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Christmas Conference Next Tuesday - 16 December

Do you want to influence science policy-making? Do you want to know how to get involved and make a difference to the national debates that relate to your field?

Then come and listen to Peter Cotgreave, Director of Public Affairs for The Royal Society at the faculty Christmas Conference. The conference takes place next Tuesday in the Management School Building and begins at 9am with coffee and pastries. As well as departmental talks, 60 posters will be on display from across the faculty, so come and vote for those that you think should win the Grad School poster prizes.

All faculty members are welcome. More details of talks and times are on the faculty website, or you can download a programme.

Postgraduate Associate Dean Vacancy

Final Call for Applicants for Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies

Applications are now invited for the post of Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Science and Technology to take over from Pete Sawyer in August 2009. The deadline for applicants is Friday 19 December.

The major duties of this post are to direct the Graduate School and to provide leadership in postgraduate teaching and postgraduate research. As a member of the Deans Group the Associate Dean will contribute to the development and delivery of the faculty's strategy. It would be advantageous for applicants to have some management experience as well as experience of, and enthusiasm for, postgraduate teaching, learning and assessment.

Job Description
Call for Applicants

Call for nominations for appointments group: deadline Friday 19 December

In order to proceed with the appointment of a new Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies, our constitution requires the establishment of an appointments group. Details of this group and guidelines for the submission of nominations are available for download:

Appointments Group

Christmas Deadlines

Staff forms requiring the Dean's authorisation before Christmas must reach the faculty office by Wednesday 17 December. All research proposals that require the Dean's authorisation must be in the faculty office by Friday 19 December.

JoR Help from EPSRC

The EPSRC have issued guidance on how to write a good justification of resources (JoR). Anyone submitting proposals to a Research Council should find this very useful. Please follow the link below:

Crucible 2009

Crucible is a unique programme designed to stimulate innovation by bringing together budding researchers from different disciplines to develop new ideas and explore the wider potential of their work.

For Crucible 2009, organisers NESTA are looking for 30 early-career researchers in science, technology, engineering, medicine, maths, science policy and social sciences. Applicants must have a high level of achievement and an ongoing commitment to a career in research, either within academia or industry.

NESTA are particularly interested in people who have an interest in science and society beyond their own research. To apply, go to and fill in the online application form before midday on Friday 30 January.

Opportunities for UG Summer Research Projects

The Amgen Scholars Europe Programme provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of Europe's leading educational institutions. One unique component of the programme is the concluding symposium in Cambridge, where participating students can meet peers from across Europe, network with scientists and learn about science careers in industry and academia.

Applications to individual host universities are due before February 2009. Further information on the programme can be found at

News and Events

From LU and Faculty News:

Scientists and engineers for Britain's future

Lancaster University is to play a key role in two new centres that will generate the scientists needed for Britain's future

Lancaster wins nanotechnology investment

Lancaster University is to play a key role in two new training centres that will generate scientists needed for Britain's future through strategic investment in the high-priority area of nanotechnology

University awarded 400K for statistical methodology for early phase clinical trials

Lancaster University will receive 400K for developing methodology for early phase clinical trials, as part of a newly established North West Hub for Trial Methodology Research (NWHTMR)

Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning

Professor Colin Boxall has been appointed to The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (LRET) Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning at Lancaster University

Nationwide Expansion For Graduate Start-Up

Two graduate entrepreneurs are to roll their technology business out across the UK after being inspired by Create, Lancaster University's business creation centre

Award for University's Tourism Centre

The Tourism Centre at Lancaster University has won an award in the 2008 Lancashire Excellence in Tourism Skills Awards (LETS) organised by Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA)