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9 February 2009


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Revised Management Tree

Following on from the consultation about the management tree in the Newsletter of 10th November, an updated management tree is now available here. If you have any comments or requests relating to this proposal, please let me know by Friday 13th February.

Duties Allocation Preparation

The duties allocation process will largely take place during February and March, with various items of information gathering during February. Part of the preparation process involves reviewing the hours associated with administrative tasks, for which current levels can be seen at: If you want to make the case that the hours associated with any of these roles are not suitable, please email (by Friday 20th February) the case to the Head of Function associated with the task (or to me if you are not clear which function the task is associated with). The heads of the functions associated with most of the tasks are: UG (Graham), PGT (Roger), PGR (Jon), Research (John) and External Affairs (Steve).

Turing Lecture

The Turing Lecture series now seems to be well established as an annual feature hosted by the university (and organised conscientiously by the External Affairs office in the school). This year's event on 3rd February featuring Michael Brady on Information Engineering was well attended, and next year's lecturer will be Chris Bishop, Chief Research Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Slush Expenditure Against Budgets

As announced in the Newsletter of 1st December, each research group has a budget for the financial year (which runs from August to July). This item is just to point out that as a school, we are comfortably on target to meet the overall budget for slush expenditure this year (the budget has yet to be agreed for next year). As such, if there are items of expenditure that you plan for 2009, it may increase flexibility in the next financial year if purchases where there is some timing flexibility can be made before the end of July 2009. John Halliwell can provide detailed progress against budget information on request.



IET Clark Maxwell lecture 10 Feb 09

Power in the Economy - affordable engineering and technology solutions
Dr David Clarke, CEO of the Energy Technologies Institute
18:30, Lecture Theatre C9, Renold Building, Sackville Street
More details and to register

School seminar 11 Feb 09

Dr Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
14:15, Lecture theatre 1.4, Kilburn building

Online Sciences A Collaboration Seminar 12 Feb 09

Joanna Berry, Newcastle University

12:00 - 14:00, Atlas 1 and 2, Kilburn Building

To reserve your place at the event please RSVP to by Monday 26th of January 09.
Lunch will be served at the end of the seminar.

The E-Science Central project see has
received initial funding from One North East in order to develop collaborative systems online to support science.


New Funding and Award Opportunities top

PhD studentships for Sept 2009 entry 27 April 09

This year, combining DTA funds with some School funds, we are in a position to offer up to 18 studentships to *home* (=UK+EU) students starting a PhD in September 2009. There is also the possibility to offer some bursaries that cover the difference between home and overseas fees for a few overseas students in need, but it is almost certain that we will not be in a position to provide maintenance for overseas students.

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