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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Friday, 17 December 2021

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Happy Christmas and New Year!

    On behalf of the PGR Team and myself, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year. Please make sure you get some rest; it will make your thinking better. Remember, the PGR discord is still active if you fancy hanging out! Personally, if anyone fancies organising an introduction to DnD I'd be very interested! Also, remember that there are many activities in Manchester and surrounding areas. Have a look at:

    And if you really want a traditional evening then go to a Panto (Christmas pantomimes and shows in and around Manchester), and a traditional meal at Mr Thomas's Chop House (other restaurants available).

    gravatar Simon Harper

    Building Opening Over Christmas

    Although some staff members have reverted to working from home in response to the latest government guidance, as we approach the Christmas break I wanted to inform colleagues who are still on campus of the arrangements that are in place in the run up to Christmas and during the closure period.

    Access to campus between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 December

    The Schuster and Kilburn Buildings along with Engineering Building A will be operating as open access to facilitate study space provision. Over the remainder of the Christmas period students will have access to the University library facilities.

    From Monday 20 December, the following buildings will be accessible via swipe card only; Alan Turing, George Begg, James Chadwick, The Mill, Sackville Street, National Graphene Institute, Henry Royce Institute, Pariser, MSS Tower, Oddfellows, James Lighthill, John Garside, Masdar, Ferranti, Morton Laboratory and York Street. If you require access to any of these buildings and are concerned that your swipe card doesn’t currently enable entry please contact your Deputy School Operations Manager.

    The final working day at the University before Christmas and New Year is Wednesday 22 December – buildings will begin to close after 5pm on that day. The University will re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

    Access to campus during the Christmas closure

    Access to laboratories or facilities during the Christmas closure should be limited to exceptional circumstances. This includes essential safety checks and monitoring of equipment that cannot be switched off or checked remotely. Requests to come on to campus for these reasons should be sent in advance to your Head of Department / Head of Institute for consideration and risk assessments, for this exceptional working, must be in place before coming on to campus.


    Reduction in general building support

    Please be aware that during the Christmas closure period there will not be any PS staff support and support from University Estates, House Services and Campus Security will be reduced. Building heating will be turned off for environmental sustainability.


    Checking your work area

    In the past there have been a number of break-ins during the Christmas closure period. Please check that all rooms and valuables have been made secure before leaving. Switch off all lights, electrical items and equipment that will not be needed and dispose of all perishables from fridges, kitchenettes and offices (we do not expect colleagues who are working from home to return to campus to secure their work area, switch off equipment etc.).


    In the event of an emergency, please contact the University’s Security Services on 0161 306 9966.


    If there are any developments to our current operations in response to Omicron, please be assured that we will inform you as soon as we can. Thank you to everyone for your understanding during what has been another challenging year and I sincerely hope that you are able to enjoy a well-deserved break.

    gravatar Simon Harper

    [ top ]Professional Development (and Networks)

    Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

    For early career researchers (ECRs), with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post in the UK, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work

    N.B The Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research e.g. Teaching Staff.

    All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Here, ‘ECRs’ are considered as those that formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination after 23-Feb-18 (excluding career breaks) and before 4pm 24-Feb-22.

    Internal sift process
    The Faculty invites expressions of interest from potential applicants for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.
    Expressions of interest should include:
    •             a one page CV, including details of the candidate’s top 5 publications
    •             The names and email addresses of two referees
    •             A one page outline research proposal, which includes details on why your work is (a) an appropriate fit for this scheme and (b) a match to the research of the host department
    This faculty level selection process supersedes any local departmental arrangements that have been in place previously. It would be helpful for departments to pre-sift candidates to ensure they are of a suitable calibre for this scheme, and that their proposed work is a suitable fit to the host department/institute.
    If you are selected as one of the Manchester-supported candidates we will work with you to prepare the full application to Leverhulme.
    Expressions should be submitted to  via the department or institute (i.e. not directly from the candidate) by Friday 14th January 2022 at 12 noon.
    If departments are submitting multiple bids to the faculty panel, please could they be ranked beforehand?
    Candidates who will be supported should be notified by the 28th January.
    gravatar Simon Harper

    [ top ]Health and Wellbeing

    Wellbeing Wiki

    You can still find useful numbers/support on our Wellbeing Wiki during the Christmas break.

    And of course, there are still some classes happening, or groups to get involved with. 

    Please find more here:


    Helplines and Websites to check out:

    Mental Health Helplines 24 hour mental health helplines.


    0800 358 5997 Outside the UK +44 141 271 7555

    For online support:

    Password: Wellbeing Username: UOMStaff



    Action For Happiness - publish a wide variety of lectures and talks

    BBC Headroom - a new mental wellbeing site with a variety of films, discussions, nature programmes and more!

    Hub of Hope - a national mental health database, bringing help and support together in one place, with a focus on grassroots organisations.

    Dementia Friendly Walks for those with dementia, their friends, family, and carers.


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