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    Hows the computing faculty In Leeds?
    Im planning to go to University Of Leeds next year to do Computer Science With Artificial Intelligence and i would like to know what the computing faculty is like in Leeds University.
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    Hi - sorry you haven't had a response to this yet. I'm just going to bump the thread in the hope that someone sees this and can help
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    Hi there, I'm a CS student at the University of Leeds.

    The university is a Russell Group university, so it's pretty research-intensive. A lot of the faculty have extensive research backgrounds, and that usually ties into the work that you will be doing in years 2 and 3 (4 if you are looking for a masters).

    I haven't specialised into AI, nor Mathematics so I can't give you details on the modules related to that specialisation, however you're not going to purely do AI modules and will share modules with students from core CS as well as CS with Mathematics students. If you've done CS before, you'll find the first year pretty slow, since it's a semi-foundation year, however you can take that time to get settled in, maybe join some societies as well as even get a head start on later modules. The faculty give you reading lists for modules, but will obviously not give you module-specific resources until you're actually timetabled for those modules.

    First year, you learn C, C++ and Java, with the option of leaning toward web-based programming (with Python and JavaScript), however if you're wanting to do AI, I'd recommend looking toward taking an optional module in the faculty of philosophy, which a surprising number of students take, particularly due to the social stigma surrounding AI at the current time. The faculty are generally masters of these languages, and they generally have allotted times where you can go to their office to ask questions. They also have a few PhD students that can help you out, maybe even more than they can (since they've more recently learned the content).

    C++, Java and Python are the more common AI languages from what I can remember, so I'd recommend opting into that web module if you're not familiar with Python (even if you're not really interested in the web and the Internet of Things).

    I don't come on this site often, since I'm usually pretty busy, but you can message me and I'll try and get back to you if you have urgent questions.

    Good luck with your exams.
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    Hi there, I'm a CS student at the University of Leeds.

    The university is a Russell Group university, so it's pretty research-intensive. A lot of the faculty have extensive research backgrounds, and that usually ties into the work that you will be doing in years 2 and 3 (4 if you are looking for a masters).

    I haven't specialised into AI, nor Mathematics so I can't give you details on the modules related to that specialisation, however you're not going to purely do AI modules and will share modules with students from core CS as well as CS with Mathematics students. If you've done CS before, you'll find the first year pretty slow, since it's a semi-foundation year, however you can take that time to get settled in, maybe join some societies as well as even get a head start on later modules. The faculty give you reading lists for modules, but will obviously not give you module-specific resources until you're actually timetabled for those modules.

    First year, you learn C, C++ and Java, with the option of leaning toward web-based programming (with Python and JavaScript), however if you're wanting to do AI, I'd recommend looking toward taking an optional module in the faculty of philosophy, which a surprising number of students take, particularly due to the social stigma surrounding AI at the current time. The faculty are generally masters of these languages, and they generally have allotted times where you can go to their office to ask questions. They also have a few PhD students that can help you out, maybe even more than they can (since they've more recently learned the content).

    C++, Java and Python are the more common AI languages from what I can remember, so I'd recommend opting into that web module if you're not familiar with Python (even if you're not really interested in the web and the Internet of Things).

    I don't come on this site often, since I'm usually pretty busy, but you can message me and I'll try and get back to you if you have urgent questions.

    Good luck with your exams.
    Thank You So Much for ur reply. I was wondering what the teaching is like in Leeds? Are the staff/lecturers helpful towards the students?
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    Thank You So Much for ur reply. I was wondering what the teaching is like in Leeds? Are the staff/lecturers helpful towards the students?
    Lecturers are very friendly. CS year 1 gives you a set of maths as well as programming modules. They realise that people can come into CS from a variety of different disciplines, and organise support sessions at specific times during the week where you can ask the lecturer and various PhD students questions about the lecture material as well as get guidance on any coursework specification that's related to that session.

    There's actually dedicated lab staff, who are there purposefully for the sake of helping people with any lab-related work such as programming for instance. So if you're say a weaker programmer, you don't have to track down a lecturer to get help with work.

    Lecturers have allocated office hours where you can go and ask them direct questions, as well as an email address, which obviously has a bit of latency compared to just going to the office and asking them there.

    You also get allocated a personal tutor, who is an active lecturer in the school of Computing. If you're lucky you could get an AI lecturer .

