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Science and Technology Staff Survey

The Faculty of Science and Technology would like to ask for your help on a project aimed at understanding perceptions of students and staff involved with Science and Technology at Lancaster.

We would highly appreciate it if you could take five minutes to answer our questions:

Responses will be strictly confidential and respondents who enter their university email address will be entered into a prize draw for one of three prizes of £50 cash each.

We thank you in advance for your help.

Final call for nominations: SciTech Vision Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Nominations are invited for this faculty prize which aims to reward and incentivise inspirational teaching at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level. The £1000 prize is open to individual or small teams of early career staff in FST who are within their first five years of appointment to a lecturing post (full-time or part-time staff). Applications should be based upon a record of teaching and supporting learning within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University.

Further details of the prize and the process for application can be found at All applications should be submitted to Lucy Thorne.

Faculty Lecture Now Online

Professor Chris Frith's faculty lecture on The Social Brain is now available to view online. To watch it, go to

SciTech Graduate School

Research Development Programme

Graduate School courses for next term will be online from next week. These courses are open to all research students and early career contract research staff. Next term's courses include:

Check out the Research Development Programme web page for more details of what's on offer and the training requirements for this year:

Performance and Development Review (PDR): experiences survey

HR are seeking your views of how effectively the PDR scheme is currently operating. An online staff survey is underway across the University and the information will help HR to assess its impact so far, and will also help to improve the scheme where necessary. The questionnaire is short and can be completed quickly. Individuals are not asked to give their name or department so that anonymity can be preserved.

The survey is open from 12 March until 31 March, and can be found at

FST Travel Grants

Faculty travel grant funding is fully committed for travel up to 31 July 2010 - you may still apply for grants for travel from 1 August 2010 onwards.

Wind Turbine Consultation

The formal planning process for the University's wind turbine project has begun and a decision on the application will be announced at the end of April.

You can submit your comments to the City Council via the following link:

News and Events

Statistics Master Classes

The Postgraduate Statistics Centre (CETL), Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, are hosting two Master Classes on the 21 and 22 April, presented by Professor Peter G M van der Heijden and Dr Maarten Cruyff from Utrecht University:

For full details and booking information, please go to: or contact Deborah Stewart, PSC Secretary.

Lancaster Graduate Students Win Place at World’s Largest Business Planning Competition

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Mobile Tech Teaching Partnership with Kazakhstan-British Technical University

This week Lancaster and Kazakhstan-British Technical University agreed to a new teaching partnership which will see Lancaster's Communication Systems experts deliver an MSc in mobile technology in Kazakhstan for the first time. Read more

Researchers Tackle Global Food Crisis

Researchers from Lancaster University are in China this month taking part in an international event seeking solutions to the growing problem of food insecurity. Read more

Royal Society Award for 'Unsung Hero' of Science

A senior technician at Lancaster University has received a Hauksbee Award from the Royal Society in recognition of his valuable role in supporting scientific research. Read more

Children Needed For Psychology Research

Children have been helping psychologists at Lancaster University do research which may ultimately help people suffering from conditions including stroke, epilepsy or mental illness. Read more

Engineers Launch CO2 Report

A report which argues there is little hope of meeting CO2 reduction targets without the biggest peacetime programme of change ever seen in the UK, has been launched in London this week. Read more

PG Engineering Student at 10 Downing Street

A Lancaster University Engineering student has been celebrated at Number 10 Downing Street as part of World Book Day. Read more

Cumbria Flood workshops Launched

Researchers at Lancaster University are working with Cumbria County Council and NHS Cumbria to launch a series of events designed to identify how research can help Cumbria recover from the devastating floods of November 2009. Read more