Research Student Symposium & Prize Nominations
The 2008 Research Student Symposium is to be held
on November 3rd, 4th and 5th. This
provides an opportunity for all first and second year PhD students to make
a poster (1st years) or oral (2nd years)
presentation of their work. More details will appear here as
the programme is developed. The Symposium also provides an
opportunity to celebrate excellence, with the award of Best PhD Thesis and Best Student Paper prizes.
Details of both prizes are available here.
Nominations for the Best Student Paper Prize are required now, and need to
be submitted strictly by 20th October – allowing
time for the award committee to reach a decision before the
Symposium. The Best PhD Thesis Prize for 2008 has already been
awarded jointly to Birte Glimm and Paolo Missier, who will be presented
with their awards at the Symposium. You will recall that Paolo’s
thesis went on to success in the prestigious BCS/CPHC Distinguished
Dissertation (DD) competition, continuing a tradition established over
recent years by School members William Bainbridge (2000),
Many thanks to all those who put in a great deal of effort last week to help identify and fix the ‘network’ problems we experienced during the first week of teaching. I am particularly aware of the contributions of Mike Keely, Tony Curran, John Latham, Graham Gough and Roger Hubbold, but I’m sure others have helped too. So far there is no magic bullet, but a number of contributory factors have been identified, and solutions implemented – leading to what seems a significant improvement in performance. It is clear, however, that we are not yet out of the woods. Further ‘fixes’ are planned, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely, with a view to targeted investment in new infrastructure should the level of performance still prove unacceptable.
Faculty Meeting – Questions Please
This is to remind you about the Faculty Open Meeting taking place this Wednesday. The Dean is keen to receive at least one question from each School, but so far there are none from CS. Please consider submitting a question to by the end of Monday and, in any case, attending the meeting.
Jeans for Genes
The Jeans for Genes event last week raised £567.66. Many, many thanks to all of you who donated – another fine example of the School’s generosity in contributing to charitable causes.
1st Semester UG and PGT Exams
This a call for all first semester undergraduate and postgraduate taught examination papers, with a deadline of Monday 20th October. If you are teaching a course this semester which has assesment by examination, you need to set the paper now. If you are not sure what to do, consult the Exam guidelines or get in touch with in Student Support. In summary, by the deadline you need to have:
· handed in your exam questions
· handed in you marking scheme
· named your moderator
Everything should go to Jennie or Mike in Student Support (LF21). In preparing your exam please check the rubric (number of answers, sections, answer books, open book etc) carefully against published information, and let 19th– 30th January 2009. know if the exam is to be on-line. The exam period will be
Events this Week top
UMIP Seminar on Consulting 13 Oct 08
The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Ltd (UMIP) would like to invite you to its free seminar on ‘Consulting’ during the morning of Monday 13 October. The seminar will consist of presentations made by a number of experienced individuals from academia and industry who will share their experiences of consulting. More Information & Registration
1000-1300 (Regiatration & coffee 0930), CTF,
The meeting will follow a similar structure to the last one in April in that the first half of the meeting will be used to provide an update on the Faculty's current performance and the second half will be an open question and answer session. The Dean will open the meeting with an overview of the Faculty's financial position, focussed on the five year forecasts, and this will be followed by a brief update from each of the Associate Deans on the key priorities within their areas. Faculty would like at least one question from each School so please send questions for the Dean to Fiona Campbell please.
1500, Room E7,
Regular Seminar Series
in contents bar for information on seminar series organised by the
We will once again be supporting the Breast Cancer Campaign by holding a Wear it Pink Day. We will run a tombola and need prizes. If you have any bottles (wine, beer etc), chocolates or new items you are willing to donate then please bring them to ACSO. All donations gratefully received.
Compulsory event for all PhD students, with strong encouragement to all staff to attend. Programme includes poster presentations by 1st years, oral presentations by 2nd years and presentation of Best Thesis and Best Paper prizes. More information.
We will once again be running our annual Children in Need Booksale and online auction. Further details will be sent round in due course. Books and auction items gratefully received in ACSO.
26 November - UG Report
4 February - PG Report
25 March - External Affairs Report
6 May - Research Report
1 July - Resources Report
All meetings take place 1530-1700 in IT 407.
