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LU Text is published by the Press Office on Fridays during term time and aims to keep you regularly informed of the University's news and developments. Editor, Vicky Tyrrell

| 31 October 2008 | Issue 409

Contents: news; notices; people; letters; people in the news; what's on; ads


Review of Central Administration

A major review of Lancaster’s central administration has been completed. This week administrative staff were invited to a presentation of the main proposals. The resulting changes in the organisational structure of the administration reflect the significant change and growth that the university has faced over the past ten years. An implementation group will now work to put in place the new ‘Central Services’ by August 2009. Where external appointments are to be considered there will be a phased process. This sees seven groupings with distinct functions which will be managed overall by a new role of Chief Operating Officer to maximise integration. There will be a separate governance function led by the University Secretary. It is also proposed that the Faculties continue to operate in partnership with the Centre. Staff will be kept informed of developments. To see the slides of the presentation click here. https://gap.lancs.ac.uk/Committees/centraladminreview/Pages/default.aspx

Animal disease study launched

Lancaster University is leading a new study to help the authorities respond more effectively to outbreaks of animal disease. The research is focusing on Foot & Mouth Disease, Cryptosporidium and Avian Flu as case studies, but the outcomes of the study are designed to inform policy across a range of disease areas, such as the effective management of Bluetongue. Much of the research will centre on North West England which was particularly hard hit by Foot & Mouth Disease and faces long-term pressures on land use related to Cryptosporidiosis. The £793k project has been funded under the UK Research Councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme. The project is a partnership between Lancaster University (Lancaster Environment Centre, CESAGen, the School of Health and Medicine and Sociology), experts from The Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology as well as the University of Liverpool’s Faculty of Veterinary Science and the National Centre for Zoonosis Research (NCZR). To view the full story

Lottery funding for research on working fathers

Lancaster University Management School and Working Families have been awarded a ‘Big Lottery Fund’ grant to undertake a two-year study of the working lives of fathers in the UK. The project – led by Dr Caroline Gatrell of Lancaster’s Department of Management Learning and Leadership – will investigate and document the barriers that prevent working fathers' greater engagement as parents, creating a body of evidence that will be used to influence public policy development and employer practice. The research aims to increase awareness and understanding amongst working fathers, especially those on low incomes, of the options they have to manage their working lives differently. The findings will help to improve Working Families' existing services for fathers as well as those of other voluntary organisations. An estimated 8,500 UK fathers are expected to benefit directly from the study through gaining greater knowledge about their employment rights and also learning how to engage more with their children. To view the full story

New book wins prestigious award

Living and Dying with Dementia - a book written by Dr Katherine Froggatt from Lancaster's International Observatory on End of Life Care with Professors Neil Small and Murna Downs (University of Bradford) was Joint Winner in the new Non-Clinical Medical book Category awarded by The Society of Authors and Royal Society of Medicine Book Awards 2008 See http://www.societyofauthors.org/ for more info re the awards

Academic Processions

Academic Processions at Higher Degree Ceremonies All colleagues (academic and non-academic) are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Higher Degree Ceremonies on Wednesday 10 December 2008. Honorary Degrees will be conferred upon:

  • Professor Mary Barth, Professor of Accounting at Stanford Graduate School of Business and one of the top-ranked accounting researchers in the world (10 a.m.);
  • Patricia Routledge, British actress from the North West of England, probably best known for her roles in "Keeping up Appearances" and "Hetty Wainthrop Investigates" (12 noon);
  • Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, President of the British Academy and distinguished philosopher (3 p.m.).

The full timetable and a booking form to confirm attendance and book your academic robes can be found at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ceremonies/processions.htm To ensure the correct robes can be provided, please return the form by post or e-mail by Wednesday 19 November. Enquiries: Ceremonies and Events Office; Tel: 01524 592190; E: ceremonies@lancaster.ac.uk

Short courses on campus

The Department of Continuing Education (DCE) is running a range of creative writing, astronomy, archaeology, history, photography, ecology, music and psychology short courses on campus starting in early November. Call for details on 01524 592623 or see the full programme for 2008/9 on the DCE website


Professor Martin Bygate (Linguistics and English Language) has been elected the new President of AILA for 2008-2011. AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or International Association of Applied Linguistics) is the world-wide federation of learned societies for applied linguistics and related disciplines. It holds large triennial congresses that are a major international forum in the discipline, and supports international research networks in a wide range of language-related fields. Professor Bygate will have an important role in developing international links in the organisation beyond Europe and North America.

Sol Picciotto, emeritus professor in the Law School , attended the fourth annual meeting of the United Nations Committee of Tax Experts in Geneva, from 20th-24th October, as an Observer, on behalf of the Tax Justice Network.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) gave a keynote address at a major European conference for the European Enterprise for Health on Thursday 16 October. He was one of three keynotes along with Lord McKenzie, Under-Secretary of State at DWP and Professor Dr Rita Sussmuth, Former President of the German Bundestag (Lower House). The address was entitled 'Healthy Enterprises in a Global Europe—sustaining economic success and well being'.


A LIST OF COLLEGE OFFICERS for 2008 is available from this link www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/cro/Coll-Officers08.doc


The University subscribes to ResearchResearch , a research funding database and the world's leading publisher of news and information for the international research community. The university-wide subscription now includes access to ResearchFortnight, a magazine that covers news on research policy and politics. Access to ResearchResearch.com is available from any PC on the university network and a link can be found on the Research Support office website. Staff are encouraged to obtain their own username and password (following the link from the ResearchResearch Lancaster page), which allows them to set up customised funding alerts on their own areas of research and subscribe to news alerts.


As part of the Cycling Demonstration Town (CDT) project Lancaster City Council carry out a number of surveys to monitor cycling levels. The workplace travel survey will help us understand not only how people currently get to their place of work but also what barriers exist to the use of other transport modes. Please help them by completing this survey (by following the link) www.celebratingcycling.org/images/downloads/workplacetravelsurvey2008.htm The information supplied is kept confidential and no personal data will be shared. The survey will close on December 12th. All questionnaires received by this date will be entered into a prize draw: 1st prize - Hamper of luxury local food, 2nd prize - 2 x £25 voucher to spend in local bike shop, 3rd prize - 25 x cycle water bottle.


If so, do you know about the University Cyclist’s Email Information List? To subscribe to the University's information list for cyclists please send an e-mail to majordomo@lists.lancs.ac.uk with "subscribe cyclists" in the body of the e-mail. You should leave the subject field blank. Over 160 staff members have signed up.


If you are organising any events this academic year which are likely to attract more than around 30 visiting vehicles then please could you contact Philip Longton, Travel & Environment Co-ordinator, X94413, with the dates and precise location of the event, the anticipated number of vehicles expected for the event and any requests you have regarding car parking and access. This is so that suitable arrangements can be put in place to managing travel, access and parking for these events. Please note that from January 2009, there will be no free car parking for visitors on visit days, open days, etc. Six additional pay and display machines will be installed around the campus by December, including two on Alexandra Park.


Letters - Letters from LU staff this week - disabled access


People in the news - National coverage for Lancaster University this week includes The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mail, BBC Radio 4 etc.


Arts , Lectures & Seminars , Short Courses - University events this week.


All adverts - posted by staff

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