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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

| 28 November 2008 | Issue 413

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


Honorary degrees for distinguished trio

One of Britain’s best-loved actresses is among a trio of distinguished women to be awarded honorary degrees by Lancaster University. Award-winning actress Patricia Routledge CBE will join the philosopher Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve and the international accounting expert Professor Mary Barth from Stanford University in a ceremony in the Great Hall on December 10 presided over by the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington. All three are to be awarded honorary doctorates, with Patricia Routledge receiving a Doctor of Letters, Baroness O’Neill a Doctor of Laws and Prof Barth a Doctor of Science. To view the full story

First visit by Chancellor of Sunway University College

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Chancellor of Sunway University College and Chair of the board of the Sunway Group visited Lancaster University for the first time this month. The visit of Sunway’s Chancellor follows a Lancaster delegation to Malaysia two years ago to formally sign an agreement making Sunway University College in Kuala Lumpur an affiliated institution. The first graduates of the Lancaster University/Sunway dual degrees received their degrees in Psychology in October this year. There are currently 600 students enrolled on degree programmes in Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, IT, Psychology, Hospitality Management and Tourism. Students study at Sunway, but are awarded a degree from both institutions. Lancaster University and Sunway University College plan to launch a number of jointly delivered postgraduate degrees starting in 2009. Lancaster staff have already been at Sunway to teach staff development and Continuing Professional Development workshops, including Dr Chris Edwards and Dr Nick Race from Computing who visited Sunway in November to deliver a workshop on Advanced Networking. To view the full story

Spectrum Centre launch conference

Martin Townsend, editor of the Sunday Express and author of the Mind Book of the Year, "The Father I Had", will recount his childhood experience of growing up with a bipolar father at the launch conference of Lancaster University’s £3m Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research - the only research centre in the UK dedicated to psychosocial research into bipolar disorder. The conference, ‘Developing better psychological interventions for bipolar disorder’, will be held on Tuesday 9th December in the Conference Centre and features presentations from key figures in bipolar research. To view the full story

Review of public arts

A review of the Public Arts at Lancaster (The International Concert Series , The Nuffield Theatre and the Peter Scott Gallery) has been completed and recommendations include a new organisational structure with one overall director, an associate director and a public arts curator along with a team of supporting staff, to be in place by the academic year 09/10. It is envisioned that that the recommendations, which can be viewed at Review of public arts pdf will help create a forward looking vision for the Pubic Arts to make significant contributions to teaching and research at the University, as well as promote participation within the University and amongst local and external communities. The Directors of the Public Arts, administrative and technical staff have been involved in the consultation process. Three external experts commented on the proposals and were asked to make final recommendations. Sir Brian Follett, ex VC of Warwick who was closely involved in the development of the Warwick Arts Centre has also endorsed the final recommendations which have been approved by the Vice-Chancellor.

Enterprising students take up the business challenge

Students have been challenged to develop a business idea based on a random object as part of Enterprise Week. Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU) ran the event at the George Fox building to promote social enterprise where profits are ploughed back into the community. The taster day aimed to recruit more student volunteers for LUVU’s Voltage Project which promotes social enterprise among sixth form students. To view the full story

Christmas show at the Nuffield Theatre

Pioneering theatre company Talking Birds bring their offbeat show "Trevor Goose and his Dark Night of Lights" to the Nuffield Theatre on December 8th/9th. To view the full story

Entrepreneur award for Environment Centre company

The managing director of a company based at the Lancaster Environment Centre has been named as one of the Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008. The Future 100 Awards profiles young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who are demonstrating entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture; one which demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social goals to achieve ultimate business success. To view the full story


Professor David Sugarman, Law, will deliver the Lancaster City Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture at the Dukes Theatre, Moor Lane, Lancaster on Thursday 29 January 2009 at 8:00 pm and everyone is welcome to attend. The lecture is supported by Lancaster City Council and The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), an international non-profit organisation that works throughout the world to create communities through eliminating discrimination, raising awareness and mutual respect.

Paul Oldham (Cesagen) and his collaborator Miriam Anne Frank convened an invited presidential panel at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco last week. The panel was one of only two that were open to the public and brought together indigenous and human rights experts to consider the role of anthropology in implementing the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The interactive poster for the panel is available from the Cesagen website and includes a photograph of the vote in the United Nations General Assembly last year and background reading on the Declaration www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/cesagen/ A digital video of the event will be made available via the Cesagen website in the near future.

