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Update on school newsletters
A School Newsletter is circulated every Friday by email to all CeG staff and PGR students. The idea is to gather together
in one weekly email all information on forthcoming activities, training opportunities, general funding opportunities, changes
in University procedures etc. The underlying purpose of course is to reduce the number of e-mails circulated by staff and
PGRs to staff and PGRs (and this should be welcome!) whilst having all relevant non-urgent information in one place on a
weekly basis. A history of newsletters is kept on a monthly basis, and can be viewed from the CeG website:

Anyone can submit an article to be included in the newsletter by sending it to Please do try to use
the Newsletters wherever possible for non-urgent information. However, any really urgent information can still be sent by
email – but - we hope very soon to launch some improved email distribution lists and etiquette rules to help us all to
further manage the volume of emails we all receiving.

NERC continue support for MSc programmes
As a revision to this item from newsletter 242, there are 4 of our Masters programmes for 2009 and 2010 which will
receive further NERC funding including MSc Engineering Geology, MSc Environmental Biogeochemistry, MSc
Sustainable Management of the Water Environment and MSc in Petroleum Geochemistry.

STREAM proposal success
Professor Tom Curtis and Dr David Werner provided encouraging letters of support for STREAM which included student
sponsorship commitments for STREAM’s Industrial Doctorate Centre proposal to EPSRC. The winning centres have been
announced and the STREAM centre is one of them and it is to be funded with £5.8m by EPSRC. This is a significant
investment of public money in post-graduate training and research and the ambition is to make STREAM an aspirational
programme within which ambitious young engineers can achieve their intellectual and career potentials.

STREAM is a collaborative programme led by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University and involving the
Universities of Sheffield, Exeter, and Newcastle as well as Imperial College London. The first cohort of students will start
in October 2009 and much is to be done over the coming months to ensure a smooth launch of the programme. One of
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the first tasks is to organise a two day project sponsorship event to be held 3 -4 March 2009 where the first tranche of
EngD project ideas will be scoped out.

Simon Parsons, STREAM Centre Director and Paul Jeffrey, STREAM Centre Manager send thanks all involved in this bid
and they are now looking forward to working with all to deliver STREAM in a way that benefits their EngD students
(Research Engineers), project sponsors and the wider community.

Tom and David Strongly encourage final year students or MSc students to contact TPC about this scheme.

Changes to the PgR academic team
There have been significant changes to the PGR academic leadership team - just to summarise the new position:
    Chair of PGR Board of Studies (the 'PGR Tsar'): Tom Wagner
    Geomatics PGR Selector: Stuart Barr (Deputy: Phil Moore)
    Transport PGR Selector: Neil Thorpe (Deputy: Margaret Bell)
    Geoscience PGR Selector: Claire Fialips (Deputy: Richard Tyson)
    Water PGR Selector: James Bathurst (Deputy: Paul Quinn)
    Environmental Engineering PGR Selector: David Werner (Deputy: Paul Sallis)
    GEST PGR Selector: Peter Gosling (Deputy: Colin Davie)
    PG (T&) R Tutor: David Rimmer
PGR Board of Studies Support Secretary: Melissa Ware

MOFs – MS Word version
Many MOFS users have been asking for the facility to save a full MS Word version of the module outline in order to use it
when revising modules. We have been looking into this for some time. It has not been possible to get this directly from the
MOFS database itself but Paul Thompson has managed to produce a version of the full module outline in the Module
Catalogue. It is not actually a Word document - the format and ordering of fields is very different - but rather the ability to
export the web page into Word. It is also limited by the fact that it only reflects what information is actually held for each
module rather than all the possible options in the database. However some of you may find it more useful than printing off
the Module Outline from MOFS and annotating it by hand.

To access the full outline go to Module Catalogue through the Internal Home Page Quick Links. Use the Search box to
find the module you want. When the module summary appears, click the grey MSWord button in the top left hand corner
of the screen. This will bring up a full black/white text version which you can Save as a Word document and then use the
Track Changes facility in Word to show revisions. This is the best that can be done with the resources available at this
time. Further investigations will be made over the next year as part of the major redevelopment work on MOFS to try and
find a better solution.

Please contact Gillian Bell, 0191 2228952 or if you have any further questions.

