Lancashire firms urged to use top physics department

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BUSINESSES in the county are being urged to tap into the resources of the UK’s top physics department.

Lancaster University’s Physics Department is ranked among Britain’s best for research and companies and organisations are able to use its undergraduate talent to boost their R & D 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 also 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.

To find out more contact Dr Manus Hayne from Lancaster University’s Department of Physics at m.hayne@lancaster.ac.uk or call 01524 593279.