre. This event saw a number of business visitors and offered an opportunity for our CST third year students to exhibit their final projects in poster format and to demonstrate their artefacts to industry. The event was open to all students and members of staff to have a look at some of the wonderful achievements of our 3rd years!

Industry visitors chatting

The event was sponsored by the School of Computer Science and Technology, together with local companies Sodalite and Mac Donald Humfrey (Automation) Ltd.,

The projects were judged and a number of prizes were awarded.

And the winners are...

Prize giving for best poster

Best Poster

  • 1st Ken Chin
  • 2nd Haroulis Harris

Best Academic Project

  • 1st Nikolaos Christu
  • 2nd Ion Sarov

Best Commercially Relevant Project

  • 1st Lukasz Kaleta
  • 2nd James Early

Experience Day with MacDonald Humfrey (Automation) Ltd

  • Tom Roberts
  • Mario Rodriguez

The prizes were presented by Dr Paul Sant (on far left in photo above),
Acting Head of the School of Computing and Technology.

BCS Arduino Workshop

Bedfordshire Chapter Arduino workshop 1

On 2nd May 2018, the Bedfordshire Chapter held its first Arduino workshop. Chapter President, Faisal Hoque, ran the workshops after securing BCS funding for the equipment.

The 5 hour Arduino workshop was a tremendous success with over 30 students attending, over the course of the event.

Students were able to either work on their own projects or work in groups on projects ranging from music boxes through to a calculator project that would show results on an LCD screen.

Bedfordshire Chapter Arduino workshop 2

Well done to Faisal and the Chapter for organising such a successful workshop.

Faisal expressed the group’s gratitude to BCS for their funding.

And finally, special thanks go to Jeremy Bennett, Chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group for his advice and support on what items to buy and where to find them. Read more


On 8th March David Jazani visited Denbigh High School helping to support their Careers Day by providing talks on careers and information on CST / Engineering courses available at the University, including our Foundation Year offering. David has been asked to return and provide further inspirational career talks to students on 15th May 2018

IBM University Day

On 14th May, Acting HoS Paul Sant took a group of 17 CST students to the IBM University day, hosted by IBM. The students attended Key Note seminars, had a networking lunch and engaged in a series of interactive and discursive sessions in the afternoon/evening.

Degree Apprenticeships

The degree apprenticeship (DTS) is now running its third unit in UBMK with the apprentices from BMW Mini and the level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship has 15 apprentices based at Luton. Most of these are currently employed at Luton Borough Council but are joined by apprentices from Vauxhall Motors and the University of Bedfordshire.


CST Lecturers author new book: Masood Ur Rehman & Ghazanfar Ali Safdar, LTE Communications and networks: Femtocells and antenna Design challenges

LTE Communications and networks fills a gap in the literature to offer a comprehensive review of the most current developments of LTE Femto cells and antennas and explores their future growth. This book identifies technical challenges and presents recent findings related to the development, integration and enhancement of LTE systems in portable devices. It will pave the way for students, researchers and industrial professionals for understanding of 4G and upcoming 5G technologies.

Bedfordshire University

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