Centre is blueprint for new initiative
October 28: The first brain tumour Centre of Excellence, based at the University of Portsmouth, is to become the blueprint for a new centre. Eight British universities and hospitals are currently in a bid to become the next Centre of Excellence dedicated to research into brain tumours. The successful institution will have a similar funding partnership to the one the University of Portsmouth has with the charity, Brain Tumour Research, defining a new chapter in long term sustainable research. Currently brain tumours receive less than 1% of the national spend on cancer research, despite more children and adults under 40 dying of a brain tumour than any other cancer.
Research on the menu
October 22: More than 100 scientists from around the world who study an aspect of eating or drinking are expected to attend an international conference on food research, hosted for the first time by the University of Portsmouth next April. Delegates include those working in psychology, physiology, nutrition, and food science, including smell and taste. It is the 38th annual meeting of the British Feeding & Drinking Group and the local organiser is Dr Lorenzo Stafford of the Department of Psychology. The conference is also a good platform for PhD students wishing to present their work and bursaries may also be available to support their attendance. For further information including a link to registration see http://www.port.ac.uk/departments/academic/psychology/events/
Students volunteer at new Citizens Advice Bureau
October 18: Business School students will be amongst a team of volunteer advisers at the new Portsmouth Citizens Advice Bureau (PCAB) which is being opened by Princess Anne today. PCAB, which is funded by the Lottery, has teams of advisers made up from both paid staff and volunteers. They offer free, impartial and confidential advice in person, on the telephone and online to Portsmouth people. The service also operates in Cosham which is one of the most deprived areas of the city. Volunteers receive training and are supported by advice session supervisors. PCAB CEO, Lynne Davies, said: “The participation of law and accountancy students from the University will help to embed community volunteering in Portsmouth and will add to our capacity to deliver advice services to local people.”
Portsmouth authors’ book a first
October 11: A book written by two Portsmouth Business School academics was the first to be sold when professional body the Chartered Institute of Professional Development opened their e-bookstore. ‘Leading, Managing and Developing People’ is by Gary Rees and Ray French. CIPD’s commissioning editor Katy Hamilton said: “At CIPD our focus is on providing students with the information and resources that they need to succeed in their studies and in their work. Gary’s and Ray’s book was our first-ever e-book and there was much excitement in the office when we made our first sale.”
Astronomy talks in New Zealand
October 4: A University of Portsmouth cosmologist will deliver a series of research lectures in New Zealand, starting today. Dr Karen Masters will speak at the Beatrice Tinsley lecture series, organised by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) Lecture Trust. It coincides with the first New Zealand Starlight Festival in Tekapo. Beatrice Tinsley was a British-born astronomer who died at a young age but whose contributions to astronomy were significant. Dr Masters will talk about her work on the Galaxy Zoo astronomical project.
October 18: Dr Jiye Chen will be visiting China as part of a EU funded trip to share research expertise with Chinese businesses. He will be advising on the manufacture of composite materials and building components for developing a low carbon construction industry in China. The aim is to speed up green industries by reducing energy usage and CO2 emission, reducing the death rate in earthquake zones and contributing to a low carbon building material market. Dr Chen said that through collaboration with Chinese institutes and industries, he hopes to bring research contracts into university and increase its global impact.
Virtual reality to help older people
September 25: An expert in virtual reality from the University of Portsmouth has participated in a UK wide event that aims to develop radical ideas on how to protect older people in institutional long-term care. Dr Wendy Powell was one of only 25 participants to have been selected for the Technology Strategy Board’s national Long Term Care Revolution four-day workshop earlier this month. The workshop, also known as a ‘sandpit’, aims to stimulate ideas that will explore the potential for real social, structural and economic changes, as well as unlocking new markets in long term care provision fit for the 21st century.
Artist appointed to board
September 24: The University’s artist in residence, Jon Adams, has been appointed to the Arts Council’s south-west area council for three years. His and fellow council members’ role includes helping ensure public money is spent against an agreed strategy and in a way the public can see and support, and to act as a champion for the arts, culture and the council. Jon said: “’It’s a privilege to contribute to Arts Council’s strategy with an artist’s voice and work as an ambassador, especially in the fields of diversity and digital creativity.”
