SciTech bulletin


New Head of Chemistry

Professor Peter Fielden

Professor Mary Smyth, Dean of Science and Technology, writes:

The Faculty of Science and Technology is delighted to welcome Professor Peter Fielden who joins us from Manchester University as the first Head of the new Department of Chemistry. Peter is extremely enthusiastic about both the challenge and excitement of a new Chemistry Department, with innovative teaching and research, and by the opportunities for working across disciplines, departments and faculties at Lancaster. Many colleagues in the faculty have already demonstrated their support for Chemistry and I am sure that Peter will receive a warm welcome within Science and Technology and across the university.

Professor Peter Fielden graduated in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, and was later awarded a PhD at UMIST. He has since specialised in Analytical Science, which is the study of chemical measurements and their applications. Peter has strong research interests in electroanalytical measurement techniques, chromatographic and electrophoretic separation techniques, sensor design and lab-on-a-chip microsystems. He has applied these measurement techniques to a diverse range of applications including industrial, security, healthcare and life-science measurements. Peter has published over 180 research papers and patents, and successfully supervised more than 30 PhD students. He chairs the Royal Society of Chemistry Electroanalytical Sensing Systems Group and is a Scientific Advisor to the UK government.


Postgraduate Associate Dean Vacancy

Call for Applicants for Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies

Applications are now invited for the post of Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Science and Technology to take over from Awais Rashid in August 2013. The deadline for applicants is Friday 26 October.

The major duties of this post are to direct the Graduate School and to provide leadership in postgraduate teaching and postgraduate research. As a member of Deans Group the Associate Dean will 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 experience of, and enthusiasm for, postgraduate teaching, learning and assessment.

Job description (PDF)
Call for applicants (PDF)

Call for nominations for appointments group: deadline Friday 19 October

In order to proceed with the appointment of a new Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies, our constitution requires the establishment of an appointments group. Details of this group and guidelines for the submission of nominations are available for download:

Guidelines for appointments committee nominations (PDF)


2012 Christmas Conference

This year's faculty Christmas conference is scheduled for Tuesday 18 December. The event will include external speakers, a poster session for PhD students and contract researchers, plus an opportunity to hear about research being undertaken in all departments in the faculty.

Save the date in your diaries and keep an eye on the bulletin for further details.


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

Cyber Security

Building on the success of the University being awarded Academic Cyber Security Centre of Excellence status, the Security Lancaster team have run three major events with participation from business and industry from across the UK and staff from across the Faculty of Science and Technology and beyond. The first free event, Cyber Security Conference 2012, Protecting Your Business in an Insecure World, took place on 3rd September at Lancaster House Hotel and showcased cyber security research and expertise. The event was attended by over 85 delegates from a range of industries from across the UK including IBM Security Systems and Dell SonicWALL and was run in partnership with the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network  and the School of Computing and Communications.  

Later that week, 5-9 September, Science and Technology hosted the Cyber Security Summer Camp in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK Ltd. 22 of the UK's most talented young cyber security enthusiasts spent an extended weekend facing a series of security exercises developed by experts from organisations such as the Metropolitan Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU), Raytheon, QinetiQ, HP and KPMG.

As part of the Challenge, on Friday 7 September, Science and Technology hosted The Cyber Security Careers Fair, the first event of its kind. The event provided a vital conduit for employers and potential employees to engage and discuss careers in the cyber security industry and was attended by major employers in UK cyber security and defence. These included industry leaders such as HP, QinetiQ, KPMG and Cassidan, professional and education bodies such as CompTIA, (ISC)2, CREST, Infosec Skills, 7Safe and Royal Holloway and Ultimate Graphics and the Police E Crime Unit were also represented. Films will be available next issue.

Eric Ollerenshaw OBE MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood met with the Security Lancaster team to find out about all the events and visited InfoLab21's Graduate Academy.

The Cyber Security Challenge has featured on BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat , Computer Weekly, The Enquirer, V3.co website, Info security website, SC Magazine, Info4Security website, IT Director, ATM Security.com, IT Pro.

The official launch of Security Lancaster will take place on Thursday 18 October, with a conference showcasing the full spectrum of Security Lancaster expertise on Friday 19 October. Read More

New Staff

Dr Andy Clarke, former Manager of Nuclear Programmes in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Manchester University, has been appointed Business Partnerships Manager for LEC's Enterprise and Business Partnerships team. His role includes building new corporate relationships and growing training and research partnerships.

Dr Andy Pickard has taken up the post of Manager of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. Now based in LEC, Dr Pickard previously worked for the Department of the Environment delivering a European funded programme to support growth and regeneration.

The Business Partnerships and Enterprise team have just recruited a Student Employability Manager, Pam Pickles, currently Student Engagement and Lancaster Award Officer in CEEC. Pam will start on 1st October. Read More

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation business growth opportunities in China event

Southern China has become one of the country's key regions for economic development and this has created exciting opportunities for the UK's environmental technology industries.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is hosting an event in the Lancaster Environment Centre on Friday 5th October to highlight opportunities and gateways available to businesses that are interested in growth opportunities through working in China. The Centre for Global Eco-innovation is a partnership between Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Ltd. and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund. More details


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.


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