There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in extracurricular activities that will enrich your degree and enable you to pursue your interests in computing outside of your classes.
Computing students have been involved in national competitions such as the Barclays Technology Challenge, where teams are given a selection of problems from both Barclays and their partners, the BBC and American Express Merrill Lynch, and are tasked with finding solutions to by creating prototypes and a commercial plan. The winners are selected by an expert panel of judges and win a prize which includes work experience with Barclays and the BBC.
Lancaster University Students’ Union offer a subsidised opportunity for you to expand your academic horizons and enrich your personal story. Computing students have travelled to New York and Boston as part of Your Global Exploration, visiting other universities, meeting companies, taking part in technology challenges and exploring the cities.
Lancaster University’s Computer Science Society is a group of like-minded individuals who share a common interest in computing. The student-led society organises talks, hackathons, and regular meetups to explore and share ideas as well as course support in computing, communications and information technology. It also offers its members networking opportunities with potential employers, as well as a forum for discussing issues and topics around computing.
The University’s ‘Innovation Hub’ offers all students the opportunity to develop technological ideas that could enhance the student experience, and we encourage computing students to get involved with developing solutions. Our students also help to support the development of the iLancaster app, a free mobile app delivering Lancaster University services, resources and information.
We have an enthusiastic team of student ambassadors who provide support at events and help with the important work that we do in the local community. You could help to inspire children to learn programming, computational thinking and encourage the next generation of computer scientists. Our students have been involved in a nationwide network of volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
"I participated in and won the first Lancaster University Computer Science undergraduate Hackathon, coming up with a cool gadget to get kids interested in computing from an early age. I also volunteer every week at a local primary school with the Code Club program, teaching Key Stage 2 students the basics of programming, and helped organise a competition for all the participating Code Club schools in the area at the end of last year, which was a great success. I’m also currently a GCSE Computing tutor and have been the course rep for my year for the past 2 years."