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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 Archive.

| 10 July 2009 | Issue 441

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


Graduation Ceremonies – 13 – 17 July

4,000 students of Lancaster University and its Partner Institutions in the North West will visit the University from 13th-17th July to receive their degrees. The degrees will be conferred by the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Pro-Chancellors in seventeen ceremonies, which take place over the five days. They will be accompanied by up to 15,000 guests who will watch the ceremonies in the Great Hall or in a live web link in the Leadership Centre Lecture Theatres.

Other major hubs of activity will be the George Fox Building - hosting robing, photography and other associated services and the County “Piazza” - where group photography will take place after most ceremonies. The Colleges will also be hosting celebration events for their graduating students. Almost 300 staff will be participating, either by joining academic platforms, or assisting with the smooth-running of the ceremonies.

To view the full timetable visit:

All the ceremonies can be viewed live via the web at:

Parking and Travel during Graduation Week. 3-4,000 additional cars will arrive on campus each day next week as part of the University’s graduation celebrations. Facilities has put in place a parking management plan, which includes minibus shuttles from Alexandra Park, extra signage and free bus travel for staff on Stagecoach bus services throughout the week. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the week, if at all possible.

FREE staff bus travel has been negotiated with Stagecoach for staff travelling in the Unirider area. Vouchers for a FREE 7-day Bay Megarider ticket will be available until Tuesday 14th July from LUSU in Slaidburn House and valid for 7 days. Please note that the voucher must be redeemed on a bus by Tuesday 14th July and that the offer only applies to the Unirider / Bay Megarider area, e.g. not south of Galgate. A University Library card or staff uniform will be required to obtain the voucher at LUSU.

Waterside development to go ahead

Lancaster University has been granted planning permission for its new Waterside development between LUMS and Grizedale College. Work on the four storey building will begin after Graduation Week and the building is due to open by autumn next year. Waterside will provide 4,000 sqm of space in the same architectural style as the new Grizedale College development, with angular grassed and seating areas on George Fox Square. The ground floor will include a lecture theatre and seminar rooms while the upper floors will provide space for three departments of LUMS. The building project is aiming for high environmental standards with features designed to reduce energy use throughout the heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting systems. To view the full story

The whole of Grizedale Avenue will be cordoned off after Graduation Week on Saturday 18th July until autumn 2010 and no parking will be available as contractors use this area as their site compound. The path that runs along the southern edge of the Management School between Grizedale Avenue and the Spine will also be closed for the duration of the development.

Opening of Green Lancaster Hub

The official opening of the GreenLancaster Hub takes place on Tuesday 14th July at 11.30am. The environmental organisation is moving from LUSU to new premises donated by Facilities near the Venue café, where students will be able to find out about the work of GreenLancaster and develop their own volunteering projects. GreenLancaster has recently been awarded £200,000 over two years from Facilities and the youth volunteering charity v. There are plans to involve up to 200 students and pupils from local schools in the coming year on projects ranging from landscaping to an organic garden. To view the full story

PGCE Week For Students

Students from Lancaster University have worked with over 200 pupils from seven local schools as part of a scheme for would-be teachers. The PGCE Week was run by Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU) to provide students with an insight into teaching as a career. Twenty three students volunteered for the scheme, which involved Heysham High, Morecambe High and Central High Schools, Willow Lane, Christchurch and Quernmore primary schools and the Loyne SEN School. To view the full story

New division of Facilities

Following the Central Administration review and its restructure, Trading Activities, Security and Estate Management now make up the new Facilities division in the University, led by the Director of Facilities, Mark Swindlehurst. The new division is currently developing a combined strategy which will be presented to Council in autumn 2009. The strategy will respond to the new University Strategic Plan and provide direction for Facilities . Over the next few months the Facilities management team will be meeting with faculties and other colleagues to review the service provision and to ask for input in to the development of the new Facilities Strategy.

