University News in Brief for Staff
 
Wednesday 14 March 2012 Events
 
 

Russell Group
You should be aware that the University of Exeter has accepted an invitation to join the Russell Group of leading research-led universities. This is great news for staff, students and graduates and reflects all the hard work that has gone into strengthening the University over the past ten years.

Teaching awards record nominations
The Students’ Guild has received a record 2,021 individual nominations for 588 individual members of staff for the 2012 Teaching Awards. This compares with 905 nominations last year for 321 individual members of staff. Now in its third year, the Exeter Teaching Awards recognise, celebrate and promote excellence by both teaching and support staff. The shortlist will be announced at the end of March, and winners on 3 May.

Professional Services awards open
Nominations are open for the Professional Services Recognition Awards (PSRAs). All staff and students are encouraged to nominate individuals or teams within Professional Services who made a positive contribution to the University through 2011. Nominations can be made online through the Professional Services Recognition Awards web page. For staff without internet access, forms are available from the main University Reception at Northcote House and residences porters lodges. Deadline: Mon 2 April.

Still growing
Human Resources have confirmed that over the last year the University’s full time equivalent staff headcount has increased by 274, representing growth of 9.4%. In an in-depth interview with BBC Spotlight (available online) the Vice-Chancellor spoke of aims to increase our student numbers to 20,000 by taking in an extra 400 students each year for the next five years, largely from the international and AAB cohort.

Council election
Three candidates are standing for election as the Professional Services staff member of Council. All members of Professional Services staff are eligible to vote in the election, which will take place online. Voting closes on 30 March 2012. Further information about the election, detailed voting instructions and the candidates are available on our Staff web pages.

Medical school activity
Dr Dennis Gillings, an alumnus of the University, has donated £1 million to help establish the University of Exeter Medical School. The donation brings total planned investment in the School to nearly £33 million. Recruitment activity for 2013 entry is now underway, with an open day planned for 21 April with more than 570 registered to attend, and the publication of a new prospectus and website.

Medical research boost
Over £5.7 million will be invested by the National Institute for Health Research in the Peninsula NIHR Clinical Research Facility. This facilitates research carried out by scientists and clinicians at the University of Exeter, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. The funding will support early-stage research for people with diseases such as diabetes, obesity and vascular disease. A key campaign contributing to this is the Exeter 10,000 project which aims to recruit 10,000 volunteers in and around Exeter to take part in research –so far more than 4,600 volunteers are taking part.

Support for care leavers
The University’s commitment to supporting care leavers has been recognised with the confirmation that the Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers has been re-awarded for another two years. Working together, Admissions and Student Recruitment, Student Support Services, the Accommodation Office and the Students’ Guild provide the enhanced support that students who have had experience of the public care system may need to make the successful transition to university life. From 2012/13 care leavers entering the University will be entitled to a full fee waiver in addition to other financial and pastoral support.

Recent grants
Prof Ken Haynes, Biosciences, is leading the Exeter component of a £5.1 million Wellcome Trust award as part of a medical mycology and fungal immunology consortium led by the Aberdeen Fungal Group. Prof Jonathan Barry has also received a Wellcome Trust award, for his work on the medical world of early modern England, Wales and Ireland c.1500-1715. Profs Haywood and Cox in Mathematics and Computer Sciences are working with Prof Sitch and Dr Mercado in Geography on a project entitled South American Biomass Burning Analysis (SAMBBA) having been awarded a £444,573 NERC grant.

Staff news
Prof Debra Myhill, Graduate School of Education, is briefing the Chief Inspector of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw on her literacy research this week. Dr Larbi Sadiki, Politics, sits on the United Nations Development Programme Advisory Board which soon will be publishing the 2012 Arab Human Development Report. Dr Michael Addo, Law School, has been appointed to a five-member United Nations (UN) expert body – the Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises.

University supports Northcott
David Allen, Registrar, has confirmed that the University will be investing a further £360k in the Northcott theatre over the next three years. This is on top of the £2m we have invested in the theatre since 2003. This makes the University the second major funder, after the Arts Council.

Student Information Desk (SID)
In advance of the Student Services Centre opening in the Forum a new integrated Student Information Desk (SID) has been launched. SID online provides a way of viewing student support information and is accessible via MyExeter’s ‘help and support’ tab. In its first month SID dealt with over 8500 student questions, answering 71% with the remaining questions being assigned to specialist student services teams. Contact Anna Russell.

ESI Lecture Series
The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) has launched a public Lecture Series. The first lecture, by the ESI’s Prof Robbie McDonald, will address the controversial topic of ‘Managing badgers and controlling TB’. The event is being video linked to the Geoffrey Pope Building, room GP328a. For info and to book your place contact Lena Holland.

Cornwall Campus Offer-Holder Visit Day
The final Cornwall Campus offer-holder visit day of this recruitment cycle takes place on Sat 17 Mar. Attendance figures for the previous two events have been very good and feedback has been excellent. For further information, please contact Richard Prest or Jo Thacker. The last Streatham Campus offer-holder visit day is on Wed 28 Mar. Formal analysis of visitor feedback from all visit days will be conducted.

