Department of CS newsletterPublished: Friday, 06 May 2022
Weekly newsletter for the Department of CS
[ top ]News from Head of Department
The Summer degree ceremony for Computer Science is on Thursday 21st July at 2pm. Do please sign up to attend - it's a good thing for graduating students and friends and family etc to see staff from their Departments making a good show and clapping a lot.
Please click on the following link
for details and signing up.
This will take you to the Ede and Ravenscroft site where you can order gowns etc.
Eligible staff will have received an email from “People Insights" with a personal link to the Staff Satisfaction Survey. The closing date is 17 May. It's reasonably quick and does afford an opportunity to make views known.
There are two building projects beginning soon in Kilburn that may affect your everyday activities. Please note the details below:
LF8, 5 & 6 development
From the 9th May the rooms will be cleared and hoarding erected at the entrance to LF8. There will be protection fitted to the flooring from the goods lift along the LF area to LF8 as this is the corridor for debris leaving the area and for materials to be brought in. The contractors have been made aware that teaching continues to 20th May and that the exams period is 23rd May to the 10th June. There may be noisy works taking place when there is no teaching or exams – and this will affect the MLR corridor below with the academic offices.
Work is due to be completed on 18th July
Lightwell repairs in the Courtyard
From 9th May a perimeter of two metres from the glazed lightwell in the courtyard will be erected to enable repairs. The courtyard will still be usable. A motorised blind will be fitted and then the glazing will be replaced starting on the 1st June. The works are due to be finished on the 9th June.
If you encounter any problems with these project works then please let Ruth Maddocks know asap.
[ top ]Events
Event: 20 and 21 June 2022
We have already confirmed a number of excellent international speakers from a range of Data Science and AI disciplines, covering topics including:
• Explainable AI
• Multi-Modal Data Integration
• Ethical and Responsible AI
• Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing
We are now inviting submissions on a broad range of Data Science and AI-related topics.
To be considered for a short oral presentation or poster, please go the Call for contributions page to submit via the Easychair link.
A note for your diary
You are invited to a coffee and cake social event on Tuesday 17 May from 10:00 am until the cake has all gone 😊
It will be held in Staff/PGR Common Room 1.23 Kilburn Building
Do pop along and if the sun shines we can even make use of the courtyard again
We look forward to seeing you.
[ top ]PGR News
Welcome back to Kilburn!!
We will be hosting our first Friday social event on the 6th of May (yay, finally!! xD). Come join us in the Common Room at 5 pm for some drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and music. There will be pizza (hopefully😂🤞) being served from 6 pm in Atlas 1 with vegan and gluten-free options available.
We look forward to seeing you all 🤩🥳
Oh, and an early “Happy Eid!” wish to all who celebrate :)
The mentors (Kiana, Martina, Mollie, Ruba, Sara)
[ top ]Research News
The Research Lifecycle Programme's (RLP) final workshops for our RLP2 engagement with the research community will soon come to an end.
There are three workshops left which are mainly targeted at researchers to get their input on what areas of research support and infrastructure need future investment over the next 5 years. Spaces are still available on the following workshops:
- Faculty of Science and Engineering workshop (Thursday 5 May, 10 – 11:30am)
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health workshop (Wednesday 11 May, 2 – 3:30pm)
- Faculty of Humanities workshop (Thursday 12 May, 10 – 11:30am)
The RLP team want to ensure that any future investment into a second RLP is purposeful, beneficial and guided by the research community. For this reason, they need a wide range of views and ideas to shape the future of research support and infrastructure.
[ top ]Prize and award Opportunities
The Research Staff Strategy Group (RSSG) has introduced an award scheme to recognise and celebrate the achievements of research staff*.
*Research staff here is defined as someone who is either a research assistant, research associate, postdoc or research fellow (including Presidential Fellows) employed at the University on the date of the nomination being submitted.
- Research Staff of the Year (one award per Faculty)
- Best Outstanding Output by Research Staff (one award per Faculty)
- Best Outstanding Contribution to Research Impact by Research Staff (one award per Faculty) - individual or team
- Best Outstanding Contribution to the Research Staff Environment (one overall winner) - individual or team
Full information available via: https://documents.manchester.ac.uk/DocuInfo.aspx?DocID=58648
[ top ]Research Funding Opportunities
Deadline: 13th July 2022
The Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) is a combination of grants awarded to the University of Manchester by five research councils. IAA funding supports the research and innovation ecosystem to develop wider impacts from research through fast and flexible funding for early-stage knowledge exchange activities.
This year for the first time, UKRI has harmonised the IAA, with a single point of application across the participating research councils. IAA grants are available to The University of Manchester academics from AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC. IAA projects are no longer required to be directly related to previous funded research.
The UoM Knowledge Exchange Partnerships Team is pleased to announce the first Call for Proposals under the following mechanisms:
- Relationship Development Scheme (up to £10k, open call) Fostering new relationships between external partners and academic researchers, creating opportunities for collaboration and exchange of knowledge and skills
- Proof of Concept Scheme (up to £30k) Support for the very early stage of transforming research outputs into commercial and translational opportunities.
- Secondment Scheme (up to £60k) Flexible support for secondments between the University of Manchester and businesses and other organisations.
