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Mathcad Prime License 2023

Anja Le Blanc,

The University has renewed its Mathcad Prime license for another year.  Find out how this affects you.

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Speed up Research Approval with the Research Risk Profiler

A rubber stamp printing the word approved
A rubber stamp printing the word approved
Kalu Uka,

Originally launched in February 2022 as part of the Research Lifecycle’s Project A, the Research Risk Profiler (RRP) is a simple tool that helps researchers to quickly and easily identify factors which may delay or slow their work. Kalu Uka from the Research Lifecycle Programme explains more.

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Cheerio to our Year in Industry Students!

graduation cap
graduation cap
Anja Le Blanc,

After a year working with Computer Science Year in Industry students we reflect on the experience and say our warm farewells to the three students.

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Building a Vibrant Research Software Community

Aman Goel,

Aman Goel, Research Software Engineer and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, outlines plans for creating a research software community bringing together people involved with or interested in research software from across the University.

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Research Software Engineering Summer Update

Adrian Harwood,

In May Adrian Harwood, Head of Research Software Engineering (RSE), posted the first part of his update on the latest improvements to the RSE department. In his second part he summarises the more external facing improvements delivered by the RSE Levelling-Up Programme.

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Research Software Usage - Maple

Gillian Sinclair,

Do you use Maple? Never heard of it? We know that Maple is well used by our UG community but we’d like to find out more about its use (or not!) by researchers through our very quick survey.

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Internal Changes in our Research Software Engineering Department

Photo of Adrian Harwood
Photo of Adrian Harwood
Adrian Harwood,

Adrian Harwood, Head of Research Software Engineering (RSE), updates on the RSE department’s levelling-up journey as introduced last year. The RSE department has continued to grow in numbers as well as skills and experience and Adrian is excited to share with the community how it has developed so far and his expectations for the next 6 months.

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Baler: Using AI to Help Efficiently Store Data in a Big Data Age

Oliver Wolland,

With ever more data being produced, can we store it efficiently? Research Software Engineer (RSE), Oliver Woolland, has been supporting a team to develop Baler, a Machine Learning tool for compressing scientific and engineering data.

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Software Development Essentials for Scientists

Image of a teacher pointing at a white board
Image of a teacher pointing at a white board
Douglas Lowe,

At the end of March, members of our Research Software Engineering (RSE) team ran a Carpentries-style training course for researchers in the environmental sciences. The training took place over five days, and introduced the researchers to intermediate-level software development skills and practices.

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eLab: Enhancing Dataset Management

Andrew Jerrison; Adrian Harwood,

Find out more about how one of our experienced RSEs, Andrew Jerrison, has been providing extra capacity to the University eLab team, developing bespoke features for their software to enhance management of datasets and lab operations for an international customer.

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Bespoke for you - Python training at the University

Aman Goel; Anja Le Blanc,

Earlier last month, members of our Research Software Engineering team ran a Carpentries-style training for the Henry Royce Institute. The training took place over two days, where day one covered Introduction to Python and day two covered Data Analysis and Visualization.

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Urban / Rural Hay Fever Divide

Flowers
Flowers
Ann Gledson; Douglas Lowe,

Several of our Research Software Engineers are co-authors on a recent Nature Scientific Reports paper which found that people living in urban areas have worse hay fever symptoms than those living in the countryside.

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