CampusExcelencia Resumen RSSCampusExcelencia https://www.uam.es/StaticFiles/CampusExcelencia/img/logo_uam.jpg https://www.uam.es/ss/Satellite/CampusExcelenciaUAM/en/home.htm 1242657960357 <![CDATA[Un estudio realizado por la UAM, la UCM y el CSIC demuestra la eficiente capacidad de una bacteria contra líquidos resistentes a la biodegradación ]]> Un estudio, publicado en Green Chemistry por investigadores del CSIC y las universidades Complutense y Autónoma de Madrid, demuestra la eficiente capacidad de una cepa bacteriana para metabolizar el carbono de líquidos iónicos comerciales de amplio uso en la industria química.

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Los líquidos iónicos son sales orgánicas –líquidas a temperatura ambiente– que vienen cobrando un especial interés por parte de la industria química. Debido a sus particulares y excelentes propiedades como disolventes, se están empleando para reemplazar los disolventes orgánicos tradicionales. Sin embargo, estos productos químicos pueden ser potencialmente problemáticos por su persistencia en el medioambiente. De hecho, según estudios realizados en los últimos años sobre su posible impacto ambiental, los líquidos iónicos presentan un amplio rango de toxicidades y, en general, una baja biodegradabilidad.

Un reciente estudio llevado a cabo de forma conjunta por científicos del Departamento de Biología Molecular y la Sección de Ingeniería Química de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), el Departamento de Ingeniería Química de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), y el Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), abre posibilidades de solución a este problema.

El estudio, publicado en la revista Green Chemistry, se centró en seleccionar un microorganismo capaz de degradar eficientemente líquidos Iónicos comerciales de la industria química. De este modo, al emplearse por primera vez una cepa bacteriana de Sphingomonas paucimobilis en estudios de biodegradabilidad de líquidos iónicos, los científicos encontraron altas eficiencias de biodegradación de gran interés aplicado.

Según explica la Dra. Concepción Abrusci, del Departamento de Biología Molecular de la UAM, “el estudio fue de carácter muy amplio, ya que se realizó sobre 37 estructuras comerciales de imidazolio, piridinio, pirrolidinio, amonio y fosfonio, e incluyendo 12 aniones y 14 cationes diferentes. El 54% de las estructuras estudiadas fueron biodegradadas más del 60% en 28 días de incubación a 45ºC con la bacteria Sphingomonas paucimobilis”.

Estos resultados sugieren la posibilidad de biotratamientos efectivos para la mineralización rápida y eficaz de líquidos iónicos de amplio uso industrial que, en ensayos anteriores con otros microorganismos, se habían mostrado reticentes a la biodegradación. El estudio abre así también posibilidades para el desarrollo de procesos de tratamiento de aguas contaminadas con líquidos iónicos, aspecto de gran importancia en el actual contexto de auge de este nuevo tipo de disolventes y sus aplicaciones a gran escala.

Referencia bibliográfica:
Concepcion Abrusci, Jose Palomar, Jesus L. Pablos, Francisco Rodriguez and Fernando Catalina, Efficient biodegradation of common ionic liquids by Sphingomonas paucimobilis bacterium, en Green Chemistry (Green Chem., 2011, 13, 709-717).

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1242657882440 <![CDATA[Se crea un ¿Centro Educativo Familiar¿ en Rivas Vaciamadrid que será gestionado por personal de la Universidad]]> La Fundación Hogar del Empleado (FUHEM), la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) y el Ayuntamiento de Rivas Vaciamadrid, han firmado un acuerdo para la puesta en marcha de un “Centro Educativo Familiar”, que estará ubicado en la Ciudad Educativa Municipal Hipatia, de Rivas Vaciamadrid.

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El Centro ofrecerá distintos servicios de modo gratuito, tanto para ayudar a las familias del municipio en la educación de sus hijos, como para favorecer la formación y orientación de los profesionales de la educación. El Centro contará con el apoyo de los docentes y los alumnos en prácticas del Máster Universitario en Psicología de la Educación que ofrece la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

La actividad del centro será gestionada por docentes y recién licenciados en prácticas de la Universidad Autónoma que se encuentren realizando el Máster en Psicología de la Educación. El programa tendrá duración anual e incluirá tres tipos de prestaciones a las familias:
-Prevención primaria y formación a familias
-Prevención secundaria con atención a familias en situación de riesgo
-Formación y orientación a profesionales

Con la firma de este acuerdo, las tres entidades firmantes dan un paso más en su vocación de servicio público y de aportación a la educación, en el ámbito de la Comunidad de Madrid, estableciendo vínculos con entidades que favorecen la innovación y el trabajo de los docentes.

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1242648895048 <![CDATA[The budget of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid will be cut by 2.07% in 2010 with respect to last year]]> The budget prepared for 2010 has big differences to last year's, and breaks away from the trend of sustained growth as a result of the country's economic situation and its repercussion on the public sector, the main source of the funds that finance university education. The overall cut is 2.07%.

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Another important consideration is that budgetary balance is obtained by incorporating carry-overs allocated as general earnings.

The agreements that support the UAM's main sources of public financing, the Financing Plan and the Investment Plan of the Public Universities in the Community of Madrid, will end in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The current models have incorporated objective data and indicators to determine, to a greater or lesser extent, some of the economic resources allocated to each university, going for quality and competence. In this stage of economic deceleration, the lack of resources makes it necessary to include efficiency criteria in the organisations, as a method for allocating the available funds.

In this sense, the granting of the UAM+CSIC International Excellence Campus, one of five in Spain, aims to turn the current Campus into a real university city and points our the direction we should follow. This grant, which represents a huge strategic success, commits the University to comply with the Project presented, based on indicators included in it.

Compared with the practical freezing of current expenses, which does not even include the 0.3% increase that should be applied to the salaries of all the UAM's staff, the budget includes a considerable increase in expenses of this nature. The increase, which stands at 4.24%, gives top priority to the polices of consolidation, extension and promotion of the staff in a context of adverse financing.

