Businesses urged to take advantage of the UK's top physics department
Story supplied by LU Press Office
Businesses have the opportunity to tap into the resources of the UK's top physics department.
Lancaster University's Physics Department is ranked as the best in the country for research and companies and organisations are invited to use its undergraduate talent to boost their research and development at little cost.
Offering fresh insight into problems, the third year undergraduates work in small teams overseen by academics to provide a solution for the organisation.
Dr Mark Rushforth, Head of Business Partnerships and Enterprise for Physical Sciences at Lancaster University, said: "This is a great opportunity for businesses and organisations of all sizes to have a team of skilled and dynamic undergraduates to work on a relevant problem with the business.
"As well as benefitting from having a team work on resolving a real-world issue, there is an opportunity to talent-spot students from within the country's top physics department and to create or build on relationships with the university."
Interested businesses do not have to pay for the time of the students or academics working on the projects, although they may need to provide specialised equipment or materials that are specific to their problem.
The students benefit from opportunities to do real-world research and a greater understanding of the needs of industry, as well as a chance to develop other important skills such as team-working and project-management.
Previous companies that have benefitted from students working on a business problem include Tyco Fire Protection Products, which designs and manufactures smoke alarms.
Stephen Penney, Principle Engineer at Tyco Fire Protection Products said: "While we were hopeful the students would find something to challenge them, we were pleasantly surprised at the calibre of their work.
"They showed initiative in both structuring their work efficiently and selecting aspects of the study to ensure their work complemented our own, resulting in some useful research."
Businesses and organisations who would like to register their interest or to find out more should contact Dr Manus Hayne from Lancaster University's Department of Physics by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01524 593279.
More information about Lancaster University's Department of Physics is available by visiting
Thu 19 June 2014
Updates on the best opportunities to spot the Northern Lights in the UK are now available on a mobile phone app developed in association with scientists at Lancaster University.
Story supplied by LU Press Office
Fri 23 January 2015
In this report we provide some case studies of Science and Technology's work with external partners during 2013-2014. Read about the launch of the Quantum Technology Centre, the Engineering Design Academy, R&D opportunities with China, a new Physics start-up company, research with regional small and medium enterprises, seed funding for new products and processes, new facilities for hire, free events and training, new companies on campus, plugging the data science skills gap, and much more...
Tue 20 January 2015
In the REF2014 Research Excellence Framework the Lancaster Physics Department was ranked 2nd in the UK for the amount of its research output judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality. Indeed, 28% of our publications submitted for assessment were deemed to belong in the top bracket.
Thu 18 December 2014
Researchers in the Physics Department's Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) Group have been awarded £923,000 by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to study the plasma environments within our solar system.
Fri 21 November 2014