SciTech bulletin


Faculty Forum Next Wednesday

The next faculty forum is scheduled for Wednesday 23 May at 4pm in Conference Centre Meeting Room 4. Come and hear the latest developments concerning the establishment of a department of chemistry. Also on the agenda is an update from the Head of Engineering on plans for this department.


Faculty Lecture

The next lecture in the series is scheduled for Thursday 7 June and will be delivered by Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority on the timely subject of 'Engineering the Olympics'.

Add the date to your diary and keep an eye on the bulletin for further details of this lecture.


In preparation for REF2014 - Pure and Code of Practice

Pure

The Lancaster University research portal Pure now has a new tab entitled 'Propose outputs for REF2014'. This tab allows the user to select and rank the four outputs they propose to submit to REF2014. Obviously, this can only be done from outputs that are available in Pure. The user will be able to substitute new outputs and re-order their own ranking. The REF Steering Group will use this Pure module to determine staff inclusion into the REF2014 submission. Therefore all REF-eligible staff are requested to complete their initial selection as soon as possible.

REF2014 Code of Practice

The Lancaster University REF2014 Code of Practice has been developed to ensure that decisions about selecting staff for the Research Excellence Framework are made in a fair, transparent and consistent manner. The code has been approved by Senate and can also be found on the RSO website. To be fair and consistent in our REF preparations The University is collecting data on individual circumstances for all REF-eligible staff for submission and the data will be used to identify which individuals are eligible for submission with fewer than the four outputs normally required. Therefore all REF-eligible staff should complete either of the two Staff Disclosure Forms (on the RSO webpage given above) as soon as possible so that this information can be taken into consideration. The information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

REF-eligible staff are generally defined as academics and independent researchers (e.g. self-funded Fellows). Further details on staff eligibility can be found in the Guidance on Submissions (Part 3 Section 1: Staff details, of the RSO web page given above). Note: research assistants are not eligible unless they can demonstrate significant independence in their research, e.g. as a principal investigator on an awarded grant.

Michael Kosch
Associate Dean for Research


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

N8 Industry Innovation Forum

One way in which we are working to increase the level of collaboration with larger companies is by working within the N8 Research Partnership, a collaboration of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York). The N8 has recently been awarded 1.2M from HEFCE and the Technology Strategy Board to undertake a programme of collaborative engagement with larger companies.

The N8 Industry Innovation Forum project started this month and is recruiting a director and project manager, to be based in Science and Technology at Lancaster. The project will focus on the development of substantive collaborative relationships across a range of topics chosen in consultation with industry partners, including AstraZeneca, Unilever, Croda, Siemens, Procter and Gamble and Rolls Royce.

The next industry forum event is planned for November 2012 and will focus on the Ageing population. Colleagues with research interests in this area should contact Becky Gordon in the faculty team to register their interest in participating in this forum.

Cyber Security

Building on the recent success of the University being awarded Cyber Security Centre of Excellence status, the Security Lancaster team are planning three major events with participation from business and industry. The first event, The Cyber Security Conference 2012, will take place on 3rd September. The event will be run in partnership with the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network and is designed for SMEs. Later that week (5th-9th September), Science and Technology will host the Cyber Security Summer Camp in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK Ltd, which is sponsored by a range of private and public sector organisations. The official launch of Security Lancaster will take place later in the autumn of 2012.

Guidance for Staff

Expanded guidance to help staff understand, overcome and avoid some of the common contractual issues which arise frequently in the development of collaborative and contract research is available on the Business and Enterprise staff pages (requires login). If you would like help and advice on these issues or on the development of a business partnership, then please contact a member of the Business Partnerships and Enterprise team.


News

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'DIY' Techie Innovators Working with Homeless on Prototype Healthcare Tool

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MSc Scholarships for 2012 Applicants

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