National Science & Engineering Week events
The SAgE Marketing & Recruitment Team are arranging some co-ordinated publicity for university events occurring in
National Science & Engineering Week. This is to help raise our profile as an institution in the local region, and to highlight
the engagement work that many of you carry out during this period. They are seeking to include all events linked to
science & engineering, including those in HASS and Medical Sciences.
If you are to run an event, please contact Simon Laing, Science Recruitment Officer, or fax to 8533 by 19 December
2008. Simon can then ensure that your event is included in all coordinated publicity which we will be produced and
distributed in January 2009.

Guest Members of Staff – an update
Information has been forwarded confirming that we are no longer able to submit a 'work permit application for sponsored
researchers'. The Immigration Enquiry Bureau has recommended that any person who may have come under the
category of sponsored researcher should contact the British Embassy in the country that they are currently resident in for
advice on which entry clearance they should be using.

The Faculty has a number of 'Sponsored Researchers' who come to the University under the Visiting or Guest member of
staff status. The definition of a 'Sponsored Researcher' is outlined below.

This category is for:
•       Someone who has a job overseas, who is still being paid for that job, has come to the UK to undertake a period of
        research at an employer/host organisation and the funding for the research remains overseas.
•       Someone who has a job overseas, who is still being paid for that job, has come to the UK to undertake a period of
        research at an employer/host organisation, but the funding is transferred to the UK employer or host.
•       Someone who has a job overseas, who is still being paid for that job, has come to the UK to undertake a period of
        research at an employer/host organisation, but the funding is arranged and paid by UK employer or host.
•       Someone who is on paid sabbatical comes to the UK to undertake research at a UK employer/host organisation,
        funding is arranged and paid by the UK employer or host.
•       Someone who is on unpaid sabbatical but receives funding from UK employer or host.

If you have anyone who is coming to the University, under this category, please contact the HR Team for further advice
and guidance.

SAgE Research Opportunities newsletter December 2008
Please see:

Switch off over Christmas
Following the launch of the ‘Save it’ campaign in October, the ESS Sustainability Team want to make this year’s energy
consumption over the Christmas break the lowest in the last 5 years.

If the University achieve this, we will save around £23,000 and 94 tonnes of CO2. That’s enough to fill 73 hot air balloons!

Please do your bit and be sure to switch off all unnecessary lights and equipment before you leave. Also, start talking to
colleagues now to decide who will switch off any shared lab and office equipment.

For more information and to see the 12 tips of Christmas, please visit

Christmas Holidays 2008-2009
As previously announced the University has given all staff one extra day's leave this year on 24 December 2008.
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The University will therefore close on 23 December 2008 and will re-open on Monday 5 January 2009.
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Please note that 23 December 2008 is a normal working day and remember that when we return on 5 January 2009
we are straight into term.

Points Based Immigration – for employment
The Home Office is currently phasing in the new points based immigration system. The new system will change the way
the University seeks permission to employ migrant workers and will change the way migrants apply for entry clearance
into the UK or leave to remain in the UK. The main change for the University came into effect on 27 November 2008
and this will be the replacement of the current work permit system with the Tier 2 entry route.

Most School/Institute/Services managers will have already attended a briefing by HR and further briefings are to be held
where necessary. It is being encouraged that all those staff involved in recruiting from overseas to attend. Further
information will be available on the HR web site and this will be updated when further guidance is provided by the Border

Please contact HR if you have any concerns or queries about these changes.

Points Based Immigration – for students
The UK Government has announced that the immigration rules for students will change from April 2009 under the new
points based immigration system.

Please see: for guidance on what students need to do to get ready for
the points based system.

Identity Cards
From 25 November 2008, the Home Office started issuing compulsory identity cards to foreign nationals and their
dependants who are granted an extension of their stay in the United Kingdom as a student or as the husband, wife, civil
partner or unmarried or same sex partner of a permanent resident.

When they apply for an extension of their stay as a student in the United Kingdom they will have to make an appointment
to go to one of the UK’s seven enrolment centres (Croydon, Sheffield, Liverpool, Solihull, Cardiff, Glasgow and Armagh)
to have their photograph taken and their fingerprints scanned and recorded. This is known as 'biometric information'.

If their application is successful, they will then receive an identity card, which replaces the stickers (known as vignettes)
that were previously placed in the passports. Their identity card will be sent to them secure delivery.

