This page contains an archive of welcome messages sent to new and returning students.

January 2016

Dear all

Welcome back to semester two (or welcome, if you're here for the first time)! As usual I'll take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of being familiar with the school's student handbook, and the various rules and guidelines explained there. The handbook is here:

https://info.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/student-handbook/

and the brief summary of key points is here:

https://info.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/student-handbook/key-points.html

We assume that you know and understand what's in the handbook, and if you have problems resulting from not, we won't be sympathetic. If you're not sure what something in the handbook means, you're very welcome to contact me or the relevant coordinator by email or in person.

It may be worth reminding you that you have the right to view your exam script (or obtain a copy for a fee), up until the end of week 3. The purpose is to help you understand where you gained or lost marks. It is not an opportunity to negotiate a different mark; grades have been reported, and can only be changed after a formal appeal, for which there are quite limited allowable grounds (disagreement with academic judgement not being one of them). Details here:

https://info.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/student-handbook/learning-teaching/assessment.html#Feedback_on_Exam_Performance

As usual, any problems with lab provision should be reported by email to:

fixit@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk

Finally, if you are currently in second year and planning to enter CS Honours, please make very sure that you understand the rules for Honours entry, linked below. If you did not reach the grade 11 standard in CS2001, you still have a chance to meet Honours entry requirements by achieving a grade in CS2002 that gives an average of 11 with CS2001. If, for any reason, you wish to appeal your CS2001 grade, it's vital that you do so now. Waiting until Honours entry decisions are made in June is very unlikely to be successful.

https://info.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/student-handbook/course-specific/sub-honours.html#Progression

Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any of the above, or any problems that may arise during the semester.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.
Graham

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Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

September 2015

Welcome

... to the School of Computer Science, to all new and returning students!

There are a few important points that you should already be aware of from the various induction and briefing sessions. If you missed any of those sessions (principally, induction and Masters good academic practice briefing), you need to find out what you've missed fairly urgently. The slides are available via the student handbook, which is the main resource for all information on school activity:

http://info.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/student-handbook/

The first section has a link to a summary of the key points that you really really need to read! From now, we assume that you know what's in the handbook. If you have problems resulting from not knowing something in it, we won't be sympathetic.

If you're not sure what something in the slides or the handbook means, you're very welcome to contact me or the relevant coordinator by email or in person.

As many of you know, significant lab renovation and reorganisation has taken place over the summer. We also have our largest ever first year and Honours classes. If any (minor, I hope) problems do arise, please be patient, but also let us know promptly. Hardware and software problems should be reported by email to:

fixit@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk

Ideas for changes or improvements should be fed through your class representatives once they're elected in week 2; for the time being you can contact me, the relevant coordinator or the School President (compscipresident@st-andrews.ac.uk) directly.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.
Graham

--

Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

January 2015

Dear all

Welcome back to semester two. As usual I'll take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of being familiar with the school's student handbook, and the various rules and guidelines explained there. The handbook is here:

https://studres.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Library/Handbook/

and the brief summary of key points is here:

https://studres.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Library/Handbook/key-points.html

We assume that you know and understand what's in the handbook, and if you have problems resulting from not, we won't be sympathetic. If you're not sure what something in the handbook means, you're very welcome to contact me or the relevant coordinator by email or in person.

It may be worth reminding you that you have the right to view your exam script (or obtain a copy for a fee), up until the end of week 3. The purpose is to help you understand where you gained or lost marks. It is not an opportunity to negotiate a different mark; grades have been reported, and can only be changed after a formal appeal, for which there are quite limited allowable grounds (disagreement with academic judgement not being one of them). Details here:

https://studres.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Library/Handbook/academic.html#Exams

The main change this semester is that in response to discussion with class reps at SSCC and subsequently, the part of the Jack Cole lab that was previously 'face-the-front' has been reorganised, with dual monitors, and power sockets have been provided adjacent to the circular tables. As usual, any problems should be reported by email to:

fixit@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk

It has also been decided, in consultation with class reps, to cease prioritising any lab for any particular year group. Now, all students have equal access to all labs (except when booked for particular events, obviously). What was previously the Honours lab, to the rear of John Honey, now becomes a 'quiet lab'. The rules of use for this lab will be decided by the School President, in consultation with students.

Finally, please be aware of the items below when planning your work, especially with respect to coursework deadlines.

- Hackathon - HackStacks 21-22 Feb 2015

Lab space and tutorial/workrooms in Jack Cole (at least) will not be available during the weekend of 21-22 Feb, as they will be used for a Hackathon.

- Saturday Visiting Days, to be announced

There will be 2 (possibly 3) Saturdays when the Jack Cole lab will be out of use between 0830 and 1830 so that it can be used for Saturday Visiting Days for UCAS applicants. A separate email within the next ~7 days will give precise dates.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.
Graham

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Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

September 2014

Welcome

... to the School of Computer Science, to all new and returning students!

There are a few important points that you should already be aware of from the various induction and briefing sessions. If you missed any of those sessions (principally, induction and good academic practice briefing), you need to find out what you've missed fairly urgently. The slides are linked from the front page of the school website:

 http://www.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/

The main resource for all information on school activity is the student handbook:

 https://studres.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Library/Handbook/

The first section has a link to a summary of the key points that you really really need to read! From now, we assume that you know what's in the handbook. If you have problems resulting from not knowing something in it, we won't be sympathetic.

If you're not sure what something in the slides or the handbook means, you're very welcome to contact me or the relevant coordinator by email or in person.

