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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.

| 8 January 2010 | Issue 462

Weather Conditions

Travel information during the adverse weather conditions – the following links should prove helpful when planning travel:
Road Travel Information for Lancashire
Motorway Travel Information
Stagecoach bus service disruption
Other travel information in Lancashire
BBC Weather Forecast for Lancaster
Alexandra Park Drive – the road will reopen today -Friday 8th January- at which point buses will recommence operation around SW campus.

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


2009/10 Pay Award

Following further consultations by the memberships of the five national trade unions, negotiations have concluded in respect of this year’s pay award.
Pay rates for all staff covered by the award will therefore be increased by 0.5%, back dated to 1 August 2009.
Due to the timing of the announcement that negotiations have concluded, adjustment to salaries and payment of back pay will be made in February.

Official opening of the Learning Zone

The Chief Executive of HEFCE, Sir Alan Langlands FRSE, is to officially open the Learning Zone on Friday January 15. He will unveil a plaque before an invited audience of up to 100 guests before being given a brief tour of the building by the Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings and Professor Mandy Chetwynd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Colleges and the Student Experience. Sir Alan was formerly the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee and Chief Executive of the NHS in England. He was knighted in 1998 for his services to the NHS, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. About £3m has been invested in the Learning Zone as part of a £300m investment in the campus. It has been a collaborative project, with input from students to design a “social learning space” which is “staffed” by Student Ambassadors.

In order to prepare for the event the Learning Zone and the ISS Service Desk will close at 4:30pm on Thursday 14th January and re-open at 11am on Friday 15th January. ISS Service Desk support via telephone (ext: 10987)and email will continue as normal through this temporary closure.

University Fuels Economic Growth in Region

Lancaster University has made a huge economic contribution to the North West economy, helping to create over 700 new jobs in the region according to latest figures. The evaluation of projects delivered by the University between 2006-08 with funds from the European Regional Development Fund showed that the University also safeguarded a further 1,800 existing jobs. The expert help was provided through a dozen projects which have also led to increased sales of over £46m at a total of 445 small to medium sized businesses. One project alone - the Lancaster Business Creation Project run by the University’s Research and Enterprise Services - created 57 jobs in start-up companies or ones which had traded for less than a year, leading to over £2.5m of new sales. to view the story

Esmée Fairbairn Lecture

Tim Besley, Professor of Economics, LSE and Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee 2006-9 will deliver the Esmée Fairbairn Lecture entitled 'Policy Making in the Crisis' in Lecture Theatre 1, Leadership Centre, Management School, Lancaster University at 6pm on Tuesday 26th January 2010. All welcome.

New Sports Centre

Ground works for the new sports centre is well underway. To view the first newsletter with detailed information on the building progress click here building progress

Campus network improvements

ISS have recently improved both the performance and resilience of the campus network.Multiple fibre optic cables have been installed in the campus Halo (the duct that carries cables around the perimeter road) to make the computer network faster and more resilient. If network cables become damaged in the Halo, data will be automatically rerouted around campus to avoid disruptions to the network service. This is part of the ongoing work being carried out by ISS to improve computing facilities across the University.

During December 2009 and early January 2010, a large number of ISS services were moved to the new ISS Building with minimal disruption to users. Services moved included: the wireless network, LUVLE and 140 Virtual Systems (including 'H: Drive' & 'Departmental Filestore'). The moving of the VPN (Secure Remote Access) service was postponed to avoid an 'outage' while snow bound users were using VPN to work from home.

To complete the move to the ISS Building, a further series of planned service moves will take place between now and April 2010. Further information about future moves

e-Recruitment System - Job Vacancy List

The new e-Recruitment system went live on 4 January and offers job applicants increased functionality including the ability to register for job alerts. The system can be accessed from the University or HR Home Pages or jobs

Maximise the chances of recruiting top talent by attending the course - Recruiting the Best - on 13 & 14 January, 9.15 – 4.30. For more details see development courses and book your attendance by emailing

Important reminder for car parking permit holders

All University parking permit holders are reminded that when term starts on Monday the demand for parking will be high. Parking is on a first come first served basis, if an appropriate space is not available within the desired zone on main campus then you will need to park in another zone such as the Student Standard Zone on Alexandra Park.

