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Reminder: call for applications for Associate Dean for Research

Applications are now invited for the post of Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science and Technology to take over from Professor Mike Kosch in January 2014.

The major duties of this post are to provide leadership in research, and, as a member of the Deans Group, to contribute to the development and delivery of the faculty's strategy. It would be advantageous for applicants to have some management experience as well as enthusiasm for research and an acceptance of disciplinary variations in research activity.

Further details of the post and the formal call for nominations are available to download:

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Call for Non-Academic Representative on the Policy and Resources Committee

Nominations are invited for a non-academic staff representative to serve on the Faculty Policy and Resources Committee. The representative will serve from the start of 2013/14 for a period of three years. Eligibility for nomination extends to all non-academic staff in the faculty who are in technical, clerical, secretarial and administrative roles. Nominations should be signed by a nominee and a seconder who must both themselves satisfy the criteria for eligibility. Nominations should include a brief statement declaring that the person nominated is willing to stand. Please submit all nominations to Lucy Thorne by Friday 26 July.


Visit from EPSRC

Dr Lesley Thompson, EPSRC Director of Sciences and Engineering, will be visiting the University on Thursday 18 July and will be giving a talk on the strategy and approaches of the EPSRC. Dr Thompson has responsibility for managing the overall EPSRC portfolio, commissioning 740 million per year for research and postgraduate training in engineering and the physical sciences and managing the relationships with the research base.

You are invited to her presentation at 4pm on Thursday 18 July 2013, in the Biology Lecture Theatre, LEC 1. The talk is likely to last between 1 - 1.5 hours.

Please confirm your attendance to rso-submissions@lancs.ac.uk by 10th July so that attendance numbers can be gauged.


Science and Technology Taster Day 2013

The ninth annual Science and Technology Taster Day will be held on 2 July. 250+ pupils are expected to attend, from various schools and colleges across the Northwest, including Runshaw and Cardinal Newman. Sessions will be delivered by all departments, with chemistry and biology being particularly popular.

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Academic Health Science Network Presentation

Professor John Goodacre, Co-Director of the Faculty of Health and Medicine's Collaborative Partnerships initiative, will give a talk about the new Academic Health Science Network, Thursday 25 July between 9-10am. This network will work with all parts of the NHS and healthcare delivery partners to accelerate the adoption and spread of innovation.

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The 'Missing Women' in Higher Education Leadership Conference

On Wednesday 26 June Lancaster University will be holding a conference on "The Missing Women in Higher Education Leadership". This one day conference, hosted by The Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University, contributes to current debates within and beyond higher education about 'the missing women at the top'.

A wide range of senior academics and leaders will be speaking on topics including: the work Vice Chancellors are doing in their own institutions to address the issues; the pioneering work of the Equality Challenge Unit; the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education's work on leadership development diversity; and recent research on leadership and gender.

Go to http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/faculty/event/4378/ for more details.


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CRESTx Lancaster-Short Talks on Big Ideas in Cyber Security

Security Lancaster is hosting a conference facilitated by the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) - the professional body representing the ethical security testing and incident response industry. 20 speakers will highlight the latest ideas in cyber security on 3rd July at InfoLab21. All staff and students are welcome to attend.

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Internships programme continues to progress

40 students from across the faculty have been placed with organisations from across the UK for 1-3 month summer internships. More opportunities are available for science and technology students, please encourage students to apply.

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40 attended United Utilities Business and Industry Seminar

On Wednesday, over 40 staff, students, and alumni from across the university attended the Science and Innovation Challenges for United Utilities seminar by Tony Conway, Strategic Programmes Director, United Utilities. The next seminar Innovation Priorities for the Chemical Using Industries will be given by Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network/International Business Leaders Forum on Wednesday 23 October 2013, 1pm-5pm.

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