12 January 2009
As many of you will already have heard, sadly Aidan Loyns passed away in his sleep on 28th December; he was 53. As Computer Services Manager, Aidan led the team that provided both centralised services and desktop support to a large number of diverse users in the school, with increasingly tight resources. This was a challenging and important role, the contributions and pressures of which have not always been fully recognised.
Aidan graduated with a BSc (Tech) First Class Honours Degree in Computation from UMIST in July 1976. He immediately joined the School of Computer Science at Manchester University, working successively as a Duty Programmer (July 76 - Sep 79), Research Assistant on computer aided logic design and manufacture (Oct 79 - Sep 83), Research Associate/Fellow with the Barclays Micro Unit on the development of word processors (Oct 83 - Sep 86), Senior Experimental Officer (Oct 86 - Sep 93), and since then as Computer Services Manager.
Outside the university, Aidan had a range of community
activities; he was a magistrate from 2000, and was actively involved with The
Rotary Club of Manchester Breakfast which he joined in 2003. He was Club
President in 2005-06 and was also active at District level carrying out the
role of technical manager for the last five District Conferences. For
leisure, Aidan enjoyed travelling, especially cruises, and was as far afield
Aidan will be widely missed.
Following on from the initial RAE results (see the Newsletter
of 17th December, as well as many other sources), further details
have now been published in the form of sub-profiles. Sub-profiles provide
separate (and non-rounded) scores for Research
Outputs, Research Environment
and Esteem Indicators; the overall
score was produced from the sub-profiles using weightings of 70%, 20% and 10%
respectively. The sub-profile for Computer Science at
Few conclusions can be drawn from this information, as this level of detail will only be made public for all institutions by “June at the latest”. It can be observed, however, that the above figures give us an un-rounded Overall Quality Profile 4* score of 32.4, which means that we narrowly missed being rounded to 35.0, and in turn suggests that we are likely to be fifth outright (rather than fifth equal) on most quality measures, while remaining second on power. Further details on the workings of the panels, including a report from the Computer Science Panel, are available at: http://www.rae.ac.uk/pubs/2009/ov/.
EPSRC Afternoon Sessions 13 Jan 09
For researchers who fall within the remit of EPSRC, but
most relevant to those researching in Materials, Mechanical & Medical
Engineering (M3E). The EPSRC Portfolio Managers for the M3E Programme are
visiting the Faculty of EPS on Tuesday January 13 2009. They are
particularly keen to meet with and encourage promising new academics.
They are running a 2-hour session on early stage career engagement during the
afternoon of January 13 in Lecture Theatre C9,
JBCA Colloquium 15 Jan 09
Professor Saku Tsuneta
"A new view on the Sun: dynamo, reconnection, waves, turbulence..."
3pm, Lovell Seminar Room (Turing)
This year’s lecture, titled ''Information Engineering and
its Future", will be given by Professor Michael Brady (FRS FEng, BP
Professor of Information Engineering).
Places however are limited so pre-booking is compulsory.
Call for Papers: DILS 2009 20-22 July 09
New Funding and Award Opportunities top
Royal Society and Académie des sciences Microsoft Award 23 Feb 09
This prestigious award, sponsored by Microsoft Research,
is designed to recognise and reward scientists working in
Research Awards top
None this week