Launch of the SciTech Grad School
The Faculty of Science and Technology launched the SciTech Grad School on Tuesday 30 September at a welcome lunch for new postgraduate research students.
The new students were welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings and the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Professor Mary Smyth.
Professor Wellings and Professor Smyth both emphasised the crucial importance of a vibrant community of PhD students to the health of a research-led University like Lancaster. The SciTech Grad School is designed to ensure the continued vibrancy of SciTech's postgraduate student community by helping students get the most out of their time at Lancaster.
Run by Dr Rebecca Whitehead, Research Development Programme Coordinator, and Dr Pete Sawyer, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies, the SciTech Grad School will be a key element of the learning environment for those undertaking postgraduate degrees, helping students to forge links across disciplines within the Faculty in both social and academic settings.
In the first instance the Grad School will build on our existing skills training provision. The Research Development Programme is designed to enable SciTech research students and early career researchers to gain essential skills for whatever career path they choose.
That SciTech has a strong postgraduate and research community was shown by the presence at the opening of several current students who took the opportunity to exhibit posters of their work to give a flavour of research student experience within the faculty.
The SciTech Grad School will offer training for researchers, will organise faculty events and champion the needs of postgraduate students and researchers to the wider community.
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