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I am a Academic/Research staff member working at the University of Manchester with primary responsibility for e-MERLIN. Additionally I am involved with VLBI, and the UK's ALMA Regional Centre. I am based at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and Jodrell Bank Observatory, which are part of The University of Manchester's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

I lead the e-MERLIN user support and have a key role in the instrument's operations, and within the University of Manchester's Interferometric Centre of Excellence which draws together research and operational staff working on e-MERLIN, VLBI, ALMA, LOFAR and the SKA. Along with this I am co-Chair of the SKA molecular spectral line science working group.

My main areas of research are extragalactic radio astronomy, encompassing star-formation and accretion processes through cosmic time, spectral line observations at high resolution, transient astronomical events and radio interferometric techniques.

I am PI (along with Ian McHardy, Southampton) of the e-MERLIN Legacy project, Legacy e-MERLIN Multi-band imaging of Nearby Galaxies (LeMMINGS), which has been granted a total of 810hrs of e-MERLIN time. Observations for this project have started early 2013. This programme will image 300 nearby galaxies with sub-arcsecond resolutions and microJansky sensitivities. This ongoing programme has observed the full sample at 1.2-1.7GHz and further observations at 5-7GHz are underway. To date a number of results have been published directly from first traunch of LeMMINGs observations (lemmings papers) and several PhD and MSc thesis have been completed or are underway based on LeMMINGs Data

My current PDRA is Alasdair Thomson, who is primarily working on star-formation and accretion at moderate to high redshifts, and the e-MERGE survey which is making some of the deepest, sub-arcsecond radio observations of any field made to date..

Some recent refereed and other selected Publications (Requires updating!)

"SKA studies of nearby galaxies: Star-formation, accretion processes and molecular gas across all environments"
R. J. Beswick, E. Brinks, M. A. Perez-Torres, A. M. S. Richards et al (14 further authors)
2015, Proceedings of the Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array Conference, astro-ph/1412.5810

"Very Long Baseline Interferometry with the SKA"
Z. Paragi et al. (81 further authors)
2015, Proceedings of the Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array Conference, astro-ph/1412.5971

"The interplay between SF and AGN activity, and its role in Galaxy Evolution"
K.McAlpine, I. Prandoni, M. Jarvis, N. Seymour, et al. (12 further authors)
2015, Proceedings of the Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array Conference, astro-ph/1412.5771

"The star-formation history of the Universe with the SKA"
M. Jarvis, N. Seymour, J. Afonso, P. Best, R. J. Beswick et al. (8 further authors)
2015, Proceedings of the Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array Conference, astro-ph/1412.5753

"The Astrophysics of Star formation across Cosmic Time at >10GHz with the Square Kilometre Array"
E. Murphy, M. Sargent, R. J. Beswick et al. (12 further authors)
2015, Proceedings of the Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array Conference, astro-ph/1412.5677

"Studies of Anomalous Microwave Emission (AME) with the SKA"
C. Dickinson, Y. Ali-Haimoud, R. J. Beswick et al. (19 further authors)
2015, Proceedings of the Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array Conference, astro-ph/1412.5054

"Core-collapse and Type Ia supernovae with the SKA"
M. A. Perez-Torres, A. Alberdi, R. J. Beswick, P. Lundqvist, R. Herrero-Illana, C. Romero-Canizales, S. Ryder, M. della Valle, J. Conway, J. M. Marcaide, S. Mattila, T. Murphy, E. Ros
2015, Proceedings of the Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array Conference, astro-ph/1409.1827

"Binary orbits as the driver of gamma-ray emission and mass ejection in classical novae"
L. Chomiuk, J. D. Linford, J. Yang, T. J. O'Brien, Z. Paragi, A. J. Mioduszewski, R. J. Beswick, C. C. Cheung, K. Mukai, T. Nelson, V. A. R. M. Ribeiro, M. P. Rupen, J. L. Sokoloski, J. Weston, Y. Zheng, M. F. Bode, S. Eyres, N. Roy, G. B. Taylor
2014 Nature, 514,339, astro-ph/1410.3473
Press releases/coverage:JBCA, UoM, JIVE, NRAO, Daily Mail, Astronomy Magazine ....