Please see: for further information

AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Research Cluster Award
National and regional research agendas have determined that there is an urgent need for greater integration between the
applied and social sciences; however, until very recently, few cross-cutting support opportunities existed. To fill this gap,
the AHRC and EPSRC have recently joined forces to create a new Science and Heritage Research Programme to
stimulate such multi-disciplinary activity.

The first component of the programme plan is to award Research Cluster grants to research teams that will establish
scientific data and management issues needed to better define future research activity. Newcastle University, specifically
the International Centre for Culture (ICCHS) and Heritage Studies and the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
(CeG), were just awarded (pending negotiation) an AHRC/EPSRC Cluster grant to study underlying processes that
promote the accelerated decay of ancient stone monuments within the landscape (ASMs; e.g., standing stones, rock art).

The project is lead by Dr Aron Mazel in ICCHS and Prof David Graham in CeG, and is mandated to develop research
teams to set the future agenda in ASM preservation and develop scientifically-informed management approaches. This
Cluster has already committed individuals from academic, governmental, and non-profit agencies, and will use an
ecological perspective to identify ASM research priorities. Disciplines will include ecology, molecular biology, chemistry,
geology, hydrology, archaeology, and anthropology, but will be expanded based identified research questions. The
ultimate aim is to help guide Science and Heritage Research on scientific issues of greatest significance to heritage
resource management, and then champion new projects stemming from the Cluster.

The ASM Cluster Research work should commence early in 2009 and will include two workshops, one including public
involvement, and the development of a much expanded Science and Heritage web presence at Newcastle University.

Digital Material
The Copyright Licensing Agency has issued an additional list of publishers who have signed up to the new Higher
Education Digital Licence. This means that extracts of material published by these companies or organisations may be
copied under the terms of the University’s licence without the added burden of seeking additional permission.
For a complete list of publishers whose works are included, please refer to the following two lists on the CLA website: List
of Included UK Digital Publishers and List of Included US Digital Material Publishers

Update on Research Excellence Framework (REF)
HEFCE is working to develop new arrangements for the assessment and funding of research. The new arrangements -
the Research Excellence Framework (REF) - will be introduced after the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
 The timescales have recently changed and an update has been issues by the University Research Office.

The REF is to consist of a single unified framework for the funding and assessment of research across all subjects. It will
make greater use of quantitative indicators in the assessment of research quality than the present system, while taking
account of key differences between the different disciplines. There will now no longer be such a clear distinction between
the arrangements for science-based subjects and those for all other subjects; for all subjects the assessment will include
some combination of metrics-based indicators, including bibliometrics where appropriate, as well as input from expert
panels. Which of these elements are employed, and the balance between them, will vary as appropriate to each subject.
There will be flexibility to use different elements for different subjects and there may be instances in some areas there
may be no review of outputs as these could be covered by bibliometrics.

Originally it was planned for the REF to be developed as a single unified framework throughout 2008 and 2009, but these
timeframes have changed following the consultation. The timetable for designing the new framework will be
extended by 12 months to allow sufficient time for development. The planned full bibliometric exercise in 2010 will
now likely be a test exercise that will NOT inform funding. The measures will first be used to inform funding decisions from

NRES' email addresses
It has been advertised that some National Research Ethics Service and the former COREC e-mail addresses are being
withdrawn from the end of the year, with only being available for the NRES Queries Line from
2 January 2009.

Can researchers who regularly use NRES to seek ethical approval for their research note these changes and remove the
older addresses from your e-mail address lists.

EU Office newsletter - December 2008
Please see:

‘Current’ Magazine from the Environment Agency
Current is a publication designed to be an informative newsletter for organisations involved or interested in Environment
Agency & its partners’ projects and activities. It shares best practice and informs our industry of solutions to challenges in
the water and environment industry and how to best address future issues.

Features this issue include: Caldew and Carlisle City Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) , Tregaron Flood Alleviation
Scheme (FAS), Asset surveys on the River Nene, Replacing the Paddle and Rymer Weirs on the River Thames, The
Environment Agency Project Excellence Awards Winners, Harnham flood defence scheme, Thames Barrier tidal project,
Thames Estuary 2100 project, Arun to Adur flood and erosion management strategy, Redcar Flood Alleviation Scheme
(FAS) and Sustainable materials use on construction projects

Please see: Current 8 for the latest edition and acronyms for a brief statement which outlines the main Framework
arrangements that are used in the delivery of their capital programme which will help to explain some of the acronyms in
the magazine.

