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Postgraduate Associate Dean Vacancy

While expressions of interest have been received in taking over the role of Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies from Dr Pete Sawyer, the post remains unfilled. Applications are therefore invited from suitably qualified academic staff members in the faculty who wish to provide leadership in postgraduate activity, be a member of the Deans Group and 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. This appointment will normally be for a period of three years, and may be renewed.

The Associate Dean role is up to 50% of a full time post, so half of the Associate Deanís salary is paid for by the faculty for the duration of the post. In addition, there is a fees payment to the home department to cover the cost of replacement teaching or for other purposes agreed with the Head of Department. The Associate Deanís home department will receive a fees payment in each year of the Associate Deanís appointment.

The Michaelmas term of 2009/10 will provide a transition and handover period for the incoming Associate Dean, with the new appointee assuming the role in full from 1 January 2009. During this handover period, there will be no buy out from the department as the role is a shadowing one.

In the first instance, prospective candidates are invited to discuss their applications informally with the Dean, Professor Mary Smyth (ext 93467 or with the current Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies, Dr Pete Sawyer (ext 10320 or other members of the Deans Group.

Candidates should submit a statement of their willingness to be considered for the post, with the signatures of three supporting nominators. In addition, they should attach a one page statement of their interest in the post and relevant experience, and a brief CV. Before submitting an application, candidates should discuss it with their Head of Department and obtain consent in principle.

These documents should be sent to the Faculty Administrator, Dr Lucy Thorne, B20 Engineering Building by Friday 24 April.

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Call for Applications: Teaching Development Fund

This is a final call for applications for the 2008/09 faculty teaching development fund. The faculty teaching development fund is available for activities which enhance the teaching reputation of the faculty at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Teaching grants are available to cover attendance at teaching conferences or to 'buy out' staff time to allow capacity for teaching developments. All activity must be undertaken by 31 July 2009.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply are available here:

The deadline for all applications is Wednesday 22 April.

Call for Applications: Staff Development Fund

Don't forget that this fund is available to support the development of all categories of staff. Applications can be made on an individual or group/departmental basis and the fund can be used to support a wide range of development activities.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply are available here:

Reminder: Faculty Lecture: In Pursuit of Pulsars

Pulsars, or neutron stars, are some of the most bizarre objects in the galaxy. Come and hear about their discovery 40 years ago which took the astronomical community by surprise. This talk will be given by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell on Wednesday 8 April at 4pm. The lecture will be held in the Management School Building Lecture Theatre 1 and will be followed by a light reception.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell currently holds a Visiting Professorship in astrophysics at the University of Oxford and is a Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. She was Professor of Physics at the Open University for ten years, and had a year as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Princeton University, USA.

More details:

Lancaster University Research Studentships: FST Selection Process

The Faculty of Science and Technology has been awarded 10 fully-funded 4-year Lancaster University Research Studentships. The studentships are open to students of any fee status and include a stipend of £13,290, plus an annual Ďresearch support' account for each studentship of £1,500. Two factors are key to the selection of students:

  1. Academic excellence of the PhD candidate, as measured by a candidates' academic record and evidence from their application form and referees' statements
  2. The quality of the PhD programme offered by the host department, evidenced by the annual survey of submission rates

Details of the selection process can be found at

Power Shutdown

Due to essential maintenance it is necessary to shutdown the sub-station that supplies the following areas: Fylde, Engineering Building, Post Graduate Statistics Centre, Biological and Environmental Science (excluding LEC), Sports Centre (excluding swimming pool), Pre School Centre and the Library including the Ruskin Library.

To cause least disruption to the University the sub-station will be shut down from 10.30pm on Tuesday 14 April to 6am on Wednesday 15 April. It is requested that all non-essential electrical items be turned off before this period. Any potential issues arising from this planned shutdown should be directed to Simon Corless, Electrical Engineer, Estates Management on extension 94296.

NESTA FameLab 2009

Win £10,000 by sharing your scientific passion with the world!

NESTA are looking for people who are studying or working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to enter our competition to find the country's most talented communicators.

Applicants are invited to give an original three-minute presentation that is scientifically accurate but also engaging to a non-scientific audience.

More details are available at

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