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Life as an undergraduate

“I think it's important to connect with an environment that suits you, and I found that Reading was a good match for me at this stage in my life.” 

Ieuan Higgs, BSc Computer Science with Industrial Year graduate 

Read Ieuan's story

A day in the life

Neyma, BSc Computer Science with Industrial Year

A day in the life of a computer science student usually involves a mixture of lectures, tutorials, lab-based projects and personal activities. Find out how Neyma, a second year computer science student, typically spends her time.
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening
Neyma checks her timetable first thing in the morning and sees that she has a 10:00 lecture on Neural Computation. She arrives in the Department of Computer Science slightly early to meet some of her fellow students in the common room and chat about a group project they are working on.

In the lecture, Neyma learns how to make neural networks and map artificial brains.
As a follow up to that morning's lecture on Neural Computation, Neyma has a lab session to dig deeper into the subject. These sessions give an ideal environment to ask further questions and work on areas including coding, data management and reporting. At the end of the lab session, Neyma completes an online quiz to test her learning.

Neyma’s final scheduled activity for the day is to meet with Sandra Illett (Placement Coordinator in Careers and Employability), who is providing support and guidance during her applications for a placement year.
There is an R. U. Hacking? committee meeting where Neyma and her fellow students are looking at their events for the coming year, including a 24-hour Hackathon and Hacktoberfest, set to include workshops and networking opportunities.

Clubs and activities

Get involved in our Department-run clubs and extracurricular activities to enhance your learning and pursue areas of special interest.

There is also a student-led computer technology society, R. U. Hacking?. 

Visit our blog to read about student news and events

R. U. Hacking?

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As a member of the R. U. Hacking? society, you can attend events and hackathons that enable you to create demonstrable versions of your projects as a team, network with technology industry professionals, and develop your skills.

Data Science Hackathon

This event includes: an opportunity to analyse a data set as a team, an extreme programming competition, workshop sessions for beginners, and a poster and demo session.

Extreme Programming Club

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This club aims to foster your algorithmic thinking, boost your programming confidence, and prepare you for future jobs and programming competitions.

Our facilities

The Department of Computer Science hosts dedicated computing labs, an immersive virtual reality system and a big data computing cluster.

Our academics

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Meet our team of academics, whose computer science research directly informs your learning.

How we support you

The welfare of our students is extremely important to us. That's why the University offers a dedicated range of support services for your personal and professional development.

For our international students, the University provides academic English support if English is not your first language, as well as specialised guidance on immigration and visas.

The Disability Advisory Service offers bespoke support for students with any disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty who require assistance during their studies.

The University also offers Maths Support, a drop-in service designed to help with any areas of maths you find difficult during your studies.

Life on campus

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Whiteknights campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you'll find plenty of places to relax. It is home to a thriving community and features the Students' Union, Library and places to eat.

Life in Reading

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Step off campus and you'll find yourself in a bustling town centre offering a variety of shops, restaurants and activities. We're also well-connected – you can reach London Paddington within half an hour by train. 
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