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5 March 2012


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News from Head of School

Funding for books still available

There is still approximately £3000 available in the annual book budget for Computer Science library stock. Please could you let Neil Sprunt know about any new books you would like him to purchase, whether for course unit reading lists or for your own research? Also let him know if you need any extra copies of any heavily used books that we already hold, or of any research areas that he can look into in terms of new books?

Contact Neil Sprunt

Campaign to pardon Alan Turing

South Manchester MP John Leech and Lord Peter Sharkey visited the University on Friday to discuss their campaign. John Leech has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) 2660 calling for a pardon following a petition on the Downing Street Web page. The University has not expressed an opinion on this matter and is unlikely to, and the Schoolís position is the same.

The petition now has nearly 30,000 signatures:

Lord Sharkey studied Mathematics at Manchester University and was taught by Robin Gandy, Turingís pupil and executor.

Ursula Hayes: New position

Ursula has been offered the opportunity to take up the HoSA position in EEE as a development opportunity and she has decided to accept the offer. Ursula has worked in a variety of roles in the School for the past 26 years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her tremendous contribution and total commitment to the School throughout that time, as well as to wish her well in her future career.

Deanís visit to CS

The Dean will be attending the next meeting of School Board on Wednesday 14th March. All staff are encouraged to attend.


Annual Regional Public Lecture††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5 Mar 12

Nature and Nano - Itís all going on at Engineering Surfaces

18:00, 5 March 2012

Professor Anne Neville FREng FRSE

The Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Emerging Technologies

and Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering at the University of



The lecture will be followed at 7.15pm by a reception and poster competition, kindly hosted by the University. The poster competition is for early career university staff and researchers from Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds.


Admission to the lecture and reception is free of charge.

Registration is not required.

All engineering students particularly welcome.



University of Leeds, Department of Electrical Engineering, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

SUPERGEN Bioenergy challenge†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6 Mar 12

Expression of interest: The RCUK Energy programme invites EOIs to attend a workshop that aims to scope the challenges that face the deployment of bioenergy technologies for a subsequent open SUPERGEN Challenge call.


Closing Date: 06 March 2012

Rules, Inconsistencies and Nonmonotonicity†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7 Mar 12

Professor Andrzej Szalas. University of Warsaw

14:15, Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.4


Funding Opportunities

UKRO event University of Manchester†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7 Mar 12

'FP7 Future Calls, Marie Curie Prog and Horizon 2020 Insight'

Register here

REMINDER: UK Biological Engagement Programme (UKBEP): Strengthening Biological Security††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8 Mar 12

Call launch 18th January 2012, Central London, Call Closes Thursday 8th March 2012

Registration is only via the website


Collaborative Scientific Engagement between UK and Overseas Laboratories to Strengthen Biological Security: through Effective Understanding and Control of Infectious Diseases.


The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) and is the Ministry of Defenceís gateway into defence research for UK science and technology for industry, academia and other innovators.


Both natural disease outbreaks and accidental or deliberate release of infectious agents are risks to global security. Infectious diseases remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity, and social and economic disruption for millions. New and emerging diseases expose global vulnerabilities, highlighting the need for investment in policies, infrastructure, education, and training for infectious disease specialists. The UK Biological Engagement Programme aims to reduce the risk of deliberate misuse of biological materials and expertise by fostering international scientific engagement, promoting best practice in biosecurity and biosafety, and building capability for effective understanding and control of the infectious disease threat. 


The programme currently funds a variety of activities in support of these aims such as:

∑         collaborative research projects that link UK experts from government and academia with scientists overseas;

∑         training (including biosafety, biosecurity, veterinary & public health diagnostics and experimental design & analysis);

∑         development of regional biosafety associations;

∑         training and workshops in support of the aims of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.


This call invites proposals on any of the above areas of activity that link a UK institute with an overseas partner that is likely to be located in: the Former Soviet Union (particularly Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Ukraine and Tajikistan); the Middle East or North Africa. Projects will be led by the UK institute but must demonstrate significant benefit both to the programmeís aim of strengthening biological security and to the collaborating overseas partner. Preference will be given to proposals that address organisms that feature on the USAís Select Agent List ( and are of a duration of 6-12 months (with potential for extension).


The call for proposals will be launched at a seminar at the Royal Society of Medicine, One Wimpole Street, London on Wednesday 18th January 2012 (pm) and will close 1200 noon on Thursday 8th March 2012.

  • Queries relating to the technical aspects of the programme should be sent to
  • General queries can be sent to Centre for Defence Enterprise: or tel: 01235 438445.


Registration is only via the website

Further information on CDE and our other research calls is available on

MOD does not charge to attend CDE events.

Research in the Wild 2012†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 18 April 12

Expression of interest: The Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy.

Closing Date: 18 April 2012

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Sustainable manufacturing for the process industry†††††††††††††††††††††††† 18 April 12

Invitation for proposals: The Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC are to invest up to £5m in feasibility projects and collaborative research and development to encourage the development and commercialisation of innovative approaches to sustainable manufacturing.

Closing Date: 18 April 2012

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Graphene Engineering†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 19 April 12

Expression of interest: The aim of the call is to focus research on manufacturing processes and technologies linked to graphene in order to accelerate the development and generation of novel devices, applications technologies or systems.

Closing Date: 19 April 2012

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Innovative Manufacturing Processes: Flexible and Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 26 April 12

Expression of interest: This call announces funding for research programmes of up to five years in length, addressing the challenge of flexible and reconfigurable manufacturing systems.

Closing Date: 26 April 2012

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Research Awards

DOME: Delaying and Overcoming Microprocessor Errors

Funding Body: EPSRC
PI: Mikel Lujan
Award Amount: £589,625