Rape coverage researched
September 18: In the aftermath of the brutal gang rape and murder of a woman on a bus in Delhi, social anthropologist Dr Tamsin Bradley has won funding to analyse the national and international media coverage of rape cases in India. Dr Bradley from the School of Languages and Area Studies will conduct the research in partnership with Professor Obaid Siddiqui from the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
Cosmologists have 2020 vision
September 4: The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth is celebrating winning new funding from Hefce and a range of other sources to help its continued collaboration in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) until the year 2020. The survey is operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium, which uses a dedicated telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico to study the evolution and distribution of galaxies. The survey produced the recent largest-ever 3D map of the Universe, featuring 356,477 new massive galaxies and 73,297 new distant black holes. Professor Bob Nichol, of ICG, said: “We are proud to continue our long association with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which has become one of the best astronomical surveys of the sky today. Portsmouth became a member in 2006 and this latest investment will allow our researchers to engage in world-class research until 2020.” ICG is the UK’s only full member of the project.
Gold award winner
August 19: Operations and system management scholar Professor Salvatore Greco has been awarded the MCDM Gold Medal 2013, the highest honour bestowed upon a researcher by the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making. Multicriteria decision making is an important branch of operational research, which Professor Greco researches and teaches part-time at Portsmouth Business School.
Are you the smartest primate?
August 16: UoP scientist Dr Bridget Waller and Dr Katie Slocombe from the University of York have developed two interactive games to compare human mental abilities with those of other primates, and give people a taste of what it’s like to study primates in the wild. The games were funded by a grant from the British Psychological Society. The interactive games were initially launched at Edinburgh Zoo and Marwell Wildlife earlier this year and are still available to visitors. The games are also available online at: http://games.bps.org.uk/cleverest_primate/story.html.
OECD consults Professor
August 7: Professor Dan Finn has co-authored a chapter in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s flagship employment outlook publication for 2013 which examines labour markets around the world in the wake of the economic crisis. Professor Finn discusses key developments in the design and implementation of benefit systems, employment and training programmes and employment service arrangements in seven OECD countries.
Student wins Best Paper prize
July 30: PhD student Rashid Khan has won Best Paper at a conference in Texas for his research into students’ perception of the quality of IT courses. He presented his paper at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference in Dallas, Texas. Mr Khan, a lecturer at Dammam Community College, part of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, is studying part-time for a PhD at Portsmouth on e-learning in Saudi Arabia.
Shedding light on silver screen
July 30: Latin American film expert Dr Deborah Shaw, Reader in Film Studies, was one of the panellists at the London Mexican cultural festival, Mexfest, this month, alongside film director and actor Diego Luna and Independent on Sunday film critic Jonathan Romney. The panel discussed how accurate the picture of Mexico was as portrayed by Hollywood filmmakers. Dr Shaw’s book, The Three Amigos, on the filmmaking of Mexico’s three best known directors, is due to be released in September.
Paratriathlete is British Champion
July 23: UoP sports scholar Lauren Steadman has won gold at the British Paratriathlon Championships, held in Liverpool this month. Lauren won in the women’s Tri4 category. She is also European Champion in her category after winning at the European Championships earlier this year in Turkey, and she competed as a swimmer in the Paralympic Games in London last summer.
Student plays in Champions League
July 4: A second year journalism student scored a crucial equalising penalty for his side in their first qualifying round match of the UEFA Champions League. Levi Hanssen, who plays for Faroese side EB/Streymur during the University break, struck in the 69th minute against FC Lusitans from Andorrra, to make the final score 2-2.
Student TV channel films festivities
July 3: UoP student-run CCI TV has produced two back to back live shows as part of the recent Portsmouth Festivities, celebrating the city, its naval heritage, and the recent unveiling of the new Mary Rose museum. The videos also showcased the creative work of local school pupils, UoP artist in residence Jon Adams and percussionist Alonso Mendoza.
Two MBA scholarships
June 27: Innovative leaders have been given the chance to win one of two £17,600 scholarships to study part-time for their Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Portsmouth Business School. The scholarships aim to encourage greater innovation in the region and are being offered by Portsmouth Business School and the Cathedral Innovation Centre, supported by the Royal Society of Arts. The deadline for applying is July 24. For more information: port.ac.uk/mbascholarships
Professor advises board
June 20: Professor Mike Tipton is one of five experts appointed this week to a new technical advisory group reporting to the English Institute of Sport board. Members’ role is to provide strategic challenge and scrutiny to the technical development of the organisation. Professor Tipton, of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, is an expert in thermoregulation and environmental and occupational physiology. He is a Trustee and Director of Surf Lifesaving GB, a Patron of the SARbot charity, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and, until this week, was Chair of UK Sport’s Research Advisory Group.
