COVID 19: Update from ICAMS Leadership

On behalf of the ICAMS Executive we would like to reassure you that we are working closely with the College and University to keep you informed and updated about planning over the coming weeks and months regarding COVID-19.

I will provide updates as appropriate and ask you to refer regularly to University and College websites.

Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Please take care.

ICAMS update from the Director: 27th March 2020

Dear All,

As I mentioned in my message last Friday, I will keep everyone connected through a weekly brief update regarding ICAMS-specific activities during these extraordinary times.

This has been a very challenging week for all with massive transformational changes and adaptations to the ‘new norm’ in the way we undertake our academic mission and clinical services.  

Our teachers have not only moved to remote teaching, but have had to manage changes in exams and assessments.  Our researchers have massively changed their working conditions, being asked to shut-down laboratories and reduce mouse colonies. Above all, our clinical staff and fellows have been incredibly agile in stepping into new and demanding clinical roles.

 Updates 

  1. There are many general questions being asked by students and staff. I encourage you to check the FAQs on a regular basis. https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/faqs/ 
  2. All research laboratories in ICAMS are now closed. 
  3. The Animal unit is being managed by Biological Services and where appropriate ICAMS staff.
  4. Access to the ICAMS buildings is restricted. Only a few individuals will have access.
  5. All cell culture hoods on the 4th floor of the BHFGCRC building have been removed and transferred to the Coronavirus central screening centre.
  6. There are no cleaning or janitorial services in the buildings.
  7. Updates regarding BHF funding are available on the website: 

https://www.bhf.org.uk/for-professionals/information-for-researchers/bhf-research-position-statement-on-covid-19

I would like to thank you all for your incredible commitment, collegiality, charity, tireless work and kindness in working together to help get through these times. 

Please take care and be sure to stay well and healthy – we need all the strength we have to help our community and beyond.

 

Rhian

 

ICAMS update from the Director: 3rd April 2020

Dear All,

We have gone through another challenging week adapting to the ‘new norm’. 

The amount of work that our University and College leaders are doing is herculean and I continue to be hugely encouraged by the tremendous efforts being put into place to ensure that the needs of all students and staff are addressed.

In line with the weekly reports, I highlight some activities that are ICAMS-specific.

Updates

  1. COVID-19 research in ICAMS. Considering the important cardiovascular aspects in COVID-19, there are real possibilities for ICAMS researchers to contribute to advancing knowledge in the field. Prof Colin Berry is leading the COVID-Cardiovascular research theme within the BHF Centre of Research Excellence.  There are many funding opportunities from major agencies. For further information, please contact Karen Trofimova ( Karen.Trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk ) who has compiled a list of funding agencies.
  2. CSO Rapid Research in COVID-19 programme. The University is preparing a portfolio of projects aimed at tackling the immediate challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. Projects have been brought together from across the University. Two projects have been selected from ICAMS,  one focusing on cardiac imaging and acute myocardial injury and another on hypertension.
  3. The BHFGCRC and JB buildings are now ‘closed’. Access is only permitted to the ‘essential access’ team.
  4. Many ICAMS researchers have volunteered their services at the COVID Central testing centre and ICAMS labs have donated consumables, reagents, gloves, masks etc
  5. Updates regarding BHF funding are available on the website: https://www.bhf.org.uk/for-professionals/information-for-researchers/bhf-research-position-statement-on-covid-19
  6. There are many general questions being asked by students and staff.  These are being updated on a daily basis. I encourage you to check the FAQs on a regular basis. https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/faqs/

 

I would like to thank you all for your incredible commitment, collegiality, charity, tireless work and kindness in working together to help get through these times. 

Please take care and be sure to stay well and healthy – we need all the strength we have to help our community and beyond.

 

Rhian

 

 

ICAMS update from the Director: 9th April 2020

Dear All, 

This is the third ICAMS-COVID-19 weekly report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these difficult times.

Over the past week we have transitioned from the ‘Crisis Period’ to the ‘Management Period’. Everyone is adapting to new work environments and practices and we are all learning how to be socially isolated yet socially connected.

In line with the weekly reports, I highlight some activities that are ICAMS-specific.

 Updates

  1. COVID-19 research in ICAMS. Prof Colin Berry is leading the COVID-Cardiovascular research theme within the BHF Centre of Research Excellence. There are many funding opportunities from major agencies.
  2. The university has created an information platform for all COVID-19 research. Please check the University webpage: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/covid-19researchfundingadvice/
  3. CSO Rapid Research in COVID-19 programme. A compendium of 12 projects (including 2 from ICAMS) from across the university has been submitted to the CSO, with a request for £1.25M.
  4. There are many questions from ICAMS staff about the Government’s ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’. The scheme involves “furloughing”affected employees. The University is in the process of assessing which roles may be eligible for the ‘furloughing’ scheme in consultation with the recognised Trade Unions.  For further information, please check the website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/jobretentionscheme/
  5. Recruitment in ICAMS. In line with the University and College directives, all new posts in ICAMS are currently being scrutinised and assessed on a case by case basis. Many posts will be ‘frozen’.
  6. PGT students must complete remaining assessments associated with taught courses. A new University policy will ensure that demonstrated performance across the academic year will play a key role in the degree award. Students moving to the project phase of their programme will have opportunities to select from many new ‘dry’ projects on offer by our IACMS staff. Many thanks to ICAMS staff for providing new and exciting projects.
  7. PGR and post doctoral fellows support - The University has created a structured programme of personal and professional development. 
  8. There are many general questions being asked by students and staff.  These are being updated on a daily basis. I encourage you to check the FAQs on a regular basis. https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/faqs/
  9. NHS Support and the Glasgow testing centre. Thanks to all in ICAMS who have volunteered their time and lab resources to the NHS and Central testing Centre. The Testing Centre is aiming to run about 9,000 tests/day, which is truly remarkable. Currently the labs are running a few hundred tests/day. The Centre should be fully functional within the next 2 weeks.
  10. While all ICAMS labs are closed, it is essential that emergency and essential equipment remain functional.  Thanks to the Emergency team under Wai’s leadership for ensuring that ICAMS labs remain safe and functional during the lockdown.

