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3D Future

We’ve been awarded a grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering to run 3D-printing events here at UCLan.

The project will include events that take place out and about within the community. We’ll also hold workshops on campus at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre for school groups and girl guides.

The grant will give people the chance to have a go at 3D printing for themselves. We will be visiting local cafes and bars as well as taking the 3D printers into museums with engineers on hand to chat with people about what they do.

Dr Hadley Brooks, Lecturer in Engineering, who will be involved in delivery some of the events, said:  “3D printing is going to be one of the most important technologies of the 21st century, shaping all industries from health, transport, sporting goods, machinery and electronics. I am excited about the opportunity to show future inventors the power of this technology with hands-on demos, and by presenting cutting edge research from UCLan and around the world.”

3D printing has huge potential for the future and so we are also going to be asking people to submit their own 3D printing designs via social media so we can make them. We will also be creating short videos starring engineers setting small engineering challenges you can try at home. Watch this space for more info on how you can get involved and have a go at 3D-prinitng for yourself.

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#Scistories

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In the run up to the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC) official opening we asked people to share their memories from school science. The two most popular were the Screaming Jelly Baby and the Van der Graff generator. We could only pick one, so during the YSC launch we got out our trusty generator and demonstrated it with a group of local primary school students.

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During the event UCLan staff and students also performed their best science demos and competed to be the names the first ever winner of the UCLan and Ri YSC BestDemo Competition. The audience (local primary school students) voted for the winners were presented with their award by the Minister of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP. Watch the winning demo from Tracy Bradford and Steve Harris below.

In Certain Places Project Space opportunity

icpIn Certain Places occupy a small, informal building on the university campus which they would like to open up for artists – particularly those whose work explores aspects of ‘place’ – to use as part of the Hannah Directory 2015-16 launch celebrations on Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2015.

They can offer artists a temporary work space close to the University’s creative hub, with access, by arrangement, to some of its facilities. This will hopefully allow artists space in which to test their ideas and to experiment with the presentation of their work (including installation and time-based media) and to mount small scale exhibitions for which they can offer curatorial support and assistance with installation.

Although they are unable to offer a fee or expenses, they do have the facility to promote artists’ work via their database of contacts and they can publicise and host events and exhibitions for small audiences, providing refreshments and publicity material.  In Certain Places would also welcome artists who might wish to give short presentations on their work and their research.

In Certain Places is an ongoing programme of interventions and events based in the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire.Based in Preston, the project examines how artists can contribute to the form and functions of a place, by exploring new approaches to art, culture and urban development.

Should you wish to apply, please send an email request, outlining your practice and how you would like to use the space in no more than 250 words, to Elaine Speight espeight@uclan.ac.uk

Derelict Sites : a festival of sited performance in unusual spaces

Derelict sitesSaturday 11th April – Sunday 19th April 2015 in Preston City Centre

Derelict Sites is a micro-festival joining Preston’s public in the experience and participation of contemporary performance and sited installation. Over this week we are activating parts of Preston, including shopping centres, train stations, high streets, cafe’s and museums. See website for full programme.

Perhaps you fancy a Papparazzi welcome at the train station or a view across the city from the top of the Harris Museum? Or how about sending a passing stranger a secret message – using Semaphore flags!

If that’s all too much – then call in for a cuppa with Hunt and Darton – our resident brewers extraordinaire. But be warned – this is no ordinary Caf!

Derelict are dedicated to promoting Preston as a developing cultural city. Through this festival and our continued work, they hope to engage and inspire the community of Preston, generating wider participation and encouraging new audiences for contemporary performance and art in the North West of England.

Complimentary tickets (including a free pop up bar) for the launch night of Drunken Chorus’s I Never Told A Joke In My Life which are on a limited allocation, first come, first served basis, so to reserve your ticket  please reply to catherine@angelclubnorth.com by 9th April with subject line Derelict Sites, your name and organisation.

UCLan and Ri official launch night in pictures

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe University of Central Lancashire has officially opened its state-of-the-art Young Scientist Centre (YSC) in collaboration with the Royal Institution here in Preston.

The centre, which is the first YSC outside of London, was opened by Jamie Edwards, a local school student and the youngest person in the world to carry out a nuclear fusion reaction along with Minster of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb.

A variety of experiments and demonstrations took place across the evening allowing guests to have a taste of the workshops the centre offers.

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The YSC is a purpose built facility which will give young people greater access to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outside school allowing them to get hands-on with science through interactive workshops.

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Dr Liz Granger, manager of the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre, said: “At UCLan we are dedicated to providing an enriched experience and encouraging our students to immerse themselves in the world of science and technology, how it works and how this knowledge can be applied to later life. The YSC creates an exciting environment that will motivate young people to embrace STEM subjects before they consider career paths.” 

More images from the evening can be found on Flickr.

Check out some of the exciting activities that took place here:

British Science Week at the UCLan and Ri YSC

British Science Week takes place next week from 13-22nd March and we have a fun filled week of activities in place at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC).

We have the official opening of the UCLan and Ri YSC which takes place on Wednesday.

The centre is a state-of-the-art lab used to deliver interactive workshops, allowing young people to creatively explore science. It is the first national branch of the YSC outside of London and it is a beacon for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Lancashire.

Staff and students battled it out last week at our Demo Day heats to secure a place to perform for us at our Demo Day 2015 which lands on Thursday, March 19.

From daring demonstrations to exceptional experiments we had a variety of demos and it was a very hard decision to choose the final five performances who will showcase their demo at the YSC. The final winner will be chosen by school children on Thursday. This will be our first event in the centre after its official opening.

We will also be performing some of your favourite #scistories so don’t forget to share with us your most memorable science experiments/demos from school. You can share yours by tweeting us @YSCUCLan using the hashtag #SciStories or share your experiences on our Facebook page.

Demo Day is an annual campaign aimed at inspiring school teachers and technicians to explore ideas and promote discussions through exciting science demonstrations.

Here are some of the best parts from our demo day heats…

Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the week.

UCLan’s New Innovation Fund is now open!

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The fund has been set up to support the rapid evaluation and translation of disruptively innovative, high-impact ideas into commercially and reputationally valuable outcomes.

The Innovation Team will be holding a series of competitive innovation funding rounds to encourage bold new ideas that build on know-how and intellectual property arising out of research performed by UCLan staff. The ideas will possess the potential to have a substantial commercial impact, but are too early to attract external funding.

Awards will be made available to the successful applicants via the following allocation of funds:

  • Up to a maximum project value of £30,000 and we anticipate funding a maximum of 5 projects
  • Up to a maximum project value of £50,000 and we anticipate funding a maximum of 2 projects
  • Up to a maximum project value of £100,000 and we anticipate funding a maximum of 1 project

The first competition deadline is Tuesday 31st March at 12noon.

If you have an idea that you think will fulfil the funds criteria and would like to discuss it, contact the Innovation Team on extension 5651 or follow them on Twitter.