It's also worth reminding you that we've done significant reorganisation in two of the three main labs. Things won't be perfect from the outset; please be patient, but at the same time do let us know of things that could be improved. Anything that isn't working properly should be reported by email to:

 fixit@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk

Ideas for changes or improvements should be fed through your class representatives once they're elected in week 3; for the time being you can contact me, the coordinator or the School Student President (president@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk) directly.

The wish list that's been started on the whiteboard in the Jack Cole lab is a good idea, and some of the requests on it have already been actioned.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.
Graham

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Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

January 2014

> On 13 Sep 2013, at 12:44pm, Director of Teaching - Computer Science <dot-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk> wrote:
>
> .. to the School of Computer Science, to all new and returning students!
>
> I would like to emphasise a few points, some of which you should already be aware of from the various induction and briefing sessions.

Most of those points are worth reminding you of again:

* Read the School Student Handbook:

https://www.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/handbooks

It contains information that we assume you know. If you have problems resulting from not knowing something in it, we won't be sympathetic!

* Read the Good Academic Practice policy:

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/rules/academicpractice/

* Extensions to coursework deadlines can only be granted by level/programme coordinators, not by individual lecturers or tutors. Normally, extensions will only be granted in special circumstances. In particular, extensions will not normally be granted for clashes in coursework deadlines. Any special circumstances must be documented immediately through the self-certification system.

* You must be available in St Andrews for the entire exam diet.

* All students are reminded that they agreed, during matriculation, to abide by the conditions of the Sponsio Academica, governing standards of behaviour, consideration and respect to other members of the St Andrews community.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.
Graham

--

Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

September 2013

Welcome

... to the School of Computer Science, to all new and returning students!

.. to the School of Computer Science, to all new and returning students!

I would like to emphasise a few points, some of which you should already be aware of from the various induction and briefing sessions.

* Read the School Student Handbook:

 https://www.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/handbooks

It contains information that we assume you know. If you have problems resulting from not knowing something in it, we won't be sympathetic! Also make sure that you review the relevant induction slides, linked from the School home page.

* Read the Good Academic Practice policy:

 https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/rules/academicpractice/

You also need to complete the online course, available through Moodle, by the end of week 3.

* Extensions to coursework deadlines can only be granted by level/programme coordinators, not by individual lecturers or tutors. Normally, extensions will only be granted in special circumstances. In particular, extensions will not normally be granted for clashes in coursework deadlines. Any special circumstances must be documented immediately through the self-certification system.

* You will shortly be given details of the process for electing representatives to the Staff-Student Consultative Committee. Please engage with this and make full use of your representatives.

* You must be available in St Andrews for the entire exam diet in both semesters.

* All students are reminded that they agreed, during matriculation, to abide by the conditions of the Sponsio Academica, governing standards of behaviour, consideration and respect to other members of the St Andrews community.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.
Graham

--

Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

September 2012

Welcome

... to the School of Computer Science, to all new and returning students!

I would like to emphasise a few points, some of which you should already be aware of from the various induction and briefing sessions.

* Read the School Handbook:

 https://studres.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Library/Handbooks/

 It contains information that we assume you know. If you have problems resulting from not knowing something in it, we won't be sympathetic.

* Not many of our students engage in academic misconduct, but a few do.

Academic misconduct is taken very seriously by the University and by this School, and significant penalties applied where it is detected. Last year at least two students in this School didn't get degrees because of academic misconduct, and others got poorer degrees than they would have otherwise.

It is your responsibility to read the School's guidance document on academic misconduct, also accessible from the web link above, and to ask questions if there is anything you don't understand. Ignorance of the rules is not accepted as a defence.

* Extensions to coursework deadlines can only be granted by level/programme coordinators, not by individual lecturers. Normally, extensions will only be granted in special circumstances. In particular, extensions will not normally be granted for clashes in coursework deadlines. Any special circumstances must be documented immediately through the self-certification system.

* You will shortly be given details of the process for electing representatives to the Staff-Student Consultative Committee. Please engage with this and make full use of your representatives.

* A new Honours entry policy comes into effect for those entering in 2013, explicitly stating the conditions under which conditional entry may be offered to those narrowly missing the normal requirements. Details at:

 http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/policy/tlac/honours/

* You must be available in St Andrews for the entire exam diet in both semesters.

* Our MSc programmes have been significantly restructured for 2012-13, to provide  additional flexibility in module choices. There will inevitably be some initial  problems; please let us know when these arise, and we will try to rectify them as  quickly as possible.

* All students are reminded that they agreed, during matriculation, to abide by the conditions of the Sponsio Academica, governing standards of behaviour, consideration and respect to other members of the St Andrews community.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.
Graham

--

Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

September 2011

Welcome

... to the School of Computer Science, to all new and returning students!

I would like to emphasise a few points that you should already be aware of from the various induction sessions:

* Read the School Handbook:

    https://studres.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Library/Handbooks/

* Not many of our students engage in academic misconduct, but a few do.

* Academic misconduct is taken very seriously by the University and by this School, and serious penalties applied where it is detected.

* It is your responsibility to read the School's guidance document on academic misconduct, also accessible from the web link above, and to ask questions if there is anything you don't understand.

* Extensions to coursework deadlines can only be granted by module coordinators, not by individual lecturers. Normally, extensions will only be granted in special circumstances. In particular, extensions will not normally be granted for clashes in coursework deadlines.

* You will shortly be given details of the new process for electing representatives to the Staff-Student Consultative Committee. Please engage with this and make full use of your representatives.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive semester.

Graham

--

Graham Kirby
Director of Teaching
School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SX

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