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Systems Engineer – KTP Associate Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) designed to accelerate planned growth within the pharmaceutical sector, via the design and launch of an authentication and track-and-trace, software-based product for drug packaging that meets serialisation legislation, with embedded capability to continue developing software-based products.

This opportunity is ideal for a graduate with a Master’s degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Mathematics or related discipline. A PhD is highly desirable.

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact


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Man Met achieves 100% compliance with ResearchFish submission

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Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission in 2017.

ResearchFish is an online survey that collects research outcomes. Funders use the tool to track the impacts of their investments, and academics use it to log outputs arising from funded research. Over 100 funders, including the seven UK Research Councils, currently use ResearchFish collecting submissions from universities across the country.

For the second year running, Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission. This means that all researchers required to report against their funded research completed their submission before the submission period closed on 16th March 2017.

Due this achievement, our researchers’ fantastic work will soon be available to view on Gateway to Research. It also means that potential sanctions from late submissions have been avoided.

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A very Euro Christmas to you all!

2016 has been a very eventful year from a European perspective. You’ll all be aware of the happenings in June 2016 and subsequent debate, but there’s been a lot of good Euro news here at Manchester Met that has given us much to smile about. The following is just a quick snapshot of some of the highs of the past twelve months.

Starting with Horizon 2020, Prof Tristan McKay’s group are part of a European team developing therapies for Batten Disease through the BATCure project which aims to improve the lives of the estimated 1 million + children affected by this group of conditions. Moving out of the lab and towards the intersection of computing and biological imaging Prof Rene Doursat and colleagues will be lending their expertise to the ImageInLife Innovative Training Network. ImageInLife will train young European researchers in imaging complex biological systems. Taking our computing in a slightly different direction are Drs Keeley Crockett and Jim O’Shea, who are working with other research organisations and border agencies in the iCROSS project to examine new approaches to border control based on some of our existing technology (Silent Talker).

In the business arena, Prof Sally Randles’ new SMART-map project is connecting industry with research and civil society organisations to encourage responsible technology development and colleagues including the Prof Sue Baines and Prof Alberto Paucar-Caceres are working with European partners to make more links between the research base and business through the SAUNAC and DiTEM Erasmus + projects. Sally’s work on responsibility in research and innovation (RRI) comes to the fore again in the JERRI project, which will develop and pilot plans for RRI at two of the EU’s largest Research and Technology Organisations, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany and TNO in the Netherlands.

Our ground-breaking work on apprenticeships is also being recognised at the European level, with Liz Gorb’s SME Gap Erasmus + project which focuses on exchange of best practices with other European players.

We’ve also seen our first Horizon 2020 projects in Arts and Humanities. Ulysses Sengupta and Rob Hyde will lead Manchester Met’s contribution to the Manchester hub of SynchroniCity, a large-scale IoT pilot creating a network of reference zones across Europe. And, in a truly interdisciplinary endeavour, Prof Felicity Colman will lead a philosophical think tank in developing recommendations for ethics in ICT based research through her Ethics of Coding project.

In the field of education, our knowledge is feeding into improving the quality of teaching in the UK and abroad through a range of Erasmus + projects. Dr Geraldine Lee-Treweek contribution to the TEACHER and REFLECT LAB projects will (respectively) develop new approaches to pre-school teacher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina and support the application of inquiry based learning. Prof Nicola Whitton’s contribution to the Learning Games project will share our expertise in the use of play in education with others across Europe and Rebecca Patterson and John Rainer will be using drama (and more particularly Shakespeare) to develop approaches to teaching English Language and European Values through the UDSTEL project. Geraldine features again with her PAPYRUS project, which will help to upskill youth workers to respond to the refugee crisis.

Coming back to research, Drs Bethan Owen and Ling Lim will be applying our climate change modelling expertise in the ATM4E project, which will explore the potential for environmentally-optimised flight operations.

