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January 14, 2016

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» Security BSides Athens 2016, Greece

I am pleased to announce that the Information Security Research Group is a proud community supporter of the effort being put into organising the Security BSides Athens 2016 in Greece held on the Saturday, 25 June 2016. More information about the event can be found … Continue reading

November 29, 2013

Genomics News
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» GPU at the CWM Taff Health Board R & D Conference

The 2013 CWM Taf Health Board Research and Development Conference was held at the University of South Wales, Glyntaf Campus, on the 26th November. The conference was well attended with some interesting talks and a range of poster presentations. GPU … Continue reading

November 17, 2011

Journalism News
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» Live blog: Is there a future for the press in Wales?

Virtually join our conference, Future of the press in Wales, which was held Saturday 19 Nov from 10am to 4pm. Our team of student journalists — Holly Stott-Penna, Tudor Rus and Therese Wynn-Davies — live blogged the event as it … Continue reading

March 3, 2011

Genomics News
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» SGPPH Annual Conference & 5th AGM: 11 April 2011, Cardiff

This one-day meeting, based on the theme of “Clinical and Public Health implications of cutting edge genomic advances”, will be presented by scientists and social researchers. The aim of the day is to update participants with an excellent overview regarding present and future developments in these cutting edge technologies, generating lively debate and exploring what they can bring to public health and developing clinical practice.

The conference will explore new developments in genomic technologies. This includes presentations on whole genome sequencing, epigenetics and public health, genomics and the evolution of pathogens before exploring what the implications of these developments mean for medicine and healthcare. Topics examined will include how the genome is used against pathogens to fight the old diseases that have often plagued so many across the globe and how the rapidly advancing science of epigenetics provides new possibilities for those at risk from long term disease including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

More information can be found at SGPPH website.

October 5, 2010

Chaplaincy Blog
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» Youth for FairTrade Conference 2010

Do you love fashion, technology, or food and drink? Do you love justice and hate unfairness? If so, you’ll want to know about Y4FT 2010 – the Youth for FairTrade conference in Coventry at the end of October this year.

Y4FT runs 29th – 31st October in Coventry University and is open to anyone aged 18-25. The cost (including very basic accommodation) is £34 plus travel. Full details are on their website at www.y4ft2010.com but here’s the main programme info: <bl>

  • See how Fairtrade transforms the lives of the suppliers to Divine Chocolate – LIVE link-up with Africa
  • Chris Longden, Lorna Young Foundation: How young people can make a difference to fair trade
  • Keeping your clothes traded fairly with the ECO-Tag
  • Learn the secrets of how launch a successful Fairtrade product with Bubble & Balm
  • Transform a Traidcraft t-shirt into a unique piece of clothing promoting Fairtrade
  • Calling for a fair and green mobile phone? makeITfair
  • Experience the power of working together – with Sambassadors of Groove.</bl>

    The University of Glamorgan has been a Fairtrade University since 2007, and the Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan has four (4) bursaries available to cover registration and basic accommodation – please contact chaplaincy@glam.ac.uk to apply.

  • July 27, 2010
    » IWMW2010 – a conference with the theme ‘the Web in turbulent times’

    IWMW Talks I remembered Stylesheets for mobile phones with Helen from Cambridge. I enjoyed this session where Helen from Cambridge showed the steps she’d considered and taken to experiment with media queries and different styles being fed to different devices. The slides are available, and there was some good discussion about linearising the page for … Continue reading IWMW2010 – a conference with the theme ‘the Web in turbulent times’

    May 3, 2010

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    » The GAMY Project reports its findings to the AGNC

    Last year, Dr Rachel Iredale was invited to the annual conference of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC) to talk about the GAMY (Genetics and Merthyr Youth) Project which is investigating young people’s attitudes to genetics. At that time, we were still collecting data from the project participants, so she was not able to provide much information about our results.

