News from the Head of School
PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) facilitates
learning through mentoring from students in higher years. This year’s PASS
leaders have doubled the attendance rate of first year students at the weekly
sessions and developed the activities for second years, providing a mixture
of sessions on particular themes, such as course unit options, finding an
industrial placement and exam technique, with drop-in clinics for academic
support. This year has also seen the first session for third years, giving
them the opportunity to talk to current MSc and PhD students about
post-graduate study. All these activities are almost entirely organized and
run by student volunteers and have been very beneficial to students. In
recognition of their contribution the School invited the PASS leaders to a
meal at the Red Hot World Buffet on Deansgate.
– you might win an iPad
The University aims to achieve at least a 50%
completion rate for its staff survey this year so that it can have some
confidence that the results are properly representative of staff opinions.
The survey is being operated independently of the University to ensure
confidentiality. You should have received an email asking you to complete the
survey, the email address that the message came from should have been ‘Surveys,
Staff’ and the subject line should have been ‘University of Manchester Staff
Survey’. More information can be found at: http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/news/display/?id=9681
Please take some time to complete the survey.
You will be entered into a raffle for one of 6 iPads.
Comic Relief Fun
As you can see from the delightfully
dressed denizens of CS/IT in the picture
below the School held a fancy dress day on
Friday 15th March to raise funds for Comic Relief. The theme was comic or film characters and
I hope you will agree that they earned the money!
A Message from the Dean: EPS Acting
Associate Dean for Research
“Following Hugh McCann’s
departure, I have asked Professor Steve Yeates (School of Chemistry) to be
Acting Associate Dean for Research in the faculty (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/Stephen.yeates/personaldetails).
In the first instance I have
asked Steve to concentrate on REF to ensure that we do not lose momentum in
this area. I hope that you will join
me in supporting Steve in his new role.”
Consultation on future directions
Contributions to the FET 2012
(Oct-Dec) consultation on key science and technology areas for the future are
to view and comments may still be submitted. The EC have acknowledged
that the consultation has a relevance that goes beyond FET and may be useful
in shaping some of the other parts of the future Horizon 2020 Work programmes
so please take some time to have your
say by liking, disliking or commenting on proposals
around your area. These results will be considered in the preparation
of the H2020 and the Work programme 2014-2015 and possibly complemented by
targeted workshops on dedicated topics.
EPSRC Advanced Materials, Robotics and
Autonomous Systems, and Energy Storage event 21
Vicky Holt is due to attend an
EPSRC information event on 21st March in London, focusing on
EPSRC’s plans for the recent capital funding received in support of Advanced
Materials, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Energy Storage. EPSRC will
inform attendees about the call and answer any questions that there may be. Please
contact Vicky if you have any questions to put forward if the chance arises.
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)
‘Embedding employability enhancement: the use of surveys to establish efficacy’…
Frances Hill (MACE)
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)
ESRC presentation 25
12pm 25 Mar 2013, John Casken Lecture Theatre,
Martin Harris Centre
Professor Paul Boyle, CEO of ESRC is giving a presentation
to all staff, outlining ESRC strategic priorities and future investment areas
going forward. For more information please contact Jared Ruff.
Please contact us through email@example.com.
There is information about support for grant writing and
submission at http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/reso/
has a total of £600k available over 3 years, with panels meeting every month
to review applications. Awards must involve at least 2 partners from UK
universities (incl. intra-University applications) and be cross-disciplinary
At least one applicant must be from the electronics community, registered and active within eFutures. The
following are available:
Travel award up to £5k
Meeting award up to £10k
Facility award up to £20k
Staff award up to £60k
Energy Storage Scoping Workshop 24
Closing date: 24 Apr
Event: 6 June 2013, Birmingham
The EPSRC is calling for participants, as part of the RCUK
Energy Programme, for a future workshop to help scope future investments in
energy storage research.
Please register for the workshop
to be able to input into the strategic direction of the UK energy storage
research community, establish priority research areas for the forthcoming
call for a SUPERGEN Energy Storage hub and consider areas for subsequent
energy storage research calls.
Research Professional is a useful search engine
for finding other funding opportunities.