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| 27 November 2009 | Issue 458

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


Lancaster Scientists take part in Big Bang experiments

Lancaster University Physicists are celebrating their work on two landmark experiments which are attempting to understand the building blocks of the universe. Lancaster scientists were in Switzerland over the weekend observing the successful switch on of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the world’s biggest science experiment. Shortly after 2pm on Monday, 23 November, engineers operating the LHC successfully smashed together proton beams in the machine for the very first time. These were observed in the ATLAS detector which was developed by a team including Lancaster Physicists. Meanwhile on Tuesday, 24 November, Lancaster Particle Physicists working on the T2K (Tokai-to-Kamioka) neutrino experiment in Japan celebrated as the ‘near’ detector observed its first neutrinos - fundamental particles about which much is still to be learned. The University’s particle physics group built a 6 ton particle detector being used in Japan. The detector is a key component of the T2K research which hopes to unlock some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. To view the full story

Ice Rink and Winter Market at Lancaster University

There will be festive cheer in abundance next week at Lancaster University’s WinterFest2009. The event, which is open staff , students and the public will be held in Alexandra Square from Wednesday 2nd December to Friday 4th December. A synthetic ice rink will be the centrepiece of the festival offering skating from 12 noon until 6pm on Wednesday and Thursday and from 12 noon until 6pm on Friday. Skating is £3 per person. Throughout the festival, there will also be stalls selling mulled wine and on Friday there will also be specialty stalls selling handmade, locally sourced crafts - the perfect Christmas gift for someone special. There will be Christmas Carols, festive cheer and even some snow! On Friday evening, the festival will culminate in an outdoor showcase in Alexandra Square of the best of Lancaster’s talent, including performances by the Dance and Music Societies, the Brass Band and the Gospel Choir to name a few. WinterFest 2009 has been organised by the Students’ Union (LUSU) in partnership with Lancaster University Facilities and made possible thanks to the generous support of UPP and the Alumni Friends Programme. In addition to the Societies’ involvement a number of students have given their time to coordinate the event and in doing so will gain valuable job winning skills.

Student entrepreneurs at Westminster

Five Lancaster University students who want to be their own boss attended a business networking event and enterprise debate for women in Westminster this month. The event was hosted by the Pink Shoe Club, a network of successful and influential female entrepreneurs, in association with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship. Speakers included the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Helene Martin Gee, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Pink Shoe Club and Tessa Sanderson CBE, Olympic Gold Medallist. To view the full story

How groups prevent violence

A new study by researchers at Lancaster University suggests that, in potentially violent situations, group members spend most of their time trying to stop perpetrators from acting violently. Violence is most likely to be prevented if a number of group members intervene and each supports the other’s intervention. Psychologists Mark Levine, Paul Taylor and Rachel Best carried out an analysis of CCTV footage of drinkers in a city centre. Taken together, the evidence shows that groups are trying to bring aggressive behaviour under control; that increasing group size leads to a greater expression of this norm against the use of violence, and that successful violence prevention requires the co-ordinated action of the group rather than the action of a single powerful individual. To view the full story

Overflow car parking arrangements for Wednesday 2nd December 2009

The University is hosting three large events on Wednesday 2nd December 2009 – the Postgraduate Open Day, a LICA undergraduate open day and a large Campus Tour. Overflow car parking arrangements will be provided on the tennis courts from around 11:00 with access and egress from the main University driveway – Bigforth Drive. Anyone struggling to park on campus next Wednesday can park on the tennis courts free of charge whilst it is open for parking although most of its users will be guests for the LICA open day and possible overflow parking for the other two events. The lower section of the A6-bound carriageway on Bigforth Drive will be coned off into a single lane to provide sufficient vehicular access arrangements to the tennis courts.

Wind Turbine public exhibition

Lancaster University is finalising its plans for a proposed wind turbine development on its land opposite the University Campus adjoining the M6 motorway. The development is expected to consist of two wind turbines. A series of public exhibitions will be held at the University and in the local community for anybody interested in finding out more about the Wind Turbine project to attend.

In the meantime if you would like to see more information about the project please visit

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster in the news - The Press Office monitors all media coverage and this is a selection of stories from the past week including Professor Cary Cooper on BBC One and Professors Ruth Wodak and Paul Kerswill on BBC Radio 4. .


Professor Sheila Payne, (Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care), was the invited opening speaker at the 5th Association of Cancer Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Congress in Wuhan, China on 20th November. In her role as Vice President of the European Association for Palliative Care, she was invited to advise on preparing a framework for the development of palliative care services in China. The framework called the ‘Wuhan Declaration’ was launched at the Congress and will guide the development of palliative care throughout China.

Professor Payne has also been awarded funding for a new European Union grant in partnership with the World Health Organisation and University of Aachen called the ATOME project. The 5 year project starts on 1st December 2009 and aims to work at a policy level with national governments and professional associations to improve opioid availability for the management of cancer pain near the end of life in 12 resource-poor countries in Europe.