Lastly, and compared to the drop in the overall budget, some activities should be pointed out that, by forming part of the University's strategic lines, maintain or increase their budgets:

1. New Degrees and the process of adapting to the European Space for Higher Education, which are allocated with just over 1.8 million euro.

2. Postgraduate Degrees, the specific budget for which has increased by almost 3%.

3. Research, that has increased funds both for grants and aid with financing from the University itself and with the International Excellence Campus programme, with the aim of promoting the hiring of researchers of international renown.

4. Information technologies that, in the University's internationalisation setting, have become a strategic factor for better management of internal processes better and promoting its external image.

As regards the programmes with budgets that have been cut, they are in ascending order: the Degree, Postgraduate and Continuous Training, International Relations, Campus, Institutional Relations and General Services, General Secretariat and University Ombudsperson programmes.

The remaining expense programmes have undergone bigger cuts, as a result of different circumstances.

The main conclusion that can be drawn from this information is that the Budget for 2010 is, in the current circumstances, a good scenario for progressing in the University model defined in the strategic plan, and designing an action timeframe up to 2015.

  2009/2010 comparative budget (Spanish) 

  2010 budget (Spanish) 

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1242648878025 <![CDATA[Francisco Sánchez Madrid, professor from the UAM, CM Research Prize]]> The biologist, Francisco Sánchez Madrid, has been awarded with the "Miguel Catalán" 2009 Prize for Research, given by the Community of Madrid in recognition of his career.

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Francisco Sánchez Madrid has had a long research and teaching career and has contributed to progress in research in the field of Immunology, from the Immunology Department of the La Princesa Hospital of Madrid, which he runs, and where he is working on the identification of the molecular receptors that involved in leucocyte responses.

Doctor Sánchez Madrid's team has pioneered the development of image technologies (microscopy) to visualise the migratory processes and behaviour of the receptors that take part in the immune process.

Born in Añora, Córdoba, 1954, Sánchez Madrid is the Immunology Professor in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Head of the Immunology Department in the La Princesa Hospital in Madrid. He graduated in Biological Sciences in 1976 from the University of Seville, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Sciences in 1980, and was given a Special PhD Award from the UAM.

From 1980 to 1983 he undertook post doctorate work in Harvard Medical School, Boston, working on the identification, structure and function of the families of receptors involved in the citotoxic function of T lymphocytes.

He has been the Immunology Professor since 1990. He has been an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) since 1996 and a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Immunology and Cellular Immunology.

The objective of the prize, totalling 42,000 euro, is to stimulate and foster research, and is aimed at promoting, extolling and recognising scientific and humanistic values of the researchers working in the Community of Madrid who, in their careers, have contributed to advances in knowledge and human progress and dignity.

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1242648864719 <![CDATA[Antonio Cascón Dorado takes up his position as new Dean of Philosophy and Arts]]> On Thursday 17 December, the change of leadership at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts was made official with the institutional appointment of the new dean, Antonio Cascón Dorado, by his predecessor, Huberto Marraud González, in an event that took place in the faculty's conference room. The event was attended by the Vice-Chancellor of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, José María Sanz.

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Antonio Cascón, professor at the Department of Classical Philology and former student at the UAM, as he himself indicated, set two targets for his term of office: “I want to make our Faculty more united, more cohesive and more supportive, and I also want to present society with a greater understanding of what we have to offer”.

A dual target that the new dean justified citing a more general objective of disseminating humanity subjects within a society where, in his opinion, pragmatism and competitiveness too often take priority: “It is said, and not for nothing, that the Greeks were the forerunners of the modern concept of competitiveness, but in doing so we forget that the core value of that culture was moderation. In the same way, the Romans are known for their pragmatism, overlooking the capacity for assimilation that led to their adopting concepts and ideas from other cultures as their own. This is why, when presented with competitiveness and pragmatism, today, more than ever, we must opt for moderation and assimilation”.

These two values were defended by Antonio Cascón, asserting that “the University is not a company but a democracy”, which, in his opinion, means that “we ought to be generous and supportive in order to advance as an institution”.

For his part, the Vice-Chancellor, José María Sanz, justified his presence at the event “as offering collaboration, backing and support to a common project, a road we have to travel down together and that should lead our University to improve day by day”. At the same time, José María Sanz expressed his gratitude to the former dean, Huberto Marraud Gonzaléz, and to his team, highlighting his involvement in the common goal of achieving academic excellence.

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1242648850209 <![CDATA[Seminar held on the General Plan against Trafficking with Women and Sexual Abuse of Minors]]> The seminar, "General plan against trafficking with women and sexual abuse of minors", was inaugurated on 30 November 2009 at the UAM Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, where various activities related to this issue were organised throughout the week. Such recurring issues as prostitution, the violation of human rights and sex tourism, among others, were broached from various perspectives.

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The inauguration and presentation of the seminar, organised by the Department of Social Anthropology and Spanish Philosophical Thought, the UAM Office for Solidarity and Cooperation and the Ministry of Equality, was led by Rosa María Peris, director of the Women's Institute, who alluded to the Comprehensive Plan for the Fight Against Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, approved by the Spanish government one year ago, whose aim is to “raise society awareness so that it will become more involved”.

Rocío Nieto, chairperson of APRAMP (Association for the Prevention, Reinsertion and Care of Prostituted Women), Antonio Rivas, Training and Management coordinator of the NGO, Proyecto ESPERANZA (Project HOPE), Lidia Falcón, researcher in the field of gender and founder of the feminist publishing house, Vindicación Feminista, and Rosario Carracedo, chairperson of the State Platform for Women for the Abolition of Prostitution, all took part in the inaugural session, speaking of the “fundamental role” played by social movements in the fight against trafficking and prostitution.

