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| 14 August 2009 | Issue 444

Contents: news; Lancaster in the news; people; building work on campus; notices; what's on; ads


Lancaster University announces £80 million refinancing

Plans for Lancaster University to refinance its 1995 Debenture Stock were passed following a meeting of its Bondholders held yesterday on 13th August. The mechanics of replacing the bond with a new facility agreement with the Royal Bank of Scotland will be concluded over the next few days. The University has also secured credit approved terms from RBS for a revolving credit facility to support its ongoing Capital programme. To view the full story

Top in the North for student satisfaction

Students at Lancaster University are among the most satisfied in the country, according to the latest National Student Survey. Lancaster University has been ranked 11th overall and joint 9th amongst similar institutions with 89 per cent of Lancaster students saying they were satisfied with the overall student experience. To view the full story

£10m arts building gets go ahead

Planning permission has been granted for a new £10m building which will provide performance space for the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA). Work is due to begin over the summer of 2009 and the facility will be open for the academic year in September 2010. To view the full story


Lancaster University has been granted planning permission for its new Waterside development between LUMS and Grizedale College. 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. To view the full story

'First woman of football' visits University

Karren Brady ‘the first woman of football’ is set to meet some of the region’s entrepreneurs at Lancaster University this month. Karren, who is the CEO of Birmingham City Football Club and one of Sir Alan Sugar’s guest interviewers in the popular TV show The Apprentice, will share some her considerable expertise at a business leadership event on August 20. To view the full story

Green energy growth must keep the public on-side

The public is highly supportive of greener forms of energy, but has concerns which Government and industry need to take more seriously if Government targets are to be met – according to a new study by Professor Gordon Walker (Geography) and colleagues. To view the full story

Young people experience student life

32 young people from Runcorn and Widnes will be coming onto campus for an Aimhigher residential next week organised by the Department of Continuing Education. During their time at the university the young people will be working with current students finding out more about student life, different courses and different routes into HE. They will also be working with 2 academic members of staff to get a taster of the academic side of university life. The group will be staying in South West campus, 17 - 19 August so drivers will need to take care as large groups of students will be crossing the road in the morning and evening. More information contact Leanne Bates - Summer School coordinator, x94031

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster in the news - See media coverage for Lancaster University this week, including the Vice-Chancellor's interview with the Times on international students and funding, and coverage for a study into older workers by the Centre for Performance-led HR (LUMS).


Clare Powne has been appointed as the University Librarian. Currently Deputy Librarian at Durham University, Clare’s substantial professional experience includes appointments at Edinburgh and Dundee and the University of Sydney. She joins Lancaster on 19th October.

Mark Sebba from the Department of Linguistics and English Language has won a free annual Staff Unirider bus pass for 2009/10, worth £284. Mark won the prize draw for evaluation forms that were returned by users of the free week’s bus travel given to staff travelling in the ‘Unirider’ area during Graduation Week. A total of 300 staff enjoyed 7 days free bus travel with Stagecoach. More than half said that they would go on to use the bus on a more frequent basis after not having used the bus much previously. Some useful feedback was received from staff that the University and Stagecoach will use to improve the service.

As colleagues will be aware, Jacqueline Whiteside retired earlier this year after a long period of illness. Until now there has not been a suitable opportunity for everyone to wish her well for the future, or to thank her for her considerable and sustained contributions to the Library and the University over 15 years.
There will now be a drinks reception for Jacqueline, in the Library, from 5:30pm onwards on Friday 11 September, to which you are warmly invited.
If you would like to attend, please could you let Pam Holme (extn. 92535) know before 28 August.

Building work on campus

Learning Zone

As part of the Learning Zone project, a cut through between Bowland College and University House will be created where the ground floor men’s toilets used to be. This work is due to start on Saturday 22nd August.
A hoarding has been erected inside the University House cut through. The existing men’s toilets will be relocated in Bowland College. Whilst these works are ongoing, please use the disabled WCs or alternative toilet facilities at the west end of University House (near Student Registry).
There will be high levels of noise from 22nd August while the interconnecting wall is demolished and we apologise for the disruption this may cause. If you have any queries, please contact the Project Manager, Anna Cockman in the Facilities project team.

