Congratulations to the Warwick Human Powered Submarine Team who received two awards and an overall commendation at the International Submarine Races (ISR16).
The competition is usually held every-other-year at the US Naval Base in Cardarock, Maryland in the US, but due to the Covid19 pandemic it was held virtually this year.
The Team was made up of seven final year engineering students, from the University of Warwick, including Gavin Ho; Phil Leiser; Jack Moore; James Grant; Alex Oortman; Karishma Patel and Vivek Suresh-Babu. The students had access to the engineering research and facilities within WMG’s engineering hall, and were supervised by WMG’s Professor Ian Tuersley and Senior Teaching Fellow Nigel Denton.
The Team competed against students from Universities across the globe and were delighted to receive ‘Honourable Mentions’ in the ‘Manoeuvring and Control Subsystem Design Challenge’ and the ‘Thrust Production Subsystem Design Challenge’ categories.
Professor Ian Tuersley said: “This is another great result from the Godiva Submarine student team. Once again they have brought back awards from the ISR, in competition against considerably more experienced international institutions. This consolidates the Warwick team as the UK champions in this hotly contended, high-profile event.”
Charlie Behrle, President of the competition organisers, the ‘Foundation for Underwater Research and Education’ (FURE) said: “With over 250 contestants representing 12 teams from three different countries participating, it was a busy and challenging event. Your team’s participation and performance were outstanding. We very much appreciate the effort your team put forth to participate in this event. Well done to Team Godiva!”
The Godiva Submarine is currently displayed, along with other University of Warwick student projects, at the Coventry Transport Museum as part of the ‘Our Future Moves’ exhibition.
Our Future Moves runs until 31st October 2021 - find out more here: Our Future Moves - Coventry Transport Museum (transport-museum.com)
Digital Health Journal, co-founded by WMG Professor Theo Arvanitis and Professor John Powell from the University of Oxford in 2015, has been hailed as a great success after achieving its first Impact Factor.
Impact Factors are used as an indication of the success of a journal within their domain. Digital Heath has achieved an impressive first Impact Factor of 3.495, placing the publication in both Q1 and Q2 across subjects in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).
The journal focuses on healthcare in the digital world, bridging the evolution of advances in informatics and technology in medicine, health and all aspects of health care. The editors have built up a worldwide network of collaborators, which now has at its core a transatlantic editorial team and extends to reviewers from across the globe.
Professor of Digital Health Innovation at WMG, Professor Theo Arvanitis, explains: The future of digital health is exciting and important, as digital health technology can be the catalyst for changing the way we deliver health and care provision. In particular, in the ever-growing digital capability of our society, digital health technologies can effectively support disease management through the power of data and information.”
The editorial team consisting of Professor Arvanitis, Thierry Moulin, Jennifer Dobson and, John Hixson, in their recent editorial at the journal, added: “We aim to move forward as a journal by continuing to publish high-quality articles by a diverse range of authors from around the world, and we particularly welcome submissions from authors in developing countries. We hope to be at the forefront of discoveries in digital health, encouraging researchers to innovate and ensure the openness and scientific integrity of their research.
“We also wish to collaborate with academic societies in our field to increase the open access and visibility of the journal’s reported scientific outputs and, hence, improve communication within the broader field of digital health.”
“We would like to thank our team of peer reviewers and associate editors for their investment in the success of the journal: Their work has been, and will continue to be, integral to our growth.”
Find out more about WMG’s Digital Health Care research and education provision here: WMG :: Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) (warwick.ac.uk)
Dr Elliott was awarded funding through the UKRI Innovation Scholars Secondment: Biomedical Science scheme which aims to intensify knowledge exchange between industry and academia.
Dr Elliott explained: “I’m looking forward to working closely with the team at EQL. My previous research has always been on the academic side so this will give me a real insight into a fast-growing health-tech company and how they operate.
“The aim of the secondment is to support EQL in evaluating and validating their platforms using rigorous research methods, whilst also gaining knowledge of the state-of-the-art technologies that EQL use to support people with their musculoskeletal health; it’s a really exciting opportunity.”
Dr Elliott is based at the Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, University of Warwick with his core research focusing on human movement analytics, using signal processing and data science approaches to monitor, measure and model movement in a range of different contexts. He is particularly interested in the self-management of physiotherapy, highlighting it as one of the big challenges in healthcare at the moment.
His role on the secondment is to undertake research into how digital applications of technology can support people to self-manage their musculoskeletal health. The focus will be on implementing remote management and digital health platforms that could incorporate a number of technologies such as chat bots. He will initially work in the R&D team to investigate methods to collect clinical information through smartphone applications as well as exploring other novel uses of consumer grade technology.