ALL staff permits are valid in both the Staff Standard and Student Standard zones. Staff Standard permits are not valid in Staff Preference Zones. The only staff permit valid in the Visitor & Priority Parking Zone is the Staff Car Share permit. Inappropriate parking, including that on the more informal temporary car parks, will not be tolerated and offenders will have their vehicles wheelclamped if found to be contravening one of the University’s Car Parking Regulations.

More information about the University’s car share scheme and parking policy is available on the Facilities website

Campus Development Leaflet

The Facilities Division has produced a new campus development leaflet with details of all new and refurbishment projects taking place across the campus over the next couple of years. A PDF of the leaflet is available on the website. There is also a limited supply of hard copies available by contacting Louisa Duff, Communications Officer, Facilities Campus development leaflet

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 2 weeks including Professor Paul Kerswill (Linguistics and English Language) quoted on regional accents in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Times, and Dr Rob MacKenzie (LEC)talking on BBC Radio Lancashire yesterday about the cold weather.


Dr Plamen Angelov from the Department of Communication Systems at InfoLab21 has been invited to chair the Standards Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), the world’s largest professional association for engineering, computing and technology. The CIS covers such advanced areas of research as neural networks, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, evolutionary computing, machine learning and pattern recognition.

Canon Dr Alan Billings formerly of the Department of Religious Studies, appears on the Government’s news website after he was appointed as one of 13 faith advisors to the Government. Government news

Death Notices

The founding Roman Catholic Chaplain of the University Fr John Turner died aged 74 on December 21 after a long illness. Fr Turner had been a member of staff of the former Underley College at Kirkby Lonsdale from 1962 – 1967 and RC chaplain to Lancaster University from 1967–1972.
His last appointment before retirement was as parish priest at St Joseph's RC Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, from 1996 until he retired in 2004.
While at the university he was deeply involved with its 1960s development, particularly the iconic chaplaincy building and its initial ecumenical set-up. The funeral was held at the Cathedral on the 7th January.

We regret to report that Peter Vincent, a lecturer in Geography from 1976 to 2007, died suddenly of a heart attack over Christmas. He was 65. His funeral is on Friday 15th January at the Lancaster Crematorium at 1.15pm.

We regret to report the death of Rob Healey, who worked at the University in the Centre for Applied Statistics as a research associate in the 1980's died over the Christmas break.


Staff Mental Health Awareness Drop in/Support Group Commencing Thursday 21st January 2010.

The student mental health advisor Sue Crookall RMHN and the occupational health nurse Angela Mackay Fowler are running a monthly support group on a Thursday between 13 .00and 14.00 in B104, Furness College. It is an informal group so feel free to bring your lunch. The group aims to reduce work related stress and potential burnout and improve the students experience by fostering emotional resilience, deal with potential areas of conflict and support reflective thinking. If you have any questions regarding this group or any mental health issues please feel free to contact Sue on

STEPS magazine

The latest edition of the alumni magazine – Steps - has been mailed out to approximately 60,000 alumni and distributed around campus this week. Many of you will have received your own copy but if you haven’t and you would like one, please contact Louise Johnson It can also be viewed on the website Alumni website

Advice from the Police to motorists

The frosty mornings may provide an opportunity for cars to be stolen from on road parking areas and driveways as drivers may be tempted to leave their engines running to de-ice the car, whilst they go back indoors to keep warm. This leaves an easy opportunity for the thief to steal the vehicle with no effort at all. The best advice is to allow for a little extra time on frosty mornings and to stay with the car if you need to run the engine for a while to warm it up. Drivers should also be aware that many insurance companies will not pay out if the vehicle has been left running with the keys in the ignition.

