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Complete University Guide

The annual Complete University Guide ranks UK universities based on factors such as student satisfaction, entry standards, research quality and graduate prospects. Several areas of Science and Technology at Lancaster appear in the top ten in the latest rankings. Congratulations to:

Head of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr David Towers will take over from Professor John Whitehead as Head of Department for the academic year 2013-14, followed by Professor Andrey Lazarev who will become Head of Department from 2014-15 for a period of three years.

Dean's Scholarship for outstanding physics student

Dean's Outstanding PhD Scholarship

Congratulations to Thomas Banaszek, who has been selected to receive the Dean's Outstanding PhD Scholarship. Thomas is currently studying for an MPhys in Theoretical Physics and will begin his PhD in October 2013 under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Gratus.

The Dean's Outstanding PhD Scholarship is awarded to a Science and Technology Graduate School PhD Scholarship candidate who is academically excellent and has an outstanding PhD proposal that is likely to lead to high impact research.

Faculty grants: conferences and PGR travel

FST conference support grants

Applications are invited for support for Science and Technology conferences taking place in 2013/14. The faculty will provide up to £1,000 per conference organised by Lancaster staff and held at Lancaster University. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 7th June 2013. More information

Graduate School Travel Grants

Funding is now available for postgraduate researchers to apply for grants of up to £350 for travel and subsistence to conferences taking place up to July 31 2013. Students are only eligible to apply if they have not yet received funding from the Faculty Travel Grant scheme. The form should be completed fully and emailed to Ruth Allen. Please note, the funds do not cover fees or expenses related to fieldwork. For any questions about the grants please contact Ruth directly.

New DOI option in Pure

To improve the process of entering publication records into Pure, a new option has been activated which allows users to search for a publication using its DOI. This option is called CrossRef - instructions are as follows:

  1. Click on the big green Add New button on the right hand side of the screen
  2. On the next screen, under Research Output in the navigation bar on the left side, 3 options should be visible: Create from template, Import from online source, and Import from file. If these options are NOT visible, click on the word Research Output and they should appear below it.
  3. Click on Import from online source.
  4. Click on CrossRef.
  5. Put in the DOI and search on it.

For more help and guidance, email Pure Support.

Business Partnerships and Enterprise

ICT: Royal Seal of Approval for Rinicom

Lancaster-based Rinicom Limited, whose Chief Executive is the School of Computing and Communications' Professor Garik Markarian, has been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2013 (export) - one of the UK's highest accolades for business success. Each award is valid for five years and winners are invited to a reception with HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Professor Markarian said, "Winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise is a fantastic achievement for us and clearly demonstrates the international demand for cutting-edge technology. Strong links with Lancaster University and our investment in R&D has enabled Rinicom to maintain its competitive advantage and continuously innovate, enabling us to develop a full range of world class IP MESH COFDM systems. This has resulted in continuous export growth of over 30% per annum by revenue."

Currently Rinicom sponsors four PhD students in the School of Computing and Communications, and provides opportunities for industrial placements for both UG and PG students. In addition, the majority of Rinicom staff are graduates of Lancaster University.

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Security Lancaster: Company rewards students for business solutions

Three MSc in Cyber Security students were rewarded by security company Secarma for their solutions to global security challenges.

Secarma and the tutors delivering the Information System Security Management module set a series of coursework questions based on real world challenges faced by Secarma and its clients, including bring your own device, cloud computing and securing the supply chain.

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Impact Acceleration Account Second Pilot Call

Registration ends on Friday 3 May for researchers and external partners to attend an ImaginationLab at the university on Wednesday 8th May.

Part of the IAA second pilot call, the ImaginationLab will help develop†concepts and ideas that can ultimately lead to a successful Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding application of up to £20,000.

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First internships start with businesses

The first interns have been recruited as part of the Science and Technology Internship Programme. They will be working for Carbon Action Limited, an SME based in LEC, and Fat Media in Lancaster.

Jessica Gissing, 2nd year Geography student, started work on 4th March, contacting potential Carbon Action clients and developing the company's client base. Hayley Cowburn, postgraduate student on the MSc Psychology of Advertising course, will start work for local digital marketing company Fat Media next Tuesday, researching the company strategy in relation to its search engine optimisation services.

Over 275 students have registered interest with 38 potential vacancies being processed.

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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Environment: Over 80 people attend book launch for 'The Burning Question'

Over 80 people attended the book launch for "The Burning Question - we can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?" by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark in LEC last Friday.

An extended interview with Duncan Clark and Mike Berners-Lee about their book featured as the Science Weekly podcast in The Guardian this Monday.

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Science and Technology Business and Industry Seminar Programme

Two films from the seminar series are now live on the Science and Technology website:

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Recent stories from Science and Technology:

New grass species could help reduce the likelihood of flooding

New grass species could help reduce the likelihood of flooding

Scientists at the Lancaster Environment Centre have shown that a grass hybrid species can help reduce the impact of flooding.

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National award for northern lights film

National award for northern lights film

A film made by a Lancaster physicist in the Arctic Circle is among four chosen for a British Universities Film and Video Council award.

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How to spot liars in official interviews

A way to improve detection rates in police interviews has been discovered by researchers following a mock terrorism scenario where suspects plotted to blow up a building.

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