He added: “On the research side it’s really useful to understand how people can use digital platforms — how they engage with them and for how long, whether they find it useful and whether it improves the long-term outcomes of patients.”
Find out more about at the Institute of Digital Healthcare here.
WMG Senior Teaching Fellow, Rink Desai has been awarded a prestigious Transforming Education Award, from the University of Warwick’s Student Union, for Student Communication.
The Student Communication award is for any individual staff member who has gone above and beyond in using meaningful ways to ensure that everyone has access to relevant and timely information.
This may specifically encompass communicating developments with regards to changes in light of Covid-19 restrictions, but also in general. The awarding panel noted that: “Rink has done an excellent job communicating with his (apprentice) students and kept them updated with early release of learning resources and timetables which helped them to plan their employment and degree commitments at a turbulent time. This was a result of Rink acting on the ‘voice of the student’ which was very much appreciated by his cohorts.”
Rink said: “I am very honoured to have been recognised by the degree apprenticeship students. We have had a challenging year where students and staff have dealt with difficult circumstances, and also a time in which communication has been key to ensuring a rewarding learning experience. My sincere thanks go to the students who have contributed to such a positive learning environment.”
Rink teaches Process Optimisation on the BEng Applied Professional Engineering programme. Find out more about the programme here: BEng Applied Professional Engineering Programme : University of Warwick
Many congratulations to WMG’s Professor Margaret Low as she receives an MBE for her services to public engagement and widening participation.
Margaret joined WMG back in 1988, and for many years she has made it her mission to inspire young people from all backgrounds in STEM subjects and into higher education.
She has dedicated her time to develop innovative outreach activities for young people - connecting the local community with academia and promoting STEM in an engaging way.
Professor Margaret Low said: “It’s lovely, if a little overwhelming and totally unexpected, to be recognised in this way. Everything I’ve achieved has been in collaboration with fantastic colleagues and friends at WMG and across the University. None of this would have been possible without their hard work and dedication.
“I’ve also had the good fortune to work with some brilliant students through Warwick Volunteers who’ve been instrumental in bringing outreach activities into schools.”
About Professor Low
Working with Warwick Volunteers, she collaborates with University of Warwick students to run Scratch workshops in local primary and secondary schools reaching more than 250 children each year through the Technology Volunteers project.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Margaret and her team also developed invaluable resources to help support home-schooling.
In 2016 Margaret was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowships recognise and celebrate the absolute highest standards of learning and teaching across higher education.
More than a decade ago she pioneered the use of Scratch in the UK, a user-friendly programming tool, for outreach work in schools.
WMG has recently announced promotions for 14 key members of staff in both research and education. These include:
· Three promotions to Readers for Jane Andrews (teaching focused), Stuart Coles (research and teaching focused); and Andy McGordon (research focused)
· Freeha Azmat, Matt Sokola, Ali Ahmad and Edwina Jones have all been promoted to Associate Professors – teaching focused
· Neil Reynolds, Erik Kampert and Hiren Kotadia have been promoted to Associate Professors with a research focus
· Devon Allcoat and Lauren Schrock have both been promoted to Senior Teaching Fellows
· Elspeth Keating and Connie Qian have been promoted to Senior Research Fellows
Professor Robin Clark, Dean of WMG said: “Congratulations to all the staff who have received much deserved promotions, these are a real testament to their dedication and hard work.”
The staff will take up their new positions from the 1st August 2021.
WMG is delighted to have achieved an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of its commitment to ensuring inclusivity, diversity and equality of opportunity for all staff.
The department previously held a Bronze award, but the Athena SWAN panel unanimously agreed that WMG’s submission, in November 2020, now met the criteria for Silver and evidenced clear positive impact from its activities. The panel said: “The submission reflected on key challenges from previous submissions, actions that led to improvements as well as highlighting new challenges and opportunities to gender equality work moving forward.”
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to recognise and celebrate good practices in higher education and research institutions, towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
WMG’s Executive Chair, Margot James, said: “I would like to congratulate the Athena Swan team for all their hard work and dedication in putting an excellent submission together, made possible by the collective work by colleagues to bring about the changes that have enabled the team to generate a winning submission.
“WMG strives to be a diverse and inclusive academic department, that has a global reach, and we are making good progress as the awarding of a Silver Athena Swan confirms. Our commitment to ensuring inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all our staff is fundamental to our values.”
Professor Robin Clark, Dean of WMG, added: “We are all delighted to have achieved Silver Athena Swan status.
