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| 30 July 2010 | Issue 489

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

There will be no editions of LU Text during August. The next issue (after the 30th July issue) will be published on Friday 3rd September 2010. Please ensure you check the Facilities campus works website regularly as there is a lot of work taking place across the campus that might affect you.


Update on 2010-11 national pay negotiations

This week the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) met with the HE Unions on 28th July for the fifth formal meeting of this year’s national negotiations. UCEA’s negotiating team tabled the employers’ final pay offer of a 0.4% uplift to all points on the national pay spine, effective from 1st August 2010. This final offer is set against stringent limits of affordability in the sector. The offer has also been made on the basis that if it is not accepted by 29th October 2010, UCEA will need to consult with HEI’s to review its continuation. With the exception of UCU, the unions have not yet formally stated their positions on the pay offer. UCU advised that they would reject the offer made and would wish to extend their previously registered dispute on job security to the totality of the offer. The other unions have advised UCEA that they will now need to go back to their various executive bodies, and then potentially to their wider membership to determine what their next steps will be. Each union has its own consultation process and timetable. These are not yet known, but it is likely that they will run through to the end of September. Further updates will follow.

First ever dual degree programme between UK and Pakistani universities launched in Lahore

In August 250 Pakistani undergraduate students will start the first dual Lancaster University/Comsats institute of Information Technology (CIIT) degrees delivered in Pakistan. During a visit to Pakistan on 21-26th July, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob McKinlay attended the formal launch ceremony of the Dual Degree Program where he met parents and prospective students. He visited the Lahore and Islamabad campuses and met with the Federal Minister of Science and Technology, the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission and the Chief Minister of Punjab, as well as with CIIT’s management. This visit to Pakistan by Lancaster comes after the UK launch in London in February 2010 attended by the Pakistani Federal Minister of Science and Technology, and Chancellor of CIIT, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Lancaster’s Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington CVO CBE DL. Full story

InfoLab21 Demonstrates Best Practice To International Community

InfoLab21 has been asked to join an international community of Higher Education Institutions called HEXTLEARN (Higher Education Exploring ICT Use For Lifelong Learning). InfoLab21 was approached and asked to demonstrate best practice on ICT for local and regional development because of the regional impact of its work with businesses through the InfoLab21 Strategic Innovation Support Programme (ISIS).

LEAD invites entrepreneur Michelle Mone OBE to help local businesses

Michelle Mone OBE, Founder and Co-owner of MJM International and the UK’s leading designer lingerie brand Ultimo, will be at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) on August 3rd to pass on valuable advice to local businesses. The highly successful businesswoman ,one of the UK's top 3 female entrepreneurs, has been invited to give a taster masterclass by LUMS’s LEAD programme - a ten month programme which has been specifically designed to help owner-managers of small to medium sized businesses grow their business and become more profitable and secure. To date LEAD, directed by Sue Peters, has worked with over 200 companies and 90% of them have seen an increase in sales turnover, employment, productivity and profits. On average LEAD participants increase their turnover by £200,000. For more information on LEAD visit: Full story on LU News.

New School of Computing and Communications

From August 1st, the Computing Department and the Department of Communication Systems at InfoLab21 are merging to form a new School of Computing and Communications led by Professor Nigel Davies. As part of the reorganisation, the Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) group - currently part of the Department of Communication Systems - will join the Department of Physics. The new School includes over 40 academic staff, 50 full time researchers and 439 students in the fields of computer science, ICT and communications engineering. Members of the school lead over £10 million worth of research funding plus the HighWire Doctoral Training Centre. The first students will be admitted in October.

New car parking policy and subsidised staff bus travel from 1st October 2010

The impact of travel to and from the campus is a key environmental issue. Major changes are being introduced from 1st October 2010 to improve the quality and value for money of alternatives to single-occupancy car travel. The changes are in line with the objectives of the new University Travel Plan (2010 – 2015), which is due to be launched later this year. There will be some significant changes to car parking affecting staff, students, contractors and visitors. Heavily subsidised annual Unirider bus passes will be available for University staff that choose not to purchase a car parking permit next year and travel choices for University staff will be made through the Flexible Benefits system. More information, including full details of the new parking policies and arrangements, can be found on the Facilities Travel website. Click here for information on Bus Services.

