SES universities receive a boost to tackle major research and societal challenges

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75 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK are set to receive over £800 million in support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and industry partners; part of an increased research and development investment to boost the UK economy and deliver scientific excellence. 24 CDTs led by SES universities will soon benefit from UKRI’s funding of £446 million across 75 centres that will develop skills, bring innovation, and build better lives for UK citizens. The investment has been furthered by £386 million (committed through either cash or in-kind support) from 1,400 Industry partners.  In total, over 1/3 of the...
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The Green Dream Team

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How efficient labs could progress sustainability and excellence in research An exciting new tool is currently being piloted across the UK in an endeavour to standardise best practice across research efficiency, sustainability and quality. The countless benefits and developments in scientific research are widely known and recognised by society, from better drugs to safer materials and faster technology. However, there’s a rarely reported on ‘dark side’ to science where the materials and energy cost to deliver excellent research, both financially and environmentally, are piling up.  With over 2/3 [1] of total university energy usage consumed by laboratory buildings, it’s no surprise that...
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£14 million Helps UK Catalysis Hub React to Key Scientific Challenges

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A new £14 million investment into the UK’s Catalysis Hub (launched in 2013) that will support a nationwide research programme was announced yesterday by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Centred at the Research Complex at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Hub will co-ordinate a collaborative research program across the UK. The Hub's collaborating partners include SES members the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton, Queen Mary University of London, UCL and Imperial College London. The University of Bath, Cardiff University, and The University of Manchester will lead three of the Hub's themes, with 25 universities directly involved in projects...
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Guest Post: The Nuanced Nature of Data Collection

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Elizabeth Kullmann is a postgraduate student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford. Here she talks about her visit to The Data Dialogue: When Research Crosses Borders and what she took away. As a postgraduate student at University of Oxford embarking upon an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, I am rapidly developing a love of data. At the moment the MSc course is mostly taught and seminar-based, however in the final term, we are expected to write a dissertation that may rely on the use - and potentially gathering - of empirical data. As such, the idea of The Data Dialogue...
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£12 Million Awarded to SES Institutions to Deliver University HPC

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Researchers across the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) and the wider UK research community will soon benefit from an influx of funding to support scientific work on computational systems, crucial to the development of the UK economy and with high impact in areas such as the environment, technology, and health. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council (EPSRC) has awarded £12 million to SES institutions towards developing university Tier 2, High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities with a diversity of architectures that are designed to provide a boost to research and innovation and fill a gap where computational needs have...
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The Data Dialogue: Time to Share

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Researchers are faced throughout their careers with managing research data. Implementing best practice early on can not only help you to access the right data quickly, but also ensure that data is relevant,  reusable and accessible to others, contributing further to scientific research. The first part of The Data Dialogue - Time to Share: Navigating Boundaries and Benefits -  provided Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines with the tools and knowledge to better approach their research data needs, covering the benefits of sharing data, how we share difficult and sensitive data, gaining access to restricted, secure, or open data,...
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Guest Post: The Power of Open Data

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Dr. Kirstie Whitaker is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge with a focus on brain development during the teenage years. Here she talks about her visit to The Data Dialogue: Time to Share and what she took away. I’m a researcher in the Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge and I spend my days crunching gigabytes of data from magnetic resonance images to see how brain structure changes during adolescence. In the past, human neuroimaging has been really expensive. This has meant we’ve had small groups of participants and these have...
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Guest Post: Indeed, it is time to share

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Stijn Michielse, a visiting PhD student at the University of Cambridge (Department of Developmental Psychiatry) from Maastricht University, Netherlands talks about his visit to The Data Dialogue: Time to Share and what he took away. My background is in neurobiological sciences working on a project involving loads of confidential data such as MRI scans, DNA material and medical records, so with great interest I took part in The Data Dialogue in order to learn more about proper data management, documentation and sharing from different viewpoints. Indeed it is Time to Share! Two very relevant topics were raised during the conference:...
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Meeting the Needs of a Wireless World

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It’s hard to deny how much we depend on wireless communications – and one pace-setting spinout company is helping to make it possible through patented technology developed at UCL and Cambridge University. From schools, hospitals, airports and shopping malls, to sports stadia, music arenas, power stations and corporate HQs, Zinwave delivers unique optical-fibre solutions that allow high-quality wireless coverage to reach every part of a building or complex – however big it is, however tall it is and however far it extends underground. Zinwave’s success demonstrates not just how collaboration between academic institutions can lead to remarkable technical breakthroughs, but...
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Innovative Doctoral Training Comes To Light

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The science of light is the focus of a joint UCL-Cambridge University centre turning today’s PhD students into tomorrow’s industry innovators – and equipping them to propel a vital growth sector forward into a future full of possibilities. Combining dynamism and invention with opportunities hugely enriched by its cross-institutional nature, the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES) has created an open, ‘can do’ research community that, through its leading-edge work, is helping to transform the way we live, work, play and communicate. Strengthened by extensive ties with industry and business, the Centre’s success in...
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