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| 4 June 2010 | Issue 481

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


2010 Staff Prize Winners

Congratulations to the following colleagues:

  • Amanda Harrison, History
  • Professor Steve Bradley, Lancaster University Management School
  • Dr Marion Walker and Dr Rebecca Whittle, Lancaster Environment Centre
  • Grounds Team - Gary Atkinson, Phil Noble, Euan Richmond, Damian Glenn, Paul Capper, Graham Singleton, Mitchell Dyson and Bill Carradus, Facilities
  • Jane O'Brien, CETAD
  • Dr Jackie Pates, Lancaster Environment Centre
  • Al Mather, Helen Fogg, Leon Cruickshank and Danny Soetanto, IEED/Imagination
  • Dr David Simm, Management Learning & Leadership

The Staff Prizes will be presented by the Chancellor, Sir Chris Bonington at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 15 June 2010. For further information please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office.

Software developers tackle child grooming on the net

Computer Scientists at Lancaster University have been working on a tool which can work out a person’s age and gender using language analysis techniques. They hope it will eventually be used to help police and law enforcement agencies spot when an adult in a chartroom is masquerading as a child as part of the victim "grooming" process. Lead researcher Professor Awais Rashid appeared on the BBC News on Monday 31st May to explain the software. The Lancaster project team includes: Professor Awais Rashid, Professor Corinne May-Chahal, Professor Geoff Coulson, Dr James Walkerdine, Dr Paul Rayson, Dr Phil Greenwood, Alistair Baron, Dr Stuart Kirby and Dr Suzanne Ost. The research is also aired in a documentary on Ireland’s RTE programme on Monday 31 at 9:30pm. To view full story

Academic Processions at Graduation Ceremonies – 12th -15th July 2010

Colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Bachelor Degree Ceremonies in July. A full platform greatly adds to the sense of occasion for the graduands and their families so your participation will be greatly appreciated. Full information, including the timetable, a booking form and a breakdown of students for each department by ceremony is available on the website:

We would be grateful if you could confirm your involvement and robe requirements by Friday 11th June to ensure the correct robes can be provided for you. You can send your form by post or e-mail the details requested to

Honorary Degrees will be conferred as follows:

  • Dame Joan Bakewell DBE, renowned broadcaster and writer, and the Government’s voice for older people (Thursday 15th July, 2.30 p.m.)
  • Edwin Booth DL, Chairman, Booths Supermarkets (Tuesday 13th July, 11 a.m.)
  • Professor Averil Mansfield CBE, President, British Medical Association (Wednesday 14th July, 2.30 p.m.)
  • James May, graduate of Lancaster University and well-known broadcaster and journalist (Thursday 15th July, 11 a.m.)
  • Professor Kang Shaozhong, Director of the Center for Agricultural Water Research in China, China Agricultural University (Tuesday 13th July, 2.30 p.m.)
  • Professor Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University (Wednesday 14th July, 11 a.m.)

Staff feedback on Performance and Development Review

The results of the survey of staff experiences of PDR, conducted at the end of last term, are now available at:
Thank you to all staff who took part.

Overall, the staff experience of PDR since its launch in January 2008 is generally positive. Reviewers and reviewees felt they understood the process and what was expected of them, and that they had enough time to prepare for the reviews. They also reported satisfaction with the coverage of the discussions (feedback objective setting and development planning) and were happy with ambience. On the downside, some staff in departments undergoing, or having recently undergone, restructuring did not find it easy to formulate objectives relevant to departmental needs and priorities. Some concern was expressed about the availability of resources to support development, and there was a feeling from some staff groups that the review forms could be improved.
A group established by HR will take forward these and other issues in relation to PDR, and will incorporate any changes to the scheme in time for the start of the next academic year.

Knowledge Exchange Show Case

On Thursday 10th June the Research and Enterprise Services division will host a Knowledge Exchange Show Case. This Poster Day is open to the wider university to gain an insight into the varied activities being delivered by Lancaster’s cross-campus Knowledge Exchange & Technology Transfer teams.
The Show Case will run between 10.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. in the Management School Hub and is open to all staff and students.
For any enquiries please contact Sula Ross, Research & Enterprise Services. E-mail or telephone 01524 594846.

Delegation from Maastricht University visits Lancaster's Centre for Science Studies

Lancaster's Centre for Science Studies (CSS) received a delegation from the Department of Society and Technology Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands on 25-26 May. Lancaster CSS was selected by the delegation as one of the world's five leading science and technology studies programmes, along with MIT, Cornell, and institutes in Berlin and Zurich. Awarded a development grant of EUR 200,000 by their Faculty at Maastricht, the delegation had decided to use part of those funds to visit these five programmes in order to understand how they are organised and sustained, and to discuss possible future collaborations.

LICA Building Newsletter

To read the latest building progress newsletter for the new LICA building and view photos click here.

Scan withdrawn from circulation. Due to the recent tragic events in Cumbria, LUSU has decided to withdraw the current issue of SCAN. The front-page headline, which did not relate to the incidents in Cumbria on Wednesday 2nd June 2010, had been sent to print and published on Tuesday 1st June 2010. This was an unfortunate and unforeseen coincidence. LUSU would like to pay its respects to those affected by these tragic events and pay tribute to those who lost their lives. SCAN apologise for any undue discomfort that has been caused.