The central theme of the second day of discussions was the fight against trafficking and sexual abuse of women and minors in an international context. This subject was presented by experts in this area from Spain and Latin America, such as Marcela Lagarde, lecturer in Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and chairperson of the Red por la Vida y la Libertad de las Mujeres (Network for Life and Liberty of Women), Neider Yaneth Munevar, researcher at the National University of Colombia and expert in Trafficking, Diana Gutiérrez, representative of the Organización Femenina Popular de Colombia (Popular Women's Organisation of Colombia), Alma López, native Guatemalan from the Asociación Mujer Tejedora del Desarrollo (Women Weavers Development Association), Paloma Soria, specialist lawyer in equality for the NGO Women's Link Worldwide and Ana Salado, lecturer in International Public Law and International Relations at the University of Seville and member of the Committee to Regulate the National Human Rights Plan.

Speakers outlined the reality of this phenomenon in their respective countries, sharing the view of trafficking as one “of the most flagrant violations of human rights”, an idea that was defended throughout the seminar.

Carmen Calvo, chairperson of the Committee for Equality of the Spanish Parliment, José García Santalla, chief of the central UCRIF (Units against Ilegal Immigration Networks and Forgery of Documents), María del Carmen Quintanilla, MP of the Partido Popular political party and member of the Committee for Equality of the Spanish Parliament, Antonia García Valls, MP of the Partido Socialista Obrero España political party and member of the Committee for Equality of the Spanish Parliament, and Maite Mola, member of the Executive Committee of the European Left Party, took part in the third day of this symposium, dedicated to political solutions that would put an end to this phenomenon

Speakers qualified human trafficking as "the slavery of the 21st century” and pointed to the magnitude of “this illicit trade”. Carmen Calvo stated that “we are confronted by the second largest international business” and that “in just one year, more human beings are trafficked than were traded in the entire 150 years of slavery”. For her part, María del Carmen Quintanilla said that “90% of women that are prostituted around the world are victims of trafficking”, and that “just 5% of women that work in prostitution do so voluntarily”.

The fourth day of proceedings, which began with an exhibition on the experience of NGOs in Colombia by Leonora Castaño, from the Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas, Negras e Indígenas de Colombia (ANMUCIC) (National Association of Country, Black and Indigenous Women of Colombia), was dedicated to workshops, where seminar attendees drew conclusions and discussed the arguments raised in previous sessions.

The seminar was eventually brought to a close with a programme of films against human trafficking for sexual exploitation, co-ordinated by the Department of Social Inclusion Projects at Doctors of the World. And alongside the conferences, a collection on gender and human rights entitled, "Don't be an accomplice", was exhibited at the UAM Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, on loan from the Ministry of Equality and the ANMUCIC.

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1242648847748 <![CDATA[UAM students lead the men and women's categories in the twenty-first edition of the cross country competition]]> José España Comendador, a student at the UAM, was the overall champion in the men's category in the 21st UAM cross country competition. In second place was Ernesto Sánchez Burgos, from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, with Jorge Celestino Gosálvez, from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, coming in in third.

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The women's category was led by Beatriz Morillo Carreño, followed by Violeta Cobo Gallardo, both from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and, in third place, was Judith Sánchez Heras, from the Polytechnic University.

By teams, the Polytechnic University emerged as winner in the men's circuit, followed by the UAM and the Complutense, who secured second and third place, respectively. The women's category was headed by the Autonomous University, followed by the Complutense and the Rey Juan Carlos University.

The men's and women's senior categories, whose competitors were aged 40 or over, were both won by independent athletes: Marcos Vélez Rivas and Silvia Cubero Alía, respectively. In second and third place were Antonio Morales Palacios, from the UCM, and Miguel Ángel Silván Bueno, an independent runner, in the men's category, and Ana María Pascual Beato, from the RJC, and Julia Ferrero Gago, an independent, in the women's.

The distances that competitors had to run were as follows: 6,500 metres for the men's category and 3,500 for the women's. Organised by the Physical Education and Sports Service, the 21st edition of the UAM cross-country competition, was held on 12 December.

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1242648846113 <![CDATA[International seminar "The colonial memory of the Western Sahara" held at the UAM]]> On 4 December, the international seminar, "The colonial memory of the Western Sahara" was held at the Centre for Postgraduate Studies. The event, organised by Juan Carlos Gimeno from the UAM's Department of Social Anthropology and Spanish Philosophical Thought, and José A. Rodríguez Esteban, from the Department of Geography, was attended by professor Francesco Correale, who outlined the hardships endured by Western Sahara under Spanish rule (1884-1976). In his lecture, entitled "Manipulation and gaps in the memory of Spanish colonialism in the Western Sahara", Correale highlighted the weakness in the quality and quantity of scientific output, with the majority of texts on the subject having been written by members of the military who do not view the situation with a critical eye. He also drew attention to the absence of the issue of colonialism at solidarity conferences for Saharan refugees and the rose-tinted portrayal of colonial reality.

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According to Correale, the reasons behind all this include a general disinterest in colonialism as a whole and, in particular, in that of the Western Sahara, the problematic evocation of Spain's recent history and the difficulty in accessing archives, itself a result of a 1978 Francoist law which has been renewed time and time again, even now at the height of democracy, and which impedes access to all secret and delicate documents.

Professor Correale sought to emphasise that the Saharans themselves also have problems remembering their past: There is great caution when evoking the colonial period, and there are several contradictions between the nationalist and the colonial versions of Saharan history. The question posed by Franceso Correale was the following: “Is there a desire to hide the colonial past, uncomfortable for Saharans and Spaniards alike, in favour of a peaceful memory?”. After outlining the relations established between Spaniards and Saharans and critically analysing the Sugarloaf policy, initiated by General Bens and modernised following the bombings of 1957-1958, Correale highlighted how one of the main consequences was the emergence of a parasitic middle class that generated paternalistic relations with the metropolis. Harmony was broken when the Polisario Front began to question the colonial presence in the region.

His conclusions were not particularly encouraging. For Correale, the memory of colonialism in Spanish Sahara cannot be taken away from the compromise between evocation of the past and the needs of the present. Also, the colonial relationship has not been studied or considered by either of the two parties because it has never been brought to a close and is still reproduced today in the relations between the Spanish solidarity movement and the refugees of Tindouf. In conclusion, in the words of the Italian: “It is the logic of not biting the hand that feeds you”.

