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Career Surgeries for Contract Research Staff

Faculty contract research staff will have several opportunities to attend a confidential careers guidance surgery over the coming term. Surgeries will take place with the Contract Research Development Advisor, Elaine Davies, and 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 C28 in the Engineering building, on the following dates:

To book a session, or for a separate appointment, please email Elaine Davies.

Faculty Committee Meeting Dates 2007-2008

Final faculty committee and meeting dates for 2007/08 are now listed on the faculty website.

New Members of the Faculty Office

The faculty office welcomes two new staff members this term.

Rebecca Whitehead has already started in the post of Research Training Programme Co-ordinator. This new part-time role has been created to help manage and develop the faculty's training programme for postgraduate students. Meanwhile, Jane Quinn will join the faculty office as the new PA to the Dean on 24th September.

2007 PG Handbook

The Postgraduate Studies Office has made the 'rationalised' version of the 2007 version of the PG Handbook available on the student registry website at

Hard copies will be available at the start of term - postgraduate secretaries should email the PGSO inbox to place an order.

ESPRC Funding Calls

EPSRC has recently issued the following calls for proposals:

New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme - Third Call for Proposals

The ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and AHRC are inviting outline proposals for multidisciplinary Consortium Research Projects within the New Dynamics of Ageing programme.

National Crystallography Service - Annual Call

Proposals are invited for access to the EPSRC-funded National Crystallography Service.

Connecting Communities for the Digital Economy Workshop - Call for Participants

Applications are invited to attend a two-day workshop on 4-5 December 2007 to develop multi-disciplinary collaborations for addressing the challenges of the Digital Economy.

Digital Economy - Feasibility Studies in Novel ICT Developments which allow early User Adoption

This call invites proposals for short-term high risk speculative research in novel ICT areas that would, in the future, have the ability to transform peoples every day lives.

New Dynamics of Nutrition for Older People - Call for Participants

This is a call for participants to take part in a five-day sandpit to look for innovative ways to explore the new dynamics of nutrition for older people.

News and Events

Free Micro and Nano Event

The Centre for Microsystems Engineering is hosting a free one-day outreach event on Monday 1st October as part of its conference on Design, Test and Manufacturing Technologies for Integrated Micro & Nano Systems.

If you wish to attend, please register as soon as possible via the event web page.

Download the event programme

From LU News:

Secret History of Stalagmites

Geography has appointed a new researcher who is exploring the environmental secrets locked up in stalagmites.

New N8 Centre to bridge medical gap

A virtual Centre which brings together the work of the North of Englandís top scientists to advance Regenerative Medicine is to be launched on October 19th in York.

Career Boost For Lancaster Environment Centre Students

Masters students on a raft of courses at the Lancaster Environment Centre are to benefit from a decision to allow them to apply for Accredited Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Research to assist in the investigation of criminal and terrorist activity

Police and security services will benefit from new psychology research aimed at improving the investigation of criminal and terrorist activity, announced this week at the BA Festival of Science in York.

Retreating Glaciers reveal hidden life

Researchers from Biological Sciences investigating life on newly exposed land in front of a retreating glacier have made a strange discovery that turns existing understanding on its head.

First Class women score hat trick in Computing

All the women graduating from the Computing Department this year succeeded with First Class honours degrees.

Showcasing developments at the coalface of Micro & Nanosystems

Lancaster University is hosting an international event showcasing research and developments at the forefront of Micro and Nanosystems Engineering.

Engineering Student Short-listed For National Award

Engineering Student Short-listed For National Award