School of Biology Internal Newsletter: 21 September, 2018
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Undergraduate Research Assistant Scheme: Semester 1 application deadline Friday 28 September

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Scheme aims to give our undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in academic research. The University of St Andrews prides itself on its research-led teaching and is keen to promote projects that emphasize the many ways in which Research and Teaching can come together. Through this scheme students will have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by working on academic research projects with university faculty members.

Upcoming deadline:

Semester 1 2018 applications due Friday 28 September 2018

There is no specific application form and the information comes from you as the sponsor. The work needs to be:

  1. Developmental for the student
  2. Academic in nature
  3. Research-based
  4. Related to either a research or teaching project that is currently on-going or in the advanced planning stages

If you have a student and a project, send to biodor@st-andrews.ac.uk by Friday 28 September 2018: 

1.  Your name

2.  The name of the student and their year of study

3.  Brief details from the supervisor of the proposed project with title, expected date to start, and how the project fits the four criteria above

4.  Total number of hours for which funding is requested (multiples of 6-hour blocks)

5.  The funding call for which are you applying (i.e., Autumn 2018)

6.  Whether the project will last for longer than one semester (will it run into Semester 2 2019?)

7.  Brief details from the student outlining their reasons for undertaking the project and the aims of their project.

 
  

 
   
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Images of Research – Call for submissions

Do you have an image representing your research or showing what inspires you about research? As part of this year’s Public Engagement with Research Gallery we are looking for images representing the diversity of research at the University of St Andrews (e.g. research life, public engagement, teaching). Images can be photographs, digital, or traditional art. Selected entries will be showcased and celebrated throughout October as part of the Public Engagement conference in the Byre Theatre (26th of October).

Whether you are a member of staff (professional or academic) or a student, we would like to see your images and hear your research stories. Up to three images can be submitted per person together with a title and short description (up to 150 words).

Images have to be taken or created by the applicant, or the applicant must have gained explicit permission from the person who took or created the image as well as from any identifiable person.

Please submit images as high-resolution files (JPG, TIFF, or EPS) named (“ImagesOfResearch_yourName”) to standengaged@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The copyright of the images will be retained by the authors, but selected images will be showcased at the Public Engagement Gallery and might be published on social media, the PER website, and promotion materials.

Submission deadline is the 30th of September.

For any queries, please contact standengaged@st-andrews.ac.uk

 
  

 
   
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Public Engagement Conference – Call for submissions

The Public Engagement with Research team, in association with CAPOD, are pleased to announce the 2018 University of St Andrews Public Engagement Conference on the 26th October in the Byre Theatre St Andrews. Attendance is free of charge, conference registration will open 28th September.

In addition to a number of training and taster opportunities (e.g. STEM Ambassador training, evaluation basics) we would also like to hear, and learn from our researcher community. Staff and students are invited to submit their proposals for presentations and posters through these links: Presentation, Poster

In terms of presentations we encourage interactive formats such as skill sharing workshops, hackathons and talks with a high degree of audience participation. Posters will be displayed in the Byre throughout the event and the Public Engagement with Research Awards which will be hosted at the end of the conference.

 
  

 
   
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Changes and improvements to Library catalogues

The University Library is pleased to announce that a new Library Management System will be delivered during the forthcoming academic year 2018/19. The Library Management system is the one you use when searching for books and journals, issuing and renewing books, etc. Although we are working in the background in preparation for this change, there will be no substantial differences for users at the start of session. The new library search interface will be available from the beginning of Semester 2. Library staff will be on hand to help and support you through the transition.
 
The new system, supplied by Innovative, replaces SAULCAT and SEEKER and will allow us to offer an enhanced service to students and staff, as it has an improved way of managing e-resources. From January 2019, you will have access to a wider range of services through a redesigned interface. For the first time, you will be able to search across print and electronic book and journal collections as well as special collections, museum collections and institutional research outputs.
 
The new system also retains and develops features of our current traditional library catalogue, allowing sophisticated searching of rare books. A 'classic catalogue' based on SAULCAT will remain available.
 
Although some planned downtime is necessary (including one on 16th October of around 6 hours), this will be kept to a minimum and carefully scheduled to minimise impact on staff and students. There will be no substantial change for users until after January 2019.
 
