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Pilot call for proposals for 600,000 Impact Acceleration Account

Applications are now invited to bid into the university's Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). 600,000 has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support researchers to deliver greater collaboration with industry and bridge the gap between university research and the marketplace.

The money will be made available to researchers through a competitive internal process to fund a range of activities designed to promote impact from EPSRC research areas. Activities include addressing barriers to university and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) collaboration, enhancing the capacity of SMEs to develop outcomes from EPSRC research areas through seed funding and Fellowship opportunities, and providing SMEs access to Lancaster research infrastructure.

Any level of researcher can apply for IAA funding (PhD students to EPSRC PIs). There will be also be numerous activities and funding opportunities to facilitate impact and external engagement over the duration of the IAA which runs until October 2015.

Anyone wishing to apply is advised to contact Dr Mark Rushforth in the first instance for guidance on the application procedure and to ensure proposals remained focussed to the objectives of the IAA.

Read more and access proposal form


Support for enhancements to Moodle pages

ISS has resources available to support enhancements to your Moodle pages or to help with e-learning projects. This is in response to feedback that staff are happy publishing docs on Moodle, but have yet to explore some of its more interactive features.

Support could involve help with authoring quiz questions, editing down a video podcast, making your page look more appealing or even developing a safety or basic skills course to run parallel to an existing programme. ISS can offer custom training where there is a specific requirement.

Please contact Phil Tubman if you have a project or Moodle enhancement job that you would like extra support with.


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation: Leading entrepreneur Lord Drayson to give keynote address at centre showcase and launch event

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation will be officially launched by Lord Drayson of Kensington (the former UK Science Minister) on Monday 4th March 2013, 1330-1630, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Lord Drayson gained his PhD whilst working with industry and is a highly successful entrepreneur. He is the Director of Drayson Cars Ltd, manufacturer of electric vehicles, and Managing Partner of Drayson Racing Technologies LLP, a business engaged in the research, development, testing and racing of green technology in motorsport.

The event will showcase the 50 collaborative PhD projects with local small and medium enterprises and brings experts in eco-innovation from Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and commercialisation consultancy Inventya Limited together with a wide range of local businesses and national public and private organisations.

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Energy Lancaster: AFC Energy initiates research relationship with Science and Technology's fuel cells expert

Industrial fuel cell power company AFC Energy has established a new research relationship with Science and Technology's Engineering Department and Energy Lancaster. A team led by Dr Richard Dawson will undertake research to help AFC Energy better understand how alkaline fuel cells operate using an array of different hydrogen feed-stocks.

Dr Dawson explains, "I am really pleased to be collaborating with AFC Energy. This research could lead to alkaline fuel cells with enhanced durability in demanding applications, allowing low cost and highly efficient alkaline fuel cells to be used effectively in many more scenarios, bringing associated cost and energy efficiency benefits."

The relationship was featured in the news on StockMarketWire.com, AFC Energy, FuelCellsWorks, The Telegraph Finance, Interactive Investor, Money am, FE Investegate and Shares Magazine.

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ICT: 'Making Sense of Microposts' workshop accepted for WWW2013

A workshop submitted by Dr Matthew Rowe from the School of Computing and Communications has been accepted at the World Wide Web Conference 2013. The workshop has already attracted interest from global online brands Ebay, who are sponsoring the workshop's challenge prize, and Google.

Dr Rowe hopes that the success of having the workshop submitted will be beneficial for the School and Lancaster University. "The collaboration with Ebay and the interest from Google is great for Lancaster University's visibility in wider data mining circles. We also hope to get people at the university interested in submitting to both the workshop and the challenge."

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Courses in applied statistics for scientists, social scientists and health researchers

The Postgraduate Statistics Centre offer a range of on-campus courses to help researchers and PhD students in analysing their data. Courses for Lent and Summer Terms are as follows:

To book a place and to see course descriptions please go to www.lancs.ac.uk/fas/cpd/statistics/


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