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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.

| 4 December 2009 | Issue 459

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


Council statement on Higher Education funding

Following the meeting of Council on 20th November, the following statement from the members was released:

On 20th November 2009, Council had an extensive discussion on the Government’s paper relating to the shape of Higher Education in the next 10-15 years and the best way to fund it. We recognise and sympathise with the students’ concern over the future handling of HE funding and student finances. We welcome the national debate on funding for both full-time and part-time students and the close examination of the current student support mechanisms. University management and Council share that concern and believe that the sector should be adequately funded striking the right balance between the contribution of society, employers and individuals. There is a strong view that HE should be free for students at the point of delivery, and that Higher Education should be available to qualified students, irrespective of social background. Council will return to this issue in February as the details of Lord Browne’s review emerge.

Graduation Ceremonies - 9 December 2009

Nearly 900 students, accompanied by 2,000 guests, will graduate with Higher Degrees from Lancaster University on Wednesday next week. The degrees will be conferred by the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Pro-Chancellor, Gordon Johnson, in four ceremonies which take place in the Great Hall. The Chancellor will also confer Honorary Degrees upon Professor W. Brian Arthur, a distinguished economist and alumnus of the University and the astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS. Almost 200 staff will be participating, either by joining academic platforms, or assisting with the smooth-running of the ceremonies. To view the full timetable visit ceremonies All the ceremonies can be viewed live via the web here

Parking Arrangements on Wednesday 9th December 2009

Up to 900 additional vehicles are expected over the course of the day for the graduation ceremonies. A parking management plan is in place with overflow parking on the tennis courts and on all areas of Alexandra Park, including the inner ‘red-bricked’ areas in the centre of Alexandra Park itself. Additionally, the inner block-paved areas of the new Fylde and Furness residences will be used for overflow parking. Please note that parking in all of these overflow areas is usually strictly prohibited and is enforced against with wheel-clamping but these areas will have to be used for parking for this one day only. Staff unable to find a parking space during the day should follow the directions of the parking marshals. Please co-operate with their directions as they are there to help everyone find a place to park. If in doubt please use the tennis courts where free parking will be available all day. Staff can make free use of a minibus service which will operate around campus from 07:30 to 18:30. The minibus pickup points will be signed with stops in Bowland Ave, the tennis courts and the bottom of Alexandra Park. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the day, if at all possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Research shows the cost of domestic violence has fallen

The cost of domestic violence in lost economic output is down by nearly 30 per cent since 2001, according to updated research produced by Professor Sylvia Walby of the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. The report was launched by the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (CAADV) at Westminster where the speakers included Professor Walby and the Attorney General Baroness Scotland. The new research shows that while the cost of domestic violence is still substantial, investment in public services is paying off for the economy, reducing the cost of lost economic output due to working days lost because of injuries from £2.7bn in 2001 to £1.9bn in 2008. The cost of public services has gone up - reflecting their improvement and increased user take up. As a consequence, the rate of domestic violence and its cost to business and society has fallen. The total cost of domestic violence fell from £22.8bn in 2001 to £15.7bn in 2008. To view the full story

Lancaster shares in £2.72m grant at MediaCityUK

Lancaster University is one of three universities to share in a £2.72m grant from the EPSRC to fund cutting edge research at the new MediaCity UK - a purpose built city on Salford Quays housing 5,000 staff in the digital and creative industries. It will be the main home of the BBC outside London when it opens in 2011. FIRM – Framework for Innovation and Research in MediaCityUK – starts in early 2010 and will fund university research into the latest digital technologies, from new gadgets to software processes. Researchers will also be supporting the BBC in developing experimental work in digital media. The base in MediaCityUK will also act as a gateway to Lancaster University’s range of services for its industry and community partners, including the hi-tech companies based at InfoLab21. To view the full story

Eco-Residences Win Lancashire Green Award

Lancaster University’s environmentally friendly student accommodation has won yet another award. The Eco-Residences at County and Grizedale Colleges were awarded a prize in the “Lancashire Green Awards 2009” organised by the Lancashire Evening Post. Finalists from across the county gathered at a ceremony at the Barton Grange Hotel in Preston for the award ceremony which covered 10 categories. Sponsored by BAE Systems, the awards recognise individuals, community groups and businesses which have made significant contributions toward tackling climate change. The Eco-Residences won the “Green Builder and Designer Award” after the judges said: “Lancaster University went beyond just the build and made sure students were involved and encouraged to continue to use the building in an environmental way”. To view the full story

