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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Thursday, 02 February 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

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    Join us to discuss Collaborative Coding in the Cloud on Monday 6th February at 2pm GMT

    More and more software development tools are available in the cloud, with tools like Replit, CodingRooms, GitHub Codespaces, Amazon Web Services Cloud9, JetBrains and Eclipse all offering online tools for developers to code collaboratively in the cloud. Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) which have traditionally been available as “fatter” clients are increasingly available as “thinner” web-based clients running in a browser. These tools can lower some of the barriers to installation and maintenance for their users. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these new tools for teaching introductory programming courses? Join us on Monday 6th February at 2pm GMT to discuss a paper by Phil Hackett and his colleagues at the Open University on this very topic [1], from the abstract:

    This paper discusses a pilot research project, which investigated the use of online collaborative IDEs (Integrated development environments) during a first-year computing degree course. The IDEs used can be described as virtual computing labs because they replicate some of the actions possible in physical computing labs. Students were supported by a tutor with real-time help and feedback provided, whilst they were programming, without being collocated. The use of two different platforms is considered with the benefits and drawbacks discussed. Students and tutors indicated that they would like to use a virtual computing lab approach in the future.

    We’ll be joined by the lead author of the paper Phil Hackett, who’ll give us a lightning talk summary of the paper to kick-off our journal club discussion. The paper was presented at Computing Education Practice (CEP) in Durham earlier this month. [1]

    All welcome, as usual we’ll be meeting on zoom, details at


    1. Phil Hackett, Michel Wermelinger, Karen Kear and Chris Douce (2023) Using a Virtual Computing Lab to Teach Programming at a Distance in CEP ’23: Proceedings of 7th Conference on Computing Education Practice Pages 5–8 DOI:10.1145/3573260.3573262

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    [ top ]Owning Your Research Project

    University Open Access Fund - Now open for requests

    Following the exhaustion of the University Open Access Fund last November, we are pleased to confirm that the Library has secured additional funds to support unfunded researchers publishing in fully Open Access journals. Based on our projections, these additional funds should ensure that all eligible requests submitted before August 2023 can be approved, however authors are encouraged to request funding prior to submission via the Open Access enquiry form so that funds can be protected. For more information on the funding available and how to request it, please visit our Open Access Funding page.

    In addition to the University Open Access Fund, the University of Manchester Library has signed up to transformative agreements with a number of publishers including Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, and SAGE. Unfunded authors can also benefit from these deals and publish their work Open Access free of charge.

    Please visit our Transformative Agreement page for a list of our current agreements with publishers and details of which journals are covered. If you’re not sure if the journal you're submitting to is included in a transformative agreement, you can contact the Library’s Open Access Team using our Open Access Enquiry Form.

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    [ top ]Jobs and Internships

    Conception X Programme – Opportunity for PhD Students

    Conception X are partnering with the University to offer free places on their 9 month national programme that helps STEM PhD students become venture scientists: developing entrepreneurship skills, optimising research for impact, and building networks of academic and business contacts in parallel with their PhD project.
    By the end of the programme, participants could be the founder of their own deeptech startup, have strong industry connections, qualify for innovation grants, awards and venture capital funding, and have the chance to secure £100,000 in funding while still at university through a new partnership with XTX Ventures.
    If you are a PhD candidate Apply now or, to find out more, visit the Conception X website or sign up to attend an online Discovery Session: 1600, 9th February1600, 16th February. If you are a PhD supervisor, please pass this on to your students. Places on the programme are limited, the deadline for applications is 24th February.
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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

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    EPSRC Sponsored PGRs - Doctoral Prize Fellowship call open

    This opportunity is open to PhD students that:

    •           have been funded for their PhD by the EPSRC in the form of fees and/or stipend
    •           will be submitting their thesis not earlier than 31st March 2023 and not later than 31st July 2024

    Key dates

    • Application deadline: Friday 18 August 2023 (Interviews: September 202)
    • Project start date: October 1 2023 – January 31 2024 and April 1 2024 - July 31 2024
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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) Survey on Open and Transparent Research Practices

    The University is committed to supporting the development of open and transparent research practices as part of an Open and Responsible Research Environment in our research strategy and through our recently established Office for Open Research.

    You may already be aware that the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) is running a national survey on open and transparent research practices, which is being led by The University of Manchester.