The second part of the seminar was led by José A. Rodríguez Esteban, lecturer at the UAM Department of Geography, who illustrated his conference The problems in accessing resources for the reconstruction of territorial action of Spanish colonialism in Western Sahara with a great cartographic display, which showed the way in which some of the maps and images of the region found in the archives have been manipulated.

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1242648754803 <![CDATA[The UAM and PromoMadrid will offer two scholarships for a course in the China-EU School of Law in Beijing.]]> Last Wednesday 11 November, the vice-chancellor of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, José María Sanz, and the chairman of PromoMadrid, Jesús Sainz, presented the “PromoMadrid China-EU School of Law 2010” scholarship programme. The programme gives twelve lawyers the opportunity of training in Chinese investment law and establishing contacts with Chinese institutions, companies and professionals. Of the twelve scholarships on offer, eight will be awarded to experienced lawyers pursuing their professional activity in the Madrid Region. The remaining four will be given to young law graduates from Madrid universities.

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The scholarship programme was created as a result of the collaboration between Promomadrid and the Faculty of Law of the UAM, two institutions which have joined forces to train professionals working in the Madrid Region in innovative areas of international law. José María Sanz did not hesitate in praising the initiative: “I would like to thank PromoMadrid for their support of the China-Europe Faculty of Law, of which the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as joint founder, is particularly proud, and which is part of the UAM's commitment to internationalisation”. Jesús Sainz also highlighted the importance of such training courses: “Because of their excellent reputation, they add to the international prestige and preparedness of professionals from the region's legal sector”. The dean of the Faculty of Law of the UAM, Javier Díez-Hochleitner, explained that the China-EU School of Law project was set up by a consortium of European and Chinese universities with funding from the European Commission, an institution in which the UAM plays an important part.

The scholarship holders will attend a course at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing called Relevant Fields in Chinese Law for European Foreign Investment in China, to be held in Beijing in April 2010, which will be followed by a programme of activities and contacts to enable students to become acquainted with the different aspects of legal and business practice in China.

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their years of experience in the field of International and Economic Law, their postgraduate studies and their published work on law related to the experience required. Graduate candidates must have obtained their degree in the past three years (2007 - 09) and have a minimum B average in their academic record. Both professionals and graduates will also have to accredit their knowledge of English, as the course will be taught in this language.

The deadline for submission of applications ends on 12 February 2010 and the scholarship awards will be published before 26 February. Further information and the application form can be found at www.promomadrid.com andwww.uam.es/centros/derecho.

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1242648742530 <![CDATA[The CIADE presents the 7th University Entrepreneur Prizes]]> The winners of the 7th edition of the University Entrepreneur Prize recieved their awards during a ceremony held on 3 December. The aim of the prizes given by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (CIADE) is to encourage the development of entrerpreneurial initiatives among members (teachers, researchers and students) of any of Madrid's universities, and to turn these projects into quality-based and profitable businesses, or other forms of exploitation, both on a social and economic level.

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During the ceremony, chaired by UAM vice-chancellor José María Sanz Martínez, Inger Berggren, chairperson of the Women's World Bank in Spain, delivered a speech titled “Madera para Emprender” (The Makings of an Entrepreneur), in which she analysed the role of women as entrepreneurs, enumerating the obstacles they have to overcome and the solutions provided by the Women's World Bank to facilitate the process.

The seventh edition of the Prize has been the most widely contested to date, with 85 business ideas submitted and a total of 220 participants. Following a preliminary training stage, 44 projects were chosen to go on to the business plan stage where participants were tutored by members of CIADE. Finally, 27 projects were submitted to the judges who awarded the prizes in each category:

The Caja Madrid Foundation University Entrepreneur Prize of 6000 Euros: Naudit, SL. A company jointly owned by telecommunications teaching and research staff of the UAM and the University of Navarre whose services include measuring the quality of communication networks and precision computer systems, and sophisticated statistical analysis, divided into three business areas: management and supervision of networks and systems, desktop supercomputers and traffic analysis consulting services.

Fundación ACS Prize for the best Social Initiative project, 3000 Euros: Diferenciarte. The aim is to enable people suffering from intellectual disabilities to develop their creative potential and so help widen and strengthen the education, rehabilitation and social integration of the same, providing them with a dignified place in society.

3M Prize for the best Science and Technology project, 3000 Euros: Diomune, SL. A biotechnology firm with three lines of business based on the patented discovery of an immunomodular compound: development of a treatment for canine Leishmaniosis, development of a drug to combat hospital borne septicaemia and the marking of the compound as a adjuvant for vaccines.

AUNO Foundation Prize for the best Humanities and Social Sciences project, 3000 Euros: Nehotec, SL. The aim of Nehotec is to provide companies and educational centres with the tools needed to adapt to new technologies (mainly digital screens), offering a training service designed to enable users to make optimal use of the new technological resources.

The General Foundation of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Prize for the best project Undertaken by Women, 3000 Euros: Accofal. The project consists of providing child care services for children from 0 to 3 years old in the homes of carers living in rural areas in order to create jobs for women and to reconcile work with family life in these areas.

Madrid Science Park Prize consisting or six months free accommodation in their business incubator: Monotracción. The aim is to develop a new mechanical drive system which is continuous and variable, depending on the force applied. It will initially be used in the cycling sector, although it could also be used in other sectors using transmission systems.

Special Mentions have also been awarded to the runner-up projects in each category in recognition of the quality and to award them first prize in their respective categories should the above-mentioned project not be incorporated before the deadline established in the competition terms and conditions.

Special Mention for the best Social Initiative project: Huella Responsable.

Special Mention for the best Science and Technology project: R&F Technical Solutions.

Special Mention for the best Humanitities and Social Sciences project: Human Data Tech.

Special Mention for the best project Undertaken by Women: Árbol Rojo.

Special Mention for the Madrid Science Park Prize: Documentación Histórica y Digitalización.

