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1 Technical Training in the Time of COVID-19

Article Published: 23 Apr 2020, 9:56 a.m. Revised: 23 Apr 2020, 11:45 a.m.

With the campus in lockdown, we have moved some of our courses online but how does this work in practice? Is it possible to have the same level of interaction as you do in a classroom? Douglas Lowe tells of his experience.

2 Humanities Researcher Needing a Research Boost?

Article Published: 1 Apr 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Are you a Humanities researcher? Would you like to be able to repeat a simple computing task several times but don’t want to use your own machine to do this? By using the UoM computational shared facilities (CSF) you can offload your jobs to the high performance computing (HPC) facility. This will allow you to save space and resources on your own machine to work on something else.

3 Fortran Modernization Workshop April 2019

Article Published: 16 Jan 2019, 11:04 a.m.

This Spring Research IT are hosting NAG who are running a two day practical hands-on workshop on Fortran Modernization on the 4th and 5th of April 2019.

4 New course – Introduction to Mathematica!

Article Published: 9 Oct 2018, 10:45 a.m.

We have just announced a new course – Introduction to Mathematica, which is available now for booking to all research staff and PGRs. Remember that all our courses are free to University of Manchester staff and PGRs!

5 Letting R Sparkle

Article Published: 27 Jul 2018, 12:32 p.m.

It may be the summer but our team is as busy as ever! David Mawdsley (Research Software Engineer) is putting together a new workshop on Shiny. This is an R package that makes it easy to make interactive web apps using R.

6 Research IT Club - find out more about us and our services!

Article Published: 3 Apr 2018, 1:19 p.m.

The next Research IT club will take place on the 25th of April and will feature updates from our research infrastructure and software engineering teams. Our two feature presentations will look at how Research IT is helping to create new parallel computer architecture inspired by the human brain. There will also be a presentation from IT Services on the planned changes to staff and cluster desktops across the university.

7 Specialised CDT Training Events

Article Published: 23 Mar 2018, 2:54 p.m.

Earlier this month, Research IT provided training for the University's Regenerative Medicine Centre for Doctoral Training. The training was arranged by the Software Sustainability Institute, and was a two day Software Carpentry workshop. The instructors were Mike Jackson from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and David Mawdsley from Research IT.

8 Write Software as Part of Your Research?

Article Published: 30 Oct 2017, 10:16 a.m.

Have you heard of Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC)? Both organisations have the aim of upskilling researchers so they can upgrade their computational and programming skills and their data analysis skills respectively through a series of workshops and “train the trainer” events.

9 R Users Group Meetings

Article Published: 18 Oct 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Did you know that there is a R users group at the University of Manchester? "R at University of Manchester" (R.U.M.), is an R User group open to all staff and students using R at The University of Manchester with regular meetings on the first Monday of each month.

10 New MATLAB Course Announced

Article Published: 12 Sep 2017, 12:38 p.m.

The Research IT training team have just announced a new MATLAB course aimed at those who have basic experience of using MATLAB and want to learn to write MATLAB programs and functions to perform calculations. The course covers the basics of control flow, introduces how to get optimal performance from MATLAB, and also covers MATLAB's programming tools.

11 New Research IT Training Courses

Article Published: 29 Jun 2017, 2:44 p.m.

The academic year may have just ended but here in Research IT we are already planning ahead for the start of the next one! We have released our new training courses and dates which are now available for booking. Courses include introductions to Linux, high performance computing, Python and much more.

12 Mathematica Workshop - registration now open

Article Published: 12 Jun 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Wolfram Research in conjunction with Research IT, is hosting a 3 day, free summer workshop for researchers from across the N8 universities, including Manchester, on the 27th – 29th June.

13 Introducing Unix to Digital Humanities

Article Published: 25 May 2017, 11:05 a.m.

Research IT members recently took part in a University of Manchester Digital Humanities workshop – “Introduction to data, the command line and automating tasks for the digital humanities”. The workshop was led by Jez Cope, Research Data Manager, University of Sheffield Library and support was provided by Gerard Capes and David Mawdsley (Research IT, UoM).

14 Last minute call - Data Carpentry Course

Article Published: 27 Mar 2017, 10:24 a.m.

Are you a Social Scientist who works with data? Would you like to learn more about shell, git, data management best practices and data cleaning and R? If so then register now for the Data Carpentry workshop for Social Sciences 30 - 31 March.

15 Introduction to Programming Workshop

Article Published: 14 Mar 2017, 12:21 p.m.

Aimed at Social science researchers interested in coding, this workshop organised by the UK Data Service will provide researchers with a basic set of skills which are aimed at making the coding process more effective, less error prone and more maintainable.

16 Avizo Courses for Spring 2017

Article Published: 13 Mar 2017, 1:53 p.m.

Dates have been announced for tomography and 3D data images processing courses using Avizo for the next few months at the University of Manchester. The courses are run by the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility (MXIF) at the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility, University of Manchester and are free to UoM researchers. External attendees are welcome to attend but there is a cost.

17 Make Course Announced

Article Published: 17 Feb 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Have you ever thought about how you can make your results easier to reproduce?

Make is a tool which can run commands to read files, process these files in some way, and write out the processed files. For example, in software development, Make is used to compile source code into executable programs or libraries, but Make can also be used for many other tasks.

18 Intro to UNIX Course

Article Published: 16 Feb 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Research IT will be delivering an introductory training course on the UNIX shell (aka the terminal, the Linux command line) on 20th April 2017.

