Research is managed by a School Research Committee, consisting of the Head of School (Barrie Mecrow), Director of Research (Anthony O'Neill), Research Group Heads (Jonathon Chambers, Nick Wright, Volker Pickert and Alex Yakovlev), Director of Postgraduate Research (Glynn Atkinson), Postgraduate Taught Course Tutor (Matthew Armstrong).
Every member of staff produces an annually-updated Individual Research Plan, which describes current activity and future plans, and contributes to the production of annual Group Research Plans. Every individual is expected to prepare at least one fully-refereed professional institution journal paper and one major grant application each year. The School's Research Committee monitors plans and feeds back to individuals and groups to ensure adherence to School policy and to maximise opportunities for developing new areas of common interest. The research ethos in the School has been strengthened with individual researchers receiving support from fellow group members, so our research groups have evolved into genuine close-knit teams.
We continue to develop a supportive research community in which our postgraduate researchers can derive maximum benefit from their studies. There is an active postgraduate staff / student committee and all postgraduates are invited to submit bids directly to the annual internal equipment funding competition. Training in transferable skills has been, and will continue to be, enhanced with the provision of short courses in topics such as presentation.
Since 1998 a valuable opportunity for internal dissemination and cross-fertilisation of research has come from a two-day Annual Research Conference, which is attended by all academic staff, research staff and research students. For many postgraduates the Conference is a 'safe environment' in which to make a first presentation of their work.
Our 229 (2013/2014 not including part time and distance learning) students studying on MSc courses (Automation and Control; Communications and Signal Processing; Electrical Power; Microelectronics; Power Distribution; Wireless Embedded Systems (WirES)) are an important source of high-quality UK, EU and overseas research students. We have now grown as a School to over 30 Research Active Academic staff. This has had the knock on effect that our research student numbers have grown to 165 in 2013.