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One Thousand New Students

Faculty of Science and Technology Undergraduate Admissions 2013

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching Gordon Blower writes:

This year Science and Technology enjoyed a successful year in undergraduate recruitment, admitting over one thousand students. This included over 900 Home/EU students and over 100 Overseas and Islands students, both being considerable increases over 2012.

The first intake in the restored Chemistry department included 24 students, while the resurgence in traditional disciplines was reflected in further increases in Mathematics and in Computing and Communications. Likewise, Natural Sciences doubled its intake from 34 in 2012 to 70 students in 2013, with a very high A-level average entry tariff of 362 points - more than AAA.

Lancaster generally benefitted from the new clearing and adjustment process. FST gained about 98 students through clearing and lost only a handful in adjustment. In particular, Psychology and Engineering recovered strongly during the clearing process.

In 2014-2015, we plan to make a further incremental increase in admissions which will provide the basis for sustained investment in the Faculty.

Outreach and recruitment activities are essential for attracting students to Lancaster, so I thank all those who participated at open days, outreach events and especially those directly involved in admissions.


FST Distinguished Visitor Programme in Physical Sciences

The Faculty of Science and Technology is starting a new Distinguished Visitor Programme in Physical Sciences, with the following objectives: to build new international links between Lancaster and leading universities worldwide; to increase Lancaster's ability to deliver outstanding research; to enhance the experience of Lancaster's early-career researchers through collaborations with world-leading overseas academics; and to raise Lancaster's international visibility and appeal among academics in the world's top 100 Universities.

It is expected that the nominees will be recognised, active, world leaders in the area of research complementary to that at Lancaster, be based at an internationally leading overseas university, and that the short-term outcome of each visit will include 4*-quality research publications. In the longer term, the visits are expected to lead to new grants and to increase Lancaster's recognition and appeal for academic recruiting at all levels.

The programme is a joint venture involving the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, LEC and Physics, and will support two types of visit:

  1. Extended (1-3 months) visits of distinguished academics to initiate new activities at Lancaster (for longer periods proposers would have to secure additional external resources). The visitor will be expected to deliver a general colloquium for the University staff, 2-4 specialist lectures for young researchers and staff at Lancaster, and 1-2 seminars at leading UK universities. The budget per visit is limited to £1k towards economy-class travel from overseas and £4k/month for living expenses in Lancaster and local travel in the UK.
  2. Short term visits (~1 week) by distinguished academics from overseas, for establishing new collaborations with Lancaster and the delivery of guest lecture. Such a visit is expected to be followed by a 2 weeks - 1 month visit by a junior researcher from the same group to facilitate the new strand of research at Lancaster. The budget for the initial visit will be limited to £2k and to £3k for the follow-up visit.

The initial expressions of interest to host a distinguished visitor should be submitted (using this form) to the organisers (J Anwar, V Falko, B Maher), who will help to develop the visit programme such that it would maximally benefit the Faculty and University. This call will remain open until Saturday 1 March 2014, with the Organisers taking funding decisions on the newly submitted applications on the end of each calendar month.


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 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 Tuesday 29 October.

If the faculty receives more than one nomination, an election by secret ballot will be held to allow staff to decide who they would like to represent them. Should elections be necessary, they will be conducted and concluded by Tuesday 19 November.


Friends Programme funding

Applications for funding Lancaster University's Friends Programme are currently being invited.

Faculty applications should be approved and prioritised by the Dean before they are submitted. This allows funding to be made available according to faculty priorities. The deadline for applications to be submitted to the Dean for approval is Friday 15 November. Please email completed application forms to Lucy Thorne.


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

Chemistry Innovation to give seminar

Chemistry Innovation is a TSB funded Knowledge Transfer Network working across four priority areas (product design, sustainable chemistry, bio-based products and innovation manufacturing) to bring together industry, academia and government. Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, will visit Science and Technology to give a seminar on innovation priorities for the chemical using industries on Wednesday 23 October. Staff and students are welcome to join at 12pm in FASS MR1, a networking lunch is available following the seminar.

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Royal Society grant news

The Royal Society's latest Scientists' Newsletter has details of several grants to support - among other things - establishing international collaborations, developing new equipment and the commercialisation of research. To sign up for Royal Society newsletters got to http://royalsociety.org/stay-in-touch/email-newsletters/.


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