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7 December 2009


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School Health and Safety Policy Much Revised

The school's Health and Safety Policy document has been substantially revised (in particular shortened) and updated (thanks to Eamon and Ursula), and is now available from:

This document certainly contains information that I didn't know a year ago, and details both practices that people are expected to follow and material you may need to reference. If you think there are any errors of omission or commission in the document, please let me know, as we are keen to ensure that this is a useful resource in contributing to a safe working environment.

Consultancy Practices and Overhead Policy

The faculty has introduced a policy whereby all consultancy carried out through the university must include a 40% overhead in the price.  Carrying out consultancy through the university enables university resources to be used, for example for negotiating contracts, and provides indemnity insurance.  Where consultancy takes place outside the university, no university facilities should be used, and university indemnity insurance is not automatically available. In either case, permission must be sought from the HoS, by completing the relevant form:

The university Consulting Resource provides various information on consulting:

and the policy on consultancy is available at:

In the school, Manchester Informatics Ltd supports staff in setting up consulting; as such, please interact with Graham Riley when negotiating to set up a consultancy through the university.

Text Mining Competition Success

A team of staff from Computer Science, MIB and MCISB (Irena Spasic, Farzaneh Sarafraz, John A. Keane and Goran Nenadic) was ranked third (from a field of nineteen) in the international text mining challenge in the clinical/health-care domain, whose aim was the extraction of medication-related information from narrative patient records. More information on the challenge can be found at:





The core problem: Overview on systems research at SAP with a focus on parallelism                                                                                                         9 Dec 09

Mr Daniel Scheibli. SAP Research

14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.4, Kilburn Building

WiSET Afternoon Tea and Chat for female students and staff at the School of Computer Science                                                                                      9 Dec 09

In order to improve and support networking between female students and staff at the School of Computer Science, a regular monthly lunch meeting is planned, with talks and workshops. The first event will be an informal get-together with a few short talks and presentations by students about their research and work experience as computer scientists. Pop in to meet new people, have some chats and a nice cup of tea! All students (UG and PG) and staff are welcome!

Free tea and snacks!

Wednesday, 9th December 2009, 1-2.30pm, Room IT407 (IT / Kilburn Building).

Turnitin & Grademark and eAssessment Workshops                 Various dates

The EPS eLearning Team will be running various workshops in January. To book yourself a place on any of the workshops please email.