School of CS newsletterPublished: Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
A warm welcome to two new members of staff who have joined the School recently:
Gareth Henshall started on 3rd January as a new Lecturer, he will be teaching on the core CS curriculum with a particular focus on software engineering. Gareth joins us from Bangor University. He is based in room 2.82 and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teri Gosling joins the School on 8th January as PGR Admissions Officer - maternity cover for Michelle Ringwood. Teri joins us from Leeds Beckett University. She will be based in the Recruitment and Admissions office and can be contacted at email@example.com
Welcome Back. I hope you all had the opportunity for a break over the Christmas holidays and that you come back refreshed
Title: Six Robots and Us
Caroline Jay was on BBC 2 on the 27th and 28th December, commenting on the performance of six research robots placed with families with specific needs in the documentary, ’Six Robots and Us'. The experiment explored the extent to which current technology is able to enhance peoples’ lives, and also exposed some of the consequences when it goes wrong.
[ top ]News and announcements
This Is UMIP's latest competition to develop spinout companies. There are three prizes of £10k for spin-out businesses. Send in a two minute video pitch by 26 January 2018; the details are to be found via the following link:
[ top ]Events
Peer Support Group for colleagues returning from shared parental leave, adoption leave, maternity and paternity leave
As part of the University commitment to Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing at Work, Staff Learning & Development and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team are offering men and women returners from shared parental leave, maternity, paternity and adoption leave the opportunity to get together.
These informal sessions are un-facilitated and after an introduction by a member of the Staff Learning and Development Team, colleagues are left alone to:
· Share experiences in a safe environment;
· Hear about what has worked for others;
· Offer peer support;
· Discuss issues related to the balancing of work and caring responsibilities.
We provide light refreshments and you are welcome to bring your lunch. The next session for this group is Wednesday 24th January from 12.30pm until 2.00pm and places can be booked at: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/TP60
[ top ]Funding Opportunities
EPSRC has awarded The University of Manchester over £2.4M to deliver an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) that aims to increase and accelerate the impact of EPSRC research outputs from the University through a range of knowledge exchange activities.
Running from April 2017 to March 2020, the £2.4M IAA will aim to ensure that the university fulfils its strategic knowledge exchange objectives in the domains covered by EPSRC research.
The Knowledge Exchange Team is pleased to announce the 3rd Call for Proposals under the following mechanisms:
- Relationship Incubator Scheme (£10k, Open call)
Fostering new relationships between industry and academic researchers, creating opportunities for collaboration and exchange of knowledge and skills
- Proof of Concept Scheme (£25k)
Support for the very early stage of transforming research outputs into commercial opportunities
- Secondment Scheme (£50k)
Flexible support for secondments between The University of Manchester and businesses and other organisations
Applications are only permitted for projects focused on the exploitation / application of knowledge or technology generated through EPSRC-funded research.
Eligible collaborators are UK-based businesses (including UK sites of international businesses), UK charities, and UK public sector organisations such as the NHS. If you have any queries regarding user organisation eligibility, please contact the Knowledge Exchange Team who provide active support for the development of EPSRC IAA submissions.
Prior to applying, academics are strongly advised to contact a member of the KE Team for support, and at least 1 month before the call closing date of 21st February 2018.
Further information, application forms and guidance notes can be found at http://man.ac.uk/0ns2Xr.
The University of Manchester, on behalf of the MRC and HDR UK, is looking to recruit to two fellowships that will work at the centre of health data science research, focusing on one of the national priorities defined by the HDR UK programme:
- Actionable Analytics
- 21st Century Clinical Trials
- Data-Driven Public Health
- Precision Medicine
Both awards are non-clinical fellowships; one at early-career stage, the other at-mid career stage.
The fellowships will provide three years’ salary, plus research costs for the successful awardees.
- Early career stage fellowships are aimed at post-doctoral candidates that have experience of delivering previous research projects with some evidence of outputs (eg publications)
- Mid-career stage fellowships are aimed at those post-doctoral candidates wishing to make a transition into independence with some evidenced productivity across past appointments on an upwards trajectory
Due to the funding requirements of the post, applicants must be available to commence the role no later than 15 February 2018.
For further information on the call and award, and to download a copy of the application form, please visit UKRI Innovation/Rutherford Fund Fellowships. Please note the point about lecturers not being eligible is misleading as eligibility will be based on post-doc experience.
[ top ]Sustainability and Green Impact News
Where: Beyer Lecture Theatre, Beyer Building
When: Thursday 18 January 2018
This seminar will be led by led by Paul Maccabee (Deputy Head of Capital Projects), Kate Dougherty (WSP) and Helen Cutts (Environmental Sustainability Projects Officer).
We announced our ambitious, £1 billion, 10 year investment to create a world class campus in 2012, to bring the University together onto a single campus and provide some of the world's most modern facilities for teaching and research. This large scale construction and refurbishment programme presents an opportunity to embed sustainability within the estate and increase the positive impacts we have on the environment. We also recognise the Campus Masterplan presents challenges and as such we are managing associated negative impacts.
This seminar will cover the University's approach to embedding environmental sustainability within the capital programme to date. We welcome attendance from staff and students across the University who wish to learn more about sustainability including all working in professional support services and academic schools.
Register through Eventbrite to attend this seminar.
The list of future seminars can be found at: Sustainability Seminar Series