 

I would like to thank you all for your tremendous commitment, collegiality and kindness in working together to help get through these times. 

As we begin to celebrate Easter, Passover and Ramadan, I wish you and your family happy holidays.

Please take care and stay healthy and strong

 

Rhian

 

ICAMS update from the Director: 26th April 2020

Dear All, 

This is the 4th ICAMS-COVID-19 report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19 times.

Over the past two weeks, in line with the University, we have continued the transitioned from the ‘Crisis Period’ to the ‘Management Period’. Everyone is adapting to new work environments and practices and we are all learning how to be socially isolated yet socially connected.

I highlight some activities that are ICAMS-specific.

Updates:

  1. COVID-19 research in ICAMS. Profs Berry and Nicklin are  leading the COVID-Cardiovascular research theme in ICAMS. All projects related to COVID-19 in ICAMS should be discussed with Colin and Stu. This is to ensure that there is no duplication,  and that high quality projects are developed.

    ICAMS researchers are developing links with scientists in the the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) to study CoR-SAR-2 and cardiovascular disease. This collaboration brings together experts in virology, cardiovascular medicine and ACE2 biology, and provides excellent opportunities for cross-cutting clinically relevant research.

  2. Clinical research relating to COVID-19 in Glasgow. There are limited resources and staff in the CRF to support all proposals.  Prof Brittenden is working with a task force chaired by Prof I. McInnes to prioritise clinical studies. All clinical projects should be sent to Prof McInnes for assessment.

  3. COVID-19 research in the University. The university has created an information platform for all COVID-19 research. Please check the University webpage: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/covid-19researchfundingadvice/

  4. Big initiative applications. To ensure that ICAMS supports the highest quality students and research, we have been actively involved in submission of major grants. In particular: BHF PhD programme. Under the leadership of Profs Smith,  Davies and Leiper, ICAMS submitted an application for the next iteration of the BHF PhD programme. Outcomes of the application will be later in the year. Wellcome Trust multi-user equipment grant. Under the leadership of Profs Loughrey and Leiper, an equipment grant for a state-of-the art imaging system (Visual Sonic photoacoustic imaging system) will be submitted in May. My sincere thanks to all involved for the tremendous work involved in these applications.

  5. Applying for research funding. For those of you that are in a position to do so, please continue to  prepare and submit applications for externally funded grants. The TRM group will help and support you.

  6. Furlough.The Government’s ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ has now been activated in the university and  ICAMS staff members who have agreed to go on furlough will receive letters in the next few days. It has now been clarified by the University and funding agencies, that research staff can be furloughed if they can not do their expected work at home.

    For further information, please check the website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/jobretentionscheme/

  7. The Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow- COVID testing centre. Thanks to all in ICAMS who have volunteered their time and lab resources to the NHS and Central testing Centre. The Centre is now open and will be fully functional in the next 2 weeks. A number of ICAMS staff are now working in the Centre.

  8. PGR and post doctoral fellows support - The University has created a structured programme of personal and professional development. 

  9. There are many general questions being asked by students and staff.  These are being updated on a daily basis. I encourage you to check the FAQs on a regular basis. https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/faqs/

  10. The University is in frequent communication with funders, governments and peer institutions to ensure a coordinated sector solution to many of the current challenges.

I would like to thank you all for your tremendous commitment, collegiality and kindness in working together to help get through these times. 

Working at home can be very demanding and it is easy to let the ‘work day’ transition into ‘personal time’. Please remember to exercise, get some sunshine and enjoy your family and friends – together, if you can, or at a distance.

 

Rhian

 

ICAMS update from the Director: 26th May 2020

Dear All, 

This is the 5th ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19 times.

Updates:

  1. In line with the Government and University directives and guidance, ICAMS is beginning to plan for re-entry into the workplace. Working with a Task Force overseen by Dr. Lorraine Work, ICAMS has developed a framework that will allow us to implement a safe, efficient and feasible re-entry plan that respects safety and physical distancing. There will be a phased return to lab-based research activity. High priority projects will be the first to be reinitiated. Considerations such as externally funded projects, milestone-driven projects and time-sensitive studies will be considered. Details about logistics will become available in the next 2-3 weeks.
  2. Over the next few months, it is anticipated that the majority of staff and students will still work from home, as appropriate.
  3. Re-establishing clinical research. Plans are in place to re-establish clinical research and trials. The NIHR has published a framework for restarting NIHR research activities which have been paused due to COVID-19. It is likely that local administrations will adopt similar initiatives. The ‘Framework for restart’ is a guidance document to support local decision-making. More details are available: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news/supporting-the-restart-of-paused-nihr-research-activities/24890
  4. COVID-19 research in ICAMS. The number of COVID-19-related projects in ICAMS continues to grow. To ensure that there is coordination of projects and efficient use of common resources within ICAMS, please inform Profs Berry and Nicklin of your COVID-19-related projects.
  5. REF2021. In view of the COVID-19 crisis, the submission deadline on 27 November 2020 no longer applies, and a new submission deadline will be announced (no later than 8 months prior to the deadline). However, the REF staff census date of 31st July 2020 remains unchanged. Accordingly, please be sure that your high impact papers are eligible for REF submission (open access etc). For further details contact Prof Smith, REF Champion.
  6. AIR seminars. Thanks to the help of Del and Martin, the AIR weekly seminars will resume - every Wednesday.
  7. Start date for next academic year for UG and PGT students. At present the start date for 2020 UG and PGT programmes is Monday 21 September, with a latest start for International student of Monday 5 October.
  8. Postgraduate students. Details about available support from UKRI and the UofG have been communicated to all staff and students. UKRI-funded students need to submit requests for paid-extensions to the UKRI by 9 June 2020. UofG is planning to match-fund the extension offered by UKRI to our co-funded students. Further details are available through the Graduate School.
  9. Applying for research funding. For those of you that are in a position to do so, please continue to prepare and submit applications for externally funded grants and fellowships. The TRM group will help and support you.
  10. The Senior management of the UofG has conducted a series of live Q&A sessions for post-doctoral fellows and ECRs. These have been followed up with FAQs. https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/faqs/.
  11. The university has established a ‘post-COVID-19 scenario planning group’ to deal with high level issues, including challenges facing the HE sector and external funding. The UofG is in frequent communication with funders, governments and peer institutions to ensure a coordinated sector solution to many of the current challenges.

I would like to thank you all for your tremendous commitment and hard work during these times. Working at home can be very demanding and it is easy to forget when the ‘workday’ ends. Please remember to take some time out and to enjoy some ‘personal time’ with family and friends.

Looking forward to seeing you back at the workplace in the near future.

Rhian

 

ICAMS 'Returning to the Workplace' Task Force

Dear All, 

Task Force

Chairs: Lorraine Work and Jillian Blair
Members: Guto Montezano, Will Fuller, Nicola Britton, David Hughes, Wendy Beattie, Elaine Butler

Introduction.

The lockdown has had a serious impact on research productivity which is of particular concern to PhD students, postdocs and early career researchers. It is therefore important that we support these ICAMS members, and help fulfil commitments to our funding agencies, by exploring ways to reopen the laboratories in as efficient and safe manner as we can. We cannot do this until phase 2 of the lockdown easing has been agreed by the Scottish Government, the review for this is due to take place on Thurs 18th June.

That said, even if we move to phase 2, there will need to be sign off agreed from Estates & Buildings (E&B) for each laboratory across ICAMS and checks completed to ensure we are safe to reopen. Except for essential workers, nobody else should be in the labs or buildings prior to the official opening of the labs.

The University is broadly working to a 1st July earliest date for research lab reopening (unless COVID related). Many of the guidelines and restrictions regarding reopening will come directly from the University and College, however we have a responsibility to make this work at the Institute level. The purpose of the Task Force is to draw up plans for safe and efficient reopening of the buildings and restarting of wet lab work. These plans have been completed and are currently with E&B for consideration.

A general principle that will continue for the foreseeable future is that if feasible, staff and students should work from home. This includes data analysis, paper writing, grant writing and similar activities.

We recognise that many people may having caring responsibilities or underlying health issues that will impact on the return to lab-based activities. This should be discussed with your line manager/PI so that arrangements can be made to facilitate working from home.

Furthermore, those who are in the shielded group are protected through the guidance given by the Scottish Government until 31st July (subject to further review) and should continue to work from home. You can discuss this with your supervisor, PI or line manager if concerned.

The ICAMS building sites are being broadly being considered as two complexes – the Wolfson complex (to include DB, WL, SJBB) and the BHF GCRC. Planning for the Wolfson complex will have input from other schools and RIs to consider. Plans are drafted for these complexes and are being discussed with E&B. As updates become available, they will be communicated to you.

The University is putting in place an induction package for all those returning to campus. It is likely that it will be mandatory to undertake the induction before returning to the workplace.

Lab occupancy.

It is likely that, in the initial stages of return to work, we will be restricted to 20% occupancy levels. This represents the number of people in the building with the 2m distancing being respected. Further details will be provided by E&B. In the GCRC, for example, we had planned space around two researchers in a bay, but this may not be permitted in the first wave of the return to work and we may be restricted to one. Ideally, one key person from each group would initially return and take responsibility to ensure lab benches are cleared to ensure they can safely be cleaned (enhanced protocol) prior to restart.

The technical staff are working to tidy the labs and move shared bits of equipment (such as microcentrifuge) from areas where access may be difficult due to social distancing requirements.

Those returning to the labs MUST ensure that their lab bench is cleaned appropriately and left tidy at the end of each day. Details will be provided regarding cleaning protocols.

Whilst we are in no way wishing to unduly rush the reopening process, it is important that we plan for subsequent waves of return to work. Plans for safely increasing building occupancy to 30% (when prompted by the University) will involve increasing researcher numbers (e.g. moving to 2 researchers per bay in the GCRC) but will depend on appropriate risk assessment.

Equipment and facility “issues”

The 7 tissue culture hoods donated to the Lighthouse labs from the BHF GCRC L4 labs have still to be replaced. We are hoping that the order can be placed by the end of this week (12th June) but there is a 6-week lead time on delivery. Regretfully, this will have an impact on proposed plans for short-term experiments in this building.

The cold room on L4 of the GCRC broke at the start of June. All contents were moved across the fridges throughout the building and to other sites within ICAMS. This was a considerable task for those involved to have to deal with at the time, thank you to Nicola Elaine and Wendy. It is unlikely that the replacements needed to be able to fix the cold room will be available to allow this to be functional for a 1st July return.

Office occupancy.

Communal offices currently configured for 4-6 people will not be able to accommodate more than 1 person during the initial period of return to work. Hot desks or shared desks should be avoided. The offices will essentially be a place to store your belongings before you go into the lab. Office space should not be used for work, unless essential, e.g. data access from computers. We will open up meeting rooms, seminar rooms and social spaces (such as coffee rooms) for general use where this is possible. As mentioned above this is not intended to provide space for work that could be done at home but to allow bench researchers some space to store their bags and coats and to sit and work whilst waiting for experiments to conclude. It may also be that some PIs will continue to work from
home and allow their offices to be used by group members. Individual PIs will consult with their group on this point.

It is likely that the use of communal kettles and microwaves will be discouraged, and this should be borne in mind by those returning.

Shared facilities across ICAMS.

Google calendars will be set up for each lab space on each floor of the building to allow access to be booked. Broadly, each of these spaces (regardless of location) only has space to accommodate one user to allow safe social distance. Enhanced cleaning protocols will be in place for shared facilities/equipment before and after each use.

CoRE facilities

Plans are being collated to consider safe social distancing and access to setups in the CoRE units and will be communicated in due course. It should be noted that only those who have already undergone training for these facilities will be allowed access to them. Training of staff on new techniques or to facilities that are not familiar to them will not be permitted or possible in the early phases of the lab return.

Biological services.

