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25 July 2014
Farewell to CI Inaugural Director, Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay
Colleagues from near and far gathered in the Walton Rooms at the Cockcroft Institute (CI) on the afternoon of 15th July to wish Swapan Chattopadhyay a fond farewell at the end of his 7 year tenure as the Director of the Cockcroft Institute. Besides CI members from the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool & Manchester and ASTeC Daresbury, the event included colleagues from STFC Swindon, the John Adams Institute, Oxford, the University of Huddersfield, Rutherford Laboratory, the University of Strathclyde and CERN. …read more »
16 July 2014
Director of Cockcroft Institute
We are seeking to appoint a Director of the Institute who will grow its
reputation as a world-leading centre for accelerator science. Reporting
to the Institute Board, the Director will work with the partners to develop
strategy for the Institute and manage all aspects of its implementation.
You will have a successful track record in accelerator science or a related
field and have demonstrated ability in leadership in a university or research
organisation. The role of Director will be for 5 years initially, and will
be offered in combination with a permanent professorial appointment in
one of the partner universities.
Job description and applicant information form »
14 July 2014
Accelerator Experts go to School
A week-long oPAC advanced School on Accelerator Optimization took place from 7th to 11th July 2014. The event was hosted by Royal Holloway University of London (UK) and was joined by around 80 delegates from across Europe. The School covered accelerator optimization through beam physics studies, instrumentation R&D and charged particle beam simulations at an advanced level. …read more »
12 June 2014
Swapan Chattopadhyay & the Cockcroft Institute: 7 Years On
After more than seven years at the helm of the Cockcroft Institute as its Inaugural Director and as Sir John Douglas Cockcroft Chair of Physics (jointly with the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster), Professor Swapan Chaterji (aka Chattopadhyay) will be leaving the University of Liverpool on 15 July, 2014 . Professor Chattopadhyay will be retaining his emeritus status, while pursuing his research and leadership aspirations elsewhere.
12 June 2014
Training the Trainers: complimentary skills workshop at the Cockcroft
During the delivery of European projects DITANET, LA3NET
and oPAC which were all coordinated from the Cockcroft Institute a novel
complementary skills training programme was developed by Prof. Carsten
Welsch. Training in transferable skills that complement the technical research
activities of post graduate researchers improves their professionalism
and is essential for enhancing their employability. Following this successful
implementation the approach was adopted as part of best practice for PGR
training by the University.
With further interest in the programme generated following presentations given at the national HEA Learning and Teaching Conference last year a workshop was organised by the EU Project TEAM to disseminate this approach as best practice. The workshop entitled ‘Enhancing the employability skills of postgraduate researchers (PGRs)’ was held on the 11th June at the Cockcroft Institute attracting delegates from all over the country. …read more »
CI Strategy 2014 - 2020 'Beaming Matter Into Life'
The Cockcroft Institute is an international centre for Accelerator Science and Technology (AST) in the UK. It was proposed in September 2003 and officially opened by the UK Minister for Science, Lord Sainsbury, in September 2006. It is a joint venture between the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC at the Daresbury and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories) and the North West Development Agency (NWDA). The Institute is located in a purpose-built building on the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus adjacent to the Daresbury Laboratory and the Daresbury Innovation Centre, and has established satellite centres in each of the participating universities.
The Institute provides the intellectual focus, educational infrastructure and the essential scientific and technological facilities for accelerator science and technology research and development, which will enable UK scientists and engineers to take a major role in innovating future tools for scientific discoveries and in the conception, design, construction and use of the world’s leading research accelerators for the foreseeable future.
The Institute is named after the Nobel prizewinner Sir John Cockcroft FRS . Born in Todmorden in north west England, and educated in part in Manchester, he is regarded as the pioneer of modern accelerator research.
This article first appeared in CERN Courier December 2007, and is reprinted with permission.