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Undergraduate Admissions

A report on the latest undergraduate admissions figures from Alan Thomson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching:

The admissions process is now more or less complete. The table below shows what I believe to be our current state. Figures are shown weighted, i.e. joint majors count as fractional students. The target set in May for Home/EU entrants, based partly on applications at that time, is also shown.

2006/07 Science and Technology Undergraduate Admissions
Home/EEC Entrants Overseas/Islands
Department Year 1 Target Year 2 Year 1 Year 2
Biological Sciences 149 135 5 2 0
Communications Systems 24 20 0 4 7
Computing 42.5 45 1 8 1.5
Engineering 33 35 1 10.5 5
Environmental Science 95.1 95 0 2 0
Geography 139.9 140 0 1 0
Mathematics 62.5 65 1 3 1
Natural Sciences 25 35 0 0 0
Physics 49 54 0 3 0
Psychology 141.5 135 1 4 0
Total 761.5 759 9 37.5 14.5

Overall the Faculty achieved its target for Home/EU entrants. The shortfall in Natural Sciences and Physics was compensated for by an over-recruitment in Biology and Psychology. Hidden in the data, because of how the targets were fixed, is the large rise in Environmental Science (65 last year) and the big decline in Computing (63 last year).

Computing and Engineering have recruited very well for first year Overseas students. The 12 overseas students entering the second year in Communications Systems and Engineering come from 2+2 agreements with overseas universities where students take their last two years at Lancaster and receive Lancaster degrees.

Most of our departments put a great deal of effort into student recruitment and the pattern of the numbers above reflects national popularity in most cases. It is apparent that the two departments which have created new attractive programmes (Environmental Science with the Earth Science programmes, Biological Sciences with Biomedical Science and Premedical Studies) have shown the largest increases showing that both programme and good publicity drive recruitment.

Alan Thomson
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching


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Funding Opportunities

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust has a new funding opportunity for Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships. Candidates should have no more than 12 months' postdoctoral experience at submission of a full application (February 2007). The competition will be run on an annual basis and preliminary application forms are available on the Wellcome Trust website and must be returned by 20 November 2006.

Frank Knox Fellowships 2007-2008

Harvard University is seeking applications from outstanding candidates for graduate study 2007-2008. Application is via the university and therefore expressions of interest should come from heads of department to the Dean by the end of September. Further information can be found on Harvard's website.

Kennedy Scholarships 2007-2008

These scholarships are for graduate study at Harvard MIT. Applications are to be made by the university and expressions of interest should come from the Head of Department to the Dean by the end of September. Further information can be found on the Kennedy Trust website.

MRC Discipline Hopping Grants

This scheme is run by the MRC in partnership with the EPSRC, BBSRC and the PPARC. Discipline Hopping Grants provide short-term support to pump prime new collaborations between Engineers and Physical Scientists with Life Scientists, with the aim of fostering long-term interaction. The key feature that enables this is the opportunity for academic researchers to apply for funds to 'buy out' their own time with funding for replacement salaries. This could include the salary of the Principal Investigator or other researchers. The deadline for applications is the 19 October 2006. Further details are available on the MRC website.