Further information about these changes and improvements will be circulated to staff and students ahead of the launch in January. We’d be grateful for your help in ensuring relevant colleagues are advised of the change. If you have any questions or comments, please contact library@st-andrews.ac.uk.
 
  

 
   
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School of Biology workshop for PGRs who wish to teach

PGRs who wish to teach in Biology are required to attend the School of Biology Assessment and Feedback Training.

School of Biology Assessment and Feedback Training

Thursday 11th October 2018

9.30 -13.30

This is a mandatory course for PGRs who wish to teach in the School of Biology.  To sign up for this event, please contact bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk by 4th October 2018 with an email headed Demonstrator Training October 2018, and indicate any dietary requirements.

This course will provide hands on experience of assessing and providing feedback on sample Biology essays and lab reports. The Lead Demonstrator, Director of Teaching and Depute Director of Teaching will provide top tips on demonstrating, assessing and providing feedback within the School of Biology. You will receive sample marking on Thursday 4th October which you will mark and provide feedback on prior to attending the training.

Please note that all PGRs interested in teaching are also required to attend the mandatory CAPOD workshops:

Tutoring and Demonstrating in the Sciences: An Introduction & Assessment AND  Academic Misconduct (Science): An Introduction

Support for Postgraduate Students who Teach

And.. to complete the online course 'Diversity in the Workplace'

 
  

 
   
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NERC Demand Managed Standard Grants - January 2019: Intention to Submit deadline, 1 October 2018

The internal call for applications to the NERC Standard Grants Scheme – January 2019 is now open

Table 1: Timescale 

 

1)

Internal deadline: completed “Intention to Submit” form to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk

(cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact)

5pm, 1 October 2018 

2)

Internal deadline: draft case for support (4 sides of A4) to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk

(cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact)FAS contact)

5pm, 1 November 2018

3)

Internal Selection Panel meet to review proposals

Early-mid November 2018

4)

Successful nomination/s informed

Early-mid November 2018

5)

Final deadline for submitting proposal to NERC

4pm, 15 January 2019

Stage-1:

Intention to Submit forms for the January 2019 round should be returned to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) by 5pm, 1 October 2018.

Due to the NERC demand management policy for their Standard Grants Scheme, all applications must be submitted for internal review. The University of St Andrews is currently capped to 6 applications.  Potential applicants are encouraged to put forward the strongest case possible and take time to discuss their proposal with their Director of Research prior the internal review deadline. Please also consider the relevant sections of the attached NERC handbook.

For NERC’s Demand Management policy on standard grants, any application counts towards an organisation, where the organisation is applying as the grant holding organisation (of the lead or component grant). Therefore, any applicant wishing to submit to this call as lead PI at St Andrews or PI on a component grant on a joint proposal being led by another HEI will needs to submit an “Intention to Submit” form. All applicants wishing to submit a proposal as PI (lead), PI (component) or Co-I must return a completed Intention to submit form to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) by 1)  by 5pm, 1 October 2018.

Co-I’s who wish to apply for sub-award (e.g. not a Je-S component grant) through another lead institution should notify the RPO (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) their intention to submit to this call. However, they do not need to submit a case for support to the internal review panel, as this approach is not counted against St Andrews demand-managed quota. 

Table 2: Further information on proposal types

Proposal type

Outcome

One lead grant proposal by organisation X with one Je-S form and one grant reference and no component grants.
The lead Principal Investigators (PI's) and all Co-Investigators (Co-I's) are named on the same grant proposal. The Co-I's may be from multiple organisations. If successful the lead organisation X would be responsible for transferring funds to the organisations (Y and Z) of the Co-Is.

The proposal counts as one application (and award, if successful) for the lead organisation (X) submitting the grant proposal only.

There is a lead PI and lead grant proposal to organisation X, with separate component proposals to organisations Y and Z. Each component proposal has a PI, Je-S form, and unique NERC reference number. If successful, a separate grant is awarded to each organisation.

Each lead and component proposal counts as an application. Each application counts towards the submitting organisations cap, ie it counts as an application towards Organisations X, Y and Z and count as an award to each, if successful.

