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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

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| 19 December 2008 | Issue 416

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


Research Assessment Exercise

The results of the Research Assessment Exercise were published on 18th December. Lancaster did exceptionally well with a higher proportion of staff submitted this time than in 2001 and a better overall result when taking into account the number of staff returned. Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Trevor McMillan said that the results were a tribute to Lancaster’s talented academics and research teams, with all staff submitted to the RAE contributing to the now-recognised international research culture at Lancaster. Taking into account the high proportion of staff submitted to the RAE, Lancaster University emerges in the top ten in the country overall for research quality when using the data included in the Times Higher table. Lancaster is also ranked 10th (omitting specialist institutions) in a table produced by the journal Research Fortnight which has been adjusted for submission rates.

The Times Higher has today published a story about Lancaster’s league table which recognises research ‘intensity’. Click here to view the story.

92% of research at Lancaster is of international quality. 90% of Lancaster’s academic staff are ‘research active.’

Star subjects at Lancaster include :

  • Physics ranked 1st in the country
  • Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) which brings together Design, Art, Music and Theatre , Film and New Media is ranked joint 1st in the country
  • Bio-medicine, part of Lancaster’s newly established School of Health and Medicine, is ranked joint 1st in the UK (in the Allied Health Professions and Studies UoA)
  • Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) ranked joint 5th in the country
  • Sociology is ranked 5th in the country.
  • Computing has 100% of research considered to be of international quality.
  • The RAE measures the quality of research conducted in universities and other higher education institutions in the UK against international standards of excellence. The 2008 RAE outcomes are expressed differently than in the 2001 RAE. There is no longer a 1-5* rating scale. This has been replaced by a quality profile which identifies the proportion of activity reaching each of four defined 'starred' quality levels. The RAE outcomes are used by the Funding Councils to distribute their block grant for research from 2009-10. The funding model using the 2008 RAE results will be announced in spring 2009.

    View the Newspaper tables - The Guardian, The Times THE

    Olympic coach urges businesses to go for gold

    One of the coaches behind the Olympic gold medal winning British Cycling Team inspired business leaders at Lancaster University this week. Women’s Endurance Coach Dan Hunt shared his tips on podium place-winning success with around 100 business owners and managers from across the North West at a Lancaster University Management School Masterclass on December 17. To view the full story

    Paul Fletcher memorial fund

    Colleagues may be interested to know that a memorial fund for Dr Paul Fletcher has been established in the Department of Religious Studies (contact: Professor Chris Partridge). The fund will provide an annual prize for the best undergraduate dissertation in the Department of Religious Studies. For more information about the Fund, please see: www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/religstudies/paulfletchermemorialfund To make a donation in honour of Paul's memory, you can give online here Alternatively, to pay by cheque you can download a donation form here: Please print off the form and send it, along with your cheque to the Alumni & Development Office, University House. Lancaster University has charitable status so we are able to claim Gift Aid on any donation you are able to make if you are a UK tax payer. For any queries on how to make a donation, please contact Rachel Newbury, ext. 92904

    University Helps Young Entrepreneurs in East Lancashire

    Almost a hundred schoolchildren have raised £2000 for community projects with the help of Lancaster University students. The sixth form pupils from five schools in East Lancashire worked with Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU) on the Voltage project to devise a social enterprise to benefit the community. So far £2000 profit has been made which is being shared between a variety of community and charity groups. To view the full story

    Notice of Power Shutdown

    The University’s high voltage electrical infrastructure is now 44 years old and in order to ensure it continues to provide the service we require it is essential that maintenance work is carried out over the Christmas period. This will mean the following buildings will be without power on the following dates. If anyone has any questions about the work please contact Simon Corless on 94296.


    Professor David Archard (Philosophy) has been appointed to a second three-year term as a Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

    A paper published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology by Professor Trevor McMillan is one of the 25 most downloaded papers by subscribers in 2008. The paper entitled 'Cellular effects of long wavelength UV light (UVA) in mammalian cells' has been downloaded 120 times by subscribers since publication.


    Guide to Policies and Information

    The Governance and Planning office have produced a new single point of reference for institutional policies. The Guide to Policies and Information brings together and organises key institutional documentation, including a dedicated policy repository which should save staff time when looking for this information. Suggestions are invited for additional information to add to the scheme, please contact Claire Stevenson University Records Manager.

    On-Line Payslips - Employee Self-Service

    Employee Self-Service already provides the ability to view and amend your personal and emergency contact information, but it is now possible to view your monthly payslip on-line. Self-Service can be accessed at hr.lancs.ac.uk:8643/concerto/Portal/ or by the "Quick Link" on the HR Web site. It provides secure access to your data as it can only be accessed using your university log-on and password. There are no immediate plans to cease the dispatch of hard copy payslips. Please address any questions to Terry Hallam, Payroll and Pensions Manager.

    Congratulations to cyclists

    Congratulations to all the cyclists who received a free £10 gift voucher for The Plough Country Pub and Dining Room at Galgate. 200 vouchers were given out to cyclists as they entered the University grounds on selected weekdays over the past couple of weeks to say thank you for cycling to and from the University. The voucher entitles the bearer to £10 off any food purchases when dining at The Plough in Galgate. If you would like any more information about cycling at Lancaster University and the cycle to work scheme click here lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/travel/cycling.htm

    Lancaster Conferences

    During January Lancaster Conference and Events is offering a £10 saving on all B+B bookings (Normally £42.00 per person per night) For more details please contact the Conference Offices on 92444, 94195 or 94194

    Atletico Estates FC vs. Physics FC

    The Estates football team won their first match last Friday against Physics. For a full match report see Estates News webpage.


    People in the news - Media coverage for Lancaster University.


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


    All adverts - posted by staff.

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