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Undergraduate Admissions

Gordon Blower, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching, writes:

The 2012 admissions round has been a success for FST. We will admit more undergraduate Home EU students in 2012 than in 2011, and come close to the ambitious target that we set. This cohort of students is the first group who will have the new fees regime. We are also likely to admit more Overseas students than in 2011, and exceed the target.

Engineering has enjoyed a particularly successful admissions round, increasing the intake of both Home/EU and Overseas students. Likewise, the School of Computing and Communication Systems has increased both Home/EU and overseas, while Mathematics and Statistics and Physics have increased their Home/EU entry. Geography achieved their high target for Home/EU students. Several departments have benefitted from having special degree schemes with overseas partners.

An important conclusion is that it takes about six applications to produce a single entrant. Hence I should like to thank all those who have participated in open days, visit days and recruitment events, which are essential for the success of the process.


Call for Science and Technology Research Imagery

The Faculty of Science and Technology is on the hunt for a visually interesting image of some of our current research. The image will be featured on the front of this year's Annual Report, and can range from a photograph or sketch to a graphic that captures some of the exciting work taking place at present within our departments. The chosen image can be edited, revised or enhanced so does not have to be in its final stages but a high resolution version would be necessary for the A4 space it will occupy. Please send all queries and suggestions to Jess Froude by Monday 8 October.


Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies

Professor Awais Rashid's term of office as Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies has been extended until July 2013.

A call for applications to take over the role from Awais will be issued later in the year.


Faculty Grants

Science and Technology Research Grants support cross-faculty research and research-related activities, including impact generation. For 2012/13 the amount available per grant has been increased to 2,500.

FST Conference Support can provide up to 1,000 per meeting for conferences organised by Lancaster University staff and run at Lancaster.

Calls for applications are now open. The deadline for both is Friday 5 October 2012.


Lancaster University Friends Programme

The next round of disbursement of funds from the Friends Programme will take place in December. Departments, colleges and individuals can apply for funding (most grants will be in the 2,000 - 3,000 category). More details, including some guidance notes and an application form, can be found on the Alumni web pages. Departmental applications should be submitted for authorisation by Friday 16 November.


News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:


Lancaster excellence in environmental sciences recognised in worldwide ranking

Lancaster excellence in environmental sciences recognised in worldwide ranking

Lancaster University has been ranked joint 23rd in the world for environmental sciences by the 2012 QS World University Rankings. The result ranks the university fourth within the UK behind University of Oxford (7th), Imperial College London (=11th) and University of Cambridge (13th).

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Simple eye test could diagnose Alzheimer's

Simple eye test could diagnose Alzheimer's

A simple eye tracking test could hold the key to earlier Alzheimer's diagnosis, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Aging Association.

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Heart Patients May Benefit from Aviation Industry Tech

Researchers in the North West are investigating whether tools pioneered in aviation security can be used to help prevent complications after surgery.

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Psychologist awarded 10,000 National Teaching Fellowship

Psychologist awarded 10,000 National Teaching Fellowship

Dr Coral Dando has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship worth 10,000 by the Higher Education Academy. She is one of 55 award winners chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Events

Coming up in the next two weeks:


Global Food Security: why it matters

Friday 31 August 2012, 1400-1500 - LEC Training Rooms 1 And 2

All welcome

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Protecting Your Business in an Insecure World - CSC2012

Protecting Your Business in an Insecure World - CSC2012

Monday 03 September 2012, 0900-1600 - Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster

Following on from last year's successful Cyber Security Conference this event is focusing on the ICT Security issues faced by small and medium sized businesses.

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Cyber Camp

Wed 05 - Sun 09 September 2012 - Lancaster University

Lancaster University in conjunction with The Cyber Security Challenge and Raytheon are hosting a 4 day cyber camp aimed at the 18-25 year age group in September 2012. This camp will provide invited participants with further development of their cyber skills, a broader picture of cyber security, and introductions to sponsors.

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InfoLab21 Masters Showcase 2012

InfoLab21 Masters Showcase 2012

Friday 14 September 2012, 0930-1330 - InfoLab21

On Friday 14th September InfoLab21 is hosting a showcase mini-conference of the research work being carried out across the School of Computing and Communications' MSc programmes.

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