    With that in mind, we would really value the input of our research community, across all disciplines and all career stages - from PhD candidates to professorial grades. We want to hear from everyone: those already practising open research, those who plan to and those who are opposed to this way of working or simply do not find it useful for their research.

    Please could you complete a short survey (which will take around 15 minutes) to help us improve resources to support your research. Open research is becoming more common and a growing number of research funding bodies require evidence of such practices.

    The deadline for completion is January 27th. The survey can be completed by clicking here.

    We really value your input and thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in this survey.

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Monday, 12 December 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

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    Join us for the Kilburn Christmas Quiz: Thursday 15th December from 3.30pm

    Dear colleagues

    Following on from the announcement in last weeks newsletter...

    Join us this Thursday 15th December for our end of year celebration from 3:30pm in the 1st Floor Common Room. It's our first winter get together since 2019. As well as celebrating 2022 drawing to a close with drinks, food and good company, we're also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kilburn building. [1] Built in 1972, our building has served as the home of our community for half a century. To mark the occasion, we've put together a quiz for your entertainment. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol [2] we've heard from:

    The ghosts have spoken and compiled three rounds of Kilburn trivia for your amusement:

    1. The Kilburn round: how well do you know the Kilburn building and Tom Kilburn?
    2. The Head of Department round, from Tom Kilburn to Andrew Stewart via Dai Edwards, John Gurd, Howard Barringer, Brian Warboys, Steve Furber, Chris Taylor, Norman Paton, Jim Miles and Robert Stevens. How well do you know your HoDs? [3]
    3. The Music round with hits from five decades of music from 1972 to 2022: seventies, eighties, nineties and now

    So, don't be a selfish miserly scrooge, redeem yourself by joining us for some festive Kilburn fun.

    Form your own team or join one on the day, we look forward to seeing you there either way.

    Ho ho ho

    Seasons Greetings from

    Father Quizmas and his Merry Quizmas elves

    (Sean Bechhofer, Erika Buznik-Wallis, Clare Dixon, Toby Howard, Duncan Hull and Ruth Maddocks)


    1. Brian Pullan and Michele Abendstern (2000) A history of the University of Manchester, 1951-73, Manchester University Press
    2. Charles Dickens (1843)
    3. David Anderson (2014) Tom Kilburn: A Tale of Five Computers Communications of the ACM, Vol. 57 No. 5, Pages 35-38
      DOI: 10.1145/2594290
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    Explainable AI: Intelligent Sensing Winter School 2022 registration open!

    The Centre for Intelligent Sensing from Queen Mary University of London would like to invite you to attend an online Explainable AI Sensing Winter School, which is open to PhD and MSc students, Postdocs and Researchers. You don’t need to be an expert in Explainable AI, however a good understanding of AI is necessary.   

    This event consists of 4 tutorials, 8 specialized talks and an opportunity to show your work in 5-10 minutes presentation on the last day of the school. Topics include the application of explainable AI methods, or critical overviews on explainable AI on specific domains related to sensing. If you are interested in presenting, please send a talk title, plus a 2-3 sentence description of the content of your talk to by the 12th December 

    The event is FREE but registration is mandatory 

    Link to the registration page:   

    Link to the event:   

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    ReproducibiliTea Journal Club

    UoM is relaunching its ReproducibiliTea Journal Club and we therefore kindly invite you to our “Spiced ReproducibiliTea” launch event on the 12th of December at 15.30 at the Kilburn, Atlas Room.

    Join us for the presentation of the January to June 2023 schedule - mince pies and drinks included! Open to people from all faculties we aim to create a truly cross-disciplinary club.

    Please find a poster advert attached to my email to share with colleagues and/or print it.

    We’re looking forward to seeing you on the 12th and all the best in the meantime,

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Monday, 28 November 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

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    Christmas Holidays and Slowdown

    You'll be experiencing a slowdown over Christmas with all things PGR. If you have anything that needs submitting, decisions from us, extensions and interruptions and the like please do contact us now.


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    [ top ]Seminars and Networks

    Applying for UKRI grants including New Investigator Awards

    Due to the UCU strike we have re-scheduled this to the following day/time. Please also note the new location.

    Date: Friday 2nd December 10-12
    Location: Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.4

    Apologies if this doesn’t work as well for you.

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Help us organise your online PGR information

    The FSE Communications and Marketing team are working with us to build a new online space for your postgraduate research information. To make sure they organise everything in a way that’s easy for you and future postgraduate researchers to find, they would appreciate some help from you.

