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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. To view previous editions see LU Text Achieve.

| 15 May 2009 | Issue 433

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


Guardian places Lancaster top in the NW in new league table

The Guardian University guide published on May 12th, ranks Lancaster 16th out of 117 universities, and top in the North West. Lancaster has been ranked the top university in the North West in the new league tables of both the Independent and the Guardian. The Independent’s table, published in April, places Lancaster in the top 10 in England. To view the full 2010 Guide.

Health Minister says new centre is an example of universities working with government to tackle public health

Improving health and wellbeing at work is the remit of the new Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing, which was formally launched on Tuesday 12 May at the House of Commons by Minister of State for Health, Ben Bradshaw. Also present was Lancaster Alumnus Alan Milburn MP, a previous Secretary of State for Health. Ben Bradshaw said that the Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing will provide serious research for organisations so they can understand the problems, which cost the economy billions, and the action needed to avoid them. To view the full story

The Ninian Smart Annual Memorial Lecture 2009

The Department of Religious Studies announces the Ninian Smart Annual Memorial Lecture 2009. Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, the University of Chicago, will give the lecture ‘Equal Liberty of Conscience’, Wednesday 10th June 2009 5.00 p.m. – 6.30/7.00 p.m. Management School Lecture Theatre 1. Followed by a reception in The Hub, Management School, all most welcome.

Global Corporate Challenge 2009

Nine teams from Lancaster University are entering the Global Corporate Challenge, a 125 day health and fitness programme which encourages employees to get active. Seven teams of medical students and two staff teams – one from D floor of University House and another from the School of Health and Medicine – are taking part in the event which begins on May 21st. Each team member has a pedometer which enables them to log their step count on the GCC website, which converts this to a kilometre distance and plots the team’s virtual progress around the world. http://www.gettheworldmoving.com

Shutdown of campus heating system

The temperature of each building in the University is monitored by the Building Management System (BMS) which provides daily readings to Estate Management. As from Monday 1st June the campus district heating system will be shut down for the summer period. This will allow the central boiler house to undergo its annual service inspections and maintenance of the central gas boilers and heat distribution equipment. Once shutdown there will be no heat provided to University buildings until the district heating system is restarted in mid-September. In the meantime the Energy Manager, Peter Lawson is also currently monitoring the temperatures throughout May on a day to day basis and where temperatures exceed 21°C from 10am it will be manually switched off in that building. If you are experiencing problems with your heating not relating to the above please report it on the Estates FM helpdesk http://estates.lancs.ac.uk/EstatesFM/ or call 93333. It is the University’s aim to reduce its energy consumption by 10% this year. Careful management of heating systems to ensure they are on when necessary will make significant savings in gas usage. Please help the University where possible to try and reduce its energy consumption. More information on the University’s energy management can be found at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates/environment/energy.htm

Please note that UPP residences have a separate heating system. Users will be notified separately.

College Principal posts

Several Colleges will need to appoint a new Principal in summer 2009. Expressions of interest are invited. All of the existing Principals have indicated a willingness to stand again. Would you be interested in the role? The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features, of value for students and staff alike. As a Principal, you would play a vital role in leading the College team and shaping the life of your College. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers. There are many changes in place in all of these Colleges, as a result of the residence programme.

You would need:

  • A strong interest in people
  • The ability to listen to College members
  • The ability to represent your College’s views, and conversely to explain University policy to College members
  • A willingness to participate in University policy-making

The appointment will normally be for a period of at least 3 years. Up to a quarter of your time can be ‘bought out’’ from your department, subject to the agreement of your Head of Department. Interested? Further particulars, including a statement of duties and responsibilities, can be obtained from Hilary Simmons (h.simmons@lancaster.ac.uk). For an informal discussion about what is involved, you are welcome to get in touch with Amanda Chetwynd (extension 92088).

4th Nuffield International Artists Summer School

Site specific innovators Talking Birds will be running the Nuffield’s five-day intensive school in Morecambe's Winter Gardens from August 26-30. The week will include some of Talking Birds’ strategies for making site-based performance and experiment with some new ideas. Exploring both Victorian and contemporary theatre tricks, the week will culminate in an immersive and evocative installation. Participants are welcome from a range of artforms including performance, visual art, digital art and sound/music. The deadline for applications is May 29. http://www.nuffieldtheatre.com/events/detail.asp?eventIdentifier=200946_32163638

Summer School

Summer school for Gifted and Talented Young People, 26 July - 1 August 2009. The Department of Continuing Education will run its week-long summer school for gifted and talented children in school years 9 - 12 (ages 13 - 17 years). Participants can choose one of five themes: Creative Writing - Mystery and Suspense; Microbiology - Bugs Mean Business; Law - Breaking the Law (years 11 & 12); What is Nanotechnology?; and Computer Animation and Multimedia Applications. Children of Lancaster University staff who are in the Gifted and Talented Cohort in school are welcome to take part. See here for full details: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/conted/gifted/summerschool2009.htm


York takes the Carter-James cup for the second year. Lancaster has lost to York University in the Roses sporting tournament over the weekend. In the tally of Roses wins, York have now increased their lead, having won 23 tournaments to Lancaster’s 21 since the tournament first started in 1965. Lancaster has not won away at Roses since 1985.

