School of CS newsletterPublished: Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
I advertised the link to where the report recommending the School structure for FSE may be found post the next Senate meeting on 28 June. The report may be found in the Senate papers for 28 June via http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/senate/meetings/. Whether or not it was deliberate, the link was made public at the end of last week and I am sure that many of you have read the report. In brief, the recommendation is for four schools:
A. EEE and MACE.
B. Physics and Astronomy and Earth and Environmental Sciences.
C. Chemistry, CEAS and Materials.
D. Maths and Computer Science
My personal view is that the opportunities described in the document, should Schools and Faculty desire them, can be achieved without merging Schools. I have been pushing back against these mergers and, as yet, no decisions have been made.
Here are a few thoughts and stuff that I know or believe:
- The review is a recommendation. I don't think the status quo is a likely result, though it is what I'd prefer. It may, however, be that some other version of what is recommended may be the outcome - we simply don't know.
- Discipline identities would be maintained (probably as departments within schools).
- Whatever happens, the date I've heard attached to any changes is the academic year 2019/2020.
- There is very little detail about how such a merged School would be implemented.
- My understanding is that there will be a consultation process and an email address provided by which views may be expressed.
If you wish to email me with views, questions, etc, then please do.
You will have received an email from the Dean offering a series of open meetings about the review of the school structure within FSE. the dates and venues are below (the first one is in the Kilburn Building):
· Monday 3rd July, 10.15 – 11.15, Theatre 1.1 Kilburn Building
· Wednesday 5th July, 9.30 – 10.30, C53 Sackville Street Building
· Monday 10th July, 13.30 – 14.30, C53 Sackville Street Building
Quoting from the Dean's message: "These meetings mark the start of a broad process where feedback and comment on the options will be welcomed from across the Faculty and wider University community.
More information about the report and opportunities to provide feedback will be provided on the Faculty Staffnet pages (http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/fse/).".
I do urge colleagues to attend.
[ top ]Events
Places have recently become available on the Child Protection Policy & Guidance training session, which is aimed at staff whose work may bring them into contact with young people under 18. Further details are below. To book a place please visit: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/TMS60
Aims and Objectives:
To provide a general overview of the University’s Child Protection Policy and the responsibilities of those involved in taking part in, or leading, University activities involving young people.
Specific objectives and outcomes:
By the end of the session those taking part will:
- Be aware of the possible forms and indications of child abuse
- Take appropriate action if they become aware of possible cases of child abuse
- Have a good general overview of the University’s policy and know where to go for further information and advice
- Have an understanding of the Disclosure and Barring Service process and appropriate checks required when working with children and/or adults
[ top ]Featured Research Outcomes
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article in IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. The work is on how to generate low-dimensional representations that not only identify the local neighbourhood structure of individual patterns, but also establish a global view of the relative positioning and separation between the underlying data cohorts.
T. Mu, J. Y. Goulermas and S. Ananiadou, Visualizing local sample and global cohort neighbouring structure, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, In press, 2017.
Preprint can be downloaded from http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/tingting.mu/Site/Publications_files/cova_preprint_full.pdf
[ top ]Tech Support News
Immediately after the publication of last week's newsletter, IT Services announced that they were delaying the introduction of a 2 Factor Authentication system for all staff and PGRs until "after Start Of Year 2017-18".