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    Published: Tuesday, 02 April 2019

    Weekly newsletter for the School of CS

    [ top ]News from Head of School

    Seminar - Investment into high-tech sectors in China

    The seminar “Investment into high-tech sectors in China – Softbank strategy” given by Softbank partner has been changed to 2.00-3.00 pm on 3 April, next Wednesday in D45a Sackville Street Building. If there are not enough people, it will be in D45b. Please check both rooms.

    The seminar should be useful to our research because Softbank’s investment would indicate which sectors would be more developing.



    gravatar Karon Mee

    RAEng Chair for Mikel Lujan

    Congratulations to Professor Mikel Lujan, who  has been awarded an ARM/Royal Academy of  Engineering Research Chair in Computer Systems.

    These highly prestigious 5-year awards recognise excellence in research leadership over a sustained period, and aim to further strengthen the bond between the individual and the industrial partner.  The award reinforces Mikel's research team for the coming years, providing extensive opportunities for the School in research collaboration and knowledge transfer.
    More information about the award may be found at:

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    Staff-student "Pub Quiz"

    Thursday March 28 saw the staff Student "Pub Quiz" take place in the Common Room of the Kilburn Building. there were over 80 people in the audience, making 18 teams, and a fab time was had  by all.  The event was organised by Joe Blackmore and colleagues, the quiz host was Seb Mararu, one of our alumni. Over £250 was raised for the School's Project Malawi. Thanks to all those that attended and organised the event - and congratulations to the winning team "The Obsolescences" comprising Sean Bechhofer, Gavin Brown, Toby Howard, Duncan Hull, Jez Lloyd, Ruth Maddocks, Tim Morris and Robert Stevens.

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    CompSci online auction - for Project Malawi - now open!

    The auction is now live:

    Please get bidding to support Project Malawi - a diverse selection of merchandise is up for grabs!  More items will be added throughout the week, so keep checking and not too late if you would like to donate something.  The auction will close at 16:00:00 on Friday 5th April - if you win an item please pop to ACSO as soon as you can after it closes with the monies. 

    Contact ACSO for more information

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    [ top ]News and announcements

    C.S Library update

    See attached document for Computer Science Library update April 2019

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    New service: Open Access + Broaden your research audience with the help of the Library

    The Library has developed a new service - Open Access+ - to support researchers in identifying and effectively communicating with non-academic audiences and help generate impact, a key component of REF2021 (25%). On depositing their research papers through the Open Access Gateway, an additional tick box has now been added allowing researchers to opt in to receive enhanced support to raise the visibility of their papers once published. Researchers who tick the box will receive an email featuring social media and blog accounts that regularly link to papers within their research field, along with a link to the Broadening Audience webpage with tips and information on how to maximise impact. There is also the offer of a 1-2-1 consultation with Library staff if further support is required. The Library will also promote published research papers via its Open Access+ Twitter feed.         

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    New Open Access grant 2019-20

    For 2019-20 the University’s Open Access award from UKRI to support the Research Councils’ policy is £1.2m. The new grant year begins on 1st April and we propose continuing the first come, first served allocation model that we reverted to in December. We will continue to assess requests against funder criteria and, for fully Open Access journals, membership of the Director of Open Access Journals or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. 

    The new Open Access grant year for research papers funded by one of the UK Research Councils begins on 1st April 2019. The grant will continue to be allocated on a first come, first served basis and we anticipate that it will be possible to maintain this approach for the full grant year. Further information on Open Access funding at the University is available on the Library website.

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    The Library & Pure:

    Helping you to manage your research information with a new guide

    The Library have compiled a short guide to provide you with information about the complementary services on offer to assist with the maintenance of your information in Pure. The guide is available from the Pure Support Website.

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    Library Access

    Get easy access to Library e-resources directly from your browser! Library Access is a browser extension (available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge) that makes it easier to access electronic resource content courtesy of The University of Manchester Library. When you are off-campus, you can use the extension to read electronic journal articles, e-books, reviews and other online material provided by the Library without having to visit the Library website first.  To find out more about Library Access, including how to install it, please see here.

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    My Research Essentials

    Information about upcoming workshops and online resources can be found on the Library website. Here are just a few highlights of forthcoming workshops: 

    Open Access in 5 simple steps

    Open Access (OA) is an essential consideration for all Manchester researchers and PGRs. This bitesize workshop will explain OA and why you should be thinking about openness when undertaking and seeking to publish your research.

