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Head of Accountancy, Finance and Economics second term on ICAEW

Wilma Teviotdale

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:11:00 BST

WILMA Teviotdale – who is the University of Huddersfield’s Head of Accountancy, Finance and Economics – has been re-elected to serve a second term on the governing body of one of the world’s most influential organisations in her profession.

It was in 2013 that she was first elected for a four-year term on to the main Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Wilma Teviotdale (second right), who heads the Business School’s Business Education Research Group, forged links with the University of Helsinki (pictured) in 2015 along with colleague David Clancy (far right) Established in 1880, ICAEW has more than 147,000 members, including some 15,000 who live and work outside the UK.  The main Council, which meets in London five times a year, has representatives from countries and regions that include Australia, the USA, Europe and the Far East, highlighting its global reach.

“The international nature of representatives on the council means they are able to offer perspectives from their different countries.  Understandably, the implications of Brexit are a significant focus of the strategic debates, along with more local challenges from current taxation issues, governance, and the Northern Powerhouse,” said Ms Teviotdale.

“I am really pleased to be asked to stand again, and it is a good opportunity to carry on with existing projects and develop new initiatives in support of ICAEW’s strategic direction.

“Such professional links are also of direct benefit to our Accountancy and Finance students at the University.  On the main Council I represent 6,000 chartered accountants in West Yorkshire, so it is also a constituency role,” said Ms Teviotdale, who is also a member of the ICAEW’s Learning and Professional Development Board, which chimes in well with her University of Huddersfield position.

► Wilma Teviotdale (second right), who heads the Business School’s Business Education Research Group, forged links with the University of Helsinki (pictured) in 2015 along with colleague David Clancy (far left).

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Archaeogeneticist pinpoints Indian origins using today’s populace

Indian man

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:59:00 BST

PhD student Marina Silva identifies the origins of Indian populations comprising migrating humans from Africa, Iran and Central Asia over a period of 50,000 years

Marina Silva IN addition to its vast patchwork of languages, cultures and religions, the Indian Subcontinent also harbours huge genetic diversity.  Where did its peoples originate?  This is an area of huge controversy among scholars and scientists.  A University of Huddersfield PhD student is lead author of an article that tries to answer the question using genetic evidence.

A problem confronting archaeogenetic research into the origins of Indian populations is that there is a dearth of sources, such as preserved skeletal remains that can provide ancient DNA samples.  Marina Silva and her co-authors have instead focused on people alive in the Subcontinent today.

They show that some genetic lineages in South Asia are very ancient.  The earliest populations were hunter-gatherers who arrived from Africa, where modern humans arose, more than 50,000 years ago.  But further waves of settlement came from the direction of Iran, after the last Ice Age ended 10-20,000 years ago, and with the spread of early farming.

These ancient signatures are most clearly seen in the mitochondrial DNA, which tracks the female line of descent.  But Y-chromosome variation, which tracks the male line, is very different.  Here the major signatures are much more recent.  Most controversially, there is a strong signal of immigration from Central Asia, less than 5,000 years ago.

Indian man This looks like a sign of the arrival of the first Indo-European speakers, who arose amongst the Bronze Age peoples of the grasslands north of the Caucasus, between the Black and Caspian Seas.  They were male-dominated, mobile pastoralists who had domesticated the horse – and spoke what ultimately became Sanskrit, the language of classical Hinduism – which more than 200 years ago linguists showed is ultimately related to classical Greek and Latin.

Migrations from the same source also shaped the settlement of Europe and its languages, and this has been the subject of most recent research, said Marina Silva.  She has tried to tip the balance back towards India, and her findings are discussed in the article titled A genetic chronology for the Indian Subcontinent points to heavily sex-biased dispersals.  It appears in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Authors of the new article include Professor Martin Richards, who heads the University of Huddersfield’s Archaeogenetics Research Group.  Member of the group are also co-authors of another recent paper, which focuses in depth on just one of the lineages found in India, Origin and spread of mitochondrial haplogroup U7, which has just appeared in the journal Scientific Reports

Map of India and surrounding countries The group is the recipient of a £1 million award by the Leverhulme Trust, under its Doctoral Scholarships scheme, in order will train 15 new evolutionary geneticists.  Portuguese-born Marina Silva is one of the first cohort.  Her PhD work focuses on the Neolithic/Bronze Age transition in Eurasia, and is supervised by Professor Richards.

The research into Indian populations began while she was still based at the University of Porto, where she studied for her Master’s. Several of the other co-authors, principally Marisa Oliveira and Dr Luísa Pereira, are also affiliated with the University of Porto, and her external PhD co-supervisor, Dr Pedro Soares, now at the University of Minho, in Braga, is also a Visiting Researcher at Huddersfield.

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Pharmacist takes key role brokering NICE accreditation for RPS

Dr Mahendra Patel

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:44:00 BST

Mahendra Patel’s positions with NICE and RPS enabled him to unite the pair

Medication THE portfolio of appointments held by the University of Huddersfield’s Dr Mahendra Patel has enabled him to broker an accreditation that will play a key role in ensuring high prescription standards by pharmacists – especially important as their role in healthcare expands.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – which provides guidance on which drugs the NHS uses – has accredited the process whereby the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) develops its professional standards and guidance.

