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Undergraduate Associate Dean Vacancy

Nominations Invited for Appointments Group

As Alan Thomson is retiring in 2007, the faculty is looking to appoint a new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching. In order to proceed with this, our constitution requires the establishment of an appointments group. Details of this group and guidelines for the submission of nominations can be found in this memo:

Memo: Nominations for Appointments Group

Call for Applicants for Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching

Applications are now invited for the post of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching in the Faculty of Science and Technology to take over from Dr Alan Thomson in 2007.

The major duties of this post are to provide leadership in undergraduate teaching, and as a member of the Dean's 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.

Memo: Call for Applicants
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching Job Description

Faculty Updates

Faculty Plenary

The Faculty Plenary will take place on Wednesday 21 June at 4.00pm in the Cavendish Lecture Theatre. The plenary is a forum for all faculty staff to discuss the policies and activities of the faculty. If there is anything you would like to be considered for the agenda please let us know by Friday 16th June. Items already on the agenda include:

June 2006 Plenary Agenda

Fix-It: Have Your Say

Thanks to those of you that have already responded with your comments on the state of the toilet facilities across the faculty.

For those who have yet to have their say, there is now a very quick (five questions) and anonymous online questionnaire which you are invited to complete. Responses will be collated by the Fix-it Group in time for the Faculty Plenary.

University Draft Strategic Plan

Please note that the Vice Chancellor will now be coming to present the university's draft strategic plan to the faculty on 14 June instead of the previously advertised date of Thursday 8th June. The meeting will be held in Cavendish Lecture Theatre Room 1 from 12.30-1.30pm. All staff are welcome to attend.

Faculty of Science and Technology Lecture

There are stil places for this term's faculty lecture by Professor Ian Halliday, President of the European Science Foundation. The lecture will take place on Thursday 22nd June at 2.00pm in Biology lecture Theatre 1. Tickets are free and are available from Pauline Roberts.

More details of Professor Halliday's lecture

Goodbye to Linda

After 3 years as faculty secretary, first in Applied Sciences and more recently Science and Technology, Linda Holford is leaving for a new life in Canada. From 16th June all queries should be directed to Pauline Roberts.

Postgraduate Student Info

Free Lunch for Sci-Tech PhD students

All SciTech PhD students, RAs and Postdocs are invited to a free lunch and informal discussion on training needs for Science and Technology research students on Wednesday 21st June at 12.00pm in Fylde Senior Common Room.

It is widely believed that PhD students need skills training to aid and complement their research and boost their employability. There is even a presumption that institutions will provide an average of 10 days' training per year for all PhD students who started on or before October 2006.

Many students will be aware that the faculty operates a series of taught courses for PhD students (the 'GSSE' modules), but take-up of these is very patchy across the faculty. The purpose of this lunch is to help discover what training is needed and what support the faculty might be able to offer.

All PhD students, RAs and Postdocs are encouraged to attend. If you can come along, please let Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies Pete Sawyer know by the 16th June.

Postgraduate Travel Funding

Postgraduates can now apply for a Postgraduate Research Student Training Grant for help with travel to conferences instead of applying to the travel grant fund, which is now almost depleted.

Funding News

FrameworksNW: Preparing for FP7

The Framework Programme is the main pathway for the European Union to fund collaborative research and development projects. FP7 will be operational from January 2007, with the 1st pre-calls likely to be released in the coming months.

FrameworksNW - a free support service funded by NWDA - will host a number of seminars over the coming months to highlight the opportunities available in FP7. Activity areas covered include:

If you are interested in attending any of these seminars, have suggestions for other topics or would like further information on FP7 please contact the FrameworksNW team (0151 632 8888).

Applications Invited For EPSRC PhD Industrial CASE studentships

In collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) the NWDA now invites applications for one of 4 EPSRC PhD Industrial CASE studentships.† These awards enable companies to take the lead in defining and setting up research projects with a Research Organisation of their choice.† Projects must be in engineering or physical sciences and are jointly supervised by the academic and industrial partners.

As a measure of their†interest and involvement, the company must make a mandatory financial contribution in cash to the research organisation, towards the cost of the project and support of the student. This contribution must be at least one third of the funding provided by EPSRC. This year (2006/07), EPSRC is paying £60,864 for a 3.5 year studentship, and expects the company to contribute at least £20,288 in cash over the period of the studentship. The company is†also expected to cover all expenses (e.g. travel and accommodation costs) incurred by the student as a result of periods spent at their company.

The EPSRC publishes guidelines regarding the specific terms and conditions attached to the grant and the roles and responsibilities of the industrial partner and the research organisation on its website.

Applications will be assessed particularly on the relevance of the proposal to the NWDA's Regional Economic Strategy and the Northwest Science Strategy. Only those applications with at least one partner within the Northwest region will be considered. This scheme is only open to SMEs, the closing date for applications is 30th June 2006.