Update from UoM Research IT

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Update from UoM Research IT

Research IT Updates

RIT Costing Clinic

It’s really important that you include all the Research IT services you require in your research grant application AND that you talk to us before you submit your application. This allows us to plan accordingly and to make sure that the effort and support are available at the right time if your grant application is successful.  Come along for an hour on the 19th Nov and find out what services and support we can offer your research projects.


Training for Digital Humanities and Digital Health Communities

Over the last year our colleagues at N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR) have delivered a well-received programme of training across N8 including the University of Manchester.  They have consulted with leading researchers across N8 to identify a range of courses and skills to maximise the benefits of computationally intensive methods and accelerate research and would now like the communities help in prioritising the training suggestions.


RIT Drop-in Session

At Research IT we know how busy researchers are, and how talking face to face can be the easiest way to communicate a problem or complex research idea. That’s why every other Wednesday in term-time we host drop-in sessions across campus so you can talk to our experts in person about anything research computing related.  The next session will be on the 11th of Nov.


Need to Access a Large Database?

Are you a researcher that needs to access a large dataset? Are you working off-campus and are struggling to run analysis on data that is stored on-campus? Find out how Research IT can help.


Turning Analysis Scripts into Packages

Find out how Peter Crowther, a Research Software Engineer in Research IT, helped Christopher Daniel from the Lightform Group in the Department of Materials to improve and prepare his code ready for publication.


Research Lifecycle Updates

Bringing Research IT platforms closer to you

Research IT has run popular and successful centralised platforms for many years, such as the Computational Shared Facility (CSF) and Research Data Storage (RDS, aka Isilon). Research IT are now launching their Edge Compute service, bringing fully supported compute and storage platforms closer to you.

This new service will provide the research community with capabilities for computationally/data intensive work where the use of centrally-hosted platforms is impractical, not appropriate or must be augmented with additional functionality.

You can find out more about this service via the article below.

The team will also be hosting a webinar on Thursday 26 November (2:30pm – 3pm), which is open to all. This will cover how the edge compute service can benefit your research, the costs of the service and opportunity for Q&A.

Event: Open Research Exchange

Open Research (also known as Open Science) is the practice of applying principles of openness to every stage of the research lifecycle.

At this first Open Research Exchange event, organised by The University of Manchester Library, attendees will hear about the University’s roadmap for supporting and facilitating open research practices. Attendees will also hear from a multidisciplinary line-up of researchers who are embedding open research principles in their practice:

  • Jade Pickering (Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology)
  • Nathan Khadaroo-McCheyne (Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research)
  • Sarah Bridle (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
  • Andrew Stewart (Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology)
  • David Eisner (Division of Cardiovascular Sciences)

The event will take place on Wednesday 18 November (10am – 12:30pm) and is free and open to all.

 Webinar recording: Using Overleaf for Literature Reviews

On Thursday 22 October, the Research Lifecycle Programme hosted a webinar on using Overleaf for Literature Reviews, which included topics such as:

  • How to use Overleaf to draft a literature review and make notes, including adding citations and integrating reference management tools
  • How to share work with your supervisor and collaborators for feedback
  • How to keep your work organised including version control and drafting journal papers with templates
  • How to use and search for journal templates, including popular templates used at UOM

If you missed the webinar, you can catch up on the recording:

Webinar recording: Using Overleaf for Literature Reviews

Dr Gillian Sinclair  l  Research IT Relationship Manager   Research IT  | Directorate of IT Services | B39, Sackville Street Building | The University of Manchester | Manchester | M13 9PL | 0161 275 0673 |Subscribe to our newsletter |@UoM_eResearch |


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