"Subarcsecond international LOFAR radio images of the M82 nucleus at 118 MHz and 154 MHz"
E. Varenius, J. E. Conway, I. Marti-Vidal, R. J. Beswick et al. <24 further authors)

"Discovery of Carbon Radio Recombination Lines in M82"
L. K. Morabito, J. B. R. Oonk, F. Salgado, C. M. Toribio, H. J. A. Rottgering, A. G. G. M. Tielens, R. Beck, B. Adebahr, P. Best, R. J. Beswick et al., (23 further authors)
2014, ApJ, 595L,33 astro-ph/1410.1544

"Molecular tendrils feeding star formation in the "Eye" of the Medusa"
The Medusa merger in high resolution 12CO 2-1 maps"
S. Kronig, S. Aalto, L. Lindroos, S. Muller, J. S. Gallagher III, R. J. Beswick G. Petitpas, E. Jutte
2014 A&A, 569, 6 astro-ph/1407.8347

"Weak lensing measurements in simulations of radio images"
P. Patel, F. B. Abdalla, D. J. Bacon, B. Rowe, O. Smirnov, R. J. Beswick
2014 MNRAS, 444, 2893, astro-ph/1303.4650

"Constraints on the progenitor system and the environs of SN 2014J from deep radio observations"
M. A. Perez-Torres, P. Lundqvist, R. J. Beswick, C. I. Bjornsson, T. W. B. Muxlow, Z. Paragi, S. Ryder, A. Alberdi, C. Fransson, J. M. Marcaide, I. Marti-Vidal, E. Ros, M. K. Argo, J. C. Guirado
2014, ApJ, 792, 38, astro-ph/1405.4702
Press release: JBO, UoM, RadioNet, JIVE

"The radio core structure of the luminous infrared galaxy NGC4418 A young clustered starburst revealed?"
E. Varenius, J. E. Conway, I. Marti-Vidal, S. Aalto, R. Beswick, F. Costagliola, and H.-R. Klockner
2014 A&A, 566, 15, astro-ph/1403.3782

"The nature of supernovae 2010O and 2010P in Arp299 - II Radio emission"
C. Romero-Canizales, R. Herrero-Illana, M. A. Perez-Torres, A. Alberdi, E. Kankare, F. E. Bauer, S. D. Ryder, S. Mattila, J. E. Conway, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow
2014, MNRAS, 440, 1067, astro-ph/1403.1036

"Observations of the Z=4.514 Radio Source RC J0311+0507 and a Problem of SMBHs in the Early Universe"
Yu. N. Parijskij, P. Thomasson, O. P. Zhelenkova, T. W. B. Muxlow, A. I. Kpoylov, R. J. Beswick, N. S. Sobleva, A. V. Temirova, O. V. Verkhodanov, T. A. Fatkhuillin.
2014, MNRAS, 439, 2314

"Probing the accelerating Universe with radio weak lensing in the JVLA Sky Survey"
M. L. Brown, F. B. Abdalla, A. Amara, D. J. Bacon, R. A. Battye, M. R. Bell, R. J. Beswick, et al
VLA Sky Survey White paper

"Subarcsecond high-sensitivity measurements of the DG Tau jet with e-MERLIN"
R. E. Ainsworth, T. P. Ray, A. M. M., Scaife, J. S. Greaves, R. J. Beswick
2013, MNRAS, 436L, 64, astro-ph/1308.2522

"e-MERLIN observations at 5GHz of the GOODS-N region: pinpointing AGN cores in high redshift galaxies"
D. Guidetti, M. Bondi, I. Prandoni, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, N. Wrigley, I. Smail, I. McHardy
2013, MNRAS, 432, 2798, astro-ph/1304.3408

"A high-resolution mm and cm study of the obscured LIRG NGC4418: A compact obscured nucleus fed by in-falling gas?"
F. Costagolia, S. Aalto, K. Sakamoto, S Martin, R. J. Beswick, S. Muller, H. R. Klockner
2013, A&A, 556, 66, astro-ph/1306.211

