20 September 2010
Time Allocation Survey
The following table shows the results of the Time Allocation Survey (TAS) that all members of academic staff are asked to complete. This survey process informs the Estates and Indirect rates applied to research grants and contributes to computing the cost of teaching a HEFCE fundable student; results are passed to HEFCE each year.
Passing comment seems like a risky business. The reduction in direct teaching as a percentage of activity could reflect the fact that many units were being delivered for the last time in 09/10 prior to the introduction of new masters and final year undergraduate units in 10/11. It is not clear to me what change in actual behaviour might explain the increase in the percentage associated with publicly funded research.
A web-based method for improving dementia care 4 Oct 10
1 pm lunch, 2-4 pm seminar, Boardroom,
Leading dementia researcher and clinical Professor Ken
Rockwood shares his insights and experiences of using a web-based method for
improving dementia care. Professor
Biomedical Text Mining Training event 27-29 Oct 10
A Biomedical Text Mining Training event will be held at
the the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton,
The teaching will be done by a selection of well-reputed
researchers from EBI, NaCTeM (Sophia Ananiadou), NLM (Olivier Bodenreider),
The training covers the following topics:
* composition, use and exploitation of biological and medical terminological resources
* theory and practice of information retrieval and information extraction
* existing solutions for biomedical text mining (Whatizit, UIMA, )
* standard corpora, TM challenges, evaluation of TM results
* development of ontological resources, fact representation in the Semantic Web
* biomedical knowledge discovery from the scientific literature, success stories
The course has been taught on a regular basis every six months now for the past two years. This event features a larger number of speakers from different sites and is aligned with the SMBM 2010 conference at the EBI.
The training is free of charge, with the exception of a possible workshop dinner.
Prize and Award Opportunities
EPS Lay summary writing competition 22 Oct 10
Open to all early career researchers (postgraduate researchers, post-docs, research fellows) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
Submission deadline: 22 October 2010, 4pm. Winners announced at the Manchester Beacon Summit, November 2010.
As a researcher, it is essential to communicate your research to as wide an audience as possible. Through our lay summary writing competition we challenge you to write a 250 word summary of your research that is understandable to someone who is not an expert in your specialised subject field. In return you could win prizes up to £200.
So can you write a summary that...
engages, inspires or challenges the reader
communicates your research simply and directly
explains the science but avoids the jargon
shows why the work is important and relevant
gives the reader both the big picture and an understanding of the details of your research.
Lay summaries can make a critical difference in how your research proposal, presentation, or paper is reviewed and evaluated. For example did you know that that e-thesis submissions ask for lay summaries or that grant and fellowship applications require lay summaries? In some cases the lay summary may be your only chance to make a good impression on a review panel.
So whatever kind of research you are doing it is vital that you can communicate your research simply and directly while giving the reader a reason to care.
The audience for lay summaries covers the broadest possible scope, from expert to lay person. You need to find a comfortable balance between writing a summary that both shows your knowledge and yet is still comprehensible to non-specialist readers.
The competition is open to all early career researchers in the Faculty. Last year's competition revealed that the entries submitted by postgraduate researchers and post-docs were of equal standard. So this year we have decided to combine the categories into a single set of prizes for all. So whilst it is important to show how your research is unique try also to find that hook that makes the research both accessible and relevant.
You can win Amazon vouchers to the following value:
First Prize: £200
Second Prize: £100
Third Prize: £50