NEWTravel & Parking Policy FAQs

NEWStudent Car Parking Policy 2010/11

NEWContractor Parking Policy 2010/11

Staff Car Share Permit – wanting to save money by car sharing to work but cannot find a car share partner? Then log onto the University’s Car Share Scheme, ‘Sharedwheels’ for free to help find someone you can share with.

Please note that although applications for a parking permit can be made from August 9th, applications will not be processed until Flexible Benefits enrolment closes on September 10th. Permits will be processed from this date and sent out to employees' home addresses. Please ensure that HR have your current home address details by logging onto 'employee self-service' on the HR Home Page. Self-Service is accessed using your main university username and password from any campus PC or via VPN. The new permits will not be valid until October 1st. A current parking permit must be clearly displayed in vehicles until October 1st.

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 Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Bob McKinlay's visit to Pakistan for the launch of the Lancaster/Comsats dual degree which is covered widely in the Pakistani media, while Professor David Allsop (SHM) is quoted in the New Scientist on Alzheimer's disease.


Professor Trevor McMillan has been re-appointed as Non Executive Director on NHS North Lancashire’s Board for the next four years. Trevor McMillan is Peel Professor of Cancer Biology and Pro Vice Chancellor for research. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Physicians. NHS North Lancashire was established in October 2006 and is responsible for the delivery of healthcare in North Lancashire.

Dr James Summers, who lectures in international law at Lancaster Law School, was recently cited in the International Court of Justice. In the Kosovo Advisory Opinion of 22 July 2010, Summers' book, Peoples and International Law was referred to by Judge Cançado Trindade in his separate opinion concerning the concept of the "people" (p. 52). Dr Summers is currently editing a book on Kosovo entitled The Kosovo Precedent.

Dr Fergal Davis (Law) has made a written submission to the Parliament of Australia Senate Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs, Inquiry into the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Bill 2010. The Committee has now reported and the report cites Dr Davis's submission.

Phil Lewis (Research Support Office) is taking part in this years' Great North Run to help raise funds for the Lancaster & Morecambe Branch of the MS Society. For more details and information about sponsoring Phil and co-runner Pete Lloyd see here. In addition to help raise more funds there will be a Cake Sale on Friday 6th August from the Research Support Office, B Floor, University House at 10am and then in Alexandra Square at 12pm.

Last week 50 year 13 students completed the final week of the Passport to Higher Education summer school at Lancaster University, and they are now set to embark on their chosen HE course with confidence. Organised by Rory Daly, the summer school offered a range of academic subjects (Maths, Criminology, Law, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Marketing, Creative Writing and Science) as well as preparation for HE modules such as study skills and student life skills. 85 young people aged 14 – 17 years have been staying on campus this week (25 – 31 July) for DCE’s Gifted and Talented Summer School organised by Wendy Harris. The summer school has supported bright children from disadvantaged backgrounds and provided a stimulating environment where it’s cool to be clever. The Department of Continuing Education, which closes on 31 July, would like to thank colleagues in academic and support roles who have supported these programmes.


Lonsdale College Senior Tutor

Lonsdale College is seeking to appoint a Senior Tutor. It is hoped that the new appointee will be in place for the beginning of Intro Week 2010. The Senior Tutor has overall responsibility for the general welfare of the students within the College and the allocation of Personal Tutors to individual students. The Senior Tutor works with the College Administrator to identify students with problems and to help in the appropriate way. The successful applicant would be expected to help with the organisation of, and to participate in, social activities within the College and encourage staff/student interaction. The Senior Tutor is also a vital part of the College Management Committee. Applicants are normally expected to be members of staff with a substantive appointment. The post is for three years in the first instance with potential for re-appointment for a further term of 3 years, subject to ratification by the College Syndicate; the position comes with a College Honorarium. Interested parties should contact the College Administrator for a full description of the role and responsibilities. Applications in writing to the College Administrator, Juli Shorrock, by 3 September 2010.