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1242648740325 <![CDATA[Approval of the changes to the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid bylaws]]> On Friday 4 December the Decree approving the changes to the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid bylaws was published in the Official Journal of the Madrid Region (B.O.C.M.)..

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1242648730701 <![CDATA[Call for a quality-based public European university system]]> Statement by the vice-chancellors of Madrid's universities expressing their opposition to the drastic spending cuts planned for next year's budget for the Madrid Region, endangering the implementation of new EHEA degree and Postgraduate courses.

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Statement by the vice-chancellors:

  1. The vice-chancellors of Madrid's public universities would like to address the government of the Madrid Region and the members of its Assembly to express their opposition to the drastic spending cuts planned for next year's budget for the Madrid Region, endangering the implementation of new EHEA degree and Postgraduate courses. The plan includes reducing committed spending by 126 million Euros (around 87%), no funding is included to pay existing debts, and funds for staff and running expenses are to be frozen. This economic scenario greatly endangers the implementation of new EHEA degree and postgraduate courses organised in line with European Space for Higher Education and also the development of R&D&i in our Region.
  2. Following guidelines laid out by the government, the universities of Madrid have faithfully adapted their qualifications to bring them in line with the European Space. The new EHEA course already started demand greater sacrifice on the part of our teachers, and also more technological resources, more laboratories, and the adaptation of all our installations. Without additional funds the new model will not be viable in the Madrid Region.
  3. The government of the Madrid Region has not only frozen university funds for staff and running expenses (which in practice represents a reduction of around 5% with respect to the situation two years ago), but has yet to honour its obligation to reimburse universities for the funds advanced by these institutions to cover bonuses. This situation is crippling public universities.
  4. There is wide agreement in Europe that the way out of the crisis involves increased spending on education and research. Instead of taking this path, the government of the Madrid Region has gone in the opposite direction and drawn up a budget where spending cuts, for the second year running, will affect works contracts which have already been awarded as well as those currently underway. This is extremely damaging to research and teaching, and is also an unacceptable failure on the part of the Madrid Region to honour existing commitments to its universities.
  5. The universities of Madrid are aware of the state of public finances and the need for the public sector as a whole to pull their weight in these circumstances. As part of the public sector we offer to collaborate with the government, and are currently applying stringent cost-cutting measures. In addition to this, we are prepared to initiate a process of coordinating our qualifications adapted to the Bologna model, which makes the most efficient use of our resources.
  6. However, in exchange for taking on the above commitments, we demand that the government of the Region of Madrid honour existing funding system and investment contract agreements, and call on the members of the Assembly to demonstrate with their actions, and by that we mean, with the corresponding budgetary appropriation, their real commitment to the European Space for Higher Education, as well as to research, development and innovation in our autonomous region.

Madrid, 4 December 2009

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1242648682666 <![CDATA[Inés Fernández-Ordóñez Hernández, UAM Alumni Award 2009]]> The panel for the annual award of the UAM Alumni Association in its Sixth year, awarded the prize to UAM teacher Inés Fernández-Ordóñez.

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A Madrid native, philologist and academic, Inés Fernández-Ordoñez was elected in December 2008 to the ''P'' chair of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), replacing the late Ángel González, as proposed by José Antonio Pascual, Margarita Salas and Álvaro Pombo. A specialist in rural dialects, she is a former student of Diego Catalán, and has covered much of Spain establishing the Corpus Oral and Sonoro del Español Rural (COSER) (''Corpus of Rural Spanish as Spoken and Heard''), since 1990. Her main works have been on the Alfonsine scriptorium (she is the author of Las “Estorias” de Alfonso el Sabio (History of Alfonso the Wise) and a “Critical Version” of the “Estoria de España” (History of Spain). Study and publishing from Pelayo to Ordoño II among others), the increased use and abuse of the pronouns ''le'', ''la'' and ''lo''' in Castilian, and, recently, the mass neuter in peninsular variants. She has directed several doctoral research projects, such as the theses of Enrique Pato, a teacher at the University of Montreal and Javier Rodríguez Molina of the University of Valladolid. She is on the Advisory Board of several scientific journals (Alcanate. Revista de Estudios Alfonsíes, Diálogo de la Lengua, Meridiénnes...)

The UAM Alumni Award, launched at the approach of the Association's tenth anniversary in 2003, is presented every year to recognise disciplinary or interdisciplinary advances and excellence in any area of knowledge, culture and arts, as well as the human, personal or professional career of UAM alumni.

As in previous years, an effort was made to involve the entire UAM University community through the presentation of candidates. For this reason the panel particularly appreciated the fact that on this Seventh edition of the award the winner was a professor in Spanish Language and a teacher from the Department of Spanish Language and Literature of the UAM.

The meeting of the panel at which it was decided to grant the award to Inés Fernández-Ordóñez was held on 30 November and was chaired by Maximino Carpio, chairman of the Alumni Association. Representing the UAM were José María Sanz, vice-chancellor, Margarita Alfaro, deputy vice-chancellor for Institutional Relations and Cooperation, María Artola, director of the UAM General Foundation and Pedro Caba member of the UAM Social Board. Representing the Association were Amalio Blanco, vice-chairman of the Alumni Association and Carmen Valcárcel, a member of the Management Board. Rafael Mata, Javier Urra and José Folgado, winners of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 awards respectively, represented winners of previous editions. Marisa Aparicio, secretary general of the Alumni Association, acted as secretary to the panel.

The presentation ceremony will take place in the early part of 2010, on the Cantoblanco campus.

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1242648682775 <![CDATA[Ibero-American University School Seminar on Social Commitment and Volunteer Work]]> November 20 saw the closing ceremony of the Ibero-American University School's first Seminar on Social Commitment and Volunteer Work, which had taken place over five days in the offices of the Vice-chancellor of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).

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The Ibero-American Network for Volunteer Work and Social Commitment (REDIVU) came into being last April in the framework of a series of working sessions held in the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM), in which the UAM was the only European university taking part, and since then it has held the vice-chairmanship of the organisation. The objectives established then were, among others:

  • To strengthen and institutionalise volunteer programmes in universities
  • To stimulate the creation of areas of knowledge on this subject
  • To design organic policies and create stable working units in the field of social commitment.

