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From the Faculty Forum

At the Faculty Forum on Wednesday 13 November colleagues from across the faculty heard about a programme for new lecturers who are also early career, which is just about to start. The first session recognises that balancing new teaching, setting up a research programme and getting involved in departmental activity can put a lot of pressure on academics at the beginning of their career and will be on "keeping the job in perspective". Watch for a further announcement on date and time.

Not one but two FST Distinguished Visitor Programmes were presented at the forum:

Dr Mark Bacon gave colleagues an update on the Witty review and the potential implications of its recommendations for Science and Technology at Lancaster. He reported significant new opportunities for investment in research which underpins the government's industrial strategy and changes to the impact weighting of REF in the future. Mark also outlined the faculty and university process underway to develop a number of major investment proposals in research and innovation activities for funding by the new regional programme of European funds.


Science and Technology Christmas Conference

The list of departmental speakers and talks for The Science and Technology Christmas Conference on Tuesday 17 December is now available online. A new feature for 2013 is an hour of three-minute talks from faculty research students. Add the Christmas Conference your calendar.


Energy Lancaster Update

The search for the new director of Energy Lancaster is continuing. While this plays out Dr Andy Jarvis from Lancaster Environment Centre has agreed to take on an Acting Director role commencing 1st December 2014. Andy will be in touch with colleagues working on or around Energy to discuss research, training and impact. In the meantime, the Energy Fellows are organising a series of energy lectures starting in the new year. Watch for the further announcement.


Science and Technology Public Talks

Science and Technology at Lancaster's autumn series of free talks has been very popular, with large turnouts for talks on subjects as diverse as food security, tidal power, graphene and antimatter.

Next Tuesday's talk, at Lancaster's Storey Institute, will explore the perils of relying on information from parents in developmental psychology research. Book online.


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