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  • Department of CS newsletter

    Published: Wednesday, 29 June 2022

    Weekly newsletter for the Department of CS

    [ top ]News and announcements

    Congratulations to Caroline Jay 

    Caroline has been named as one of the  Top 50 Women in Engineering 2022 in the Guardian today, see the link below:

    See also

    Congratulations Caroline!

    gravatar Sarah Chatwin

    [FSE-ENGINEERING] Launch of New Online Form for Export Control Enquiries

    Dear colleagues,

    The ECC Team is launching a new online form to gather the initial information required to assist with enquiries from Researchers across the University.

    During the last few months, the ECC Team has been working with IT to change the systems we use for interacting with Researchers and for storing the cases’ information. In phase one, we are implementing a move away from using various Word documents to using “Microsoft Forms”. The new online “form” will be a consolidated single form that will have various sections covering the various old Word questionnaires. Guidance is available here.

    We hope you will find this online process more user friendly and less time-consuming. Instead of downloading a Word form, completing it, and then emailing it to the ECC Team, you now only need to submit an ECC request via the online form and the team will contact you in due course.

    This change comes as the initial step in moving into a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system which is due to be implemented in the ECC Team in the near future.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

    gravatar Marion Morris

    [ top ]Events

    Conference: Centre for Digital Trust and Society: Anniversary Forum

    Date: 6th July | 09:30 - 17:00 (Manchester Hyatt Regency Hotel)

    Forum topics will include:

    The Centre for Digital Trust and Society was launched in 2021 to focus interdisciplinary research expertise at the University of Manchester on the barriers and enablers of trust in digital technologies. The Forum brings together interdisciplinary researchers and partners from the public sector, industry to shape the Centre's future of activity and research. Researchers with interests in trust, privacy and security issues in the digital space are welcome to join for an engaging day of talks, including panels on:

    • Digital inclusion and identity
    • Future data, future tech
    • Cybersecurity in the workplace

    To book your place, please visit the event page.

    gravatar Marion Morris

    The SNIPPET project

    “The SNIPPET project on secure and privacy-friendly P2P electricity trading is hosting a school in Chania (Crete) from 17-21 October. The program is composed of leading experts from academia and industry and spans different disciplines: power engineering, cybersecurity, data protection and analytics, economics and law!

    More information about the speakers, the program and the 5* venue:”

    gravatar Marion Morris

    STFC Public Engagement Training: Interact 2022

    Register by: 04-Sep-2022
    Event: 14-Sep-2022 (Cardiff)

    This event, 'Interact 2022 – An Engagement Symposium for the Physical Sciences' which spans the physical sciences, offers something for everyone with an interest in improving their public engagement capabilities.

    Organisers: STFC, IOP, SEPnet, RAS, Ogden Trust and Cardiff University


    The Eventbrite listing for this free event includes full details:


    gravatar Sarah Chatwin

    Machine Learning 4 Music Event Series: 27-28 June 2022

    ML4M Presents Unsupervised 2: Talks/Presentation @The HIVE

    Monday 27th June 13:00-18:00

    Join ML4M for a meet-up at The HIVE space at the Alliance Manchester Business School, where they will be presenting talks and demonstrations by Ricardo Climent (NOVARS / University of Manchester), Bofan Ma (PRiSM / RNCM), Jason Dominguez (Computer Science, UoM), Tom Baker (Computer Science / UoM) and others, on the creative uses of Artificial Intelligence in music composition and performance.

    You will also have the opportunity to experience Chris Rhodes new immersive Augmented Reality Work, Membrana Neopermeable.

    Book here:

    ML4M presents Unsupervised 2: Live @IABF, Manchester

    Tue 28th June, 18:00-21:00

    Join ML4M for an exciting concert of new works that explore how machine learning is changing and challenging human creativity (and vice versa!).

    Unsupervised 2 will feature new works by:

    Concert 1: 18:00 - 19:00

    Megan Steinberg, Bofan Ma, Tasos Asonitis, Zakiya Leeming

    Concert 2: 19:30 - 20:30

    Hungshuo Fan, Melanie Wilson, Nina Whiteman & Ricardo Climent.


    gravatar Sarah Chatwin

    MRC Visit to the University

    Event: 13-Jul-22, 13:45 – 15:00 (Michael Smith Lecture Theatre)

    The Medical Research Council are visiting the University to discuss strategy and funding. As part of this visit we are extremely pleased that MRC are able to conduct a presentation that will be open to all academics and researchers at the University of Manchester, alongside invited local industry. The presentation will cover an overview of MRC’s current strategic priorities, funding opportunities, how to effectively engage with MRC, tips for successful applications and information on partnerships. This session will also provide ample opportunity for attendees to ask MRC questions directly.

    There is a limited amount of space in the lecture theatre, so to help us manage numbers please register

    For further information please contact: FBMH Research Development Manager, Daniel Jameson,

    gravatar Sarah Chatwin

    [ top ]PGR News

    Peripherals for PGR Laptop users

    If you are a PGR with a University laptop then you can apply for peripherals to go with it. Your supervisor must attest that no spare peripherals exist within the research group.

