SciTech bulletin

Winner of the SciTech Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Francois Taiani from Computing who has won this year's SciTech Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

One criteria of the award requires Francois to disseminate his work over the coming year to colleagues in the faculty so look out for information about events at which Francois will be sharing some of his teaching practice.

Nominations were received from a range of departments across the faculty. The quality of these applications was extremely high which reflects the calibre of teaching that exists within the faculty.

This award, designed to reward and incentivise inspirational teaching will be an annual event and we look forward to receiving and encouraging further nominations next year.

University Staff Prizes

The Staff Prizes will be presented by the Chancellor, Sir Chris Bonington at an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 16 June 2009. Congratulations to them all!

"Science alone will not save us" – Lancaster University's Vice-Chancellor talks to The Guardian

In an article published in the May 19th edition of Education Guardian Professor Paul Wellings talks about finding ways of dealing with climate change and the challenges facing the interaction between the many disciplines needed to tackle the problem.

The full article can be found at

Managing the Well-Being of your Staff

This workshop on Monday 8 June (1000 - 1300) will assist managers identify and develop behaviours that support the well-being of their staff. The link between well-being and performance is well-established. The programme will therefore be of interest to HoDs and managers across the university. It will also include input from occupational health on how to identify and manage incidences of stress in the workplace. Please book your place through Linda Cook

From LU News:

'Dotty' Idea Scoops Royal Society Award

The Royal Society have given one of the nine prestigious Brian Mercer Awards for Innovation to Manus Hayne for his work on quantum dot memory and its potential for continuing the improvement in computer memory beyond that achievable by current silicon-based technology.

Hull flood children to tell their story

Children who were caught up in the Hull floods of June 2007 are to take part in a study which aims to put their experiences at the heart of decision making.

Predicting higher risk for prostate cancer

Cells which look abnormal but are not designated precancerous could help predict a future diagnosis of prostate cancer, according to new research.

Physicists find formula to uncover planet’s past

Studies of climate evolution and the ecology of past-times are often hampered by lost information thought to be untraceable. Lancaster physicists have now created a formula which will fill in the gaps of our knowledge and will help predict the future.