Dear UKAN+ Member

Welcome to our October newsletter, a range of news from across our network reflecting and informing our community.
New ambitions research funding
UKAN+ launches its first funding call on Thursday 4th November. Project proposals will be accepted in areas across the Acoustics Research Priorities that UKAN+ has identified.

We received 85 applications for our collaborative workshops. The limited places were awarded to individuals following a blind assessment by members of the UKAN+ Academic Management Team. We look forward to the online events on the 4th and 5th November. Feedback will be sought which will be help shape any future workshops.

Project Proposals
Application will be through a simple 3 part application form via the UKAN+ website when the call opens:

Call opens: 4th November 2021
Call closes: 15th December 2021

Visit the UKAN+ site for full guidance and eligibility requirements.
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UKAN+ Aeroacoustics SIG Webinar

The UKAN+ Aeroacoustics SIG is launching their webinar series!

Webinars will be held every six weeks on Wednesdays at 13:30. Presentations will be around 20 minutes long followed by a Q&A. The webinars will cover all aspects of aeroacoustics and will keep attendees up to date with the latest developments in the field. Upcoming webinars can be found on the aeroacoustics SIG page.

We kick-off the series with a presentation on Psychoacoustic modelling of rotor noise by Antonio J. Torija Martinez from the University of Salford. The webinar will be held on the 10th of November at 13:30.
The UKAN+ Events page provides you with all the latest links to our wide range of talks.

We are looking to plan our schedule advance. Please do reach out to us if you are interested in hosting a UKAN+ Zoom webinar.

You can replay our various webinars via our YouTube channel here, including Charlotte Clark's webinar on The Public Health Impacts of Environment Noise.
Our shiny new site is now live!

We've improved the site and following member network feedback our directory now has the option of including a photo. Members are invited to update their profile providing details about themselves (photo, ORCID account).

We are keen to ensure our network is for active members. In due course a review will take place where old and inactive profiles will be removed.

UKAN+ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Understanding our network communities Survey
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey which was rolled out to the members of UKAN+, and at least 10 other EPSRC networks, over the summer. The survey was organised (with our input as a member) by the Network of Networks. We’ve now, in the last couple of weeks, got some UKAN+-specific data back.

UKAN+ received 187 responses, which comprised an impressive 70% of all the responses across all the networks. We have 1396 members on our mailing list, so this equates to responses from 13.4% of our membership.

A full breakdown by a variety of categories will be reported on in coming weeks, in the meantime a short summary is available.
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Young Muslim Leadership Programme (YMLP)

A UKAN+ member was invited to attend the prestigious Young Muslim Leadership Programme (YMLP) run by the University of Oxford Centre for Islamic studies (OXCIS).

Read Hasina Begums blog about her experience.
UKAN+ at Bradford Festival of Science
UKAN+ organised a strong presence at Bradford Festival of Science which is held in the National Science+Media Museum in Bradford. We are grateful to Gianluca Memoli, Art Gower, Charlie Field, Joanna Watts, Paulo Sergio Piva, Aris Karnezis and Hasina Begum who contributed to this event and/or were present there between the 23 and 26th of October including the weekend. These were very busy four days and hundreds of children and their parents attended and enjoyed the UKAN+ stand. Below are a few photos from that event. Many more photos are available through this link. The Museum have also put together an impressive display related to sound and vibration which will run until the 5th of December 2021. More details on this exhibition can be found here.
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AECOM crowned winners of STEM challenge
An engaging video showcasing acoustics and STEM careers to students has won a prestigious award.
The John Connell STEM Award 2021, created by the Noise Abatement Society together with and sponsored by the ANC and ANV Measurement Systems, was presented to engineering firm AECOM as part of a glittering ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.
SRL Technical Services took Highly Commended at the event.
Both companies are members of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), who sponsored the John Connell STEM award alongside ANV Measurement systems.
Both companies are members of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), who sponsored the John Connell STEM award alongside ANV Measurement systems.
The open award invited students and experts in acoustics to produce a short film, exploring particular areas of their expertise. The submissions were targeted towards a school age audience and were looking for creative flair with good video and audio production qualities, as well as promoting inclusivity and diversity.
Acousticians from AECOM, Cameron Salisbury, Kim Onjum and Drew Waller, produced the winning entry entitled Theo’s Soundwalk (see photo below).
The information can be found at www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk/explore-acoustics
The ANC’s ‘Explore Acoustics’ initiative demonstrates the wide range of opportunities available to students interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, (STEM). It includes video interviews and in-depth case studies featuring students, graduates, professionals and academics in the industry.
There is now an Apprenticeship Scheme and you can find out more here.
Cameron Salisbury, Kim Onjum, Drew Waller and Graham Parry
Get in touch!
If you have any news for our November newsletter do drop us an email before the 26th. 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.