SciTech bulletin


Associate Dean for Research

We are pleased to report that Mike Kosch has been appointed as the faculty's new Associate Dean for Research. Mike will shadow the current Associate Dean Colin Lambert for the remainder of this term and take over fully from January 1 2011.


Faculty Meetings in 2010/11

All FST committees and meetings for 2010/11 are now listed on the Faculty website, complete with links to add them directly to your calendar: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/committees/


PRC Election Result

Congratulations to Helen Quirk (LEC), who has been elected unopposed as non-academic staff representative on the Faculty's Policy and Resource Committee. Helen will serve on PRC from the start of October 2010 for a period of three years.


LU and Faculty Research Grants

Faculty Research Grants

Closing date: Monday 1 November 2010

The Faculty of Science and Technology has an annual fund to support cross-faculty research and research-related activities. More information is available at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/resources/research_grants.php

Early Career Small Grant Scheme

Closing date: Friday 12 November 2010

The University Research Committee invites applications to the Early Career Small Grant Scheme for a grant up to a maximum of £7,000 in support of individual or collaborative research. Any member of early career staff of the University may apply for a grant in support of individual or collaborative research. Details of the scheme are attached and will also be available from the Research Support Office website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/research/small-grants.html


SciTech Graduate School

SciTech Graduate School Induction

SciTech Grad School held an induction lunch on Tuesday 5 October to welcome all new postgraduate research students. The new students were welcomed by the Associated Dean for Postgraduate studies, Professor Awais Rashid. We wish the new students the very best for the next three years.

Research Development Programme

Graduate School courses for this term are now online. Check out the Research Development Programme web page for more details of what’s on offer and the training requirements for this year: www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/postgraduate/rdp

Faculty Christmas conference: Tuesday 14 December

All research students and early career contract research staff are invited to submit a poster for the SciTech Christmas conference. Two £200 cash prizes will be awarded for the best posters; one for early career contract research staff and one for research students. £100 will be awarded to the runner up in the research student category. You will be able to submit an abstract and title on the SciTech website from Monday 18 October. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/conference/call_for_posters.php

Free SciTech Grad school diaries

A limited number of SciTech Grad School academic diaries are available to postgraduate research students. Please come and collect from Liz Hurrell, B24 Engineering building. Allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Lancaster Partners receive Nobel Prize

Andre Geim, joint-winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics, delivered a lecture at Lancaster University in June 2010 as part of the Faculty of Science and Technology's lecture series. The talk he gave on the unique properties of graphene is available online:

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Talk: Assessing the quality of research in HEIs using bibliometrics

Wednesday 20th October 2010, 1500-1600
Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Statistics Centre

This talk, to be given by Mark Giddoes from HEFCE, will discuss the problems and issues of using bibliometric data to assess research quality. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/events/?event_id=592


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Spin-out company launches crowd-made graffiti

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Northern Lights in the classroom

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Lancaster Environment Centre hosts meeting on ozone depletion and increased UV radiation

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Physics student shortlisted for prestigious Science award

A Lancaster University student has been nominated as a finalist for a national award for his research into a 'super material' which could transform the world around us. Read more