The Storm - Term 3 Week 1 Newsletter

Wed 27 Apr Newsletter

I hope you made good use of the calm, because the storm begins now!

Hope you all enjoyed your first taste of in-person exams. In any case, you should find something a little more enjoyable here!

๐Ÿ—ฃ Talk: Day In the Life of a Software Engineer

๐Ÿ•• 6pm Thusday ๐Ÿ“ Discord

As a software engineer, every day is different. Whether you're maintaining or creating a project, collaborating with a team or going solo, you're always learning new things. This talk discusses the challenges and rewards that come with the job.

๐ŸŽค About the Speaker: Leo Riviera is a software engineer, speaker and entrepreneur, with a special focus on internal tooling. He works as a software engineer at Blum, a UK health startup, and Innovation Lead at Voxa, a consultancy and research company based in Coventry.

๐Ÿ–ฅ Programming Mini-Challenge

๐Ÿ•• Thursday 7pm - Tuesday 7pm ๐Ÿ“ Online

A small, leaderboard-based programming challenge for you all. See if you can get the best score before Tuesday evening! The format will consist of a starter problem that you can verify your answer for, before introducing the main problem. We'll be providing ยฃ20 in Amazon Vouchers for the top scorer - good luck!

For those 1st years who haven't completed their PDP yet (if you don't know what that is, be thankful you didn't do professional skills this year), this will count towards it! While we're on the subject - if you wanna count any of our other academic events for it, send the form to Keegan (Keegan#9109 or to sign it off for you.

๐ŸŽฎ Friday Night Gaming

๐Ÿ•— Friday, 7pm-12am ๐Ÿ“Department of Computer Science

Join us until midnight in DCS for a stress-free night of fun! We've got a wide range of consoles, from retro to modern, including classics such as Rock Band and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Not only that, but our very own Valve Index VR setup, with a wide selection of games (not just Beat Saber)! Also just a chill place to hang out, and celebrate(?) your first week of exams!

๐Ÿฟ Personally, I'm just coming to sit back and enjoy some popcorn watching our new Gaming Officers set this one up!

โญ• I am a Circle

๐Ÿ•— Friday 7:30pm ๐Ÿ“ Kelsey's

(If you don't understand the reference, you didn't have a childhood)

Instead of gaming, some people among us will be heading off to circle! Whether you want to drink to celebrate or forget, our social secretaries sure have the session for you! The theme for the circle is ***Emoji'***s ๐Ÿ™ƒ so dress up in your best emoji-related outfits or you may find yourself with a penalty!

We will leave from the campus bus interchange at 7pm, to arrive at Kelsey's for 7:30pm.

Note: This was initially announced as Sunday at Assembly, but is now Friday at Kelsey's.

๐Ÿป The Pub After(?) the Storm

๐Ÿ•• Sunday 6pm ๐Ÿ“ Varsity

Join us from 6pm this Sunday for some good food, good company, and a good time! We'll be rotating around to Varsity this week. Also, can you believe The Dirty Duck put up prices by about ยฃ1 per item? Honestly. Can someone please start a #canceltheduck campaign on Twitter? Anyway, let's hope Varsity hasn't done the same, or we'll be getting our pitchforks out...

Note: This is usually on Monday, but has been pulled forward to Sunday because of our talk next Monday!

Looking Ahead...

๐Ÿ—ฃ Talk: Getting started with DevOps for your Projects

๐Ÿ“… Monday 6pm, Week 2 ๐Ÿ“YouTube

Improving development experience with good DevOps can help make you more productive and make it easier to collaborate with others. With the help of practical examples, Iโ€™ll show how you can make the most out of GitHub and git: fine tuning your repositories, best practices and workflows, and continuous integration and deployment. Iโ€™ll also show how to package an application as a Docker image. All of this will help you with your group or individual projects, as well your career in industry.

๐ŸŽค About the Speaker: Michael Gale is a Software Engineer at Tweag. He helps clients with their Haskell projects while also contributing to open-source projects. Previously, Michael was a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, where he taught the Functional Programming and Cyber Security modules. He has studied at both the University of Nottingham, and University of Cambridge.

โšก Lightning Talks: 3YP Edition - Request for Speakers

๐Ÿ“… Wednesday, Week 3

HEY! Did you do a third year project? Was it cool? Fancy talking about it? We want to hear from you!

We're planning for another round of lightning talks - fast-paced 15 minute talks directly society members! And this time, we want to help out the second years in their search for a third year project. What better way to do that than give them an insight into some existing projects? Whether you did something practical, theoretical, or somewhere in-between, we want to hear from you!

โžก๏ธ If you're interested in giving a 20 minute talk, get in touch with our Academic Team (Max, Alia, Samuel) or President (Keegan).

Enjoy the exam panic,
Owen [he/him]


๐Ÿ‘• Merch Order

๐Ÿ“… Closes end of Wk 2: Sunday 8th May ๐Ÿ”—SU Store

Orders for merch are still open, so grab some while you can! We have Hoodies, T-Shirts, Playing Cards, Stickers, Mouse pads, and most importantly Programming Socks

โžก๏ธ Purchase merch from our SU Store page**
**โ“ Direct any queries to or #exec on Discord.


**WASD: Speedrunning for Charity

Submissions are Open!**

๐Ÿ“… 18th-20th June ๐Ÿ“In-person, on-campus!

Our charity speedrunning event is back for 2022. This is the largest student-run speedrunning event, which has raised over ยฃ6000 for SpecialEffect.

No matter whether you've never done a speedrun before in your life, or you've managed to nab a few records yourself, wanna help us raise some money for a good cause?

โ„น๏ธ To find out more, visit
โžก๏ธ To submit a run, head over to

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