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Expressions of Interest in Becoming Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching

Alan Thomson will be retiring in 2007 and so the faculty is looking for someone to take over as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching. The post is formally tenable from 1 August 2007 but we are looking to appoint someone this year so that there is time for a handover and induction period.

The major duties of this post are to provide leadership in undergraduate teaching, and, as a member of the Deans Group, to contribute to the development and delivery of the faculty's strategy. It would be advantageous for applicants to have some management experience as well as experience of and enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching, learning and assessment and good ideas for publicity and recruitment.

If you are interested in finding out about what the role entails, please contact Alan Thomson or Mary Smyth for an informal discussion. The deadline for formal nominations is Friday 16 June and more information about the nomination process will be issued to departments shortly.

Faculty of Science and Technology Lecture

This term's faculty lecture will take place on Thursday 22nd June. Professor Ian Halliday, President of the European Science Foundation, will deliver a talk titled 'European Science in a competitive environment: tools, structures and decision making'. The talk will outline Professor Halliday's vision for the future role of ESF and more broadly for the future of European-scale science. As with Lord May's lecture tickets will be available to all on a first come first served basis - more details will be announced soon.

Faculty Teaching Development Grants Reminder

Don't forget that applications are invited for Faculty Teaching Development Grants, which can provide financial support to enhance your teaching - either by attending teaching-related conferences (up to £500), or as a buyout of time (up to £3000) to develop new teaching initiatives. A full description with applications forms is available.

Postgraduate Student Info

Careers Workshops for Postgraduate Students

Some places are still available for our series of employability skills workshops to be held in May and June. Five sessions are available, covering Enterprise Skills and Commercial Awareness, Graduate Skills for the 21st Century, Application Forms and CVs, Interview Success and Assessment Centres & Psychometric Tests. The workshops run over one full day (17th May) and four half days (21st May, 7th, 14th and 21st June) and take place in the Masters Training Suite in the Engineering Building.

GSSE408 Employability Skills Workshops - details and booking information

Careers in Focus: Academia

Interested in a career within academia? Then come along to hear hints and tips about what an academic career involves. This free event held in Manchester on Monday 5 June is open to all postgraduate researchers in any year of study. The last time this event was held in Manchester, places could have been filled twice over - secure your place by booking online now!

More details: Careers in Focus: Academia

Postgraduate Researchers in Educational Research

This one day event on Saturday 10 June 2006 at MMU is open to researchers interested in the field of educational research. Nationally renowned speakers will be offering a range of interactive workshops and sessions - there's also the opportunity to present work in progress in a friendly environment.

More details: Postgraduate Researchers in Educational Research


Akan Odon - International Student of the Year

As recently reported on LU News, Akanimo Odon - a PhD student working with Kirk Semple and Kevin Jones in the Environmental Science Department - recently met the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street after being named 'north west regional international student of the year'.

This was followed up by an event hosted by the British Council in London to select a national winner from the twelve regional finalists. Lord Kinnock, president of the British Council, presented each of the regional winners with their awards.

Despite facing some extremely tough competition, Akan was selected as the national winner. The panel of judges who interviewed the regional winners was particularly impressed by his range of activities - not only by his scholarly achievements and focus (Akan's research investigates the potential for adverse effects of pesticides in soils), but also his work in caring for the elderly, his published book of poetry, the novel he is working on, and his role as 'ambassador' for the university through which he helps and mentors foreign students.

Many congratulations to Akan!

Award for Geography Lecturer

Geography's Gordon Clark has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Taylor and Francis Award for 2006 'for excellence in the promotion and practice of teaching and learning geography in higher education'. Read more on LU News.

Young Geologist Presentation Winner

Alistair Bargery has been announced joint winner of the North West Young Geologists Presentation Competition. Alistair is currently studying for a PPARC-funded PhD in planetary science in the Department of Environmental Science. For the competition he prepared a presentation on laboratory experiments of water emerging into a range of atmospheric pressures with discussion of the implications for processes on various planets.

Funding Roundup Extra

We're sorry to have missed this from our last funding roundup:

Product Development Unit Funding

Dr Allan E W Rennie of the Engineering Department has been awarded €109,096 for an EU TOWER InterReg IIIC Project entitled 'Successful Implementation of Eco-Design in SMEs' in conjunction with the Östergötland County Administrative Board (Sweden), Uppsala County Administrative Board (Sweden), ALMI Företagspartner Uppsala AB (Sweden) and Linköpings Universitet (Sweden). Total Project value is €300,000 and will run from March 2006 to September 2007.

Dr Rennie has also been successful in gaining additional ERDF funding to deliver the Virtual Prototyping Phase III Project. This Project follows on from the successful delivery of the Lancaster Virtual Prototyping Project and the Virtual Prototyping Phase II Project. Total Project value of VP3 is £374,124 and will run (with effect) from 1st December 2005 to 31st December 2006.

About the Lancaster Product Development Unit