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New Graduate School Convenor 01 June 2016

SAGES is pleased to announce that Dr John Howe (SAMS) will be the new Graduate School Convenor. John will take over from Professor Bill Austin from 1st June 2016 and has a bold vision for raising the profile of the school and broadening access and training. Find out more about John.

Social Media for research impact workshop 10 May 2016

The SAGES+ Graduate School is funding this free event at the Dalhousie IT Suite (1G01) University of Dundee on Tuesday 10 May 2016 10:00 - 15:00 (coffee & registration from 09:30) SAGES+ members may reclaim standard return rail travel expenses only.

This event is for PhD and ECR members but any spare places will be made available for the wider SAGES+ membership, who are welcome to register their interest and will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis, as space allows.

To register please contact Carol Thomson (SAGES+ Administrator) advising if you require travel support and any dietary/access requirements.

Registration deadline: 31 March 2016

Graduate School Convenor - vacancy 23 February 2016

The SAGES+ Graduate School has a vacancy for the position of Graduate School Convenor. Full details can be found on the job description.

To apply please email your CV and a cover letter to Carol Thomson (SAGES+ Administrator).

Application deadline: 15 March 2016

Graduate School Prize 2015 January 2016

The SAGES+ Graduate School is pleased to announce an open competition to its members for the best published paper to appear in a peer-reviewed journal (or with a DOI) in 2015.

Nominations (including a pdf of the paper) should be sent to Carol Thomson (SAGES+ Administrator) before the 1 February 2016.

Papers will be judged by Professor Bill Austin, the SAGES+ Graduate School Convenor and adjudicated by the SAGES+ Research and Innovation Committee.

Any published work that relates to SAGES+ research themes will be accepted from a registered (or former) SAGES+ Graduate School member, who need not be the lead-author of the publication. For examples of prize-winning and commended Graduate School publications from earlier competitions - please see the SAGES+ Graduate School webpages.

Prizes of £100 each will be announced on the SAGES+ website in late February 2016.

Entry deadline - Monday 15 February 2016.

Graduate School Retreat 2015 August 2015

The 2015 Graduate School Retreat will be held at The Burn on 23 & 24 November 2015. This event is now open for registration , full details and registration form can be found in the SAGES Graduate Retreat area of the website.

Graduate School New Member August 2015

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new associate member to the Graduate School;

Julen Gonzalez is a PhD student at the Hutton Institute, he has joined Theme 4.

Graduate School member - Best paper award March 2015

SAGES member, Sibonakaliso Mpala, a UWS international PhD student from Zimbabwe, won the best paper award under the Hydrology sub-theme at the WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium, which took place in Lilongwe, Malawi, between 29 - 31 October 2014. The award was presented to the author of the best paper from an early career researcher.Click here to find out more about Sibonakaliso and his successful paper.

Graduate School Retreat 2014 November 2014

SAGES is pleased to announce the Annual Graduate School Retreat 2014 will be held at The Burn, Near Edzell on Monday 24 - Wednesday 26 November 2014

This event is free to all SAGES-affiliated PhD students and all new PhD students who are potential members, carrying out research within a SAGES Theme.

Further information and registration details can be found in the Graduate School area of the website.

Registration deadline: 11 November 2014

Graduate School New Member June 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member to the Graduate School;

Christopher Lyon a PhD student at the University of Dundee has joined Themes 4, 1, 3 & CESD.

Graduate School Prize 2013 - results April 2014

The SAGES Graduate School is pleased to announce the results of the open annual competition amongst its members for the best published paper to appear in a peer-reviewed journal (or with a DOI) in 2013.