    They’ve designed a quick online exercise, that should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete.

    If you’re interested in taking part, please email the team’s digital lead, Kirsty (, who will send you some instructions and a link to the exercise.

    Thank you, we appreciate any time you are able to spare to ensure we get this right.

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    Manchester Digital 'Talent Day'

    Talent Day is the largest digital and tech careers fair in the North and a must-attend event for those looking to start work in the industry - and it's in Manchester.

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    [ top ]Jobs and Internships

    AI positions at University of Waterloo (Canada)

    We have 2 AI Faculty positions available here in Waterloo. AI robotics is relevant, but the advert is quite broad and invites people interested in a variety of AI approaches (not only deep learning!). We target applications for tenure-track Assistant Professors, but could also consider other positions. If you know of people who might like to move to Waterloo in Canada (not in Belgium), could you send them the link below? It's a great place to work and live.

    You can find more information about the University, the two posts and how to apply here:

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    [ top ]Health and Wellbeing

    Counselling and Mental Health Service Workshop and Group Programme

    Attached is the programme for Counselling and Mental Health Service workshops and groups for January to March 2023. You can find further information at the Counselling and Mental Health Service website.

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Tuesday, 08 November 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Owning Your Research Project

    Try out a new bug fixing tool and get a £20 voucher

    As part of an EPSRC-funded project on socio-technical resilience in software development (, we are looking at the effects of automation on software development and the attitudes of developers towards automation, among other things. We have developed a tool that, given an error report, suggests 10 files that may need to be fixed. Such a tool might be useful for new developers tasked with maintaining or extending a software project they’re not familiar with. The tool handles Java, C, C++, C# and PHP code.
    We are looking for volunteers to try out the tool and give us feedback on how easy it is to install and use. We estimate the activity would take around 45 minutes. Participants will get a £20 voucher as a token of appreciation. 
    If you can help us or want more details, please contact Danny Barthaud ( or Michel Wermelinger (
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    Call for Survey Participants - Financial Literacy Self-Efficacy of Millennial Mature Students

    You are invited to take part in a research study about the financial literacy self-efficacy of millennial mature students in the UK by completing an online questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about your financial beliefs and confidence in dealing with your finances. You are NOT asked to give any personal monetary details. This research project aims to develop and validate new measures of financial literacy self-efficacy of millennial students in the UK higher education. The questionnaire should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

    If you are interested in taking part, please click on the link below to access the survey.

    You need to be a millennial student aged between 26 and 41 years old and you should not self-identify as being financially vulnerable. This questionnaire is NOT part of your studies or your degree programme. Your participation is completely voluntary and your decision to participate or not will not affect your grade on any of your courses. All information that you give will be made anonymous and will not be shared in any way that will allow anyone, including staff associated with your course, to identify you. Data will be stored securely, treated confidentially and under the ethical guidelines of the University of Manchester.

    If you have any further questions or comments about the project, please contact


    On behalf of the project team members:

    Dr Pauline Prevett (Principal-investigator)

    Prof Maria Pampaka (Principal-investigator)

    Prof Susanne Espenlaub (Mentor)

    Dr Haleema Sadia (Co-investigator)

    Dr Nooshin Jahangiri (Research Associate)

    Dr Sofia Eleftheriadou (Research Associate)

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    Nominations are now open for the University’s PGR Student of the Year

    Contact our Departmental Coordinator - Ian Pratt-hartmann - for more information.

    Internal and external awards are an important way of recognising excellence and highlighting the amazing work of colleagues and students. Nominations are now open for the University’s Distinguished Achievement Awards and I am contacting you to ask for your support in promoting The University of Manchester’s Distiguished Achievement Awards – specifically, Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) of the Year.  The call for applications and full guidance and application form is attached.

    As in previous years, please liaise with your colleagues and encourage them to consider nominating a Postgraduate Researcher, if they believe they know of a worthy candidate who is ‘an outstanding postgraduate researcher who has excelled in some significant manner, for example after the presentation of a thesis, based on the recommendation and judgment of the external examiner; or has had a major research achievement during a PGR  programme –  e.g. high quality journal publications; research spin off, etc.

    This year, you are asked to submit up to 2 nominations per department to me ( by close of play on Friday 2nd December 2022.  I would therefore suggest setting an earlier deadline for nominations to be sent to you by close of play on Friday 25th November 2022.

