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Graduate School Forum

The initial meeting of the SciTech Graduate School Forum will take place over an informal lunch on Monday 3 December from 12.30-1.30pm.

Contract Researchers are welcome to join the forum. The faculty is keen to allow both research students and contract research staff the chance to say what they would like from the SciTech Graduate School and the type of activities they would like to happen. If you are interested in attending please contact Doctoral Development Programme Coordinator Rebecca Whitehead.

Coffee, Cake and Completion

If you are in the fourth year or beyond of your PhD you may be interested in coming along to this new group. This is a space to have a chat to people who are in a similar position and get some support with writing up. Drinks and cake will be provided in the LEC atrium on Wednesday 28 November from 10.30-11.30am.

Postgraduate Statistics Centre Mini-Project Scheme

The Postgraduate Statistics Centre is offering funding of up to 5,000 each for five mini-projects, to commence in January 2008, themed around teaching and learning postgraduate statistics.

The PSC is keen to develop its support for the teaching and learning of postgraduate statistics students and has introduced this scheme to enable staff to experiment with innovative ideas.

More information about Postgraduate Statistics Centre Mini-Projects

Sessions with the New Faculty HR Partner

Welcome to Kate Jolley, who is the faculty's new HR partner.

Starting on Tuesday 27 November, Kate will be available each Tuesday and Thursday in the faculty office (Room C28, Engineering Building) for confidential advice sessions with anyone who manages staff. To make an appointment on any HR-related matter, please email Kate at

Christmas Conference 2007

Don't forget to keep Tuesday 18 December clear in your diaries for the faculty Christmas Conference. As well as talks from all departments and a poster session at which 40 posters from across the faculty will be displayed, guest speakers will include Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay, Director of The Cockroft Institute.

News and Events

Major Funding for Statistical Modelling in the Social Sciences

ESRC have agreed funding of up to 1.2 million for a research methods centre node in the statistical modelling of social science data.

The bid, led by Brian Francis (Applied Statistics) and Charlie Lewis ( Psychology), will involve staff from Statistics, Medicine, Sociology, Applied Social Science and Psychology from Lancaster, Warwick and Stirling universities.

The research programme will involve the modelling of developmental change in criminal activity, in childhood development and in the changing attitudes of individuals over time. There is also a strong training and capacity building component.

From LU News:

Silicon Valley Trip for Environment Student

A Lancaster University student has been given the chance to hone his entrepreneurial skills at the heart of Silicon Valley

Lancaster Leads the Way in Medical Physics

Thirty seven teenagers from Burnley and Oldham have visited Lancaster University to learn about medical physics, which provides hospitals with everything from X-rays to ultrasound