School of Computer Science
12 Sept 2011
Computer Engineering Post
John Bainbridge, whose previous connection with the school included the winning of the BCS Best Thesis competition, returned to the school as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Engineering, from 1st September.
Academic Management Tree
Various staff departures and role changes imply the need for an update to the management tree. Rather than doing this on a rolling basis, the following link is to a proposed tree for 1st November – please let me know if there are any items in this that you would prefer to see changed.
Undergraduate Admissions Update
Following on from last week’s article, through a series of means (late receipt of grades, insurance offers coming through, etc), we are now closer to target than anticipated, and now perhaps expect to miss our home target by only around 5 students. This is a significant achievement given that the university has not been in clearing and that we are essentially accepting only ABB students and better.
Images of Research Photography Competition 19 Sep 11
Snap! Calling All Researchers! Using a single inspiring photographic image and short description can you illustrate your research to the general public? Can that image show how your research contributes to a sustainable future, how it benefits society, or how your research makes a difference? We invite the research community at The University of Manchester to take part in the Images of Research Photography Competition. The theme of this year's competition is Visions of Sustainability and you can enter your image in one of the following categories: People, Environment, or Culture. The image could be anything that captures attention but must be related to your research. Each submission must include a 150 word abstract including an interesting title, a description of the picture and the benefits of the research. You must ensure the abstract uses plain English and is jargon-free. The Public Will Decide! In the lead up to the Manchester Science Festival in October, shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the John Rylands Library Deansgate and online. The general public will be invited to vote for the best image and associated abstract.
Prizes: First prize: £250 Amazon vouchers | Runners up per category: £100 Amazon vouchers | Highly commended: £50 high street vouchers
Who Can Enter? Open to academics, research fellows, postdoctoral research associates, postgraduate research students and research technical support staff including experimental officers across all disciplines at The University of Manchester.
Submission Details: Submissions close 19 September 2011, 12pm (BST). One submission per entrant. So get snapping, we look forward to seeing the wonder of your research. Competition Details
University of Manchester: Headstart 9 11 Nov 11
We are now arranging the ninth running of HEADSTART, the University of Manchester's Leadership Development Programme. Completed applications should be endorsed by the candidate's HOS/line manager and Dean/Director as set out in the brochure link below. Applications should be sent to Emma Rygielska in STDU by 11 November. If a hard copy of this information is required, please contact Emma. If you require any more information about the Headstart programme please contact Paul Dixon.
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RAofE - Engineering Enterprise Fellowships 21 Oct 11
The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a new scheme, Engineering Enterprise Fellowships, which provide funding and support to outstanding entrepreneurial researchers, working in UK Universities, to enable them to spend 12 months developing the commercial potential of their research.
Deadline for applications is Friday 21 October 2011. Further details are available here
Royal Society University Research Fellowships 15 Sep 11
Aims: To provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. This scheme is very competitive with an average success rate of 7.6%.
Subjects covered: All areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience by the time they apply, we will not accept applicants who have just submitted their PhD. Applicants are expected to be at an early to mid-stage of their career (between three to eight years of research experience since their PhD) at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must either:
• be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), i.e. European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein; or a Swiss citizen
• or have a relevant connection to the EEA or
Switzerland (a relevant connection can be established if an individual has a
PhD from a university in the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked as a research
scientist in a university or research institute in the EEA or Switzerland for
at least the past two years, or has done so before taking up an appointment
outside the EEA or Switzerland).
Length of tenure: Initially funding is provided for five years followed by an extension of three years. In exceptional circumstances the Society can consider a further extension taking the fellowship to a maximum of 10 years. Available from 1 October 2012.
Place of tenure: Fellowships must be held in a UK university or not-for-profit research organisation (except for Research Council Institutes).
Value: Provides funding to cover the research fellow's salary costs, estates costs and indirect costs. Under the full economic costing model, 80 per cent of these costs will be met by the Royal Society. Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter) will also be provided. The Research Fellowship provides researchers with maximum flexibility and can be held part-time, and allows sabbaticals, secondments or international experience.
More information Closing date for approved applications: 15 September 2011
Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award
Subjects Covered: Built environment, clean technology, energy and nanoscience/nanotechnology. One award in each round will be specifically in the general field of electrotechnology (including telecommunications and IT systems), and this award is supported by the ERA Foundation.
The Brian Mercer Feasibility Award is open to applicants of any nationality
who have a PhD (or are of equivalent standing in their profession), who hold
a substantive post in a UK university or not-for-profit research organisation
and who will be in post for at least the duration of the project. The project
must commence within three months of the date of notification.
Length of Tenure: Awards are not expected to exceed 12 months in duration.
Value of Grant: Up to £30,000 (this figure includes VAT where applicable).
Number Offered: We have funds for 3 awards in the fields of built environment, clean technology, energy and nanoscience and nanotechnology, and one award in the field of electrotechnology. Once all awards have been made, the round will close. More Information
Opening Information: 30 August 2011. These awards now operate on a rolling round, awards assessed on a first come, first served basis. Once all awards have been made, the round will close.
Royal Society Research Grants
Aim: This scheme provides ‘seed corn' funding for
new projects initiated by research scientists at an early stage of their
career (within the first 5 years). The objective of the scheme is to increase
the availability of specialised equipment, consumable materials and services,
and to support essential field research. The scheme also provides support for
research in the history of science or to assist with publication of scholarly
works in the history of science.
Length of tenure: The grant is for a period of 12 months
Place of tenure: UK University or not-for-profit research organisation (except for Research Council Institutes).
Value: For all subject categories, up to £15,000 (including VAT) is available for the purchase of specialised equipment, essential consumable materials and services. Up to £5,000 (including VAT) is available for the publication of scholarly works in the history of science. For further information regarding admissible costs, please refer to the 2011/R1 scheme notes, which will be available on the website when the round opens.
Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to undertake a collaboration with scientists overseas through either
one-off visit or bilateral travel.
Research Awards top
Integrated systems biology study of the control of protein synthesis capacity and fitness in a eukaryotic microbe
Funding Body: BBSRC
Enabling High-performance Statistical Computing in R on Hybrid GPU and Multicore Architectures
Funding Body: EPSRC