Going deeper into these issues, the various lectures and working sessions held between 16 and 20 November in the UAM opened up a space for discussion and reflection on burning issues regarding university volunteer work in Latin America. The foundations were also laid for continuing network cooperation among universities.

In the opening ceremony, attended by UAM vice-chancellor José María Sanz, more than 40 deputy vice-chancellors and directors were present, from universities in Chile, Venezuela, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Argentina, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Other prominent persons present included José Moisés Martín, Head of the Department of Multilateral Co-operation of the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), Allen Jennings, Head of the ARLAC section of the United Nations Volunteer programme and the economist Bernardo Kilksberg, director of the UNDP Spain Fiduciary Fund “Towards Integrated and Inclusive Development in Latin America and the Caribbean”). In his address, Kilksberg stressed the importance of activities such as those carried on by REDIVU: “The world needs positive ideas, and volunteer work is a social capital that through small actions can restore hope to us all”. In this respect he emphasised the potential represented by the combined efforts of thirty Latin American universities working together on the development of these programmes, which strengthens the commitment of these institutions and their role as reference points in society.

These working sessions were supported by the Caja Madrid Foundation.

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1242646789493 <![CDATA[New team]]> ]]> Antonio Álvarez-Ossorio Alvariño, Deputy Vice-chancellor for Students and Continuing Education
Bachelor in History with Honours from UAM. A Doctor in History since 1994 and postdoctoral researcher at the Università Cattolica in Milan for three years, Álvarez-Ossorio is a Tenured Lecturer of Modern History. A member of the Accademia di San Carlo (Italy), he has published more than 70 studies in his scientific field, and has been chief researcher on two national R&D projects.

He has held the position of Vice Dean for the European Space for Higher Education and Innovation in Teaching of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, and of the university's co-ordinator for the European Space for Higher Education and Innovation in Teaching since July 2006. In May 2008, he was appointed Deputy Vice-chancellor for the Development of Teaching and Continuing Education.

María José Sarro Casillas, Deputy Vice-chancellor of EHEA Degree Studies
With a Doctorate in Sciences from UAM, she is a Tenured Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Geochemistry.

In addition to having developed a long career as a researcher, she has assumed responsibilities in management, as Vice Dean of Academic Planning in the Faculty of Sciences. During this time, teaching commissions were established for each qualification, an initiative which earned an award for quality improvement in the universities of the Madrid Region. She has worked as advisor to the Director General of Universities of the Ministry of Education and Science (October 2004 to June 2006); as Deputy Vice-chancellor of Postgraduate Studies at UAM (June 2006-May 2008) and, since May 2008, as Deputy Vice-chancellor of Official Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Juan Damián Moreno, Secretary General
Professor of Procedural Law in the Faculty of Law. Moreno has spent most of his academic career at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 1993, he received the professorship in Procedural Law at the University of León where he remained until 1998, when he returned to Madrid.

He is the author of numerous publications related to the organisation of the judicial system, civil justice and criminal proceedings. He has worked as department director and representative of tenured, postdoctoral professors on the Board of Governors. In 2006, he was appointed Secretary General of the University.

Maria Asunción Martínez Cebrián, Deputy Vice-chancellor of International Relations.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Doctorate in Philology from the same institution. An Assistant Professor and Higher Secondary Education Professor in absentia, she is a Tenured Lecturer of the University School of the Department of Philology and Philology Teaching in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education.

She has worked as a teacher and researcher, and participated in various international teacher training programmes.
She has co-ordinated the pilot programme to adapt one of her faculty's qualifications to the new European framework. Since 2005, she has been Vice Dean of International and Institutional Relations in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education.

Rafael Garesse Alarcón, Deputy Vice-chancellor of Research
Received his Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy in 1975 from the University of Granada and his doctorate in 1981 from the Complutense University of Madrid.
Professor of Biochemistry since 2002. Over the last fifteen years, his scientific career has focused on the study of mytochondrial diseases, leading a group in the UAM-CSIC Department of Biochemistry/Institute of Biomedical Research on the campus of the Faculty of Medicine, and he has had more than 80 publications.

He is currently President of the Technical Commission for Human Resources Evaluation at the Carlos III Health Institute and Co-director of the Master's Degree in Molecular Biomedicine, one of the postgraduate studies in biosciences offered at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

José Ramón Dorronsoro Ibero, Deputy Vice-chancellor of Innovation and Technologies.
With a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Mathematics from Washington University in St Louis, USA, and a Doctorate in Mathematical Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, he is currently Professor in Computer Sciences at UAM's School of Engineering (EPS).

He has been delegated by the Vice-chancellor for the IT Service, is the Co-ordinator of the Computer Engineering Qualification, Director of the Department of Computer Engineering and Secretary, Deputy Director of Academic Planning and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies in the EPS. He has extensive experience in R&D projects funded by the European Commission, by National Research Programmes, by grants from CENIT, ATYCA and PROFIT, and by various private institutions

Ángel Rodríguez García-Brazales, Deputy Vice-chancellor of Postgraduate Studies
He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economic Sciences and Doctorate with Honours from UAM in 1997, and completed a one-year postdoctoral residence at George Mason University (USA). He is currently a Tenured Lecturer of Foundations of Economic Analysis. He has published numerous studies specialising in this area.

In academic management he has held the positions of Vice Dean of Students (2006) and of Academic Planning: Postgraduate (2006-2008) in the Faculty of Economic Sciences. As European Space and Quality Manager, he led the creation of two pilot groups for the Business Administration & Management and Economics qualifications in the 2007-2008 academic year. More recently, he was delegated by the Vice-chancellor to co-ordinate the New Curricula.

Valeria Camporesi Lami, Deputy Vice-chancellor of University Extension and Scientific Dissemination
A tenured university lecturer, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna and a Doctorate in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute (San Domenico di Fiesole). Since October 1995, she has been Professor of Film History and Audio-visual Media in the Department of History and Art Theory and a co-ordinator and teacher in the Doctorate Programme in Film History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Since February 2008, she has been Vice Dean of International Relations in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts.

