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Faculty Research Grants

Congratulations to the following colleagues, who were awarded Faculty Research Grants from the February call for proposals:

Faculty Travel Grants

The faculty travel grant fund is now fully committed for travel up to 31 July 2009 and no further grants can be awarded. You may still apply for travel from 1 August 2009 onwards.

New External Relations Officer for FST

Adriana Torres has recently started in post as External Relations Officer for FST. Adriana's main areas of work will include the marketing and publicity of faculty activity, the implementation of the faculty's international strategy, and the provision of support in all aspects of external relations. She will also be developing the faculty's brand and identity.

Adriana is based in the faculty office (office B19), and can be contacted on or extension 92526.

Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS)

Research Staff are invited to take part in CROS 2009 which is open until 31 May 2009.

This national survey allows researchers to share their views and experiences of working in academic research and to comment on career opportunities, development and support at Lancaster. The results will be used by the University and Research Funding Bodies to inform decision-making and monitor developments relating to the employment, training and career development of research staff.

Since its introduction in 2002, CROS has led to improvements in staff review systems, induction processes and communication with research staff. The feedback provided has prompted the UK Government to give additional funding to Universities for research staff development, as well as significantly raising the profile of research staff nationally. This contributed to the publication of the second Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in 2008 by RCUK and the establishment of Vitae as a national body to champion the professional and career development of researchers.

Submissions are anonymous and all researchers are encouraged to register their opinions via the survey. The response rate is an important benchmarking tool for Lancaster’s researcher development and support.

You can access Lancaster CROS 2009 from

News and Events

Diamond Light Source Lecture

Gerhard Materlik, CEO of Diamond Light Source, will present a lecture entitled 'Diamond: Brilliant light for UK science' on at 5pm on Tuesday 12 May at the University of Liverpool. Please RSVP by email to Ms Helen Bentley if you would like to attend.

Download more details (PDF)

From LU and SciTech News:

Lancaster is the UK's Centre of ICT Excellence

The Government has called Lancaster University “the UK's Centre of ICT Excellence” following the completion of an InfoLab21 project to install wireless broadband in a town in the Ukraine

Solar silence is no cause for alarm, say space scientists

The sun is quieter than it has been for nearly a Century with fewer sunspots and a drop in solar wind pressure. But space scientists at Lancaster University say it is nothing to worry about.

Small green companies take on big export challenge

A network of small and start-up companies, all based at Lancaster University, are proving that firms don't have to be big to export

Students Energise Nuclear Ideas

The scientists and engineers of tomorrow have been finding out about the nuclear industry through a four-day residential course

LEC Hosts First Coastal Conference

Lancaster Environment Centre has played host to the Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference for the first time

International Recognition for Lancaster's Coolest Lab

Lancaster University's leading position in the ultralow temperature field has been recognised with its designation as a European centre for international researchers

University Honorary Fellows 2009

Ultra-low temperature physicist Professor George Pickett is one of Lancaster University's new Honorary Fellows

InfoLab21 Leads New Project to Make Public Spaces Safer

Computing's Jon Whittle is leading "uTELLus" - a new cross-disciplinary research project funded under the EPSRC's Digital Economy programme

LEC Scientists Feature in NERC's Planet Earth

Two Lancaster Environment Centre scientists have featured recently in NERC's Planet Earth magazine