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24 February 2014


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Steve Furber wins the BCS Lovelace Medal

Steve Furber has been awarded the prestigious BCS Lovelace Medal. The Lovelace medal was established in 1998 and is administered by the Awards Committee of the BCS Academy of Computing.

The Lovelace medal is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of Computing.

Windows installation                                                                                     

The first of the new double glazed opening windows are being installed by the goods lift on the 2nd floor of the Kilburn Building. All of the 2nd floor windows that face into the courtyard will be replaced. This will inevitably cause disruption to the occupants when their windows are changed and to everyone else through noise. Hopefully the improved heat insulation and the ability to open the windows will compensate for the disturbance. If this experiment goes well we hope that Estates will replace other windows in the Kilburn building. 

WiSET Event – Build your self confidence                                     March 3rd

WiSET (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) Event, Monday 3 March 2014 University Place, Room 4.204, 14:00-15:30

This workshop aims to boost confidence and self-belief, questioning why we lack confidence, asking for perceptions of confidence and how we can tackle confidence. The session will be facilitated by Stephanie Walters, Staff Training and Development Unit, who has extensive experience in delivering assertiveness training to staff across our University. Men are welcome.

Go to to view the programme.

Annual May Ball                                                                                 May 9th

CSSOC has announced this year’s May Ball "Computer Science, Languages, and Religion & Theology bring you The Midnight Masquerade May Ball." The LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS is Thursday 27th February,

Announcements and news

Ramp up the Red event success

We have finally finished counting the pennies from the Ramp Up the Red day after a few late donations.  Between ourselves, Chemical Engineering and the Student Services Centre we raised a whopping £405.96 for the British Heart Foundation!








Abseiling for The Christie

Bryony Quick will be abseiling from the top of the Manchester United Football Stadium on 23 March to raise funds for the important Christie charity.  Support your secretary at the link below!



Current and Future uses of Semantic Web Technologies at the BBC           

                                                                                                       26 Feb 14

Dr Yves Raimond, BBC Research & Development

14:00, lecture theatre 1.4, Kilburn building

More information

IET and BCS Turing Lecture 2014                                                   26 Feb 14

17:30-21:30, Lecture Theatre A, University Place, The University of Manchester

Register for the prestigious Manchester Turing Lecture: Beyond Silicon and much, much more by Dr Bernard Meyerson, VP Innovation and IBM Fellow.

WiSET – Build your self-confidence WiSET (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology)                                                                              3 Mar 14

14-15:30, Room 4.204, University Place

This workshop aims to boost confidence and self-belief, questioning why we lack confidence, asking for perceptions of confidence and how we can tackle confidence. The session will be facilitated by Stephanie Walters, Staff Training and Development Unit, who has extensive experience in delivering assertiveness training to staff across our University.


We will also hear personal stories from three of our leading ladies, Prof Helen Gleeson (Physics and Astronomy), Dr Alice Bows-Larkin (MACE) and Dr Aline Miller (CEAS).


You are invited to join us on the day, booking not essential. If you would like to book please email Helen Dutton or go to:


Men are also welcome to join!

Horizon 2020 Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies (LEIT) Surgeries

5 March 2014     10am – 12pm     B18b Sackville Street Building

6 March 2014     1pm – 3pm          Council Chamber, Sackville Street Building

25 March 2014   10am – 12pm     B18b Sackville Street Building

26 March 2014   2pm – 4pm          B18b Sackville Street Building


Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) is a key element of Horizon 2020 and aims to support the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors.  Liz Fay and the Business Engagement Team will be holding surgeries throughout March to provide expertise to interested H2020 participants from both the EU position (what is required for a proposal) but also from a Business Engagement point of view especially regarding the issue of increased Technology Readiness Level (TRL).  The Business Engagement team will be able to provide some insight into what is expected for success when TRLs are close to market.


The surgeries will begin with an introduction from Liz Fay and the Business Engagement Team; you may then book individual 10 minute slots.  Please contact Rupa Sharma to book a slot for your preferred date and time.

External Horizon 2020 events                                                            Various

Details on upcoming events are available, including focuses on graphene, HBP and FET.

EPSRC early career researcher funding internal seminar                 6 Mar 14

11-13:00, University Place 4.213

Alex Casson (EEE), supported by Caroline Jay (CS), invites all self-defined 'early career researchers' to an internal seminar to share information on EPSRC funding especially in the ICT theme.

