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The next issue of LU text will be published on Friday April 24th

Greetings for Religious Festivals

Several faith traditions will celebrate festivals in the next few weeks. Greetings to everyone involved. Jewish Passover starts with the first seder in the evening of 8 April when family and friends gather together to tell the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt and slavery. The festival ends on the night of 16 April after eight days when special dietary rules apply. Easter Day is on 12 April; Orthodox Christian Easter, or Pascha, takes place on Sunday 19 April. Both commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Bahá'i readers celebrate the festival of Ridván, the 'King of Festivals', from 21 April till 2 May. It celebrates the period when in 1863, Bahá'u’lláh (which means 'The Glory of God'), the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'i Faith, publicly proclaimed in the garden of Ridván (which means 'Paradise') that He was sent from God to bring a new message for this day and age. For more information about these and other faith traditions, see www.bbc.co.uk/religion/

| 3 April 2009 | Issue 429

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


THE correction

Colleagues may have been worried to see a story about Lancaster in this week's THE under the headline 'jobs threatened at three universities'. The story quotes from a UCU press release and is about the establishment of the redundancy committee. The THE has agreed that the article was misleading and have issued a clarification under the online story which states 'that there are no current plans for increased redundancies as a result of the new arrangements'.

Honorary Fellowships

Lancaster University has awarded Honorary Fellowships to four people who have given distinguished service to the University and the region in fields ranging from pioneering cancer care to exploring the mysteries of matter. This year’s Honorary Fellows are world-leading Linguistics expert Professor Geoffrey Leech, former Academic Registrar Marion McClintock, distinguished Oncologist Professor Malcolm McIllmurray and ultra-low temperature physicist Professor George Pickett. See link for profiles and pictures

£770k for IDEAS at Daresbury

IDEAS at Daresbury is a partnership between the three leading Business/Management Schools of the North West – Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster and ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University’s creative design research lab. This is further supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus (DSIC). The mission of IDEAS is to promote effective knowledge exchange at the interface of SMEs, large corporations, universities and strategic government funded science.

IDEAS has been awarded £770,000 worth of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and NWDA to deliver a programme of in-depth knowledge exchange to drive innovation into 40 regional SMEs, primarily high-tech micro businesses located within the DSIC network and related regional facilities. The programme, delivered at DSIC, will consist of three interactive workshop programmes on the critical issues facing high growth, high-tech SMEs; customer focused innovation, internal resources and competencies, and networks and collaborations. The programme will commence in late May with a workshop series and bespoke support around the theme of customer focus and innovation. For further details please contact Helen Fogg 01524 510706 at The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED).

Adulterated tales festival at the Nuffield

A performance festival of dark stories for adults takes place at the Nuffield Theatre from April 22- May 9. The Festival opens with the world premiere of Virtuoso (Working Title), a Nuffield-commissioned work from Lancaster/New York based Proto-type Theater, which sees the construction of a television show in the theatre. This is followed by Imitating The Dog’s Kellerman, a mix of film, animation and live action and Belgian actress Vanessa Van Durme’s autobiographical monologue about her sex change Look Mummy I'm Dancing. The festival also features the chance for visitors to take part in the development of The Soldier's Song, an installation by Manchester company Quarantine featuring an interactive karaoke booth. The Festival ends with the Low Life cabaret from puppet innovators Blind Summit. There will be free tickets for young people under 26 for all festival events, as part of the "A Night Less Ordinary" scheme. To view the full story

Central Services update

It was announced this week that Val Walshe, Director of HR will oversee the transition of HR into the new Central Services organisation, as well as continuing to lead work to modernise HR policies and processes.

Val intends to leave later in 2009 to pursue new career opportunities at which point a new Divisional Director of HR will be appointed. CELT and the Safety Office will continue to report to the University Secretary until the new Divisional Director is in place.

Faculty of Science and Technology Lecture: In Pursuit of Pulsars

Pulsars, or neutron stars, are some of the most bizarre objects in the galaxy. Come and hear about their discovery 40 years ago which took the astronomical community by surprise. This talk will be given by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell on Wednesday 8 April at 4pm. The lecture will be held in the Management School Building Lecture Theatre 1 and will be followed by a light reception. Jocelyn Bell Burnell currently holds a Visiting Professorship in astrophysics at the University of Oxford and is a Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. She was Professor of Physics at the Open University for ten years, and had a year as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Princeton University, USA. More details: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/events/?event_id=286


Professor Sheila Payne and Dr John Chatwin (International Observatory on End of Life Care), are authors of an independent process evaluation of two service improvement initiatives, implemented by Marie Curie Cancer Care as part of their "Delivering Choice Programme". This report focuses on aspects of the project in Leeds. Addressing different aspects of end of life care, two work streams were evaluated: Care Homes End of Life Supportive Services (CHESS), and Complex and Palliative Continuing Care Service (CAPCCS). For more information, a copy of the report can be found at http://www.eolc-observatory.net/pdf/MCCC_Leeds_End_Report.pdf

Congratulations to David Clark (School of Health and Medicine) and his wife Fiona on the birth of their daughter Miriam Graham Clark on 27 March.

