Feb 28

So it’s that time of year again, it seems. We’re being bombarded with slogans on the concourse, and the area near the union looks like there was an explosion in a launderette, with acres of dangling scruffy fabric all over the place.

Such is the price of Student Politics, so they tell us.

If you’re eligible to vote, do so, it’s very easy: vote.susu.org. In the spirit of impartiality, we’re not going to tell you who to vote for or name any names. If you’re an ECS student, you’ll be perfectly capable of working out whether there are any of your fellow ECS students (who allegedly may have your best interests at heart) standing for election. Hint: there are.

Have fun and play nicely.

Feb 23
Herb's short attention span and tendency to daydream meant that he was more suited to some jobs than others.

Herb's short attention span and tendency to daydream meant that he was
more suited to some jobs than others.

Feb 12

You’ve heard us say it many times over, but here it is again: thanks to everyone who took part in the recruitment exercise. It was very difficult narrowing things down, but in the end the skillset we’ve ended up with is—we hope—what we’re after on this occasion. SAs begin next week (15th Feb).

In other news, you’ll have noticed that we’ve been a bit lax on the challenges recently, so we’ll pick that up again in the next week or two.

By way of a concession, we’ve decided to try putting v0.1 (alpha) of Boardcam up early. It’s bound to be rubbish and break frequently in its first revision, and we’re really waiting for a better camera to turn up, but for now you can have a sneak preview of the sheer stupidity that is the Helpdesk Whiteboard. The stuff on there is suitable for nobody, represents the views of no-one, least of all the School, and should never be taken seriously. Nevertheless, it’s there. Check the link at the top for the world’s least dynamic webcam (refreshing at a fibre-shattering 0.1fps—and no it really is, hitting refresh on your browser achieves nothing…).

Have many funs.

Feb 9

Gosh this has been a gruelling process, but it looks like we may not need a significant number of second-round interviews, if any.

After long and painful deliberations, we’ve used everyone’s CVs, interview performances and—importantly—their chosen specialist subject areas, to assemble three teams:

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Jan 28

Oh my.

What an astonishing number of applications… and so many of such a high standard. You’re really haven’t made this easy on us, people. The worst part of this whole process is that we’re having to have to turn away a huge number of really smart, competent applicants.
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Jan 7

Huge thanks to everyone who applied for the Helpdesk support team positions.

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Jan 3

Goodness me. What a result! We had one correct entry for Challenge #3, and it came in remarkably early, leaving the rest of you in the dust.

Huge congratulations are due to Darren R. (dpr1…) who blew us away with his speedy, accurate, and exceptionally well explained entry. Darren, please come and collect your packet of custard powder and its attendant £5 note from Helpdesk.

We’re not going to put up the answer just yet, in case any of the rest of you are still trying. If you are, though, consider this: it felt familiar… he had seen the painting before… where? what was it? where might he be able to take another look?

We will still award bonus kudos for anyone who gets the right answer to us this week.

Dec 30

Those of you who are interested in becoming a member of the Helpdesk team should finish polishing your CVs and get them submitted soon.

We would prefer to receive applications by 4pm on Wednesday 6th January, but will accept them up to 23:59 on that day. Please make sure you read the application instructions carefully.

We look forward to inviting a selection of candidates for interviews, most of which will take place the week after.

Dec 30

By popular request, the closing time for Challenge #3 is now 23:59:59 on New Year’s Eve.

The challenge will definitely close at this time, though, as the first correct answer came in over a week ago!

Dec 27

The next installment in Peter’s story is now live.

Go to the Challenges page and click on #4, and test whether your powers of observation are up to scratch.