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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Monday, 19 April 2021

    A newsletter for PGR

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    Doctoral prize announcements

    Ladies and gentlemen,


    We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's Outstanding Thesis and Outstanding Paper prizes for PhD students.


    1. Steve Furber Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Computer Science (£200):


    Automated Theorem Proving in Higher-Order Logic by Ahmed Bhayat (supervisor: Giles Reger).




    Dr. Bhayat's work is part of a new wave of research in higher-order automated reasoning. Back in the 1990s, higher-order superposition -- the technique developed by Dr. Bhayat and independently, in a different variant, by another research group -- was briefly considered by leading researchers such as Christoph Benzmüller and Michael Kohlhase. They essentially dismissed it as impossible due to a technicality. For a further two decades, higher-order automation was pursued by researchers who largely ignored the most successful first-order method (superposition). Dr. Bhayat showed how something "impossible" can be done, both theoretically and practically, and obtained excellent empirical results. Higher-order AR will not be the same after this.


    2. Carole Goble Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Paper in Computer Science (£150):


    Li, M., Takamura, H. and Ananiadou, S., A Neural Model for Aggregating Coreference Annotation in Crowdsourcing, in: Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2020), pages 5760-5773, 2020 Outstanding paper at Coling 2020.


    Outstanding Paper Prize, runners up (£50):


    Viktor Schlegel, Goran Nenadic and Riza Batista-Navarro: Semantics Altering Modifications for Evaluating Comprehension in Machine Reading, in Proceedings, Thirty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-21).


    M. Wojtas and K. Chen: Feature importance ranking for deep learning, in Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020).



    Ian Pratt-Hartmann

    Deputy PGR director

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    Invitation to PGR Open Forum Meetings - April

    All PGRs are invited to attend one of two open forum meetings for Manchester-based taking place on Monday 26th April at 11am-12pm and remote-based PGRs, taking place on Tuesday 27th April at 11.30am-12.30pm.


    You will only need to register to attend the open meeting that describes your current situation.


    Please register here if you are based in Manchester:


    Please register here if you are based remotely elsewhere:


    Prof Sarah Heath (FSE Associate Dean for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers) will be joined by Departmental PGR Directors to inform you of any updates and answer your questions.


    The meeting will take place on Zoom and you will be sent details on how to join closer to the time.


    We hope that you can join us and would like to encourage you to submit any questions ahead of the meeting to by 5pm Thursday 22nd April. You’ll also be able to ask any questions during the meeting.

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    Postgraduate Researcher Drop-in Sessions with Prof Sarah Heath

    Professor Sarah Heath, Associate Dean for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers will be recommencing Postgraduate Researcher drop in sessions every Friday, 3-4pm, from Friday 30th April to 30th July.


    Here is the zoom invitation link:

    Join Zoom Meeting


    Now, more than ever, it’s really important that we keep the lines of communication open to support you academically and your wellbeing. These sessions are an opportunity to raise any concerns or ask any questions directly with Sarah, who will also be supported by a member of the PGR Services Faculty Team.


    There is no need to book a specific timeslot, please just access the session using the zoom link

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    EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship 2021/22 - Call for Applications

    FSE are now accepting applications to the 2021/22 EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. This year, recruitment to the fellowship will be done in two phases to accommodate students that receive an extension due to COVID-19. The indicative timetable for each phase is as follows:


    Application Deadline


    Project start date


    Friday 30th July 2021

    August 2021 (exact date TBC)

    September 1st 2021 – January 31st 2022


    Friday 28thJanuary 2022

    February 2022 (exact date TBC)

    1st April – 31st July 2022

    The EPSRC Doctoral Prize is a prestigious scheme aimed at developing the very best EPSRC funded students beyond the end of their PhD and help them launch a successful career in research as potential future research leaders.

    Successful applicants will be expected to take their research to the next level and undertake significant new research; the Prize must not be viewed merely as an opportunity to continue/complete PhD work although the continuation of specific work from the applicants’ PhD that will result in publications may be permitted.

    Successful applicants will be awarded a tax-free living allowance of £24,370 per annum (pro rata).

    For more information please visit:

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