Manchester Student Branch Chapter wins IEEE Region 8 award

The University of Manchester's IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Student Branch Chapter has won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 8 (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) award for Best Student Branch Chapter 2019.

Comprised of 12 PhD students and one academic adviser from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the committee operates on a volunteer basis, is run 'by students for students', and organises a wide range of activities within the Department. These include annual academic conferences, professional development workshops, Women in Engineering events, technical lectures, site visits and more.

The award runs across all 39 Region 8 IEEE societies and recognises the continued outstanding performance of the students in the Manchester chapter during the committee year of 2018-2019. It represents the hard work and enthusiastic drive of the members of the committee, and marks a major success for the School of Engineering.

Current Student Branch Chapter Chair Mingyu Han and Vice-Chair Siwei Liu collected the award from IEEE UKRI Section Chair Professor Mike Hinchey and Section Vice-Chair Dr Mona Ghassemian during a section meeting held at Manchester's Sackville Street Building.

Students across all levels, but particularly postgraduate taught and postgraduate research, are encouraged to look out for upcoming events. If any are looking for opportunities to volunteer and give back to the student body in a meaningful way, they should consider applying to the committee at the next annual general meeting in February 2020.

These events are also supporting the development of a network among researchers that you will all carry into your professional careers. I am also aware how important these activities are to provide peer support to those who may be finding their research a little challenging / difficult.
Professor Ian Cotton, Head of Research, School of Engineering

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