• Lock it • Keep my keys out of sight • Remove items on view • Stay with it when defrosting and when the engine is running

Uni-Rider bus passes

The Uni-Rider bus passes will be on sale from the LUSU Information Desk from Thursday 7th January. One Term costs £79.00 and is valid: 8th Jan. - 19th Mar. This does NOT include any vacation use. 2 Terms costs £139.00 and is valid: 8th Jan. - 25th June. This includes Easter vacation use. We accept payment in cash, debit card or credit card (1.5% charge on credit card transactions. Please remember to bring your University library card. Stagecoach will not replace lost or stolen bus passes. If you have any questions please ring ext. 93765.


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

Launch of LICA Spring Season

A new season of public arts events from the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts includes an appearance by acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay and the Edinburgh Festival hit “Trilogy”. There is also athletic dance from the Retina Dance Company, compelling piano from Paul Lewis and the Conversations with the Collection exhibition, where invited artists examine the treasure trove that is the Peter Scott Gallery’s permanent collection and create surprising pairings with artworks from elsewhere. The opening of this is marked with a special evening event on February 16th , followed by the world premiere of Lancaster-based Proto-type Theater’s new show, Third Person (Redux). LICA includes the Lancaster International Concert Series, Nuffield Theatre and The Peter Scott Gallery. The artistic crossovers that the merger of the three organisations has enabled include siting Tim Crouch's fantastic play England in the Peter Scott Gallery, Mem Morrison and local women in Lancaster Town Hall, and A2 Company and local residents in the Storey Gallery. to view the full story

Experimentality exhibitions open at the Peter Scott and Folly galleries

This month sees the opening of two exhibitions in local galleries, both part of the Institute for Advanced Studies’ year-long programme of events on Experimentality, in which it is collaborating with a range of organisations in the North West to explore ideas and practices of experimentation.
The Experimentality Photography Exhibition opens at the Peter Scott Gallery on 13 January and runs till 6 February. It will exhibit photographic responses by local artists to the title ‘The Experiment’, ranging from photography as one might traditionally understand it, through work that experiments with the process of photography, to the depiction of the un-photographable. The exhibition will be open Mondays–Fridays 11am-5pm, and Saturdays 11am-4pm. Peter Scott Gallery
‘What Happens If ...’ opens at the Storey Gallery, Meeting House Lane on 30 January and runs till 3 April, showing experimental objects and actions by UK and international artists and designers. Expect witty low-tech experiments that uncover the enchantment hidden within everyday utilitarian objects and subject familiar objects to unexpected treatments. The exhibition will be open Tuesdays–Saturdays 11am-5pm, and late night Thursdays until 8.30pm whathappensif. Associated with the exhibition will be a series of talks, and a writing workshop organised by Litfest

First Aid at Work

13-15th January 2010, 9.30 to 4.30 There are still places left on this course, which is for anyone wishing to volunteer to become a University First Aider. It runs for 3 days and leads to the Certificate of First Aid at Work, with assessment on the final day.

Course Content: Basic life support, the control of bleeding, shock, heart attack, stroke, burns, fractures, poisoning, epilepsy and diabetes. Anyone interested should contact Peter Cook in the Safety Office, telephone 92098.

Introduction to BSL

The Adult College will be starting an Introduction to BSL course on Tuesday 19th January, 6.30-9.30pm. The course will run for 5 weeks and will take place on campus. Fee: £39.75; Assisted Fee: £5 (subject to eligibility). Participants have to be 19 years or over to take part in this course. For more details, please contact the Adult College on (01524) 581269.

Living and Learning, Learning and Teaching: mental health in higher education

This event, to be held at Lancaster University from 30-31 March 2010, will be of interest to all with an interest in mental health – across the disciplines. Keynote speakers include Glynis Cousin on ‘Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge’, Gail Hornstein, author of ‘Agnes’ Jacket – a psychologist’s search for the meanings of madness’ and Ann Davis, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health. A special rate of £50 (or £68.50 including conference dinner) is available for staff and students from Lancaster University. Contact Karen Hughes for a booking form.

Events, lectures & seminars

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