13 September 2010
Academic Staff Departures and Plans
Two additional academic members of staff have now completed the ERVS application process, and both Linda Brackenbury and Len Freeman will be leaving us on 1st July 2011. Their broader contributions can be discussed nearer their departure dates; in the meantime, I am grateful to Linda and Len for agreeing to work with departure dates that are much more convenient than the worst case scenario!
The assessment under the new Research Excellence Framework
(the successor to the RAE) will take place during 2014, with submissions being
made towards the end of 2013. To assist the preparation and seek to ensure
the School's return is as strong as possible, the School has put in place a
REF Working Group (chaired by Howard Barringer). As part of this process, the
School will seek both to provide guidance to staff on suitable outlets for
publications, and to monitor outputs and plans. At a course grain, the
initial advice is that full papers published in journals or conferences that
are Rated A or A* in the Australian Government ERA (Excellence in Research in
SAP Research Visit: Follow-Up Action Required by Academics
Ben Greene, Director of SAP Research for the
To enable these to take place, Ben needs one-page profiles of staff and their research interests to show to potential collaborators within SAP; their interests are quite broad, and often align with interests within the school, and can be understood from:
Nominations for 2010 Best PGR Student Paper Prizes
The 2010 Research Students' Symposium is to be held on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Each year at the Symposium, prizes are awarded for the best PhD thesis examined, and the best paper published, in the previous year. This prizegiving event will take place Monday 1st November.
We request nominations of papers by PhD students for the 2010 prizes. Nominations need to be sent to Jonathan Shapiro by Friday 1st October. Thus, if you are:
More details relating to the prizes (including rules for
entry) are available at:
Supervisors, please note in the above web page the need to provide supporting material for the nomination.
The deadline for submission to Jonathan Shapiro is Friday 1st October 2010. This is a HARD deadline as the Symposium will take place four weeks after and the awarding committee needs time to consider all the evidence and reach a decision. Please feel free to email me or Jon if you need any clarification.
IBM Innovation Awards 21/28 Sept 10
IBM are announcing the first industry-focused 2010 Innovation Awards to develop Smarter Planet curriculum.
25 awards to develop curriculum in Healthcare,
Transportation, and Smarter Cities The
IBM Innovation Award worldwide program encourages open submission
proposals from accredited university faculty supporting curriculum innovation
and educational development in focus areas which are fundamental to building
skills strategic to IBM and our client's core business.
Skills Innovation Award is designed to encourage the thoughtful
development and incorporation of Smarter Healthcare solution
discussions/examples into existing Healthcare and IT curriculum.
Transportation Industry Skills Innovation Award is
similarly designed to encourage the thoughtful development and incorporation
of Smarter Transportation solution discussions/examples into existing
Transportation and IT curriculum.
Smarter Cities Skills Award is designed to encourage the
thoughtful development and incorporation of Smarter Cities
discussions/examples into existing Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences and IT
Evolution of our traditional education materials
These awards will
enable IBM to begin to evolve our catalogue of
educational materials from a product level targeted at technical majors
to a solutions level targeting the cross-discipline collaboration between
technical, business, and industry majors. The new teaching materials
from the Innovation
Awards will deliver course modules which demonstrate the interactions of
diverse types of complex service systems within an industry and the need to
use information to create real insight into data and organizational performance.