Tag Archives: GRADnet

01Nov/16

Register Now for Cosmology and Gravitation School 16-18 January 2017

Cosmology and Gravitation School 16-18 January 2017,  Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7PE

A 3-day workshop led by researchers from the Universities of Portsmouth, Southampton, Sussex, Hertfordshire and Surrey, comprises five pedagogic sessions exploring different aspects of cosmology and gravitation through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Register here.  Registration deadline is 2 December 2016

Theory Overview:  This session asks what we can expect to learn in the decade 2020-2030. It provides a context to explain how concrete measurements might get turned into knowledge about the underlying physics. It explains the framework used to interpret cosmological measurements. Topics covered include modified gravity, structure formation measurements, inflationary initial conditions and the cosmological constant problem.

Low Red Shift Universe:  This session spans supernovae, weak lensing  and large-scale structure

Gravitational waves:  The newly-emerging field of gravitational wave astronomy will be discussed in the context of detectors, sources and cosmology.

Universe of Galaxies:  This session will focus on how galaxies can be used to place constraints on cosmology, specifically the use of galaxies to measure dark energy through baryonic acoustic oscillations and supernovae, gravitational lensing to probe the distribution of dark matter, and ‘near field’ cosmology to explore the conditions of star formation in the early Universe.

Cosmic Microwave Background:  This session will cover the CMB power spectra, polarisation and B modes, and CMB lensing.

26Oct/15

GRADnet Winter School: Building your Leadership Potential

GRADnet Winter School: Building your Leadership Potential

8-10 February 2016

Discovery Park, Innovation House, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich CT13 9FF

For GRADnet postgraduate researchers

Please see attached document outlining an exciting new core activity for the GRADnet Winter School.  Register here.  Registration deadline Tuesday, 5 January 2016.

Core Activity – Columbia’s Final Mission

You will analyse the case of the Columbia Space Shuttle mission from launch to its fatal conclusion using materials supplied by NASA under the guidance of a consultant.  As the mission unfolds, you will work in teams, each team taking the role of one of the key NASA managers or engineers.  A team experiences only those events and has access only to information that that person had at the time of the mission.  This adds a rich dimension to the case experience as participants recognise how perceptions of the same event can vary.  With a combination of team working and plenary discussion, key principles and applications of leadership, management and communication unfold as the workshop progresses.

 Places are limited so register now!

18Sep/15

GRADnet Virtual Research Environment (VRE) – Logins and Access to Training Opportunities

With the start of the new academic year upon us and the GRADnet training programme being launched for the coming year, we must ensure that all PGR students in SEPnet have ensured they have logins for the GRADnet Virtual Research Environment and that these logins are functioning. Your login (also called an OUCU) is of the form AB12345 where AB is normally your two initials.

It is vital that all students are able to login to the VRE and regularly check it for information and enrolment on GRADnet offerings. We have implemented a system for enrolling on GRADnet offerings via the VRE and for most offerings enrolment will only be possible via the VRE. Eventbrite or other registration sites will only be used in exceptional circumstances.

This same system on the VRE allows you to find and search for courses, workshops, residential schools etc that you may be interested in attending or required to attend. It is important that you are able to access it and to ensure you are able to use it. These can be found under the Training tab when logged onto the VRE and the GRADnet Training Catalogue entry on that page.

The VRE is accessible via www.sepnet.ac.uk/vre . It can also be found via the SEPnet website (www.sepnet.ac.uk) under the “SEPnet Graduate Network” menu: SEPnet Graduate Network -> GRADnet’s Virtual Research Environment.

For:

  • New Students (or unregistered current students): you will need to register and can do so on www.sepnet.ac.uk/vre At busy times this process may take up to 5 days, if you have not received account details within 5 days please contact your local GRADnet administration contact.
    • Herts: Kathy Head
    • Kent: Michael Woods
    • The OU: Rosalind Miller
    • Portsmouth: Emma Bain
    • QMUL: Maria Turner
    • RHUL: Carmella Froggatt
    • Southampton: Ceris French
    • Surrey: Natasha Ney
    • Sussex: Rebecca Foster
  • If you have an existing account but have forgotten the password you can reset your password by calling the helpdesk on 01908 654321 and ask for your “visitor SAMS password” to be reset. You will need to know your username (OUCU) and may be asked to confirm your date of birth.  If you are experiencing problems after doing this, please contact                                     Gsn-webmaster@open.ac.uk. DO NOT use the “password reset” link on the OU sign on screen. 
  • If you have forgotten your username (OUCU) then please contact the GRADnet administrator at your university. Before doing so please check historical emails and other sources that may include your OUCU.
  • Expired access: in some instances it is possible that access has expired (depending on when the account was created and last accessed). If you are using your username and password and unable to log in or not seeing what you expect then you should email Gsn-webmaster@open.ac.uk to investigate. This process will always take longer to investigate than a password reset so if there is any chance that you are using the wrong password then you should take the password reset option first.
  • Non-SEPnet accounts: some students have created accounts from the main OU website. If this is the case then you won’t have a username made up of your initials followed by some numbers. Depending on the information that you provide it can take a while to get to investigate these so it would be important to include this in any communication so that you can be instructed to register using the SEPnet VRE registration.

Having validated that your account works and that you can sign in, please ensure that you keep your account information with you so that it does not become necessary to reset the passwords because of infrequent use. Web-browsers often enable the automatic storage of passwords and account details and help make logging in much easier but you may find this gets lost in some circumstances.

As we anticipate that the new cohort of students joining this term will be registering for the VRE when they have been to the GRADnet Induction Day on 25 October 2017, you may find that it takes longer to reset your accounts if you wait until this period, so we would urge you to act now.

07Sep/15
GRADnet Summer School

SEPnet shortlisted for Times Higher Education award

We are delighted that SEPnet has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative for our work with postgraduate research students.

 

Hundreds of nominations from institutions, departments and individuals were submitted across 18 categories covering the full range of university activity.

 

The full shortlist for all 18 categories is published in Times Higher Education and is also available on the awards website: www.the-awards.co.uk   The winners will be announced on Thursday 26 November 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.