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Call for Non-Academic Representatives

Representatives on faculty committees: call for nominations from all members of non-academic staff

Nominations are invited for representation on each of the following faculty committees:

Each representative will serve for a period of three years. Applicants are encouraged to consider the particular kinds of experience and expertise that are likely to be relevant to each of the committees.

Eligibility for nomination extends to all non-academic staff in the faculty who are in technical, clerical, secretarial, administrative and research roles. Nominations should be signed by a nominee and a seconder who must both themselves satisfy the criteria for eligibility. Nominations should state a note of the committee for which the nominee is wishing to be considered, together with a brief statement declaring that the person nominated is willing to stand. Please submit all nominations to Lucy Thorne by Friday 10 October.

If the faculty receives more than one nomination for each committee, an election by secret ballot will be held to allow staff to decide who they would like to represent them. Should elections be necessary, they will be conducted and concluded by Friday 31 October.

SciTech Graduate School

SciTech Graduate School Launch

The Faculty of Science and Technology launched the SciTech Grad School on the 30th September at a welcome lunch for all new postgraduate research students. More details...

Research Development Programme

Graduate School courses for this term are now online. Check out the Research Development Programme web page for more details of what’s on offer and the training requirements for this year:

SciTech Grad School Forum

We are looking for a postgraduate research students and early career researchers to become members of the SciTech Grad School forum. We want to know what you want from the SciTech Grad School and the type of activities you would like to happen. This is your opportunity to have your say! If you are interested in this please contact Dr Rebecca Whitehead.

Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Technology

Lancaster University is one of six shortlisted universities in this years Times Higher Education Awards, in recognition its innovative Knowledge Business Centres (KBC) in The Lancaster Environment Centre and InfoLab21. For the 2008 awards, 130 institutions submitted over 500 entries into 1 of 18 categories.

The award citation says of the two KBCs: "Lancaster demonstrated an outstanding contribution to innovation in science and technology via the completion of facilities to enable an unusual, yet evidently effective model of knowledge exchange. We believe that this model has significant merits (supported by HEFCE's business and community interaction survey) to consider its wider adoption."

The winners will be announced at the awards evening at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on 23rd October.

THE Awards: Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology

Athena SWAN Award for Lancaster

Lancaster University has received a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in recognition of work to encourage the employment and career progression of women employed in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Communication Systems' Professor Farideh Honary has now taken over as chair of the group which worked on the bronze award proposal, and will be encouraging both the faculty as a whole and individual departments to aim for silver awards in 2009.

The Athena SWAN charter for women in science

Funding Opportunities

Faculty Research Grants

The Faculty of Science and Technology has an annual fund to support cross-faculty research and research-related activities. Applications for funding based on proposals which enhance the research reputation and visibility of the faculty and/or generate additional research income are particularly welcome.

In 2008/09 there will be two calls for proposals. The deadlines for proposals are:

More information can be found on the faculty website

Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) Round 4: Call for Applications

DelPHE's fourth call for applications is now open, with between £15,000 and £50,000 per year available for new partnerships.

The scheme's principal aim is to help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development in their home countries and regions. DelPHE addresses this by supporting partnerships that focus on the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

HEIs in 22 target countries are eligible to lead applications for DelPHE. HEIs in any country worldwide are eligible to participate as partners.

Go to the Association of Commonwealth Universities website for more information.

ESRC Follow-On Funding Scheme

This scheme provides follow-on funding to undertake additional knowledge transfer and impact generation activities that can demonstrate the potential for significant economic, social, policy and/or practice benefit(s). Applications that seek to commercialise research and those from resources and methods research investments are also be eligible to apply.

The Scheme offers awards of up to £100k (at 80% fEC) for a maximum of 12 months, to cover knowledge transfer and impact generation activities.

The first call for applications closes 8 January 2009. Find out more via the ESRC website.

JSPS Short-Term Awards

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science's (JSPS) Short-Term Awards provide the opportunity for pre and post doctoral UK researchers and European and North American researchers based in the UK to visit Japan for 1 to 12 months to undertake cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions.

Researchers from all fields of science are eligible to apply for the programme. The closing date for applications is Monday 1 December, 2008 and the successful applicants are asked to start their fellowship between May 2009 and March 2010. More information is available on the JSPS website.

Lancaster Leaders Programme - for all HoDs, Managers and Team Leaders

Places are still available for the HR department's Lancaster Leaders programme, which aims to support current leaders and managers and to prepare future leaders for the transition to greater responsibilities.

Applications from academic members of staff are particularly welcome. Further details can be found in the latest Staff Development Newsletter

News and Events

From LU and Faculty News:

Lancaster University Shortlisted in Times Higher Education Awards 2008

Lancaster University has been shortlisted for its Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology at the forthcoming Times Higher Education Awards 2008, out of a record number of entries from 140 institutions

Lancaster Scientists take part in Big Bang experiment

Physicists from Lancaster University have flown out to Switzerland to take part in the world’s biggest science experiment

Lake Sediment Discovery

Researchers at Lancaster University may have discovered what is behind the unprecedented levels of sediment damaging one of England’s finest lakes

Lancaster University receives Bronze SWAN Award

Lancaster University has received a Bronze SWAN Award in recognition of work to encourage the employment and career progression of women employed in Science, Engineering and Technology

New product to prevent illegal file sharing in the office

A Lancaster University spin out company based in InfoLab21 has developed a tool to help businesses clamp down on illegal file sharing

Giant Wave research breakthrough

Scientists at Lancaster University working to learn more about the origin of rogue waves in the ocean have learnt that reverse energy flows can cause the phenomenon to happen in the lab