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									School of Engineering
School Research Committee
Minutes of meeting held at 2.00 p.m.
Wednesday 18 February 2004 in Reynolds F2
PRESENT      Prof J Brownjohn
             Prof A Chadwick
             Dr S Childe
             Mr S Goodhew
             Mr C Leavey
             Dr M Rafiq
             Prof M Riley
             Dr J Summerscales (Chair)
             Prof R Sutton
             Mrs C Watson (Secretary)
             Dr C Williams

1    APOLOGIES

     Apologies were received from Prof D Reeve.

2    MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

     Not applicable at this time.

3    MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ELSEWHERE

     Not applicable at this time.

4    MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF REFERENCE

     Agreed Terms of Reference
         to promote research activity within the School
         to monitor research and enterprise activity and outputs
         to receive reports from the Research Groups
         to monitor the progress of research degree candidates
         to organise a programme of student (and staff) Research Seminars
         to communicate on issues with Faculty Research and Enterprise Committee
         to communicate on issues with Graduate Affairs Committee
         to disseminate information on funding opportunities

5    REPORTS FROM HIGHER COMITTEES AND OTHER DEPAREMENTS

     Received verbal reports from
     Dr C Williams – Faculty Graduate Affairs Committee, and
     Prof A Chadwick – Faculty Research and Enterprise Committee.




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6   RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE

    Discussed Engineering submission for the next RAE.

    Noted the possibility that research submissions would have to be submitted through Research
    Institutes.

    Reported that L Saunders was keeping copies of all research publications.

    Agreed the need to identify staff as those who are research active, those who are hoping to be
    research active and non research active. Reported that Prof M Riley had produced a list of staff
    under these categories.

    Discussed the need to limit teaching hours to 10 hours per week for Lecturers and 6 hours per
    week for Professors and Readers. The need to have research timetabled as a clear day and not
    allocated hours throughout the week.
    Reported that 3 completions necessary for each member of staff submitted in the RAE. Agreed
    to add the names of staff to current supervision teams.

7   RESEARCH GROUPS

    Noted that decisions regarding research institutes would have an effect within the school. Agreed
    that Prof M Riley would seek confirmation and will revise research and teaching subject groups
    accordingly.

8   RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS

    Discussed the fact that Engineering applications might not be included on central data figures,
    need to ensure they are counted so that a true figure reflected centrally. Agreed the need to
    encourage more grant applications. Noted Contract Research money comes in through UOPE
    and not counted centrally.

    Noted following grant applications in progress

    S Child – Broadband for Devon
    R Sutton – Wine Quality
    Y Rafiq – EPSRC grant proposal

    Discussed KTPs and how to apply, agreed Dr S Childe to produce an information sheet to be
    circulated.

    Allocation of research funds discussed, concerns were raised about not being able to keep
    research budgets. Reported that Dr C Williams had discussed situation with the Dean and Prof M
    Riley had raised the question with the VC, funds most likely to remain with individual but no firm
    decision had been made yet.

9   PROGRESS OF POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

    Received a report from Dr J Summerscales regarding research student progress.

    Noted the following
    RDC1 required for E Soliman
    RDC2 required for M Bothwick
    RDC2 required for K Menadue
    RDC1a required for MPhil only for C Williams

    Approved
    FT1 for B Wang
    RDC3 for W Naeem
    RDC3 for D Loebis
    RDC3 for C Leavey

    Post meeting note: David Grieve has considered the MPhil/PhD Transfer Report Development of
    the RJC Engine for MicroCHP applications and recommends "that the candidate be transferred to
    a PhD programme". We await the Form RDC2.

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10   PRESEARCH DEGREE CANDIDATES

     Applications outstanding for:

     D Hodge – J Summerscales
     M Li – S Childe
     L Ying – Dominic Reeve
     Q Nguyen The – M Riley
     S Warden – S Goodhew

11   STAGE PLACEMENT/INTERNSHIP STUDENTS
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     Discussed if students should register for 3 year and pay fees. Agreed not for this committee and
     approval to be given by HoS.

12   SKILLS TRAINING AND SKILLS LOG

     Noted that the new Skills Training Programme was available on the web site.

13   RESEARCH SEMINARS

     Noted that Dr L Panina runs a seminar programme for the Faculty that includes a mixture of
     internal and external speakers.

     At School level agreed Research Students to give a presentation at the start, in the middle and at
     the end of their studies and possibly as a dry run prior to conferences.

     Agreed to run a poster competition one-day per year and invite all research students to attend
     and to give a ½ hour talk. Agreed to ask Prof D Reeve to organise this.

14   ANY OTHER BUSINESS

     Agreed that notice boards for Research Groups to be organised on an individual basis.

     Noted that Baoxing Wang from Engineering had been put forward for an ORS award.

     Reported that projects submitted by Prof D Reeve, Dr C Williams and Dr Y Rafiq had been
     selected for Faculty Scholarships.

     Requested by Prof R Sutton that the list of Research Active … Research Proxy staff be circulated
     to the Committee.                                                              Action: MJR

15   DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

     15.00 – 17.00 Reynolds G1, 26 May 2004.




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