Following judging by William Austin, the SAGES Graduate School Convenor; Trevor Hoey, the SAGES Director and subsequent adjudication by the SAGES Research Committee, we are pleased to announce the following prize winners for 2013:

Louise Slater (University of St Andrews) for her Theme 1 (Landscape Dynamics) paper:

Imprint of climate and climate change in alluvial riverbeds:Continental United States, 1950–2011

Louise J. Slater1* and Michael Bliss Singer1,2* 1Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews, Irvine Building, North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AL, UK 2Earth Research Institute, University of California–Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA

Andrew Tedstone(University of Edinburgh) for his Theme 3 (Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate) paper:

Greenland ice sheet motion insensitive to exceptional meltwater forcing

Andrew J. Tedstone,a,1, Peter W. Nienow,a, Andrew J. Sole,b, Douglas W. F. Mair,c, Thomas R. Cowtona,b, Ian D. Bartholomew,a, and Matt A. Kingd,e aSchool of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9XP, Scotland; bDepartment of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, United Kingdom; cSchool of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE, Scotland; dSchool of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS 7001, Australia; and eSchool of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, United Kingdom Edited by Mark H. Thiemens, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, and approved October 23, 2013 (received for review August 24, 2013)

Rachel Howell (formerly University of Edinburgh) for her Theme 4 (Society) paper:

It’s not (just) ‘‘the environment, stupid!’’ Values, motivations, and routes to engagement of people adopting lower-carbon lifestyles

Rachel A. Howell * Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP, UK

In addition, the Research Committee would also like to commend two additional entries to this year's competition, submitted by;

Josselin Rouillard (formerly University of Edinburgh) for his Theme 4 (Society) paper:

Policy integration for adaptive water governance: Learning from Scotland’s experience

J.J. Rouillard a,*, K.V. Heal b, T. Ball a, A.D. Reeves a a Geography, University of Dundee, Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HN, Scotland, UK b The University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences, Crew Building, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JN

Nikki Khanna (formerly University of St Andrews) for her Theme 3 (Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate) paper:

The Impact of Ocean Acidification on the Functional Morphology of Foraminifera

Nikki Khanna1,3,5*, Jasmin A. Godbold2, William E. N. Austin3,4, David M. Paterson1 1 Scottish Oceans Institute, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, 2 Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, 3 School of Geography & Geosciences, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, 4 Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Scotland, 5 Ichron Limited, Northwich, United Kingdom

The Research Committee were pleased to note the very strong link between SAGES and MASTS researchers in Nikki Khanna's paper and would like to thank all those who submitted papers for consideration in the 2013 competition.

The three prize winners will each receive a personal cheque for £100.

Graduate School Prize 2013 November 2013...

The SAGES Graduate School is pleased to announce an open competition to its members for the best published paper to appear in a peer-reviewed journal (or with a DOI) in 2013.

Nominations (including a pdf of the paper) should be sent to Carol Thomson (SAGES Administrator) before the 31 December 2013.

Papers will be judged by Bill Austin, the SAGES Graduate School Convenor and adjudicated by the SAGES Research Committee.

Any published work that relates to SAGES research themes will be accepted from a registered (or former) SAGES Graduate School member, who need not be the lead-author of the publication.

Prizes of £100 each will be announced on the SAGES website in late February 2014.

Entry deadline - Tuesday 31 December 2013.

Theme 1 Funding opportunities November 2013...

SAGES Theme 1 (Landscape Dynamics) has funds available for research enabling activity. Please refer to the Opportunities area of the website for further details including the application criteria and process.

Theme 2 Funding opportunities November 2013...

SAGES Theme 2 (Terrestrial Carbon) has £4000 of funds available for research enabling activity. Please refer to the Opportunities area of the website for further details including the application criteria and process.

Graduate School New Members November 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members to the Graduate School;

Donald Slater a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh has joined Theme 3.

Neil Fraser a PhD student at SAMS has joined Theme 3.

Grant success October 2013....

We are pleased to announce that SAGES affiliated PhD graduates; Claudia Mansilla and James Blaikie of the University of Stirling have been awarded a "Theme 1 Small project funding" grant from SAGES for £580.00. This grant will support their research "The Last glacial-interglacial transition in southernmost Patagonia - Tephrochronology" in obtaining major element analyses of a number of tephra samples as part of their chronology building work to provide excellent palaeoenvironmental records for southern and central Patagonia.

