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  • School of CS newsletter

    Published: Monday, 05 October 2015

    Weekly newsletter for the School of CS

    [ top ]News from Head of School

    Copyright and teaching materials

    The Library has developed a guide to the use of copyright material in teaching materials in response to feedback from teaching staff. The copyright ‘decision tree’ will help you to understand what you can use and when you can use it without infringing copyright. Information on copyright can be found here, the decision tree for teaching materials is here.

    Please do not make material publicly available unless you are sure that you have the right to do that.

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    [ top ]News and announcements

    Updated MRC Guidance for Applicants

    The MRC Guidance for Applicants has been published in a new and improved format:

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    Two events for schools that you are all encouraged to attend

    We shall be running two events this month for schoolteachers. CS staff and students are encouraged to come. Let me know if you intend to.


    1. Saturday October 17th, 9-4pm. Kilburn Building. The first Computing at School Conference in North-West England. Lots of computing activities and workshops for teachers. Keynote speaker is Prof. Danielle George who gave the Royal Institution televised Christmas Lectures last Christmas =>


    2. BBC and Microsoft have recently launched the Micro:Bit - another device in the Raspberry Pi and Arduino area => The device is to be given in large numbers to schools. 


    There is a workshop here given by BBC/Microsoft in the Atlas Rooms. The purpose is to train schoolteachers in the use of Micro:Bit. Wednesday 21st October c9-4 (details to be finalised).

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    Computing Britain

    The final episode of "Computing Britain” broadcast last week talked about the mobile revolution and the role that Acorn and ARM played in it. Includes interviews with Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber.

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    Library update: new online copyright guidance for teaching materials

    Following changes in copyright law in 2014, the Library's Copyright Guidance Service has developed an online resource to help you understand more about using third party materials in your teaching. 


    Developed in response to feedback from teaching staff, this easy to follow ‘decision tree’ will help you to understand what you can use and when you can use it without infringing copyright. 

    Our copyright Guidance service aims to take the stress out of selecting materials for your teaching/research output.


    Positive feedback so far


    “Many thanks for passing this on and for all of the hard work by you and the team that has gone into producing this. It looks and feels excellent”.

    Richard Reece, Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students


    “Well done to you and the team, it’s really clear and concise, once promoted I’m sure colleagues will find it a very useful resource”.

    Clare Arkwright, UMIP


    This guide will help you to find out how copyright affects your work, research and study here at the University of Manchester. The pages are organised in an easy-to-follow FAQ format which allows you to find the answers to your copyright queries without trawling through page after page of copyright law


    Access this invaluable resource via our Copyright Guidance pages at:


    If you require further guidance or have any questions regarding copyright please contact us at:

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    [ top ]Events

    Seminar: Humans, heuristics and voluntary hibernation


    07/10/15 14:00, Lecture Theatre 1.4 Kilburn building



    Jenny Radcliffe (of is a much sought after Psychological Pen-tester, Social Engineer, involved in Deception Detection, Non-Verbal Communication, Negotiations, and Security. It's been no easy task to get her to the School hence the late notice. As an ethical social engineer, Jenny has hacked into client organisations including major corporates, nuclear facilities and the Tower of London. Whilst we design chips to handle data safely, Jenny tests the safeguards with a bag of chips for the operators and anyone else in the chain of vulnerabilities which expose organisations long before the tech has booted up. As organisations continue to improve IT and physical security technologies, criminals increasingly focus on the human factors. Social engineering — or people hacking — uses cons, tricks and scams for theft, industrial espionage and malicious disruption. Every organisation is at risk and every individual can be a target. Combating insider threats needs the marriage of supporting technologies and psychological factors.  Understand what we have to program against!





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    [ top ]Funding Opportunities

    JSPS London Pre/ Postdoctoral Fellowships (Short Term)

    Deadline: 01 Dec 2015

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of up to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2010. Fellowships must start between 1 May 2016 to 31 March 2017.

    Case studies including former JSPS Fellows who have taken part in this programme can be found here:

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunities

    Grand Challenges Explorations

    Deadline: 11 Nov 2015

    The Foundation is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100k each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

    Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance

    New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing.

    Letters of Intent deadline: 05 November 2015

    This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies.

    The Global Innovation Fund is accepting application on a rolling basis.  Please visit the website for more information

    Furthermore, as a forum for sharing ideas, pursuing new opportunities and keeping abreast of new developments in the field of global health, The Gates Foundation together with Grand Challenges Canada has set-up a LinkedIn group. All you need to join is a free LinkedIn account - go to Global Health Innovations and click "Join"

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    EPSRC funding opportunities

    Future Manufacturing Research Hubs 2016

    Deadline: 19 November 2015 at 16:00

    EPSRC is inviting outline applications for a number of large-scale, multidisciplinary research Hubs to address major, long-term challenges facing manufacturing industries, as well as capture opportunities from emerging research areas.

    Urban Living Partnership - pilot phase
    The Urban Living Partnership, which is opening a call for proposals in the area of city research. This is the first, diagnostic, phase for which city consortia can apply for one of five pilot grants.

    Issue date:

    23 September 2015

    Closing Date:

    21 January 2016 at 16:00




    Invitation for proposals

    Related themes:

    All themes

    EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core Collaboration in Spintronics and Advanced Materials - call for proposals 2015

    EPSRC is seeking proposals from the successful candidates at the first stage of this call which was 'Expression of Interests for participation in the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Core-to-Core Scheme in the area of Spintronics and Advanced Materials'

    Issue date:

    01 October 2015

    Closing Date:

    29 October 2016 at 16:00

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    [ top ]Featured Research Outcomes

    New papers

    • Millard P, Portais J-C, Mendes P (2015) Impact of kinetic isotope effects in isotopic studies of metabolic systems. BMC Systems Biology 9:64.


    • Villaverde AF, Henriques D, Smallbone K, Bongard S, Schmid J, Cicin-Sain D, Crombach A, Saez-Rodriguez J, Mauch K, Balsa-Canto E, Mendes P, Jaeger J, Banga JR (2015) BioPreDyn-bench: a suite of benchmark problems for dynamic modelling in systems biology. BMC Systems Biology 9:8.


    • Bastiaens P, Birtwistle MR, Blüthgen N, Bruggeman FJ, Cho KH, Cosentino C, de la Fuente A, Hoek JB, Kiyatkin A, Klamt S, Kolch W, Legewie S, Mendes P, Naka T, Santra T, Sontag E, Westerhoff HV, Kholodenko BN. (2015) Silence on the relevant literature and errors in implementation. Nature Biotechnology 33:336-9.

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