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Certificate in Academic Practice Success

Congratulations to Thomas Jaki (Maths and Stats), Nick Gill and Will Medd (LEC), on completing the Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP).

Nick Gill said:

"Having arrived in Lancaster as a new lecturer, the opportunity to meet others in a similar position and starting similar roles was invaluable. The CAP experience builds confidence and actually allows you to get more out of your own teaching (so it’s not just for the students). The level of support from the CAP team is really impressive and on-going – a big thanks to all of them for creating an inspirational course."

Will Medd was also inspired by the course:

"While I brought to my post experience of teaching a range of students in a number of different institutions, the CAP process proved invaluable in giving me the confidence to innovate in my teaching. Being able to reflect with peers combined with ongoing support from the CAP team was a welcome break in a hectic schedule."

The course, which is accredited, is open to anyone at Lancaster University with a teaching responsibility. You can find out more at

Reminder: PostDocs!

If you are a PostDoc in the faculty we are interested in meeting with you to find out what kind of faculty staff training you would like. We are interested in all opinions – if you have an idea for a course that you would like then come along and tell us and we'll do our best to provide it. If you think that there is plenty of relevant training on offer and any other training is a waste of time please come and tell us as that would be really useful info.

Place: Management Hub – in the glassed staff lounge area. We will put a notice on the table so we should be fairly easy to spot. We'll provide refreshments. Date: Tuesday 30 June Time: 10.00am

ResearchResearch Training Session

The Research Support Office have organised a short training session and demo on the use of the online research funding database ResearchResearch, to coincide with the website's recent facelift.

The 45-minute course, on Monday 20 July at 10.30am, is aimed at academics so they can set their own email alerts to be notified when funding opportunities arise that are appropriate to their area of expertise. It may also be useful for department/faculty support officers who disseminate research funding information.

If you would like to attend, please contact Katherine Gill by Wednesday 8 July.

Dean's absence

The Dean will be away from the university from Monday 27 July, returning on Monday 3 August, and then again from Monday 24 August, returning on Monday 7 September.

If you have anything that is non-routine and requires authorisation, please ensure this is submitted to the faculty office by Monday 20 July for the first period of absence and by Monday 17 August for the second. Routine requests will continue to be handled during these periods of absence.

EPSRC call for proposals: India-UK Collaborative Research Initiative in Solar Energy

This call will focus on Thin Film and Excitonic Solar Energy Technologies. The area of the call was agreed upon through a dialogue between the UK Research Councils' Energy programme and the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology (DST). Development of technologies relating to solar energy was agreed to be of importance to both countries.

Closing date for proposals: 4pm September 30 2009. For further information please visit

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News and Events

Year 12 Science and Technology Taster Day

The fifth annual Science and Technology Taster Day will take place on Wednesday next week, offering year twelve students from schools across the North-West a chance to see what university life is like.

Mobile Game Scoops Industry Prize for Innovation

Paul Coulton and PhD students Mark Lochrie and Kate Lund from Communications have won a coveted industry prize for innovation.

Their location-based game 'Big Game Huntr' saw off competition from more than 150 entries from all over the world to take the Adobe FlashLite Developer Challenge Innovation Prize 2009.

Nick Smith Prize 2009

The Postgraduate Research Committee has great pleasure in announcing Dennis Prangle as the winner of the Nick Smith Prize 2009, for his work in Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC).

The Nick Smith prize is awarded annually to one or more postgraduate students. The award is made on the basis of evidence of excellence in research in any area of statistics, at the stage when the student is confirmed as PhD status.

Postgraduate Statistics Centre Lecture Online

The Postgraduate Statistics Centre's Opening Day lecture, the Role of Statistics in Science and Technology, given by Professor Sir David Cox is now available for viewing on-line.

To view the video please visit:

Best Publication Award for LEC Researcher

Luca Nizzetto from LEC won best publication award for his publication in the field of chemical analysis and environmental monitoring at the 19th Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe meeting.