"The NGC1614 interacting galaxy: Molecular Gas Feeding a "Ring of Fire" "
S. Konig, S. Aalto, S. Muller, R. J. Beswick, J. S. Gallagher III
2013, A&A, 553, 72, astro-ph/1303.1012

"Flux density variations of radio sources in M82"
M. A. Gendre, D. M. Fenech, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, M. K. Argo
2013 MNRAS, 431, 1107, astro-ph/1209.6478

"Radio Continuum Surveys with SKA Pathfinders"
R. P. Norris, J. Afonso, D. Bacon, R. Beck, M. Bell, R. J. Beswick, P. Best, S. Bhatnagar, A. Bonafede, G. Brunetti, et al (38 further authors)
2013, PASA, 30, 20, astro-ph/1210.7521

"M87 at metre wavelengths: the LOFAR picture"
F. de Gasperin, E. Orru', M. Murgia, A. Merloni, H. Falcke, R. Beck, R. Beswick et al (94 further authors)
2012 A&A 547, 56, astro-ph/1210.1346

"e-MERLIN and VLBI observations of the luminous infrared galaxy IC883: a nuclear starburst and an AGN candidate revealed"
C. Romero-Canizales, M. A. Perez-Torres, A. Alberdi, M. K. Argo, R. J. Beswick, E. Kankare, F. Batejat, A. Efstathiou, S. Mattila, J. E. Conway, et al
2012, A&A, 543, 72, astro-ph/1205.2257

"Radio to infrared spectra of late-type galaxies with Planck and WMAP data"
M. W. Peel, C. Dickinson, R D. Davies, D. L. Clements, R. J. Beswick
2011 MNRAS letters 416L, 99, astro-ph/1105.6336

"Molecular Gas in Submillimetre-Faint, Star-Forming Ultraluminous Galaxies at z>1"
C. M. Casey, S. C. Chapman, R. Neri, F. Bertoldi, I. Smail, T. R. Greve, R. J. Beswick, A. W. Blain, K. Coppin, P. Cox, R. Genzel, R. J. Ivison, T. W. B. Muxlow, A. Omont, A. M. Swinbank
2011, MNRAS,415, 2723 , astro-ph/0910.5756

"Goonhilly: a new site for e-MERLIN and the EVN"
H.-R. Kloeckner, S. Rawlings, I. Heywood, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, S. T. Garrington, J. Hatchell, M. G. Hoare, M. G. M. J. Jarvis, I. Jones, H. J. van Langevelde
2011 Proceedings of Science, 10th EVN Symposium 22, Edited R. J. Beswick, astro-ph/1103.3600

"Hanny's Voorwerp: Further high resolution radio observations of IC 2497"
H. Rampadarath, M. A. Garrett, G. I. G. Jozsa, T. W. B. Muxlow, T. A. Oosterloo, Z. Paragi, R. J. Beswick, H. van Arkel, C. Lintott, W. C. Keel, K. Schawinski
2010, A&A letters 517, 8, astro-ph/1006.4096

"13CO 1-0 imaging of the Medusa Merger, NGC 4194: Large scale variations in molecular cloud properties"
S. Aalto, R. J. Beswick, E. Jutte
2010, A&A 522, 59, astro-ph/1008.2095

"Wide-field Global VLBI and MERLIN combined monitoring of the supernova remnants in M82"
D. Fenech, R. J. Beswick, A. Pedlar, T. W. B. Muxlow, M. K. Argo
2010, MNRAS, 408, 607, astro-ph/1006.1504

"High-resolution CO and radio imaging of z~2 ULIRGs: extended CO structures, and implications for the universal star-formation law"
M. S. Bothwell, S. C. Chapman, L. Tacconi, I. Smail, R. Ivison, C. M. Casey, F. Bertoldi, R. J. Beswick, A. Biggs, A. Blain, P. Cox, R. Genzel, T. Greve, R. Kennicutt, T. Muxlow, R. Neri, A. Omont
2010, MNRAS 405, 219, astro-ph/0912.1598

"Discovery of an unusual new radio source in the star-forming galaxy M82: Faint supernova, supermassive blackhole, or an extra-galactic microquasar?"
T. W. B. Muxlow, R. J. Beswick, S. T. Garrington, A. Pedlar, D. M. Fenech, M. K. Argo, J. van Eymeren, M. Ward, A. Zezas, A. Brunthaler
2010, MNRAS letters 404, 109, astro-ph/1003.0994