Colin Macaldowie and Colin Hughes are providing information about the reopening of biological services. In fact, biological services have not actually closed but have been functioning with reduced capacity. Some staff are on furlough, but these will be returned over the next month. Colin Macaldowie is confident that all facilities will be up and running in time for the return of research work to the University (around 1st July). It is envisaged that animal deliveries to labs across the Institute will continue as before.
Again, as with the use of the Institute facilities, it may be that more efficient ways of working with biological services should be found to cope with social distancing restrictions. It may be that, assuming appropriate licensing authority and expertise, one member of a group could cover the animal experimentation aspects of a number of projects within a group or even help other groups. This would cut down on the number of individuals in the facilities at any one time and would be significantly more efficient.

Shift working.

Again, we will rely on advice from the central University and HR regarding shift working. It is possible that shift working patterns (e.g. 07.00-13.00 and 14.00-20.00) may become the norm for some time but such a shift in working patterns will have to be introduced sensitively to take consideration of staff members with caring responsibilities and potential nervousness about security, particular during the hours of darkness. The University is consulting closely with the Unions about potential shift working. We are aware that some experiments may not be compatible with shift working and so individual PIs should consult with their group to decide on the optimal working arrangements.

The possible introduction of a one-way system.

Our discussions, and discussion with other labs, have led to the general feeling that a one-way system in corridors/lab spaces may not be practical and that common sense should prevail in terms of maintaining social distancing in corridors and lab spaces. One-way entry/exit to some buildings may be in operation and you are asked to ensure you familiarise yourselves with guidelines specific to each building/complex.

Personal protective equipment.

We are awaiting guidance from the University on the recommendations for use of personal protective equipment in laboratories. It is likely that face masks will be compulsory.

General ICAMS wide considerations

  • Availability of stores for order deliveries will be reduced and there will likely be delays to those placed prior to lockdown. Hence, ensure that experimental plans considered high priority have access to all materials required in order to be able to do this.
    • Only plan experiments in the short- and medium-term that staff or students are familiar with and confident completing independently. No plans for new techniques that would require training can be considered until we are further through the easing of lockdown phases.
    • Toilets will have a system to indicate if occupied from the outside door to ensure more than one person doesn’t enter at any time.
    • Safe lab capacity/numbers will be displayed on the door of each lab.
    • Tape will be used to indicate safe working space(s) in each lab and also to indicate where people should not sit to avoid breaching social distancing guidelines.
    • All those with long hair should tie their hair up/back to minimise desire to touch their face.
    • All staff and students will be encouraged to regularly wash their hands through the time they are on site.
    • In the absence of PIs (as they may be the last to be allowed to return due to ability to WFH) a member of staff will be identified for each lab space/floor to ensure compliance with the additional H&S requirements needed.
    • Working together will ensure that we are all able to return to a safe and healthy workplace so that we can continue our research and teaching in a productive manner.

We thank you for your cooperation during this time of transition back to the workplace

Rhian

 

ICAMS update from the Director: 19th June 2020

Dear All, 

This is the 6th ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19 times.

Updates:

1. Re-entry into the work place. Plans are now well advanced and it is anticipated that we will be able to return to the workplace from the 1st July. The ICAMS Access team led by Nicola and Jillian will provide details about logistics. To respect social distancing and associated health protection, occupancy in the buildings will initially be 20%, in line with university guidelines.


Estates are currently working in the buildings to place signs and instructions:
Guide to COVID-19 Signage on campus - flyer

 
Guide to COVID-19 Signage on campus - Flyer

Example of ICAMS Signage:
ICAMs H&S Covid poster - front doorICAMs H&S Covid sign - stairs
2. COVID recover guide. Updated information is available on the website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/uofgcommunity/guides/ 

3. Remote working. Over the next few months, it is anticipated that the majority of staff and students will still work from home, as appropriate. Should you have special challenges regarding working from home, such as computer software, chairs, tables, IT issues etc. please let us know (contact Jillian). There are possibilities to provide support. We want you to be able to be as productive as possible from your home work space.

4. Wellbeing for all- Athena Swan survey. Health and wellbeing for all is a priority in ICAMS. To gain insights into needs and challenges, Paul Welsh and Lorraine Work sent out a survey recently through the Athena Swan committee. I encourage you all to complete the survey so that ICAMS leadership can best address your issues.

5. Early Career Researchers. In response to a College-wide survey, the voice of ECRs was heard and plans are in place for the College to work closely with ECRs and to actively address concerns highlighted.

6. FAQ-The Senior management of the UofG continuously updates the webpage on FAQ for staff and students. https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/faqs/ 

7. Return of furloughed staff. Many members of staff on furlough will re-enter the work force in the next few weeks. If you are furloughed please liaise with your line manager regarding start dates and please keep Jillian informed because there are a number of HR issues that need to be arranged.

8. PGT and PGR students. Congratulations to all our ICAMS students who have succeeded in their exams and a special congratulations to our PhD students who recently passed their viva.

9. Graduation of ICAMS students. While graduation ceremonies will not take place in person, there will be online celebrations across the UofG social media channels from the 29thof June and online activities: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/students/graduation/ 

10. COVID-19 research in ICAMS. The number of COVID-19-related projects in ICAMS continues to grow.

  • It is encouraging to note that there were 6 applications from ECRs for small grants from the ISSF fund.
  • I have purchased some reagents and probes (antibodies, primers, ELISA kits etc) to study ACE2 in the context of COVID. These reagents are for sharing. Please contact Guto Montezano for further details.
  • To ensure that there is coordination of projects and efficient use of common resources within ICAMS, please inform Profs Berry and Nicklin of your COVID-19-related projects.
  • Please inform Karen Trofimova (Karen.Trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk) of all COVID publications.

11. Open Forum. An Open Forum will take place by zoom in the next 2 weeks, providing opportunities for all members of ICAMS to interact with the leadership. Similar to our previous Open Forums, we will provide some institute updates and will be available to answer questions. 

Topic: FORUM
Time: Jun 30, 2020 03:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting:

https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/97118136525

Meeting ID: 971 1813 6525


I would like to again thank you all for your dedication and hard work during these times. Working at home can be very demanding and it is easy to forget when the ‘work day’ ends. Please remember to take some time out and to enjoy some ‘personal time’ with family and friends.