    A call for nominations for the other MDC Excellent Award categories will be circulated early next year.

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    The Parliamentary & Scientific Committee’s STEM for BRITAIN 2023

    The Parliamentary & Scientific Committee’s STEM for BRITAIN 2023 will take place in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 6th March, during British Science Week. Applications are now open.

    submit Your research abstract at


    This is a fantastic opportunity in this prestigious annual event sponsored by the RAEng.

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    Applying for UKRI grants including New Investigator Awards

    Date: Wednesday 30th November 14-16
    Location: Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.3

    New to applying for UKRI grants or need to brush up on grant writing, application and processes? If so this staff development session is for you. 

    This session focuses on all aspects of applying for UKRI grants, particularly on EPSRC. We will consider the relevant documents, the process locally and at UKRI, costings and New Investigator Awards. There will be a chance to ask questions and advice will be provided about how to succeed. It will not explicitly target fellowships. 

    Michael Fisher: The documentation, the UKRI process after submission

    Sarah Chatwin: Research Support, costings de-mystified, the process locally 

    Pierre Olivier: New Investigator Awards

    All: Advice and tips for success, Q&A

    This is aimed at Computer Science early career academics new to applying for UKRI grants, or academic staff who would like a refresher about applying for UKRI grants. It may also be of interest to PDRAs or PhD students who would like to find out more about proposal application.

    We intend it to be an in person event but aim also to run a zoom session for those who cannot attend in person ( and will try and record the session.   
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    [ top ]PGR Mentors

    5-a-side football for CS PDRAs/PGRs/staff

    We're gathering interest for starting some casual 5-a-side football between CS people (PhD students and staff).

    The first game is planned for 16th November at 6pm (to be confirmed). Please send an email to to express your interest.

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Wednesday, 19 October 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

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    CS PGR Mentors: CS Halloween social: Friday 28 October!

    Greetings everyone,

    The mentors are holding a Halloween social on Friday 28th October at 5 pm in the Kilburn common room. Pizza and drinks will be served with the usual veggie&vegan options. We will be holding a Halloween costume contest, so dress to impress!

    Don't have time to dress up? No problem! We will have some face paint available for a last-minute look 😄

    We hope you can all join us 😍

    The mentors

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    [ top ]Owning Your Research Project

    Answer Some Questions - Support a Good Cause!

    We would like to invite you to participate in an online survey investigating the perceived visual complexity of web pages. You will be asked to rate the complexity of a number of web pages in a random order.

    If you would like to participate, please follow the link below:

    For each person that participates in this study, we will donate 5 TL to SOS Children's village in Cyprus ( for up to 100 participants.

    This study is approved by the Scientific Research and Publication Ethics Committee (SRPEC) at METU NCC (No: 349433).

    Thanks for your participation.

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    [ top ]Seminars and Networks

    Sustainable Futures Seminar Series | Dr Raphael Tarpani & Zoé Schyns

    Secure your complimentary place now!

    Sustainable Futures Seminar Series | Dr Raphael Tarpani & Zoé Schyns

    Date and time: 20th October 2022, 14:00-15:00

    This Sustainable Futures Seminar will bring together researchers from across The University of Manchester and key external stakeholders to discuss sustainability activity at UoM. We invite internal and external delegates to attend this event consisting of two 15-minute presentations, each followed by an interactive Q&A.

    Talk title: Recycled Plastic Content Determination Through Aggregation – Induced Emission

    Speaker: Zoé Schyns, PhD Student at The University of Manchester

    Talk title: Assessing the environmental impacts and circularity of digital services for health and wellbeing

    Speaker: Dr Raphael Tarpani, Research Associate at The University of Manchester

    Register here:

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Closure of North Campus buildings

    Much of our estate on North Campus has now been vacated following the decommissioning of most laboratories and relocation of facilities, staff and students to other areas of campus. This presents additional challenges to safety and security, particularly for colleagues and students who continue to work and study in these areas.  For this reason, we are bringing in additional security measures, including locking down some buildings and restricting access to others.  

    From 31 October, the following buildings will permanently close: 

    • Barnes Wallis
    • James Lighthill Building
    • Manchester Meeting Place
    • Morton Laboratory
    • Moffat Building
    • MSS Tower
    • Renold Building
    • Sackville Street Building
    • The Mill

    A full list of closure dates can be found on StaffNet.   