“Our people are at the heart of what we do, with inclusivity and equality embedded in our values. We will continue to do all that we can to ensure WMG is an equal and progressive environment for all of our staff.”
Key highlights for the department include:
- Implementation of a new Flexible Working Policy
- The establishment of a job post specifically focussing on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and co-ordinating the Athena Swan action plan
- The funding of three females to attend Advance Higher Education’s Aurora Programme– a leadership development initiative for women
- Enhanced people development activities for all of the WMG community – both staff and students (both formal and informal)
- Very successful internship programmes, with two former female interns joining WMG as postgraduate researchers
- More female staff overall - an increase of 5% of female staff – and a greater representation at Executive level
- BAME female staff levels rose from 6% in 2016 to 10% in 2019
- More consultation with staff – including the improvement of two-way communication within the department
Find out more about Athena SWAN at the University of Warwick here.
Find out more about joining the team at WMG here.
Find out more about Athena SWAN here.
Congratulations to Professor Caroline Meyer who has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) with effect from 1 August 2021.
Caroline will be responsible for the academic leadership of the research strategy at the University of Warwick. Working with the Research Executive, she will take forward our commitment to research that is internationally recognised, interdisciplinary, and has impact and purpose. She will lead the University’s developments following REF 2021, and she will progress our research themes, Global Research Priorities programme and network of research centres and partnerships.
Caroline is currently Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is also Professor of Psychology at WMG. Her research is focused on mental health; primarily eating disorders and workforce mental health and productivity. She is Warwick PI on the Midlands Engine-Funded Mental Health and Productivity Pilot.
Commenting on her new role, Professor Meyer said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this role at Warwick. We have researchers across arts, social sciences, science, engineering and medicine conducting amazing, world-changing research and I am looking forward to supporting and promoting their endeavours.”
Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I’m delighted that Professor Meyer will be joining the Executive Board to build on the excellent work of Professor Pam Thomas in leading our ambitious research strategy. Caroline’s extensive knowledge of working with a wide range of external partners including the NHS and industry nationally and internationally will be invaluable as we build on our performance in REF2021, and continue to undertake excellent research that will transform the way we understand the world, creating lives that are healthier, safer, more resilient, just and fulfilled.”
Mairi has been supporting the sailing charity since 2012 using her annual leave to board the tall ship and enjoy sailing adventures around the world. Over the past nine years Mairi, alongside mixed ability colleagues, has taken on various roles including that of a bosun’s mate, an engineer and as a general crew member.
In February’s voyage, the Jubilee Sailing Trust hosted Royal Navy cadets for an essential leadership training exercise with crew members (including Mairi) and cadets forming a bubble on a week-long trip from Portsmouth.
Mairi explained: “The ship prioritises the ability to draw out everyone’s potential, we are all different and always stronger as a crew rather than any individual. Finding ways to enable everyone to find their best selves is what the ship does in spades. This lesson to me is so important to bring to my classroom, and it’s just great fun!”
As well as a huge personal achievement, Mairi’s vast volunteering has also enabled her to build fantastic relationships with the Trust, and in turn identify some fantastic research opportunities for University of Warwick students.
One such example is the work of WMG student Tanin Aparimarn. In 2019 he was able to work alongside the Trust creating a 3D printed version of a ship, a VR experience and an app tour for mixed ability people to experience what it’s like on board.
Patrick Fleming, Chief Executive, Jubilee Sailing Trust explains: "The Jubilee Sailing Trust has been committed to providing life changing opportunities to disabled and able bodied people of all ages from all walks of life to experience inclusive tall ship voyages for more than four decades. We are determined to ensure that we work with those in further education to provide onshore and on sea experiences that enhance both learning, leadership and employment opportunities."
Find out more about the Jubilee Sailing Trust and volunteer opportunities here: https://jst.org.uk/
WMG’s Associate Professor, Dr Mark Elliott, has been accepted as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
Fellows require senior professional standing based on demonstrable achievement and competence in the development or application of mathematics.
Dr Elliott explains: "Mathematics has underpinned all the disciplines I have worked in during my research career, covering engineering, experimental psychology and most recently, digital health. So, it is great to join this important institution as a Fellow."
Dr Elliott is based in WMG’s Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH), with his core research focusing on human movement analytics. His research uses data science approaches to monitor, measure and model movement in a range of different contexts. His current research focusses on developing movement related technologies and data analysis methods in the areas of osteoarthritis, physiotherapy and physical activity.
Read more about Dr Elliott’s research here: WMG :: Our People :: Profile (warwick.ac.uk)