Full call guidance can be found here and NERC Research Grants and Fellowship Handbook. For guidance and support with your application, please contact your business development manager

The Standard grant scheme also includes a route for New Investigators. Eligibility for New Investigators has been updated from three to five years of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. Please refer to paragraph 57, 58 of NERC Research Grants and Fellowship Handbook.

Stage 2:

Proposals for the January 2019 round should be submitted for internal review to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) no later than 5pm, 1 November 2018.    

Submissions will be assessed on their scientific excellence. An internal review panel will meet to assess the applications and select the proposal/s that will be submitted to NERC.

Your submission for internal review should include:

  1.        Draft case for support (Maximum 4 sides A4)

The 4-page case for support for the internal panel review should mainly focus on the research project. It is recommended to include details of the anticipated impact.

  1.       Track record of the researchers/expertise involved in the project (maximum 1 side A4)

Candidates are not required to submit any costing details to the internal review panel.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email: rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk or ext: 7220.

 
  

 
   
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British Ecological Society

Free Public Lecture
 
Wednesday 3 Ocotber, 7pm
Dundee University, Dalhousie Building, LT 4
 
"Cardiovascular Disease - Go with the flow"
Professor Faisel Khan, Ninewells Hosiptal & Medical School
 
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Dates for your Diary

 

Staff Council: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Held in the Senate Room from 1.30pm

Staff Away Day:  Wednesday 12th June 2019

The whole day, booked at Rufflets from 9.00 – 5.00 

 
   
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Undergraduate Research Assistant Scheme: Semester 1 deadline 28 September

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Scheme aims to give our undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in academic research. The University of St Andrews prides itself on its research-led teaching and is keen to promote projects that emphasize the many ways in which Research and Teaching can come together. Through this scheme students will have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by working on academic research projects with university faculty members.

Upcoming deadlines:

Semester 1 2018 applications due: Friday 28 September 2018

There is no specific application form and the information comes from you as the sponsor. The work needs to be:

  1. Developmental for the student
  2. Academic in nature
  3. Research-based
  4. Related to either a research or teaching project that is currently on-going or in the advanced planning stages

If you have a student and a project, you need to send the following information to biodor@st-andrews.ac.uk by Friday 28 September 2018: 

1.  Your name
2.  The name of the student and their year of study
3.  Brief details from the supervisor of the proposed project with title, expected date to start, and how the project fits the four criteria above
4.  The amount of funding requested and the total number of hours for which funding is requested (multiples of 6-hour blocks)
5.  The funding call for which are you applying (i.e., Semester 1 2018)
6.  Whether the project will last for longer than one semester (will it run into Semester 2 2018?)
7.  Brief details from the student outlining their reasons for undertaking the project and the aims of their project.
 
  

 
   
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EXPLORATHON 2018

You are invited to take part in Explorathon our Scotland-wide celebration of research held between Saturday 22nd and Saturday 29th September 2018. At Explorathon, Arts, Humanities and Sciences researchers are all invited to participate and engage with our communities, and each other, with research conducted at the University of St Andrews. 

There are many ways you can be a part of this festival, from visiting participating schools, bringing a short performance to the Byre or Dundee Science Centre, to setting up an interactive table-top activity at the research fair or teaser event. You can also participate in established events or assist behind the scenes in running the festival; the perfect opportunity for you to take your first steps in public engagement. 

 To find out more about Explorathon, or to submit a proposal for an event check out our website, or for informal enquiries please contact standengaged@st-andrews.ac.uk

 
  

 
   
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Horizon 2020 newsletter for August 2018

The Horizon 2020 newsletter for September is now available.

If you have any questions about applications, please contact Dr Lorraine Black in the Research Business Development and Contracts Office at leh5 or x7286.

    
  

 
   

Vacancies


Current vacancies tagged for 'School of Biology' from the University Vacancies Feed are listed below:
 
  

 
   

Seminars and Events (21/09/18 to 22/10/18)


Seminar:
Peter Henrys,Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Title tba
Peter Henrys (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) The Observatory: Seminar Room, 2:00 PM, 22 Oct 2018
 
School of Biology University of St Andrews
 

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