    Staff and PGRs who use labs for teaching or research that remain operational on North Campus will retain full access, until the remaining laboratories are recommissioned elsewhere.  As a result, these colleagues will see no changes to their current swipe-card access. If you have any questions, please contact

    We are particularly keen to limit the impact of these measures on timetabled teaching and study activities that are taking place in George Begg and Pariser* (*during Semester One only).  This means that access to these buildings is unaffected throughout standard opening hours (during term time). Outside of these hours access for colleagues is by swipe card only.  Please note that access and circulation routes may vary as we review security arrangements, taking into account changing building occupation levels. 

    Whilst we are saying farewell to much of our North Campus Estates, the Faculty will retain a presence in a number of key strategic facilities on North Campus including: The Masdar Building, George Begg and MIB/John Garside. Additionally, the former Starbucks Café on Sackville Street has reopened as the Sackville Street Café (76 Sackville St, Manchester M1 3NL) for use by University staff and students based on North Campus. 

    The withdrawal from a number of buildings marks the first phase of our next chapter, as we hand over development of the site to our partners at Bruntwood SciTech in delivering ID Manchester, a world-leading science and technology innovation hub. Further details about the development are available via StaffNet.

    All best wishes 

    Alice Larkin

    Head of School of Engineering

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Wednesday, 12 October 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

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    Cuddly Dogs are Here Now - Run down to the Senior Common Room!

    The Dogs are here and awaiting your cuddles!

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    The Future of Fashion and Textiles Manufacturing

    Digital Futures is hosting an event to explore cutting edge technological developments in the fashion and textiles industry. This is the first event in an exciting series aimed at community building across disciplines and external collaboration development. Led by our Theme Lead for Industry 5.0, Professor Charlie Wang, the event will feature a series of short talks and discussions with researchers and industry representatives as well as equipment and live body scanning demonstrations.

    Date & Time: 15th November|13:00 - 16:30

    Register here

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    Get Involved, be part of the team: Pint of Science 2023

    Get involved in Pint of Science 2023

    • Volunteer to help design, develop and produce events for the 2023 Pint of Science festival.
    • Get experience in public engagement and event management.
    • Different roles to suit your interest and experience.

    Pint of Science is a three-day festival that takes place in pubs, bars and cafes around the world to allow experts to share their research with the public. Next year’s festival is taking place on 22-24 May 2023.

    We cover 7 different themes:

    • Beautiful Minds
    • Our Body
    • Atoms to Galaxies
    • Tech Me Out
    • Planet Earth
    • Our Society
    • Creative Reactions

    Check out our full list of events from the 2022 festival here:

    We are looking for anyone with an interest in designing, developing and producing events to volunteer to play a part in the 2023 festival. We are particularly enthusiastic for members of the Faculty of Science and Engineering to get involved as historically most of the organising team tends to come from FBMH and we feel that we lack valuable expertise from your faculty. Pint of Science is a great opportunity to get experience in public engagement and event management. It’s also a good way to connect with experts you might not otherwise encounter and broaden your knowledge of research in Manchester.

    We will be holding an information evening for anyone interested in getting involved at 5pm on Thursday 20th October in Zochonis Building, Lecture Theatre A followed by a social at Kro Bar (in true Pint of Science style!). Lecture Theatre A is on the bottom floor.

    Register your interest here.

    If you need any further information, or if you can’t make the meeting, please do not hesitate to get in touch at

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Friday, 07 October 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Cuddle a Dog on Wednesday 12th October 11:00-12:30

    The mentors have arranged for Guide Dogs for the blind to visit us Wednesday 12th October 11-12:30 in the Senior Common room for stress relief. If you would like to pet and cuddle a bunch of very friendly and well-trained dogs and make a small contribution to their training, then please fill out the doodle below!

    There are limited spaces so sign up now!

