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  • 10 years of the Department of Politics at Surrey

    It’s one of the vagaries of the academic cycle that the year starts in August, rather than January. It’s when things are quietest and when we’re between cycles of students. It’s also when many staff members take their annual leave.

    As such, the tenth anniversary of the Department of Politics has rather crept up on us.

    In late 2003, the University decided that it wanted to form a Department, to draw together its long-standing expertise in European Politics, policy and policy-analysis and International Relations. To that end, the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies (PIPS) was launched in August 2004.

  • Yuri Latushkin visits from the University of Missouri

    book-yl Yuri Latushkin, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Missouri, will be visiting the department next week 4-8 August, funded by a London Mathematical Society research in pairs grant.  His host is Gianne Derks.  During his visit, he will give a talk on Monday 4 August on “The Morse and Maslov indices for multidimensional Schrodinger operators with matrix valued potentials“. Yuri’s homepage is here.

  • Energy consumption and everyday life

    By Thomas Roberts

    A couple of months ago the fridge in the sociology department kitchen was replaced. Whilst the new fridge looks nearly identical to the old one, there is a fundamental difference – the hinges are on the opposite side.   I have lost count of the number of times I have walked into the kitchen and attempted to open the fridge but failed to do so.  Furthermore, it appears that I’m not the only one struggling, I have noticed many colleagues having the same problem, and consequently the fridge has become the subject of significant debate.

  • Meaning in Occupation: A Westerner’s View of the West Bank

    I saw a meteorite streak across the sky above the old city of Jerusalem one night. I was making my way across town into the Western (Israeli) part of the city when I was stopped in my tracks by the scene. It felt very meaningful. I told my colleagues about it the next day, mumbling something about it feeling ‘significant, surely?’. They asked if I made I wish on it. I laughed it off and said at the time I couldn’t really think about it, I was too dumbstruck by the vista and all the religious connotations that went along with it. 

  • IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)


    By Shirin Enshaeifar


    The IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) is the world’s largest technical conference on signal processing which is sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society and has been held annually since 1976.

    On 4-9th May 2014, Florence was hosting the 39th ICASSP with above 2500 attendees, where four of those were from Department of Computing from the University of Surrey.  The conference included world-class speakers, tutorials, exhibits, a Show and Tell event, and over 120 lecture and poster sessions to cover about 2000 submissions. I presented my work in a poster session and I felt it was a fulfilling experience, especially when experts in my field provided me insightful feedbacks about my research.

  • Head of PTU wins National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Stage Management

    Caroline Heale, Head of PTU, won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Stage Management’ category at the 2014 National Stage Management Awards (sponsored by The Stage and held for the first time as a joint ceremony with ABTT Theatre Awards), for her work in GSA stage management and technical theatre education over 24 years.

    Head of School Andy Lavender comments “This is a fitting tribute to Caroline’s hard work, problem-solving and consistent support for students and colleagues, as she steps back from theatre-related activities to develop her own business interests. Many congratulations to Caroline for this public recognition.”

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