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Contract Research Staff Summer BBQ

Free tickets are now available for the first ever Contract Research Association BBQ. This will be a great opportunity to meet with CR staff from across the campus, find out what other research is going on, meet like-minded souls and also sample the free food and drink. We are delighted to announce that the university rock group, 'The Very Sad B's' have agreed to provide the musical entertainment. If you haven't heard them before you are in for a real treat.

The BBQ will take place on Friday 13 July at 6pm. The venue will be the Sports Pavilion overlooking the playing fields on the north side of Bigforth Drive. Festivities begin at 6pm. We will be serving burgers, hotdogs and vegetarian alternatives, as well as soft drinks and wine. Tickets are FREE to CRs, their friends, partners and families.To obtain tickets, e-mail, indicating the name and department of all CRs and the number of guest tickets. Please give details of any dietary requirements you may have, which we will endeavour to accommodate. Deadline for tickets 1st July.

For further details contact Elaine Davies CRS Development Adviser.

Environmental Monitoring for the Nuclear Industry

Tuesday 17 July, 9.00am

Faculty staff are invited to the latest Lancaster Environment Centre Industry Event.

With increasingly restrictive emissions targets and growing pressure on Site License Contractors to manage their environmental performance, environmental monitoring plays a growing role in nuclear decommissioning projects. This event brings together key regulators and authorities to brief the audience of the latest strategies along with an introduction to innovative monitoring technologies and their development teams. The event will offer a chance to establish collaborative opportunities with the academic knowledge base and their partners as well as network with industry peers.

Registrations can be made on the LEC website

LU History Exhibition

Marion McClintock is to curate a temporary exhibition on the history of Lancaster University, to be displayed in the library from September this year.

Any suggestions for an object, picture or document that exemplifies what the Faculty of Science and Technology is all about are welcome. Please get in touch with Lucy Thorne if you have any ideas.

NEW Summer Courses for Contract Research Staff

The university has received funding to offer a series of new courses over the summer, which are specifically designed to meet the needs of Contract Research staff. Each of these will be facilitated by an independent trainer with an academic research background, who has a great deal of experience of running these courses at other research-led universities.

The courses on offer are:

Getting Published in Peer Reviewed Journals

Friday 27 July, 9.30am-12.30pm

You write a great paper; dot the i's and cross the t's, then submit it to the mercy of the publishing process. What happens between submission and publication? More importantly, what can you do to maximise your chances of publishing in high impact journals? This session will take a strategic view of publishing and look at the agendas of editors, referees and the subtleties of building a professional reputation in academia.

Developing Effective Working Relationships

Friday 27 July, 1.30pm-4.30pm

How can you make the most of your relationship with your PI and be successful as a researcher? What are the skills needed to manage others and develop your own research group?

The course content will be flexible to address the expectations of the participants on the day. However, to help you decide whether it is for you, anticipated topics include:

Teamwork and Leadership

Thursday 23 August, 10.00am-4.00pm

Do you want to develop your knowledge and skills around team working and leadership? Maybe you see yourself running your own research group and want to explore how leaders do what they do. Maybe you want to get a feel for how you can help your current team to 'work' more effectively with each other. Maybe you'd just like to share some ideas with other participants about what Teamwork and Leadership is all about. If so, this could be the course for you.

We will:

Advanced Presentation Skills

Friday 31 August, 9.30am-12.30pm

This is a workshop for participants who have given research talks before (either in their department or at an external conference) and would like to learn how they can improve their performance. How good a presenter are you? Do you want to improve?

Would you like to learn how to captivate an audience, and engage them so that by the end they are dying to know more?

Would you like to learn how to structure your presentations in a way that an audience will remember (almost regardless of your content)?

During the session participants will explore:

Time Management for Research Staff

Friday 31 August, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Would you like to be a more efficient user of the most precious resource you have? Would you like to identify the things that waste your time and work out some strategies for dealing with them? Would you like to consider how best to schedule and priortize your time so you get the most from your research project? If so, this course could be the best use of your time.

Thought for the Day - 'The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your time management.'

How to Book

If you would like to book a place on any of these courses please contact contact Linda Cook (ext. 92137) in the Staff Development Office.


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