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Courses and Workshops For Contract Researchers

Courses for Contract Researchers

Elaine Davies of the university's Staff Development Team is running another series of her popular lunchtime courses for contract researchers during Lent Term. Course topics include:

To book a place on any of these workshops contact Linda Cook in Staff Development on 92137.

Courses for Contract Researchers Lent Term 2007 (pdf)

Faculty Career Management Surgeries

Elaine will continue running confidential careers guidance surgeries for contract researchers this term. These are particularly appropriate for those who have career choice issues, or who would like help preparing a CV or getting ready for an interview.

Surgeries will take place in room B19 in the Engineering building on the following dates:

To book a session at one of these surgeries, or for a separate appointment, please email Elaine.

Faculty Strategic Plan

Following discussion at the faculty's Policy and Resources Committee and Faculty Plenary, the current faculty strategy 2006-11 was presented to the university's Academic Planning Committee in early January, and is now available for download from the faculty website.

Faculty of Science and Technology Strategic Plan for 2006-11 (pdf)

Faculty Flickr Group

There is now a Faculty of Science and Technology group for users of the popular photo sharing website Flickr. Faculty members who wish to share photos of their research, teaching, field trips and events can join via the group page or get in touch with James Smith, especially if you'd like to help administer the group.

New Philanthropic Funding Programme

Julia Resenterra is the Alumni and Development Office's new Trusts and Foundations Officer. Part of her remit is to increase the amount of philanthropic funding coming into Lancaster University for a range of medium level projects.

Since November Julia has been carrying out extensive research into the many trusts and foundations that exist, as well as other appropriate sources of funding such as lottery programmes, and will be creating a database of those that appear to be the most promising and relevant to Lancaster University's work.

Julia can:

If you have a project idea you would like to progress (circa £10,000-£100,000), please contact Julia (Ext. 93676) to discuss it.

Writing Group for International Research Students in Science and Technology

This small seminar group is for international research students in Science and Technology for whom English is a second Language. At the writing group students will have the opportunity to:

The group meets from 2-4pm on every second Thursday during term time (see dates below) in room B514 in Environmental Science. Phone 92391 or email the Learning Development team for more details.

Lent Term
8 February, 22 February, 8 March, 22 March
Easter Term
19 April, 3 May, 17 May, 31 May, 14 June, 28 June


Enterprise Workshop for PhD Students

PhD students Mina Ashrafi, Bamidele Adebisi (both in Communication Systems) and Akanimo Odon (Environmental Science) have attended a week's course designed to develop entrepreneurial skills. Their attendance on the Enterprisers course at Durham was supported by ESRC and university funding, and coordinated by Frank Cave in Lancaster University Management School as part of the Science Enterprise Programme.

Mina Ashrafi writes:

The enterprisers course was a very intense and incredibly usefull week of interactive and inspiring activities. The course was not only useful for anyone who wants to be entrepreneurial and starts his/her own business but also helped us to learn about ourselves, skills and capabilities.

After this week I will look more for enterprising opportunities and try to see how I would use my PhD research on starting a new company, product or even setting up a new field of research.

For more information on future Enterprisers events see their website at

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