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Two #lecturer #jobs in Geotechnical and Structural engineering @nclceg @nclceser @UniofNewcastle #civilengineering (Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:14:36 +0000)

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Science, Agriculture & Engineering, Ref D1619A Lecturer Grade F:     £33,242 – £37,394 Lecturer Grade G: £38,511 – £40,847 Closing date:              23 October2014,1423714734&key=83994340&c=495487984034&pagestamp=sehnntxwubhmdapbig Lecturer in Structural Engineering School of Civil … Continue reading

#ceser #water Three fully funded PhD studentships are available within the Water Resources Engineering Group (Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:53:07 +0000)

Three fully funded PhD studentships are available within the Water Resources Engineering Group in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University, sponsored by Science Agriculture and Engineering Faculty Doctoral Training Awards. The Water Resources Engineering Group is … Continue reading

CESER Academic Hayley Fowler awarded prestigious Wolfson Merit Award @nclceser @nclceser @UniofNewcastle @HayleyJFowler (Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:52:08 +0000)

Professor Hayley Fowler, Professor of Climate Change Impacts in CESER, has been awarded a highly prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award to support her research programme on “Understanding climate change impacts on hydrological extremes.” Hayley works on interdisciplinary research within the … Continue reading

CESER researcher Steve Birkinshaw breaks the 214 peaks challenge record!!! @nclceser @UniofNewcastle #jossnaylor #fellrunning (Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:47:15 +0000)

A Cumbrian fell runner has set a new record for tackling all of Alfred Wainwright’s 214 peaks in the Lake District. Steve Birkinshaw broke the record set by Joss Naylor in 1987,  who completed the challenge in seven days, one … Continue reading

Newcastle City Dashboard launched (Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:05:22 +0000)

We are pleased to announce the beta release of the Science Central Urban Observatory Newcastle City Dashboard, mixing real-time sensor feeds from the Urban Observatory platform, public and social media feeds.  As always this is a work in progress so … Continue reading

Greening Wingrove project: “When Water Engineers Meet Gardeners” (Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:31:37 +0000)

Claire Walsh and Mark Powell are currently working with the Big Lottery funded, Greening Wingrove community partnership project.  This was established to encourage the people of Wingrove Ward (Newcastle) to ‘green’ their local area and explore more sustainable ways of … Continue reading

Summer #flooding happens so fast… and will be more frequent according to @nclceser @UniofNewcastle (Mon, 02 Jun 2014 08:54:36 +0000)

Extreme summer rainfall may become more frequent in the UK due to climate change, according to new research led by Newcastle University and the Met Office. The new study, from the joint Met Office and NERC funded CONVEX project which … Continue reading

3 funded #PhDs available in water and climate impacts engineering @nclceser @TyndallCentre #ibuild (Wed, 28 May 2014 18:29:04 +0000)

Three fully funded PhD studentships, led by academics from CESER, are available in topics that address water and climate engineering: 1. Vulnerability of shallow groundwater and surface water resources used for irrigation in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to climate variability and … Continue reading

@nclceser @EuroGeosciences Paul Quinn debates the implications of geoengineering at the EGU (Fri, 09 May 2014 10:00:48 +0000)

Over 600 people attended the Great Geoengineering Debate that took place at the 2014 European Geophysical Union meeting in Vienna on 29th April. A panel of experts, Prof. Ken Caldeira, Dr Krishna Kumar Kanikicharla, Prof. Mark Lawrence, Prof. Andreas Oschlies … Continue reading

#ceser #ibuild Matt Holmes wins best presentation at the IWA’s UK conference for Young Water Professionals (Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:09:12 +0000)

STREAM PhD Student Matthew Holmes won the best presentation prize at the IWA’s UK conference for Young Water Professionals which was held at the University of Manchester, 23-25 April. The theme of the conference was, ‘What is smart?’, Matt’s presentation, ‘Resilient … Continue reading

Up to 25 #PhD scholarships @nclceser #infrastructure #flooding #urban #sustainability (Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:45:18 +0000)

Newcastle University has 25 PhD scholarships available to excellent students.  The funding is available across all research areas of science and engineering – but Earth Systems Engineering has been identified as a priority theme. CESER encourage applications across any relevant … Continue reading

#ibuild Deputy Director Andy Pike gives oral evidence to @CommonsCLG Communities and Local Government Select Committee (Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:29:04 +0000)

On Monday 3 February 2014, Professor Andy Pike, Director of CURDS, gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into Fiscal Devolution to Cities and City Regions. The second oral evidence session examined … Continue reading

@timeshighered rate Newcastle University – home of CESER – as a top place to work (Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:36:22 +0000)

The Times Higher Education magazine has published an independent survey sharing the views of university staff working at 150 higher education institutions, across the country. They analysed the views of thousands of people to find out what we really think … Continue reading

Funded #ibuild #PhD – Securing Private Sector Investment in Public Infrastructure: An International Comparative Analysis (Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:14:11 +0000)

Reference Code: GPS11 Closing Date: 5th February 2014 Details: Name of the Supervisors Professor Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) Dr Oliver Heidrich, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEGS) Dr Jane Gibbon, Newcastle University Business … Continue reading

Outstanding #sustainability #PhD scholarships available (Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:05:27 +0000)

Applications are open for three generous PhD scholarships through the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.  The PhD topic can be anything that fits within the institute’s broad research programme. Applicant’s should visit here to download the relevant application forms: and … Continue reading

‘Natural’ engineering offers solution against future #flooding (Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:20:03 +0000)

Back-to-nature flood schemes which use the land’s natural defences to slow river flow and reduce flooding could be a cost-effective way of tackling one of the biggest problems facing the UK today. The schemes – which include capturing flow upstream … Continue reading

CESER director receives new #wearefairphone – a new business model for mobile phones? (Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:52:34 +0000)

I would not normally consider the arrival of a new phone to be newsworthy.  However, this one is different – the team behind it have developed a high-performance smartphone that has sought to place social and environmental values at its core without … Continue reading

@nclceser collaborators @SMART_facility release their #smartgreenpaper outlining #infrastructure imperatives for Australia (Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:22:40 +0000)

As in the UK, Australia is seeking to extract more value for each infrastructure dollar invested.  SMART have identified a number of recommendations based upon three infrastructure imperatives: Establish an Australian Infrastructure Market Enhance attractiveness of infrastructure for private funding … Continue reading

Enda O’Connell, #ceser researcher, calls on ministers to show greater leadership on #flooding (Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:41:49 +0000)

Professor Enda O’Connell calls on ministers to show greater leadership on flooding.   Morning Reports (BBC, Radio5Live) Professor Enda O’Connell, who leads much of the CESER research on catchment systems, discusses the need for a “portfolio of flood prevention strategies” to … Continue reading

Research job #iBUILD and #CESER #infrastructure #systems modeller (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:27:41 +0000)

iBUILD (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery) is a major EPSRC and ESRC funded research programme to improve the delivery of infrastructure systems and their services they provide.  iBUILD focuses on urban infrastructure where interdependencies between infrastructures, … Continue reading