Society (Theme 4)Award October 2013....

Former SAGES funded PhD graduate Dr. Marta Bruno Soares (NANTES) and current Theme 4 Leader Dr. Alexandre Gagnon(UWS) have received an award from the Emerald Literati Network - 2013 Awards for Excellence.

Their paper "Conceptual elements of climate change vulnerability assessments: a review" was chosen as a "Highly Commended Award winner"

Every year Emerald invites each journal’s Editorial Team to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous year (2012).The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or practitioners. This paper was selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2012.

Graduate School New Members October 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members to the Graduate School;

Craig Smeaton a PhD student at St Andrews has joined Themes 2 & 3.

Angela Roberts a PhD student at St Andrews has joined Theme 3.

Riccardo Arosio a PhD student at SAMS has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Laura McHardie a PhD student at Aberdeen has joined Themes 1 & 4.

Damon Davies a PhD student at Edinburgh has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Jill McColl a PhD student at Glasgow has joined Themes 2 & 3.

Melanie Kingsbury a PhD student at Stirling has joined Theme 1.

Joss Ratcliffe a PhD student at Environmental Research Institute, UHI has joined Theme 2.

Isotein Ikiroma-Owiye a PhD student at UWS has joined Theme 4.

John Preston a PhD student at Edinburgh has joined Theme 2.

Graduate School New Members July 2013

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member to the Graduate School;

Lewis Drysdale a PhD student at SAMS has joined Theme 3.

LRG Dissertation Awards July 2013....

Former SAGES funded PhD graduate Dr. Helen Murray (SEPA) has received a dissertation prize in the category "Practical science and planning" from the Landscape Research Group for her paper on "Assessing the impact of windfarm-related disturbance on streamwater carbon, phosporous and nitrogen dynamics: A case study of the Whitelee catchments". Helen was supervised by Professor Susan Waldron (School of GeoSciences, University of Glasgow), Dr. Kate Heal (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) & Dr. Hugh Flowers (School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow). The prize consists of £500 plus a years subscription to "Landscape Research Journal" and "Landscape Research Extra". Congratulations! Further details of the award scheme can be found on the Landscape Research website

Graduate School New Members Summer 2013...

SAGES are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Graduate School;

Abdul Hoque a PhD student at University of Aberdeen has joined Theme 3.

James Lea a PhD student at University of Aberdeen has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Verity Flett a PhD student at University of Dundee has joined Themes 1 & 3.

David Yawson a PhD student at University of Dundee has joined Themes 1, 3 & 4.

Antony Phin a PhD student at University of Edinburgh has joined Theme 2.

Rebecca Barclay a PhD student at University of Stirling has joined Theme 1.

Angela McAvoy McClumpha a PhD student at University of Stirling has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Sibonakaliso Mpala a PhD student at University of the West of Scotland has joined Theme 4.

SAGES Graduate School Prizes November 2011.......

The SAGES Graduate School is please to confirm the following student awards for our annual postgraduate members award scheme:

(1) Landscape Dynamics: Georgina King, St Andrews, affiliate student
(2) Terrestrial Carbon Cycle: Radoslaw Pajor, University of Abertay affiliate student, and Anna Koza (commendation) , University of Abertay,affiliate student
(3) Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate: Keziah Stott, St Andrews, SAGES-funded student
(4) Society: Rachel Howell, The University of Edinburgh SAGES-funded student
(5) Earth System Dynamics: Oliver Sus, The University of Edinburgh SAGES-funded student

SAGES Graduate School Prize March 2011.......