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    [ top ]Owning Your Research Project

    Shut Up and Write is back

    Shut Up and Write weekly sessions
    Join us for a no-distractions writing session to push some work done thanks to peer pressure 🙂
    Next Session: Wednesday 12th October, 3 - 5 pm
    Location: Kilburn 2.43 
    What is Shut Up and Write?
    This is a no-distractions space to foster a short period of focused writing. Write reports, blogs, grants, papers, poems, whatever. No-one will see what you’ve written, no judgement, just a block of focused writing time.
    3:00.   Settling time and set the goals
    3:05.   First 25 minute writing block. No chat.
    3:30.   5 minute break. Stretch and refocus.
    3:35.   Second 25 minute writing block. No chat.
    4:00.   Repeat for the next hour...
    5:00.   The end. Chat, leave or keep writing.
    Need regular reminders?
    To subscribe:


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    New PGRs and PGR HOME

    I just want to reiterate to our new PGRs that they are expected to be in PGR Home between 10:00 and 16:00 every day for University core hours for the first 3 months of their PhD - at which point they can move to their research group labs and then they must discuss their hours with the supervisor.

    In the first 3 months, there is no Hybrid working for PGRs - as there is a direct correlation between attendance and dropout in the first year.

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    Computers in PGR Home Will be fixed today

    Computers in PGR Home will be reimaged today after some PGRs could not get access.

    Sorry for any problems!

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Opportunity to Participate in Behavioural Research


    Do you want to volunteer to participate in paid research with monetary or other rewards for participation? If yes, please, subscribe to our mailing list and respond to the announcements for studies to be performed at the Behavioural Research Laboratory located on the 9th floor of Alliance Manchester Business School. We run studies on decision-making related to investments, teamwork, advertisements, and consumer choices, among others.

    Currently, we are setting up a mailing list for the lab, where we will occasionally post announcements for upcoming studies. We do not expect to have more than a few announcements per month.

    Before subscribing, please, read the Participant Information Sheet available at NOTE: By subscribing to the mailing list, you are confirming that you have read and understood this document and that you give consent for your email address and any additional data that you provide to be stored in the mailing list database. Note also that there is no monetary reward for subscribing to the mailing list, rewards will be awarded only for participation in studies advertised on the list.

    To subscribe to the mailing list, please, send an email to with the text:

    SUBSCRIBE ambs-behavioural-lab

    in the body of the message, where and are your name (optional). The subject line of the message can be empty, it is ignored by the listserv software.

    You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. Each message from the list will contain a link that will allow you to do so, and you can also use the listserv website interface to do that.

    We want to encourage wider participation from the community in our research, so if in doubt, please subscribe and try it out. Remember, it is easy to subscribe and to unsubscribe at any time!

    If you have any questions, you can reach us at

    Thank you,

    Doctor Siobhan Caughey (Research Associate and Lab Manager) and Professor Mark Healey (Lab Supervisor).

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    Tyndall Manchester seminar - Understanding and responding to the backlash against climate policy in

    Tyndall Manchester invite you to attend the first of its re-launched seminars on Understanding and responding to the backlash against climate policy in the UK’ by Prof. Matthew Paterson, on Thursday 10th November at 12.30pm.

    This is a hybrid seminar, you are welcome to join in-person in Engineering A 3A.071 at The University of Manchester or via Zoom (, Meeting ID: 988 7189 6278, Passcode: 302777).

    Understanding and responding to the backlash against climate policy in the UK

    While there has always been opposition to climate policy in the UK, as elsewhere, it has been relatively small and ineffective compared to in other countries, and UK climate politics has been dominated for the most part by a strong cross-party consensus on climate change. Since 2020, however there have been increasing and more explicit groups organising to undermine climate action, both within and beyond climate policy. The key group in this is the Net Zero Scrutiny Group of Conservative MPs. We can also see potentially significant impacts of this group and its strategies on the new government under Liz Truss. Drawing on a small project called ‘net zero populism’, funded jointly by Tyndall Manchester and the SCI, this presentation details the key elements in this new sort of anti-climate activism, and in particular their rhetorical strategies. It focuses both on the arguments they deploy in general, as well as on the key specific targets of their attacks, such as fracking, electric vehicles, or heat pumps. It draws out some conclusions about the character and strategy of this movement and the implications for those seeking to prevent their efforts to undermine climate action in the UK.

    Speaker bio

    Matthew Paterson is Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester, and Professor of International Politics. His work focuses on the global governance, the political economy, and the cultural politics, of climate change. His most recent book is called In Search of Climate Politics (CUP, 2021).

    We would be grateful if you could please accept the calendar invitation if you plan to attend so we have an idea of numbers. Please email to guarantee a seat if you plan to attend in-person.

    Any queries can be directed to -

    We look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to pass this invitation onto any colleagues who may be interested.