Pay - facts and figures

To help university staff understand the pay and conditions packages offered by the HE sector, UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association) has updated its facts and figures briefing documents. These are: Facts and Figures Briefing - HE staffing summer 2009, which focuses on the numbers of employees in HE, the growth of staff numbers to meet student needs, HE staff turnover and the benefits of working in HE. Facts and Figures Briefing - Pay summer 2009, which contextualises HE pay rises with other public service roles, the competative salaries achieved by both academic and support staff in HE, and the above inflation pay rises in the sector since 2001.

CETAD wins contract from Cumbria County Council

CETAD (Centre for Training and Development) has just been awarded a 3 year contract by Cumbria County Council to deliver management development to first line and senior managers. Both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications will be delivered to over 600 managers at locations throughout Cumbria.

Death notice

We regret to report that former member of the Politics and IR Department Reg Harrison has died. He was a member of the Department from 1967 to 1990. Reg was a man full off charm and charisma who made a great impact on the many students that he taught both at Lancaster and especially at an earlier stage in his career in New Zealand. His special field of interest was the emerging European Union but his gifts and talents spread over a far wider field. In New Zealand he was a nationally known DJ and commentator on public affairs. He was an exceptionally fine singer and in much demand for starring roles in amateur operatic societies in Lancashire. He was an accomplished dancer who, in his time, taught expert techniques, and he was also an enthusiastic potter. Reg's friends will all remember his abundant energy which spilled across an enormous range of interests and meant that to meet him on campus or in town was always a life-enhancing experience.


Dr Aristotle Kallis, (DELC/History) has been awarded a Personal Chair with effect from 1 August 2009.

Dr Plamen Angelov of the Department of Communication Systems at InfoLab21 and his PhD student Jose Iglesias have co-authored a paper which has been awarded Best Student Paper Award at the 2009 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence in Nashville, Tennessee. The paper, written with Agapito Ledezma and Araceli Sanchis, is entitled 'Modelling Evolving User Behaviours' and was one of only 9 papers to win awards out of 500 accepted. It won in the category 'Evolving and Self-Developing Intelligent Systems' and is published in the proceedings (IEEE Press, ISBN: 978-1-4244-2754-3, pp.16-23).


Cashiers office opening times during August

The Cashiers Office will be closed at lunchtime, between 12.30 until 14.00, every Friday in August.

Postgraduate Studentships

The Alumni & Development Office is offering funding for up to five £1000 Alumni Postgraduate Studentships to anyone who completed their first degree at Lancaster. Please could you circulate this as widely as possible to final year students who you think may be interested. Further information including an application form is available on our website or from Louise Johnson

Friends Programme funding available

Application forms can now be obtained from the Alumni and Development Office for funding available under the Lancaster University Friends Programme. Departments, colleges, and individuals can apply for funding (most grants will be in the £2,000 - £5,000 category). The next round of disbursement of funds will take place in September. Applications for funding will need to tie in with the University strategy and fall under at least one of the following categories: Priority Fund, Student Support Fund, or Research & Academic Excellence Fund. Please note: applications from individuals (academic or student) seeking support for tuition, other course fees or personal maintenance costs do not fall into the criteria for Friends Programme funding. Unfortunately we can only allow one application per college. The Friends Programme is part of the University's fundraising programme and the funds are made possible by donations from Lancaster alumni. Please note: If you are making a LUSU application (e.g. an application from a student sports group, society or JCR) it needs to be submitted via LUSU for authorisation prior to submission to the Friends Programme. For this purpose, applications must be submitted to the LUSU General Manager by Friday 31st July 2009. Please see guidelines for further details. For further information and an application form, please download the details from or call Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904 / email Deadline for applications: Friday 31st July 2009

Pre-School centre

The Pre-School Centre would like to invite parents past and present to attend the opening of the newly landscaped outdoor area, on Friday 31st July @ 11.00 am. If you would like to attend please confirm with the Pre School Centre no later than Friday 24th July.


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