The SAGES Graduate School is pleased to launch a new award scheme that both recognizes and celebrates the achievements of its postgraduate student members. An annual prize will therefore be awarded for the best publication, judged by the SAGES research committee, in each of the following areas:
(1) Landscape Dynamics
(2) Terrestrial Carbon Cycle
(3) Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate
(4) Society
(5) Earth System Dynamics
Entries (pdf) should be submitted to Mrs Stephanie West (stephanie.west@ed.ac.uk) by no later than 1 April 2011. Final decisions will be reached in May 2011 and formal prize awards (including a £100 cheque) will be made at the SAGES annual meeting 2011. At this time we welcome submissions which include any peer-reviewed (journal, book chapter, published conference proceedings) article published between 1 January and 31 December, 2010. All entries received will be cited on the SAGES Graduate School web pages.

SAGES Affiliate Student awarded Leverhulme Trust Scholarship October 2010.......

SAGES Affiliate student Caroline Clason has been awarded a 12 month scholarship to study abroad at the Simon Fraser University in Canada, where she will undertake the final year of her PhD studies.

SAGES student Rachel Howell has paper published October 2010.......

SAGES student, Rachel Howell, has just had her paper about published online 'Lights, camera… action? Altered attitudes and behaviour in response to the climate change film The Age of Stupid.' Global Environmental Change. A copy of the paper can be found at Doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.09.004.

SAGES-affiliate student Anna Koza has paper published in 'Microbiology' April 2009.......

SAGES-affiliated student, Anna Koza, has just had her paper published by Microbiology. This involved some collaborative research with SCRI. 'Anna Koza, Paul D. Hallett, Christina D. Moon and Andrew J. Spiers (2009) Characterization of a novel air­liquid interface biofilm of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25. Microbiology 155, 1397­1406'

University of Glasgow and SAGES are holding a 'Statistics for Environmental Evaluation: Quantifying the environment' January 2009.......

The SAGES Graduate School along with the University of Glasgow will be holding a statistics course to be run by Dr. Marian Scott at Glasgow. Click to find out more and a registration form.

SAGES Theme 1 Studentship December 2008.......

The SAGES Graduate School is to offer a Theme 1 PhD Studentship in Landscape Dynamics. Use this link to find out more about the projects and their supervisors.

1st SAGES Graduate School Retreat Success! November 2008

The SAGES Graduate School held their first retreat 11/12th November in the beautiful surroundings of The Burn in Edzell. Organised by the Theme 2 students, Nancy Burns, Audrey Wayolle, Helen Murray, Oliver Sus and Cheryl Wood, the retreat included overviews of the projects currently being undertaken by all of the PhD students affiliated to SAGES. There was also presentations by the SAGES theme leaders and guest speakers Cambell Gemmell of SEPA and Rob Ellam of SUERC together with a pub quiz and ceilidh on the Tuesday evening. The final day started with a walk along the banks of the River Esk followed by break-out sessions and a talk from Jeremy Upton of the Electronic Thesis Repository at St Andrews.

SAGES Graduate School Retreat July 2008.......

The SAGES Graduate School will host its 1st Annual Retreat at The Burn from the 11th-12th November. Please download a registration form should you wish to attend.

Student Review July 2008.......

Dr. Austin is currently developing a 'light touch' annual review of student progress. This years submission deadline is the 12th September and forms will be both circulated and placed on the website in August 2008

SAGES Student Meeting July 2008.......

Theme 2 students, including Oliver Sus, visited St Andrews on Friday, 11th July, 2008 for an informal meeting. It was decided that Theme 2 students would help run the annual retreat and plans are underway to develop a programme

SAGES Studentships Awarded June 2008.......

The Graduate School are pleased to announce that 11 SAGES studentships have been awarded and accepted. Ten of the students will start in September 2008, with one student joining us in January 2009.

Graduate School Convenor Appointed May 2008.......

We are pleased to welcome Dr. William Austin as Convenor of the SAGES Graduate School.

   
   
Email SAGES Graduate School Director
SAGES,
c/o Dr William Austin,
School of Geography & GeoSciences,
University of St Andrews,
St Andrews,
Fife, KY16 9AL
Phone +44 (0)1334 463988