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Faculty Plenary - Wednesday 1 March

The next Plenary will take place on Wednesday 1 March at 16:00 in the Cavendish Lecture Theatre. The Faculty Plenary meeting is a forum for all faculty staff to discuss the policies and activities of the faculty.

Plenary meetings may:

All staff members of the faculty are welcome to attend. Minutes from the last meeting are available on the faculty website.

Download the agenda for Wednesday's meeting

Lancaster Ideas Festival

Staff from The Faculty of Science and Technology will play a major part in the inaugural Lancaster Ideas Festival on Friday 17 March 2006. Science and Technology contributions at the event to be held at the Leadership Centre in the Management School will include:

All staff are encouraged to drop in to these talks - publicity material is now available around campus.

Full programme for the Ideas Festival

Head of Department Announcements

Professor Peter Ratoff will become the new Head of the Physics Department from August 2006. Professor Barbara Maher and Professor Tom Ormerod will continue as HoD for Geography and Psychology respectively. Barbara will continue in post for a further year until July 2007 and Tom until 2009. It has also been agreed that Professor Gordon Blair will continue as HoD for Computing for a further two years until July 2008.

Framework 7 News

Recently the Future and Emerging Technologies Unit of the IST Priority completed a Forward Look to help develop its workprogramme in FP7. This was co-ordinated by the French organisation ERCIM under the co-ordination action "BEYOND-THE-HORIZON" Areas covered by the Forward Look are:

Further details and recommendations can be found at The consultation phase will remain open until 31 March 2006. All interested scientists are encouraged to register their views by visiting the website.

Commonwealth Scholarships in New Zealand and South Africa, 2007

The prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship plan provides postgraduate study opportunities for British students with high academic promise and leadership potential in their respective fields. The awards are tenable from February 2007. All are fully funded, although restrictions on length apply in some cases. Further information, application forms and details of CSFP in other Commonwealth countries are available from

Funding Correction

In the January funding roundup we reported:

This grant was awarded to Computing's Professor Ian Sommerville. As Professor Sommerville will shortly be leaving Lancaster, however, management of the project has been passed to Dr Lock.

From LU News...

Science and Technology related stories from the past few weeks:

Promoting Colleges and the Student Experience

Maths and Statistics' Amanda Chetwynd is the new Pro-Vice Chancellor for Colleges and the Student Experience

Environment Centre working with business

The Lancaster Environment Centre is running a series of workshops for business and industry in 2006