Support for Academically-Led Conferences Various
One-stop solution from STARS. The Division of Sport, Trading and Residential Services (‘STARS’) offers a one-stop solution for academics interested in attracting and organising conferences here at The University of Manchester, a service directly supporting the University's 2015 goal of achieving high international standing.
Manchester- 28th October 2008
Tea and coffee will be available at with presentations due to commence from . The meeting will finish at approximately . To be kept up to date with plans, and to register your interest in attending an event, if you have not already done so, please send your name, institution and contact details, together with your preferred venue to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible (nominal deadline has passed).
Speakers will include Dr David Fergusson, Deputy
Director, Training, Outreach and Education, the National e-Science Centre
and researchers at
RAEng - Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships 14 Nov 08
These Fellowships provide an opportunity for
mid-career academics based in
These fellowships are worth £10,000 each and are intended to add
value to PhD and EngD students by
funding training and development activities which complement their
research oriented education. The scheme is open to all research students
who are entering their second year in the academic term beginning
September/October 2008. Deadline for applications:
"Follow-on-funds" provide financial support for
projects with a clear commercial concept to accelerate their progress
towards commercialisation. Funding is available for up to 12 months
for typically over £100k based on research from ongoing or completed EPSRC
supported projects. An approximate total of £1.5M is available
nationally with £4.5M of applications invited for consideration.
Proposals need to be submitted via the University’s technology transfer company (UMIP). The University has been successful in 8 out of 11 proposals submitted during the past three years which has generated nearly £1 million of research income. Grantholders interested in applying for this funding should complete the attached two-page form and send it to email@example.com before
The Industrial Secondment Scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for engineering teaching staff in Higher Education institutions to gain state-of-the-art industrial experience. Applicable to engineers of all disciplines, the scheme's objective is to enable the secondees to impart the fruits of this experience to their students through teaching, through case studies using up-to-date material and, in the longer term, through course design. The benefits also accrue to the host organization which gains a temporary but highly qualified member of staff, and to the university which has the opportunity of strengthening its links with industry.
The KT Challenge offers small grants for concept studies and feasibility studies. If you are interested in developing ideas in collaboration with an industrial partner – developing new technology, or applying existing technology in an industrial setting – please contact .
EPSRC would like to encourage the transfer of outputs of research between different research disciplines as well as aiding the career development of EPSRC funded PDRAs. In the first instance an extra year of support will be offered. Transfers between the engineering and physical science disciplines and the life sciences are encouraged. There are no closing dates for proposals.
EPSRC invites outline proposals for its
information and communication technology platform grants. Platform grants
aim to provide world-leading
Full-time professorial appointments, in any engineering-related subject. The academy particularly welcomes proposals of a multidisciplinary nature. Funding is provided for 5 years.
An opportunity for university lecturers in engineering to gain state-of-the-art industrial experience.
To help scientists make and establish new contacts with their international counterparts.
Projects in centres of excellence overseas focussing on stimulating wealth creation and improvements in the quality of life.
Support for salary costs and travel subsistence
for scientists and engineers of acknowledged standing, either from within
We have acknowledged the need to raise the profile of the School both nationally and internationally. Nominating individuals for awards, and working actively with others to ensure that deserving individuals are nominated is one way of doing that.
None currently open
Funding Body: Portland
PI: Terri Attwood
Award Amount: £115069
PI: Sophia Ananiadou
Award Amount: £331056
Funding Body: EPSRC
PI: Steve Furber
Award Amount: £1361385
Awards and Promotions
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Rawsthorne: 80% secondment to
Oct 07 – Sep 08. - continuing
John Keane: Academic Year 2008/09
Len Freeman: April to Sept 2009
John Gurd: Academic Year 2009/10
Liping Zhao: Sept 2008 to Mid Jan 09, and Mid July 09 to mid Jan 10
Josh Knowles: Feb 2009 for 6 months
Rizos Sakellariou: Lent term 2008-09, Summer term 2008-09, Michaelmas Term 2009-10 (2 semesters)
Xiao-Jun Zeng: January 2009-April 2009
Ning Zhang: January 2009 – June 2009
Fellows in Text Mining (2 posts)
School of Computer Science