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October 23, 2008
» Faculty of Advanced Technology Successes

- Professor Steve Wilcox has been invited by the European Commission to act as an European Expert in the Evaluation of Proposals for the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel in Brussels in December.


- The Mechanical Engineering Research Unit has recently received a contract from the European Commission under its research fund for coal and steel research for a new three year research programme.

The programme is entitled ‘Intelligent Control and Optimisation of Power Station Boilers Firing Pulverised Coal and Coal/Biomass Blends’ and has five partners. The University of Glamorgan are coordinating the contract with partners of Union Fenosa (a Spanish utility power company), Instytut Energetyki (a Polish research institute), Indra Sistemas SA (a Spanish technology company) and Universidad de Zaragoza.

The total value of the contract is 2.291M€ of which the University of Glamorgan’s share is 0.77M€. The research programme is being coordinated by Professor Steve Wilcox with support from Professor John Ward, Dr. Alex Chong, Dr. C.K. Tan, Dr. Janusz Kulon and Dr. Sandra Esteves. As part of the contract the team will be employing a research fellow and research assistant and part-time support to aid in the coordination.

April 1, 2008
» Successful British Academy Grant

Congratulations to Dr Rachel Taylor and Dr Peter Mayer who have recently been successful in obtaining funding from the British Academy for £6,190. The project title is “The development of committment to subordinate and super-ordinate social groups.”

The project will explore the way in which members of real-world groups become committed group members, and how this is maintained over time.  Rugby supporters have been chosen as participants for this project, because they have a choice as to which team to support, at least at the club and regional level.  Supporter committment at these levels may be contrasted with support for the national team, as membership of this group is not self-selected but is instead decided by nationality.  However, as well as differences in support between club and national teams, we also expect people to see clubs at each level of the playing structure in a different way. 

 

The project itself will comprise a large scale survey as well as a series of interviews and focus groups with rugby supporters at all levels - from small local clubs to national sides.  

January 15, 2008
» The R&D Management Skills Workshop - How to lead motivate and influence effectively

Afternoon seminar with Professor Terence Knibb, Pam Jones and Steve Martin

Wednesday 23 January 2008, 1.30pm

The Royal Society, 7 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

The purpose of this meeting is to gain from an understanding of current research and how individuals and organisations can improve the way their teams work and with be chaired by Professor Terence Knibb, retired chief scientist of BAE Systems. The meeting will begin with a presentation by Pam Jones on research findings about leading, motivating and managing complex teams. This will be followed by a representative from a major R&D; organization on their experiences, such as ensuring motivation is not compromised in periods of extensive change.

There will be a break for coffee and refreshments which will be followed by a provoking presentation from Steve Martin, Managing Director of Influence At Work (UK). Together with social psychologist Professor Robert Cialdini and Dr. Noah Goldstein he is the author of the recently published book ‘Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion’. Steve will be speaking on how to influence organisational change, teams and individual behaviour.

Doors open for registration and coffee at 1pm. The meeting starts at 1.30pm and will conclude at approximately 5pm.

Book by completing the online form and follow with payment online or by post. The meeting fee is just £25 for R&D; Society members and £50 for non-members, including refreshments.

Further details and booking form can be found by clicking here

November 23, 2007
» £5 million Low Carbon Research Institute Launched

During a visit to Wales by European Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik to Wales today, 8th November, First Minister Rhodri Morgan announced the Welsh Assembly Government's approval for four Welsh universities, including the University of Glamorgan, to receive a share of £5.1 million to develop a Low Carbon Research Institute. The Institute will establish Wales as an internationally recognised centre of research on sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency. Rhodri Morgan said, “The development of a low carbon energy economy in Wales is one of the Welsh Assembly Government's priorities to help reduce our carbon footprint. We need to engage with Welsh institutions and organisations to find a Welsh solution to the challenge of climate change that in no way compromises the competitiveness, in fact should boost, the Welsh economy and the establishment of a Low Carbon Institute will help to develop our research expertise and boost Wales' international competitiveness. Low carbon is one of the three key strands of Wales' science policy.” The Sustainble Energy Research Centre (SERC) is leading the initiative at Glamorgan. The Institute, to be led by Cardiff University, is being funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through HEFCW's Reconfiguration and Collaboration fund, which supports higher education institutions in joining together to achieve world class research. Jane Hutt, Education Minister said: “The Institute will draw together and build upon existing expertise across a range of disciplines at Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea Universities, bringing about a step change in research capacity and enhancing international competitiveness. “In particular, this should enable the partner universities to achieve substantial growth in the level of research grants secured from UK and European funding sources. Welcoming the news, Jane Davidson, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing said: “It will play a key role in the development of a low carbon energy economy in Wales, a key Welsh Assembly Government Science priority. This will provide the twin benefits of contributing to a reduction in Welsh and worldwide carbon emissions an developing a world-class low carbon energy business and research sector based in Wales that can contribute to the development of Wales' economic growth and job creation.” Professor Philip Gummett, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said: “We cannot underestimate how the Institute will contribute to the development of a low carbon economy in Wales, which is particularly timely given research which revealed that Wales needed to improve its carbon footprint in relation to the rest of the UK and many European countries. Furthermore, through an Energy Graduate School, Wales will be able to train the energy research experts of tomorrow and meet the high-level skills needs of industry.” The Institute will focus its research effort around two main themes. Under a Low Carbon energy Generation, Storage and Distribution theme, it will examine how targets for renewable energy uptake can be met, with issues such as the cost of sustainable energy and other barriers to introduction to be addressed. In addition, a Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency theme will tackle the issue of energy demand, examining measures to reduce energy use and their potential impact.