• Research School Irregular

    Published: Monday, 01 October 2018

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    Brilliant and BAME: Celebrating Black History Month

    Join staff, students and the local community in marking Black History Month 2018

    On Wednesday 3 October, come along to University Place for the University’s event for Black History Month, ‘Brilliant and BAME’.

    This year’s event will recognise and celebrate the significant contribution that people from BAME backgrounds have made to Manchester and Britain. SuAndi, local-born poet and writer and our keynote speaker, will be discussing this theme.

    Staff and students will be speaking about projects which promote equality, diversity and inclusion as part of the University Showcase. A series of lightening talks will include The Works, the Diversity ambassadors scheme, the University’s latest submission for the Race Equality Charter Mark, and what the Students Union are doing to support race equality. 

    Between 12-2pm, there will be more opportunities and initiatives to find out about in the main exhibition outside University Place and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and the John Rylands University Library will have displays from their archives.

    To make this a real celebration, there will be live music from local artists, street food stalls and an art exhibition.

    We will have our University and Students’ Union joint project Speak Up Stand Up launching their first event of the year, the Speak Up! Stand Up! Emotive Art Exhibition, which will take place in the University Place Drum.

    Register on Eventbrite for a place at the talks:

    University Showcase: Working Towards Race Equality – 1.15pm-2.30pm, University Place Lecture Theatre A

    SuAndi on BAME contribution to Britain – 2.40pm-3.30pm, University Place Lecture Theatre A

    Find out more – join the Brilliant and BAME Facebook event or visit the University website.

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    Advances in Data Science Seminar Series


       "Shining a light on NOIR - Rethinking Scales of Measurement"

    Still Time to Register!


    Speaker: Prof Chris Brunsdon (Maynooth University, Ireland)

    Date: Tuesday 2nd October 2018

    Venue: Michael Smith Lecture Theatre, Dover St, Manchester M13 9PT

    Time: 14.30-15.30  



    Thanks to all those that have already registered for the next Advances in Data Science Seminar on 2nd October 2018. For those that haven't yet had a chance to register, there is still time to book a place for this event with Prof. Chris Brunsdon from Maynooth University who will present 'Shining a light on NOIR - Rethinking Scales of Measurement'


    Abstract: The 'NOIR' referred to here is actually an acronym for the four scales of measurement proposed by Stevens in 1946: Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, and Ratio. Despite being proposed over 70 years ago this categorisation is still influential - and can shape the way people think about choices for data analysis and visualisation. A number of software packages and text books are structured at least loosely on this framework - many of which have informed practice in spatial modelling and mapping. However, it has not gone unchallenged and it will be argued here that this approach is at times unhelpful. There are inconsistencies arising from the NOIR categorisation, and it omits several important scales of measurent. However, I would argue that it is still helpful to consider scales of measurement, although this involves critically evaluating Stevens’ original specification. In this talk, I will discuss practical examples of these inconsistencies and omissions, and consider specific cases of analysis of some of the omited scales of measurement - in particular cyclic data and partially-ordered sets.



    Bio: Chis Brunsdon is a Professor of Geocomputation, and Director of the National Centre for Geocomputation at Maynooth University. Prior to this he was Professor of Human Geography at the University of Liverpool in the UK, and before this he worked in the Universities of Leicester, Glamorgan and Newcastle. He holds degrees from Durham University (BSc Mathematics) and Newcastle University (MSc Medical Statistics, PhD in Geography).



    If you haven't had a chance to register yet, there is still time to secure your place. Please register using the link below.


    If you have any queries please contact dsi.enquiries@manchester.ac.uk    

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    [ top ]Professional Development (and Networks)

    My Research Essentials

    My Research Essentials is back for Semester One! Highlights include:

    ·       Four different types of Pure workshops; Making the most of your Pure profile, Recording your Research with Pure, Pure Masterclass & Pure Express

    ·         A new workshop called ‘Shut Up And Write’ which will run twice (5th and 23rd November) in Semester One.


    More information about upcoming workshops and online resources and can be found on the Library website.

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    University library order a book service

    We know it is frustrating when you can’t get hold of a book for your research. That’s why the Library is running the Order a Book Service again this year to support students when they can’t get the books they need for their studies. If the Library doesn’t hold a copy of the book needed, then you can fill in the Order a book form and the Library will get it for you!



    If you have any queries about the service, then contact your Academic Engagement Librarian, Gemma Smith: gemma.smith-3@manchester.ac.uk

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