Looking forward to seeing you back at the work place in a few weeks.

Rhian

ICAMS update from the Director: 24th August 2020

Dear All,

This is the 7thth ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19-related times.

It has been 7 weeks since the last update and since then there have been numerous activities taking place in ICAMS

Updates

  1. Congratulations
    On behalf of ICAMS, I would like to congratulate Professor Dame Dominiczak on her new appointment to lead all the Lighthouse Laboratories across the UK.

    This important activity, which falls under the UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care, will be overseen by Anna, who will provide leadership and expertise. To take up this secondment and to continue her research interests, Anna has stepped down from her position as Vice-Principal and Head of College.

    Anna will be based in ICAMS and we look forward to welcoming her back to the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre. Prof Milligan will act as College Head until a new Head of College is appointed.
  2. New ICAMS Initiatives – Academic Mid-Career Mentoring Group (AMMIGO)
    A new mentoring/networking programme has been developed in ICAMS that specifically addresses the needs of mid-career investigators. The programme will focus on various topics, especially leadership, and is open to tenured academic staff (Lecturer to Professor) who self-identify as ‘mid-career’. The programme is being led by Jason Gill and Paul Welsh and will be launched in the next few weeks.
  3. Wellbeing for all - Athena Swan Survey
    Health and wellbeing for all is a priority in ICAMS. To gain insights into needs and challenges, a COVID-19 pulse survey was run by the Athena SWAN SAT. 
  4. Light Touch PDR
    While the formal PDR process will not take place this year, meetings between staff and line managers are encouraged. These meetings are a vital opportunity for managers and their staff to connect in a meaningful way, share reflections and appreciation, and discuss concerns in difficult times.  To help facilitate the process a simple word document is available PDR version Light touch, that captures the core elements of the conversation. Should you wish to have a ‘light touch PDR’, please arrange with your line manager and return the completed forms to Jillian.
  5. Re-entry into the Workplace
    All ICAMS labs have now opened and all groups are back working at the bench. We continue to follow the strict university guidelines regarding social distancing and health protection. Nicola and Jillian remain the first line of contact should there be any questions regarding issues in the workplace.
  6. Lighthouse activities
    Sincere thanks to all ICAMS staff and students who volunteered to work in the Lighthouse lab over the past 6 months. Almost all volunteers have now returned to ICAMS and we welcome them back.

    The 7 hoods that were donated to the Lighthouse will be replaced within the next few weeks.

  7. Animal Unit
    The animal unit is almost fully functional and rats and mice are now being bred. Costings to assess savings in the animal unit during the COVID-19 period are being calculated, with the hope of claiming some financial assistance as breeding ramps up. Del Graham should be contacted with any concerns or questions regarding animal studies.

  8. Remote Working
    In line with guidance from the university, the majority of staff and students should continue to work from home, as appropriate.
  9. COVID-19 Research in ICAMS.
    The number of COVID-19-related projects in ICAMS continues to grow. Please see: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icams/covid19/.

    Please inform Karen Trofimova (Karen.Trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk) of all COVID publications and new projects.

  10. COVID Recovery Guide.

    Updated information is available on the website:

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/uofgcommunity/guides/

  11. FAQ

    The Senior Management of the UofG continuously updates the webpage on FAQ for staff and students.

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/faqs/

Should you have any specific queries about re-entry to the work place, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I would like to thank you once again for all your dedication and hard work during these tumultuous times. I hope you are keeping well and managing to continue working in a productive and creative way.

 

Rhian

 

ICAMS update from the Director: 27th November 2020

Dear All,

This is the 8thth ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19-related times. You will also receive the regular ICAMS Newsletter from Tracy and Jillian in the next few weeks highlighting activities and progress in our Institute over the past few months.

Since my last COVID-19 update, there have been numerous activities about which I would like to keep you informed.

  1. Research in labs during Tier 4 lockdown. ICAMS is following the strict guidance from the government and university. Research in ICAMS falls within the definition of ‘essential research’ (see below) and accordingly all Groups are back in the labs.

    ICAMS leadership is confident that the robust measures ensure the ongoing health and safety of all our staff and students. Lorraine, Nicola and Jillian, as leads of the ‘Return to the Workplace’ task force remain the first line of contact, should there be any questions regarding issues in the workplace. Please contact them (or me).

    Relevant guidance published by the Scottish Government: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-laboratories-and-research-facilities/pages/where-we-are-now/.

  2. Remote working. In line with guidance from the university, everyone is still encouraged to work from home as appropriate. 

  3. Launch of the Academic MId-Career Leadership GrOup(AMIGO). Recognising that there is  a gap in support for mid-careers, the ICAMS leadership with Jason and Paul have developed an excellent new initiative to address this through AMIGO. This cross-College network for leadership, mentoring and peer-support in medical, life and social health sciences for mid-career academics will be launched in the next few weeks. Please see attached slides for information.

    Academic MId-Career Leadership GrOup: AMIGO Power point

  4. Light touch PDR. While the formal PDR process did not take place this year, everyone was encouraged to do a ‘light touch PDR’ with their line managers. These meetings provide opportunities for line managers and their staff to connect in a meaningful way, share reflections and appreciation, and discuss concerns in difficult times.  To help facilitate the process a simple word document is available Light Touch PDR Conversations, that captures the core elements of the conversation. While many of you have completed this, for those who still wish to do this – please contact Jillian and your line manager.

    Plans are in place for promotions in 2021. Please see the attached Academic Promotions slides for details. Further information will be available from HR at a meeting planned for January 2021.

    Academic Promotion 2021

  5. Bumper time for ICAMS Heart Failure team. Congratulations to the The Heart Failure Group, which has contributed to major key clinical trials published and presented at key congresses: American Heart Association (AHA): GALACTIC-HF, DAPA-CKD, and AFFIRM-HF; American College of Rheumatology: FAST; as well as several other presentations and publications at the AHA Scientific Sessions, including the SUGAR-DM-HF trial conducted in Scotland and led by Dr Matthew Lee.