Researchers support film
June 17: Researchers from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Dr Diana Bretherick, Dr Paul Smith and Dr Claire Noble, are helping artist Jordan Baseman gain a deeper understanding of crime to inform his film ‘True Crime’. The researchers are providing their experience and contacts with offenders, victims and the police. Students from the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty are also involved with the film’s recording. The film will air in the Omega Centre in the autumn as part of Art South.
Lecturer is Sky Arts finalist
June 7: Dr Trudy Barber from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is one of 84 finalists selected from 2,000 entrants for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Competition. The finalists are to take part in a competition that will be filmed and broadcast on the Sky Arts channel in the autumn. The winner will have their work displayed in the National Portrait Gallery and receive a £10,000 commission to produce a portrait of award-winning author Hilary Mantel, to be displayed in the British Library.
June 4: The 50th professional doctoral student has graduated from the University of Portsmouth, marking a continued commitment to being a leading university in training senior health and social science professionals. Graham Mills, who manages the programme in the University’s School of Health Sciences and Social Work, said: “It has been a great privilege to have been able to look after the programme for so many years and see it grow from strength to strength to become one of the biggest professional doctoral courses in the country.”
Investigating Conan Doyle
June 3: Dr Christopher Pittard has been awarded a grant of £55,000 to fund a PhD student to work with the Central Library and Portsmouth City Council on a project called ‘Possession and Obsession: The Case of Arthur Conan Doyle’. The project will start in October 2013.
Computer animation student commended
May 29: An animation student has won an award in an international competition. Pinyo Gulashart, who is in his final year of his BSc in computer animation, was highly commended in the CG Student Awards. Judges said his work was of the highest quality and deserved recognition and exposure.
You can view his submission here: http://www.cgstudentawards.com/2013-entries/741-pinyo-gulashart
Excellence in support recognised
May 24: The University of Portsmouth has today been awarded the European Commission Human Resources Excellence in Research Award. Director of Research Professor Tara Dean said: “This award recognises the beginning of a step change in the way the University supports researchers with their careers. I am delighted that we have achieved this first step and I am very much looking forward to taking our excellence even further, growing the University’s researchers and the impact they have on the world around us.”
Young Interior Designer award finalist
May 23: Third-year interior design student Angelika Harris has reached the finals in the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Awards. Angelika is one of 12 finalists chosen from 80 design submissions from over 30 universities. The finalists’ work will be showcased at the awards ceremony in Covent Garden on June 5, when the winning project will be announced.
Student wins design award
May 20: Second-year graphic design student Lauren Bowers has won a YCN Student Award. Lauren won for her response to a creative brief set by Yahoo! The winners will attend an awards ceremony in London and all commended work is showcased in the pages of the YCN Student Annual.
Law students win work experience
May 7: Two UoP law students have won a week’s work experience with national law firm Clarke Willmott. Paige Jones and Adam Mathewson received the prize after winning an essay competition, and will complete a week at the firm’s Southampton office in July.
French Revolution revisited
May 17: History professor David Andress has edited ‘Experiencing the French Revolution’, a book that takes a new look at the period. Using a range of methodologies and a plurality of approaches, a team of experts offers fresh perspectives on the individual and collective experience of Revolution, both within and outside France.
Green MEP talk on Europe
April 26: Green Party MEP for the south-east, Keith Taylor, will speak about the workings of the European Union at the University of Portsmouth on Monday to mark Europe Day. He said: “I look forward to hearing from Portsmouth students and residents who have an interest and desire for an effective EU.” The event is being held in Park Building, King Henry I Street, from 1pm and is hosted by the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, which is rated top in the UK for its research on European studies.
Commendation for trainee architects
April 24: Students studying for a Masters in Sustainable Architecture have been Highly Commended by the Royal Institute of British Architects for their design proposal to make an area of London a friendlier place. The students’ design scheme was praised for incorporating a variety of diverse green and environmentally responsive solutions for the Vauxhall area of the capital.
Students discover the power of procrastination
April 22: A cartoonist who captures the life of postgraduate researchers has given a talk at the University of Portsmouth. Jorge Cham, creator of “Piled Higher and Deeper “ (phdcomics.com), spoke to members of the University’s graduate school about the pressures of postgraduate study.
