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REF 2014 results guide UK research funding

REF 2014 results guide UK research funding

Whenever it comes to university ranking tables I always say “caveat emptor”. It should be no different with this latest one, but the REF (Research Excellence Framework) results do influence UK government investment. For this reason alone it is noteworthy.

Specifically, the research was conducted jointly by the Higher Education…

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Manchester Royce Institute: graphene and semiconductors

Manchester Royce Institute: graphene and semiconductors

More details have emerged about the Sir Henry Royce Advanced Materials Institute, to be built at the University of Manchester.

It will cover 14 different materials research areas, including graphene and semiconductors.

In total, the EPSRC is putting £235m into it and its support satelletes: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds…

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Southampton gets first Horizon 2020 funding

Southampton gets first Horizon 2020 funding

Researchers from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre are to share in around €1.5m of EU funding, under the Horizon 2020 programme, for the Safari (Scalable and flexible optical architecture for reconfigurable infrastructure) project. It is the first Horizon 2020 project won by Southampton.

Safari aims to…

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Tech university for 2012 Olympic Park

Tech university for 2012 Olympic Park

UCL (University College London) is to build a new second campus, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London – where the 2012 games were held.

It will include a centre for experimental engineering (see below) and will form part of a wider ‘education and cultural quarter’, and follows the government…

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Feel shapes in the air with ultrasound

Feel shapes in the air with ultrasound

Ultrasound can make people feel 3D shapes in empty air, claim researchers at the University of Bristol.

The method uses ultrasound from a phased array of transducers, focussed onto a person’s hand.

“By focussing complex patterns of ultrasound, the air disturbances can be seen as floating 3D shapes,” said…

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UK supercomputer gets upgrade

UK supercomputer gets upgrade

The UK’s Archer supercomputer in Edinburgh has just been upgraded to increase its computing power by around 60% to have a theoretical top speed over 2Pflop.

Archer is operated by the UK’s Research Councils, and £10m towards this upgrade came from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council…

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Open University brings space tech to submarines

Open University brings space tech to submarines

Scientists from the Space Instrumentation Group (SIG) at The Open University have worked with BAE Systems and the MoD’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) agency to develop a novel type  safety equipment on board future Royal Navy submarines.

The development involved a new technique for monitoring the…

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Hey Emily, what's the Big Idea?

Hey Emily, what's the Big Idea?

Emily Tulloh, a final-year Brunel University London product design student, 21, was chosen to represent young British product design at the launch of the Design Council’s “Spark” initiative, in London’s Science Museum Information Age gallery.

The plan is to spot young product designers and a £300,000…

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