  6. COVID-19 research in ICAMS. The number of COVID-19-related projects in ICAMS continues to grow.  Colin and Stu are leading this portfolio and should be contacted for further information.

    Please see: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icams/covid19/

    Please inform Karen Trofimova (Karen.Trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk) of all COVID papers and projects.

  7. Research at UoG during COVID-19.
    I would like to remind you that Prof Chris Pearce, the Vice Principal (Research), will be available for zoom meetings and Q & A to address research.

    - 30 Nov 12-12:30 (focus on PGRs) & 12:30-13:00 (focus on research staff)
    - 7 Dec 13–13:30 
    - 14 Dec 12:30-13:00

    All these meetings share the same zoom link
    https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/96699265797?pwd=dFM1TVFCSHJTWldkRmRTZVdCR0FaQT09
    Meeting ID: 966 9926 5797; Passcode: 694787
  8. Support for all during these times. 2020 has been an extraordinary year for all. There is no doubt that everybody has been impacted in some way or another. I would like to reiterate that there are many helpful resources for students and staff should this be required.
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/covid-19researchfundingadvice/faqs/
    https://www.ukri.org/news/doctoral-students-advised-to-adjust-projects-for-covid-19/
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/registry/finance/funds/#hardshipfund

  9. COVID recover guide. Updated information is available on the website:
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/uofgcommunity/guides/

In closing, I would like to again thank you all for your dedication, hard work and commitment during these tumultuous times. 

The collegiality, goodwill and kindness that I have seem from everyone in ICAMS has been truly inspiring. There is no doubt that we are a resilient and robust group and that we will get through these difficult times together.

As we start looking forward to the holiday season, I would like to wish you and your families happy holidays and all good things for 2021.

 

Rhian

ICAMS update from the Director: 6th January 2021

Dear All,

This is the 9th ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19-related times.

Firstly happy new year. I hope you had a restful holiday season and that you were able to take time to enjoy your family and friends. 

Now it’s time to look forward to the year ahead. With the vaccine already in place, 2021 should be a good year.

I would like to highlight a few points especially regarding work with the new Tier 4 lockdown in place:

  1. Research in labs during Tier  4 lockdown In line with the Government and University policies, essential work that needs to be conducted in the work place should continue. Further updates will be provided, as appropriate.

    ICAMS is following the strict guidance from the government and university. Research in ICAMS falls within the definition of ‘essential research’ This means that the labs remain open for you to continue your research. However- it is essential that everybody respects the strict social distancing and health and safety measures.

    Lorraine, Nicola and Jillian, as leads of the ‘Return to the Work Place’ task force remain the first line of contact should there be any questions regarding issues in the work place. Please contact them (or me).

  2. Work at home. Work that can be done at home MUST be continued at home.

  3. AIR seminars. Keeping connected is essential, especially during these times when we feel disconnected. Accordingly we will be resuming our weekly AIR seminars- and everyone is encouraged to attend. 

  4. Promotions. Plans are in place for promotions in 2021. Please discuss with your line managers or contact Jillian for further information.

  5. COVID-19 research in ICAMS. The number of COVID-19-related projects in ICAMS continues to grow.  Colin and Stu are leading this portfolio and should be contacted for further information.

    Please see: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icams/covid19/
    Please inform Karen Trofimova (Karen.Trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk) of all COVID publications and new projects.

  6. Support for all during these times. These have been extraordinary times. There is no doubt that everybody has been impacted in some way or another. I would like to reiterate that there are many helpful resources for students and staff should this be required.

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/covid-19researchfundingadvice/faqs/
    https://www.ukri.org/news/doctoral-students-advised-to-adjust-projects-for-covid-19/ 
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/registry/finance/funds/#hardshipfund

  7. COVID recover guide. Updated information is available on the website:

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/uofgcommunity/guides/

I would like to again thank you all for your dedication,  hard work and commitment during these tumultuous  times.  

The collegiality, goodwill and kindness that I have seem from everyone in ICAMS has been truly inspiring. There is no doubt that we are a resilient and robust group and that we will get through these difficult times together.

Wishing you a productive and successful year ahead.

 

Rhian

ICAMS update from the Director: 16th February 2021

Dear All,

This is the 10th ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19 times.

It is now almost 1 year since we have been working in the world of COVID-19 and when the University started to ‘lockdown’ activities on campus. While we have all experienced difficulties and challenges, it has been very encouraging for me, as the Director of ICAMS, to see how everyone in our Institute has adapted to the ‘new normal’, with teaching, learning and research continuing – albeit, under new circumstances. The resilience shown by all is a testament to the strength of our ICAMS staff and students.

While we look forward to better times, especially with the vaccine programme progressing, there are still a number of issues that need attention at the workplace.

Should you have a positive test, please inform Jillian (Jillian.Blair@Glasgow.ac.uk). Please note, all information will be kept confidential.

  1. Reporting positive COVID-19 testing: It is essential that we have a record of ICAMS staff and students who test positive for COVID-19. This allows for careful follow up and ensuring safety in our environment. Unfortunately, some ICAMS members have failed to report the positive outcome of testing.
  2. Working in the labs: It has come to my attention that the strict social distancing rules in the lab are not always followed. It is mandatory to respect the rules and regulations that have been set out in the Institute, University and Government. If these are not followed, there are possibilities that access to the lab may be denied. If you have questions about lab safety and protocols, please contact Nicola.
  3. Home Office and Project licences: There is increasing concern by the Home Office that renewal of project licences are not being done in a timely manner. It is now mandated that renewal of licences need to be submitted at least 4 months prior to the deadline. The Home Office has introduced a new online system. Please refer to this for details.
  4. Promotions: For those who are considering application for promotion, please ensure that you are familiar with the process, that is now being conducted on-line. It is crucial that you discuss promotion with your line manager and that you clearly fulfil the criteria set out for promotion at the different grades. If you have any questions, please contact Jillian or Catherine Madden (Catherine.madden@glasgow.ac.uk) in HR.
  5. Grant applications: You are strongly encouraged to continue to submit your applications for grants- especially to the UKRI. Please work with the Project Officers in the TRM group who will help you. Now more than ever, we need to ensure growth in research income.
  6. COVID-19-related research: Please continue to send updates about your COVID-19-related research to Karen (karen.trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk). Please check the website for the amazing contributions already made by ICAMS to the field. 
  7. Support for all during these times: As a reminder, you are not alone during these times. If you need support, there are resources available to you
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/covid-19researchfundingadvice/faqs/
    https://www.ukri.org/news/doctoral-students-advised-to-adjust-projects-for-covid-19/
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/registry/finance/funds/#hardshipfund
  8. COVID recover guide. Updated information is available on the website:
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/uofgcommunity/guides/

I would like to again thank you all for your dedication, hard work and commitment during these tumultuous times.