Margarita Alfaro Amieiro, Deputy Vice-chancellor of Institutional Relations and Co-operation
Alfaro works for UAM's Department of Philology, where she has been a tenured lecturer since 1993. Her activity as a teacher and researcher is related to the study of contemporary French literature, Francophone literature and intercultural literature in Europe. She is associated with research projects at national and international levels, has numerous publications to her credit and has organised scientific seminars related to the literary production of intercultural and multilingual writers. In the field of management, she has extensive experience as an Erasmus co-ordinator and as Vice Dean of Teaching Staff (2004-2009) in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts.

Juan Antonio Huertas Martínez, Deputy Vice-chancellor of EHEA Degree Studies. (Will assume this position in November, after the election of the new Dean in Psychology). (María José Sarro will then become co-ordinator of the whole area of studies).

With a Doctorate in Psychology from UAM, he has been a Tenured Lecturer of Basic Psychology since 1991. His teaching and research has focused on the processes that affect human motivation and the psychological processes of people with developmental disorders.
He held the position of Vice Dean of Teacher Planning in the Faculty of Psychology until 2006. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Vice President of the Spanish Conference of Deans of Psychology.

Carlos García de la Vega, Deputy Vice-chancellor of Teaching and Research Staff. (In addition to teaching staff, this position will be responsible for “Ramon y Cajal” grant recipients and contracted research staff).

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology (1979) and a Doctorate in Biology (1984) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Since 1986, he has been a Tenured Lecturer of Genetics in the Department of Biology. His career as a researcher has explored the field of cytogenetics.
He was Director of the Department of Biology (2000-2006) and has been Deputy Vice-chancellor of Teaching Staff since 2006.

María Ángeles Espinosa Bayal, Deputy Vice-chancellor of Campus and Environmental Quality
She studied psychology in UAM. Upon completing her studies in 1989, she joined the Department of Developmental Psychology and Education, where she is a tenured lecturer. She forms part of the research group for "Necesidades y Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia" (Needs and Rights of Children and Adolescents), the field to which she has dedicated all her research and teaching.

Since 1997, she has been Academic Secretary of the Master's programme in Needs and Rights of Children and Adolescents, an exclusive UAM qualification, and, since 1999, Secretary General of the UAM-UNICEF Institute for the Needs and Rights of Children and Adolescents (IUNDIA). She previously held the position of Vice Dean of Research and Infrastructure.

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1242646789812 <![CDATA[Photovoltaic solar facility in the Faculty of Psychology]]> Paid for by contributions from the university community

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The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in collaboration with the Tierra Foundation, has designed the "Ola Solar" (Solar Wave) Project, a photovoltaic solar facility with 250 panels located on the roof of the Faculty of Psychology, which was presented to the university community on 26 June. The total investment of the project is €360,806, and it has been paid for by contributions from every sector of the UAM university community: teachers, administration staff and students, ex-alumni and family members, as well as institutions that collaborate with the university. The initiative makes UAM the first Spanish university to install solar panels through a system of university participation.

The objective of “Ola Solar“ is to contribute to raising environmental awareness while taking advantage of the government's economic incentives for renewable energies. By participating in “Ola Solar“, contributors are thus promoting a public initiative to offset CO2 emissions from personal or family consumption, contributing to the generation of renewable electricity.

A total of 105 “participants” have joined the project with investments ranging from €1,000 to €5,000 (the maximum amount that one person can contribute), who with their contributions become “owners” of the renewable electrical energy generated by this power station (50 Kwp of power) . The technical design of the facility has been developed by the Tierra Foundation, which will also manage the project. The name “Ola Solar” has been coined by this association as a slogan to invite the public to invest and collaborate in these types of environmental projects.

An "Ola Solar" is a photovoltaic solar power station in an urban setting, preferably over public space, established through contributions from the public. The difference between an "Ola Solar" project and other corporate initiatives in this area lies in the fact that individuals are given access to a solar energy project without having to face the bureaucratic difficulties that characterise such projects.

The basic objective of the project is to distribute the earnings established by law for this type of facility and to return the capital and profits each year to the “participants”. First, the capital will be returned and, once the facility has recouped its costs (12 to 15 years after commencing operations), the profits will be distributed in proportion to the amount that each person has contributed.
In addition, UAM's photovoltaic solar power station – like all other facilities of this type – is equipped with an online monitoring system, which enables participants to check the savings and renewable energy generated each day. To this end, a monitor has been installed at the entrance to the faculty, which indicates the energy being generated by the power station at any given moment.
With this initiative, UAM seeks to help raise awareness in the university community of the advantages offered by renewable energies to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid has been very active in these types of initiatives for 15 years now: in the 2006/07 academic year, 25,000 trees were planted on campus (one for each student in the university), with the aim of offsetting the CO2 emissions produced by the university's activities. Together with the trees that already existed, this makes for a ratio of 1.03 trees per person.

At the opening ceremony of the “Ola Solar“ facility, a souvenir was delivered to the participants in the form of a solar grasshopper, and solar hot chocolate was prepared from the capture of solar radiation with satellite-dish solar cookers, accompanied by a display of solar cookers to combat the firewood crisis. In front of the Faculty of Psychology, nine paellas were prepared on satellite-dish solar cookers, which were accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine from Berdié, a supporter of solar energy, and the documentary "Bajo en carbono" (Low in Carbon) produced by the team of environmental journalist Pedro Barbadillo.
From 22 June to 3 July, the exhibition “Ingenios Solares” (Solar Ingenuity) was open to the public in the halls of the Faculty of Psychology, offering a display of different home-made devices designed to make use of solar energy for various domestic purposes.

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1242646789467 <![CDATA[Interview with José María Sanz Martínez, Vice-chancellor of the UAM from June]]> José María Sanz Martínez will be the seventh democratically elected vice-chancellor of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, replacing Ángel Gabilondo, the current Minister of Education.

