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Faculty Forum - Wednesday 9 February

All faculty members are encouraged to attend the Faculty Forum next week on Wednesday 9 February. Items on the agenda will include the formation of LUSTA, a new Science and Technology student association.

The meeting, which is a chance for all staff to discuss the policies and activities of the faculty, will take place in Conference Centre room 4 at 4pm.

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Call for Non-Academic Representative on the Graduate School Committee

Nominations are invited for a non-academic staff representative to serve on the Science and Technology Graduate School Committee. The Graduate School Committee has a wide remit but the majority of its business is dominated by:

Further information regarding the committee, its remit and membership can be found here:

The representative will serve from the start of summer term 2010/11 for a period of three years and will be expected to attend 7 or 8 meetings per year. Eligibility for nomination extends to all non-academic staff in Science and Technology 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 Yvonne Rigby by Friday 04 March.

If there is 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 Thursday 31 March.

Christmas Conference 2010

Faculty Christmas Conference Poster session

Congratulations to Tom Hansard (Physics), Tony Chung (School of Computing and Communications) and Peter Carrington (Physics) for winning this year's Graduate School poster competitions. Their posters covered simplified brain models, distance-based wi-fi access and solar panels with quantum dots. See the winning posters at

Watch the Talks Online

Several of the Christmas Conference talks were filmed, and are now available to view online:

Media Training for Science and Technology Researchers

If the thought of being interviewed by the media sends a chill down your spine, this course is for you. The Science Media Centre is running its excellent free media training in Manchester on Wednesday 9 March to help scientists engage with the public. Their events are usually in London so this is a great chance to get top quality free training in the North West which is specifically built with science and technology people in mind.

You can register via Lancaster University's Press Office, who have attended with researchers in the past and highly recommend this training.

Enterprising Academic Event

UCLAN is hosting the North West event of the The Enterprising Academic programme on Wednesday 9 March.

Doug Richard, ex Dragons' Den star and the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) have teamed up to provide this nationwide university programme with the support of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Technology Strategy Board.

The free event is aimed at academic staff including lecturers, researchers, fellows, managers and research students. It is intended to stimulate a more enterprising approach, create and develop more entrepreneurial opportunities and encourage research activity with a greater economic impact.

Places must be booked online via


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