SciTech bulletin

Issues relating to women's careers

On Tuesday 9 October, the Dean is holding a discussion session on issues relating to women's careers. This is in the context of the institution's move towards Athena Swan status. The session is designed to bring together women academic staff from across the faculty to explore whether there are particular issues relating to women in Science and Technology departments which should be addressed.

The session will run from 2-4pm in Meeting Room 3 of the Conference Centre. If you would like to find out more or would like to attend, please contact Lucy Thorne.

PGR Induction Day next Tuesday

Tuesday 2 October, 1pm, Engineering Building

Next Tuesday new PGR students will register to begin their studies for 2012-13. From 1pm in the Master's Training Suite (Engineering Building, C Floor) science and technology postgraduate researchers will be welcomed to the Graduate School with a lunch, and introduction to the Research Training Programme.

After this, the new researchers will either move on to departmental inductions or will have a chance to stay around for the afternoon and meet each other. Please encourage your new PGRs to attend this induction, particularly if they have started over the summer months. All staff are welcome and are encouraged to come along and meet our new faces.

eLearning advisor for FST

Phil Tubman has been allocated to be an ISS based faculty eLearning lead for FST. This means that he will be available to offer advice on how to make the best use of the ISS eLearning services to suit specific teaching and learning preferences.

ISS also has some student eLearning Ambassador support for faculty e-learning projects, Please discuss with Phil if you have any ideas for projects that we could engage these students with over the coming 12 months.

Please get in touch with Phil via the ISS Service Desk.

Academic support for students

Science and Technology's student learning advisors Robert Blake and Rebecca Marsden will offer several courses and drop-in sessions over the coming academic year. Check the FST website for more details.

Call for members of the faculty lecture series planning group

Science and Technology's faculty lecture series aims for up to three lectures per year. To date, the series has brought in speakers such as Professor Andre Geim FRS, Professor Georgina Mace FRS and Professor Chris Frith FRS who have spoken to a wide cross-section of colleagues from across the faculty.

Do you want to get involved in helping to shape the faculty lecture series? Do you have ideas for potential speakers who would appeal to the wide-ranging audience within science and technology? If so, come forward and join the lecture series planning group. Membership of this group is now being opened up to any member of academic staff within the faculty who has an enthusiasm for driving the series forward. Academic staff at all stages of their career are welcome, including those early in their career. You need to be able to identify suitable speakers, be willing to make approaches to them and be prepared to commit to planning group meetings (approximately 6 per year). Administrative support will be provided by the faculty office.

A written statement of interest should now be submitted to the Faculty Administrator, Dr Lucy Thorne, B20 Engineering Building by Friday 19 October 2012. The Deans Group will assess the interest and try to balance the group against the areas within the faculty.

Business Partnerships and Enterprise

Energy Lancaster: Advances in energy and fuels from waste

Building on the success of the Postgraduate Certificate in Energy and Fuels from Waste launched last year, Energy Lancaster is offering a free afternoon Energy and Fuels from Waste event on Wednesday 24 October, 12:30 to 16:00 at the Lancaster Environment Centre.

The event is aimed at businesses of all sizes who would like to know more about the advances in energy and fuels from waste sector and the activities being conducted at Lancaster University in training and research. The event is run in partnership with Stopford Energy and Environment, a division of Stopford Projects Ltd; a Lancaster Environment Centre based multidisciplinary engineering, energy and environment.

Attendees will hear about the current advances in the energy and fuels from waste sector, the policies that currently affect the sector and the range of diverse research and training that occurs at Lancaster University's Energy Lancaster. Attendees will also be able to quiz an expert on their area of interest during a Q&A session and networking at the end of the event. Lunch is provided.

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Final call for Annual Report research images

We are still welcoming further entries for use on the cover of this year's Science and Technology at Lancaster Annual Report. The image can range from a photograph, sketch to a graphic that captures some of the exciting research 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. The report will be featured on the Faculty website and hard copies that will be distributed to all departments.

Deadline for entries is Monday 8 October, please pass all submissions to Jess Froude.

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