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  • Anne Skeldon attends Sleep Research Society meeting in Estonia

    logoAnne Skeldon attended the European Sleep Research Society Meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, from 16-20 September.  She presented work on “Changes in sleep across the lifespan: using mathematical models to explore hypotheses to explain sleep timing“.  The presentation was based on joint work with Derk-Jan Dijk (Surrey Sleep Centre) and Gianne Derks.  The website for the conference is here.


  • The UKIP Insurgency

    On Thursday last week I wrote a piece here about why I thought the UKIP annual conference might be a turning point. Gawain Towler, the party’s press officer, tweeted that this was ‘interesting’: obviously, he knew more about how potentially turning it might be.

    One could argue that UKIP has never had a good annual conference in its 21 years: either the party is in high dudgeon, or someone goes badly off-message (Kilroy in 2004, Bloom last year). This weekend’s event, held on Ed Miliband’s doorstep in Doncaster, showed that in this at least, the party is capable of operating in a more professional way. From the stage and the intro music, through the tight, media-friendly programme, to the big surprise presentation of Mark Reckless as their newest recruit, the party leadership have benefited from money and good media management.

  • Congratulations, Dr Goddard

    Phil, enjoying finishing his PhD

    Yesterday I did something I’ve only done a handful of times before – I watched my PhD student undergo his viva voce examination.  For him it’s the culmination of nearly three years of work, and is part of the slightly curious system by which PhDs are awarded.  He spent his three years working with me and his other supervisor, exploring a new approach to calculating nuclear fission, he wrote it all up in a thesis of 180 pages, and then he submitted it.  The final stage, which took place yesterday, is that two examiners, who have read the thesis, grill the student about it.  It’s a strange kind of exam – in which the person being examined knows more about the details of what is being examined than the examiners, though the examiners will likely know more contextual stuff.


    Tonmeister graduate and Emmy award winning screen composer Michael Price is bringing his experience to the University of Surrey’s Music and Sound Recording degree as a Visiting Professor.

    Michael’s Emmy triumph came in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for an Original Dramatic Score for a series three episode of the hit BBC television series Sherlock. He shared the award with David Arnold, with whom he has collaborated on all three seasons of Sherlock. The duo have also been nominated for and won numerous other awards for their work.

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