Do you have a potential project? CS has historically done well with these - for full call derails contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Knowledge Exchange Partnerships Team provide active support for the development of IAA submissions. You are strongly advised to contact us for support at least 1 month before the call closing date on the 13th July. Initial contact should be made via email@example.com (cc-in your Research Support contact).
Stage 1 deadline: 19-May-22
This scheme is open to world-class researchers (scientists and engineers) of outstanding achievement and promise.
This (up to) 10-year scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities; applications are particularly welcomed from internationally renowned researchers currently residing outside of the UK. Royal Society Research Professors requiring a visa to work in the UK are eligible for the Global Talent visa under the fast-track process of endorsement. Other visa categories are available. In line with the highly prestigious nature of the award, the Global Talent visa is designed for people who are recognised as leaders and potential leader in their field. Further details can be found on the Society's visa information page.
The Faculty would like to remind researchers that BBSRC run an annual call for midrange (£200k-£1M) bioscience equipment, usually announced in October with a short, four-week deadline. The full details of last year’s call are available here.
To build a compelling application, we would encourage applicants to start thinking about the opportunity now. This will allow sufficient time to:
• Compare different models available on the market to ensure an optimal fit to requirements
• Visit sites where the equipment is already operational, or loan a demonstration machine, to generate preliminary data supporting the case
• Assemble a broad userbase across the University (and possibly via external collaborators) to maximise impact
• Discuss with the core facilities, ensuring the equipment complements existing capabilities, and where appropriate, can benefit from their technical expertise and management systems
• Consider ongoing maintenance, and how service costs will be met – e.g. through access charges within the core facility system
• Cultivate a relationship with the manufacturer to obtain discounts, and discuss possibilities for future innovation (e.g. joint research, access to new reagents or technologies)
These national calls are highly subscribed and very competitive. Once the call is announced, we shall launch an internal triage panel to ensure our bids are as strong as possible and determine the amount of institutional commitment we can offer, based on the potential userbase and benefits across the University.
Equipment opportunities from other funders may arise at short notice, for which this work will be an invaluable head start, and also for calls later in the year from other UKRI councils.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the launch of the Office for Open Research on the 4 April, we are making funds available for the development of open research practice at the University, and we would like to encourage funding applications from all UoM staff and Postgraduate Research Students across the University.
The Office hopes to be able to fund projects in two broad areas:
- Innovations in open practice
- Developing Open Research skills
In total, around £27k is available. Our expectation is that the majority of awards made will be under £2,000. Larger sums will be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Andrew Stewart, Institutional Lead for Open and Reproducible Research. Where awards are made, they must be spent by the end of this financial year.
Proposals should be submitted via email to email@example.com and consider the following areas:
- A breakdown of the estimated costs of the project/activity
- What the project/activity will achieve and how this relates to open research
- How this will contribute to meaningful and sustainable culture change at The University of Manchester
For more information visit https://www.openresearch.manchester.ac.uk/projects/accelerator-fund/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
The scheme provides the applicant’s and/or their postdoctoral researcher's basic salary while on secondment. The employing organisation continues to pay national insurance and pension contributions.
Research expenses may be claimed up to a value of £1,000.
Awards can be for a minimum of three months or up to six months full-time or pro rata, i.e. could be held at 50% part-time for up to 12 months enabling fellows to maintain links with their employing institution more easily.
Collaborations between academia and early-stage companies are particularly encouraged. It is anticipated that the personal and corporate links established by the researcher between the two sectors in the UK will seed longer-term collaborations and contribute to their long-term future development.
Deadline: 08-June-2022 (opens annually)
Apply for up to £60k, for up to 18 months to develop new guidance on biomedical and health research methods.
The guidance should aim to:
- improve the understanding and use of better methods related to the remit of MRC or NIHR
- be accessible to those without specialist methodology knowledge.
Deadline: 16 June 2022
This funding opportunity is to fund a range of high end computing (HEC) consortia, spanning EPSRC’s remit.
This is for communities that currently gain significant benefit, or are seeing rapidly increasing benefit, from the use of high performance computers (HPC) for modelling and simulation.
There are two different funding streams:
- new or emerging consortia
- established consortia.
Apply for funding of £3-5m for up to 5 years to undertake world-leading research to advance the field of AI in the UK.
This opportunity is aimed at established researchers. International applicants are welcome. However, you must be based in the UK at an organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding to hold the fellowship.
We welcome those:
- conducting research into AI at a fundamental or theoretical level
- working at the interface between AI and another discipline.
Another round of these fellowships will open in 2023 (round three) with up to £12m available.
We are looking for aspiring entrepreneurs who have an engineering or technology idea that will help address some of today’s most pressing challenges. The programme will help participants refine their idea, make new connections, and learn the skills needed to launch a new startup. The 6 month programme (starting Sep-22) includes the following support:
- Equity-free funding of £20k towards living and business support costs
- Expert mentoring
- Training, roundtables, and events
- 1-2-1 coaching
- Recent leavers from Further Education colleges (graduated since September 2016) who have a achieved a technical qualification (engineering or related subject) at levels 3-5
- Mid-or later-career engineers or technologists who have been working in skilled jobs and are seeking a career change as an entrepreneur
Contact: Lee.Gosling@raeng.org.uk for the North West of England
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