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12 Oct 2009


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News from Head of School

New Role for Chris Taylor as Associate Vice President for Research

Congratulations to Chris Taylor on his appointment as an Associate Vice President for Research, where he will have responsibilities relating to research strategy and policy. As direct communication between schools and university senior management sometimes seems to be rather limited and unidirectional, this appointment may provide some opportunities for the school to participate more fully in relevant agenda setting activities.

National Student Survey

Following the previous article on our somewhat improved performance in NSS, the full results are now available at:



Network Diseases: Linking Developmental Changes in Brain Connectivity with Neural Dynamics                                                                                   14 Oct 09

Dr Marcus Kaiser. Newcastle University

14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.4, Kilburn Building

Seminars home page

University Foundation day lecture                                                                  14 Oct

The University marks its foundation each year with a Foundation Lecture given by someone of renown.  The President and Vice-Chancellor would like to invite as many members of staff as possible from across the University to attend this prestigious event.

The 2009 Foundation Lecture will be delivered by Professor Sir John Sulston, Chair of the Institute of Science, Ethics and Innovation.

The full programme is as follows:

Reception: 4.00pm University Place

Lecture: 4.30 pm University Place

If you are interested in attending, please request a ticket by emailing Lesley Sisson with your name, School and address.  Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

EPS Lay Summary Writing Competition Workshop                              14 Oct 09

See “Prizes” below

MIB Explorations Across Campus                                                             15 Oct 09

The MIB is holding an open event to raise awareness of its activities in the MIB Atrium and lecture theatre, with a view to identifying opportunities for collaborative research.  We hope to be scheduling follow-up meetings at a school level shortly. Details of Thursday’s event are:


12.30 –Lunch

13.00 -Welcome address -Richard Winpenny

13.05 -Vicky Coker (SEAES)-Engineering novel functional materials using subsurface bacteria

13.25 -Sabine Flitsch (MIB) -Application of cytochromeP-450 in organic synthesis

13.45 -Ian Kinloch (Materials)–title to follow

14.05 -SteliosRigopoulos (MACE)-Population balance modelling of particulate systems in flows

14.25 -John McCarthy (MIB) -Man-made orthogonal biosystems

14.45 -Coffee break / Poster session

15.15 –David Broomhead (Mathematics) -It’s all in the timing: the calculus of events for systems biology

15.35 -Tom Waigh (Physics) -Enabling technologies in cellular biophysics

15.55 -Magnus Rattray (SCS) -Using models of transcriptional regulation to uncover gene regulatory networks

16.15 -Pedro Mendes (MIB) -Systems Biology Research at the MIB

16.35 -Erwin Reisner(Chemistry)-Bio-Inspired Visible Light Driven Hydrogen Production with [NiFeSe]-Hydrogenases

16.55 -General discussion led by John McCarthy

16.55 -Drinks reception


To register for attendance please click here or email.

EPS Public Engagement Networking Lunch for Researchers           6 Nov 09

12:00-14:00, Kanaris Lecture Theatre

Public Engagement is becoming an increasingly important factor in grant applications (impact statements) and for the University of Manchester as it seeks to reach its 2020 goals - one key goal being social engagement. To help recognise and promote public engagement activity within the Faculty and encourage the sharing of best practice, the Faculty is hosting a networking lunch event in association with the Manchester Beacon.
This event is open to all researchers (academics, post-docs and postgrads) across the Faculty.
12:00 Registration & Mini Public Engagement Survey
12:15 Welcome
12:20 Manchester Beacon & Public Engagement at the University
12:30 Lay Summary Writing Competition Awards
12:35 Public Engagement Showcase
12:55 Summary
13:00 Lunch & Table Discussions
14:00 End

It aims to:
1. Enable researchers to network and share their experiences.
2. Promote a discussion of the benefits, barriers and support for
public engagement within the Faculty.
2. Identify the range of public engagement activity taking place
across the Faculty (who, type, audiences).
3. Give researchers the opportunity to help shaping the 2020 social
engagement goal.
4. Provide an understanding of the Manchester Beacon's role in
promoting and rewarding public engagement practice.

To book email.


Funding Opportunities

Update in BBSRC Guidelines

When adding related proposals to BBSRC applications please note that applicants must now also submit an interim or final report on any related BBSRC research grant currently held by any of the applicants or completed in the last twelve months. Any applications received which do not include this report will not be accepted until such a report is available. A similar sanction will also be applied if when applying for funding as a continuation to a current research project, applicants do not submit the interim or final report from the existing project.

Royal Society Industry Fellowships Scheme Call for Applications  14 Oct 09

These appointments are funded by the Royal Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce plc and Astra Zeneca.

The scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia. It provides opportunities for an academic scientist to work on a collaborative project with industry, or someone employed in industry to work on a collaborative project with a university department or a not-for-profit research organisation.  It is anticipated that fellows will establish personal and corporate links between the two sectors in the UK as a foundation for their long-term future development.

Applicants can be of any nationality and should be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from establishing or strengthening personal and corporate links between the two sectors as a foundation for long-term future collaboration and development. They should hold a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession and hold a permanent post in either a UK university, a UK not-for-profit research organisation (e.g. the Marine Biological Association) or UK industry.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 14 October 2009

Further information

BBSRC New investigator scheme                                                             14 Oct 09

The BBSRC new investigator scheme assists early-career researchers to secure their first major element of funding for research.
Applicants must not have received competitive research funding from any source, as a Principal Investigator, that included post-doctoral research assistant staff support costs.
Committees assess applications against the same criteria as other responsive mode proposals; however, research potential rather than track record will be taken into account.
This scheme operates in responsive mode. The next responsive mode deadline is 14th October 2009.

More information

Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme Call for Applications                                                                                      31 Oct 09

Share expertise and harness world-class research capability by collaborating with international experts through the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme.
The scheme provides funding to enable an academic engineering department in a United Kingdom (UK) university to be a host for up to a month to a Distinguished Visiting Fellow from an overseas academic centre of excellence.

Deadline: 31st October 2009

More information

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China and India Call for Applications                                                                                     16 Nov 09

The scheme enables engineering researchers at UK Higher Education Institutions to travel to a Chinese or Indian Institution, and China/India-based researchers to spend time at a UK Institution.

The main objectives are to:
*    promote collaboration between high quality engineering researchers
     in the UK and China/India.
*    strengthen relations between leading partners in these countries
     and support the expansion of international Networks of Excellence
     in engineering research.
*    allow researchers to gain international experience and access
     world-class expertise.

Deadline: 16th November 2009

More information



EPS Lay Summary Writing Competition                                                  16 Oct 09

This competition is for Research Staff & Postgraduate Researchers. Can you communicate your research effectively to others? Can you engage, inspire, or challenge the reader? Can you explain the science but avoid the jargon? Can you make people care about what you research and why?

Then why not enter the EPS Lay Summary Writing Competition?  Just give us 250 words about your research and you could win prizes of up to £200.  You'll also be raising your own profile, that of your research and the University. Winners will be awarded prizes by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Deputy Vice President & Deputy Vice Chancellor - an advocate of good science communication at a Faculty-wide public engagement event.

Full details and useful advice


Lay summary writing workshop:

 - Wednesday 14th October 2009, 2-4, Sackville Street Building, room H8