    Introduction to RDM in FSE

    During this workshop we will consider: effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files. Methods for working collaboratively on your data; writing a data management plan and funder requirements for managing and sharing data

    Creating and managing your ORCID

    At this session you can:


    ·         Learn more about the benefits of ORCIDs

    ·         Find out how to create your own ORCID

    ·         Discover how to easily manage your ORCID account

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Academic Engagement Librarian Gemma Smith (phone: 0161 275 6502)

    gravatar Ruth Maddocks

    [ top ]Events

    Atlas Lecture 3/04/19 14:00 KB L.T 1.4

    Flexible & Transparent Data Reuse

    • Speaker:   Prof  Paul Groth  (University of Amsterdam)
    • Host:   Carole Goble
    • 3rd April 2019 at 14:00 in KB L.T 1.4

    A central challenge in our modern information environment is how to use, integrate and repurpose data that stem from a multitude of diverse sources. Within data science, ~60-70% of the time is spent gathering, preparing, integrating, and munging data. In science, there is, for instance, the need to know which of the thousands of prior experimental records are reliable, applicable and can be reused for an experiment. In this talk, I discuss the goal of developing intelligent systems that work with people to combine and reuse data flexibly, reproducibly and transparently. I give examples from my work on flexible knowledge graph construction and taxonomy creation. I then discuss interoperable data provenance tracking to provide transparency for these sort of complex data workflows. I outline a future for using transparency to create more flexible, intelligently supported data integration and reuse environments.


    Paul Groth is Professor of Algorithmic Data Science at the University of Amsterdam where he leads the Intelligent Data Engineering Lab (INDElab). His research focuses on intelligent systems for dealing with large amounts of diverse contextualized knowledge with a particular focus on web and science applications. Previously Paul led the design of a number of large scale data integration and knowledge graph construction efforts in the biomedical domain. Paul was co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group that created a standard for provenance interchange. He has also contributed to the emergence of community initiatives to build a better scholarly ecosystem including altmetrics and the FAIR data principles.

    More info:


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    [ top ]Research Funding Opportunities

    Introduction and update on funding opportuntites

    Firstly I'd like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Melanie Macrae and I joined the School at the beginning of January covering the Research Support Manager role whilst Sarah Chatwin is on maternity leave. My background is in both pre and post award research support  I'm hoping to get the chance to meet with as many people as possible whilst looking at ways in which research activity in the school could be enhanced in terms of support. I'm based in Rm 2.126 with the Research Services Team so please feel free to come and see me or send me an email on if there's anything you would like support or advice on.

    Over the coming weeks I will be looking at the communication of funding opportunities within the School with the view of looking at the most efficient and effective way of letting everyone know about key upcoming deadlines. I hope to be able to issue updates on this in the coming issues but I would like to highlight that the Faculty Research and Business Support Services Team have updated the funding scheme planner which was previously in operation giving an overview of upcoming deadlines for the major funders. 

    The planner can be accessed via this link:



    gravatar Melanie Macrae

    [ top ]Tech Support News

    Service to Manage Restricted Data (Research Lifecycle Project S) – Upcoming Workshops

    Are you conducting research on a sensitive topic? Do you require access to sensitive or restricted data from external organisations such as the NHS, schools, the police or other government agencies? Do you work with commercially sensitive information? If so, we would like to invite you to our breakfast workshop to have a chat with us about your experience and future requirement of accessing and managing restricted data for your research. This will be your opportunity to shape how the University supports researchers who work with restricted data.

    The project to develop a service to Manage Restricted Data is part of the Research Lifecycle Programme.

    Sign up to our workshop and let us know your ideas.

    · Thursday 2 May (Kilburn Building)

    · Tuesday 7 May (Roscoe Building)

    Question: How do I know if my research uses sensitive or restricted data?
    The University classifies data into three classifications; Unrestricted, restricted and highly restricted data. The definitions for each can be found here.

    Contact the Research Lifecycle programme  RLP Team if you require further information.



    gravatar Ian Cottam

    [ top ]Social Responsibility

    Staff Benefits - WW

    Oxford Road Corridor is delighted to offer you a chance to join WW (the new weight watchers) for FREE for 12 weeks. Access to weekly wellness workshops held at the Kilburn Building every Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information and to sign up for a free place download the special promotion for more information. UoM staff can also contact Lynn Howarth for more details.

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