Supreme Council of Health visit
April 18: Three members of the Supreme Council of Health, Qatar, visited the University this week, where they met with the International Office, the Faculties of Science and Technology and the Business School. The Council is looking to expand its scholarship scheme for employees and high school students, which currently includes a student at the University’s Business School.
UoP film shortlisted for film festival
April 16: A university film about disability and prejudice has been shortlisted for the Staffordshire Film Festival, taking place April 25. Life at the Other End follows three members of the University of Portsmouth’s Social Work Inclusion Group as they work with a group of drama students to write and perform a play about the prejudices people with a disability often face, based on their own personal experiences. Dr Yohai Hakak directed the film, which was produced by the University’s media and production team. The film can be viewed at: www.jswec.net/magazine/2013/01/life-at-the-other-end.
Student named Nurse of the Year
April 12: A University of Portsmouth student has been named Nurse of the Year 2013 in the Nursing Standard’s annual Nurse Awards. Matthew Hodson, who is studying for a professional doctorate on the nursing pathway, was presented with the award by TV presenter, broadcaster and journalist Fiona Phillips at a ceremony in London last month. Mr Hodson is a nurse consultant from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Future engineers showcase projects
April 8: The School of Engineering have launched a student projects website enabling visitors to the school’s projects open day on April 26 to access details of the final-year projects ahead of the event. The site will help employers and industry experts decide which projects they want to find out more about on the day, so they can plan their time more effectively. To view the projects site go to: http://2013-eng-student-projects.port.ac.uk.
Six years of success for boxing students
March 22: A team of boxers from UoP have won first place in two national competitions for six years in a row. The boxing team have beaten around 20 universities each year to win both the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships and the English University Boxing Series.
March 18: Two School of Law students, Adam Mathewson and Paige Jones, have been awarded a prestigious essay prize by Clarke Willmott LLP solicitors. Students were invited to submit an essay on ‘Commercial Awareness for the 21st Century Lawyer’. Adam and Paige win work experience at Clarke Willmott’s Southampton office.
Prize for barefoot running student
March 11: A Master’s student has won a national dissertation award for his dissertation on barefoot running. Kevin Reeves, who studied MSc Sports Performance, has been awarded the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences Masters Dissertation of the year award. Kevin is the first UoP student to have won this award, however in four out of the past five years, students have won the Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year Award.
Student awarded scholarship
March 7: Sarah Arnold, University Records Manager, has been awarded a scholarship to study digital preservation. Sarah will attend a Digital Preservation Training Programme in March along with seven other successful candidates. The applicants were assessed against three main criteria, the potential benefits to their future careers, benefits to their organisation, and the extent to which the organisation is committed to digital preservation.
Graduate shortlisted for award
March 4: Vinesh Pomal, a UoP alumni who recently graduated with a degree in Architecture, has been nominated for the Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. The scheme involves celebrating young professionals and their achievements, in particular those within the construction industry. Vinesh will be in with a chance to win a year long mentoring programme. An iPad will also be presented to the overall winner.
Royal TV Society nominations
February 22: Two films produced by BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting graduates have been nominated in the regional Royal Television Society Awards. Men of Magic, by Richard Bearpark, and Losing Sight of the Glory, by Glenn L Smith, were produced when the two were still students. Glenn is currently working for Gearhouse Broadcast as a camera operator for the Al Jazeera Network and Richard is a video producer working for IGN Entertainment.
Support grows for industrial bursary
February 15: Global consulting group Atkins and testing house Environmental Services Group have joined the industrial bursary scheme for BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, which provides paid year-long placements and training. Atkins is also offering a £500 award for the best final-year project. The Terry Crabb Memorial Trust is also offering a £500 award.
Student shortlisted for award
February 12: Construction engineering management student Bisrat Solomon Degefa has been nominated for a National Placement and Internship Award. Nominated by one of his placement employers NGM Surveys, Bisrat is the second University of Portsmouth student to be shortlisted for an award. He is a finalist in the category for Best Student Contribution to a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, along with fellow nominee Kristina Angelova, a student in the Business School.