Staying with the sustainability theme, a final mention for our colleagues in International Office who have secured funding from Erasmus + to enable staff mobility, which will allow a team from Manchester Met to build on their relationship with the College of African Wildlife Management through a series of activities planned for 2017.

And with that, have a very Euro Christmas and we look forward to working with you in the New Year!

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Cyber Security Software Developer – KTP Associate Opportunity

Another exciting opportunity has become available for a Master’s degree or doctoral level candidate to develop broadly applicable and widely adopted cyber security solutions to protect evolving, cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems, and other data processing infrastructures, to significantly enhance sales to domestic and export markets.

This is a 32-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Manchester Metropolitan University and Raa IT Solutions Ltd. Employed and supported by a team of academic experts from the University, the Associate will be based at the company’s premises in Sale, Greater Manchester.

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact


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Exciting Graduate Software Developer KTP Associate Role

An exciting graduate opportunity has become available to work full-time on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Manchester Metropolitan University and REM to develop a sector-leading, interactive, real‑time, 3D digital prototyping capability, which will enhance customer experience as regards the design and customisation of company products.

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact


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CRACK-IT Launch Event


NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges 2016 launch event will take place on 8 September in Central London.

CRACK IT Challenges is a research competition to solve scientific and business problems identified by the bioscience sector. The Challenges are designed to reduce the reliance on animal models and/or improve animal welfare and lead to the development of marketable products. The competition is run using the SBRI’s process which is supported by Innovate UK and Challenges are sponsored by companies who provide in-kind contributions such as data, validation and expertise.

This year’s competition includes four Challenges, involving nine Sponsors.

  • Challenge 22 Osteo-chip– An in vitro model to recapitulate the human osteoarthritic joint” (Two Phase Challenge sponsored by Arthritis Research UK and GSK and co-funded by Arthritis Research UK and EPSRC).
  • Challenge 23 Retinal 3D– A Physiologically-Competent Human Retinal 3D Model” (Two Phase Challenge sponsored by Roche, Bayer, Merck and Novartis).
  • Challenge 24 EASE– EliminAting Surgical Embryo transfer in mice” (Single Phase Challenge sponsored by MRC Harwell).
  • Challenge 25Maximise– Maximising confidence whilst minimising data generation for acute hazard classification of mixtures” (Single Phase Challenge sponsored by Syngenta and Dow Agrosciences and co-funded by EPSRC).

Each of the Two Phase Challenges offers up to £1 million funding and a research contract for up to three years and up to £ 0.1 million funding and a research contract for up to one year for each of the Single Phase Challenges. The Challenge briefs are available now on the CRACK IT and SBRI websites.

The launch event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To register, please download and complete the registration form on the CRACK IT website and return to  Please use your institutional email address when registering. The deadline for registration is 1 September 2016.

Further details on the event and location will be sent to you following registration form completion.

The programme for the event includes:

  • Challenge-specific surgeries where participants can meet the Sponsors and discuss the Challenges in detail.
  • Networking sessions around Challenge zones providing an opportunity to identify new collaborators to help solve the Challenges.
  • A case study of the CRACK IT Challenges experience from a winner of one of the 2014 CRACK IT Challenges.
  • Information on the scheme and how to apply.

Further information will be sent closer to the date of the event.

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Global Challenges Research Fund: Call for Evidence

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The Government Spending Review on 25th November 2015 announced “a new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research”. The Global Challenges Research Fund is a BIS initiative which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies and HEFCE.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) represents the largest portion of this Fund. RCUK have launched a call for evidence to gather your views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be share with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies.

They would also like your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF.

RCUK are seeking inputs from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK.

The results from the survey will be reviewed alongside feedback from the Town Meetings and they will share a short summary of evidence which has been collected and outline how that has informed their strategy in the autumn.

This call for evidence forms part of a broader programme of strategic engagement activities taking place under the GCRF programme. RCUK will be running focus groups later this year and opening a Call for Ideas early next year to generate priority themes within each challenge.

You can complete the survey by clicking the link below. The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August:

Respondents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the following background information whilst completing the survey: