Faculty of Science and Engineering
Aug 19, 2020
Artificial Intelligence - PGT Webinar
This webinar features Dr Riza Batista-Navarro talking about our MSc in Artificial Intelligence, including the programme structure and the different themes and modules available, including complex data and text mining. Riza is also joined by Dr Caroline Jay, our PGT Programme Director and Jake Latham, PGT Admissions Manager for Comptuer Science, for a Q&A panel.
Aug 11, 2020
Groundwater Arsenic in S/SE Asia: Mobilization, Remediation and SDG Intersection - Laura Richards
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development’ event on the 5th August 2020. This talk will give an overview of our recent research in Cambodia, India and Myanmar aimed towards better understanding the environmental controls on groundwater quality (especially related to geogenic trace contaminants such as arsenic), identifying barriers to effective remediation, and developing improved decision support systems for groundwater remediation, with an aim to improve access to safer and more sustainable drinking water supplies. Dr. Laura Richards is a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester.
Aug 11, 2020
Intensifying irrigated agriculture in the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains - Tim Foster
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development’ event on the 5th August 2020. In many parts of South Asia, electricity for groundwater pumping has been directly or indirectly subsidised by governments to support intensification of agriculture. In contrast, farmers in large portions of the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains (EIGP) remain largely dependent on unsubsidised diesel power for irrigation pumping. High energy costs of pumping limit the ability of farmers to utilise available groundwater resources, increasing exposure to farm production risks and contributing to chronic poverty. To date, research to address these challenges has largely focused on efforts to enhance rural electrification or introduce renewable energy-based pumping systems that remain out of reach of many poor smallholders. However, there has been comparatively little focus on understanding opportunities to improve the cost-effectiveness and performance of the thousands of existing diesel-pump irrigation systems already in use in the EIGP. Here, we present findings from a recent survey of over 432 farmer households in the mid-western Terai region of Nepal – an important area of diesel-pump irrigation in the EIGP. Our survey provides information about key socio-economic, technological and behavioral aspects of diesel pump irrigation systems currently in operation, along with quantitative evidence about their impacts on agricultural productivity and profitability. We identify key institutional and technological strategies to support intensification of diesel pump irrigation, and highlight the role these solutions can play in supporting long-term poverty reduction and transitions to alternative electric or solar-based pumping systems in the region. Tim is a Senior Lecturer in Water-Food Security in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research combines insights from household surveys, remote sensing and crop modelling to understand the use of land, water and energy in agricultural production in regions worldwide. His research seeks to support farmers, policymakers and funder to design and implement policies to support sustainable agricultural water management and rural economies in both developed and developing countries.
Aug 11, 2020
Farmer-led irrigation initiatives in Africa - Phil Woodhouse
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development’ event on the 5th August 2020. Research over the past decade has uncovered evidence of investment of capital and labour by small-scale farmers in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. This phenomenon in some cases leverages support from government agencies, but in many cases does not. It involves use of a range of different water management technologies and is primarily oriented to supply growing urban food markets. The SAFI project aimed to investigate the potential for this 'farmer-led' irrigation development to drive broad-based economic growth in Africa's rural areas. Phil Woodhouse trained in the UK as an agricultural scientist at the universities of Oxford (BA) and Reading (PhD). He worked in Mozambique for eight years for the National Agronomy Research Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. After returning to the UK he was based first at the Open University and subsequently at Manchester University, where he is currently Professor of Environment and Development in the Global Development Institute. He has undertaken field studies in a number of countries in Francophone West Africa, southern Africa, and East Africa. He co-authored African Enclosures: the social dynamics of wetlands in drylands (James Currey, 2000), Water and Development (Routledge, 2011) and Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation: Creating Values that Matter (Routledge, 2018). He was principal investigator on the international collaborative project Studying African Farmer-led Irrigation (SAFI) funded by DFID-ESRC (DEGRP).
Aug 10, 2020
New approaches for managing water under regional resource conflicts - Julien Harou
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development’ event on the 5th August 2020. Water scarcity world-wide is increasing. New approaches and tools are needed to make it easier for broad coalitions of stakeholders to understand water systems better and collaborate on water management decisions more effectively and efficiently. Particularly on regional systems, or water resources which cross borders, effective collaboration is increasingly essential. Water impacts on other economic sectors such as energy and food, and also on ecosystems. Managing water well requires understanding synergies and trade-offs with these resource systems as well. This talk will describe and give examples of approaches and tools the Univ. of Manchester is developing as part of its £8M flagship FutureDAMS.org project ('Future Design and Assessment of water-energy-food-environment MegaSystems'). Professor Julien Harou is Chair in Water Engineering since 2013. Previously he was a lecturer at University College London. He has a PhD from the University of California Davis in water resources engineering and economics and an Master’s degree from Cornell University. Julien's group contributes globally leading research in water resources planning and management, water-energy-food systems, and environmental management software.
Aug 10, 2020
The Political-Ecology of the Hydro-Social Cycle and the Fantasy of Sustainable Development
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development’ event on the 5th August 2020. In the presentation, we shall argue that the notion of the hydrological cycle should be reformulated as a hydro-social cycle. This permits approaching the water circulation process as the enmeshing of physical and social processes. Such political-ecological perspective, in turn, opens a terrain that considers how social, political, and economic power relations, in intimate conjunction with physical processes, shape the dynamics of the socio-ecological circulation of water, but does so in deeply uneven and unequal manners. The recasting of the circulation of water in these terms raises serious issues and questions with respect to the question of 'sustainable' development. In particular, it asks what kind of sustainabiltiy for whom and where. Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Roskilde University (Denmark) and the University of Malmö (Sweden). He is elected member of the Academia Europaea.
Aug 10, 2020
Cecilia Medupin - Small but mighty impact: aquatic macroinvertebrates & public engagement
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Hydrological Change and Society's Response’ event on the 22nd July 2020. Macroinvertebrates are considered important organisms in the aquatic ecosystem. This is based on their roles as bioindicators, their sensitivity to environmental variables and, ability to inform aquatic health. They are also important organisms in the aquatic food chain. This study aims to investigate the impact of human activities on aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblage structure and composition using some examples in the Greater Manchester areas. By exploring existing management options, this study provides insight into strategies needed to sustainably manage, protect or restore these aquatic organisms for the future including the role of public engagement. Dr Cecilia Medupin is a Lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences. She completed a BSc degree in Biochemistry at Bayero University, Nigeria and then worked for a Nigerian soft drinks company as a Process Control Officer. Following her Masters degree in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester, Cecilia worked as an Environmental Auditor for a UK rubber recycling company, Environment Officer with the UK Environment Agency and Environmental Compliance Adviser with Sellafield Limited (Formerly BNFL), Cumbria. Upon returning to Nigeria she worked at the National Open University as a Lecturer/Course Coordinator. During this time, Cecilia also studied for a PhD at Manchester in the lab of Drs. Keith White and James Rothwell examining the impact of point source pollution on an urban river. Cecilia Medupin is passionate about teaching of ecology and has engaged members of the public through her theme “What’s in your river?” to communicate to diverse groups of people, the fact that there is life below water including macroinvertebrates. Some of these people include 16-18-year-olds. Which she does through the British Ecological Society (BES) summer school; to younger children in science festivals and museums, and to older adults in the UK and abroad. Overall, Cecilia aims to communicate the fascination of freshwater ecology, promote inclusion and participation, through her teaching and research activities. She is a co-lead with the national community for Engaging Environments.
Aug 10, 2020
Stephen Scott-Bottoms - Towards Hydro-Citizenship
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Hydrological Change and Society's Response’ event on the 22nd July 2020. Stephen will briefly discuss some of the research undertaken as part of a major AHRC-funded project, where he led a case study centred in West Yorkshire. Arts methods were used to engage directly with both local communities and water-sector professionals. The research foregrounded the value of storytelling and dialogue, in developing shared understandings of water issues, thereby enhancing the potential for practical action. Stephen Scott-Bottoms is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester.
Aug 10, 2020
Water Research at Manchester
This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Hydrological Change and Society's Response’ event on the 22nd July 2020. Recent major flood events have renewed interest in Natural Flood Management (NFM). NFM focuses on managing flood risk by protecting, restoring and emulating the natural regulating functions of rivers and catchments, with the potential to provide environmentally sensitive approaches to flood risk, reduce flood risk in areas where hard defences are not feasible, and to increase the lifespan of existing flood defences. However, the benefits of NFM have not been fully demonstrated or quantified. This talk will introduce ongoing work under the Natural Environment Research Council’s programme ‘Understanding the effectiveness of NFM’, focusing on the potential of upland peatland restoration to reduce downstream flood risk. Tim Allott is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester, with expertise in environmental hydrology, palaeolimnology, and aquatic and wetland environments. His current research focuses on the management and restoration of degraded peatlands and freshwaters.
Jul 8, 2020
MSc REAM Virtual Open Day
This session gives a brief welcome/overview of the University of Manchester along with an update on the current situation and University position. It also includes an overview of our MSc REAM course in our Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Delivered by Professor Jyoti Sinha (Program Director).
Jul 7, 2020
PG VOW: Material Science Engineering
In this session you will hear from Dr Suelen Barg who will discuss the various material science engineering pathways, what postgraduate students can expect to learn and how they will be taught. You will also find out how the programmes link to industry and research, and typical careers postgraduate students undertake after graduation.
Jul 7, 2020
MACE PGT Virtual Open Day
This session gives a brief welcome/overview of the University of Manchester along with an update on the current situation and University position. It also includes an overview of our MSc courses in our Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Delivered by Dr Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo (PGT Admissions Tutor and lecturer).
Jul 2, 2020
PG VOW - Chemical Engineering
In this session you will hear from Dr Robin Curtis who will discuss the two MSc pathways (Advanced Chemical Engineering and Advanced Process Integration and Design), what postgraduate students can expect to learn and how they will be taught. You will also find out how the programmes link to industry and research, and typical careers postgraduate students undertake after graduation.
Jul 2, 2020
PGT VOW: International Fashion Marketing and Retailing
In this session you will hear from Dr Jo Cartwright who will discuss the course, what postgraduate students can expect to learn and how they will be taught. You will also find out how the programmes link to industry and research, and typical careers postgraduate students undertake after graduation.
Jul 1, 2020
MSc Nuclear Science and Technology information session
This session provided information on the MSc Nuclear Science and Technology programme - the structure of the course, teaching formats for 2020/21 and the admissions process. It includes a Q&A session with the NTEC administration team and the Academic Programme Director, Gavin Smith.
Apr 8, 2020
3D reconstruction of confocal microscopy images of bioprinted 3D hydrogel
3D reconstruction of confocal microscopy images of bioprinted 3D hydrogel constructs after 14 days of culture, showing spread cells surrounded by a fibronectin-rich mesh network (nuclei (blue), F-actin (green), fibronectin (red))
Feb 27, 2020
Subsurface Energy PhD Scientist, Rimsha Aziz, talks about her research and career in engineering
Rimsha Aziz (PhD 2019), Department of Chemical Engineering, talks about the techniques and implementation of subsurface energy extraction and carbon storage and describes how the new MSc Subsurface Energy Engineering will help engineers of the future.
Oct 15, 2019
Self-propelled agents in a tortuous domain
An agent is appointed to be the leader and guides the group along a prescribed path. Individuals experiencing the presence of the surrounding fluid (white dots) exhibits more cohesion than the hydrodynamic-free ones (blue), with the group fragmentation being delayed.
Jun 5, 2019
Shining a Spotlight on Solar PV Podcast
A team of scientists at The University of Manchester has solved a key flaw in solar panels after 40 years of research around the world. Solar panels are among the most available system of generating energy through renewable sources due to their relative cost and consumer availability. However, the majority of solar cells only achieve 20% efficiency – for every kW of equivalent sunlight, about 200W of electrical power can be generated. Now an international team of researchers have resolved a key fundamental issue of material defect which limits and degrades solar cell efficiency. The problem has been known about and studied for over 40 years, with over 270 research papers attributed to the issue with no solution. The new research shows the first observation of a previously unknown material defect which limits silicon solar cell efficiency. Vicky Taylor-Plane interviews Tony Peaker, Matthew Halsall and Iain Crowe in this podcast to find out more. • Research paper: Identification of the mechanism responsible for the boron oxygen light induced degradation in silicon photovoltaic cells by Michelle Vaqueiro-Contreras, Vladimir P. Markevich, José Coutinho, Paulo Santos, Iain F. Crowe, Matthew P. Halsall, Ian Hawkins, Stanislau B. Lastovskii, Leonid I. Murin, Anthony R. Peaker, published in the Journal of Applied Physics. DOI: 10.1063/1.5091759
Mar 7, 2019
MECD - Manchester Engineering Campus Development
Discover The University of Manchester’s new engineering campus. Learn about the facilities, spaces and community that is being built to provide an outstanding learning and student experience for engineering and material science student and researchers.
Dec 20, 2018
Dr. Clair Gough on Biomass Energy with CCS: unlocking negative emissions
In this seminar, Clair Gough (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester) draws on recent and on-going work from across the Tyndall Centre to consider the critical challenges and assumptions for the potential for biomass energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to unlock negative emissions.
Sep 11, 2018
Chris Priest on Digital Technology, saint or sinner?
Chris Priest from the University of Bristol delivered at talk at The University of Manchester on the pros and cons of our digital society. Digital technology contributes a substantial amount of hazardous waste that affects our environment but it is also helping us to transition to a low carbon society.
Sep 10, 2018
Energy research beacon - film for industry partners and collaborators
As part of the research beacons communications and marketing campaign, this fast-paced film has been produced to highlight the depth and breadth of energy research carried out across The University of Manchester. Primarily targeted at an industry audience, the film showcases some of our areas of world-class expertise where we're working with partners and collaborators to help improve the planet and the lives of those who live on it through future-focused energy and environment R&D. A snapshot of our key facilities, which enable our researchers and collaborators to deliver their innovative research, also feature in the film. We want those who view this to want to be part of this too and get in touch with us - from innovative SMEs through to large, established multinationals.
Apr 25, 2018
Embedded systems project race day
Second year project... which ends with our ROBOT RACE DAY! This project integrates two important aspects of modern electronics, namely computer engineering and software engineering. During the second year students work in a team to produce a robot design that will follow a white line, climb a ramp and stop at the end - in the fastest time possible. The challenge starts at the begining of Year 2 and builds up to the race day at the end of term. You will use a microcontroller development system and work in teams of four or five to create you robot.
Mar 6, 2018
How to make graphene
The sticky tape method that was used to first isolate graphene for at The University of Manchester is still used. However this cannot be done on an industrial scale. Other methods are used for large scale manufacturing such as chemical deposition, however research continues to be carried out to scale up new capabilities of producing larger quantities of graphene. In this video we explor the methods used to make graphene. The narrator is Sarah Haigh, a lecturer in Materials Characterisation. Her research focuses on the structure and properties of nanomaterials using high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and spectroscopic analysis.