Wayne Hemingway to give free Master Class

Local business leaders have been invited to attend a master class on campus with Wayne Hemingway founder of Red or Dead and Hemingway Designs. The design entrepreneur and honorary graduate will be addressing an audience of SME owner-managers at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development’s (IEED) Christmas event at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) on 8th December. Wayne will also be launching the construction of the new LICA building in a sod cutting ceremony next week. To view the full story

Wind Turbine Public Exhibition

Lancaster University is finalising its plans for a proposed wind turbine development on its land opposite the campus near 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.

Monday 14 December 2009, 12:00-15:00 Lancaster University, University House reception
Monday 14 December 2009, 17:30-20:00 Ellel War Memorial Institute, Stoney Lane, Galgate
Tuesday 15 December 2009, 14:00-19:30 St Pauls Parish Hall, Scotforth Road, Lancaster
Wednesday 16 December 2009, 16:00-20:00 Quernmore Methodist Church Hall, Quernmore
Thursday 17 December 2009 10:30-16:00 Lancaster Central Library, Market Street, Lancaster

In the meantime if you would like to find out more information about the project please visit windturbine website

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 which includes: Professor Jeffrey Richards (History) who was praised in a THE column this week by Gary Day , for helping to improve the image of cultural historians. Professor Jeffrey Richards was said to be "looking extremely dapper as he was interviewed about Gracie Fields" for a BBC 4 programme “Amazing Gracie:The Gracie Fields Story, broadcast on November 23 and Dr Rebecca Whittle (LEC) interviewed live on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme this week about research into flooding.


Professor Richard Bardgett (LED) has been appointed Chair of BBSRC’s Research Committee B, which is responsible for their responsive mode funding in the areas of plants, microbes, food and sustainable agriculture. The Committee is one of four Research Committees responsible for BBSRC’s responsive mode funding budget. BBSRC is one of the 7 RCUK Research Councils and supports around 1600 scientists and 2000 research students in universities and institutes in the UK.

Dr Mila Mihaylova and Professor Garik Markarian (Communication Systems) have been awarded £363,000 (400 000 Euros) for MC IMPULSE (Monte Carlo based Innovative Management and Processing for an Unrivalled Leap in Sensor Exploitation), a new EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network project, focusing on research and training in the field of sensor data processing.

Janet Rigby - CECo Scholar and Honorary Research Fellow in the International Observatory on End of Life Care has been awarded a prestigious Florence Nightingale Travel Award. Janet will use the award to visit hospices, palliative care units and older peoples’ care facilities in Sweden, Australia and various parts of the UK, to compare the in-patient accommodation which is provided for older people who are in the last few months of life.

Congratulations to the 69 staff from Lancaster and from the University’s Malaysian partner institution Sunway University College who have completed professional development programmes - Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP) and Associate Teacher Programme (ATP). Their achievements were celebrated at a ceremony on 2nd December attended by the Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington, CBE. to see the list of graduates photo gallery of the graduates

UK Undergraduate Recruitment Manager Frederick Binley has been elected as Northwest Regional Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association(HELOA). This is the professional association of staff in HE who work in the field of education liaison, recruitment and marketing. As Northwest Chair he will represent the 13 Universities and over 75 members within the region on the national committee as well as chairing 4 meetings in the North.

LU Web club Starting in 2010 the LU Web Club will be meeting once a month to offer support to staff working on Lancaster University websites. All ranges of technical ability are welcome and can include content managers as well as web developers. To join this group and be kept up to date with meeting dates and agendas please email Sarah Maginness in the KBC at InfoLab21:


Revised opening hours – Cashiers, University House. Please note the following:
Thursday 10th Dec Open 09.30 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.30
Thursday 17th Dec Open 14.00 – 16.30
Friday 18th Dec Open 09.30 – 12.00

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 THURSDAY 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 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.

ISS Services are on the Move Following the successful move of staff to the new ISS building, ISS is now beginning a phased move of equipment and their associated services.

On Saturday 12th December, the following services will be unavailable for up to 24 hours: SharePoint; WiNet; and Flying Leads.

On Wednesday 16th December, the following services associated with the Lancaster’s Virtual Learning Environment will be unavailable for up to 24 hours, that is: LUVLE; MyPlace & MyPGR ; Question Mark Perception; and Moodle.

On Wednesday 16th December, our substantial virtual server infrastructure will also be moved. There are over 140 virtual systems at Lancaster. However, these systems and their services will be available throughout the day, although users may experience a reduced level of system responsiveness between 12th to 18th December.

Further details are available here.

Relocation of underpass bus stops during the Christmas Vacation In order to carry out some essential survey work ahead of the renovations to Alexandra Square and the underpass it is necessary to erect scaffolding along the entire length of the bus stop layby in the underpass during the Christmas Vacation period. From Monday 14th December there will be no pedestrian access to the underpass for 4 weeks. The bus stops will be relocated to Bowland Avenue outside the Chaplaincy Centre for the duration of the works. This will inevitably involve the temporary loss of some visitor parking spaces in Bowland Avenue.

Bailrigg Lane – resurfacing works Lancashire County Council will be resurfacing the western parts of Bailrigg Lane on Monday 7th December and Tuesday 8th December 2009 between 09:30 and 15:30. In view of the complex nature of the works, it will be necessary to close Bailrigg Lane to all vehicular traffic and cycle traffic from its junction with Scotforth Road (A6) and to cycle track that links Bailrigg Lane with Collingham Park; access to pedestrians will be maintained at all times. Please note that cyclists and pedestrians using the University cycle route will not be affected as these works occur beyond where the cycle track comes off Bailrigg Lane to run down to Collingham Park.

Bus Service Changes from 14th December 2009 New timetables for services 2, 2A, X2, 3, 3A and 4 will commence on Monday 14th December. In particular, there will be some changes to these services between Lancaster and Morecambe during University term times and vacation periods and between Lancaster and the University during University vacation periods. For further information and to download copies of the new bus timetables please see the Stagecoach website:

Fill in a simple survey and win a luxury hamper The council's Cycling Town Team are carrying out their annual district Travel Survey to find out what modes of transport residents most often use to get themselves to work and what prevents them from using others. The simple questionnaire is available online at or you can request a paper copy by contacting them on 01524 582616 / 582392 or by email to Completed surveys must be in by Monday December 14th.

Bin Store Relocations – Bin Store Nos. 4 and 7 Some visitor car parking spaces in Bowland Avenue have been freed up this week as Bin Store No. 4 (Bowland Avenue) has been relocated to the entrance of the contractor compound in Bowland Avenue East. The bins will remain there until the compound is removed in Summer 2010. The bins at Bin Store No. 7 (Great Hall) have been temporarily relocated to the other side of the building (Nuffield Theatre loading bay) until Thursday 10th December due to events taking place in the Great Hall, including the graduation ceremonies on Wednesday 9th.

Centre for Sport Christmas Opening Times Thursday 24th Dec 10.00 - 3.00pm (pool closes 2.30pm) Christmas Day 25th Dec - Monday 28th Dec inc Closed Tuesday 29th Dec 10.00 - 5.00pm (pool closes 4.30pm) Wednesday 30th Dec 10.00 - 5.00pm (pool closes 4.30pm Thursday 31st Dec 10.00 - 3.00pm (pool closes 2.30pm) Open as normal Saturday 2nd January 2010

December Sports Camp at the Centre for Sport 8 - 14yrs 3 days of fun, multi sport activity days including swimming Monday 21st , Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December 2009 9.30am - 4.30pm Children can be dropped off from 9.15 and collected up to 4.45pm £30 for a fun packed 3 day course or £10 per single day call 594000 to book


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

Recruiting the Best – Last few spaces for 9th & 10th Dec

The Professional and Leadership Development Team have launched a new programme in 2009 aimed at everyone who recruits staff. The course looks at how best to write JD & person specs, advertise opportunities, shortlist, and even gives the opportunity to practice interview skills. For those new to Lancaster, it also explains the Lancaster Recruitment process. Delivered by a highly respected consultant, recent feedback on the course has been excellent There are a small number of spaces remaining on the course running 9th & 10th December 2009, 9.15 - 4.30. The course is also running on 13th & 14th Jan 2010 For further information see web site. Booking essential, apply by email to

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