Dr Michael Wright, (Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the International Observatory on End of Life Care) has published a new book ‘Hospice and Palliative Care in Southeast Asia’ (Oxford University Press). This book maps palliative care development in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines and increases the coverage of the international mapping work which has earned the International Observatory on End of Life Care an excellent reputation.

Professor David Denver (Politics and IR) has been given a special recognition award by the Political Studies Association. The award was given in recognition of his major contribution to political studies in both teaching and research and his ‘unrivalled ability to set the standard in British election studies’. The presentation was made at the PSA’s annual awards lunch on Tuesday 24th November.

Dr Keith Cheverst (Computing) has received an EPSRC award of £83,549 to fund a 3 year PhD student to work on an innovative research project entitled: "EXTRAMS: Exploiting Traditional Map Signage with Mobile Devices". The central aim of which is to investigate the way in which mobile phones can provide a useful and usable facility to support the capture, georeferencing and display of traditional You-Are-Here map signage and the associated Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) issues. A Best Paper award from the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction has been received by the Computing department for collaborative research with the University of Munster on capturing You-Are-Here maps using mobile phones.

Dr Anthony Hesketh (LUMS) has won the HRO Association's 'Thought Leader of the Year' award. The HROA is a global association representing the human resources outsourcing industry. The awards were unveiled at the HROA's World Summit Europe event in London on 18 November. The awards honour thought leadership and relationships, demonstrating overall contributions that have helped expand the horizons for accomplishment in HR outsourcing.

Council member John Hadfield has been elected as the University's new Deputy Pro-Chancellor. He will take over from Gordon Johnson who comes to the end of his second term on 9 February 2010. One of the roles of the Deputy Pro-Chancellor is to chair the meeting of Court.

Lancaster University Engineering student Beth Colling was awarded a £250 prize by The Nuclear Institute’s Education and Training Committee for her outstanding performance in the Engineering Department’s MEng in Nuclear Engineering. Beth, 21, is from Heysham and is a former student at Ripley St Thomas C of E High School, Lancaster. As a final year student she combines her studies with part-time work in Morecambe and bringing up a young child.

Dr Steve Marple (Communication Systems) from the University’s AuroraWatch is quoted in the December edition of Trail magazine on spotting the Northern Lights in Scotland.


Christmas salary payments December 2009

For staff contracted to be paid on the 28th of the month, salaries will be credited to bank accounts on Friday 24th December 2009. To enable the Payroll section to process to this earlier payment date, it will be necessary to bring forward the normal submission of data deadlines. Therefore all additional payment and deduction requests, as well as bank detail changes for individuals, must be lodged with the Payroll Office on or before Thursday 10th December 2009 to be included in December’s pay. Thursday 10th December 2009 is also the deadline for submission of authorised timesheets/pay claims for Sessional staff. Please help the payroll section by including the six digit employee number on any timesheets. Timesheets that include the employee number will be given priority during processing.

Any claims received after the 10th December 2009 will be held over until January 2010 payroll. There is no change to arrangements for staff normally paid on the 15th of the month. If you require any further information or you have any queries on these deadlines please contact Terry Hallam Payroll & Pensions Manager on ext 92045.

Staff e-Recruitment system

Implementation of the new e-Recruitment system (Stonefish) is underway and all advertised posts from 1 January 2010, will be processed using the new system. The new system will generate benefits for both applicants and recruiting managers and a brief summary of these can be found at For further information please contact Ruth Fielding ( or David Owen ( in HR.

Weekly fire alarm testing schedule

The schedule for the weekly testing of fire alarms in all buildings is now available on the Facilities website


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

Alan Baddeley,Cognitive Psychologist will be coming to the University to present his work on Wednesday the 2nd December. He will be presenting in Management School Lecture Theatre 3 at 4pm.

University Music Society (ULMS) concert

The University Music Society is holding a Wind Band concert on Sunday 29th November. The concert will be held in the Great Hall at 7.30pm, tickets are available at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. ULMS is also holding a Christmas concert for the first time in Lancaster Cathedral on 4th December. The concert will begin at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Making Professor

The Professional and Leadership Development Team are organising a symposium about academic promotion and the benefits of flexible working practices called Making Professor, on 14th December 2009, 10.30 -15.30.
This is aimed at female academics , Heads of Department, new academics, researchers and everyone interested in equality and diversity in academic career development. For further information see: Booking essential, apply by email to

IAS Lecture

Professor W. Brian Arthur: How Technology Evolves Thursday 10 December 2009, 4pm, IAS Meeting Rooms 2/3 After receiving his honorary degree from Lancaster University, Professor W. Brian Arthur will give a lecture on the topic of his new book – The Nature of Technology – What it is and How it Evolves. Everyone welcome.,

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Please see the CELT web calendar to book a place at the following sessions, or contact Helen Griffiths at

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