2 February 2009
Details are starting to emerge as to how funding will flow to universities based on the results of the 2008 RAE. It seems likely that HEFCE will apply a 7:3:1:0 ratio to the 4*:3*:2*:1* scores to obtain a value that, when multiplied by volume, can be used to compute the fraction of QR that comes to each institution. Two things are clear: (i) the money will be spread much more evenly than was the case previously; and (ii) the schools that stand to lose the most are those that used to have 5* (in particular where their 2008 RAE position is not quite top on quality). You can safely conclude that the outcome will not be good for us.
This year the competition is being run in association with Electronic Arts, and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, where a special prize-giving and activities day will be held on 26 June 2009. Launched on 19 January, we already have over 300 schools registered for the competition!
The deadline for submitting an animation of up to 1 minute
in length, produced using
Communications Within EPS
The project aimed at improving Internal Communications in EPS proposes to run several meetings with different groups of staff. If you are interested in participating, please indicate your availabilities at:
School Planning Meeting 4 Feb 09
The meeting to discuss the school plan (which was circulated with the previous newsletter), which will be held in IT.407 from 1:00-2:00, will take the form of a question/answer/discussion session. As such, there will be no presentation on the plan, so please consider having a look at the plan in advance, and bring along a copy.
Research Staff Conference 26 Feb 09
This free one day event on the “21st Century Researcher” will be held on Thursday 26 February 2009 at the Manchester Conference Centre; for further information see:
President’s visit to
2.30 p.m. Meeting with
School Leadership Team – 30 minutes (Atlas 1)
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.
New Funding and Award Opportunities top
Nominations sought for best PhD thesis prize 23 Feb 09
Best PhD Thesis Prize for the School.
Since 2005, this nomination process has been explicitly linked with the CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertations prize. The
The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize 23 February 09
The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize is the
The Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science 23 February 09
The Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging
the Public with Science is for UK-based early-career scientists or science
communicators who have undertaken high-quality public engagement activities
which has had (or will have) a strategic impact on institutions,
organisations and cultures, and whose career and future public engagement
activities will benefit from the award.
Research Awards top
None this week