Friday, 30 September 2011

World's Biggest Coffee Morning @ ScHARR!

Yet again, our very own Vanessa Rogers has come up trumps with her annual Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning. Love her or love her, you can't say she doesn't know how to throw a (tea) party!
The cakes and conversation are still flowing as I type! A final total raised will be revealed soon, but for now, view the slide show by clicking here.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

ScHARR Bite Size - What is it all About?

ScHARR Bite Size by Andy

ScHARR Bite Size are lively, informal 20 minute taster sessions held at Regent Court with a dual focus on research and teaching. Co-run by Andy Tattersall and Jenny Freeman, Bite Size has been running since 2010 and has run nearly 30 sessions on everything from social networks to how (not) to display data. The sessions all begin at 2.30pm on various days of the week and are open to any members of staff from the Medical Faculty and beyond. Bite Size cakes are provided and there's always time for a quick ten minute discussion and Q&A afterwards. Staff can add the Bite Size calendar to their own calendar by typing: into their list of additional calendars.

Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes - 23rd September 2011

Post by Anna 
View the latest issue of the Research Funding Update by following this link

Previous editions of the update can be viewed here

Friday, 23 September 2011

ScHARR Bite Size For Teaching #12: MOLE 2, Thursday 29th September 2.30 Eric Wilkes room

 Posted by Andy

This Bite Size session will include a showcase of some of the differences between
MOLE1 and the new MOLE2 virtual learning environment. It will highlight some 
of features which have been discontinued and then look at some of the exciting 
new of the pedagogical and technological tools which are included in MOLE2. 
Finally, advice will be given on how to spring clean any modules which have been 
freshly migrated to MOLE2 preparing them for successful delivery!

ScHARR Bite Size for Research - Data, Copyright and the Cloud - Prezi slides

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Research Funding Update - Fellowships and Studentships

Post by Anna
The latest issue of the Research Funding Update can be viewed by following this link

Previous editions of the update can be viewed here

Friday, 16 September 2011

ScHARR Bite Size for Research - Data, Copyright and the Cloud - Tuesday 20th September - 2.30pm - Lecture Room 2

 posted by Andy
The cloud is an ever-popular term that hear mentioned on BT adverts, associated with Apple and Microsoft products, dropped in amongst various tech programs on the tv and in the press. What is the cloud, should we take notice of it? The simple answer is yes, like fashion we're tied to wearing only the clothes that are available in the shops driven by the designers (unless you can stitch together your own clothes). The technology designers drive how we work and they want us up the cloud as quick as possible (unless you can stitch together your own programs).

Cloud computing is the process of using software and accessing data without the need of knowing where the phsyical location and configeration of the system that runs the services is. It allows the use of data and tools from any location via an Internet connection. Whilst the data you employ with these services has become open for scrutinty, whether it be personal or private content. It has also highlighted the short-comings in copyright legislation as the law stays one or two steps behind the technology. 

How we teach is a particular area of concern, as after 20 years of using PowerPoint aided with 'stolen' images and content from the Web - we are now hosting this content on the Web and the Cloud - this bad practice (that most of us have been guilty of some time or another). Whether this is the Internet or Intranet is irrelevant. To go in the direction we are going without taking heed of copyright leaves us open for scrutiny and attention that we would not wish to entertain.
This session run by myself gives a brief overview into where we are going, the problems we face and how we could do a few simple things to avoid any serious pitfalls.

As always, bite size cakes will be available, please bring a long a hot drink.  

Monday, 12 September 2011

ScHARR Bite Size for Teaching #11 - Thursday 15th September - 2.30pm - Eric Wilkes Room - Voice Works

 Posted by Andy

Although teaching and other professional presentations typically involve quite a lot of talking, few of us have had lessons in,  or feedback on, how to make sure our verbal communication is listener-friendly. This session aims to provide handy hints on how to get the best out of your vocal equipment in your face-to-face and online teaching sessions and research presentations and (hopefully) get you playing with your voice, using free, downloadable programs, to develop a lively and captivating voice!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Bite Size - Google Apps - RE-ARRANGED

Posted by Anthea

Please note that the bite size session on Google Apps which was scheduled for Wednesday 7th September has been rearranged for January 2012 (date tbc). This is take into account planned changes in what Google offer.

Rest assured though, the bite size train keeps a-rolling with the next session taking place on Thursday 15th September at 2.30pm (Eric Wilkes Room) covering Voice Works.  For a full schedule of the sessions, see:

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Take Five - September 2011

Photo by  Donald Macleod
 Post by Anna Cantrell
The latest edition of Take Five is packed full of new websites, research funding opportunities,training courses and current awareness. You can view it here

An archive of the Take Five Newsletter and other research funding updates can be viewed here