• Research School Irregular

    Published: Thursday, 21 December 2017

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Happy Holidays

    On behalf of all the staff in the Research School. Have a Great Christmas and New Year!

    Make sure you do take some time away from the work, spend it doing anything you like but the break will give you new insights on your work once you return; refreshed and ready to go.

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    PGR Home

    If you've just joined us in September, it's now time to move to your new home group lab. If you're a CDT student then you'll stay in the PGR Home, if you don't yet have a desk elsewhere, then come see me as soon as possible. For everyone else you need to move out of PGT Home by w/c Monday 08th January.

    Remember you can still keep your locker, and keep coming back for tea coffee and just to hang-out. There will probably be some desks available if you need to get out of your new lab for a change of scene.

    Finally, if you're staying in PGR Home, we are moving the lab about so if you are sitting at a desk with a yellow post it note on it then you'll need to move to a different desk as soon as you can.


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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    St. Gallen Symposium 2018 – Opportunity to join a global forum & community

    Dear Student,

    Would you like to share your vision of the future with world leaders such as Dominic Barton, Professor Niall Ferguson, Kersti Kaljulaid, Christine Lagarde, or Jack Ma?

    Discuss your ideas with the global elite, create an impact and enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland. Apply until 1 February 2018 and seize the opportunity to qualify as one of 200 “Leaders of Tomorrow” for the 48th St. Gallen Symposium (www.symposium.org) by competing for the 30th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. A special jubilee symposium awaits you with a prize money of CHF 30,000 and various festivities. Here some more highlights if you make it to St. Gallen:

    § Meet 600 top managers, entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists from around the world

    § Share your ideas with the symposium’s global audience

    § Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow

    § Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds and become member of a global community

    The 48th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 2–4 May 2018 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is devoted to the theme “Beyond the end of work”. The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is the world’s foremost student essay competition giving you the extraordinary opportunity to share your voice and opinion with some of the world’s most influential luminaries.

    Check our competition trailer, have a look at competition question and requirements at www.symp.sg/competition, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2018. To get more insights check out www.youtube.com/user/StGallenSymposium and follow us on our Social Media channels.

    We look forward to hopefully welcoming you to our forum in Switzerland in May 2018!

    With best regards,

    Your 48th International Students’ Committee (ISC)

    International Students’ Committee (ISC)

    St. Gallen Symposium
    P.O. Box 1045
    9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Phone +41 71 227 20 20, Fax +41 71 227 20 30
    LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | #beyondwork

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    Blockchain is in short, a decentralised database technology. It is the technology that makes cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc) possible. However, its potential usages expand more than cryptocurrencies. As a lot of what we do today are data, blockchain draws interests from several sectors including finance, business, investment, medical, law, sports and etc. To summarise a few key benefits, the technology offers:

    - higher security in terms of no central point of failure = less prone to attacks

    - automation = costs reduced for businesses

    - transparency control (there are options for public or permissioned database) = auditability

    - immutability = data will not be compromised and changed easily


    The UK government has recently announced that the technology can help governments in many ways including taxes and benefits, registries, supply chains, records and services.

    The technology is still very young, and Blockchainers is the first official blockchain society in Manchester, and 4th in the nation. The society aims to promote awareness and application of the technology throughout the university.
    Members have plenty of chances to meet weekly in our discussion sessions, but also development and research sessions for those who are technical, which is led by a team with more than 7 years professional working experience. We will be looking together into how to create your own blockchain and researching into how its alternatives work. As educational society, we will run regular events throughout the year hosting speakers, holding workshops and competitions.


    For students to sign-up, they can sign up our website at www.blockchainers.uk or they can contact us for more information at team@blockchainers.uk. We also have social media pages which can be found through our website as well.

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    [ top ]PGR Mentors

    PGR Winter Warmer

    The SU are hosting a drop-in event for PGR’s where they will be giving out free reflective badges, free hot chocolates and free candy canes.

    Book free tickets via the SU website.

    http://studentnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/student-services/comms/Winter Warmer.pdf

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    [ top ]Notes from the Advisors

    Making a Difference Awards 2018

    Making a Difference Awards 2018

    Do you or someone you know deserve recognition for the difference you are making?

    Now in their fourth year, our annual Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility are now open for entries, with a closing date of 22 January 2018. The awards recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of University staff, students, alumni and partners in our local communities.

    Supporting young people who have limited access to a formal education due to conflict and poverty; developing a new approach to improve autism symptoms and behaviour in pre-school children and raising awareness of homelessness in Manchester are just a few of the previous winners of a Making a Difference Award.

    The awards cover a wide range of contributions to the University’s social responsibility strategy, with categories including sustainability, community and public engagement, widening participation, social enterprise, responsible processes and equality and diversity.

    Previous winners and highly commended recipients state how receiving a Making a Difference Award has helped their raise awareness of the projects they are so passionate about and highlighted the impact of their work, as well as providing well-deserved recognition.

    The awards will culminate in a high profile awards ceremony, hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2018. This event raises awareness of the many ways individuals and teams across the University make a real difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

    James Thompson, Vice-President for Social Responsibility said: “I would encourage anyone who is making a positive contribution to society to enter our Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility. The Awards will highlight the significant impact your work is having on society and provide a platform to showcase the commitment of our staff, students, alumni and external partners.”

    Important Information:

    For further information: Contact the Office for Social Responsibility, 186 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road or call: 0161 306 3044.

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    [ top ]Someone to Talk With

    ​​​​​​​Talk on Sexual Violence on Campus - 28 Feb

    Dear Students,

    I wanted to promote an event to you that is due to take place at the end of February 2018.

    Talk on Sexual Violence on Campus

    By Alison Phipps, Professor of Gender Studies


    Wednesday 28th February 2018 @ 3pm - Rutherford Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building

    To book a place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-on-sexual-violence-on-campus-tickets-40098980129

    To find out more about the event visit http://staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/physics-and-astronomy/student-experience/news-events-and-achievements-/

    Many thanks.


    Sally Brown l Student Experience Manager l School of Physics and Astronomy l Teaching & Learning Office, Room 2.55, 2nd Floor, Schuster Building l The University of Manchester l Oxford Road l Manchester, M13 9PL l Tel: 0161 275 7314 l Mobile 07814 001819 l Email: sally.brown-2@manchester.ac.uk l Website: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/

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