Research School IrregularPublished: Monday, 08 October 2018
A newsletter for PGR
Research School Irregular - Contents
[ top ]Research School Irregular
2019 Two Year Worldwide IBM PhD Fellowship is open
The focus areas include the following topics of particular interest:
· AI / Cognitive Computing
· Cloud Computing
· Data Science / Big Data / Analytics
· Internet of things
· Quantum Computing
Nominations will be accepted from the faculty member September 20 through October 25, 2018. The external program description and nomination form may be found at: www.ibm.com/university/phdfellowship.
Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member. The nominator provides the supporting documentation (resume, list of publications, thesis topic, etc.), categorizes the student's initial career interests and submits the nomination for evaluation.
[ top ]Owning Your Research Project
The Research Lifecycle Programme business case was successful! We have
funds to invest in research IT infrastucture --- computational resource, VMs,
storage, etc --- this year and for the next four years.
The first phase, this autumn, will be a major investment in local computational
platforms aimed at addressing the needs of researchers wishing to run true
HPC jobs (e.g., 256 cores and up).
Later phases include further funds in the New Year and yet more in RLP
Years 2, 3 and 4, to incrementally build computational capacity.
** We need your input!
We are holding two workshops --- please come along to one and help us
prioritise the money:
-- Do you want more GPUs?
-- An Hadoop cluster?
-- A server with 3 TB of RAM inside?
For details and REGISTRATION to the workshops, please visit
[ top ]Wider Research Community
The Manchester team are looking to recruit volunteers (and possible speakers) for the next Pint of Science (PoS) Festival (20-22 May 2019)!
Pint of Science is a three day festival taking place across Manchester, where scientists are brought to the pub to share their research with the public. The festival has been a great success and now simultaneously takes place in over 10 countries. This year marks the 6th year that the festival has taken place in Manchester.
We need volunteers to organise the following themes, as well as one-off events throughout the year:
· Atoms to Galaxies - e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Materials.
· Beautiful Mind - e.g. Neurosciences, Psychology, Psychiatry.
· Creative Reactions - Art meets Science (the possibilities are endless!!!)
· Planet Earth - e.g. Earth Sciences, Plant Science, Zoology.
· Our Body - e.g. Biology, Medicine, Health.
· Our Society - e.g. Sociology, Public policy Law, History, Archaeology
· Tech Me Out - e.g. Technology, Engineering, Computing.
Don’t be put off if you’re not a scientist! There are numerous roles in organising this event and we need plenty of creative minds. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in event organisation and public engagement, as well as meeting new people.
There will also be positions on the committee such as promotion, social media officer, website organisation etc. New this year, we’d also like to have a social sec, to organise social gathering for our volunteers to get to know each other!
We will be holding out first meeting in the University of Manchester 17:30-18:30 at Academy 3 on 30th October.
It is important that you register your interest for the Pint of Science Society on the University of Manchester Students’ Union website. You can do so at the following link:
You will need to register on the website before signing up to the society.
There is a Guest login so you do not have to be a UoM student to register for the society!
Please have a think about which theme you might be interested in being involved with before the first meeting. It doesn’t have to be your own speciality!
Interested in taking part but not sure you have time to commit to volunteering this year?
How about registering your interest in giving a talk by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org?
We will provide you with some more details and forward you a form to fill. Your details will then get passed on to the appropriate team who may contact you if your research aligns with their chosen theme.
Likewise, if you have any questions or cannot make the first meeting, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com
Khadisha and James
Manchester Team Coordinators
Pint of Science Manchester
[ top ]PGR Mentors
Apple TV is now in installed on the TV in LF17 - Instructions are with it and it's available to PGR studnent to use.
Remember LF17 is available for all PGR students across all years!
[ top ]Notes from the Advisors
You may have noticed that we're updating the research posters around the place. The posters that have been taken down have been placed in room 2.7 (between ACSO and the admissions office) and you can pick them up from there. We'll leave the posters there until October 12th and then they will be recycled. If you cannot pick your poster up before then please let me know.
This year's research symposium will take place April 23 - 25 (2019). All PGR students are expected to attend the symposium and get involved.
Further details will follow but please note that the activities for each year group will change this year. We will be asking first-year students to prepare a research poster (and giving this option to all years) and both second and third-year students will be asked to present a research talk.