Dear UKAN+ Member

Welcome to our March newsletter, a range of news from across our network reflecting and informing our community.
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UKAN+ will host its first in person* meeting in Manchester on the 4th July. The event will be a full day event. The invite is open to all our UKAN+ members but place numbers are restricted and by application. The event will be free to our members.**

A poster session will form part of the meeting. Please forward your abstract to Zoë Hunter before the 27th April 2022. A £500 Amazon voucher prize for the best poster will be awarded.

Full details will follow in next months newsletter

*After careful consideration of hybrid, UKAN+s first meeting will be in person with livestreaming.
**Travel costs will be considered on a case by case basis. Application must be made by completing the Request for UKAN travel grant form. If approved cost must be paid and then reclaimed.
UKAN+ Newsletter
Fellowship writing training (ten sessions)
UKAN+ is funding an extensive writing training course to support early career researchers/academics in drafting fellowship proposals, with a focus on EPSRC applications. The full course is ten half-day sessions and is run by a former EPSRC Portfolio Manager and a Materials Science academic.

The first two sessions are open to all UKAN+ members, including PhD students, and everyone is encouraged to attend to build their understanding of the fellowship process.
Sessions 3 - 10 will be limited to 16 people to allow a high degree of interaction with others and feedback from the trainers as participants write their fellowship proposal.

The application form for attending these sessions will be made available from 15 July and assessed by a UKAN+ panel. Individuals attending these further sessions must also make a one-off £50 contribution to the cost.

All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom.

Key dates
Please book these in now if you are interested in attending:

  • Session 1: 10:00 - 12:30 Thursday, 7 July
  • Session 2: 10:00 - 12:30 Thursday, 14 July
  • Application deadline: Monday, 1 August*
  • Application outcome: mid-August
  • Session 3: planned for 10:00 - 12:30 Tuesday, 20 September
  • Following sessions at approximately three-week intervals
Details of how to join Sessions 1 and 2 to follow.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Update from the UKAN+ EDI Core Team (Hasina Begum, Simon Chandler-Wilde, and Zoë Hunter)

Diversity of Speakers in our Webinars and at our Events. Our network is committed to equality of treatment, to increasing diversity and participation in acoustics of under-represented groups, and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all network members. In support of this aim we are keen to ensure a diversity of speakers at all our events and in our seminar series. Following consultation with and feedback from two of the SIGs who have particularly active to date in running Webinars, the UKAN+ Academic Management Team has adopted at its meeting on 24 February a concrete policy in relation to diversity of speakers. This is now posted on the UKAN+ website, at the bottom of the About the Network page, with a link to the UKAN+ Resources for more information, including practical tips for implementation and information about how we will collect and review data on this.

The Understanding our Network Communities Survey. We ran, working with other networks through the Network of Networks, the Understanding our Network Communities Survey last September. We have reflected on the results of the survey through discussion in our core team, at the February meeting of the UKAN+ Academic Management Team, and in a subsequent meeting between our core EDI team and Kirill and Richard (the UKAN+ Director/Deputy Director). We are releasing the full results of the survey with a cover note reflecting on these results, and noting actions in response to the survey that are proposed or underway.
Do you have any code or tutorial materials on computational acoustics that you would be happy to share?
The Computational Acoustics SIG are developing a knowledgebase of methods and tools for use in the community and we'd like to hear from you about what's already out there. The knowledgebase will be an important legacy of UKAN+ and we hope to use it to develop a thriving community of practice for computational acoustics developers and users in the the UK and beyond. If you have material to contribute, or would like to be involved some other way, please contact Amelia Gully via ukan.ca.knowledgebase@gmail.com.
New Scientist
New Scientist live went hybrid in 2022 with the live in-person event in Manchester. UKAN+ was represented on the show floor with an immersive exhibit.

The event ran from the 12th-14th March, with Monday 14th March as the dedicated Schools' Day, offering students the opportunity to extend their learning around STEM subjects beyond the classroom.

Thank you to all who supported the event with special thanks to Gianluca Memoli for organising the team and pulling all the constituent parts together to make the 3 day event an overwhelming success.
UKAN+ Events
UKAN+ Annual Meeting - 4th July

Contact Zoë to arrange a UKAN+ webinar enabling you to reach our 1400+ community
Historic webinars are available via UKAN+ YouTube.

Industry News

UKRI strategy 2022 to 2027
The UKRI strategy was published on the 17th March and signals the start of an exciting new chapter in UKRI’s history, providing a five-year vision and unity of purpose to work together with and for our many partners and stakeholders.

It sets out they will catalyse transformational change in the system and in how we work as an organisation.

Later this year, they will publish the UKRI corporate plan together with the strategic delivery plans developed by each of the nine councils, detailing the combined and collective actions to deliver the strategy.
Spring Issue is now available
Engineering UK have published a briefing on women in engineering, which includes the new headline figure that 16.5% of those working in engineering roles are women.

Published in March 2022, this briefing summarises how the gender composition of the engineering workforce has changed over the last 11 years. It shows that while the percentage and number of women in engineering has increased, these strides have been concentrated in certain roles and industries, with women more likely to be in related – rather than core – engineering roles and working in industries outside of what is traditionally deemed to be the ‘engineering sector’.
Get in touch!
If you have any news for our April newsletter do drop us an email before the 28th of April. We are interested to hear a range of news, perhaps you have a recent publication, or you would like to offer a blog for our community or maybe you know of some industry news we could share.