Online Coursework Management
A new Online Coursework Management system went live on 30 January and is currently being used to manage over 30 modules across all Colleges. Developed by our ELE partners ULCC, it provides a streamlined, paperless process which allows students to submit assignments and receive marks and feedback. It aims to give academic staff more time to mark assignments and reduces the burden on support staff. Contact Sue Milward.

Vehicle hire
A new agreement for the University has been negotiated for short term vehicle hire. Staff may use either Enterprise or Thrifty for car hire, and Thrifty for commercial vehicle hire. As a result of the new agreement, staff save up to 10% on personal hires with either company.

Quality assured
The Research and Knowledge Transfer team has been reaccredited with the ISO 9001 standard for Quality Assurance for the fourth year running. It is an international standard for maintaining an effective quality management system. The RKT office is one of the very few UK University teams to have met the standard.

Guild elections
A record 6,501 votes were cast in the recent Students’ Guild elections. The Sabbatical Team for 2012/13 is: President - Nick Davies; AU President - Joe Batten; VP Participation and Campuses - Jon Bagnall; VP Welfare and Community - Grace Hopper; VP Academic Affairs - Imogen Sanders. See more online.

Prospective postgraduates web
The Web Team need help finding prospective postgraduates who are not familiar with the University website to test web pages. If you have relatives or friends considering postgraduate study who are near Exeter until mid-April contact Sarah Williams. Participants will receive an Amazon gift voucher.

Emergency exercise
The Fire and Ambulance Services are carrying out a training exercise on Sat 24 March in Harrison and St Luke’s car parks. Volunteers are needed to take part with a £10 lunch voucher on offer.  Find more details and register online. The event is being supported by the Business Continuity team. If you have any queries please contact Sue Dummett.

Sports opportunities
The Sports Office has recently formed a partnership with the FA and will be hosting a Mars Just Play football centre. Sessions will run on Monday nights on the MUGA, 8-9pm and will cost only £1.50. Helen Ward, the University’s Director of Badminton is running a series of evening group Badminton coaching sessions throughout April. This month is International Sport Month.

Call to cricket
The Erratics Cricket Club for University staff and friends welcomes new members. Contact via website or just come along to nets at the Cricket Centre in the Sports Park, Streatham Campus, at 5-6pm Mondays from 5-26 March then 5-7pm Wednesdays from 4-25 April.

Family Easter Egg Hunt
The Staff Association and Reed Hall are hosting a fun packed Easter themed morning on Saturday 31 March which will involve face painting, making of Easter baskets and an Easter Egg hunt around the beautiful Reed Hall grounds. £3 per child (staff association members get first child free).

Surveys
Yuri Kork, PhD student in the Business School, is researching the relationship between film genres and tourist behaviour. Fill in a survey online, there are prizes for respondents. Participants are sought for a post-graduate psychology study on Language use in Mature Adults. If you are aged 45-64, have English as your first language and would like the chance to win a £50 gift voucher, complete the language survey. To take part in a separate psychology research study on responses to positive moods contact Claire Delduca.

Weds 14 Mar, 5pm
Open meeting about Bioblitz 2012
(Will take place on Sat 12 May in Hoopern Valley, Exeter)
Location: Newman Lecture D, Peter Chalk centre, Streatham Campus

Weds 14 Mar, 5.15pm
The Nicholas Orme Lecture in Medieval History 2012
King Athelstan: The Maker of England?’
Michael Wood, Independent Scholar and Broadcaster
Location: LT1, Queen’s, Streatham Campus

Weds 14 Mar, 4.30pm
Tremough Seminar Series
Dr Helena Hammond (Roehampton University)
Location: Peter Lanyon LT2, Cornwall Campus

Weds 14 Mar, 5pm
ESI Lecture Series
Professor Robbie McDonald,
‘Managing badgers and controlling TB’
Location: Lecture Theatre A, Daphne du Maurier Building, Cornwall Campus
videolink to Geoffrey Pope Building room GP328a, Streatham Campus
Register: Lena Holland

Thurs 15 Mar, 10am
Border Control and the Challenge of International Protection
David Wood, Head of the Enforcement and Crime Section of the UK Border Agency
Lecture followed by Q&A
Location: Amory 308, Streatham Campus
Contact: Mike Sanderson

Thurs 15 Mar, midday
Centre for Ecology and Conservation seminar
Katharina Riebel (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Beauty is in the ear of the beholder: development of mating preferences in a songbird
Location: Lecture theatre A, Daphne du Maurier Building, Cornwall Campus

Thurs 15 Mar, 4.15pm
Human/Cultural Geography Seminar
‘Producing Territory at Maxwell Street: Tracing the Interplay of Materiality, Representation and Practice in a Changing Landscape’
Tim Cresswell, Royal Holloway
Location: Peter Lanyon Lecture 1, Cornwall Campus

Fri 16 Mar, 9am-2pm
Data Visualisation Workshop
Presentations from a variety of disciplinary perspectives on how data is visualised and mapped, the techniques available and how they are applied; then buffet lunch;
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham Campus
Please register with Helen Butler 01392 726208.

