Welcome!

Hello! We are the University of Bristol Computer Science Society.

Congratulations on getting into a great university and department (which just happens to be full of great people!)

You’ll be pretty busy over the next few weeks, so we’ve collected together some information which you might find useful.

Fresher’s Events 2020

We’ve got a number of exciting events lined up for Freshers’ Week (also known as Welcome Week). You can find details about them on the site, as well as on the Facebook group:


CSS Discord Party

03/10/20
14:00
TBA

Join us on Discord, in the ‘Gaming’ and ‘Stay Motivated’ channels, for some games 🎲 and good vibes 🤙. Get your artistic skills ready for intense games of skribbl.io; showcase your Geographical Knowledge™️ in Geoguessr; out-type your friends on TypeRacer; or play something even meatier on Steam.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other members of CSS!

Link coming soon…


Social Bingo (Undergraduates)

05/10/20
16:00
Remo

(Note: this event is for first years only!)

Join your fellow freshers in a game of ✨ social bingo ✨! Get to know your cohort by finding similarities (and differences) between each other as you move & chat between small groups.

Download your bingo card here

(Link sent out to all first year Comp Sci students)


Social Bingo (Postgraduates)

05/10/20
17:30
Remo

(Note: this event is for postgraduate students only!)

Join your fellow freshers in a game of ✨ social bingo ✨! Get to know your cohort by finding similarities (and differences) between each other as you move & chat between small groups.

Download your bingo card here

(Link sent out to all first year Comp Sci students)


Low-Latency C++ Workshop (by Optiver)

09/10/20
13:00
Zoom

Do you want to learn how to write the fastest and best-performing code possible? Are you ready to dive into assembly, cache internals and squeeze the last nanosecond out of your code? If so, then join our low-latency workshop on code optimisation!

During this workshop, one of our engineers will demonstrate some of the profiling and micro-benchmarking techniques used when developing low-latency code. Through concrete code examples, we will share some of the performance tips and tricks attained from our vast experience in writing fast, maintainable and modern C++ code. We will look into assembly generated by the compiler to understand how seemingly small code changes affect the work a processor needs to do.

Whether you write games, mobile applications or trading software, these techniques will help you to write faster and more efficient code!

Please note this webinar is suited for students with at least some pre-existing C++ knowledge.

Zoom details

Link: https://optiver-ams.zoom.us/j/92046088313?pwd=eFVtVzlFOHk1ZW04b3ZmNVhDMWdxUT09

Meeting Id: 920 4608 8313

Password: !xm!Sw0a

Post talk

The slides are availible here


Family Meetup

10/10/20
18:00
Discord

(Note: this event is for first years & CS parents only!)

We’ll be matching you up with some older students on your course so you can have someone to talk to for advice & insight into university life, the course, and anything else you’d like to know.

Event better, our 👪 world-leading 👪 algorithm will match you up with parents best suited to you!

(You will be sent who your parents are and how to connect with them Soon™)

Useful Information

There’s lots of useful information available in our Freshers’ Booklet. You should be receiving a hard copy soon, but here it is if you haven’t already.

The society is run each year by an selected committee. Come say hi! We don’t bite.

FAQs

You don’t (if required you can borrow a laptop), but I’d definitely recommend bringing a laptop.

Ask someone around campus or follow everyone else! Don’t worry about it.

That’s fine! The assumption in lectures is that you haven’t done any coding before, so you’ll learn from scratch.

C, Haskell (first term), and Java (second term). You can generally use whatever you want in projects in later years though.

As long as you go to the lectures/seminars & ask friends it’ll be fine. A lot is covered in A Level/Further Maths (plus you only need 40%!)

It can be challenging, but you getting onto the course means you’re good enough to get through it 🙂.

You’ll get told when you start lectures, but no books are required (didn’t find myself using many in first year really). If you’re very keen, your unit pages online might tell you - a lot are quite pricey, so I suggest getting them from the uni library or finding a pdf online.

Hard to answer, but I’d suggest around 1 per unit. It varies massively though, so I’d see how you’re doing first. You can bring laptops to lectures too if you prefer that.

Staying in the loop

Keep an eye on this site and our social media for more events throughout the year!

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