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Lloyds challenges student coders to develop gamified banking apps

Lloyds Banking Group has teamed up with the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University to challenge student coders to develop applications that encourage young people to become more engaged with banking. The School runs a Software Engineering Team Project module, and as part of this, Lloyds Banking Group’s Digital Innovation Team set the project brief for students.

published on: 20th April 2015

Progress accelerates for drug discovery firm e-Therapeutics

Reported in ‘The Journal’ today (1st April): “Directors at North East drug development company e-Therapeutics expect to make major advancements in the coming 12 months after beefing up research and development spend to more than £8m in its last financial year. The Newcastle-based business said operating losses widened from £6.719m to £10.175m in the year ended January 31 2015 and that cash and liquid resources stand at £33.8m, down on the previous period’s £43.1m, reflecting the increasing levels of research spend.” The computational drug discovery firm e-Therapeutics was founded in 2002 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market in 2007. Newcastle University research played an important role in this patented approach, including Professor Anil Wipat’s work on workflow development and the study of network analysis, and application led by Professor Peter Andras. The Computing Science team worked alongside experts in the University’s Institute of Neuroscience.

published on: 1st April 2015

Chancellor announces £10 million for Science Central

Newcastle University will be receiving £10 million of government funding for research in infrastructure and cities, as announced in the Budget. This is part of a wider £138 million of funding announced by the Chancellor for the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), and is subject to a satisfactory business case and the provision of co-funding. The UKCRIC will apply research to ensure the UK’s infrastructure is resilient and responsive to environmental and economic impacts. In Newcastle, the investment will greatly enhance the capabilities of Science Central, Newcastle’s flagship project which brings together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry to create a global centre for sustainable innovation in the heart of the city.

published on: 20th March 2015

App-movement: why programming is no longer the domain of the computer geek

Anyone can create an app thanks to a new tool developed by computer experts at Newcastle University. ‘App Movement’ turns computer programming on its head by allowing an idea or a ‘need’ to drive the development of an app rather than the other way around. And unlike most apps which gradually gather a groundswell of support after they are launched, App Movement needs the support first in order to get the project off the ground, much like the established crowdfunding platforms, such as Kick Starter. Providing a step-by-step guide, the aim is that anyone with a good idea and the determination to drum up support for the project can get the app made and published on the Apple App Store and Google Play.  'App Movement' was developed by Andy Garbett and Edward Jenkins from the School of Computing Science. 

published on: 17th March 2015

24 hour Charity Gaming Marathon

Congratulations to the Newcastle Computing And Technology Society whose 24 hour charity gaming marathon on 7th-8th March raised over £1,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The Society organiser Chris McQueen and a team of NUCATS executives, all Stage 1 students from within the School, secured a variety of sponsorship from industry including Scott Logic, Reflections(a Ubisoft company), 2K, Nintendo, Monster Energy, GIVEY, CeX Sunderland and Atomhawk Designs.

published on: 9th March 2015

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