Tree cutting

The entire western side of parking on the North-West Drive will be coned off on 3rd and 4th August to enable tree cutting to take place. This is to enable double-decker buses to travel freely around the northern perimeter road in a clockwise direction from Monday 16th August when the work starts on Alexandra Square & underpass. For more information on this project visit

Advance notice of work starting - Alexandra Square & underpass rejuvenation

Work is due to start on the project to rejuvenate Alexandra Square and the Underpass on Monday 9th August 2010. A dedicated website is being set up to help communicate the project and clarify what will be happening when and where. From Monday 16th August the underpass will be closed to pedestrian access and one way traffic management will be in place until the rejuvenation project is complete in March 2011. More information about the temporary travel arrangements is available on the website.

Scratchcards – from October 1st the current one-day parking scratchcard will become the new Staff Scratchcard, valid only in the Staff Zone. A new one-day Visitor Scratchcard will be available from Security, valid only in Visitor Zones. Both scratchcards will cost £5 each. During September it will be possible for departments to trade in existing scratchcards for the new Visitor Scratchcard at no extra charge at the Car Parking Office, Security. If traded in after September 30th then a £2 charge per scratchcard will be made as the new £5 charge will be in force.

Bus news

  • New X22 express service from Morecambe and Heysham to the University via Heysham Bypass. This new service commences Tuesday 31st August 2010. Please see timetable here.
  • Other bus service changes affecting Lancaster University from August 29th including new timetables for X1, 2, 2A, 40, 41, 42. Service 42 will stop on the northern perimeter road and underpass. More information.
  • Lancaster Bus Station temporary closure – From Monday August 9th to Wednesday 18th August Lancaster Bus Station will be closed due to roadworks on Damside Street. Buses will use other bus stops around the city centre. For more information please see here.

Facilities – Campus work updates As LU Text won’t be running during August please ensure you check the Facilities campus works website regularly as there is a lot of work taking place across the campus that might affect you.

Road works for new Sports Centre

Next week work will continue - ducts will be placed under the North West Perimeter Road, adjacent to the new LICA Road (Rossendale Avenue). Access will be maintained along the road at all times however part of one lane will be closed and some parking will be closed off. We apologise if this causes you a delay. Please contact the Facilities helpdesk, 01524 593333 if you have any queries.

Increased student printing costs

During the last 24 months the prices of paper and toner have risen by about 30%. ISS wishes to encourage both B&W and duplex printing. ISS will therefore be keeping B&W and duplex prices as low as possible, with B&W duplex at 5p per side. Colour printing will rise to 20.5p per duplex side.

ISS has been working with LUSU to encourage staff to reduce the need for printing. Courses entitled “How to mark and give feedback on-line” will be available in November 2010, February 2011 & May 2011.

Follow the link for further details on price changes and e-Assessment courses:

Could you be a host?

Lancaster University is looking for Host Families in Lancaster for overseas students coming to the University to study from October 2010. Previous hosts say they found the experience rewarding. Placements are normally for one term but could be longer. You could host on a self-catering or full board basis (reflected in the rent). For further details please contact or call 01524 593554.

Microfiche reader and scanner

The Alumni & Development Office is currently seeking out a large number of ‘lost’ alumni from the 60s/70s/80s whose information is all on microfiche records in the Registry. We have borrowed a reader and are extracting relevant information for our database, but if anyone has a more up to date one which scans direct to a computer that they could lend us for a few weeks, it would speed up the process considerably. If you can help, please contact Julia Resenterra on 593676 Thank you.


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

Open Forum for Research Staff

17th August 2010 - 2.00pm-4.30pm.

A team of research staff will present highlights from Lancaster’s Careers in Research On-line Survey (CROS). CROS is designed to capture the views and experiences of researchers employed in Higher Education and to help benchmark progress on the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (

The presentation will be followed by:

  • A facilitated discussion and feedback session about career and professional development support for researchers
  • A Q&A session with Professor Trevor McMillan the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Resources and Professor Mandy Chetwynd the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Colleges and Student Experience.

The forum is aimed at Research Assistants, Research Associates and Research Fellows, other staff may attend as observers. Any researchers who are unable to attend may send their questions for the forum by email to Documentation and suggested actions arising from the forum will be distributed to all research staff employed by Lancaster University. Places are limited, please book by email to

Food Security & Safety Symposium

13 – 15th September 2010, Lancaster University

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 registration rates for Lancaster staff and students.


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