"High velocity resolution observations of OH main line masers in the M82 starburst"
M. K. Argo, A. Pedlar, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, D. M. Fenech
2010, MNRAS, 402, 2703, astro-ph/1001.4849

"Star-formation in the central kpc of the Starburst/LINER galaxy NGC 1614"
E. Olsson, S. Aalto, M. Thomasson, R. J. Beswick,
2010, A&A, 513, 11, astro-ph/1003.2903

"The radio lightcurve of SN 2008iz in M82 revealed by Urumqi observations"
N. Marchili, I, Marti-Vidal, A. Brunthaler, T. P. Krichbaum, P. Muller, L. Xiang, H.-G. Song, U. Bach, R. J. Beswick, J. A. Zensus
2010, A&A, 509, 47, astro-ph/0909.5535

"Radio weak gravitational lensing with the VLA and MERLIN"
P. Patel, D. J. Bacon, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, B. Hoyle
2010, MNRAS, 401, 2572, astro-ph/0907.5156

"A Search for Neutral Carbon toward two z=4.05 Submillimetre Galaxies, GN20 and GN20.2"
C. M. Casey, S. C. Chapman, E. Daddi, H. Dannerbauer, A. Pope, D. Scott, F. Bertoldi, R. J. Beswick A. W. Blain, P. Cox, R. Genzel, T. R. Greve, R. J. Ivison, T. W. B. Muxlow, R. Neri, A. Omont, I. Smail, L. J. Tacconi
2009, MNRAS, 400, 670, astro-ph/0908.3675

"Confirmation of a Dominant Hot Dust Component in Star Forming Ultraluminous Galaxies at High-Redshift"
C. Cassey, S. C. Chapman, R. J. Beswick, A. D. Biggs, A. W. Blain, L. J. Hainline, R. J. Ivison, T. W. B. Muxlow, Ian Smail
2009, MNRAS, 399, 121, or astro-ph/0906.5346

"23 GHz VLBI Observations of SN 2008ax"
I. Marti-Vidal, J. M. Marcaide, A. Alberdi, J. C. Guirado, M. A. Perez-Torres, E. Ros, I. I. Shapiro, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, A. Pedlar, M. K. Argo, S. Immler, N. Panagia, C. J. Stockdale, R. A. Sramek, S. Van Dyk, K. W. Weiler
2009, A&A, 499, 649, or astro-ph/0904.0337

"Double radio peak and non-thermal ejecta in RS Ophiuchi following the 2006 outburst"
S. P. S. Eyres, T. J. O'Brien, R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, G. C. Anupama, N. G. Kantharia, M. F. Bode, M. P. Gawronski, R. Feiler, A. Evans, M. T. Rushton, R. J. Davis, T., Prabhu, R. Porcas, B. J. M. Hassal
2009, MNRAS, 395, 1533, or astro-ph/0902.2265

"Constraining Star Formation and AGN in z~2 Massive Galaxies using High Resolution MERLIN Radio Observations"
C. M. Cassey, S. C. Chapman, T. W. B. Muxlow, R. J. Beswick, D. M. Alexander, C. J. Conselice
2009, MNRAS, 395, 1249, astro-ph/0902.1528

"STAGES: the Space Telescope A901/902 Galaxy Evolution Survey"
M. E. Gray et al., (28 authors including R. J. Beswick)
2009, MNRAS, 393, 1275, or astro-ph/0811.3890

"Deep MERLIN 5 GHz Radio Imaging of Supernova Remnants in the M82 Starburst"
D. Fenech, T. W. B. Muxlow, R. J. Beswick, A. Pedlar, M. K. Argo
2008, MNRAS, 391, 1384 astro-ph/0810.0424

"An evolution of the IR-Radio correlation at very low flux densities?"
R. J. Beswick, T. W. B. Muxlow, H. Thrall, A. M. S. Richards & S. T. Garrington
2008 MNRAS, 385, 1143 or astro-ph/0801.1035