School of EEECS


Degree Plus - School of EEECS


EEECS Hackerspace Plus is a series of events, run from the Hackerspace in the School of EEECS, aimed at bringing practical computing knowledge to students complementing the taught degree pathway. Many of the values and tenets of the free and open source software movement stem from 'hacker ethics' concerned primarily with sharing, openness, collaboration, and engaging in practical hands-on activities.

The EEECS Hackerspace Plus events reflect this approach with a specific focus on software, business start-up, security and data centres. It is for students who enjoy the intellectual challenge of creatively investigating systems and engaging in hands-on activities (such as programming, media and events) in a spirit of innovation, playfulness and exploration. For more information about QUB Degree Plus click here.


Students should attend at least 12 hours of the 16 available and write a short (1000 word) reflective write-up on a Free/Open-Source Software (FOSS) topic of their own choosing, demonstrating an understanding of FOSS terminology and issues. Throughout the year the following events are planned for EEECS Degree Plus:

Activities for 2017/2018 to be announced soon but they will include the following:

  • BelFOSS - 2018 (March 16th tbc) - a full one-day conference, run in conjunction with Belfast Linux User Group and QUB, with talks on FOSS including Linux, Programming and DevOps. Both international and local companies will be in attendance. (8 hours).

  • Data Centre Tours - (tbc) - A guided tour of a real-world working data centre raising awareness of the key problems and solutions in delivering a professional hosted computer environment. Information systems are critical to organisations world-wide and it is necessary to provide a reliable infrastructure for IT operations to ensure business continuity. A data centre must deliver high standards in assuring the integrity and functionality of its hosted computer environment. This tour will provide a guided overview for professional development covering security, networking, power management and environmental controls (e.g. air conditioning, cooling, fire suppression) in a practical setting. (1 hour).

  • CSIT Cyber Security Lab Tour - (tbc) - A guided tour of a live network lab devoted to cyber-security research and teaching. Cybersecurity technology is vital for developing secure, dependable and efficient software systems. The cyber-security lab is a part of the Centre for Secure Information technologies (CSIT) at QUB. CSIT is the UK's Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for secure information technologies: research projects focus on various aspects of network and computer security and a taught MSc course in Cyber Security aims to develop the next generation of industry leaders and address the shortage of cyber security professionals globally. (2 hours).