Dr Patel – Principal Enterprise Fellow in Pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield – is vice chair of the NICE Accreditation Committee and a board member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).  This meant he was in an ideal position to persuade the twin organisations to meet and discuss the value of accreditation.

“I initiated the process, but at that point I stepped away because of my clear conflict of interest,” said Dr Patel.

A Competency Framework for all prescribers He is delighted that the RPS has now attained what he describes as a “gold standard” accreditation from NICE.  It is one that has only been given to organisations producing guidance and standards using an approved and robust process which has successfully met the rigours of NICE scrutiny.

Also, since September, NICE has no longer taken new submissions for accreditation, which confirms that pharmacy’s professional body is among the elite in being badged with the NICE accreditation mark.

“Accreditation is an international stamp of recognition and endorsement of the pharmacy profession’s drive to help pharmacists engage in evidence practice with confidence and assurance,” said Dr Patel.

The accreditation, which is valid for five years, covers the RPS Competency Framework for all prescribers, which aims to “help healthcare professionals to be safe, effective prescribers”.  Accreditation can be now attached to any new standard and guidance, providing these have been developed using the approved process manual.


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Uni’s CPT takes lead role in £1m CNC servitisation plan

Machine tooling

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:17:00 BST

The CNC servitisation scheme will see businesses purchasing the capacity to manufacture products whilst the servitisation provider retains responsibility for the machinery and its smooth running

The University's Dr Andrew Longstaff (left) with Machine Tool Techologies's Director Peter WilloughbyThe University’s Dr Andrew Longstaff (left) pictured with Machine Tool Technologies’s Director Peter Willoughby

‌THE University of Huddersfield has teamed up with top engineering companies and research institutes for a £1 million pound project that aims to bring about massive improvements in competitiveness and efficiency for UK manufacturers.

The goal is to extend the principle of “servitisation” to firms that use CNC machinery for precision-engineered products.  This means that a manufacturer does not – in the conventional way – simply buy a machine tool which it then adapts, operates and maintains.  Instead, it purchases the capacity to manufacture its products and the servitisation provider retains responsibility for the machinery and its smooth running.

Servitisation is well established in some areas.  As long ago as 1997, a leading manufacturer began selling its aircraft engines as a service – or outcome – rather than a product.  It was described as “power by the hour”.  Also, several printer companies now sell document management systems rather than printers and photocopiers.

‌The complexity and varied use of CNC machinery and the requirement for exceptional accuracy means that servitisation in the advanced manufacturing sector is a challenge.  But it would give industry access to reliable advanced manufacturing equipment without the burden of maintaining it – particularly appealing to SMEs for whom advanced technology is often beyond their investment levels.

Machine Tool Technologies The challenge is now being met by an Innovate UK-funded project in which the companies Machine Tool Technologies (MTT) and Newburgh Precision join forces with the University of Huddersfield, plus Cranfield University and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to introduce an innovative business model that aims to create a step change in competitiveness to UK manufacturing.

‌The University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) has world-leading expertise in the use of metrology and digital technology for ensuring the accuracy of machine tools, leading to big efficiency gains for manufacturers.  The CPT’s Principal Enterprise Fellow, Dr Andrew Longstaff, is heading its contribution to the new servitisation project.

It launches in April 2017 and is due to conclude in 2019.  Innovate UK has awarded £783,511 to the project.

“The initial idea came from MTT, the lead partner,” said Dr Longstaff.  “They had been talking to one of their customers, who said they don’t want to buy machine tools, they just want to be able to make things.  So MTT talked to us and to Cranfield University, which has expertise in servitisation business models.

Innovate UK “By pursuing the servitisation model, business can engage in ‘agile manufacturing’ – buying the right machine tool package for the right machine tool application for the specific project; then switching out for the next scenario.  Productivity and quality will be increased,” continued Dr Longstaff.  He added that the CPT’s areas of expertise meant that it was ideally equipped for the research.

The University has been the base for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology and was recently announced as the lead partner in a £30 million Future Metrology Hub.

The technology that is being developed at Huddersfield will aid a shift from “reactive maintenance”.  Sensors would enable servitisation providers to predict when a machine was about to fail or go out of tolerance and the issue could be dealt with proactively.

Dr Longstaff has a Fellowship, part-funded by Innovate UK, to work with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), based near Rotherham, and it too is a partner in the new servitisation project.

Machine toolingPhoto courtesy of Newburgh Precision

Over the next two years, the five partners will work closely together, with the goal being to provide an innovative business model which servitises the use of CNC machinery and provides the technical and analytical tools to be able to do so.  The project supports the basic manufacturing infrastructure and therefore is applicable to all sectors – aerospace, automotive, power generation, medical – where precision machining is required.

The team will also investigate how the model can be structured so that it can later be expanded to include other, emerging manufacturing processes such as 3D printing and nano-manufacturing, helping to drive the growth of UK manufacturing in the age of Industry 4.0.  A successful outcome means that manufacturers will gain access to advanced machines, better return-on-investment and increased productivity from legacy and future machine fleets.

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