    Best wishes

    Rachel, Ruth and Rapha on behalf of Tyndall Manchester

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    [ top ]Jobs and Internships

    Uk Gov Open Innovation Team PhD placements

    We are launching recruitment for our 2023 PhD placement programme. Applications are open from today until 23:55 on Sunday 16th October. 
    Attached is our advertisement flyer which holds all the information on how PhD students can apply and embedded is a link to a video about the placement. 
    I would be grateful if you could share this with your networks and advertise it on your online platforms. 
    We are going to run two online drop in sessions on google meet for any student questions:
    1. Monday 3rd October, 3pm-4pm -
    2. Wednesday 12th October, 11am-12pm -


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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Friday, 16 September 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Owning Your Research Project

    PGR Handbook Updated for 2022/23

    Changes to v2022.0:

    Version: gb8a1119 (Update: 1) dated Sep 12, 2022.

    1. Submission Pending Attendance (Tier 4 Visa Holders) Updated (Visa Status During Submission Pending).

    2. Funding Updates (Funding (RTSGs), Papers, Conferences, & Export Controls).

    3. Laptop Peripheral Ordering Added (Computer Equipment).

    4. Removal of some COVID related information.

    5. Notes Sections Added across Chapters.

    6. Conference Travel update (Conference, Workshop, Summer School Travel).

    7. Publications information (Publications).

    8. Addition of Export Controls information (Export Controls).

    9. Additional Training Updates (Training & Engagement).

    10. Additional MVPhD Updates (Minimum Viable PhD).

    11. Updates to CSOPs Procedures (CS Operations Guide).

    12. TL;DR updated (TL;DR).

    13. PGR Consultative Committee Updates (Quick Guide).

    14. Room Allocation Updates (Rooms).

    15. Department Awards Updated (Departmental Prizes Awards and Medals).

    16. External Awards Updated (External Sponsorships, Prizes and Awards).

    17. University Policies Refreshed (University Policies and Code of Practice).

    18. Symposium Guidance Updated (PGR Symposium).

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Impact and Commercialisation of Research - CS PDRA coffee/tea virtual meeting Tue (20/09) at 10am

    It is time to resume our weekly informal virtual gatherings. Our first one for this academic year will take place next Tuesday (20/09) at 10am. We will have two special guest speakers who will present about Impact and Commercialisation of Research.

    • Aldo Segura, who is a Project Manager - Computer Science at the Innovation factory, will talk about how the Innovation factory can help you commercialise your research.
    • Thanos Stratikopoulos, a CS PDRA & Impact PDRA champion for CS, will share his own experience commercialising some of his great research.

    Zoom link below. Please join us for a cup of coffee/tea and great talks about impact and commercialisation of research.

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    [ top ]Jobs and Internships

    Fellowship Bid Development Scheme

    3-month postdoctoral position (PDRA-FBDS) Round 1

    School of Engineering has recently initiated the Fellowship Bid Development Scheme to further support researcher development. School of Engineering is offering 3-months post-doctoral positions for internal applicants (currently affiliated with UoM) to work full-time on development and finalisation of fellowships to be ready for submission/submitted at the end of their three months contract.


    Applications will be reviewed by a School of Engineering panel and only competitive applications will be funded upon budget availability. Please refer to the attached documents for eligibility and further details.
    Finance: Applicants whose proposals have been approved and selected must liaise with Mr Elias  to organise costing.
    Submission: Applications should be submitted to Ms Olivia Marsh  before THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH 12:00 with the email subject PDRA-FBDS.
    Queries: Please contact if you have any question.
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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Digital Futures Survey

    Is your work at the intersection of urban research and digital?

    Digital Futures is interested in hearing from PhD students whose work connects to any of these topics; Integrated Transport, Building Management & Energy Efficiency, Water & Waste Management, Digitally Enabled Public Services, Air Quality Monitoring, Spatial Analytics and Communities & Citizen Engagement.

    Share more about your research in this short survey and take part in a tailored networking event.

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    [ top ]PGR Mentors

    PGR Welcome (Pizza & Drinks) Friday 23rd September at 5 pm

    A big welcome to all new and returning students and academics. We will be hosting our first event of the year where we hope you can all join us in welcoming the new PhD students!  The event will take place on Friday 23rd September at 5 pm in the PGR common room where we will serve pizza and drinks. Meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free pizzas are available along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. We also have some fun activities planned for you all to enjoy

    We look forward to spending the new academic year with everyone!

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