Date & time

Wed, 27 Nov 2024
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Ticket price

£25.50 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

Welcome to Computer Science in Action!

Get ready to experience the ultimate enrichment day designed specifically for A-level and IB students studying computer science! Computer Science in Action is an electrifying event that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to excel in your studies. Throughout five exhilarating sessions, you’ll be introduced to a team of experts from both academia and industry who will delve into exciting and relevant topics that perfectly complement your curriculum. With an eye towards future careers, you’ll be given a unique glimpse into the exciting world of computer science, guaranteed to ignite your passion and inspire you to reach for the stars. And that’s not all – in our exam masterclass you’ll receive invaluable tips on how to ace your exams, equipping you with the tools you need to succeed in your academic journey. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Programme & speakers

Reddit in, Reddit Out: The Promise - and Perils - of Large Language Models Emma Byrne, Science Writer and Communicator

Large language models (LLMs) are seemingly inescapable. In this talk, Dr Emma Byrne will look at the raw input behind large language models, from murky datasets to dirty power stations.

Emma Byrne

About Dr Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne began her research career in computational neuroscience in the early 2000s. She is also an author and broadcaster on the topics of AI, brains, and swearing.

What Is A Computer? Matthew Leeke, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Whether we know it or not, each of us relies on computers every day, but do we really understand what constitutes a computer? Looking back through time, we will explore how computers have evolved and think about how the concepts you see in GCSE and A-level Computer Science remain the ideas that allow us to build next generation supercomputers.

Matthew Leeke

About Professor Matthew Leeke

Matthew is a Professor and Head of Education in the School of Computer Science at The University of Birmingham. He joined Birmingham as Chair of Dependable Systems in 2022, having spent 18 years at The University of Warwick.

Dare to Disrupt: My unexpected route into tech Amber Shand, Content Creator and Software Engineer

With an Economics and Accounting degree, Amber defied expectations by learning to code and now is an award-winning Software Engineer. Amber will share her inspiring journey, proving that a successful tech career doesn’t have to follow a traditional path.

Amber Shand

About Amber Shand

Amber Shand is award-winning software engineer, keynote speaker, and rising voice representing women in tech. She is the Founder and Community Lead for She Bytes Back which hosts regular online and in-person events for women in technology to build connections, break down barriers and create opportunities.