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SciTech bulletin

SciTech Administrative Development Programme

The next session in this programme will take place on Thursday 19 June from 12.30-2.00pm in the Senior Common Room, Fylde. It will focus on 'thinking about your work as projects' and will give tips on how a project management approach can be useful for organising administrative activities.

The session will be facilitated by Margaret Siverns, who is a tutor on CETAD's Project Management Certificate Programme.

Please contact Lucy Thorne by Friday 13 June if you wish to attend.

Faculty Picture Competition

Faculty staff and students have just one week left to enter the SciTech picture competition online. There's a first prize of 100 in each of two categories.

For details of the competition and how to enter online go to

The deadline for entries is Friday 6 June.

Successful Staff Training

Royal Society Media Training

On Wednesday 21 May, FST ran a highly successful media training session for scientists. This was the second session offered in collaboration with the Royal Society and tutored by leading journalists and science communication professionals Judith Hann and John Exelby. Academic staff from across the faculty participated in a highly interactive programme that used a professional film crew to develop skills for radio and TV.

Training for PIs in FST on people management

Our first ever training session for PIs took place on Thursday 29 May. Participants came from the departments of Computing, Communication Systems, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics and Environmental Science.

FST's HR partner and colleagues from the Professional and Leadership Development Team contributed to the day which covered topics including recruitment, fixed-term contracts and professional development. One participant reported that 'this was a real eye-opener in terms of my responsibility towards contract research staff'. Look out for more sessions for PIs in the future!

If you are interested in attending similar events in the future please contact Lucy Thorne

SciTech Graduate School

Doctoral Development Programme

The SciTech Doctoral Development Programme runs courses and events for faculty postgraduate research students and contract researchers. To find out more about the courses currently on offer check out the website.

Two new courses have been added to the DDP:

Library talk - Keeping up with recent research on your subject
There will be a one hour talk by the Faculty Librarian which will enable you to be aware of the latest publications in your field. This is well worth attending and will be followed by refreshments.
Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
There will be a one day course run in the Management School specifically for scientists.

Coffee, Cake and Completion

If you're in the 4th year or beyond of your PhD or getting close to finishing and you'd like to have a break and chat to other people in a similar position then come along.

The next meeting is on Friday 6 June in the LEC Atrium. Refreshments are provided by the faculty.

Lancaster Professions Network

A newly formed Professions Network set up by James Faulconbridge (Geography), David Sugarman (Law), Rajshree Prakesh (LUMS) and Anne Garden (Department of Medicine) aims to bring together Lancaster academics interested in the professions in the broadest sense. This could include occupations such as medicine, law etc, but also the concepts of professionalism, professionalisation, the professional service firm and other topics.

If you would like to be part of the network please email James Faulconbridge. The network's founders envisage an initial meeting early in the summer and hope to be able to confirm funding for a seminar series in the near future.

News and Events

From LU News:

Triumph for InfoLab21 firms at digital Awards ceremony

A web development and online marketing company based at InfoLab21 has taken two awards at one of the biggest ceremonies in the digital industry

New research could help predict major volcanic eruptions

Research from the Lancaster Environment Centre and University College London (UCL) is helping scientists to understand volcanic earthquakes and could give vital clues to predicting hazardous volcanic activity

Mobile phones get touchy

Researchers at Lancaster University are working with a world-leading mobile communication company's research laboratory on new 'touch' technology that will transform the way in which we use our mobile phones

2.3m for Lancaster University to help train nuclear graduates

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has awarded Lancaster University 2.3m to help run the most comprehensive graduate programme the nuclear industry has ever seen