Grow your business
February 5: Internationally renowned entrepreneurship expert, Robert Craven, will be running a practical session to demonstrate the top ten tips for business growth at the University on March 20, from 6-8pm. This networking event is open to all and is free, with donations to Brendoncare Foundation. To book, visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4716917427
Funding win for Alzheimer’s research
January 22:Dr Jerome Swinny, from Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded £80,000 PhD studentship funding from the Alzheimer’s Society to try and discover if the depression, anxiety, and aggression common in Alzheimer’s disease patients are caused by different chemicals in the brain to those which cause the same conditions in people without the disease. The team hope the results will lead to new ways to improve treatment for people with Alzheimer’s.
Researcher to study chemicals in water
January 14: Dr Alex Ford, of the School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded £250,000 to study the effects of antidepressants in the water on aquatic life. It will be a two year study with colleagues in France. Dr Ford will be working as part of Professor Darek Gorecki’s grant from the EU to look into the potential use of peptides in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.
FBI funding for psychologist
January 8: Professor Aldert Vrij has won two grants from the FBI to study different aspects of interview technique. The first project will look at how investigators can build rapport with non-native interviewees, how they can tell if they’re lying, and ways of getting the most accurate information from them. The second project will look at how the use of two interviewers influences the result of an interrogation.
Researcher is awarded US trip
January 2:Dr Siobhan Watkins from the School of Biological Sciences has been awarded the Heatley-Payne Award from the Society for General Microbiology.
The award means she will be paid to attend and present at the American Society for Microbiology annual conference in Denver, Colorado, in May 2013. She will also spend three weeks at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, Maryland, conducting research into cyanophage genomics.
Success for Stina film makers
December 17: Foam Digital, a visual effects facility that operates out the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, has received £53,000 from the Higher Education Investment Fund for the development of Stina & the Wolf.
Stina & the Wolf is a computer animated feature film which uses performance captured live actors, (similar to the process used in Avatar) and a mix of 2d and 3d animation. You can view the website here.
Last desperate moments brought to life
December 12: Dr Dominic Fontana will use Tudor art, geography, history and archaeology to bring to life the last desperate minutes that ended in the sinking of King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, in the Solent in 1545 in a talk at the National Archives in London tomorrow. Dr Fontana is a leading expert in the subject and in using GIS data and has taken part in many television documentaries on the ship’s sinking.
Ice music podcast available
December 10:Professor Mike Tipton has been working with Norwegian composer Terje Isungset on an ice-related piece of music called The Fingers, sponsored by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award (presented by Fuel, The Roundhouse and UCL Ear Institute). The piece, available as a podcast here, looks at the way we use our fingers everyday and is juxtaposed with Professor Tipton speaking about the effect of extreme temperature on the fingers.
Grant win for molecular biologist
December 6:Dr Anastasia Callaghan, Senior Fellow in Structural Molecular Biology, has been awarded over £300,000 pounds to research metabolism in cells in the body.
The funding, awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), will allow the team to build on earlier research that looks at the way gene levels are regulated in bacteria. The research could eventually mean big changes for industries as diverse as medicine and food production.
New literary magazine
December 3: A new literary magazine, The Portsmouth Review, celebrating the “eclectic and diverse work” of University of Portsmouth students and alumni is to be launched at Blackwell’s on Wednesday. The quarterly magazine, featuring short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, non-fiction, reviews and visual art, will be available online and print-on-demand. Its co-editors, Garrett Monaghan and Sally O’Reilly, say they hope it builds on the city’s rich literary heritage and becomes an integral part of the city’s creative life.
November 29: Dr Karen Masters, an astronomer at the University of Portsmouth, was short-listed for a prestigious Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Excellence award. The award recognises inspiring women who actively promote science, engineering and construction to girls and young women. Karen was chosen for her dedication to promoting careers in STEM to young women. The award was won by Jia-Yan Gu, a researcher in semantic technology for BT.
Rewarding health research
November 26:UoP has sponsored an award at the NHS Isle of Wight ‘Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Health Care on the Island’ awards . The University awarded Clare Louise Sandell an award for her research into the incidence of surgical site infection.
Cool in a crisis
November 22: University staff and students have been involved in a council-run exercise to test emergency response time. The drill involved actors pretending to be overcome by fumes in St Michael’s building. All emergency procedures were followed correctly and the event was declared a big success.
Tweeting from the North Pole
November 7:Two polar explorers are due to visit the Department of Sport and Exercise Science this week. Alex Hibbert and Justin Miles are about to embark on The Dark Ice Project. They will be testing equipment in the cold chamber, including an iPhone in a protective case that they will use as a camera, to check email, and to tweet.