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Sanz studied Physics at UAM and, after receiving a doctorate from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) in 1982, he returned to UAM and was contracted as an associate professor. He has been Professor of Applied Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 1991. He has held, among other senior positions, the post of Deputy Vice-chancellor of Scientific Infrastructures and Technological Promotion (2002-2006), and Deputy Vice-chancellor of Research until April 2009; from that date until 3 July, he has been acting vice-chancellor.

He has had over 150 scientific papers published in various international journals, and has been the head scientist of a large number of research projects subsidised by European, national and local agencies.
The new vice-chancellor-elect will take office with the process to transform studies to the European Space for Higher Education fully underway. UAM will deliver most of its qualifications adapted to EHEA degrees in the next academic course. Among Sanz's objectives is that of combining excellence in research and teaching with the corporate purpose of the university.

What is the university's corporate purpose?
On one hand, to facilitate access to the university to social and economic groups that face difficulties in gaining such access. On the other, to transfer to the community the knowledge and innovation that the university generates, to somehow repay the community in the form of knowledge for the taxes it pays to finance us.

Is that one of the most important issues at this time?
The issue of knowledge transfer definitely is; even for the Ministry of Science and Innovation itself it is one of the most important goals. The objective is to go from being a country that generates publications and basic research with some success to a country where knowledge is converted into wealth for the community, into generation of employment, into better businesses. We still need to take that step. We generate a lot of publications but few patents and few knowledge-based companies.

And that is one of the priorities of the vice-chancellor of UAM?
UAM is known for the quality and intensity of its research. We are trying, with the help of the Transfer Office of the “Parque Científico” Foundation and of business associations in the community, to generate the most intense and high-quality knowledge transfer to said community. But under no circumstances will we renounce our excellence in research.

What will the new vice-chancellor contribute to a university which is so well-known for scientific research?
The image of the university and its distinguishing features are the fruit of many years' work. Each vice-chancellor's team has left its mark or emphasised different aspects, but I believe that it is important to maintain those distinguishing features related to research and teaching excellence. The university has a new mission in knowledge transfer, and it is a task which the university readily assumes and which we must fulfil with brilliance.

Researchers complain of the excessive bureaucratisation that this mission entails; how can it be streamlined?
The issue of bureaucratisation is doing a lot of damage to R&D&I management in general. In any case, researchers don't need to get involved in these issues. The task of the researcher is to research. Until we achieve that, we can't go forward. We need to be capable of creating an R&D&I management structure that frees up the researcher from those kinds of tasks, so that the researcher can dedicate all his time to research. The situation is not the best, but that's the path we're taking.

What will the new management model starting in January be like?
There are a lot of management models, but, in any event, the model needs to be identified with the methods of the vice-chancellor, and that's the direction we're heading for. The administrator is no more than the executive arm of the policies of the vice-chancellor. So we're looking for an administrator who will execute the decisions of the vice-chancellor and the governing team in policy-making for human resources or service management and administration. What is certain is that what the administrator does is always the responsibility of the vice-chancellor. The policy and orders are decided by the vice-chancellor and the governing team.

Will the functional structure of management be reduced?
When entrusting someone with the administration, it is important to provide appropriate structure. The commitment that we assumed during the electoral campaign is that under no circumstances will the size of the management team be increased, but in the negotiations with the new administrator we will need to see what kind of structure he prefers. We can't simply demand results; we also need to provide the necessary means. This is an issue to be taken up in the negotiations with the incoming administrator.

Will the aspect of communication acquire greater importance?
There is little doubt that this is one of the deficiencies, one of the most underdeveloped aspects in UAM. We need to increase the visibility of the university, and this requires communications initiatives, assembling a structure aimed at giving the university greater visibility, strengthening its brand and image, a structure that matches the intensity and quality of its activities. We want greater visibility than what we have now, and obviously the structure has to be in keeping with our goals.
What priority has been given to the promotion of PDI (Teaching and Research Staff) and the training and promotion of administrative and service staff on your list of most urgent actions?
Both are important. Any person who works for an institution should be able to expect promotion within a system of equal opportunity. In the case of PDI, credentials are governed by standards and procedures. As far as administrative and service staff are concerned, we are committed to training people and then offering the possibility of promotion, which may or may not be in the same area, depending on the new skills acquired..

And with regard to teaching staff, will the teaching system change with the EHEA degrees?
The mentality of the teachers and even that of the students has to change. Students have to learn content and develop skills and work from day to day. And teachers have to learn how to develop those skills and capabilities, and to provide the students with continual follow-up and tutoring. This requires a change in mentality that doesn't just happen overnight. Some teachers adapt straight away and others more gradually as the process takes its course.

Will training initiatives continue to be implemented?
The initial training programme has been hugely successful, and the demand has also been increasing. From now on, we are going to need to strengthen all those courses dedicated to training, new technologies, the use of platforms for on-line teaching and other tools in order to meet demand.

In terms of campus infrastructure, what projects are planned for the next few years?
There are important projects pending funding from the Madrid Region through the investment programme. We have plans for the construction of a new building for the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, the improvement of sports facilities, a new services pavilion (the Plaza Mayor building), the expansion of the School of Engineering, new joint research institutes with the CSIC, the Parque Científico headquarters, which will be opened at the end of the year, the transformation of teaching spaces, and their adaptation to the new European Space for Higher Education requirements. There are also reforms to be implemented in relation to life on campus, the removal of some of the architectural barriers that block the passage of people with disabilities, etc., etc. We need the Madrid Region to maintain and increase their university investment plan.

What steps will be taken for the "Campus of Excellence" programme promoted by the Ministry?
The official announcement comes out in a few days, and August is nearly upon us. But even with these difficulties, UAM will compete with the rest of the Spanish public universities. And I believe that our proposal will meet the conditions to place it among the best. There are some universities that have the support and full backing of their autonomous communities, which is not the case in Madrid, where we have noticed considerable indifference towards this programme. In any event, I believe that UAM should compete, and if we subsequently succeed in involving the Madrid Region all the better; and if not, we will do it on our own.

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