Union ballot

A web site has been established to provide information for staff and students on the background to, and updates on, the pay negotiations and the UCU ballot. Please see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/facilities/pay-negotiations.htm.

Swine flu update

The University is currently monitoring the situation on Swine flu. The NHS has issued an information number 0800 1 513 513. Information will be updated on the following site. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/facilities/swineflu.htm.


Postwar Youth Culture Explored - Dr Adrian Horn, Honorary Research Associate in the Department of History, has written a book examining the rise of the teenager in the 1950s. “Juke box Britain: Americanisation and youth culture 1945-1960" (Manchester University Press) examines the cultural changes of the postwar years, when the number of jukeboxes rose from 100 in 1945 to over 15,000 in 1958. The first ones were made by the Hawtin's factory in Blackpool and later by the Ditchburn Company of Lytham St. Annes. The Establishment saw this new youth culture of milk bars, cafes and coffee bars as American and degenerate, but Dr Horn disagrees with the common assumption that British youth underwent a period of massive Americanisation, saying instead that it combined with local styles to create a hybrid culture. To view the full story


Making Time: A Nuffield Artist’s Bursary

Inspired by the work of artist Tehching Hsieh, the Nuffield wishes to work with one artist for one year to explore the idea of time. How might a performance last an entire year? How do we mark time and how does it mark us? How do we document time? How can we make the time to make art? The deadline for applications is July 3. http://www.nuffieldtheatre.com/support/default.asp

Harassment Network

The Harassment Network provides confidential support for any student or staff member who feels they are being harassed or bullied. Contact the network by e-mail at HarassNet@lancaster.ac.uk or see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/hr/equality-diversity/bullying.html for a list of network members who can be contacted by phone.

Online pay advice

You can reduce the need for paper resources and help the University save time and money by choosing the environmentally friendly way of viewing your pay advice. To view your pay advice online visit the ‘My-View’ Employee Self Service Portal at the following link- hr.lancs.ac.uk:8643/concerto/Portal/.
All staff can currently access their pay advice via this portal, so please think whether it is necessary for you to also receive a paper version from Payroll. If you really need a copy of your pay advice on paper , you can print out the electronic version. The Employee Self Service Portal provides secure access to your data as it can only be accessed using your university username and password. If you would like to help by opting out from receiving a paper pay advice or have any questions about it then please contact the Payroll and Pensions Manager on ext 92045 or e-mail – payrollandpensions@lancaster.ac.uk

Power Shutdowns

There will be an electrical shutdown to energise the new high voltage substation being constructed as part of the Grizedale Project. Revised schedule for shutdowns of electrical supplies are as follows:

  • Saturday 16th May evening work
    Swimming pool & Management School 6pm
    Saturday 16th until Sunday 17th 6am.

  • Grizedale Residences
    D = 114 Friday 15th May 12noon – 4pm

    Estate Management would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused & thank you in anticipation for your co-operation. Please contact Senior Project Manager, Peter McMullen if you have any enquiries on 93646 or visit http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates/latest_news/index.htm

Fire device annual safety testing

In addition to testing to the monthly alarm and door release testing Cooks Fire will be conducting annual fire alarm device safety testing over the next few months. All work will be listed on the Estate Management website http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates/latest_news/index.htm Whilst Estate Management will try and contact all building users affected in advance of the work being carried out please visit the website to keep up to date on the timings.

County South Refurbishment

The water supply to County South may be interrupted this coming weekend (16th and 17th May). Isolation works for the ongoing refurbishment project will be carried out which may temporarily affect the water supply to the still occupied areas of County South. While the above works are being carried out on the 16th and 17th, there will also be maintenance works carried out to the fire alarm. This will involve the alarm on each floor sounding for a short period of time as a test. Please make sure the building is not occupied during this time to avoid any potential disruption to users. If you need any more information please contact Senior Project Manager of the County South refurbishment, Nigel Beeden 92902. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/projects/current_projects.htm#county


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For a full list of all items submitted for What's On, please see the Arts and Seminars & Lectures LU News web pages. For some event highlights see below.

Summer of Security - The Heat is On Hackers are everywhere. Where are you?

ICT Focus< ISS, together with leading security organisations, bring you a unique blend of seminar and educational events to help you navigate the many security challenges we all face today. The programme opens with a FREE Security Seminar on 22nd May in Infolab21, Lancaster University . We are delighted to welcome Dave Winpenny, VP Worldwide Customer Support at GFi Software, to join our speakers from ICT Focus and Lancaster University. The day will also include plenty of opportunities for networking over a buffet lunch. The schedule continues with a series of courses covering key qualifications for IT Security professionals;

Further information, prices & booking forms can be found on our website or by calling 01524 510425/7. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/ictfocus/sos/courses/index.php

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