Jan 22, 2018
Graphene: The development of graphene paint
A prototype graphene paint has been developed by The University of Manchester, by utilising the unique properties of graphene oxide. Scientists have developed paints and coatings using graphene oxide to create a perfect barrier. This revolutionary paint could potentially eliminate rust in our lifetime whereas coatings could be used to develop long-lasting food packaging. Graphene paint could also be used in the development of flexible electronics, and could have a huge impact on future technology. Visit http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk to find out more about Graphene
Jan 22, 2018
Graphene: Composite Materials
The uses of graphene composite materials have many promising commercial applications and it is possible we could see graphene having an impact on transport, aerospace and sporting goods in the future. Graphene's multi-functionality opens up completely new opportunities when using materials. Graphene's light and strong qualities means it has many possibilities, it could be used to design structures, components and can be used in ways never thought possible. Graphene is already being used in tennis rackets and the constant developments in graphene research means that its going to have limitless applications. Visit http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk to find out more about graphene
Jan 22, 2018
The developments in graphene have opened up many possibilities in the world of energy that were never before thought possible. With the creation of graphene supercapacitors, it is now possible to create an extremely powerful graphene battery that is both small and light. These batteries can recharge instantly, meaning that a mobile phone or even an electric car can be recharged within seconds. A graphene battery could help in the development of energy storage, like solar energy, electric cars and fuel cells, creating revolutionary technology. http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/
Jan 19, 2018
Graphene: Membranes and their practical applications
Graphene membranes could be used to revolutionise many practical applications. One of these applications could be fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies like electric cars and air powered generators. As well as hydrogen fuel cells, graphene membranes can also be used in the development of water purification and even in pharmaceutical products. This is due to the thin membranes made by graphene oxide being impermeable to all gases and vapours, except for water, making it crucial in the development of water filtration. Graphene, in conjunction with other things, can help us to make much better membranes for many processes, from water treatments through to gas separations such as carbon dioxide removal. http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/ Graphene: Energy http://youtu.be/DzLiaJsric4 Graphene: Composites http://youtu.be/LTa_ileMJxE Graphene: The Development Of Graphene Paint http://youtu.be/E_uZZrY3zLc
Jan 19, 2018
Graphene: Made in Manchester
Graphene is the world's thinnest material. The two dimensional material was first isolated by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov at The University of Manchester. Graphene is the thinnest material known and yet also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat. Graphene is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that even the smallest atom helium cannot pass through it. The uses of graphene are limitless and because of its multi-functional properties, graphene can be used in thousands of different applications. Sporting goods, technology and motor vehicles are just a few of the applications that can be improved with graphene. The constant research being done everyday is quickly proving that graphene is truly the material of the future. Find out more about Graphene at http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk Twitter https://twitter.com/UoMGraphene Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UoMGraphene Google+ https://plus.google.com/+homeofgraphene
May 7, 2015
Attendance Monitoring with QR Codes Phase II
This second video on using QR codes for Attendance monitoring carries on from the Phase 1 trial in November 2014. Phase II ran for Semester 2 in the School of MACE with the first year undergraduate course MACE10492. 347 students were enrolled on the course, the larges cohort in the School. The video taken in week 9 records how students used their QR codes to scan-in before each lecture which took place in Renold Building C16.
Mar 11, 2015
Aerospace Trade Event - School of MACE 18 February 2015
A short film looking at students on the Aerospace programme in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering taking part on the Trade Show held at University Place on the 18th February 2015, with Dr Bill Crowther and Dr Ben Parslew.
Jul 1, 2013
Robert Ford tweets about research
Robert Ford, Politics Lecturer @robfordmancs - I tweet about my research interests, particularly immigration, public opinion and voting behaviour. I also blog regularly for a variety of outlet. I use social media to connect people debating these issues with my research, and work by my colleagues. I'll talk about a couple of examples of this, and lessons I've learned from two years of publicly arguing with people in 140 characters or less.
Jul 1, 2013
Use of Twitter by Manchester Museum
Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan, Manchester Museum. @EgyptMcr - Blogging Ancient Egypt is one of the most popular search topics on the internet; Campbell will discuss using social media to connect museum visitors ? both physical and virtual ? with Manchester?s incredible collection of 16,000+ objects from ancient Egypt and Sudan.
Nov 19, 2010
Setting Path to javac (W7)
Illustrates how to configure Windows to recognise Java's "javac" compiler program under Windows 7. This short tutorial takes users through adding the directory containing "javac" to the Windows PATH environment variable so that Windows recognises it as a known command at the Command Prompt.
Nov 19, 2010
Setting Path to javac (XP)
Illustrates how to configure Windows to recognise Java's "javac" compiler program under Windows XP. This short tutorial takes users through adding the directory containing "javac" to the Windows PATH environment variable so that Windows recognises it as a known command at the Command Prompt.