School of CS newsletterPublished: Monday, 24 October 2016
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
The paper The OWL Reasoner Evaluation (ORE) 2015 Resources
Bijan Parsia, Nicolas Matentzoglu, Rafael S. Gonçalves, Birte Glimm and Andreas Steigmiller
has won the best paper award for the Resource Track at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in Japan last week. The first four authors are either here or have been here. I like to celebrate such success in the Newsletter, so do say when it happens.
You may have seen this article on StaffNet regarding the Department for Education announcement that EU students applying for university places in England in 2017/18 will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants, and entitled to home fee status for the duration of their course, even past the point that the UK leaves the EU. See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-support-for-eu-students for further details.
[ top ]News and announcements
Just a quick thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent Macmillan Coffee morning - we raised £95!
Bullying and harassment: we take the opportunity of recent headlines in the news to remind everybody that the university has a zero tolerance to harassment and bullying, and that it runs a *reporting system*  for cases of bullying, harassment or discrimination. It can be used by staff and students, and you can report an incident and get support from an *advisor*  or report an incident anonymously.
[ top ]Events
Sign up as a blood donor and make an appointment to donate on Thursday October 27th in Byte Cafe (their donor centre is very close to the school!). An NHS Blood and Transplant staff member will be visiting between 11.30am and 2pm. Do something amazing - become a blood donor:-)
The School’s next Graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday 15th December 2016 commencing at 4.45 p.m. There will be a reception in School beforehand. Academic staff will be receiving invitations from Ede and Ravenscroft to sign up for the Graduation Ceremony event and order gowns. If you have not received one yet, please email the University’s Graduation Team in the Student Services Centre firstname.lastname@example.org to request a user account.
Deadline for EoI: 24th November
EPSRC is holding two two-day workshops in 2017 for Early Career Researchers who work in the area of ICT – In Sheffield on the 16/17 February 2017, and in Cardiff on the 6/7 March 2017.
The workshops are designed to be of most value to early career researchers. Attendees will be provided with an update of EPSRC and ICT Theme strategies and policies, tips for career development, and guidance on applying for grants among other offerings. The workshops will be attended by a number of EPSRC staff but also by experienced academics from across the ICT portfolio who will provide guidance and mentoring throughout the two days. The events will include a number of facilitated sessions covering relevant topics. They will also include opportunities for networking with other ECR colleagues and the previously mentioned mentors. Please visit the website for more information:
It is anticipated that this event will be of greatest interest to ICT researchers that have completed a PhD (or equivalent qualification) within the previous ten years, are eligible to hold an EPSRC grant and hold few or no grants as Principal Investigator. However, EPSRC do not wish to be prescriptive based on years of post-doctoral experience and welcome applications from prospective participants with a different pattern of academic experience, early career researchers based in industry and postdoctoral research assistants who are hoping to take lectureship positions in the near future. The internal assessment process will take into account the need for a balance of attendees across career stages.
Those wishing to attend the workshop should complete the short Expression of Interest (EoI) form which is now live on the EPSRC website. Applications must be received by the 24 November 2016.
EPSRC will ensure, via the Expressions of Interest Submissions process, a balanced representation of organisation, research area, expertise and career stages. Please note places are limited and the number of participants from a given organisation may have to be restricted in the event of multiple applications.
[ top ]Prize and award Opportunities
Some useful resources for bid preparation as well as the updated Funding Scheme Planner can be found here: