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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    A newsletter for PGR

    Research School Irregular - Contents

    [ top ]Professional Development

    Library training and support services

    Hi All,

    Library training and support continues during semester 2 with a new programme of workshops and drop-in sessions to support PG Researchers and Researchers in their development.  

    Our workshops this semester cover a range of support to help you raise your research profile, enhance your public speaking skills, manage the challenges of research and dedicate time for writing. Researchers can consult our online training resources at any time and/or attend our regular library drop-in sessions for general or more specialist enquiries. For further information please visit My Research Essentials via the Library website:

    Our Specialist Library Support service also provides workshops and drop-in support in areas of copyright, referencing tools and software, advanced searching and systematic reviews and business data.  

    PG Researchers can contact Library Help & Support or speak directly to a member of staff via our 24 hour Library Chat.

    Best wishes

    Gemma

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    [ top ]PGR Mentors

    Mentors Tea and Coffee Social

    🍵☕ Mentors Tea and Coffee Social ☕🍵

    The next coffee/tea social is Today (Tuesday, 20th February) from 1:30-2:30 pm in the common room. Come by and enjoy a break from your studies to catch up with PGRs in the department. We'll have coffee, tea, and snacks for the full hour, so please pop over to say hello!

    Hope to see you there,

    The Mentors

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

    [ top ]Health and Wellbeing

    Multi-faith prayer rooms around the University Campus

    Whatever your faith, there are several prayer rooms in university buildings, or around the university campus. The closest to the Kilburn Building is in Engineering Building A. You can find all university prayer spaces by searching for “prayer space” in the University interactive map, or see the list at multifaithchaplaincy.org.

    Please also see the University's Faith and Worship page for further information around spaces for faith and worship.

     

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Wednesday, 07 February 2024

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Using our social media channels in Computer Science

    As of December 2023, we have three main social media channels in the Department of Computer Science:

    If you'd like to know how (and why) you can use these to publicise your research, teaching or public engagement work, details are on our staff wiki at wiki.cs.manchester.ac.uk/staff/index.php/Social_media 

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Support for PGR Supervisors

    This is a reminder of the wealth of information, including policies and direct links to PGR systems, tailored for Supervisors on the FSE’s Doctoral Academy digital space - bookmark the link now

    In addition, you can direct your postgraduate researchers to the DA Website (https://www.se.manchester.ac.uk/doctoral-academy/) as a key resource for information.

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    [ top ]Jobs and Internships

    Urenco Internships - Invite for Project Proposals

    Dear All,

    Project proposals are invited for 8 or 12-week undergraduate summer internships. Up to 3 internships are available for Summer 2024 and successful candidates will receive £1,500 per month during the internship period. Up to £500 will also be available to cover research costs where required.

    Funded by Urenco as part of an outreach programme to boost STEM learning, these internships are aimed at pre-final year undergraduate students currently studying at universities that don’t provide opportunities for them to carry out research in STEM subjects – the projects do not have to have any relevance to Nuclear. The internships will give these students an opportunity to gain valuable research experience and thereby give them the confidence and enthusiasm to apply for a PhD at the end of their undergraduate studies.

    We would be grateful if you could promote this opportunity to interested parties, particularly to Early Career Researchers, including PDRAs. 

    Anyone who would like to submit a project proposal should complete this form. Some guidance is provided below:

    Recruitment Process

    • Projects will be advertised from March 2024.
    • Candidates will be encouraged to contact project supervisors to discuss their suitability. 
    • Candidates will be required to submit a short application form to confirm their eligibility. 
    • Supervisors will be asked to nominate one candidate for their project. 
    • If there are more suitable applicants than funding available, a Faculty panel will be convened to make final decisions.

    Projects

    Projects should be accessible to UG students with no previous research experience. Project titles and descriptions should be simplified as much as possible to appeal to the target audience.

    Supervision

    Supervisory arrangements must be in place to provide adequate supervision for the duration of the project. 

    The assigned academic advisor (pastoral support) for all Summer Interns will be Professor ScottHeath.

    Departmental approval 

    Supervisors are responsible for confirming HoD approval and availability of required facilities for the project.

    Student Eligibility

    Currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree in a STEM subject at a non-research-intensive university and about to enter their final year of study in September 2024. Candidates should demonstrate that there is no opportunity for them to carry out a substantial research project within their current programme.

    Hold a current average in assessments to date of over 50%.

    Funding arrangements

    Successful candidates will receive £1,500 per month during the internship period.

    Contact for enquiries

    Sandra Kershaw (sandra.kershaw@manchester.ac.uk

    Best wishes,

    Scott and Sandra

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    [ top ]PGR Mentors

    PGR Drinks and Pizza

    Hi everyone,

    It's that time of year again that we welcome a new cohort of PGRs to the department with drinks and pizza! Please join us in the common room on Friday, 9th February at 5pm, where we'll have soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, and Neapolitan-style pizza on offer. 

    Looking forward to seeing you then, 

    Sara, on behalf of the Mentors

    The Mentors are a PGR peer support scheme in the department of Computer Science. Get in touch with us here: CS-MENTORS@listserv.manchester.ac.uk

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Friday, 10 November 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

    Research School Irregular - Contents

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    Excellent opportunity for Home PGR students who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic women

    Dear All

    We hope this finds you very well.

    Many thanks once more for helping us accomplish the aim of Generation Delta [generationdelta.leeds.ac.uk] to nurture the next generation of Black female professors.

    We have opened registration for our next free in-person 1-day workshop on Retention and Progression. At the workshop we will have senior academics as well as current doctoral students and early career researchers talk about what progression within a PGR programme involves, ways to address racial discrimination during PGR study, and institutional support and engagement opportunities for PGR students. More details in the flyer attached.

    The workshop will take place at the University of Leeds Cloth Hall Court on Tuesday 5th December 2023 (we will reimburse transport expenses up to £100 per attendee).

    Registration link: https://forms.office.com/e/pq7Lwc6kuK [forms.office.com]

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenDelta2022/status/1717627968732713390 [twitter.com]

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7123387770709905408 [linkedin.com]

    Website: Invitation to Gen Delta Student Workshop, University of Leeds | Generation Delta [generationdelta.leeds.ac.uk]

    Warm regards,

    Iyiola

    Professor Iyiola Solanke, Jacques Delors Chair in European Law, University of Oxford

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Participants for linguistics study

    Hello everyone, 

    I am recruiting participants for a study. It’s a simple task: you’ll listen to 120 sentences and respond to words that pop up on the screen. You’ll also answer some comprehension questions. It should take around 40mins to 1hour to complete.

    Please see the attached Participant Information Sheet (also linked here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x5l781s85tcapi7/phd_exp3_ethics_PIS_inperson_v1.pdf?dl=0) which provides detailed information on the study.

    If you’d like to participate, or have any questions, please do get in touch with me (Paul Stott) via: PAUL.STOTT-2@MANCHESTER.AC.UK. I am recruiting participants as of NOW and will begin running the study as soon as possible.

    Thanks 

    Paul

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes
  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Friday, 03 November 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

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    Arm internship program

    Arm is opening the internship program for the summer, 2024. The general job post can be found: https://careers.arm.com/job/cambridge/software-engineering-intern/33099/55195205952 [careers.arm.com]. This internship is designed for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.

    For PhD students specifically, although it is not necessary, we recommend PhD students, who are interested in applying, contact us prior making the applications. In particular, Architecture Technology Group (ATG) has a wide range of research-oriented projects, including hardware architecture designs, formal verification, security, machine learning, HPC, etc. For any candidate looking for research in industry experience, please don't hesitate to contact us (ref: shale.xiong@arm.com).

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

    Promoting Research and PhD Study to Undergraduate Students

    If you are a PGR student who was previously an undergraduate student in the Department, then I’d like to hear from you. I publish the weekly undergraduate newsletter in Computer Science, Monday Mail. This year, I’ve been trying to do more to promote the research that is going on in the Department to undergraduates, in particular the successes of past undergraduate students who have moved on to do a PhD in the Department. As part of this, I’ve been running an item called “UG to Researcher” … you can find the two examples so far in the Monday Mail archive:

    https://studentnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/ugt/mondaymail/index.php?year=0

    I’d very much like to continue publishing this item, however, I’ve run out of content! If you would be interested in publishing an item to discuss your research, what interested you in doing it, why a PhD, whatever it may be  (just a couple of paragraphs will do) then please contact me, p.nutter@manchester.ac.uk, as I’d very much like to hear from you.

    In a similar vein, if you would like any success in your research published to undergraduate students, such as promoting papers accepted for publication in journals or conferences etc, then again, it would be great to promote these via Monday Mail so that Undergraduates can get a feel for what happens in a PhD. If you have anything, then please just contact me.

    Paul

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes
  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Thursday, 28 September 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

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    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Welcome Back!

    Hi All,

    Just a quick note to say that I'm now back from sick leave, and assuming HoPGR responsibilities again - many thanks for the well wishes, and to Bijan who has stepped in during my absence.

    Please also let me take this opportunity to welcome all the September starters to Computer Science - wishing you all the best on your PhD journey, and please don't hesitate to get in contact with myself or the Doctoral Academy if you need anything as you settle into the Department.

    Oliver

    oliver.rhodes@manchester.ac.uk

    https://www.se.manchester.ac.uk/doctoral-academy/support/contact-us/ 

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes
  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Thursday, 14 September 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

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    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Welcome back to CS - Social event - 14th September from 3.30pm

    We hope you will join us for pizza and refreshments on Thursday 14th September in the Staff & PGR common room from 3.30pm.  Come and meet existing and new colleagues as we gear up for the start of the academic year.

    Free food and nerdy company...the essence of computer science!

    gravatar Bijan Parsia

    gravatar Bijan Parsia
  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Thursday, 24 August 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

    Research School Irregular - Contents

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Oliver on Sick Leave; Bijan Covering

    Our Head of PGR, Oliver Rhodes is out until 11 Sept due to series illness. We hope for his speedy and complete recovery!

    Until then, I will be covering his duties, so please direct inquires formal and informal to me. Or if you'd like a meeting, please book against my Outlook calendar.

    I'll be in the US starting next week, but I will strive to respond to issues promptly.

    Remember that your PGR team is here to help! The Doctoral Academy Team is also available:

    https://www.se.manchester.ac.uk/doctoral-academy/

    Progression & Welfare: FSE.doctoralacademy.support@manchester.ac.uk
    Submission & Examinations: FSE.doctoralacademy.exams@manchester.ac.uk
    Experience & Wellbeing: FSE.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk
    Funding: FSE.doctoralacademy.funding@manchester.ac.uk
     

    Please don't hesitate to contact them. If you need help figuring out whom to contact, drop me a note and I'll try to steer you.

    Cheers,
    Bijan.

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    gravatar Bijan Parsia
  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Friday, 14 July 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    STEM PGRs Invited to Participate!

    The Behavioural Research Laboratory is currently running an in-person experiment and we are looking for those working toward a STEM degree to come and participate. The experiment lasts under an hour, and you can find information about the study below:  

    We are looking for STEM students to volunteer for a study exploring risk preferences in decision-making and the role surprise plays in guiding decisions. Those interested in taking part will be invited to the lab to participate in a questionnaire that will contain luck-based economic games in which you can earn tokens. For each of the luck-based economic games you are presented with, your task is to indicate how many tokens you would like to invest in the scenario. The games will be followed by questions about how you made your decisions. As compensation for participating, you will receive a £10 Love2Shop voucher for turning up, and the choices you make throughout the experiment will earn you up to £6.80 as a bonus.

    If you are interested in signing up (or know of anyone who fits the criteria and would like to participate), please click the following link to book a slot on our calendar: https://www.supersaas.com/schedule/ambs/BRL_Experiment_Booking_External. Slots are available throughout the rest of the month. You will receive confirmation of your booking on the next working day and a reminder the working day before participation. 
    If you wish for more information or have any questions, please contact us at behaviouralresearchlab@manchester.ac.uk.
    Thank you, 

    The Behavioural Research Team. 

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes
  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Monday, 10 July 2023

    A newsletter for PGR

    Research School Irregular - Contents

    [ top ]Seminars and Networks

    Digital Futures PHD Event

    Digital Futures PHD Event: 19th July 13:30-16:30

    Digital Futures is developing a network for PhD students within UoM who are working on research related to digital. This aims to help students to develop interdisciplinary, cross faculty relationships that can lead to new perspectives on research.

    We are looking for PHD's to present their research – this will be an interdisciplinary group, so it’s an opportunity to share your knowledge outside of your usual field and to develop interesting conversations and new perspectives on your work. Please contact lucy.forth@manchester.ac.uk by 7th July 2023 if you would like to present your research. This will also be an opportunity to find out more about Digital Futures and the wider opportunities the platform can support.

    Our initial workshop and networking lunch will take place on 19th July.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the beginning of this event

    Indicative agenda

    13:30 - 14:00: Registration and Lunch

    14:00 - 14:15: Director's Introduction - Professor Chris Taylor

    14:15 - 15:00: Presentations 

    15:00 - 15:15: Coffee and Networking

    15:15 - 16:15: World Cafe Workshop Section

    16:15 - 16:30: Wrap up and next steps

    Eventbrite link to sign up- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-futures-phd-event-tickets-662235663697?aff=oddtdtcreator

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

    [ top ]Jobs and Internships

    PDRA/RA Opportunities at Loughborough University

    Our research group at Computer Science, Loughborough University, is recruiting 7 PDRAs/RAs in machine learning/deep learning, computer vision, digital twins, and robotics (drone autonomy).

    Two job posts of the 7 PDARs/RAs are available: 2X Research Associate Machine Learning & Data Science for Environmental Science [vacancies.lboro.ac.uk], deadline on 13th July 2023.

     

    Also at https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/DAU362/2x-research-associates-in-machine-learning-and-data-science-for-environmental-science [jobs.ac.uk]

    gravatar Oliver Rhodes

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  • Please reset your University password before 6pm on Friday 30 June

    Published: Friday, 30 June 2023

    Hello, As you are aware, the University has been a victim of a cyber incident, and we’re working on this around the clock.

    Hello,

    As you are aware, the University has been a victim of a cyber incident, and we’re working on this around the clock.
    As part of our response to this incident, everyone with a University of Manchester IT account needs to reset their password, even if it has been changed recently.
    You will need to reset your password no later than 6pm (British Summer Time) on Friday 30 June, If you don’t, shortly afterwards you will lose access to University services.
    To ensure the password reset works successfully, use the IT Account Manager (https://iam.manchester.ac.uk/) to reset your password, then change your eduroam Wi-Fi settings, on all devices you use to connect to eduroam.
    Before you change your password, please read the information on the IT Services website:

    Important points

    • Do not choose a password that you have ever used anywhere else before
    • Do not amend just one character (such as adding a “1” or a symbol to your current password); you should use a completely new password
    • If you have used your old password – or a similar password – anywhere else online, you should also change this too

    Further information

    PJ Hemmaway
    Director of IT

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