Professor Tipton wins best paper
October 30: Professor Mike Tipton is today being presented with a prize for best research paper in the journal, Institute of Health Promotion and Education, at the House of Commons. He was the UK member of the international taskforce which put together guidelines in response to 3,280 people dying from immersion-related incidents each day, the second most common cause of accidental death in most countries of the world.
Police Crime Commissioners first debate
October 22: The University is hosting the first debate by the candidates for Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s new Police Crime Commissioner role tomorrow in St George’s, 1:08, from 10am-midday. Co-ordinated by Barry Loveday, of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the six candidates setting out their vision for policing are Jacqui Rayment [Lab], David Goodhall [Lib Dem], Stephen West [Ukip], Simon Hayes [Indep], Don Jerrard [Justice and Anti-corruption party] and Michael Mates [Con].
Professor to look inside peptides
October 16: Professor Darek Gorecki and his team are part of a collaboration of 23 research teams who have won Eur 5 million funding from the EU to look into the potential use of peptides in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. Peptides play a vital role in human physiology and pathology, but still face limitations in practical use. The collaboration will look to develop a unique peptide discovery and application platform.
Probation officers get advice from graduate
October 10: A graduate who is working as a probation officer has had his first book published. Jonathan Hussey graduated from University of Portsmouth with a BA in Community Justice Studies. The book, which is aimed at readers working with offenders in the Probation Service, is called Reoffending. It will be available at the end of the month.
Pharmacy grad earns national prize
September 26: Recent pharmacy graduate Rosaline Kennedy has been named Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration trainee of the year. Rosaline, who graduated in 2011 and who now works for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, was awarded the title due to her work in educating patients about the risk factors for strokes and how to avoid them.
September 3: Comparative psychologist Dr Bridget Waller, University of Portsmouth, and Dr Katie Slocombe, University of York, have been awarded a collaborative grant of £20,000 by the British Psychological Society in recognition of their impressive public engagement. Dr Waller has established the world’s first cognitive study centre for rare Sulawesi crested macaques in partnership with Marwell Wildlife. By interacting with computer touchscreens the monkeys give scientists a window into their memory, communication skills and emotion. Dr Waller said: “The interactive research centre offers the scientific community and the public visiting Marwell Wildlife a unique and invaluable opportunity to study these fascinating animals.”
August 29: A free seminar to help creative people become happy and productive is to be held at the University’s Dennis Sciama building on Monday, September 10 from 1.30-5.30pm. Guest speaker Paola Campari-Moss, director of the University’s Creative Industries Business Advice and Skills unit (CIBAS), said: “The seminar will help people enhance their creativity and allow them to network with their creative peers. The event is being run by Ardent Hare, which supports disabled and deaf artists, and will be useful to anyone interested in self employment through creative means.” To find out more, telephone 01622 685694.
August 24: Extreme environment expert, Professor Mike Tipton, has become the patron of SARbot, a charity which provides staff and technology to search for people under water, increasing the chance of finding casualties and reducing risks to search and rescue teams. Professor Tipton said: “I’m honoured to have been asked. The capability that SARbot offers will, when used in conjunction with existing emergency service capability, reduce the time taken to find people in water and increase the chance of rescuing people alive. Importantly, their work also reduces the danger to our rescue services. Sadly, these capabilities have been much needed this summer.”
Exhibition film online
August 20: A two-minute video based on an exhibition inspired by Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, is now available to watch online. It is made by artist, Suki Chan, of her sound installation exhibition project A Hundred Seas Rising, currently showing at Aspex Gallery until 2 September. A Hundred Seas Rising explores how literature might be implicated in the imagination and trajectories of revolutions and was commissioned in response to London 2012 by Aspex, the University of Portsmouth CCI SPACE and Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.
Cosmologist in Beijing
August 9: Dr Karen Masters has been asked to present one of just four ‘invited discourses’ at the forthcoming General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Beijing later this month. She join one of the 2011 Physics Nobel Prize winners on the podium and will be talking about the work of Galaxy Zoo and what it’s taught cosmologists about the different types of galaxies in the universe and how they relate to each other.