    CS is a pretty niche subject at the moment compared to other disciplines, however there's obvious growth in numbers in the past 4-5 years, so we're actually currently getting a new building for Computing, which will hopefully give us more resources to work with, particularly for year 3, 4 and PhD students.

    Hope this helps.
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    (Original post by TehBrillfighter)
    Lecturers are very friendly. CS year 1 gives you a set of maths as well as programming modules. They realise that people can come into CS from a variety of different disciplines, and organise support sessions at specific times during the week where you can ask the lecturer and various PhD students questions about the lecture material as well as get guidance on any coursework specification that's related to that session.

    There's actually dedicated lab staff, who are there purposefully for the sake of helping people with any lab-related work such as programming for instance. So if you're say a weaker programmer, you don't have to track down a lecturer to get help with work.

    Lecturers have allocated office hours where you can go and ask them direct questions, as well as an email address, which obviously has a bit of latency compared to just going to the office and asking them there.

    You also get allocated a personal tutor, who is an active lecturer in the school of Computing. If you're lucky you could get an AI lecturer .

    CS is a pretty niche subject at the moment compared to other disciplines, however there's obvious growth in numbers in the past 4-5 years, so we're actually currently getting a new building for Computing, which will hopefully give us more resources to work with, particularly for year 3, 4 and PhD students.

    Hope this helps.
    Yeah i have heard about the new computing building going to open..it really is another big reason why i would literally love to get a place in Leeds. One final question..do u know if its hard to get placements in companies outside of Leeds coz i wud like to do a placement year in Belfast, Northern Ireland?
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    (Original post by apaul322)
    Yeah i have heard about the new computing building going to open..it really is another big reason why i would literally love to get a place in Leeds. One final question..do u know if its hard to get placements in companies outside of Leeds coz i wud like to do a placement year in Belfast, Northern Ireland?
    If you're looking to do placements, get your CV in good condition ASAP. I don't know about the competition in Ireland, however in England there's generally quite a lot of competition. Leeds does have exclusive placements, however not sure about ones in Ireland.

    There's an engineering employability team that can give you an edge on the competition, and they can get you into short-term summer internships in order to get you a bit of experience if you're needing it on the CV.

    Russell group unis are generally favoured, however that's not an excuse to get complacent if you're really wanting that placement in year 2 or 3.

    From what I hear, it isn't uncommon for students to go down to London for placements, so I would assume a place like Belfast would have a reduced amount of placements, but probably more than Leeds does.
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    (Original post by TehBrillfighter)
    If you're looking to do placements, get your CV in good condition ASAP. I don't know about the competition in Ireland, however in England there's generally quite a lot of competition. Leeds does have exclusive placements, however not sure about ones in Ireland.

    There's an engineering employability team that can give you an edge on the competition, and they can get you into short-term summer internships in order to get you a bit of experience if you're needing it on the CV.

    Russell group unis are generally favoured, however that's not an excuse to get complacent if you're really wanting that placement in year 2 or 3.

    From what I hear, it isn't uncommon for students to go down to London for placements, so I would assume a place like Belfast would have a reduced amount of placements, but probably more than Leeds does.
    i live like an hour away from belfast and theres a lot of IT companies there in the titanic quarters that probably offers placement and i would love a placement close to home. When you mean ASAP..do u mean i have to start prepping before Uni even starts?
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    (Original post by apaul322)
    i live like an hour away from belfast and theres a lot of IT companies there in the titanic quarters that probably offers placement and i would love a placement close to home. When you mean ASAP..do u mean i have to start prepping before Uni even starts?
    Earlier the better. Having a good CV before uni is pretty rare, but it puts you in the best position to snatch those placements. You could even contact those IT companies early to see if you can get some sort of summer internship, they might decide to bring you in for placement or something in year 2 or 3.

    You can easily wait until the end of year 1 though before you need to be looking at placements, just don't be surprised if your competition takes initiative.
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    (Original post by TehBrillfighter)
    Earlier the better. Having a good CV before uni is pretty rare, but it puts you in the best position to snatch those placements. You could even contact those IT companies early to see if you can get some sort of summer internship, they might decide to bring you in for placement or something in year 2 or 3.

    You can easily wait until the end of year 1 though before you need to be looking at placements, just don't be surprised if your competition takes initiative.
    Thanks for all the tips...i really appreciate it. If theres anything else i shud know please let know
 
 
 
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