LMS Holgate Lectures and Workshops – Session Leaders Wanted!


For some years, the London Mathematical Society has run a ‘Holgate Lecture’ scheme. This has provided speakers an opportunity to go into schools to give a mathematical lecture to a group of students or teachers, and are intended to enrich and enhance mathematical education, looking both within and beyond the curriculum. The Society intends to re-launch this scheme, this time as the “Holgate Lecture and Workshop sessions”, and invites applications from people who would like to become Holgate Session Leaders.

It is anticipated that, primarily, each session leader will offer a range of sessions for those in education outside of higher education.  This could be at primary, secondary or A-Level or equivalent, and may also cover adult education. The leader would also be free to offer sessions to other relevant groups, for example teachers of mathematics, to enhance their professional mathematical development.

Holgate session leaders do not charge a fee for giving talks, but local organisers are expected to pay travel expenses and subsistence costs, together with any local costs of organising the session. The LMS will then pay an annual honorarium to the session leaders.

To apply, applicants are asked to send a short (2-page) CV and a letter detailing what it is they think they could offer as a Holgate Session Leader, and what they believe that the Holgate sessions could offer as an educational experience.

The closing date for applications is the 22nd May 2015. If you are interested, please contact Suzanna Marsh here, who will direct you to the next steps.

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“Enterprising Oxford” Now Live


“Enterprising Oxford” has been officially launched! This will provide a gateway for students and researchers to learn the basics of enterprise, from impact, to intellectual property, to setting up a business or social venture, and all the things in-between. You can find out how enterprising skills could be relevant to you and your career and development, with inspiring case studies, events and training from across the Oxford community.

This online resource, developed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Science division and the Entrepreneurship and Skoll Centres at the Said Business School, will provide answers to common questions including:

— What does it mean to be enterprising?
— Why should someone focussed on a career in research and academia be interested?
— What is ‘impact’ and how is it related to enterprise?
— How do scientific ideas get to market?
— Are there any events or training courses that can help me?
— What about social and cultural enterprises?

The website will keep a focus on upcoming events and local resources, and will have dedicated pages for FAQ’s and advice on the steps to beginning your Enterprising journey. There is also a newsletter providing a round-up of the website’s key news and views.

To visit the website – Click Here
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Marie Curie Individual Fellowships – Call

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The Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Call is now open. These Fellowships are expected to add significantly to the development of the best and most promising researchers active in Europe, in order to enhance and maximise their contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society. This development is achieved through advanced training, possible 3-6 month secondments, as well as international and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in the EU, build telling long term collaborations, and expand their research group size and quality.

Fellowships are either European Fellowships (EF’s) or Global Fellowships (GF’s). The department supports European Fellowships (EFs), which allow Fellows to travel to the UK and work with us in Oxford. Global Fellowships (GFs) are not supported because they pose a significant financial risk if the Fellow does not return after their secondment period (please contact us for more information).

This is designed for experienced researchers only (doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience), who, by the deadline, have been living in the UK for less than 12 months or are applying from another country. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

The deadline for this call isn’t until the 11th September 2015, however if you can let us know as soon as you think you may want to apply, then we can assist you from there.

NCTEM Magazine – Writers needed!


The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is looking for new writers and/or a new writer/editor for its monthly, online Secondary Magazine.

The aim of the magazine is to provide a topical mix of maths education news and items that dig a little deeper into pedagogy and research. They have a variety of topic pieces, as well as regular features, and the position will be paid!

If you are interested, please email steve.mccormack@ncetm.org.uk by 12pm on Thursday 2nd April with a brief explanation of why you’re interested, any relevant maths teaching and writing experience, and what you might bring to the role.

In addition, they request the first couple of sentences (max 50 words in total) of:
• one item that might appear in the Heads Up section of the magazine, and
• one item that might appear in any of the other regular sections.

To find out more about the NCETM Magazine – Click Here
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Horizon 2020 – Revised Time-To-Grant Rule


Following extensive negotiations on the meaning of the time-to-grant rule (TTG) in the last few months, the rules have been changed.

Successful applicants may now be informed about the outcome of the evaluation earlier and have the preparation phase extended beyond the original three months, as long as the overall time-to-grant is still a maximum of eight months.

The revised rule refers to the following:

  • Maximum of five months period, starting from the call closure date until the date of informing all applicants about the outcome of the evaluation of their application (TTI – not more than 153 calendar days);
  • For successful proposals, a maximum of eight months period from the deadline for the submission of complete proposals until the signature of all grant agreements under the same call (TTG – maximum of 245 calendar days).

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