Graduate’s Olympic experience
August 7: Recent UoP Journalism graduate Zach Ward has been volunteering as a Games Maker for London 2012. Zach has been negotiating London traffic in order to drive Olympic Delegates to and from sporting venues – read more…
Bells ring in Eldon for Olympics
July 26: At 08:12 a.m. on 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. University Artist in residence Jon Adams will be ringing a handmade bell in the Eldon Building as part of Work No. 1197: All the Bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician. If you would like to take part, come along on 27th July at 8am to the Eldon Building, ready to ring your bell at 08.12 – 12 hours before the start of 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
IS shortlisted for national award
July 26: The new student portal (Myport), which brings together news, events and support services, plus students’ personal information, has been shortlisted in a national competition designed to showcase excellence in teaching and learning using Google Apps. The competition is run by Google and the Association for Learning Technology and the winners will be announced next week. Stuart Graves, IS Service Delivery Manager who worked on Myport with colleagues from IS and Marketing said: “I am so delighted that all of the hard work put in by the project team, especially the developers, has been recognised by two leading organisations. Myport was worked on for over a year, using untried technology, and the fact that we are shortlisted by Google / ALT shows that our students will be benefitting from an excellent new portal, available via their student Google accounts.”
Students’ Union first
July 20: The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union is the first organisation in Portsmouth to win prestigious national recognition by being awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. Student volunteers gave nearly 5,000 hours of volunteering to 17 local and national organisations last year. Godfrey Atuahene Junior, President of UPSU said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to volunteers. As an organisation, we strive to have a positive impact with every Portsmouth student and this year, have offered a number of new volunteering opportunities.”
Marketing tops table
July 19: The Marketing Department won the University staff sports day on points with a triumphant team of nine, called ‘Follow the Reader’, taking home winners’ rosettes for the second year running. Marketing campaigns officer Chris Bulman, who joined the team for the first time this year, said: “We reached five out of six finals and were way out in front in the sack race. It was our attitude that helped us win.”
Economics reports on dockyard
June 29: The Department of Economics has produced a report about the future of the Portsmouth Dockyard, commissioned by the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The report looks at the effects of the Dockyard’s presence in the city and at its wider impact on the region’s economy.
June 26: Professor Munir Maniruzzaman, School of Law, has been re-elected to the council of the International Chamber of Commerce Institute of World Business Law, a think-tank providing research, training and information to the legal profession. Professor Maniruzzaman has also been appointed visiting professor of international law at China’s largest university for the subject, China University of Political Science and Law, and has been reappointed for three years a member of the advisory board of Foreign Direct International Arbitration Moot to advise on international arbitration and investment regulation.
June 26: A 1970s British cinema research project undertaken by academics in the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media has been given a rare award of outstanding by the Arts Humanities and Research Council. The project – 1970s British Cinema, Film and Video: Mainstream and Counter-Culture – was recognised for furthering research in the field and laying foundations for future research. Professor Sue Harper, Dr Dave Allen and Dr Justin Smith were praised the for the quality of their work, including a website, scholarly articles, two books, conferences, TV and radio broadcasts, and invited lectures.
Google comes to Portsmouth
June 15: A conference about using google apps for education is taking place on campus today. There will be presentations by Google and several European universities about how they use Google and Google Apps and amongst a wide range of sessions there will be discussions on embedding Google Apps in the institution and deploying Google Apps into the curriculum. The conference is hosted jointly with the University of Loughborough and Google.
STEM event for girls
June 13: Teenage girls from local schools with a flair for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects are attending a one-off event to encourage them to further their studies. The pupils, age 13-14, will join University lecturers at a hands-on event where they will take part in activities connected with architecture, computing and product design. 40 pupils from eight local schools will be building a model car, designing a computer programme to make sweets and learning about building bridges by constructing a structure to support chocolate bars.
Champion in and out of water
June 6: Portsmouth sports science graduate and champion swimmer Tara Stroud (née Hutt) has been nominated for the Fitness Industry Association’s Future of Flame Award, which recognises outstanding individuals who consistently deliver results above and beyond the call of duty. Tara worked at the University after graduating before six years ago moving into the fitness sector to work for Leisure Connection. As head of swimming, she has seen user participation increase across the company’s 40 pools by 33 per cent.
Best teacher awards
May 29: For the second year, the Students’ Union will be honouring excellent teachers and student support at the Golden Apple Teaching Awards on Thursday at 5.30pm in Portland atrium. Prizes will be awarded to Most Inspiring Teacher; Best Feedback; Learner Support; Personal Tutor; Outstanding overall positive impact on students; Outstanding department; and a new award, the Postgraduate choice award.
