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Research Excellence Framework - submission successful

Lancaster's submission to the REF was successfully completed at 5pm on Wednesday 27 November, two days before the deadline.

Many staff contributed to this major undertaking, which is important for both financial and reputational reasons. FST had seven Units of Assessment, loosely mapped onto our seven Departments. The outcome will be known in December 2014.

Certain FST staff put in a special effort, not least the departmental research directors and the impact case study authors. The weight of their contribution is recognised as the greatest. To achieve our REF strategy certain tactics were deployed. Staff who moved to other Units of Assessment (for REF purposes only) or who were not included for tactical reasons are recognised for their significant contribution to our REF submission.

I am grateful for the effort of all those who contributed.

Michael Kosch
Associate Dean for research


Science and Technology Christmas Conference

Tuesday 17 December, Management School Building

New for 2013: Student talks

For the first time, this year's Christmas Conference will feature a collection of short presentations from final-year PhD students from across the faculty, as well as talks by early career academics from all Science and Technology departments. Each student will be giving a three-minute pitch about their research.

As well as these short talks, 60 research students from across Science and Technology are preparing posters for the Graduate School Poster Competition.

Please support our students by coming along to the talks, attending the poster session and taking part in the voting.

Invited speaker

We now have full details of our guest lecture:

Gastrophysics: The new Science of the Table

Gastrophysics: The new Science of the Table

Professor Charles Spence, Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Oxford University

In this talk, leading food sensory expert and Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford Charles Spence will demonstrate how we process smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch and the resulting implications for the way in which we design experiences.

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For full details of the 2013 conference go to www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/christmas_conference


Associate Dean for Research

We are pleased to report that Professor Jamshed Anwar from Chemistry has been appointed as the faculty's new Associate Dean for Research. Jamshed will shadow the current Associate Dean Mike Kosch for the remainder of this term and take over fully from January 2014.


FST Distinguished Visitor Programme to Centres in Science and Technology

As announced at the faculty forum, the Faculty of Science and Technology is starting a new Distinguished Visitor Programme to the faculty's major research centres, with the following objectives:

This joint venture involves Energy Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Research in Human Development and Learning, Security Lancaster. It will support both extended visits (1-3 months) by an internationally leading researcher, Short term visits (1-2 weeks) by an internationally leading researcher and a programme of short visits by a group of researchers from a leading research Centre. The call will remain open until Saturday 1 March 2014 and submitted applications will be assessed on a monthly basis. More details


Future Earth presentation

Nick Hewitt will give a short presentation on the international Future Earth research initiative and the bid to host the global Future Earth secretariat at Lancaster University.

The seminar will take place on Friday 6 December from 1-2 pm in Training Room 1 & 2, Gordon Manley Building. All welcome.


Non-Academic Representative on the Policy and Resources Committee

We are pleased to report that Martin Ward from Physics has been appointed to the role of non-academic staff representative on the faculty's Policy and Resources Committee. Martin will serve for a period of three years.


News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:


New Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training

Lancaster's Engineering Department is to share in a total of £350m in the UK's largest ever investment in postgraduate training in engineering and the physical sciences, allowing it to offer fully-funded PhD places in Nuclear Engineering.

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Success for Lancaster's STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Success for Lancaster's STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

This week the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced a new investment of £350 million to fund a new generation of Centres for Doctoral Training across the UK.

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Lancaster engineer presents review seminar at CERN

Lancaster engineer presents review seminar at CERN

Dr Graeme Burt of Engineering and Security Lancaster was invited to give a review seminar on unconventional RF cavity development at a special event at CERN on the future of accelerators, predicting their technical needs for the next 50 years.

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InfoLab21 software company reaches final of 'hackathon' competition with energy-saving idea

InfoLab21 software company reaches final of 'hackathon' competition with energy-saving idea

An InfoLab21-based technology company has been awarded £10,000 to develop an energy saving idea to help reduce electricity demand at peak times.

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Recognition for 'world-leading' environmental scientist

Recognition for 'world-leading' environmental scientist

A Lancaster University Environmental Scientist has been recognised for her 'world-leading' research using magnetism to shed new light on climate change.

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LEC research supports UK children affected by natural disasters

LEC research supports UK children affected by natural disasters

Lancaster Environment Centre researchers are working with Save the Children to deliver workshops to support children and young people affected by disasters in the UK.

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CERN scientists visit Cockcroft Institute to discuss next step for LHC

The Cockcroft Institute recently played host to the annual HiLumi-LARP meeting to discuss the luminosity upgrade of the LHC.

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