SciTech bulletin

Non-academic Representatives on Committees

Undergraduate Studies Committee

Dianne Wilkinson from LEC is the only nomination for this committee and is therefore elected unopposed.

Policy and Resources Committee

Two nominations have been received for the Policy and Resources Committee and so a secret ballot will be held. The candidates are Clive Barker from Psychology and Gail Neville from Engineering.

A short statement from each candidate is available to download. Come to B25 in the faculty office between 9-5pm before Friday 24 October to cast your vote! Please remember that voting is open to non-academic members of staff in the faculty (staff in technical, clerical, secretarial, administrative and research roles).

Candidate statements (pdf)

Postgraduate Studies Committee and Research Committee

This is the final call for nominations for the PG Studies Committee and Research Committee.

Nominations should be signed by a nominee and a seconder who must both themselves satisfy the criteria for eligibility. Nominations should comprise the name of the relevant committee together with a brief statement declaring that the person nominated is willing to stand. Please submit nominations to Lucy Thorne by Friday 24 October.

University Small Grants Scheme

Applications are currently being invited for the University Small Grants Scheme 2008/2009. Grants up to a maximum of 7,000 are available to support individual or collaborative research.

More details are available on the Research Support Office web pages. The closing date for applications is Friday 31 October.

SciTech Grad School

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.

Coffee, Cake and Completion

If you are 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 Wednesday 19 October, 10.30-11.30 in the LEC Atrium. Refreshments will be provided.

Careers Advice

If you are a postgraduate student or contract researcher and would like some careers advice then contact Sarah Blackford. Sarah is a qualified careers advisor who works for the Society for Experimental Biology. She would be happy to meet on a one-to-one basis to advise you.

Contract Researchers

All contract research staff in the faculty are entitled to attend the courses on the RDP.

There are also central courses that are provided for all contract research staff in the University. These are provided by Elaine Davies and Barbara Tigar. For more details look at the support for research staff website.

News and Events

From LU and Faculty News:

Seed treatment discovery could cut pesticide use

Lancaster University researchers have discovered a potential new way of making crops resilient to pests

Lancaster Launch for Northwest Tidal Energy Group

Lancaster University is to host the launch of a new group dedicated to exploring the tidal energy potential within England's Northwest

Outstanding Success at Engineering Awards

Lancaster University together with BAE Systems Military Air Solutions and Cranfield University have won two awards at The Engineer Technology and Innovation Awards 2008

Working In Partnership With Industry

Management Consultant giant Mott MacDonald will be working with researchers from the Computing Department in InfoLab21, ImaginationLancaster in LICA, and from the Department of Politics and International Relations in a new Strategic Partnership with Lancaster University

PG recruitment continues to grow in LEC

Recruitment of postgraduate students to the Lancaster Environment Centre continues to grow, with numbers approaching 125 across all postgraduate teaching and research degree programmes, representing a 29% increase on last year