MAGMA One Year On29 October 2020
28th October marked the one year anniversary of me starting as MAGMA project manager. When starting last year I did not anticipate a global pandemic and our labs having to be closed for 6 months. However, I think it’s worth celebrating what has been achieved in the last year especially given the difficult circumstances.
-Appointed 2 permanent lecturers to the group. Dr Chris Harrison and Dr Jun Liu. All interviews done virtually.
-Appointed a new lab manager to the team Phillip Lugg-Widger
-Secured £628k of research funding
-Collaborated with 4 partners with more to come
-Purchased and received a gas retort furnace
-Refurbishment has commenced on all of the labs
-Twitter account launched with 73 followers
-Participated in the ‘Museum After Dark’ event at the National Museum in February demonstrating magnetics to families
-Electromagnetism activity badge for Guiding Cymru to be launched in November
-Cross cutting themes champion appointed
-Inception evaluation of the operation completed
-External advisory board members selected and first meeting done
This list is not exhaustive. There is plenty more we have achieved. Here’s to having a similar list next year and be celebrating it in better circumstances.