The collegiality, goodwill and kindness that I have seem from everyone in ICAMS has been truly inspiring. There is no doubt that we are a resilient and robust group and that we will get through these difficult times together.

Rhian

ICAMS update from the Director: 5th April 2021

Dear All,

This is the 11th ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19 times.

  1. Working from home: As things start to ease up following the lockdown, we need to be reminded that for the moment, the message from the university is that ‘working from home’ is still the preferred way to work- as appropriate.
  2. Working on campus: For those working on the campus, strict social distancing must be respected.
  3. COVID-19 home-test kits for asymptomatic testing: colleagues working across a number of MVLS buildings will be offered the opportunity to use COVID-19 home-test kits for asymptomatic testing. This is a voluntary test and provides an additional layer of protection by identifying individuals who are infected with the COVID-19 virus but who do not have symptoms. 
    Find out more: Home testing pilot
  4. COVID-19-related research: Please continue to send updates about your COVID-19-related research to Karen (karen.trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk). Please check the website for the amazing contributions already made by ICAMS to the field. 
    http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icamscovid19/
  5. Support for all during these times: As a reminder, you are not alone during these times. If you need support, there are resources available to you
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/covid-19researchfundingadvice/faqs/
    https://www.ukri.org/news/doctoral-students-advised-to-adjust-projects-for-covid-19/
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/registry/finance/funds/#hardshipfund
  6. COVID recover guide. Updated information is available on the website:
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/uofgcommunity/guides/
  7. Interim plans for ICAMS leadership. I would like to inform you that plans are underway with Prof McInnes regarding the Interim Leadership for ICAMS. Please be reassured that everything possible will be done to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to the Interim Director so that ICAMS activities continue with the strongest support.

Again, I want to thank everybody in ICAMS for their collegiality, goodwill and kindness during the COVID-19 crisis. There is no doubt that we are a resilient and robust group and that we will get through these difficult times together.

Should you have specific questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rhian

ICAMS update from the Director: 30th April 2021

Dear All,

Further to the University Internal Communications email sent on Monday 26th April we understand and appreciate that many of you will have questions about the implications of moving to COVID level 3 restrictions.

Staff and students whose work remit does not involve lab-based activities (for example administrative staff and data analysis based projects) should continue to work from home for now. We hope to welcome you back to campus in the near future and appreciate your hard work, persevering under difficult circumstances.

We wanted to reassure you that the health and safety of our staff and students remains our priority. With that in mind we are now in a position to allow PIs and Senior Research Staff to be present on campus to assist with the excellent research our groups carry out. We cannot expect a full return to campus for these individuals due to social distancing restrictions in place (currently at 2 metre distancing). However, across the ICAMS sites we are able to allow a shared presence of Senior Staff to facilitate any research problems and Health & Safety lab concerns.

As the Country moves forwards and restrictions lift can we remind everyone the need to follow the guidelines to ensure staff and students feel comfortable being on campus.

  1. Masks should be worn at all times in the buildings unless exempt. When taking a disposable mask from the communal boxes in the buildings you MUST clean your hands BEFORE TOUCHING the masks.
  1. Social distancing guidance remains at 2 metres. Should there be any activity the labs where this is not possible a Risk Assessment should be carried out and signed by all those involved.
  1. Should you feel unwell (high temp, new continuous cough or loss /change to taste or smell) you must stay at home and book a test. Also inform your line manager /Nicola, Jillian, Will or Lorraine. If anyone in your household or support bubble tests positive please self-isolate in line with current guidelines. If you discover that you have been socialising with anyone who subsequently tests positive, please consider isolating for a day or two to allow Test & Protect to reach all ‘close contacts’.
  1. Lateral flow tests are available for colleagues working on campus. Details on how to book these can be found at https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/coronavirus/testing/

It has been a challenging time for us all during this ever-evolving situation but the commitment shown by all to persevere and look after one and other is amazing. The staggering offers of assistance after the Wolfson Link Fire have shown the fantastic team spirit is ever present in the Institute.

Should you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with your line manager or the Return-to-Work Team.

 

Best wishes and stay safe

Rhian, Christian and the Return to Work Team

ICAMS update from the Director: 23rd July 2021

Dear All,

This is the 12th ICAMS report to keep everyone connected and informed of ICAMS-specific activities during these COVID-19 times.

With the successful vaccination programme ongoing and the number of new cases of COVID-19 decreasing, we are all looking forward to easier personal and work times ahead.