Congratulations to Suzanne Parkinson (Estates) on the birth of her baby girl on Wednesday 25th March.

New People

Ian McManus has joined the Project Delivery team in Estate Management as Senior Project Manager. He will be working on Waterside and retained residences refurbishment projects. Ian has spent the last 4 years working for UPP as Project Manager for the student residences at Lancaster University and has substantial major project experience.


Estates Notices

  • vacation parking

  • Car Parking Rules and Regulations during University Vacation Periods – Please note that all the usual car parking rules and regulations that apply during University term-times apply during all vacation periods. Permit parking rules and visitor charges apply as usual. Parking enforcement operates during vacation periods as well as during University term-times. Please ensure that any vacation time visitors to the campus are informed correctly.

  • Bin Stores

  • Bin Store No. 4 Outside the Conference Centre (Bowland Avenue East) – this bin store has been temporarily relocated to the visitor car parking bays opposite the Reception Lodge for the duration of the Learning Zone refurbishment project. This is to facilitate access for waste collections due to the contractor compound outside the Conference Centre.

  • Health Centre Car Park

  • Staff are reminded that the Health Centre car park is private (leased by the University to the Health Centre) and should only be used for visits to the Health Centre. A University car parking permit or pay & display sticker does not entitle the holder to park on the Health Centre car park. Wheel clamping signs have been erected.

  • Power Shutdown

  • The George Fox Building will be without power from 9am – 12noon on Tuesday 14 April for essential maintenance on the power supply. The work has been scheduled to minimise the disruption to all concerned and we would be grateful for your usual co-operation during this short disruption. Please contact the Senior Project Manager, Peter McMullen if you have any enquiries on 93646.

  • Pedestrian and cycle access around the Ruskin Library

  • Between Tuesday 14th April and Tuesday 21st April 2009 the steps from the footpath to the Ruskin Library entrance will be closed to the public. An alternative route to the Library entrance will be via the ramp, ensuring disabled access is maintained. The Ruskin Library will remain open as per the publicised times during this period.

eAssessment/ eFeedback Conference @ Lancaster University 15th May 2009

The Learning Technology Group is organising a conference day around the theme of eAssessment/ eFeedback. This will include demonstrations and good practice guides for how to give audio feedback, how to make the most of discussion boards for online learning, how to use personal response systems for effective learning and how to use mobile phone technology for in class interactions/ video recording of group activity for assessment. There will be an opportunity to network with other teaching professionals as well as listen to the Head of Undergraduate Studies introduce the event with Lancaster’s strategic goals for excellence in assessment practice.

If you have any experience with eAssessment, part of the day can be dedicated to ‘mini-presentations’ of 15 minutes, where you have the opportunity to present your experiences of using technology in the assessment process. Please contact Phil Tubman – p.tubman@lancaster.ac.uk – if you are interested in this before 30th April to ensure your place as a speaker. Topics may include peer assessment, use of rubrics, formative assessment methods, self assessments, e-portfolios etc. If you would like to attend this event, or have any questions, please contact Phil Tubman – p.tubman@lancaster.ac.uk – to register. This event is free. The event begins at 9:30 in Meeting Room 2 of the Conference Centre, Lancaster University – please see http://www.lancaster-conferences.co.uk/contact.htm for travel instructions.

Green ICT policies

Webpages for staff and students which set out the University’s aims around reducing its carbon footprint through Information Communications Technology (ICT) and reducing the footprint of ICT have gone live. The policies, Reducing ICT’s Carbon Footprint and Reducing the University’s Carbon Footprint through the Use of ICT support the University’s Energy and Carbon Management Policy.

Research survey

The National Union of Students (NUS) are conducting a survey, in partnership with a government department, to investigate what motivates university staff lifestyle choices and influences changes in their behaviour. The research findings will feed into a wider project on behaviour change. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and for your trouble you will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 x £250 Cash
  • 1 x £100 Cash
  • 3 x £50 Cash

Click here to access the survey now. The deadline for receipt of completed surveys is Thursday 09 April 2009. Winners will be notified by email on Wednesday 15 April 2009.

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

ESRC - The Net Generation encountering e-learning at University, Friday 24th April, 1.00 - 2.00 Session leader: Dr Chris Jones, Reader in the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University.

The session will present initial findings from this ESRC funded project, led by the OU and involving four other partner institutions, of which Lancaster is one. The overall aim of the project is to provide an empirically based understanding of the Net Generation as they first engage with e-learning at university. Chris will present findings from the first phase of the project based on all 5 institutions. Later in the project, there will be an opportunity to use the datasets collected from Lancaster students to gain a more Lancaster-specific perspective. This session will help to set the context and point to headlines emerging from this work. It will also be an opportunity for participants to indicate the areas that they would like the researchers to pay attention to in the Lancaster dataset. All welcome – please sign up on the CELT web calendar: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/celt/celtweb/booking


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