18 October 2010
The Brown Report, HEFCE-T and Fees for Computer
The Brown Report on Higher Education Funding (http://hereview.independent.gov.uk/hereview/) recommends that the cap should be removed on fees charged by universities (with a levy on universities where fees are above £6000). It is anticipated that the removal of the cap on fees will be accompanied by a very substantial reduction in HEFCE-T. To give an indication of the impact on the school, Phill Mcdonald (the school finance manager/accountant) has produced the following analysis. The Shortfall / Student column indicates by how much fees would have to rise to undo the effect of different levels of cut in HEFCE-T.
The Hefce T grant is received by the university to support the cost of eligible UK/EU students on programmes leading toward a recognised taught HE qualification. The T grant is paid in block to the institution which can distribute the monies internally using its own criteria. The figures below show the relative value of the Hefce T grant compared to student fee income for the 2010/2011 budget (and exclude overseas student fees).
The theoretical impact of a 25%, 50%, and 75% reduction in Hefce T is shown below with the estimated loss of income by student to the school.
Head of School Appointment Process
Various changes have been introduced to the appointments process for Heads of School; this process is now very different from the (somewhat strange) one that used to be used in the school. For those of you who have not been counting the days until my departure, my three years are up on 31st October 2011, and I will not be seeking an extension. I think that it would be helpful for the incoming HoS to have the opportunity to influence the duties allocation process that will complete around April 2011, so it has been agreed with the Dean that the process of appointing a new HoS will start late in 2010, with a view to ensuring that the next incumbent is identified some way ahead of the handover. If you think you may be a candidate, the university would be keen for you to take the Headstart course, for which the deadline for applications is 19th November.
The Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology (CMN) and the Work on Graphene
The announcement this week of the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics to Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov has been met with widespread jubilation across the University. Our colleagues in the Nano Engineering and Storage Technology group are entitled to feel especially proud, having collaborated on Graphene research since its initial discovery. The facilities of Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology, have provided an excellent platform for research at the leading edge of nanoscience and much of the early work to verify that a single layer of carbon atoms had indeed been found used the facilities of the centre.
The news serves to further illustrate the broad range of
activities which Computer Science in
Doctoral Training Centre Update
The application made by the school for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science has cleared the first hurdle, and representatives of the bid including Steve Furber and Jon Shapiro will be attending an interview on 12th November.
EPSRC Survey for Early Career Researchers
The EPSRC Information and Communications Technology
programme invites early career researchers to take a few minutes to answer
the following survey (http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/epsrc/ictearly).
Responses are sought from researchers at all stages in the early career path:
From Ph.D. students up to academics in their first permanent appointment,
usually within 10 years of Ph.D. completion. The survey is now open and will
close on 29th October.
The aim of this short survey is to understand in more detail the funding landscape for early career researchers and the current level of interaction with EPSRC and to ensure that the provision of support for early career researchers is fit for purpose.
Cyber Security Summit 2010 Thursday 11th November
Security Summit 2010 taking place on Thursday 11th November at the
QEII Conference Centre,
In an effort to increase the IT security skills in the
Cyber Security 2010
Summit will help the education
sector raise standards by demonstrating the value of getting
involved and providing young people with a formal route to becoming a
recognised and respected information security professional. With representation from the Office of
Cyber Security, GCHQ, CBI, NPIA, SOCA, the Information Security Awareness
Forum and CREST, this event will put you in front of the
The event is also CPD certified so will count towards your professional development. Full conference details can be found at: http://www.cybersecuritysummit.co.uk/
EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) Various
The EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) offers a comprehensive portfolio of flexible support mechanisms designed for EPSRC researchers to overcome barriers as they arise in all of the possible routes to exploitation and application of their EPSRC research base. The Manchester KTA has seen 5 calls for proposals since its start in October 2009.
The University’s KTA Operations Board is pleased to announce the 6th call for proposals for funding under the following mechanisms:
The closing date for applications to this next call is 10 November 2010, 12pm (noon).
Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis by the University’s Knowledge Transfer Schemes Panel. In this funding round, the panel expect to fund 2 Exploration Secondments, 5 Exploitation Secondments and 5 Concept Development and Feasibility Studies.
Academics are eligible to apply for funding from the KTA if they hold a current or closed EPSRC grant, provided the proposed project will support the application or exploitation of their EPSRC-funded research.
Further information about the different KTA schemes, guidance notes and application forms are available online. Please note that guidance notes and application forms are regularly updated; please download the latest versions from the website.
Prior to submitting an application, academics are strongly advised to contact a member of the KT Team for advice and guidance as soon as possible at:
Forthcoming deadlines for applications include 23 February and 5 May 2011. There is an ongoing and regular application process for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
Towards exaflop applications (TEXT)
Funding Body: EC