This internal dissemination session is being run to spread the EPSRC messages further, to help researchers who couldn't attend the recent EPSRC events, and to build on the current early career researcher networks within the university.

Please email if you wish to attend.

Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award 2014                       7 Mar 14

·       Registration closing date: 7 March 2014

·       Event: 13 March 2014, 17:30-21:30, UoM

·       Closing date: 12:00 11 April 2014


The Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award, in association with Sir Andre Geim, is a £50k annual award to help establish new enterprises in graphene at The University of Manchester.

The competition is open to both individuals and teams. Teams can contain up to 6 people but at least 50% of the team must be PhD students, Postdoctoral Research Associates or alumni of the University who graduated in either 2012 or 2013.

To register for the networking event, email Lisa Heywood.

Emerging Technology Conference for Scientific Computing           11 Apr 14

Scientific computing has advanced rapidly in recent years enabling modelling and simulations that are groundbreaking and revolutionary in their scope and accessibility.  The emergence of novel hardware has been key to this development (GPUs, hybrid chips, FPGAs, multi-cores, etc.) placing the power of supercomputers from 5-10 years ago inside our mobile devices.  The hardware being developed by the major vendors continues apace however, faster than the scientific and industrial communities can keep up! To address this need, we are launching a new conference at the University of Manchester focusing on how to exploit and optimise Emerging Technology (EmiT) for scientific computing.  We are bringing together leading key figures in the scientific computing community, the end users of new software & hardware in industry and the vendors including INTEL, nVidia, mathworks to discuss all these issues.


We invite you to join us at this 1-day inaugural event and be part of the exciting collaboration between all the major players to lead the next generation of ideas and development.

Event website


Funding Opportunities

Research Support Office

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There is information about support for grant writing, submission and successful examples at and through EPS. The EPS blog The Word contains features News, Events and comment relevant to Postgraduate Researchers, Research Staff and Supervisors or PIs.


Important: Changes in EU Funding Opportunities

Information sessions and draft documents are becoming available for Horizon2020 (the successor of FP7 EU programme). EU research funding is important for the School so please keep an eye-out for information – calls are expected to open at the end of the year.


Reminder - H2020 drafts available

EU funding-related documents are placed by the University's EU team at:
The easiest way to find these documents is to search using the keyword: 'Horizon 2020'

A great resource recommended by the ICT National Contact Point is, which also provides handy overview documents.

Reminder - EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account – 5th call                5 Mar 14

Closing date: 12 pm 5 March 2014


The 5th IAA call for proposals is open. Funding is for research based on EPSRC funded research:

·       Relationship Incubator Scheme – To develop early stage contact and strategic alignment between business and academics

·       Concept Development and Feasibility Study Scheme – To bridge the gap in support for early stage commercialisation of ideas

·       Exploitation Secondment Scheme and Academic Secondment Scheme - To increase the exchange of knowledge through mobility of people between the University and user organisations


Simon Harper and Sean Bechhofer have both previously been successful in IAA calls.


Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS)       

                                                                                                       18 Mar 14

Outline deadline: 16:00 18 March 2014

The MRC’s DPFS funds (£250k min., normally 2 yr) academic-led pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” clinical studies. DPFS scheme supports projects whose goals are to improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of significant health needs, or that focus on developing research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions including:

·       Developing and testing novel devices

·       Developing and testing diagnostics

Biomedical Catalyst                                                                        28 May 14

Registration deadline: 28 May 2014

Closing date: 4 June 2014

The TSB and MRC Biomedical Catalyst programme has funding available (£250k–2.4M) for Early and Late stage awards to support SME-led collaborations with academia, to develop solutions for:

·       disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions

·       earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease leading to marked improvements in patient outcomes

·       highly effective treatments that are tailored to patients' needs and either modify the underlying disease or offer potential cures.

Support is available for projects arising from any sector or discipline that are aimed at addressing healthcare challenges. Example solutions may include (not limited to); stratified healthcare (both therapy and diagnostic components), regenerative medicine, diagnostics, eHealth and mHealth solutions, enabling medical technologies and devices.


Featured Research Outcomes


Did you know… papers featured in the newsletter also go on display in the Kilburn Building (outside 2.7)? Send your new publications to Robert Stevens so that more people get to know about your research.



Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.