19 Introduction to Avizo January 2017

Article Published: 12 Dec 2016, 3 p.m.

An Avizo Introduction course will be running at the University of Manchester on Thursday, 26th January. Avizo is 3D visualization and analysis software for scientific data.

20 Parallel Programming with C++

Article Published: 1 Dec 2016, 11:22 a.m.

There will be a half day course on "Parallel Programming with C++" at the University on the 24th of January 2017. This is a short course that will give you a taste of functional programming in C++ and how it can be used to write efficient parallel code.

21 NAG Numerical & Statistical Routines within MATLAB

Article Published: 18 Nov 2016, 2:45 p.m.

NAG (The Numerical Algorithms Group) are running a training session on how to make the most of their numerical and statistical routines within MATLAB. The NAG Library, and Fortran Compiler, are available to University of Manchester staff and students for use on both institutional and personal machines for academic use under a site-wide license.

22 Git now Available on Managed Desktops

Article Published: 16 Nov 2016, 4:06 p.m.

Research IT has arranged for the latest version of Git (v.2.10.2) to be available on all staff managed desktops. Git is a version control system that allows software developers to have complete control and management of their code development ensuring that you can easily revert back to previous versions, share your code and collaborate with others.

23 Avizo December Training Courses

Article Published: 11 Nov 2016, 11:09 a.m.

Two Avizo courses will take place in the Photon Science Institute (PSI) at the university in December. An introductory course will take place on the 6th followed by an advanced course on the 7th. The courses are free to students / members of staff at the University of Manchester but external attendees will be charged.

Registration has now closed for these training events.

24 New MPI Course – registration open now!

Article Published: 12 Oct 2016, 10:12 a.m.

On the 12th – 13th Dec, Research IT will be hosting a course on “Writing Scalable Parallel Applications with MPI”. The course will be hands on and is an opportunity to learn how best to use MPI.

25 Introduction to version control using Git

Article Published: 7 Oct 2016, 1 p.m.

Research IT will be running a full-day course providing an intensive hands-on introduction to version control using Git on the 8th November 2016.

26 Avizo Introduction course 13th Oct 2017

Article Published: 6 Oct 2016, 10:25 a.m.

An Avizo Introduction course will be running at the University of Manchester on Thursday, 13th October. The course is organised by CCPi who have 20 places available.

27 Fortran Modernization Workshop Feb 2017

Article Published: 27 Sep 2016, 2:55 p.m.

NAG will be holding a two day Fortran workshop at the University of Manchester on the 2nd - 3rd Feb 2017. The event is free to attend but registration is required.

28 Code Optimisation on ARCHER

Article Published: 19 Sep 2016, 1:45 p.m.

Would you like to improve the performance of your applications on ARCHER?

This course on “Single Node Performance Optimisation” will cover the main features of modern HPC nodes, including multiple cores, vector floating point units, deep cache hierarchies, and NUMA memory systems.

29 Microsoft Azure Training

Article Published: 12 Sep 2016, 12:52 p.m.

Microsoft Research is offering a free, hands-on, cloud computing training course in partnership with the University of Sheffield. The course will take place on Wednesday 21st September 2016.

30 New Research IT Training Courses announced

Article Published: 31 Aug 2016, 10:42 a.m.

A number of training courses in research IT will take place in September to coincide with the start of term. The courses are open to all University of Manchester researchers (both staff and post grad).

31 Maple Training Courses at UoM

Article Published: 22 Aug 2016, 1:29 p.m.

There will be two introductory workshops for working with the maths software Maple and MapleSim (modeling and simulation tool). These workshops will introduce you to a number of teaching and research applications using Maplesoft tools.

32 An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language

Article Published: 11 Jul 2016, 10:34 a.m.

Join Wolfram Training for free online training series based on Stephen Wolfram's book An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language. Each session covers different chapters from the book in depth and explores additional examples and exercises. Learn how to perform calculations, manipulate images, analyze real-world data, and even deploy your own cloud apps with the powerful and elegant Wolfram Language. And don't miss out on the opportunity for interactive Q&A with the host, Wolfram Language veteran Dave Withoff.

33 Fifth Autumn Academy for HPC

Article Published: 29 Jun 2016, 1:22 p.m.

The HPC Short Courses Consortium Fifth Autumn Academy for High Performance Computing (HPC) will be held at the University of Cambridge from the 12th to 23rd September.

It’s an intensive two-week course designed to train researchers to start modifying and developing effective and efficient code for applications in HPC. It is suitable for any researcher who has some familiarity with programming and would like to start modifying and/or writing code for use on mid and high performance computer resources.

34 Introduction to version control using Git

Article Published: 15 Jun 2016, 10:01 a.m.

Research IT will be running a new full-day course providing an intensive hands-on introduction to version control using Git on Wednesday 6th July 2016.

The course is aimed at those who have no or little experience of version control. It will cover:

  • What version control is;
  • The main benefits of using version control;
  • How to set up and work with a local repository;
  • How to work with remote repositories using GitHub;
  • Topics such as branching, resolving conflicts, merging and rebasing;
  • Working collaboratively on one repository.

35 Research Computing Training University of Manchester Courses

Article Published: 19 Apr 2016, 11:14 a.m.

Research IT is running a short series of hands-on training courses which provide skills for researchers to further enhance their research. For information on our courses or other training that we can provide, please take a look at our training catalogue or contact us.

36 PRACE Advanced Learning Courses

Article Published: 19 Apr 2016, 10:07 a.m.
The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) offers free courses at different HPC centres in Europe.