News for users: April 2017 round
16 Mar 2017



News, events, instrument updates and information applying for beamtime for users who wish to submit a proposal in the next round.

​​​​​​​​​​​The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is now accepting proposals for the April 2017 round.


Next proposal round closing date: 16 April 2017, 23:00 GMT

This call for proposals covers beamtime that will be allocated from September 2017 to February 2018


Instrument Updates

Neither MAPS nor MARI will be accepting proposals in the next round as they are offline for upgrades. In addition there will be limited beamtime on GEM, due to an upgrade being planned for the end of 2017.

SXD now has a 10kN compact tensile stress rig to apply uniaxial strain/stress to single crystals – contact Matthias Gutmann for further information.


Experimental reports
These are expected for all experiments carried out at ISIS.  In particular, ISIS may choose not to accept follow-on proposals where there is no experimental report from previous beamtime.  Report forms are sent by email following an experiment, or can be downloaded here

User Satisfaction forms now online
The paper forms have been replaced with a new online version. Tell us your thoughts on all aspects of our services.

Proposal template
Guidance on writing the 2-page science case for an ISIS proposal is available – please see the template.

Changes to catering and accommodation at RAL
The contractor providing catering and accommodation to RAL has changed from Ellior to BaxterStorey. Over coming months, BaxterStorey plan to make various changes in addition to new food lines – such as refurbishment of the R22 restaurant and the R1 coffee lounge, refurbishment of public areas and rooms in Cosener’s House, refurbishment of aspects of Ridgeway House, introduction of credit/debit card payment in R22, etc.  If you have comments about any of the changes (positive or negative), please send your comments to the user office (or fill in the new online User Satisfaction form).

STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards
STFC have introduced new awards for public engagement that are open to facility users. The Spark awards encourage and support novel, high-quality public engagement activities that highlight STFC’s science and technology, up to the value of £15k. The deadline is 27 April 2017. If you'd like to discuss ideas relating to ISIS, contact Preeti Kaur.