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  • School of CS newsletter

    Published: Monday, 23 February 2015

    Weekly newsletter for the School of CS

    [ top ]News from Head of School

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:48:05 +0000

    30 students from CS, EEE and Mechanical Engineering spent Saturday in the Kilburn building seeing what they could build in a day, and the BBC turned up to see what was going on. The day was organized by Charlie Reynolds (Y2, AI4wIE), and facilitated by the MAN-UP team and Gavin Brown, with Dirk Koch judging. Thanks to all who helped make the event possible.

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    Faculty Strategic Fund Success

    10 out of 11 of the bids submitted to the Faculty Strategic Fund were successful, with a total value of £108k. Congratulations to all who submitted bids for support of teaching, students and research in the School.

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    [ top ]News and announcements

    Steve Furber talks about REF in the Times Higher Education

    The Times Higher Education asks how the REF’s formal assessment of the impact of academic work played out in practice.  Prof Steve Furber, from the School of Computer Science, said:  “We went into the exercise somewhat concerned about how easy it would be to make sensible assessments of impact case studies, and came out rather happy and a little surprised it had turned out to be not only relatively straightforward but also quite interesting.”


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    [ top ]Events

    Reminder - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - Manchester visit

    Event: 24 Feb 2015, 13-14:00, 3.204 University Place

    Are you interested in developing or enhancing research links with Japan and obtaining funding to develop existing collaborations and establish new ones?

    Representatives from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science will give a presentation on their funding schemes. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to meet with the JSPS representatives on a one-to-one basis. 

    The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is Japan’s leading funding agency and promotes the advancement of academic research in all disciplines from social sciences and humanities to natural sciences and engineering. Additionally, JSPS administers a number of bilateral and multilateral programmes for scientific cooperation and exchange under memorandums of understanding concluded with its various counterpart foreign academic institutions around the world.

    JSPS main functions are:

    • Funding research initiatives
    • Fostering next generation of scientists
    • Advancing international collaborations

    Register through: For further information please contact Emma Dixon.  Includes lunch.

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    School Seminar: The Engine of Thought is a Hybrid

    Speaker: Prof. Aidan Feeney. Queens University Belfast

    Event: 25th Feb, 14:00, Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.4

    Host: Uli Sattler

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    [ top ]Funding Opportunities

    Developing non-animal technologies

    Call opens: 23 March 2015, noon
    Briefing event: (London): 26 March 
    Registration deadline: 29 April 2015, noon
    Expressions of interests application deadline: 6 May 2015, noon


    There will be a briefing for potential applicants  to highlight the main features of the competition and to explain the application process. Applicants are also strongly recommended to attend this event. After the expressions of interest deadline (stage 1) there will be a second stage deadline (invite only) to apply by 15 July 2015, noon.

    BBRSC, together with Innovate UK, the NC3Rs, EPSRC, and the MRC, aim to support projects that will improve the discovery (early stages when active substances and their potential uses are identified) of new human and veterinary medicines, agrochemicals and chemicals and their assurance for effectiveness and safety as they are developed.  Up to £6M (£0.5-1M ea.) will be invested in collaborative R&D projects that support the development and application of non-animal technologies in the UK.

    Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a large business partner can claim up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).

    Register on the Innovate UK website at: where there is further guidance and contact information.

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    EPSRC calls

    Resource Allocation Panel (RAB): access to ARCHER spring 2015

    Closing Date:            29 April 2015 at 16:00

    This is a call for applications for direct access to ARCHER through the Resource Allocation Panel.



    Resource Allocation Panel (RAP): top-up of ARCHER resource on EPSRC grants spring 2015

    Closing Date:            29 April 2015 at 16:00

    This is a call for applications to the Resource Allocation Panel (RAP) for “top up” ARCHER resource to meet current grant objectives


    Manufacturing fellowships 5

    Closing Date:            01 May 2015

    EPSRC are launching a fifth call in their successful Manufacturing Fellowships programme. This call is open to applicants with significant industrial experience who are looking to establish themselves in academia, or for those recently arrived into academia following a successful industrial career. Applicants are advised to discuss their plans with EPSRC in advance of submitting an application to this call. Call dates are indicative.
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    BBSRC's 'Stand-alone' LINK - working with industry

    Closing date: rolling

    LINK applications involve collaborative research with at least one UK company and one science-base partner (projects with SMEs are particularly favoured) where at least 50% of the full economic cost of the project comes from industry. Applications should be in BBSRC funding areas and for pre-competitive research that would not be undertaken in this form without LINK support.

    Essential criteria

    • The project involves collaborative research with at least one company and one research-base partner
    • Overall Government support for a project is no more than 50%
    • The application is for research that is pre-competitive in nature
    • Arrangements for ownership and exploitation of intellectual property arising from the project have been agreed by the partners
    • The project has an appropriate management framework and both the scientific and commercial deliverables are clearly defined
    • Applicants should include a letter from their university's Technology Transfer office stating that should the LINK application be funded, a collaborative agreement will be put in place with the industrial partner before commencement of the project. The letter should:

    If you are interested in submitting an application for a LINK project please contact a BBSRC Programme Manager to discuss your application.

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