    You can get a monitor, keyboard, mouse, monitor adapter (if required) and laptop riser.

    To request these peripherals just fill out the online form.

    gravatar Simon Harper

    [ top ]Research Funding Opportunities

    MRC Better methods, better research

    Deadline: 09-Nov-2022 (two rounds a year)

    We are seeking research projects of up to £625k within the remit of MRC or NIHR that includes at least one of the following project categories:

    • Methodology research
    • Improving methods used
    • Improving research outputs

    Research themes in scope include:

    • health psychology, behaviours and social science for health
    • digital health
    • research on health research amongst many others


    gravatar Sarah Chatwin

    RAEng “Research Chairs/Senior Research Fellowships” – internal review process

    Internal deadline: EoP 21-Jul-2022 to
    Funder deadline: 07-Sep-2022

    We have agreed a light touch internal review process for submissions to this call where prospective applicants need to provide an outline (2 sides A4 max) detailing the following:

    1.       Goals and objectives

    2.       Methodology and key deliverables

    3.       Details of proposed industry support (please note it is not necessary to submit a finalised support letter from your industrial partner at this stage)

    4.       Beneficiaries and impact of research

    5.       Fit with University research and investment strategy

    6.       Plans for self-sustainability once RAEng funding has ended

    Please contact asap if you plan to apply.

    The 2 page outlines should be sent to by EoP 21st July 2022.

    Outlines will be reviewed by a Faculty panel.

    Potential candidates will receive feedback/approval to submit by the 5th August, which then allows those interested to apply for mentoring support from RAEng, which has a deadline of 9th August.

    Any queries regarding applications to this scheme should be referred to your Research Support Manager in the first instance.

    To note:

    o   Research Chair applicants should be a professor or equivalent, Senior Research Fellowships applicants should be a Reader or Lecturer level or equivalent.

    o   Research Chairs/Senior Fellowships scheme requires at least £250k industry contribution over 5 years.

    o   All awards made in this round must start 1 March 2023.

    gravatar Sarah Chatwin

    MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

    The 2022 call for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open.

    The deadline for submission is listed as 14/09/22.

    Successful projects are expected to start from March 2023.

    Academics who would like to support an applicant in submitting an application with the University of Manchester as the Host Institute are asked to inform their Head of Department at the earliest opportunity, and to notify their Research Support contact no later than 15/08/22.


    Who can apply?

    ·       Researchers with a formally awarded PhD degree at the time of the deadline for application

    ·       Researchers with a maximum of eight years active experience in research

    ·       Researchers must not have resided for carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the deadline.

    ·       Researchers who are resubmitting from 2021 must have received an evaluation score >70%

    ·       Types of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

    ·       European:  Open to all nationalities  -  Duration: 12-24 months

    ·       Global:  Open to nationals/long-term residents of EU member states or Horizon Europe Associated countries  -  Duration: 24-36 months


    What does funding cover:

    ·       Living and mobility allowance

    ·       [if applicable] Family, long-term leave and special needs allowances

    ·       Research, training and networking activities

    ·       Management and indirect costs


    Useful information for applicants/supervisors:

    ·       The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship call page

    ·       The Information for Applicants document for this call – including Section 8: “Calculation of 8-years research experience in Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe

    ·       The EU Funding & Tender Manual

    ·       The UKRO NCP page, the UKRO call page, and the UKRO latest update on UK participation in Horizon Europe

    ·       Links to UKRO webinar recordings on Overview and Eligibility RulesPractical Matters and Process for Submission and Evaluation.

    gravatar Sarah Chatwin

    [ top ]Sustainability and Green Impact News

    Sustainable Futures Seminar Series

    7 July | Final event | Register here

    Dr Johan Oldekop, Senior Lecturer in Environment & Development, Global Development Institute

    Talk title: Complex policies for complex landscapes: Understanding relative social and environmental outcomes of conservation interventions

    Designing and implementing policy interventions that jointly address social and environmental challenges remains an urgent and intractable problem. Our understanding of the relative effects and interactions of different interventions that co-occur in space and time, and how their multiple impacts are influenced by broader socio-economic changes remains limited due four key research limitations. I show how the combination of large-scale social and environmental datasets and techniques that emulate randomised control trials can generate a more nuanced understanding of the relative effects and interactions of multiple conservation and development interventions on social and environmental outcomes.

    Dr Rose Pritchard, Presidential Academic Fellow in Social-Environmental Systems, The Global Development Institute

    Talk title: Just transitions in a data-fied world: data justice in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration

    Advances in digital technologies have transformed the kinds of data available about rural landscapes and the ways that data can be used in conservation research and practice. While this creates exciting opportunities, often forgotten is that data are never entirely neutral. The kinds of data collected, and the uses to which these data are put, reflect the different sets of values and relationships of power shaping conservation landscapes. This means that data could be used to advance equitable, impactful conservation efforts, or alternatively could serve to reinforce unjust conservation practices harmful to particular peoples, species, or ecosystems.

    gravatar Marion Morris

    gravatar Marion Morris
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