    Last week, Nicki Taverner took a poster outlining the project’s findings to this year’s AGNC conference at St George’s Medical School, London. There was a high level of interest from attendees, with several remembering Rachel’s talk from the previous year and wanting to hear the results from the project. We were able to report that the young people’s genetic literacy had increased from participation in the project, as they had developed greater understanding of the relevance of genetics to their health and the confidence to debate genetics issues. They had strong opinions about some aspects of genetics, such as feeling that sex selection of embryos is “wrong”, but were more thoughtful about other areas, such as the severity of a genetic condition that would warrant termination.

    Conference attendees were impressed with some of the outputs created by participants to express their ideas about genetics using creative media. One also asked if we had needed to supply a second digital camera to participants, and was pleased to hear that we had not! They were also interested to hear that the project resources are being developed into formats that can be used by community workers to promote better health, alongside other public health strategies.

    The conference itself was very interesting, with sessions discussing the use of genetic testing for treatment decisions, talking to children about genetics, the potential impact of previous sexual abuse on genetic counselling clients and the development of a tool to evaluate clients’ assessment of the impact of genetic counselling. It was also a good opportunity to talk to many practitioners working in the field and discuss the future direction of the profession.

    August 24, 2009
    » Research Conference 2009-10

    The Central Research Office have developed an online questionnaire regarding the next Research Conference 2009/10. We would like you to be able to have your say so would appreciate it if you would take some time to fill in the questionnaire thus providing us with your views on the format, content and timing of the event. The questionnaire will only take a few minutes of your time to complete but the information you provide will enable us to capture your specific requirements so that a successful and informative event can be organised at time when you are most likely to be able to attend.

    The questionnaire can be accessed via the following link: Research Conference Survey

    The deadline for completion of the questionnaire is Friday 25th September 2009.

    » Research Conference 2009-10

    The Central Research Office have developed an online questionnaire regarding the next Research Conference 2009/10. We would like you to be able to have your say so would appreciate it if you would take some time to fill in the questionnaire thus providing us with your views on the format, content and timing of the event. The questionnaire will only take a few minutes of your time to complete but the information you provide will enable us to capture your specific requirements so that a successful and informative event can be organised at time when you are most likely to be able to attend.

    The questionnaire can be accessed via the following link: Research Conference Survey

    The deadline for completion of the questionnaire is Friday 25th September 2009.

    August 5, 2009
    » My thoughts on IWMW2009

    Where I went

    I had the opportunity to attend IWMW2009 at the University of Essex in Colchester. To digest all I saw and did I thought I’d write a post.

    What I saw

    Headlights on Dark roads

    Described on http://iwmw.ukoln.ac.uk/iwmw2009/talks/law/ ‘Derek will review the recent history of libraries and the challenges now facing them.’ In fact, the talk was far more interesting than that sounds and a wide ranging meditation on the state of current literacy, the culture that libraries have traditional worked in and the large changes that technology has wrought.

    One of his interesting ideas was the shift from a literary culture to a visual one. He used a great slide to emphasize how images stay in our memories rather than words. With a challenge to name all the images. I think I got a few, but he didn’t put all the answers up.

    Also very good from the whole conference was the use of twitter. Brian Kelly talks about this on his blog.

    So, we can see what other people thought of the Plenary at the time via twitter

    An Introduction to WAI-ARIA

    I attended a BARCAMP where Dan Jackson from UCL took us through the concepts and some possible ways to implement ARIA. It was very good and you really need to view all the slides to appreciate how much info is there. Dan was an engaging speaker who helped me get to grips with a subject that I’d been putting off learning about because the whole issue seems wrapped up in a big W3C bun-fight at the moment.

    Servicing ‘Core’ and ‘Chore’: A framework for understanding a Modern IT Working Environment

    For me, this talk was a call to get to grips with the the emerging reality of users not being dependent on IT departments for their tools and the IT departments taking a much more active role in helping users. They are increasingly able to help themselves to the menu of external IT tools that give them what they need very quickly. Rather than competing with them perhaps we should form a relationship with users of our services that helps us and them work out where our best efforts should be directed. It seems very sensible that IT should be an unobtrusive part of people’s work and external services are part of our set of tools to achieve that.