Two new roles
May 25: Dr David Hutchinson, environment facilitator for the University’s Environment Network is “honoured and excited” to have been appointed environment and health science coordinator for two nationally-funded initiatives designed to help protect human, plant and animal health – The Environmental Exposures and Health Initiative and the Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Disease.
May 15: Professor Dareck Gorecki will give his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 16 May on the subject of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The disease is the most severe and common form of muscular dystrophy and one of the most commonly inherited disorders in men, with the risk of having an affected child being about 1 in every 3500 male births. This event is FREE and tickets can be booked through http://darekgorecki.eventbrite.com/
Brains break records
May 8: An exhibition about the human brain, curated by the University’s Dr Marius Kwint, is set to become the Wellcome Collection’s most visited exhibition. The exhibition, which runs until 17 June, has so far had the highest number of daily visits in the organisation’s history
The One Show film on campus
May 8: A film crew from the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ have spent a day filming in the Extreme Environmental laboratories for a feature on hibernation. They interviewed Professor Mike Tipton about the effect of cold on the human body.
PR legend visits University
May 3: Celebrity Public Relations guru, Max Clifford, gave a talk to students at the University yesterday. Well-known for the rich and famous clients he represents, Mr Clifford spoke for half an hour before spending over an hour taking questions from an audience of journalism and media studies students.
Campus on show
May 2: Sixty international agents from 20 countries are visiting the University of Portsmouth this week to meet staff and see first-hand the facilities, campus and city. They will also meet students and attend an awards ceremony with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rebecca Bunting.
Bees draw a crowd
April 25: The University recorded its biggest ever audience for Cafe Scientifique in Portsmouth since its inception in 2006. Last night there was standing room only in Café Parisien as more than 70 people attended a discussion lead by the UK’s only Professor of Apiculture, Francis Ratnieks, who talked about the amazing qualities of honey bees. The audience was a mixture of people from bee keeping enthusiasts to the plain curious.
Economist on video gaming panel
April 23: Joe Cox has been asked to appear on the panel for a special session on the economics of video gaming, at the 2012 Association of Cultural Economics International Conference in Kyoto.
Accounting paper wins prize
April 17: An accounting review paper by Portsmouth Business School Professor Lisa Jack, which reviews the history of fair value accounting, has been awarded the best article prize by the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).
April 2: Professor Will Percival is leading a consortium of researchers at four UK Universities which have been awarded development funding for a future astronomical experiment called ‘BigBOSS’. He said: “The experiment is extremely exciting – it would observe twenty billion distant galaxies, mapping the cosmic web out to unprecedented distances.”
March 6: Sky IQ’s Head of Marketing will speak about ‘The Art of Now, the Next and the Possible – the future of marketing and the customer experience’ at a Portsmouth Business School open evening on Tuesday 13th March, 2012.
Business School hosts Lean conference
February 16: The Business School recently hosted the fifth international conference on ‘Lean’ practices in higher education and services, which saw over 80 delegates from a wide range of organisations and countries share best practice on ‘Lean’ – a concept which challenges organisations to improve their value.
Professor wins fellowship
February 15: The Head of Economics at Portsmouth Business School has won a prestigious fellowship to conduct research at Rhodes University in South Africa. Professor Alan Collins has been awarded the Hobart Houghton Research Fellowship.
January 9: A 12-month study to measure people’s levels of happiness is being conducted by a University of Portsmouth sociologist. Dr Laura Hyman will carry out the research in partnership with BBC Radio Solent to examine how people feel about their lives in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset.
December 23: Around 100 students from France and Denmark showcased their video game building skills at a week-long ‘Game Jam’, organised by a UoP Creative Technologies lecturer and three students. Teams had to make a video game from scratch in just one week. The Game Jam was hosted in Rouen, France, but students took part remotely from 10 other locations across France and Denmark.
December 20: Dancers from across Portsmouth coached by UoP staff and students won first prizes in a recent county street dance championship.
Up For Sport dance development officer Carly-Ann Purcell said: “I am so proud of all my dancers, they have worked incredibly hard. We now can’t wait to perform at the university’s Most Wanted Dance Off at the Kings Theatre in February.”
TV crew visit
December 18: A Vietnamese television crew interviewed staff and students on campus recently as part of a promotional film for Vietnamese students considering studying at higher education level in the UK.