News in brief, 17 July 2020

Published: 16 July 2020

A round-up of news across the University

Celebrate William Rankine – A Founding Father in the Field of Thermodynamics

See the full programme and book your free place at

July 2020 marks the bicentenary of the birth of William Rankine. Join a special webinar celebrating his life and achievements on the 27 July. Register for this free event to find out just how influential this Scottish engineer and physicist has been in shaping the modern world. 

Rankine is well known as one of the founding fathers of the science of thermodynamics but he is also a key figure in the fields of metallurgy, ship building and civil engineering. Each presentation in this celebratory webinar will deal with a specific field that Rankine influenced and will be delivered by a specialist in the subject with renowned physicist and TV presenter Helen Czerski hosting the session on Rankine’s legacy in thermodynamics.

This special event is the opening session of the Rankine 2020 Conference – Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation but, in order to celebrate Rankine’s birth, this session is open to all and free to join.  

The Rankine 2020 Conference is a unique virtual event which is bringing together the fields of power cycles, working fluids and RACHP application. This technical conference will feature 75 individual talks, 3 keynote addresses and 1 short course. Spaces are still available for the Rankine 2020 Conference and prices start from £168 inc .vat. This includes access to all live conference sessions, downloads of all 75 technical papers and unlimited access to recordings of talks until the end of this year. Visit for more information and bookings.

Project proposals sought for Software Team Projects course

Computing Science are seeking project proposals for our Software Team Projects course for the 2020-21 academic year. Each year we run a course that introduces students to the challenges of working in teams on software projects for real world customers.

The course runs for six months and gives students the opportunity to engage in projects that have real world impact and work with customers with a range of expertise and experiences. Students take on the responsibility for negotiating with customers, agreeing and prioritising requirements, and managing project timelines and deliverables. They are also required to continually demonstrate their progress to their customers, gather feedback and adjust to new priorities and demands. Customers benefit from having students work on turning their ideas into reality: a significant proportion of previous projects are actively being developed or deployed to real users.

A customer can be any individual or unit external to Computing Science – another academic department of the University, a charity, a social enterprise, an SME or a large international company.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 August.

See the proposal submission site to find out more information or contact the course coordinator, Tim Storer (

Award nominations for Living Support assistants

The National Student Housing Survey is an annual report sent to all students living in student accommodation. Our Student Life Department are delighted to announce that a number of their Living Support personnel have been nominated for an award as a result of this survey.

Two Senior Living Support Assistants nominated are Alan Hewett and Hamzah Mushtaq. Both have been working within the Living Support role for a number of years and when informed of this nomination, they responded: “We are humbled to be nominated for this award and are grateful of the student body that considers us so highly! It was a surprise but a very welcome one. We both love our job and are proud to be a part of the Living Support Department and to help all students whenever needed. Of course this is not an individual effort and we are thankful of all of our colleagues and the University of Glasgow that provide us and our students with an excellent support network.”

Congratulations to everyone in Student Life, not just those nominated but as Alan and Hamzah indicated this isn’t just an individual award but a team effort.

Join the GU staff tennis club and keep fit during the pandemic

If you’re finding it hard to stay fit during the pandemic, why not join the GU staff tennis club?

Full access to the clubhouse and the club’s activities are restricted at the moment, but as a member you can use the three artificial grass courts located at the Garscube campus.

Join at a reduced rate for membership until the end of October and enjoy some tennis Visit our website for details of what the club can offer once restrictions are lifted.

Or you can follow us on Twitter @GUStaffTennis Contact or for more information.

First published: 16 July 2020