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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.

| 31 August 2009 | Issue 446

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


Update on pay negotiations

As staff will be aware, universities, represented by UCEA, have put forward their final pay offer of 0.5% for the year 1 August to 31 July 2010. The union Unite has rejected the offer and is now following the new procedures for dispute resolution. The other campus unions are still consulting with their members.

An agreement, if it is reached, could take several months at which point the final award will be backdated to 1 August 2009.

The position of the University, as an employer, is that the offer of 0.5% is realistic under current economic circumstances and in the context of:

* Pay in Higher Education has improved considerably in the period 2006-2009, with staff receiving minimum increases of 15.9% over three years and up to 26% if receiving increments.

* The pay offer is part of the total reward package which includes increments, where applicable, and generous pension benefits. The University is bearing the 2% (an increase from 14% to 16%) uplift in its contributions to USS pensions with effect from October 2009. There will be no increase in the employee contribution. The employer's contribution rate to LGPS has also risen in the recent past and is likely to do so again shortly.

UCEA is the Universities and Colleges Employers Association. Background information can be found on the website.

Sports Centre

Enabling work has started for the new Sports Centre. A fence will be erected, the pavilion demolished and the ground will be prepared. Access to the rugby pitches will be maintained throughout the work. More information about the Sports Centre is available on the Facilities website http://www.lancs.ac.uk/facilities/projects.

Energy metering

In order to save energy and cut energy costs across the campus the Facilities Infrastructure team are installing electricity, gas, water and heat meters in all buildings. The meters will provide accurate readings of our consumption to help analyse where improvements need to be made. There should be no disruption to the water, heating or the gas supply. Most electric meters can be installed without loss of power however the buildings that will require isolation will be given advance notice. These power shutdowns will be co-ordinated with other maintenance work needed on the substations to try minimise disruption. The project will be completed by the end of October 2009.

Law School hosts human rights conference

As part of a three year research project, Lancaster University Law School will host a major international human rights conference 9-11 September. The conference - called States’ Extraterritorial Obligations related to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - will discuss the results of two years’ research carried out by an international consortium of academic institutions and non-governmental organisations (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/humanrights/consortium.htm). Attendees will include representatives from the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and other interested individuals. For further information about the project, the conference, and how to register, please visit the web site: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/humanrights/index.htm, or contact Professor Sigrun Skogly (s.skogly@lancaster.ac.uk)

InfoLab21 strengthens links with top Malaysian University

Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 is developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of the most significant Universities in Malaysia, the University of Malaysia, Sabah (UMS). Professor Garik Markarian and Professor Bahram Honary from InfoLab21’s Department of Communication Systems, were warmly received by the Director and members of the University’s Centre of Materials & Minerals (CMM), School of Engineering and Information Technology when they visited its Advanced Telecommunication and Network Research Lab (ATNR) this summer. The UMS was established on November 24, 1994 and it is now home to 13 schools and nine research institutes. The aim of the trip was to review research parallels, strengthen the relationship between InfoLab21 and the UMS and foster research and postgraduate study collaborations.

Flooding stories go on show

Stories and photographs documenting floods which damaged hundreds of homes in Doncaster in 2007 have gone on display at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Research carried out by Lancaster University has captured two years of oral history and images from a local community recovering from a devastating flood and contrasted this with experiences from a number of other disasters. The exhibition, held in the Community Area of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, documents the events of June 2007 through photos, poems and other items contributed by communities which were affected. Lucy Easthope, based in the Division of Medicine and the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies,carried out the research. The exhibition will run until Sunday 13 September and on closing it will form part of the Doncaster historical archives. To view the full story

Visit Days

The first of two annual Visit Days was held on Wednesday last week. Over 5,000 visitors were warmly welcomed to the University despite the wet weather. The UK Student Recruitment Office would like to thank everyone involved including all academic staff and support staff, with special thanks going to Facilities, Colleges, Central Services, Porters, Security, Cleaners and all who volunteered to help at what was an overwhelmingly successful recruitment event. The next Visit Day will be on Saturday 19th September.

Landscape improvement works

For two more weeks the exit, (A6-bound) carriageway of Bigforth Drive (main University driveway) will be CLOSED to all traffic between 7:30am - 6pmMonday – Friday and possibly some Saturdays. This is to construct 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.

  • Cyclists - 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.

  • 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 so the bus stops outside InfoLab21 and Furness College will be temporarily closed for a few weeks.

Swine Flu update

For the latest information and advice please check the University Swine Flu webpage on http://www.lancs.ac.uk/press/swineflu.htm

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster in the news - See media coverage for Lancaster University this week, including Professor David Sugarman in the Independent and Professor Peter McClintock on Fox news.


Stephen Parkin has been appointed as Director of the International Office. Stephen is currently Deputy Director of Sheffield University's International Office and will start at Lancaster on November 1. Other new members of the team include Sarah Spitzauer International Officer for East Asia and Jamie Vegad, International Officer for Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Dr Graham Jameson is due to retire from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the end of September. To mark this occasion, the department is holding a gathering at 1pm on Wednesday 23rd September in Fylde SCR, where a light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Instead of a present, Graham suggests donations to Water Aid via http://www.wateraid.org. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend; please notify Gordon Blower before 21st September.

Sue Peters director of the LEAD programme presented LEAD delegate and managing director of Westlakes Engineering Andy Hooper with the programme’s Business Growth Award last month. The home-grown company is now one of the fastest growing civil and structural engineering firms in the UK. Last month saw the firm expand into Manchester, taking over Robert West Consulting, a team of civil and structural design consultants which will later be rebranded to Westlakes Consulting. Andy Hooper was accepted onto the LEAD programme and went on to help restructure the business. He called the LEAD programme ‘inspiring’ and said that it helped push the company to the next step. Andy is now a key ambassador for the LEAD programme and will support and encourage other West Cumbrian businesses to grow and prosper.

Building work on campus

Underpass works affecting traffic and motorcycle parking

  • Until Friday 18th September, contractors are undertaking 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.

  • 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.

Road works

Resurfacing work will be carried out on Friday 4th September and Saturday 5th September on the inner avenues of the campus and SE section of the perimeter road. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this work. If you have any queries please contact Mike Harris, Building Surveyor in Facilities – Infrastructure 92383.

Fylde Bar Toilet Refurbishment

Fylde bar toilets will now be closed until Friday 25th September for refurbishment. Alternative male and female toilets are available across the quad area and an alternative accessible toilet is in the laundrette, next to Pizza Republic.


The footbridge leading to InfoLab21 is due to be closed the week commencing 7th Sept for an estimated three week period for refurbishment works. During this period access to the building will be via the Access Door at the bottom of the concrete steps by the footbridge and will be sign posted.

Facilities – Campus work updates

To help keep people updated on all the work being carried out on the campus there is a new webpage on the Facilities website. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/facilities/latest_news/Campuswork.htm


Bus services

  • New early bus service New service bus to arrive at the underpass at 06:51 especially for those who need to be at work for 7am. From Tuesday 1st September 2009, a new No. 3 bus service departing from Torrisholme at 06.15am and travelling to the University via Lancaster city centre (bus station departing 06:35) and will arrive at the University underpass at 06:51. For a full timetable follow this link.
  • Increase in direct bus services 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 is available here.


Scheduling On-Demand Passenger Air Service

Department of Management Science and LANCS Initiative Seminar, Professor George L Nemhauser, Georgia Institute of Technology Friday 18 September 2009, 2.00pm, Management School Lecture Theatre 3. All welcome to attend. Further details available on the LUMS website

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