SciTech bulletin

2008 Christmas Conference

The 2008 Science and Technology Christmas Conference built on the success of the three previous events. This year saw a change of venue to the Management School building and all sessions of the conference were well attended. Thanks go to our departmental speakers, as well as PhD students and contract researchers who contributed posters.

Feedback and ideas for the 2009 conference are welcome - please send suggestions to Lucy Thorne.

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Christmas Conference 2008 Images
Christmas Conference Poster Competition Winners

SciTech Grad School

Research Development Programme courses for post-docs and research students for this term are now online. To find out more info and to book go to .

Reminder: 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.

Friday 6 February 2009 is the deadline for the second and final call for proposals in 2008/2009.

More details can be found at

Funding Roundup

John Dixon and Paul Taylor from the Department of Psychology have secured £99,921 for a 15-month project titled "Cultural differences in interpersonal behaviour: Review and trial of concept" from the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure.

Your Grant News

There is sometimes a time-lag in getting information about grants awards in the faculty. We would like to communicate the information as soon as it becomes available, so when you hear about a successful grant please contact Katherine Gill with a two-sentence summary to go in the Bulletin as well as information about the funder, amount awarded, title and a link to provide further details if appropriate.

Recruitment and selection panel workshops

If you sit on staff recruitment panels and have not already undertaken the following training, please contact Linda Cook in the Professional and Leadership Development Team to reserve a place.

The dates for the Legal Requirements in Making Staff Appointments sessions are as follows:

The Recruitment and Selection Practice at Lancaster University sessions are:

Ideally, staff should attend a Legal Requirements session first, but it is not essential.

News and Events

Paper in Science for LEC Geographer

Congratulations to Peter Wynn, whose paper, "Stretching the Envelope of Past Surface Environments: Neoproterozoic Glacial Lakes from Svalbard", has recently been published in Science.

From LU and Faculty News:

RAE Success for Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology has had 94% of its research outputs categorised as international quality in the 2008 RAE results

Lancaster University Department of Physics ranked first in the UK for research

Lancaster University’s Department of Physics has been rated the best in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise

Graduate's Advice Pays Off For Hotel

Lancaster University has helped a Lake District hotel reduce its carbon footprint and save around £40,000 a year following a review by graduate consultant Ciaran Burns from the Lancaster Environment Centre