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  • School of CS newsletter

    Published: Monday, 12 December 2016

    Weekly newsletter for the School of CS

    [ top ]News from Head of School

    Review of the School structure within the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    You will have seen that the Dean, Martin Schröder, has initiated a review of the Schools within the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE). The terms of reference have been issued and can be found on the intranet. Within this the following options are stated: Do nothing; merge some Schools; move some parts of Schools. 

    It may be worth noting the following about Faculty structures within the University to see the perceived anomaly in the FSE School structure. The Faculty of Humanities has five Schools. The new Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH) has three Schools which are then split into a series of Divisions. The Faculty of Science and Engineering has nine Schools. The advent of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) and the Sir Henry Royce Institute may be seen to offer opportunities for re-organisation. 

    My personal view is that there is nothing sufficiently broken about the School structures within the Faculty that need fixing. There are going to be opportunities for engagement that I will advertise. I will also meet the review team in my HoS role. We will discuss this at the next School Leadership Team meeting in January. Meanwhile, I'm happy to gather input from the wider School.

    gravatar Robert Stevens

    [ top ]News and announcements

    Joe Razavi Viva Success

    Joe Razavi, who graduated from our Computer Science programme in 2011 and who has been a PhD student and TA in the School for the last few years, successfully passed his viva on the 2nd Dec (with minor corrections).  Not sure whether one should add more, but Joe is certainly one of the most helpful and genuinely nice people around, and I think many know him as such. 

    Andrea Schalk

    gravatar Karen Corless

    Making a Difference Awards 2017

    The annual Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility are now open to receive entries, with a closing date of 1 February 2017.

    Coordinated by the Office for Social Responsibility, the awards recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of the University’s academic, professional support, library and cultural institution staff, students, alumni and external partners.

    The awards cover a wide range of contributions to the University’s social responsibility strategy, with categories including sustainability, public and community engagement, teaching and research impact on society, widening participation, social enterprise, volunteering, responsible processes and equality and diversity. Colleagues can nominate themselves or someone else for an award.

    Previous winners and highly commended recipients state how receiving a Making a Difference Award has often helped develop their project, highlighted the impact of their work, provided well-deserved recognition to those involved and in some cases secured further resources.

    The awards culminate in a high profile awards ceremony, hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2017. This key event raises awareness of the many ways individuals and teams across the University make a real difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

    Professor Nancy Rothwell said: “I would encourage everyone who is making a positive contribution to society to enter the Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility. The awards help communicate our significant impact on society and is a highlight event in the calendar.

    • The deadline for entries is 1 February 2017.
    • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.
    • Individuals and teams can enter.

    Find out more:

    To read about the full range of categories visit the social responsibility website.

    To find out how to enter the awards visit the awards website and watch our short film

    Meet some of the 2016 winners.

    gravatar Karen Corless

    CS Entry for the Office Grotto and Festive Team Photo Competition



    gravatar Karen Corless

    JustFest Short Film Competition

    The JustFest Short Film Competition is part of the Ethical Grand Challenges Programme which is one of the University’s Signature Programmes for Social Responsibility and a key way in which we hope to develop socially responsible graduates from all our undergraduate programmes.

    I am writing to ask for your help in promoting the JustFest Short Film competition to staff in your Faculties/Schools.  In order to help you and your colleagues promote the competition to students we have developed some resources (email Karen in ACSO to request):

    • Promotional materials including: a poster, an image for social media and 2 x powerpoint slides (same content but different sizes).
    • An email that your colleagues can tailor and send to their to their students.

    If you have any queries or would like any additional marketing materials please contact:

    Many thanks for your help and with best wishes

    Jane Ratchford (Director, Student Development & Community Engagement Division)

    gravatar Karen Corless

    Relocation of Occupational Health from Tuesday 3/1/17

    From David Carthy, Occupational Health Service Manager:

    From Tuesday January 3rd 2017 all undergraduate related OH services will operate from 182-184 Waterloo Place. Services for postgraduate students and staff will take place in The Mill. Not only will this enable us to provide students and staff with more efficient and effective services, it will also help maximise the skills and resources available within the team.

    Fliss Anderson is the lead clinical contact for the undergraduate team and Pauline Hollinshead is the lead clinical contact for the staff and post graduate clinical team.  Any appointments that have already been made for the 3rd of January 2017 onwards have been transferred to the relevant site. 

    Location and contact details of Occupational Health Service sites

    Address:               182-184 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GP (undergraduates)

    Campus location: Building 38

    Telephone:          0161 275 2858

    Fax:                         0161 275 3137

    E mail:         


    Address:               B22 The Mill, Sackville Street, Manchester, M13 9PL (Sat Nav: M1 3BB) (staff and postgraduates)

    Campus location: Building 14

    Telephone:          0161 306 5806

    Fax:                         0161 306 3245

    E mail:         


    Information for staff and students about the range of services offered by the Occupational Health Service can be found on

    gravatar Liz Caine

    [ top ]Events

    NeuroD - Platform Technology for Neurodegenerative Diseases workshop

    Deadline for bookings: 19th December

    NeuroD, an initiative funded by the EPSRC invites you to a 2-day residential workshop to identify unmet needs and technology research opportunities for Neurodegenerative Diseases Research.

    The aim of this activity is to engage Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) researchers with Dementia@Manchester, the University’s vehicle for contributing to the UK Dementia Platform.  

    This workshop will take place from 10:30 Tuesday 31st January – 15:00 Wednesday 1st February 2017 at Shrigley Hall Hotel, Cheshire. Overnight accommodation will be provided. 

    Book you place here.

    More info on NeuroD here.

    gravatar Thomas Wise

    [ top ]Funding Opportunities

    EPSRC Healthcare Technologies: Call for Investigator-led Research Projects

    Batching date for proposals: 31st January 2017

    The above call is now open for proposals, with the next 'batching date' at the end of January (if a sufficient number of applications have been received by this date, a panel will be convened). 

    "Proposals submitted to this call should clearly articulate the novel Engineering and Physical Sciences aspects of the proposed research project and how it will deliver the Healthcare Technologies theme strategy, and/or the investment priorities within the Healthy Nation of the EPSRC delivery plan. We would particularly like to encourage research projects which address the priorities of "Transform community health and care" and "Improve prevention and public health"."

    Further details here.

    If you would like to apply, please contact the Research Support Office (

    gravatar Thomas Wise

    gravatar Karen Corless
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