Should you be interested in further copies, please contact Pat Bell on

School Meetings 2008-2009
13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 2 December 2008, Room 1.01, Cassie Building – Please note this is to replace the original
date of 9 December.
13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 14 April 2009, Room 1.11, Drummond Building

Enterprise Educator Lunch Event - engaged, interested or curious?, 11:30-13:30, 17th
December 2008, Bamburgh Room, Kings Road Centre, Newcastle University
The careers service are launching a programme of events/seminars and an online hub which will act as a central point of
information and discussion about the enterprise and entrepreneurship agenda for educators at Newcastle University. It is
a social forum that allows you to interact with each other, share best practice, engage with and progress the agenda and
understand enterprise education in practice.
To help inform you of the programme of events may look like, you are invited to come along to this event, where we will
also be demonstrating the online hub.

So, if you are looking to embed enterprise skills in modules and programmes, replace a tired assessment method or
simply keep up to date with what’s happening on campus and national/international initiatives, then please go along to the
launch of the hub to meet fellow educators and make sense of it all! As well as colleagues across the University, Alison
Price, Director of Educator Development at the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) will be visiting
the University for this event and will share some of her experiences of enterprise education.

To confirm your interest in attending this event, please email Katie Wray or call her on 5183. Lunch and refreshments will
be provided.

Next Generation Aerial Platforms for Environmental Instrumentation workshop, 10th February
2009, The Institute of Physics, London.
The Sensors and Instrumentation KTN is pleased to announce a workshop that brings together commercial developers of
aerial platforms with academic and industrial developers of instrumentation that could be used on these platforms for
environmental measurements.

Please see: to register for this free workshop and for the full workshop program.

To request an elevator pitch presentation, for further information, or to discuss whether your company or research fits into
the workshop theme, please contact Elaine Eggington. Presenters will be selected to represent as wide a spread of
platforms and instrumentation as possible; however all the summaries submitted will be collated and circulated to the
workshop participants.

Diversity Week, 2nd – 6th March 2009, Newcastle University - ‘Newcastle Diversity: Exploring
difference to enrich learning in research, teaching, engagement, work and life’
The idea for this event originally came from the Diversity Consultative Group and was discussed at the Think Tank on
Gender Balance in Academic Careers, hosted by the Vice Chancellor in October.

Diversity Week will be a celebration and exploration of equality and diversity issues across all aspects of University life.
The week will include a mix of lectures, seminars, events, and other activities organised by both staff and students. The
focus will be on the following five areas: Research, Teaching, Engagement, Work and Life

Please contact Pamela Graham, or Julie Bullimore, if you have
specific suggestions for Diversity Week or would like any further information

Please note that the events will mostly take place in the Research Beehive and the team need to finalise the timetable by
7th January 2009. Activities will be open to staff, students and visitors.

As part of Diversity Week, the Diversity team want to find out how diversity is related to quality in research at Newcastle
University. They would like to take videos of staff and students talking about diversity in relation to their research work
and these will be played during Diversity Week. If you are interested in being involved please contact Drew Gertner and
Deborah James on before 7 January 2009.

SET for Britain exhibition and reception, 12.00-21.00, 9th March 2009, Terrace Marquee, House
of Commons
The overall aim of SET for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research
scientists, engineers and technologists who are the "engine-room" of continued progress in and development of UK
research and R&D, and ultimately of UK plc. Many will be Britain's future scientific and technological leaders and others
will clearly be leaders in other fields. Such researchers are a vital asset and investment for the UK.

This exhibition will take place during National Science and Engineering Week.

In order to encourage maximum participation by early-career researchers and Members of Parliament the competition will
be divided into three distinct areas: Biological and Biomedical Science, Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics) and

SET for BRITAIN Awards are made solely on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-stage or
early-career researcher.

European Navigation Conference - Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ENC-GNSS)
Conference, 3rd – 6th May 2009, Naples, Italy
Please see: for further information and the details of the call for papers.
Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of Transitional and Turbulent Flows, 26th – 28th May 2009,
Cranfield University.
The course will be delivered by: Professor Dimitris Drikakis, Cranfield University, Dr. Fernando Grinstein, Los Alamos
National laboratory, USA and Dr. Nicholas Georgiadis, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA.

