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Appointments Group for Postgraduate Associate Dean

In order to proceed with the appointment of a new Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies ahead of the end of Professor Awais Rashid's term of office on 31 July 2013, the constitution of the Faculty of Science and Technology requires the establishment of an appointments group.

Nominations for the group should be received by Friday 12 April. Please download the memo for further details.


Impact Case Study Showcase

A selection of the best impact case studies from all seven FST departments that are being prepared for the REF2014 submission will be presented on Thursday 11 April. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

It is clear that FST has many excellent examples of impact. This is an opportunity for colleagues to learn about the impact across FST as well as get ideas and share best practice.

We anticipate around 30 presentations of 10 minutes each. The event will run from 9am to 5pm in the Masters Training Suite (in the Engineering building). Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided.

Mike Kosch
FST Associate Dean for Research


Feedback on LU's new procurement system

Some Science and Technology staff have already provided feedback on the university's new procurement system. If you have not, have experience of using the system and would also like to let us have your views, please respond before Easter to our brief online survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLSJSPY.


Business Partnership and Enterprise

Over 200 students register for business internships

Since the launch of a new programme providing internships in businesses for students and recent graduates over 200 students have registered their interest online. The programme provides opportunities for current students and recent graduates to work for a business utilising their science and technology knowledge and skills.

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Energy Lancaster: AFC Energy loans equipment for student use

Industrial fuel cell company AFC Energy has made the first delivery of equipment to the Engineering Department to facilitate their new alkaline fuel cell technical programme. It will allow students within the department to gain a hands-on understanding of the manufacture of alkaline fuel cells.

Dr Gene Lewis, Technical Director, AFC Energy stated, "This is the first step to creating a strong technical partnership with Lancaster University."

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Environment: Catchment Change Management Hub praised by MP

The Catchment Change Management Hub (CCM Hub) has been praised by Richard Benyon MP, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries, following a series of events. In a keynote speech at a recent DEFRA conference, he praised the work of Lancaster University and partners, stating that the CCM Hub was "an excellent example of how we can work collaboratively to share good practice."

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Science and Technology Business and Industry Seminars

On Wednesday, over 40 staff, students, and alumni from across the university met with external businesses at the second Business and Industry Seminar - How Unilever Finds Technology Partners by Roger Leech, Unilever's Discover Operations and Science Grid Director.

The next seminar will be by Tony Conway, Director of Strategic Asset Planning and Engineering, United Utilities, on 12th June 12-2pm. Tony will discuss some of the science and innovation challenges that United Utilities are facing.

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News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:


Lancaster University a big hit at The Big Bang

Lancaster University a big hit at The Big Bang

Lancaster University's interactive particle physics exhibit, manned by a team of Science and Technology students and researchers, proved to be a big hit at this year's Big Bang Science Fair.

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Insight into manufacturing for first year engineering students

Insight into manufacturing for first year engineering students

Engineering students recently had the chance to see how the technologies and processes they cover in the lecture theatre work in real life, on a visit to Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing plant in Halewood.

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The lady with the lamp lights up maths and stats

The lady with the lamp lights up maths and stats

Florence Nightingale, best remembered for her work as a nurse during the Crimean War, will help shed new light on mathematics and statistics.

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'Constant vigilance and high-level commitment' an organisation's best defence against cyberattacks

'Constant vigilance and high-level commitment' an organisation's best defence against cyberattacks

Security Lancaster's Professor Awais Rashid has been featured in the Institute of Financial Services School of Finance's monthly journal, Financial World. In the article he warns that that an organisation's only defence against cyberattacks is constant vigilance and commitment at board level.

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Short films on slash and burn practices in the Amazon Rainforest

Short films on slash and burn practices in the Amazon Rainforest

The use of fire by Amazonian farmers is the topic of five videos launched by researchers at the Lancaster Environment Centre.

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