    Making your killer applications killer

    Despite a technology failure, Paul Boag gave an enthusiastic talk about the context that Universities release their course information into. The rest of the web is increasingly using dynamic and interactive features on screen that give people the chance to try things like comparisons and reviews that help people make their choice. He contends that University’s need to start providing richer and deeper experiences around the course information. He rattled through some examples of sites that provided interactivity, and personality. I found this point particularly interesting, because it’s often the case that an organization’s persona becomes pretty dry and conservative. It’s quite a leap in mindset to have a clear and distinct character shine through the writing. Hard to do, but probably highly rewarding.

    He also touched on the reasons why things are as they are, with Universities taking their requirements to produce accessible sites seriously, Limits on resources and a lack of experience in producing this more engaging and interactive experience. Universities have traditionally offered large amounts of rather dry information, but the nature of the web and the audience requires us to adapt the way we get our message over.

    He then encouraged Us to ‘just do it’ – especially with regard to creating proof of concept things. He acknowledged the importance of showing a new feature rather than trying to describe it to get the go ahead to do the work. He presented the idea of HIJAX (which I’d never hea) to help with accessibility. To cut costs he advocated not reinventing the wheel and using existing libraries, APIs and third party websites.

    Overall, a good call to arms if perhaps a little daunting. If we implemented at least some of the things he talked about we’d be heading in the right direction.

    What is the web

    James Curran ran a brave experiment in presenting an idea. He talked around the nebulous question of ‘What is the web’ , I think with the idea of getting people who work on ‘it’ every day to consider the fundamental concepts to help us have a vision of where it is taking us. The brave part was the continually refreshing twitter feed being displayed on the screen that James was attempting to respond to. It was intriguing, especially when people in the room were critical; I thought people might be too polite. Quite a tricky task to maintain focus of the talk, but thought it was definitely worth a go.

    Hub websites for youth participation

    I have to admit this talk didn’t really do much for me. I think I was expecting a more fully formed idea, and perhaps it suffered by being in the early stages of the project. At this stage it gave me the impression of a heavily academic treatment of a potentially very interesting project. Maybe it is too large in it’s scope. The idea of the opinions of a generation who are growing up with a technology, having a way to express that opinion seems good, but I wonder if the web itself will provide a place for those opinions to be expressed.

    iTunes U

    Attended a session on iTunesU, again, just to find out about something that I knew nothing about. It was great to see how much great content is available from the various universities, but Barry did a great job of explaining just how much work needed to be done around that content. Oxford had lecturers who had established podcasts well before the opportunity for iTunes U existed, which helped them greatly. There are lots of things that you need to do when creating the content and if you are thinking of this then Barry’s slides are a comprehensive guide to just how much work you are proposing to take on.

    How the BBC make websites

    Enjoyed the BBC session the most. Obviously, they have brilliant content as the organization’s whole business is producing great stuff. They emphasized that they see their main job as making that resource available, so everything is geared around that end. The bit about hackable URLs provoked lots of sage nodding from the audience. I was also surprised by how much thinking goes into things before they get anywhere near writing code. They did lots of paper prototyping, wire-framing and story-boarding, and once the code was written they emphasized testing, testing and more testing.

    What I missed

    The only thing I was midly disappointed about was not being able to catch some of the other barcamps, and hopefully some of them will appear online over the next week or so.

    Resources

    Lots of slides can be found on slideshare

    What I did

    All the talks were only one part of the experience for me. The rest of the time was taken up with meeting people from lots of other Universities, and realizing that we are facing the same issues and that sometimes we come up with ways to solve them. It was an eye opener for me just how many other Universities were in the looking for or implementing CMSs.

    We were unusual in that we take a pretty open source approach to the CMS systems that we use, and talking to people it was clear that every CMS has strengths and weaknesses. If the mythical CMS exists that will magically transform business processes, make people better writers, satisfy end users, manage it’s own infrastructure and take University web presences to a new level, then I don’t think anyone there has found it.

    On a personal note. I found it really useful to go on my own, which forced me to get out and say hello to people, which as it turns out is much easier than I’d thought. Despite being engaged in the dreaded ‘networking’ i enjoyed the chance to tell some people how impressed I am with the work they are doing. Hopefully I can go back next year with a list of things that we’ve done that we started by going to IWMW2009.