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 Awais Rashid and Dr James Walkerdine (Computing) who were featured on BBC 1's 6 O'Clock news,talking about project Isis, and Dr David Lucy (Maths & Stats) on the BBC One Show and BBC Radio 4 News Quiz.


Dr Dave Horton, (LEC) delivered Ireland’s Annual Cycling Research Lecture at Trinity College Dublin recently. Dave delivered his talk, ‘Building a Cycling Culture’, to around 250 people, many of whom had travelled to the event from across Ireland. He reported the EPSRC-funded project’s preliminary findings about the reasons people do and don’t cycle. Before the lecture Dave was interviewed on prime-time Irish national radio, by George Hook of Newstalk.
Poster, photos and review of the talk here.


Superannuation Scheme

The HR Division has established a new part of the HR website to keep staff up to date with proposed changes to the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme Updates have now been posted for the 20th and 21st May.

Bigforth Drive (University main access road) traffic management

In order to lay new services under the road for the new sports centre there will be temporary traffic lights in operation on Bigforth Drive near Bigforth Barn until Friday 11th June. The traffic lights will be temporarily removed this weekend 5th /6th June but will be back in operation from Monday till Friday. We apologise for any delays this may cause.


For a full list of all items submitted for What's On, please see Events.

Lancaster India Centre seminar

Economics of the Indian Premier League, 7th June, 3 - 5pm, LUMS LT2, presented by Stephan Szymanski Professor of Economics and Director of Sports at the Business Network Research Centre, Cass Business School, City University London.

Postgraduate Statistics Centre Teaching and Learning Seminar

Professor Steven Young, Department of Accounting and Finance, LUMS. "Managing MSc dissertations: Challenges and opportunities with large groups". Tuesday 8th of June, 1.00 to 2.00 pm with lunch starting at 12.30. Venue is the Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Lecture Theatre A54.

STEM summer school

26 year 6 pupils from primary schools in Burnley will take part in a STEM Summer School on campus next week. Run by the Department of Continuing Education (DCE), this summer school will give pupils from widening participation gifted and talented target groups the opportunity to experience studying at a top university, with a short course in Microbiology and evening taster sessions in Low Temperature Physics. For most participants, this will be the first time anyone in their family has experienced HE. The Summer School is funded by Aimhigher Lancashire. For details contact Wendy Harris on extn. 92643, For further details of the final year of DCE Summer Schools see:

Food security & safety symposium

13 – 15th September 2010, Lancaster University. This interdisciplinary international Symposium is a unique opportunity for bioscientists, social scientists, specialists in ethics, economics and policy to come together to share their research information and expertise. Talks will be followed by discussion with plenty of opportunity for delegates to network, identify potential inter- and cross-disciplinary collaborations and build on current knowledge. , Main themes: Sustainable intensification; Food Quality & Safety; The Food Security Challenges: Europe, Africa, China; Food Utilisation, Access & Availability; Resourcing the Research For more information and a list of speakers go to. Preferential rates for Lancaster staff and students. Early-Bird registration deadline: 15th June.

FST lecture - Graphene: Magic of Flat Carbon

The third faculty lecture of 2009/10 will take place on Friday 11 June, 1400-1530, Lecture Theatre 4, Management School Building. Andre Geim's lecture will outline his work on graphene, concentrating on its fascinating electronic and optical properties, with speculation about future applications for this new material. Professor Geim is well known for his discovery of two-dimensional crystals, particularly graphene. He is the Langworthy Professor of Physics, Royal Society (2010 Anniversary) Research Professor, and Director of The Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology at The University of Manchester. All are welcome to attend. A light reception will follow the lecture.

Professional Programmes

11 June - Effective Postgraduate Supervision workshop 1 (repeat): Introductory day - 10:15-16:00 The Introductory day will include: Planning a project, Starting with a new student, What do I bring to supervision? And much more.

15th June - The Third LUMS Teaching forum: Peer Assessment with undergraduates and postgraduates, a tale of two case studies, James Taylor, Department of History, Kiran Trehan, Department of Management, Learning and Leadership, 12:30-1:30. Please sign up for any or all of these events on the CELT calendar or email

Lake District Studies courses

The Centre for North-West Regional Studies will be holding an Open Evening for its part-time Lake District Studies courses on Wednesday 30th June, 6-7.30pm. This will be an opportunity to find out about the Postgraduate Certificate in Lake District Landscape, the Postgraduate Diploma in Lake District Landscape and Environment and the MA in Lake District Studies, to hear from the tutors and to talk with current students about their experience. Full information about the curriculum, fees and bursaries, and dates of the very popular field trips, will be available on the evening, and will be circulated after the event to any applicants who are unable to attend on the night. Attendance is free, but please register your interest by contacting Christine Wilkinson on 01524 593770 or at christine.wilkinson(a)

RDPM 2010 hosted at Lancaster University

The 11th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing will be hosted this year by Lancaster University. The event attracts academics and industrialists from a wide range of backgrounds with diverse papers reflecting this. Lancaster Product Development Unit (LPDU), the knowledge exchange team for the Engineering Department is hosting the event on Friday 11th June. Further details, including how to register can be obtained from the website ( or from Mike Hacking, Project Officer, in LPDU (Ext. 94 298).


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