Please see: for further details and to register

"Observing the Arctic: A window to climate change", International Summer School, Svalbard,
27th June-4th July 2009
The school is open to young researchers (i.e., PhD students and young post-doctoral scientists) who work on aspects of
the Arctic and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills. Participation is limited to a maximum of 36 students
and is highly competitive. Students are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation.

Please see: for more information and to download the brochure.
Deadline for applications: 15 February 2009

TEMPUS call priorities published
Tempus supports the modernisation of higher education and creates an area of co-operation in countries surrounding the
EU. Established in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the scheme now covers 27 countries in the Western Balkans,
Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

The strand most relevant to universities is Joint Projects. These are based on multilateral partnerships between higher
education institutions in the EU and the partner countries. They can develop, modernise and disseminate new curricula,
teaching methods or materials, boost a quality assurance culture, and modernise the management and governance of
higher education institutions.

In order to enable institutions and consortia to start preparatory work for proposals, the European Commission has posted
the national and regional priorities for this call on their website:

Please see: and for further information

The publication of the Second Call for Proposals under Tempus IV is foreseen for the second half of January 2009, with a
deadline in April.

Academic Development workshops
Formative Assessment & Feedback – 8 December 2008.
Making Students Think – 16 January 2009.
Pastoral Care – 29 January 2009.
Research Supervision – 29 January 2009.
Teaching Small Groups – 30 January 2009.
Proactive Media Relations – 2 February 2009.

Please use the links to find out further information and to book a place.

Introduction to Matlab sessions, 12th January 2009 and 5th August 2009, School of Electrical,
Electronic and Computer Engineering, Newcastle University
Please see: for further details and to book.

Please note there will be a £50 charge for University staff and students.

Senior Research Associate and Research Associate posts, Building Energy Modelling,
Loughborough University, Leicestershire.
Please see: and for full details.
Lecturer in Earth Observation Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of
This position is available immediately. Applications are welcome from within a broad range of EO fields, but particularly
those associated with key areas: climate, atmosphere processes, land/ocean surface properties, and passive/active EO

Please see: for further details and to apply on-line or contact Personnel
Services on, 0116 252 2758
Application deadline: 5 January 2009.

Technical Project Engineer – Drilcorp
Drilcorp Ltd is one of the UK's leading specialist drilling contractors offering a wide range of services throughout the UK.

To aid their development plans for continued growth of the business, they are seeking Technical Project Engineer. The
ultimate aim would be for the successful candidate to develop a Technical Division, growing this section of the business
and developing a supporting technical team.

The role responsibilities would involve carrying out water well technical services including water test pumping, water
borehole pump installation, borehole CCTV survey, borehole rehabilitation, and an array of other technical services
related to our drilling operations.

Please see: for further information.

   13.00-14.00, 01.12.08         Instability of the GNSS Reference Frame caused by Mismodelling of                     Kirill Palamartc
   2.32, Cassie Building                          the Ionospheric Delay of Second Order                          Post-Doctoral Researc
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   13.00-15.00, 03.12.08             Traffic Signals in Modelling To include Demonstration of the             John Nightingale, MSc(E
   2.33, Cassie Building                      Modelling of a Small Network using LinSig.                                        MIHT
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   13.00-14.00, 08.12.08         Probabilistic Predictions of UK Climate Change for the 21st Century                       David Sexto
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   13.00-14.00, 15.12.08          Robust Flood Risk Management Decisions in an Uncertain Future                               Jim Hall
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Please see: School Seminars for the full programme

Carols by Candlelight, 17:30, 9th December 2008, St Thomas the Martyr Church, Haymarket,
The service will be followed by refreshments and a concert from the University Wind Band.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

From Poland to Asia via Newcastle organised by the North East Polish Community
Organisation, 19:00, 11th December 2008, The Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle
This event will start with 5 fascinating stories about 5 different Asian countries visited by Polish travellers in the last few
years will follow with an auction of 12 interesting photographs...

It is a charity event and they are hoping to raise lots of money for the Polish Saturday School they will be opening in early

Please see: or for further details.

School Christmas Party, from 12:30, 19th December 2008, Student Common Room
All staff and PGR's are welcome. Food and drink aplenty and the hotly contested quiz will take place.
Hope you can make it!

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