Newsletter Issue 4, December 2016

Dear Faculty of Science Staff and other colleagues,


Welcome to the 4th edition of the Faculty Newsletter. Please click on individual stories of interest.  


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We are pleased to say that our new Dean has now been appointed.

Toby Scott-Ward joins the faculty to ensure students receive support and advice throughout their studies.

Our staff are always achieving great things, some of which are documented in this newsletter.

Each issue we like to introduce a new academic member of staff. This issue features Vincenzo Tamma, a Senior Lecturer in Physics.



See what new courses are subject to approval for 2017/18.

Learn more about SHSSW's new Nursing programme.

Read our brief summary from the Recruitment Team on how many visitors attended the open day for our faculty and when our applicant open days are happening.


Student News


We have been made aware of some of the successes of our students since the last newsletter.


Research & Innovation

Dr Carina Venter discusses her research into the natural history of peanut allergy to establish whether the reported increase in peanut allergies are due to increase in prevalence or increased awareness.

Biological Sciences provide us with an update from the department, particularly in regards to research.

Research is an important part of the faculty and we have included some updates. More updates and info can be found on the R&I webpages.

Dr Jerome Swinny and Dr Sassan Hafizi both received significant grants to fund research for new treatments of diseases.

We are very proud of our PhD students and their work. Here are just a few updates and successes regarding PhD.

As a Faculty we regularly produce new publications from our staff in the form of books, chapters, journals and articles. Some of our new publications are mentioned in this issue. For more, please see the Pure Research Portal.




We have been running social events over the past few weeks, currently sports activities which we will be carrying over into the New Year.



Richard Teeuw presented his knowledge on satellite remote sensing at a recent conference and was the co-convener of a Breakfast Briefing on this technology in the insurance industry.

The Dental Academy recently opened its doors to local residents aged over 60 for a free dental screening and oral cancer check.

The Petroleum Training Development Fund from Nigeria, who currently sponsor some of our students, recently visited the department.

The practice recently won an award at a ceremony organised by 'The News' which included 12 categories.

UoP are involved in an online project to ensure local place- names can live on.

Joanne Preston from the School of Biological Sciences recently appeared on BCC show Coast to talk about the decline in Native Oysters and the research to improve their survival.

There have been many well known visitors using the facilities at the EEL lately, demonstrating the reputation of the lab and team.

The Engineering Geology & Geotechnics Industrial Placement Conference and the SEPnet Summer Placement Conference recently took place.