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Promote your research to the BBC as part of BBC North's University Challenge

Science and Technology academics have been invited to participate in BBC North's University Challenge, an initiative that aims to expand the pool of academics the BBC can call on for expert opinion, as well as generate ideas for new features and programmes.

The BBC are looking for applications in the form of short 'talking head' films - no more than two minutes long - that cover these four questions:

To support this, Science and Technology will be filming staff on Tuesday 4 December. Films will also be useful for other purposes, such as staff web pages and social media. If you're interested in taking part, please contact Alex Gordon to book your slot. The deadline for submitting films is Friday 7 December.


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

600,000 'Impact Acceleration' award for Lancaster

Lancaster University has been awarded a 600,000 EPSRC 'Impact Acceleration Account' for 2012-2015 as part of a recently announced 60m investment in UK universities. The funding is intended to help the most pioneering scientists and engineers create successful businesses from their research, improve industrial collaboration and foster greater entrepreneurship.

Lancaster's winning bid proposes a strategic focus on accelerating impact from EPSRC funded research in Physics and The School of Computing and Communications, and includes funding for industry and academic secondments, follow-on funding for grants that have finished, and flexible allocations of funds to stimulate university-business partnerships.

FST Employability Forum

The inaugural meeting of Science and Technology's Employability Forum on will be held on Tuesday 11 December. The creation of this forum follows a recommendation from the Faculty Wilson Review group, which met during the last academic year to discuss the implications of the review in relation to work experience and placement provision for our students.

The new forum is made up of representatives from across Science and Technology, and will be chaired by Dr Mark Bacon, Director of Business Partnerships and Enterprise. It will consider the need for students to gain meaningful work experience during their time at Lancaster University through paid internships. Student course representatives will be included for subsequent meetings. The aim of the forum is to support the doubling of Science and Technology student placements from the current annual figure (approximately 200) to over 400 by the year 2015.

Environment: International MSC Programme

A two-year MSc programme has been established in partnership with Guangzhou institute of Geochemistry and the Institute of Urban Environment in Xiamen, both part of CAS.

This new course follows the creation of The International Research and Innovation Centre (IRICE) between Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Lancaster University. To foster collaborative research, the second year of the MSc will be spent on a research project for a UK business interested in developing business in China.

Dr Ruth Alcock, Head of Enterprise and Business Partnerships, comments:

"This is a perfect example of how businesses can benefit from our global partnerships. The MSc acts as a platform for collaborative research and as a business and innovation conduit between two countries."

New Staff

Dr Mark Rushforth, former Programmes Manager within the Business Development Group at Coventry University has been appointed Head of Business Partnerships and Enterprise for the physical sciences. His role will include the management of the new impact acceleration account from the EPSRC and support for the development of proposed ERDF investments in physics, chemistry and engineering. Mark and existing members of the faculty team will also work to increase the number and value of research and teaching partnerships with businesses working with Energy Lancaster, the Quantum Technology Centre and our Advanced Manufacturing academic expertise.

Security Lancaster: Small Business Cyber Security Survey Film Now Live

Five films of the Small Business Cyber Security Survey launch event earlier this month are now online. The survey gathered information about the security concerns of small businesses. The exclusive event included a presentation from Eric Ollerenshaw OBE, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood:

"I'd like to thank Daniel (Daniel Prince, Associate Director of Security Lancaster) in particular... for me, as a member of parliament, the fact that Lancaster has been established as a centre of excellence on this is just fantastic news for the whole district... and businesses round here."

The highlights film includes interviews with businesses and partnerships such as Gary Lovett, Regional Chairman for Cumbria, Federation of Small Businesses, the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. He commented:

"There are far too many small businesses out there that really don't understand the full impact of IT and cyber attacks. That's why the Federation of Small Businesses, with the University, will come together to get this information out to lots more businesses."

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