15 February 2010
We have now been given details on timescales for feedback and the appeals process relating to the Research Profiling Exercise, as described here: DOC or PDF. As such, please let me know if you want to receive your profile by Friday 19th February.
Revised arrangement for advertising and recruitment – amended
Several people have queried Susan Field in HR along the lines of:
‘Whether we ‘should appoint someone from the EEA who is ‘good enough’ at the expense of holding out for someone from outside the EEA who would be the best available candidate..’.
Susan has taken advice and can confirm as follows:
“We CAN interview EEA and non-EEA applicants together if we wish, to enable us to identify the scope of the field up-front, but we must be mindful of the need to be able to justify any subsequent appointment of a candidate from non-EEA at the expense of what might appear to be an appropriately qualified EEA candidate. The Resident Labour Market test refers to qualifications, experience and skills and so long as we can link back the appointment to the requirements for the role - as advertised, it would be difficult for the UKBA to challenge the appointment. Clearly, there is a need in any case to ensure that our criteria (outlined on the further particulars) are fit for purpose and strictly adhered to, as UKBA can audit job adverts and recruitment documents at any time.
We will move forward on the basis of taking a sensible approach to vacancies as they arise, since it’s a balance between scoping out the applicants versus wasting time and money in bringing people to interview that won’t stand a chance of being appointed.”
Original message below:
Please find below details of the revised arrangements that we have agreed for advertising and recruitment which have been put in place as a response to the UK Border Agency requirements c.f the resident labour market test - which requires us to show that a position has been advertised externally for at least four weeks before considering the appointment of a non-EEA (European Economic Area) national.
With immediate effect:
3. Support and PSS staff advertisements will continue to be advertised in accordance with current practice.
***UKBA’s definition of a ‘settled worker’ is as follows:
“You are normally resident in the
Therefore, only applicants from the EEA, EEA family
members (who have the same rights as EEA nationals) or outside of the EEA
with indefinite leave to remain or citizenship can be shortlisted.
Satisfiability of Two-Variable Logics with Transitive or Equivalence Relations 17 Feb 10
Dr Emanuel Kieronski.
14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.4,
Conjunctive Query Answering in Description Logics 24 Feb 10
Prof Carsten Lutz.
14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.4,
6th Annual IET/BCS
This year's speaker is Professor Chris Bishop, Chief Research Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Chris will be delivering a lecture titled Embracing Uncertainty: The new machine intelligence. The lecture promises to offer a fascinating insight into the field of machine learning and how uncertainty can be modelled and quantified using probabilities.
The lecture is open to BCS and IET members, University
staff and students and the general public. Following the talk the IET are
hosting a networking buffet at
Further information and registration is available here
Please note that this lecture is free to attend but there is a small charge if you wish to attend the buffet reception.
ACM-BCS Visions of Computer Science Conference 13-16 April 10
Conference Registration (including Grand Challenges):
· Students £30
· ACM/BCS/BCS Academy £90
· Others £130
Reminder for the following:
European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigators Grant Call for Applications 24 Feb 10
Applicants for the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant are
expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant
research achievements in the last 10 years. Although there are no
restrictions regarding age, nationality, or current place of residence, the
Principal Investigators should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality
and significance of their research contributions. Principal Investigators of
Advanced Grant proposals will be expected to demonstrate a record of
achievements appropriate to their field(s) of research. Potential Principal
Investigators may include leading scientists in Europe and those of the
European community overseas or non-Europeans wishing to establish themselves