Replacement of damaged Astroturf pitch

Work has started on the replacement of the damaged Astroturf pitch at the front of the University. As part of the works the fencing will be replaced around both pitches and the tennis courts. During the construction work both Astroturf pitches and the tennis courts will be out of use. They are scheduled to be reopened for the start of term. If you have any enquiries regarding the works please contact Chris Maughan 94943.

Bigforth Drive closure – traffic

  • From Monday 17th August for about 4 weeks, the exit (A6-bound) carriageway of Bigforth Drive (main University driveway) will be CLOSED to all traffic between 07:30 and up to 18:00 Monday – Friday and possibly some Saturdays to facilitate the construction of a new footpath between Bigforth Barn and the western roundabout as part of the landscape improvement project.
  • Vehicles - Diversion signs will be in place to direct all traffic exiting the campus out via Alexandra Park Drive and Hazelrigg Lane. Incoming traffic between the A6 and the western roundabout will not be affected during these works. Vehicles over 7.5 tonnes should exit via South-East Drive and Alexandra Park to avoid passing the Pre-School Centre.
  • Please be aware that there is a cycle contra-flow lane on Alexandra Park Drive so cyclists may be travelling in this lane against the flow of traffic. Please do not cross the solid white line of the cycle lane. Bigforth Drive will re-open as normal for the UCAS Visit Day on Wednesday 26th August and at all times outside of contractor working hours.
  • Bus Services - All buses will exit the campus via SW Drive and Alexandra Park to rejoin the A6 whilst the exit carriageway of Bigforth Drive is closed. There will be no bus operations on SE Drive during this period. The bus stops outside InfoLab21 and Furness College will be temporarily closed for a few weeks.

    Underpass works affecting traffic and motorcycle parking

  • Until Friday 18th September, contractors are carrying out piping work in the roof of the underpass. At times there will be temporary traffic signals towards the eastern end of the underpass as one-way only traffic flow will be possible.
  • Buses will be stopping further west along the underpass than is usual. Two-way traffic flow will remain at all other times, including on Wednesday 26th August for the first UCAS Visit Day. Please note that the motorcycle parking area in the underpass is closed during these works. As an alternative, motorcycles can be parked in the designated bay in Bowland Area outside Security.
  • Notices

    Information on health and well-being

    The University’s Occupational Health service provides a useful web site covering a wide range of advice on health related topics. This month’s focus is on skin cancer but information on a number of other topics can be found in the Health and Well-Being Section of the HR web site at


    Student Services is using to allow staff, students, families and friends to support Lancaster University Student Financial Assistance Fund for free when buying goods and services online. Easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing online stores including Argos, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV and over 600 others. By using links on the site when shopping online Student Services will receive a donation of up to 15% from every purchase made. For full information please see:

    Travel / car parking

  • From Tuesday 1st September 2009 the X1 bus service linking the University with Lancaster Railway Station and areas west of the city centre will be rerouted via the A6 through Greaves, rather than along its current route through Bowerham. This will increase the number of direct buses between Greaves and the underpass from 3 to 6 buses per hour during daytime Monday – Friday. A slightly revised timetable will be published shortly and made available in a future issue of LU Text.
  • Vacation parking reminders – all staff are reminded that parking charges and parking enforcement continues as normal during vacation periods. There is no free parking on campus during vacation periods Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:00.

    Cycle path around the Croft gardens

    Cyclists – please take extra care and slow down near the sharp bend in the cycle path around the garden of the Croft, particularly when the path is wet. There have been a number of falls here lately and the risk can be dramatically reduced by slowing down to a walking pace whilst cycling around this bend. Measures to improve the path and reduce the risk of accidents are being prepared for implementation as soon as possible. Please report any incidents or near misses to the Safety Office.

    Staff emergency contact information

    Please ensure that HR hold details of your current emergency contact information by checking your details (via campus PC or VPN) on “employee self-service” which can be accessed from the HR home page or

    Cashiers Office

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


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