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School of Computing and Communications

From 1 August, Lancaster University will be host to the new School of Computing and Communications. Combining the strengths of the Computing Department and the Department of Communication Systems the new school is a multi-million pound centre for study and research in the fields of computer science, ICT and communications engineering and is housed in the iconic InfoLab21 building.

The new School includes over 40 academic staff, 50 full time researchers and 439 students.

Members of the school lead over £10 million worth of research funding and the HighWire Doctoral Training Centre. As part of the creation of the new School the SPEARS group, currently part of the Department of Communication Systems, will join the Physics Department.

The new School will be led by Professor Nigel Davies and will admit its first students in October 2010.

Christmas Conference 2010

This yearís SciTech Christmas Conference will be held on Tuesday 19 December in the Management School building. The day will include a poster session for PhD students and contract researchers, together with talks from all departments and external speakers. Save the date in your diaries and look out for more information!

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SciTech Graduate School

Deanís Awards: Excellence in Postgraduate Studies

The Faculty of Science and Technology has developed new awards to recognise excellence in doctoral research. Each department has been invited to nominate three outstanding PhD students, one from each year of study, for the award. The deadline for nominations is the 30th August 2010. Winners will be announced at the Christmas Conference and the award will take the form of a financial top-up of £1000 to the student stipend. For further information, please visit

Reminder: call for applications for Associate Dean for Research

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science and Technology to take over from Professor Colin Lambert in January 2011.

The major duties of this post are to provide leadership in research, and as a member of the Deans Group to 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 enthusiasm for research and an acceptance of disciplinary variations in research activity.

Applications should be sent to the Faculty Administrator, Lucy Thorne, B20 Engineering Building by Monday 9 August.

Details of the nomination process and a job description are available for download.

Reminder: call for Non-Academic Representative on the Policy and Resources Committee

Nominations are invited for a non-academic staff representative to serve on the faculty Policy and Resources Committee. The representative will serve from the start of 2010/11 for a period of three years. Eligibility for nomination extends to all non-academic staff in the faculty who are in technical, clerical, secretarial and administrative roles. Nominations should be signed by a nominee and a seconder who must both themselves satisfy the criteria for eligibility. Nominations should include a brief statement declaring that the person nominated is willing to stand. Please submit all nominations to Lucy Thorne by Monday 9 August.

If the faculty receives more than one nomination, an election by secret ballot will be held to allow staff to decide who they would like to represent them. Should elections be necessary, they will be conducted and concluded by Friday 27 August.


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InfoLab21 demos best practice to international community

InfoLab21 has been asked to join an international community of Higher Education Institutions called HEXTLEARN- "Higher Education Exploring ICT Use For Lifelong Learning." Read more

Lancaster exerts heavy research influence in environment and ecology

Lancaster University has been ranked at number 5 in the UK and 32nd globally for citations per paper in the field of environment and ecology according to the Times Higher Education magazine. Read more

Bill Davison wins RSC Sustainable Water Award 2010

Professor Bill Davison has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Sustainable Water Award 2010 for his major and lasting contributions to the field of aquatic environmental chemistry in particular for his work on dynamic speciation, lake neutralisation processes and his invention of two new measurement techniques, DET and DGT. Read more

LRET Nuclear Engineering Lab launched

Engineering's new chemistry laboratory, which will be used to research novel science and technologies to assist nuclear decommissioning and the development of new nuclear power, has been officially opened. The launch was marked by a special event which brought together leading Nuclear experts to discuss ways to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Read more

Mature graduates are first class

A retired GP and a former stockbrokers' manager from Blackpool have both graduated with first class degrees in Geography from Lancaster University. Read more

Northern lights talk by astrophysicist

Pupils from Bolton School were given a fascinating lecture on the Northern Lights by Dr Jim Wild from Lancaster University. Read more

Success for first Faculty of Science & Technology Industrial Showcase

Over 100 people attended the first Science and Technology at Lancaster University Industrial Showcase event for businesses at Lancaster House Hotel on 6th July 2010. Read more

BigDog Interactive Give high-tech gadgets the vintage look

InfoLab21 spin-out digital art company BigDog Interactive (BDI) has exhibited selection of "steam punk gadgets," high tech objects that look Victorian at the First UK Vintage Computer Festival at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park June 19th and 20th. Read more