Welfare and Equality

The School’s Student Welfare Officers, Dr Ishbel Duncan and Prof Saleem Bhatti, can be approached in confidence to discuss any aspect of student welfare, or equality issues, in person or via student-welfare-cs.

There is also an anonymous welfare messaging system, which can be used to send anonymous messages that will be seen exclusively by the Welfare & Equality Officer. Note that by the nature of the anonymity, it will not be possible for such messages to be followed up individually.

Health and Safety

See the School’s Health and Safety Policy, and Health and Safety Information. The School’s Safety Coordinator is David Letham. First aid boxes are located in Jack Cole Building (in the School Office) and in the John Honey Building kitchen. There is a defibrillator in the Jack Cole Building foyer opposite the front door.

Careers

Dr Alan Miller is the School’s student careers liaison and can be approached to discuss aspects relating to careers and you can also sign up to our own Computer Science Careers Mailing List. You can also go directly to the University Careers Centre which has a number of careers advisers and provides support tailored towards Computer Science Careers.

Considerate Behaviour

Students are expected to behave in a manner that is considerate and respectful to all members of school, including fellow students and staff. Unacceptable behaviour includes being disruptive in classes and labs, sleeping in school buildings, bringing smelly food into labs and going barefoot in school premises.

Comments and Feedback

The most common route for giving comments and feedback on any School matter is to contact the appropriate staff member directly. However, it is also possible to do so anonymously, via the anonymous comments form. This sends a message directly to the Head of School. Note that, of course, it will not be possible for the Head of School to reply to such a message, or to gather any further details in order to act on it.

There is also a formal complaints procedure.

Student Representation

The Staff-Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) includes all teaching staff, student class representatives, and the School President. It meets at least once each semester, providing a forum for discussion of any issues of concern to students, and is chaired by the School President. Minutes of SSCC meetings are kept and published.

Class representatives are elected early in Semester 1, through an online process conducted by the Students’ Association.

The current School President is Martynas Noreika, who can be contacted via compscipresident@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Students may bring issues of concern to the attention of the President or their class representative at any time.

Library

Module reading lists are accessible from the School module pages. Students are expected to find out further information about their subjects on their own.

The University Library provides a specific Computer Science library guide.

Appropriate books may be found mainly in the JF Allen Library, on the top floor of the Physics & Astronomy Building. A smaller range is also available in the main University Library in North Street.

Some research journals, such as IEEE Software, Communications of the ACM and Computer Survey, have articles at a suitable level for study by undergraduates and MSc students. Note the availability of various digital libraries, e.g. from the ACM and IEEE. Some technical and reference books are also available on-line.

Printing and Binding

The University’s Print & Design Unit is ideally set up to print and/or bind your dissertation or thesis. You can send your material in PDF format (with a note of pages to be printed in colour) to: printanddesign@st-andrews.ac.uk and then they will be in touch when your job is ready. Please make sure the version you submit is your final version Price lists and further information.

Undergraduate Mentoring Scheme

The School President (an Honours student) runs a student mentoring scheme, in which entrant undergraduates are offered the opportunity to be assigned a third or fourth-year student as a mentor.

Taught Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme

The University and the School together organise a mentoring scheme to help new taught postgraduate students. CAPOD has produced a handbook of mentoring guidelines as well as a video clip.

Gifts

Staff are not permitted to receive gifts from students. Please do not be offended if we refuse to accept a gift.

Internships

Students regularly win summer internships, allowing them to carry out a research project within one of the School’s research groups, usually after their second or third year. Funding sources include the University Laidlaw Internship Programme and Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme (details), and external bodies such as the Nuffield Foundation.

References

Members of staff are usually willing to give references. It is a requirement that we have a record of the student’s permission before doing so. It is also advisable (and polite) to ask the member of staff before naming her or him as a referee, to provide details of the position being applied for, and to provide a copy of your CV.

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Last Published: 19 Sep 2018.