News from the Head of School
Meet the President on Tuesday this week
The President and Vice-Chancellor’s Visit to the
School of Computer Science will take place between 2.30 – 4.00 pm on Tuesday,
12 March 2013. Students are encouraged to attend the open student meeting at
3:00 in Kilburn 2.15, staff are encouraged to attend
the open meeting for staff at 3:30 in Kilburn 2.15.
Note that staff may not attend the student
My Manchester is coming...
The University is running a pilot for My
Manchester, the framework for the delivery of all online resources to staff,
including tools and in-house applications. If you have opinions about how the
University’s online resources and tools should work, then please do register
for the pilot – you will get a chance to make your views heard by trying it
out while it is being developed. To find out more and register for the pilot
go to: http://www.itservices.manchester.ac.uk/mwe/pilot/
It’s Wellbeing Week in the University: http://www.sport.manchester.ac.uk/wellbeing-be-calm
Tony McDonald is keen for staff to try massage for aches and pains.
Information about massages was sent by email to all staff in CS 4th
March, please let Tony know if you try it out.
International Conference on Systems Man,
and Cybernetics Oct 2013
The 2013 IEEE International Conference on
Systems Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) will be at the
Midland Hotel Manchester in October 2013. The conference covers many topics
of interest to the School including: Enterprise Information Systems, Systems
Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Brain and Cognitive
Engineering, Data and Information Fusion, Evolutionary Algorithms and Computing,
Knowledge-Based Systems, Machine Learning, Medical Informatics, Natural
Language Processing, Neural Networks, Pattern Recognition, Semantic Web
Cognitive Computing, Haptics and Teleoperation Human, and Human-Computer
Interaction. See http://www.smc2013.org/
Nature Biotechnology paper in the news
A Nature Biotechnology paper on
mapping human metabolism in health and disease for personalised medicine with
several authors in the School has featured in the news. The paper is here: http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nbt.2488.html
Authors from the School include Neil
Swainston, Duncan Hull,
Daniel Jameson and Pedro Mendes.
Pedro Mendes has featured on the
University news pages on the web:
He also spoke about it on BBC Radio Manchester’s Beswick at Breakfast.
- building links with funders
has made some funding available to encourage staff to build links with
funders and to understand more about upcoming research areas and
opportunities. Funding is available to cover costs associated with events and
meetings, where increased knowledge will benefit the School. Recent examples
include Ross King’s attendance at one of the EPSRC’s Regional Sessions for
Researchers in ICT and Kung-Kui’s attendance at an ARTEMIS brokerage event.
funding should be emailed to Robert
Stevens for approval. There is a requirement to report-back findings to
Network+ Smart Spaces & Diversity workshop 11 Mar 13
11 Mar 2013,
This rescheduled IT as a Utility Network+ Smart
Spaces & Diversity workshop focuses on how IT as a Utility enables
rapid progress to be made in designing and constructing smart environments
that are inherently adaptable to the multiple needs and preferences of the
inhabitants. Speakers include Prof. Lizbeth Goodman, UCD Chair of Creative
Technology Innovation, Professor of Education (Design for Inclusion) and
Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy.
Computing in Teaching 14-15
There are still free places available at this year’s HEA Computing ‘New in Teaching’ event to
be held next week. The two-day workshop will be held at the MacDonald Hotel,
Manchester on 14 & 15 March from lunch-time to lunch-time. This
event is held exclusively for Computing academics, (or post-graduates set on
an academic career in Computing) but is not restricted to those who are new
to teaching. It will focus on new and exciting developments in teaching that
are relevant to both new and established staff.
Attendance is free and includes lunch on both days
together with an evening meal on March 14. Accommodation is not included but
is available at a reduced rate at the MacDonald.
The full agenda and registration details are available at:
Summer School 2013 – nominations welcome 17
Closing date: midnight
17 Mar 2013
The 9th annual UK
Energy Research Centre (UKERC) Summer School is targeted at 2nd
year PhD students from a range of disciplines engaged in energy-related
research, including technical, physical, social, economic, environmental and
business aspects of energy and energy systems. 100 places are available for
UK and international students and the School runs on 7-12th
July 2013 at the University of Warwick.
