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SciTech Teaching and Learning Forum on Monday!

The new Teaching and Learning Forum is open to anyone who teaches undergraduate or postgraduate students in the faculty. The first forum will take place on Monday 28 January in the Senior Common Room, Fylde from 12.00-2.00pm.

Dr Gillian Lancaster, Director of the new Postgraduate Statistics Centre, will talk about the centre and what it offers to postgraduate students across Science and Technology and the wider university. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Topics for the future will include core skills for scientists and technologists and continuing professional development.

Reminder: SciTech Administrative Development Programme

The new Administrative Development Programme provides a series of development sessions for faculty admin staff. The first session will be held on Monday 4 February, from 12.30-2.00pm in the Senior Common Room, Fylde. The session will look at note-taking and record-keeping, activities which feature in most administrative roles.

The session will be informal and held over lunch and will be facilitated by Marion McClintock, University Archivist. Colleagues will be encouraged to share examples of good practice and to discuss how good record keeping can avoid difficulties arising.

This session is for any administrative member of staff involved in recording decisions made at exam boards, staff/student committees, departmental meetings, financial meetings or any other situation encountered during the day-to-day running of an academic department.

Please contact Lucy Thorne by 28 January if you wish to attend.

£10m Available for Low Carbon Energy Technology Research

The Technology Strategy Board's (TSB) Low Carbon Energy Technologies competition will make funding available to support highly innovative industry-led collaborative research and development projects in areas such as intelligent grid integration and management, carbon abatement technologies, hydrogen & fuel cells and microgeneration & photovoltaics and bioenergy.

Partial funding will go to winning projects that address one or more of these areas, and which involve businesses working collaboratively with other businesses and/or with research organisations and academic institutions.

Applicants must submit an outline of their proposal by 22 February 2008 - the final closing date for applications is 27 March 2008.

Go to for information on this, as well as details of TSB funding competitions in research areas including high value manufacturing, materials for energy and cell therapy.

SciTech Graduate School

Coffee, Cake and Completion Date

If you are in the fourth year or beyond of your PhD you may be interested in coming along to this group. It's 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 30th January from 10.30-11.30am.

PG Students: Have Your Say and Win a Prize

Lancaster University is currently carrying out a review of its Masters and PhD admissions processes in order to improve the experience for future students.

Current postgraduates are invited to tell the university about how the application and admissions processes worked for them via a quick online survey. Surveys should be submitted no later than Monday, 11 February 2008. All completed entries will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPod Shuffle.

In order to ensure representation from as many departments in the Faculty as possible, staff involvement in making their students aware of this exercise would be extremely welcome.

Crucible 2008 - 7 days to apply

Crucible 2008 offers early-career researchers in science, technology, engineering, maths and social sciences a unique opportunity to take risks and develop new collaborations across disciplines.

To find out how to apply for this year's programme visit before the 31 January closing date.

Calling All Bioscience Researchers!

Funding is available for 10 CRs to attend the Society for Experimental Biology's Bioscience Futures Conference on 8-10 April 2008 at Lancaster.

This event is held in collaboration with BBSRC and aims to broaden your knowledge of the biosciences research environment and help you to make the most of opportunities such as: how to present your ideas, generate collaborations and ideas for enterprise, and techniques for taking a more proactive approach towards your next career move.

The free places are offered on a first come first served basis, and must be booked with Linda Cook before registering with the SEB.

News and Events

Seminar: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - A new platform for environmental remote sensing

Wednesday 30 January 2008, 1.00-2.00pm, Small Lecture Theatre, Environmental Science

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs are usually thought of as sophisticated aircraft used for tactical military reconnaissance. In fact, the world of UAVs is surprisingly diverse and spans from ultra lightweight radio-controlled "wings" to full-size aircraft and helicopters; imagery derived from these unmanned platforms is being adopted very rapidly for a range of exciting environmental applications. The seminar will seek to demonstrate the value of a Swedish designed SmartPlane system that uses a relatively low-technology approach to obtain imagery quickly and easily at low cost.

Full details are posted on the Environmental Imaging Network website.

Conference: Researching ethnicity, racism-related stress at work, and professionals' well-being

Thursday 28 February 2008, 12.30-4.35pm, Lancaster University

Not too long ago, the sociological study of ethnicity, racism and health was described to be in its infancy. This infant is now growing rapidly and has acquired the status of a distinct field of study. However, professionals' experience of racism at work and its impact on their health remains an under researched area both in the UK and USA.

The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for academics to share their research findings, experiences, and insights to encourage future research in this area.

Information on how to book is at

From LU and Faculty News:

University and Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust unveils nuclear-specialist Chair

Lancaster University and The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (LRET) have announced the creation of a nuclear-specialist university Chair

Success For Stem Cell Research Team

Lancaster University is at the forefront of groundbreaking research into human stem cells which could hold the key to treatments for cancer and other serious diseases.

£12m investment to boost Operational Research

A £12M initiative brings together four British universities - Cardiff, Lancaster, Nottingham and Southampton - to develop world-leading work in the field of Operational Research

Lancaster Student Chosen by Government

A Lancaster Environment Centre postgraduate has been chosen as a member of the new National Student Forum which will be launched later this month to represent the student voice within Government

1000 Citations for LEC Paper

A paper co-authored by Nick Hewitt in the Lancaster Environment Centre has been cited over 1000 times, according to the Web of Science database.

Email List Problems

Some faculty members may not have received the last issue of the SciTech Bulletin due to a problem with our email lists. There's a copy of SciTech bulletin #51 on the faculty website for anyone who missed it.