  1. Interim plans for ICAMS leadership.
    I am delighted to inform you that Prof Christian Delles has been appointed as the Interim Director of ICAMS. Christian has played a major leadership role in ICAMS as Deputy Director and he is very well positioned to lead the Institute with great strength and vision.
  2. Working on campus.
    We are delighted that many of our ICAMS staff and students are returning to the work place. We want to reassure you that huge efforts have been put into place to ensure a safe and secure environment. Returning to campus provides opportunities to again meet up  with colleagues and supervisors and to ‘re-socialise’.
    However please remember that while the easing of the lockdown in Glasgow is very encouraging we still need to abide by the Scottish Government guidance, which requires us to maintain our stringent physical distancing and face covering requirements in all areas in the work place. This means that all staff and students who have returned to the labs need to wear masks and to adhere to the 2m social distancing. It is anticipated that this will change soon to 1m. We will keep you updated when this occurs.
  3. Working from home.
    As things start to ease up following the lockdown we need to be reminded that for the moment, the message from the university is that ‘working from home’ is still the preferred way to work- as appropriate. However, senior staff are being encouraged to have a presence on campus to provide support, guidance and reassurance to students, technicians and fellows who are working in the labs.
  4. Positive COVID-19 tests
    It is essential that we track all members of ICAMS who test positive for ICAMS. Should you have a positive test please inform Jillian, Lorraine or Nicola and they can guide you about reporting to the university.
  5. COVID-19 home-test kits for asymptomatic testing.
    Colleagues working across a number of MVLS buildings will be offered the opportunity to use COVID-19 home-test kits for asymptomatic testing. This is a voluntary test and provides an additional layer of protection by identifying individuals who are infected with the COVID-19 virus but who do not have symptoms.
  6. COVID-19-related research: Please continue to send updates about your COVID-19-related research to Karen (karen.trofimova@glasgow.ac.uk). Please check the website for the amazing contributions already made by ICAMS to the field. http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icamscovid19/
  7. Support for all during these times: As a reminder, you are not alone during these times. If you need support, there are resources available to you
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/covid-19researchfundingadvice/faqs/
    https://www.ukri.org/news/doctoral-students-advised-to-adjust-projects-for-covid-19/ 
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/registry/finance/funds/#hardshipfund
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/headline_796392_en.html.
  8. COVID recovery guide. Updated information is available on the website:
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/coronavirus/uofgcommunity/guides/

Again, we want to thank everybody in ICAMS for their collegiality, goodwill and kindness during this COVID-19 period. There is no doubt that working together has allowed us to get through the most challenging of times in a productive and successful way.

Wishing you all a well-deserved enjoyable summer.

Rhian and Christian

ICAMS update from the Director: 18th October 2021

Dear All,

I thought I should write an email with some updates. I don't want to bother you with too much communication and put a few items together that came to my attention in recent weeks.

It is great to see so many of you back in offices, labs, and clinical areas. COVID-19 remains a challenge but we have no confirmed transmissions on campus. Thanks for adhering to the rules and for making work at ICAMS safe for all of us.

1. MVLS 2025


I would like to thank everybody who contributed to our own drop-in sessions and the townhall meeting with Iain. Thank you also for your individual or group feedback. There is still time to look at the concepts and send further thoughts via http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/mvls2025/

Please accept my apologies that the meeting with Iain that was planned for Friday 15th October had to be cancelled on short notice. We are waiting for a new date.

2. COP26

You will have seen communication from College about COP26. I appreciate that this event comes with some disruptions. However, given the global impact of climate change we can be proud that this important meeting will be held in Glasgow. Despite all challenges, it will be nice to see Glasgow and the University of Glasgow playing in the same league as Kyoto and Paris.

Still, let me remind you of some key issues related to the event:

  • The main disruptions are expected for the period Saturday 30th October to Tuesday 2nd November.
  • During this period please change any F2F teaching to remote teaching. This is a College-wide policy, and in case this is not possible for your teaching please let me know.
  • Similarly, please do not plan any critical experiments, clinical study visits etc. during this period. The risk that staff, patients, deliveries cannot arrive at the workplace in time is just too high.
  • Please engage in appropriate contingency planning for your research work during COP 26 and in particular during the above mentioned dates.
  • If you plan any lab work or other activities during this period, please make sure that appropriate supervision of students is in place. This is an important health and safety issue.
  • Please note that Biological Services will operate at a reduced level of activity during COP26 and that orders of material and animals will be affected. If this affects your work please discuss with Nicola (Nicola.Britton@glasgow.ac.uk).
  • Members of the public may use their right to free speech and we expect some protests during the event. Please factor this in and expect security staff and the police to be more visible in order to provide a safe environment for delegates and protesters. This can also cause delays to deliveries and your own travel plans. Please do not allow any “tailgating” into facilities and challenge anyone unfamiliar with our buildings.
  • There may also be issues with rail travel due to possible industrial action by railway staff.
  • Please visit https://www.getreadyglasgow.com/cop26/traffic-and-travel for any updates on the event and related travel restrictions

3. P&DR

A huge thank-you to everybody for your hard work on this year's P&DR round. We have one of the highest completion rates across the College. A few P&DRs are still outstanding and appropriate extensions have been granted.

4. Rewarding Contribution

Let me remind you to nominate colleagues for this year's Rewarding Contribution round. Jillian kindly outlined the process in her email on 12th October. The deadline for nominations is Friday 23rd October.

5. Open Access

I would also like to remind you that the REF and many funders require open access publication and that there are several models available to satisfy these requirements. The Library's Open Access team provide outstanding support but should be contacted at the time of acceptance of a paper. As rules can be confusing it is really important to check with the Library: research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk. There will also be further information from Gerry Graham, Dean of Research, but a preview of a postcard-type summary is already attached to this email.

6. SafeZone App

For those who haven't done this yet, please download the SafeZone app at https://www.safezoneapp.com/. As you know, this app supports you in case of any emergencies on campus or during business travel. More information can be found on https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/securityandoperationalsupport/

7. Information Security

We all pay attention to safe storage of research data but it is good to familiarise ourselves from time to time with latest developments. The IT website provides really useful information: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/it/informationsecurity/

On a related note, some projects require the destruction of data at the end of a project, e.g. date from clinical sources that have been made available to answer a specific research question. Providers increasingly ask for industry-standard data destruction by appropriate software solutions and certificates of data destruction. The University does not currently have a cetralised process in place to robustly destroy data. If this is an issue that is relevant to your research please let me know, i.e. how you are currently doing this and if you need support from the College's IT team. Prof. Philippe Schyns is currently looking into College-wide solutions and it would help to know how many potential users there are in ICAMS.

8. Research positions

I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of three research positions in Prof. Núria Montserrat's lab in Barcelona. If you consider a move to Spain and are interested in the area of organ regeneration and organoids you may want to check these links:


As always, I am happy to discuss any ideas, concerns, feedback directly - just get in touch please.

Best wishes,
Christian