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18 May 2009


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Changes to EPSRC demand management policy

EPSRC have just announced changes to their introduction of a temporary 12-month exclusion for repeatedly unsuccessful applicants as part of their 'demand management' policy.
They will now allow investigators more time to help them adjust their submission behaviour before any restriction in applying to EPSRC for funding is introduced. The measures will now take effect from April 2010. In addition, rather than being completely excluded from applying to EPSRC, investigators who meet the criteria will be permitted to submit one application (as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator) during the 12-month period.

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Permission for Outside Work

This is just a reminder that staff wishing to undertake private outside work are required to fill in a form, which can be found here, and get it signed by Head of School. Full details of the University’s outside work policy can also be found by following this link.

University Undergraduate Open days                                             19-20 June 09

The University Open Days will be held this summer on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June. As usual, the School will be holding events throughout the two days, and academic members of staff will be required to man the Computer Science stand in the Schuster Building, and meet, greet and talk to prospective students and their families. It is really important that we ensure there is a ‘buzz’ about the place for these events. Volunteers are needed to help on both days. If you are able to assist – ideally for at least two hours between 10:00 and 16:00 – please contact Sophia Lewis-Martyr with your availability.



Writing Ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL)          19-20 May 09

The BioHealth Informatics group at the University of Manchester and NIBHI are hosting their internationally renowned OWL Ontology tutorials at the University of Manchester on 19-20 May.

This two-day introductory hands-on workshop aims to provide attendees with both the theoretical foundations and practical experience to begin building OWL ontologies using the latest version of the Protégé-OWL tools (Protege4). It is based on Manchester's well-known "Pizza tutorial" see:

For registration and further information go to the conference website.

Photon Science for Energy                                                                        21 May 09

The Photon Science Institute is hosting the above workshop in the Renold Building, Theatre D007 from 09:30-16:30.

Please contact Dr Kathy England by 13 May if you would like to attend.


New Funding and Award Opportunities                           top

Royal Society Hauksbee Awards                                                             29 May 09

The Royal Society is delighted to invite nominations for the Hauksbee Awards; a new set of awards developed to recognise the unsung heroes of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as part of its 350th Anniversary.
The Hauskbee Awards have been created to recognise and reward individuals who have excelled in their roles supporting UK science, such as laboratory technician or teacher.  The awards are open to any individual working to support science research or education in the UK.
The awards will consist of a Royal Society engraved bronze medal and a £500 gift.
Nominations are invited from employers or senior colleagues and consist of a completed nomination form and recent CV of the nominee.

Further information


Research awards                                                               top

Mechanistically Inspired Convolution Processes for Learning

Funding Body: Google
PI: Neil Lawrence
Award Amount: $32000

CheTa: Chemistry Using Text Annotation

Funding Body: JISC
PI: Sophia Ananiadou
Award Amount: £141966