renting University accommodation

Rental agreements for University flats and halls run September to June (40 weeks), or September to August (50 weeks) http://www.kingston.ac.uk/accommodation/.  It has happened that some of our overseas students have lost their accommodation three weeks before they were due to complete their Final Major Project.  This is extremely awkward timing.  The ideal rental agreement might run for, say, 60 weeks – to allow for early arrival for induction and pre-sessional English language courses, and some extra time after hand-in for Induction.  KU does not offer 60 week rentals, so some students find new accommodation in June, others make temporary arrangements with friends, family and hotels to tide-them over/move around in August.   Either way, best to be forwarned, and prepared and check out the link to the university calendar on the KU accommodation site.

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Marking Prototypes

Do I need some new scatter cushions?
ScatterCusion_SuitsYouSir

Open this Augmented Reality shopping app, and point it at an area of your office that needs brightening up.  Then, drag the possible purchase onto the camera output.  Any good? Looks super!  (Courtesy of DB, UxD(Content) module.

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Final Projects 2014

This year, final projects include the following industrial hosts and/or internships at: IBM, Foolproof, Serco, BoxUK (agile software consultancy) and Buckhill Ltd.  Projects hosted by students’ current employers include ones at: Sapient Nitro, University of London.

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Persuasive 2014, Padua, Italy

scrovegni

Last week, I presented a paper reporting the Google research work at this conference.  The paper was co-written with  ex-student from the Ux course Eleni Oikonomou, and Adam Oliver.  I took the chance to visit the Scrovegni Chapel.

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UXPA meetings

We’ve been to so many this year, I’m begining to lose track – Agile Ux, Persuasion and Psychology, Quantitative Data in Ux.  My personal favourite? The October event, I think – one graduate of the KU course organised, another presented, and  5 current students were in the audience! (Ok, the other 70-odd other people present helped as well!).  ‘Biggest Surprise’ was the interior of the Goldman Sachs building, and ‘Most Useful’ ? …. Tools for Optimising Ux

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Xmas fieldwork at Foolproof

foolproofLogoA local agency organised this event, in which groups of students were invited to find out how shoppers use mobiles to augment visits to the High St.  Anne and Aliaksandra carried the day, with interviews of London celebrities.  Bravo!  And a good opportunity to meet some established professionals – many thanks. more

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Changes to Use of Space

Going forward, the University will be charging the Faculty according to the space it occupies. Unfortunately, it was decided over the summer 2013 that dedicated spaces with ‘Usability Lab’ and ‘Digital Media Studio’ on the door are, alas, no longer affordable.  All spaces now have a more multi-purpose remit.  The usability equipment (a Tobii eyetracker and Morae usability testing package) is still permenantly accessable in the PRSB2021 on a ‘walk-up and use’ basis, and the same kinds of rooms are still bookable.   Upgrading your laptop and downloading some free stuff (see Reading List and Background/Preparation doc) means you can do user testing where you and your participants find convenient.

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Internship Opportunity 13-14

I visited We Are Experience (Holborn, WC1) Monday, and the agency may have internship opportunities in the design strategy, customer insight, interaction design space for next year.  If you are interested let me know – it’s never too early, or too late.

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Industry-based projects for 2013

These include; Caplin (trading software); Lumimobile (apps for mobile surveys); St Georges Hospital Radiology (workstation for medical image analysis).  More to come I hope.

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Smashing Ux Talk at Cambridge UXPA

smashing ux book

Martin attended Cambridge UxPA yesterday evening for Jes Allen and James Chudley’s talk about their very accessable textbook.

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