Supervisors are invited to nominate students to attend.
There is no charge for registered research students to attend; UKERC will
provide accommodation and all meals and materials for activities.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Deadline for registration is Friday 15 March.
Please register and detail dietary requirements to Lynn Davies.
12.30-1.15: Lunch and networking
1.15-1.45: Higher Education Academy Advisors
1.45-2.00: Introduction from the Associate Dean for
Teaching and Learning
2.00-2.45: Parallel sessions
2.45-3.15: Refreshments and networking
3.15-4.00: Parallel sessions
4.00-4.30: Plenary discussions and action plans
Presenters for Parallel Sessions:
responsiveness and relationship: using rich media materials to enhance
teaching of core concepts … Fiona Saunders (MACE)
learning, challenges and opportunities’… Andy Gale (MACE)
‘Textiles has talent’: enhancing delivery, content and assessment of
professional and employability skills…Liz Barnes (Materials)
employability enhancement: the use of surveys to establish efficacy’… Frances
Journey’: a web resource to help students to acclimatise to the expectations
of the University of Manchester and expectations in the UK…Mark Hughes
to first year UG students in Mathematics in EEE’… Fumie Costen (EEE)
blended approach to embedding employability skills and global societal
responsibility: an NTFS study through a Masters unit in managing humanitarian
aid projects’… Bland Tomkinson (MACE)
‘Learning styles: variations amongst students; differences between cultures
and disciplines’… Frances Hill (MACE)
impact of research, reading and training on 1st Year UG student
performance: dealing with plagiarism’… David Schultz (EAES)
views on aspects of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’… (Students from
Physics and Astronomy)
difference in the conceptual understanding of Newtonian mechanics: a UK
cross-institution comparison’… Marion Birch & Niels Walet (Physics)
Data Forum annual meeting (EDF2013) 8-9 Apr 13
Closing date: 8-9 Apr
Industry, research, policymakers and community initiatives
will come together to discuss the emerging opportunities around Data
Economy, and Big, Linked and Open Data challenges. EDF2013 will involve networking and
presentations from invited high-level keynote speakers and from those
selected from an open call for contributions.
is free of charge.
Please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is information about support for grant writing and
submission at http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/reso/
Royal Society Industry Fellowships 05 Apr 13
Closing date: 5 Apr 2013
Fellowships are available for academics wanting to work on a
collaborative project with industry (or not-for-profit research organisation)
and vice versa. Funding provides
the applicant’s basic salary whilst on secondment and limited research
expenses (up to £2,000 per year) for up to 2 years prop rata. This scheme
does not have an interview-round and results are expected around 5 months
Biology China Partnering Awards 30
Closing date: 4pm 30
The BBSRC, EPSRC and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
are inviting proposals in Synthetic
Biology (incl. ICT) for partnering awards with China. 5 co-funded Synthetic
Biology China Partnering Awards are available, lasting up to 4 years and
at a value for UK partners of up to £25k. Applicants must hold a
current EPSRC or BBSRC grant. The aim of a Partnering Award is to provide
pump-priming, enabling UK research groups to embark on creating links with
overseas scientists and forge long-term relationships, so funds can only be
used for travel, subsistence and other networking or collaborative
Industrial Secondments Scheme 13 May
Closing date: 5pm 13
Academy of Engineering’s Industrial Secondment Scheme is now open for
academics to gain up to date knowledge and first-hand experience of current
industry working practices and pursue a research project hosted in industry.
The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines including ICT, covering
pro-rata salary cost for up to six months full-time or part-time (up to 1
year). All secondments must start before 30 Nov 2013.
Newton International Fellowship 10
Closing date: 10 Apr
Royal Society Newton
International Fellowship are for non-UK scientists who are at an
early stage of their research career (no more than 7 yrs of active full time
postdoc experience upon application) and wish to conduct research in the UK.
Fellowships last for 2 yrs from Jan 2014 and approximately 40 are available,
although they are incredibly competitive. Funding consists of: £24k per annum
for subsistence costs; up to £8k per annum research expenses; a one-off
relocation payment; and a limited contribution to the overheads incurred, at
a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.