SICSA PhD Conference 2019 – Registration now open

Registration for the SICSA PhD Conference is now open and is fully funded (accommodation, meals and registration) for all Computing Science PhD students working within Scottish HE institutions.  Places are filling up fast, so register soon to avoid disappointment. 

The SICSA PhD Conference will feature a range of workshops, keynotes and social activities across two full-days.  You can find more details at www.sicsaconf.org

This year’s event will also feature an Elevator Pitch Video Competition, which is open to all delegates.  For more details about submitting your video, please visit Elevator Pitch Competition

Also, don’t forget that all PhD students (whether coming to the conference or not) are eligible to vote in the SICSA Supervisor of the Year 2019 Award.  If you wish to nominate your supervisor, simply complete the 3-minute survey.

Now recruiting for Research Theme Leader in Theory, Modelling and Computation

Applications are invited for any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution to co-lead the SICSA Theory, Modelling and Computation Research Theme.

Role Purpose

SICSA is the Scottish Funding Council Research Pool in Informatics and Computer Science.  The goal of SICSA is to cohere the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science research communities to help increase critical mass and to enable cooperation in research, teaching and Knowledge Exchange.

The role of the SICSA Theme Leaders is to coordinate activities within each of the defined SICSA themes and further develop coherent communities in these areas.

For further information on the role and to apply, please download the guidelines and application form below.

Theme Leaders Role Description

Application Form_SICSA Theme Leaders

Closing Date: 31st May 2019

SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019

The SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019 has launched this month and we are now accepting nominations from all Scottish-based PhD students in Computer Science and Informatics.

The award aims to recognise the extraordinary efforts of PhD Supervisors across Scotland and the difference they can make to their Postgraduate students.  To nominate your supervisor, please visit SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019 nominations and complete the 3-minute survey.  The deadline for nominations is 31st May 2019.

The SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award 2019 will be announced at the SICSA PhD Conference, which takes place at the University of Stirling on 18th and 19th June.  To register for the conference, visit Eventbrite.

Launch of SICSA Conference Bursary Programme

SICSA is pleased to announce the launch of our Conference Bursary programme in March 2019, which will be available to all PhD students working in SICSA Departments/Schools.

The programme offers funding of up to £1000 for students to attend conferences in the UK and across the rest of the world.  The funding can be used for conference registration, travel and/or accommodation.  The first call is now open and the deadline is 30th April.  For further details and to apply, please visit SICSA Conference Bursaries.

Welcome to new SICSA Cyber Security Theme Leaders

SICSA extends a warm welcome to Professor Karen Renaud (University of Abertay) and Dr Deepayan Bhowmik (University of Stirling), who take over the management of the SICSA Cyber Security Research Theme this month.  Karen and Deepayan will be responsible for leading the theme for the next two years.

Thanks go to Professor Chris Johnson (University of Glasgow) and Dr Mike Just (Heriot-Watt University) for their efforts in leading the theme since 2017.

For more information about the theme or to get involved in organising theme activities or events, please visit SICSA Cyber Security.

Applications invited for the post of SICSA Director

Applications are invited from any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution for the role of SICSA Director.  

The post is initially funded to end of July 2020. 

Job Purpose
SICSA is the Scottish Funding Council Research Pool in Informatics and Computer Science.  The goal of SICSA is to cohere the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science research communities to help increase critical mass and to enable cooperation in research, teaching and Knowledge Exchange.  The SICSA Director provides academic leadership for SICSA, working with the SICSA Directorate and the SICSA Executive.

Main Responsibilities
The SICSA Director role is part-time, taking approximately 20% of the working week as follows:

Working with Directors and SICSA Executive to deliver activities such as research themes, researcher mobility, SICSA Graduate Academy, Knowledge Exchange and other events (10%)

Directing and Chairing the SICSA Committee, SICSA Research Committee and SICSA Advisory Board, interacting with SICSA constituent Schools. (2%)

Liaison with Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and other bodies relative to the strategic direction of SICSA.  Representing SICSA on various external boards. (2%)

Developing overall SICSA strategy with the other SICSA Directors in the areas of research, teaching and knowledge exchange. (3%)

Representing and presenting SICSA at events such as DemoFest, SICSA PhD Conference, and other external events. (2%)

Participate in the annual Performance & Development process for the SICSA Executive Officer. (<1%)

For further information on the role and to apply, please download the guidelines and application form below.

SICSA-Director-Job-Description

SICSA Director Application Form

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

SICSA Deputy Director/Director of KE & Impact – Deadline Extended

The SICSA Directors would like to invite suitable candidates from any SICSA institution to submit an application for the role of Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director.

SICSA has a strong Knowledge Exchange programme, aiming to exploit and enhance the research capabilities and reputation of Scottish Universities, by assisting researchers at all levels in making a greater economic and social impact. The SICSA KE activities are coordinated by the SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director, with support from the SICSA Executive.

The SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director role is part-time, taking approximately 20% of the working week.

Applications are sought from suitable candidates working at any SICSA institution.

The Closing Date for applications has been extended to 5pm15th February 2019.

KE and Impact Director Role Description

KE and Impact Director Application Form

SICSA now advertising for Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director

The SICSA Directors would like to invite suitable candidates from any SICSA institution to submit an application for the role of Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director.

SICSA has a strong Knowledge Exchange programme, aiming to exploit and enhance the research capabilities and reputation of Scottish Universities, by assisting researchers at all levels in making a greater economic and social impact. The SICSA KE activities are coordinated by the SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director, with support from the SICSA Executive.

The SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director role is part-time, taking approximately 20% of the working week.

Applications are sought from suitable candidates working at any SICSA institution.

The Closing Date for applications is 1st February 2019. 

For more details and to apply, please visit Vacancies.

NCSC Certifies Edinburgh Napier University Degree

Edinburgh Napier University’s BEng (Hons) in Cybersecurity and Forensics has become the first undergraduate course in the UK to be fully certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), whose parent organisation is GCHQ.

The BEng course helps meet the UK’s growing demand for security engineers by adding specialist knowledge of digital forensics, data security and software development to undergraduates’ general computing skills and network knowledge.

You can read the full story at Edinburgh Napier University news.

Tay Cities Deal to Benefit SICSA Universities

The Tay Cities Deal was formally signed on Thursday 22nd November in Perth, confirming millions of Pounds of investment to the area.  It is expected that the Deal will create over 6000 jobs across Tayside and Fife.

The deal will include direct benefits for SICSA-member institutions, including an investment of over £26m to the University of St Andrews for transformative infrastructure works at the Eden Campus project at Guardbridge.

There will also be a significant investment into Strengthening Cyber Resilience and Developing Digital Forensics, including:

  • £6 million from the Scottish Government and £5.7 million from the UK Government for the development of the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.
  • The “Cyber Quarter” would be a cluster of academic-commercial activity, providing a co-location space for academia and industry, expertise in applied research and access to a range of public sector support located within the Tay Cities region.  The project will capitalise on the existing expertise of Abertay University in ethical hacking.
  • £15 million from the UK Government to establish the country’s first Forensic Science Research Centre. Aims to “drive industrial partnership, invest in an Innovation Cluster Development alongside the University of Abertay’s Cyber Quarter working with SMEs and start-ups to exploit new intellectual property and to enter new markets facilitated by the Forensic Science Catapult Centre and build a world-leading vibrant culture of Innovation, Communication and Economy at the University of Dundee.

You can read more about the Tay Cities Deal at The Courier.