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Science and Technology Postgraduate Receptions

Due to the unusually high number of graduands (and guests) who would like to attend this year's Science and Technology postgraduate graduation reception after the ceremony on 12th December, we have now split the reception over two venues. Please note the venues below and attend the appropriate reception for your department - we do hope for a good academic presence this year.

LEC Atrium and Courtyard (as before)

4pm start

Barker House Farm, Cartmel College (Alexandra Park, South Campus)

4.15pm (starting a little later to account for travel time from the Great Hall)

These new arrangements will allow our graduands to bring all of the guests that they originally asked for.


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

Environment: LEC's Catchment Change Network launches top tips 2013 Calendar for reducing water pollution from agriculture

The Catchment Change Network (CCN), led by LEC, has worked in partnership with Cumbrian farmers and the Eden Rivers Trust to disseminate top tips about how to reduce water pollution from agriculture through a 2013 calendar. The calendar was compiled by LEC's Phil Haygarth, Marion Walker, Eleanor Mackay, Will Cleasby and former LEC intern, Anna Sellars, who commented:

"It was a pleasure to work on the calendar and it has helped me develop my ability to think creatively in writing and design, and know how to apply these to different types of work."

Will Cleasby, Eden Rivers Trust concluded:

"It was a pleasure to work with Lancaster Environment Centre on this calendar. We hope it will help to show farmers that reducing water pollution is good for business as well as helping to look after our rivers and streams."

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N8 Health and Active Aging Innovation Forum Film Live

Dr Mark Rouncefield from the School of Computing and Communications and Professor Trevor McMillan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research and Chair of the N8 Executive Management Group, joined 100 senior figures from industry, charities, the NHS and the N8 group of universities (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) in Liverpool on 21 November for the N8 Health and Active Aging Innovation Forum. The aim of the forum was to create new ideas and concepts to encourage healthy and active ageing - one of the biggest issues and opportunities facing society today. Companies that took part included Boots, Phillips and AstraZeneca as well as the charities Age UK, Carers UK and Help the Hospices.

The film explains what the N8 is and includes interviews with, representatives from the Technology Strategy Board and companies including Bosch and Smartlife Technologies.

"I found today's event very illuminating, it's the first time I'd been to an N8 event. We've become very involved, it's very interactive and we met some really good people,"

Mark Pedley, Smartlife Technologies.

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ICT: Summer Placement Scheme "highly rewarding and fulfilling"

In 2012 over 20 students from the School of Computing and Communications were placed in industrial placements for 8 weeks paid employment during the summer as part of as new pilot summer placement scheme. MSci Computer Science student, Ross Wilson and Lancashire based Digital Marketing Agency, Xyone report back on their experience of the new scheme in a new case study.

Andrew Lancaster, Director at Xyone Limited commented:

"Ross brought a wealth of experience and was an asset to the team. He integrated well in social activities and was very capable in his day-to-day work. The major benefits from Ross' placement were that the extra resource meant that projects made completion before deadlines, which is a huge plus point for any business."

Ross added

"my placement with Xyone was highly rewarding and fulfilling. When I left I was offered a job to continue working with XYONE as a consultant."

The School are now recruiting for next year's placements.

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Could you solve a business problem in your sleep?

Could you solve a business problem in your sleep?

A new study from Lancaster University has found that sleeping on a problem really can help people to find a solution, but only if it is a difficult problem.

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News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:


Haymeadows are good for the environment say researchers

Haymeadows are good for the environment say researchers

Traditional haymeadows are much better at supporting biodiversity and preventing water pollution than intensively farmed fields according to research from Lancaster Environment Centre.

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Lancaster Plays a Part in 9.1m Autonomous Systems Research

Lancaster Plays a Part in 9.1m Autonomous Systems Research

Lancaster University is one of the partners on a 9.1m project investigating new technologies to replace humans in mundane, dangerous, dirty, or detailed and precise tasks.

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PG psychology conference comes to Lancaster

The Psychology Department is excited to announce that Lancaster University are hosting the 28th Annual PsyPAG Postgraduate Student Conference, 17-19 July 2013.

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Lancaster Lecturer Wins Best Paper at Social Computing Conference

Lancaster Lecturer Wins Best Paper at Social Computing Conference

Dr Matthew Rowe, a Lecturer in Social Computing at the School of Computing and Communications has co-authored a paper that won the best paper prize at the ASE Conference on Social Computing in September.

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Lancaster Academic to Present Security Research at MoD Event

Lancaster Academic to Present Security Research at MoD Event

Dr Plamen Angelov from the School of Computing and Communications and member of Security Lancaster has been invited to showcase the results of his security work to major defence and security suppliers at an event organised by the MoD's Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) on Monday 3 December 2012.

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Catchment productivity is a key component in high CO2 emissions from lakes

Catchment productivity is a key component in high CO2 emissions from lakes

A new study shows that biologically productive lakes have higher than average concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and consequently higher losses of CO2 to the atmosphere. The analysis, which examined data from 20 Cumbrian lakes collected over 26 years, was published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week and led by Prof Stephen Maberly at the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) working with colleagues from CEH and Lancaster University.

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Celebrate the end of term with The Usuals

Faculty staff band "The Usuals", made up of members of the School of Computing and Communications and the Faculty of Science and Technology's Business Partnerships and Enterprise team, will be performing a fusion of rock, pop and blues classics at their last gig of the year next Friday 14th December, Graduate bar, 8.30pm. Admission free, all welcome to come along and celebrate the end of term.

The Usuals are Professor Geoff Coulson (Lead guitar and Vocals), Professor Nigel Davies (Guitar), Dr Chris Edwards (Keyboard), Dr Joe Finney (Bass), Dr Bran Knowles (Drums) and Amanda Ross (Vocals).


Science and Technology Christmas Conference

The Christmas Conference is just over a week away. Full details of speakers and sessions are on the Science and Technology website.