Fri 16 Mar, 11am-4.30pm
Workshop: Robustness in Biology and Engineering
Chair: Sabina Leonelli, ESRC Centre for Genomics and Society, (Exeter)
sponsored by the EPSRC and the ESRC
RSVP by emailing Natasha Simcock
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus

Fri 16 Mar, 5-6.30pm
An Accidental War Reporter: Serendipity, Sarajevo, Samarra and Ciudad Juarez
Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian
Location: Old Library 134, Streatham Campus
This event is organized in support of the Bosnian Paralympic Team’s London 2012 participation.

Mon 19 Mar, 3-4.30pm
‘Metaphors, similarities and inferences’
Prof Mauricio Suárez, Complutense University of Madrid and Institute of Philosophy, London University
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Packman on 01392 725126

Mon 19 Mar, 6.15pm
Shaping the Future Lecture
Can energy companies be trusted to deliver our sustainable future?
Mr Vincent de Rivaz, CEO, EDF Energy
Register by email or contact Margaret House-Hayes 01392 72576
Location: Streatham Court Lecture Theatre A, Business School
videolink LT4, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus.

Tues 20 Mar, 1pm
Adults looking back on childhood wellbeing and language brokering
Professor Ann Phoenix (University of London)
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Weds 21 Mar, 1pm
Leverhulme Lecture - ‘The New History of European Law’
Dr Bill Davies (American University, Washington DC) Visiting Leverhulme Fellow (Bracton Centre for Legal History Research)
Location: Matrix Lecture Theatre, Building:One, Business School, Streatham Campus

Thurs 22 Mar, 12.30-1.30pm
Zumba for Sport relief
Donations to charity
Location: Sports park, Streatham Campus

Thurs 22 Mar, 1pm
Centre for Ecology and Conservation seminar
Mark Chase (Kew Gardens)
Chromosome number and polyploidy in angiosperms: perspectives from genomic studies in Nicotiana (Solanaceae)
Location: Lecture theatre A, Daphne du Maurier Building, Cornwall Campus

Thurs 22 Mar, 2-4pm
Optimisation @Exeter
To attend, please contact Kent McClymont or David Walker.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham Campus

Thurs 22 Mar, 5-7pm
Paddon Award arts competition final
Live performances and judging
Tickets are free – contact Claire Panzeri to reserve a place.
Location: Kay House, Streatham Campus

Thurs 22 Mar, 6.15pm
History Society lecture
David Cannadine, historian
Location: Parker Moot Lecture Theatre, Amory, Streatham Campus

Thurs 22 Mar, 7pm
CSM/Institution of Engineering & Technology Talk
The Power behind the Dockyard
Jack Aust (Babcock Marine),
Location: Chapel Lecture Theatre, Cornwall Campus, (6.30pm for coffee in the Stannary),
Contact: g.a.kennedy@exeter.ac.uk

Fri 23 Mar, 4.30pm
Tremough Seminar Series
The Fool and the Physician: poetry and ekphrasis
Dr Andy Brown (Exeter)
Location: Peter Lanyon LT 2, Cornwall Campus

Fri 23-Sat 24 Mar
RAMM Victorian weekend
A major panel debate on Fri 23 Mar at 7.30pm, chaired by the BBC’s Andrew Marr, includes the feminist and socialist historian Sheila Rowbotham, Author and Exeter Honorary Graduate John O’Farrell, Exeter Visiting Professor Isobel Armstrong, and Dr Paul Young, Lecturer in English. Tickets are £25 (£20 concessions). More info on RAMM website. RAMM also needs our votes for the Art Fund Prize 2012.

Tues 27 Mar, 6.30pm
Inspiring Science lecture
My engineering life story
Sally Walters (Exeter alumna)
Location: Harrison Building, Room 004, Streatham Campus

Weds 28 Mar, 2-2.45pm
Research Speed Updating
Location: XFi lecture theatre, Streatham Campus with videolink to LT3, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus
Info: Kath Murphy tel 01392 725248

Weds 28 Mar, 4.45pm
POSReF seminar
“Using Mass Spectrometry to visualise the global overview and mine the detail” Dr Hannah Florance, (Exeter)
“Development and application of in vivo models of mouse and human platelet function” Dr Mike Emerson, National Heath & Lung Institute, Imperial College London
Location: Lavender House Hotel, Ashburton
Contact: susan.westoby@pms.ac.uk

Thurs 29 Mar, 1pm
Centre for Ecology and Conservation seminar
Andy Gardner (University of Oxford)
Inclusive fitness and sociality
Location: Lecture theatre A, Daphne du Maurier B, Cornwall Campus

Fri 30 Mar, 2.30-5pm
Egenis workshop: ‘Epistemology of biology’
Speakers: Prof Kenneth Waters (Minnesota), Prof John Dupré (Exeter), Eric Bapteste (Institute de l’Histoire et de Philosophie de Sciences en de Techniques, Paris)
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Sabina Leonelli

Sat 31 Mar
Exeter Pride

 

 
 
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