Dr Fabio Nemetz is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, currently teaching “Computer Architecture 1”, “Human-Computer Interaction” and “Safety-critical Systems”. He is also Director of Undergraduate Studies, responsible for students in years 1 and 2.
What can you see outside of the window?
I see trees of green, red roses too. Well, in my mind! In reality, I can see the other side of 1 West.
What does your average day at work involve?
It changes all the time, but on average, my day involves teaching, meeting students, meeting colleagues, meeting administrators, communicating and planning.
Why do you think teaching at your university is important?
I think University is a time when students sharpen their learning skills, when they realise they can become proactive and take responsibility for their own learning. I believe University educators who are passionate about what they teach and research are seen as role models by students.
What do you hope the impact of your teaching will be?
The teachers I had still have an impact on me, so I’d hope my students would feel the same for many years after they graduate.
"University is a time when students sharpen their learning skills, when they realise they can become proactive and take responsibility for their own learning."
Who has inspired you most in your career?
All my teachers, mentors and students.
When did a lecture/presentation go wrong and how did you overcome it?
I once gave a lecture thinking I could improvise examples of some complicated concepts – it didn’t go very well. That was a big mistake that I’ll never forget.
Recommend a book, film or album from the past year.
It's never easy to recommend books, but I’ll have a go. Non-fiction: I’m currently reading and enjoying 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Harari. I highly recommend his previous books: Sapiens and Homo Deus. Fiction: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – the best fiction book I’ve read this year.
What is the biggest change that you've seen in teaching since you started your career?
The biggest change is technology, although the fundamentals – which to me are the most important aspects of teaching – are still the same.
What piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in teaching at your university?
Make it enjoyable and fun for you – your students will appreciate that.
Aim to inspire students so they become independent learners.
Get early feedback, be humble and act on it.
Ask for help and advice.
Prepare well (a bit more).
What three things would you take to a desert island?
A big boat to get out of it – I do like people.