ARC courses for programmers

The ARC team will be running courses for those people writing their own codes to use the ARC machines - and indeed other high performance clusters that you may have access to, the material is designed to not be ARC specific.

Two courses cover methods in compiled languages such as C, C++ or Fortran, while the one covers effective use of Python.

The first two courses are aimed at those using C, Fortran or C++, and assume a working knowledge of at least one of those languages. The first of these runs next Tuesday and details are as follows:


Courses in Software Engineering at the University of Oxford

The University of Oxford's Software Engineering Programme offers short courses in a variety of subjects. These courses may be used as credit towards a Masters' degree (MSc) in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford. Applications are welcome from anyone with an appropriate combination of academic achievement and industrial experience; a first degree in a related discipline may be useful, but is by no means necessary.


IEA Software development for scientists L1

Learn best practice programming techniques for engineers and scientists with hands-on learning through practical exercises

If you write routines and scripts to manipulate or display data, the Software Development for Scientists course, delivered by the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) will enable you to learn best practice programming techniques to write elegant and reusable code. You may be from any numerate discipline that requires coding, from maths and geography to biology, environmental science or meteorology.

Reproducible Research planning workshops announced

We will be holding our next Data Carpentry workshop, on September 26–27, 2017 in the Department of Anthropology. The workshop will cover Python, spreadsheets, and SQL with a focus on Humanities Data.

The workshop is free and open to students, researchers, and staff of the University. The workshop website will have details, including information on how to register, shortly.

USA – UK Travel Grants for Research Software Engineers

EPSRC have announced a USA-UK Research Software Engineer Travel fund aimed at encouraging collaboration between the UK and USA-based RSE communities.  If your research group produces or uses research software then you can apply! 

More information



Methodicate tool seeks early users and developers

Methodicate is an intuitive software tool that improves research reproducibility by capturing the entire exploration process, from idea to data analysis to communication of findings, through automated version tracking. Unlike other tools, Methodicate has little-to-no learning curve and is flexible enough to fit your individual workflow. Methodicate is being developed by three full-time Oxford researchers and is supported by the IT Innovation Fund. We are looking for:

Oxford e-Research Centre's Ania Brown to give workshop at RSE17

Ania Brown, Research Software Engineer at the Oxford e-Research Centre, will give a workshop on 'An introduction to GPU optimisation using the NVIDIA visual profiler' at the RSE conference in Manchester on 7-8 September:

RSE conference call for proposals now open

The RSE Conference Committee is currently calling for 15-minute talks, posters and 90-minute workshops or tutorials. Submit your proposals <> by 28th April 2017

State of the Nation report on Research Software Engineers released

The first State of the National Report for Research Software Engineers provides a history of the RSE campaign and a snapshot of the RSE community as it stands today. The report describes the expert community that has flourished in UK research, details the successes that have been achieved, and the barriers that prevent further progress.

The report is available for download from Zenodo.



Valeraann Collaboration Opportunity

Valeraann Collaboration Opportunity – deadline Thurs 30 March