Harry Roberts: Refactoring CSS Without Losing Your Mind

Last Thursday we were lucky enough to be able to welcome Harry Roberts from CSS Wizardry (https://csswizardry.com/) to give a talk on “Refactoring CSS Without Losing Your Mind”. Many thanks to Harry for taking the time out to speak to us on this subject. The talk was organised and funded by the University’s Front-End Development Community, a new subset of the Software Development Community.  If you aren’t part of the community yet, check out our community channel on Slack.

Slides and a video of the talk (for those that missed it), can be found here:

Overall the event was a huge success, with almost 100 people attending! Since this is one of our first community events, I thought people might be interested to learn a little bit more about who attended. The numbers come from the Events Booking application so won’t be exact – some people may have attended without booking, and others may have booked but not attended.


Of the people who booked through Events Booking, approximately one third of them were students. A handful of additional students also signed up for the event on Facebook. Although this may not seem like a lot at first glance, it is generally very difficult to attract students to events which are primarily staff-led, so this was quite a nice surprise. The student society CompSoc really helped us out here by promoting the event to their members.

Pie chart of student/staff breakdown

Not surprisingly, most of the people who attended came from Information Services (around half). However, we also had a lot of attendees from the colleges – the College of Science and Engineering was well-represented. The most individuals from any one group was 13 from IS Development Services, followed by 9 people (mostly students) from the School of Informatics.

Bar chart of audience organisational affiliation

On a personal note, I was really pleased that so many people were able to attend. For me, it was a powerful reminder of what we can achieve if we put the effort into making something happen – and how worthwhile that can be! We’re working on organising even more events for the community, so keep your eyes peeled for our next one.

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