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.
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.
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 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.
Recent stories from Science and Technology:
The opening of a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory is the latest boost to the return of chemistry to Lancaster University.
Lancaster University is leading a £4.9M initiative to train a new generation of environmental scientists equipped to tackle the challenges of a planet under pressure.
Lancaster University's annual cyber security conference aims to get businesses to think about growth opportunities surrounding cyber-security rather than dwelling on the risks.
An innovative collaborative research programme designed to boost UK business and exports sees first product launched at international trade fairs
The retired Senior Vice President of Rolls Royce Roy Quipp was among several engineering alumni to attend a reunion at Lancaster University 40 years after graduation.
Scientists from Lancaster University have made the first ever observations of how a rare type of lava continues moving almost a year after a volcanic eruption.
A major new study will explore the impact of the changes that humans are making to the ecosystems of tropical forests.
A new study has found that higher levels of racism in white Americans is associated with having a gun in the home and greater opposition to gun control policies.