Professor Mike Pidd (LUMS) was one of two Titans of Simulation speakers at a major international conference in system simulation WSC’08 held in Miami where he spoke on “Why Modelling Matters”. http://wintersim.org/titans.htm


Christmas salary payments December 2008

For staff contracted to be paid on the 28th of the month, salaries will be credited to bank accounts on WEDNESDAY 24th DECEMBER 2008. To enable the Payroll section to process to this earlier payment date, it will be necessary to bring forward the normal submission of data deadlines. Therefore all additional payment and deduction requests, as well as bank detail changes for individuals, must be lodged with the Payroll Office on or before WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER 2008 to be included in December’s pay.

WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER is also the deadline for submission of authorised timesheets/pay claims for Sessional staff. Please help the payroll section by including the six digit employee number on any timesheets. Timesheets that include the employee number will be given priority during processing.

Any claims received after the 10th December 2008 will be held over until January 2009 payroll. There is no change to arrangements for staff normally paid on the 15th of the month.

If you require any further information or you have any queries on these deadlines please contact Terry Hallam Payroll & Pensions Manager on ext 92045.

Change in VAT rate to 15%

Earlier this week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a reduction in the rate of VAT to 15% from 1 December 2008. In order to comply with this change in legislation, a number of University systems and procedures will be updated over the weekend and the most significant changes are detailed below;

  • Expense claims - There is now a requirement to separate expense claims between pre and post 1 December expenses. To this end, there will be two forms on the Finance web-site differentiating between the two different rates and colleagues may wish to take this opportunity to submit all outstanding expense claims on the 17.5% (pre 1 December) form available at www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/finance/forms/fo0163EXPENSESEmployeebacsamend301108.xls
  • On-line Store - For Departments using the on-line store facility, the system will be taken off-line at midnight on Sunday and we will work with our software supplier to update all the prices as soon as possible. It is anticipated that this work will be completed on Monday.
  • Sales Invoicing This section applies to situations where the standard rate of VAT is charged on supplies of goods or services and can be ignored for supplies exempt of VAT such as teaching and research funded from Research Councils.

Detailed instructions have been sent to all Departmental Officers regarding the VAT rate to be used on sales invoices post 1 December. This is not as straightforward as the headlines suggest, as after an initial 14 day transition period the old rate of 17.5% must still be used on invoices for goods and services completed and delivered before December 1. To illustrate this by taking an extreme case, if you raise an invoice next Easter for goods and services delivered pre December 1, we are still required to use the 17.5% rate.

The above rule applies to completed goods and services only. Where there is a continuing supply which spans December 1 ( for example, commercial research grants, consultancy, etc) the situation is much simpler and the invoice date alone determines the VAT rate. In such cases, invoices raised post December 1 will be at 15% irrespective of when that particular piece of work took place.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact : For sales invoicing and on-line store, Helen Edge on (ext 92262). For all other VAT enquires, Tina Bleasdale on (ext 92078)

Car Parking

ADDITIONAL PAY AND DISPLAY CAR PARKING MACHINES NOW IN OPERATION A total of 7 additional pay and display car parking machines have recently been installed across the campus. There are now a total of 10 of pay and display machines on campus, located as follows:

  • North Drive Visitor Car Park x 1
  • North West Drive (Bowland Hall) x 1
  • Bowland Avenue Visitor & Priority Parking x 2
  • Farrer Avenue Visitor & Priority Parking x 2
  • South West Drive (Visitor & Priority Parking outside LUMS) x 1
  • South Drive (Visitor & Priority Parking) x 2
  • Alexandra Park Drive (close to south bus stop) x 1

Any non-permit holders can make use of these facilities and park their vehicle in the Visitor & Priority Parking zone or any other parking zone. Charges only apply Monday – Friday 08:00 to 18:00.

Notice to all Cyclists

The hedgerows on the cycle path between Collingham Park and Bailrigg Lane were cut yesterday and there may be some thorny twigs on the cycle lane which could cause a puncture. Please take care when cycling along here over the next few days and avoid getting too close to the edges of the path, particularly when it's dark.


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