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| 10 September 2010 | Issue 491

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

NEWS

Wellbeing at Work Survey

In October 2010 University Staff will be invited to complete our first Wellbeing at Work Survey, as part of our commitment to sustaining the University as a healthy and safe place to study and work. Wellbeing at work is an important issue, which includes health promotion, encouraging a healthy life-style, work-life balance and how motivated staff feel in their work for the University. The survey will ask you what you think about the pressures you experience at work and how they affect you. Also you will be asked about motivation and sense of purpose in your work. The survey will be conducted by Robertson Cooper, independent specialists in workplace wellbeing, on an entirely anonymous and confidential basis. The survey will run as follows:

  • On 18 October University staff will be sent a personal email invitation to complete the survey
  • For staff without an email account, a paper copy will be sent, with a prepaid envelope to Robertson Cooper
  • The survey will run from 18 October to 5 November 2010

Please do take this opportunity to give your feedback on issues affecting your wellbeing at work.

To help encourage the highest possible response, there is an option to enter a Free Prize Draw, with three prizes of a year’s staff premier membership of the Sports Centre to be won.

Further details, including Message from the Vice-Chancellor.

First Season for Live at LICA

Live at LICA, formed from the merger of The Nuffield Theatre, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Lancaster International Concert Series, present their first season of public concerts, exhibitions and performances. The autumn season features the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy who is performing at the Great Hall and also presenting her children's book "The Princess' Blankets" with musician John Sampson at The Platform in Morecambe. Other highlights include the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, which has premiered many of the greatest Russian works of the 20th century, with music selected by members of the audience; and the play "If That's All There Is", a sell-out hit at last year's Edinburgh Festival where it won the Festival Fringe Prize 2009. Meanwhile work is progressing on the new £10m LICA building which includes three large performance studios, rehearsal and installation space and a design and build lab. It will host academic activity in art, design, film, music, theatre and dance as well as support for professional artists at all stages in their career. The building will be open to students and staff from October, with an official public launch in the spring. Full Story.

Outdoor Walking Performance in Silverdale

A Lancaster University Lecturer is taking performance to the great outdoors this month in an innovative piece of site-specific theatre. Full Story.

Ruskin Library participates in Venice Biennale exhibition

Exhibits from Lancaster University’s Ruskin Library have been attracting crowds in Venice. Seven of John Ruskin’s original notebooks have been lent to the Venice International Architecture Biennale – forming an important part of the exhibition in the British Pavilion, juxtaposed with photographs by a contemporary chronicler of the city, Alvio Gavagnin. Full Story.

Last chance today to apply for Car Parking Permits 2010/11

Lancaster University staff MUST select their car parking option through Flexible Benefits by the enrolment deadline of 5.30pm today (Friday 10th September). Although there will be no limits on permits during 2010/11, existing University staff will not be able to obtain a parking permit after September 10th unless there is a defined ‘life event’. Flexible Benefits is the only way to apply for a parking permit for University staff on the payroll.
Staff not on a salaried contract with the University need to contact Lilian Rogers in the Car Parking Office in the Security Lodge after Monday 20th September to apply for a parking permit, as they are not eligible for Flexible Benefits.

Please note the following information regarding the application process for parking permits once the choice has been submitted through Flexible Benefits:

  • Annual Staff Permit at £150 - your application will be processed once enrolment closes on September 10th and will be sent to your home address in time for October 1st. Please ensure that HR have up-to-date address details for you by checking your details on Employee Self Service.
  • Staff Car Share Permit – from Monday 20th September you will need to visit the Car Parking Office in Security with all vehicle details and payment to collect your Car Share permit and allocation of free Staff Scratchcards (pro rata for part-time staff).
  • 15 free Staff Scratchcards for walking, cycling or motorcycling commuters - from Monday 20th September you will need to visit the Car Parking Office in Security with vehicle details to collect your free scratchcards (pro rata for part-time staff).
  • SN Permit – you will need to present satisfactory medical evidence at the Car Parking Office, Security after September 20th.

    Note that one of the above options must first be submitted on Flexible Benefits to proceed

  • Termly Parking Permits – available all year round (not part of Flexible Benefits) for £57 per term. Click here for more information.

Parking 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 is 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.

New Travel & Car Parking Policy for 2010/11

New Image library

A new image library stocked with high quality images of the University is now available - see link. All the images are available for use by staff. For any assistance with the images contact Laura Mitchell in the Press Office.

Obituary

Sir Cyril Smith, MBE, has died aged 82. The Mayor of Rochdale in 1966, and its Liberal and Liberal Democrat MP from 1972 to 1992, he was a Deputy Pro-Chancellor to the university from October 1978 to late 1985 and on 5th July 1993 he received the Honorary Degree of LL.B. In addition to attending Council, chairing meetings of the Court and coming to degree congregations, he took the keenest interest in the University’s external activities and its student body, and was immensely popular on his numerous visits to Bailrigg. The University will be represented at the funeral service to be held on Monday 13th September at Rochdale Town Hall.

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 international coverage for research involving Professor Trevor McMillan and Dr Sarah Allinson (SHM), into the effects of UVA exposure on human cells.

People

Professor Phil Haygarth (LEC) has taken part in a walk along the river Eden in Cumbria with the MP for Penrith Rory Stewart. The MP's charity walk for conservation and education projects provided an opportunity for Prof Haygarth to tell the MP about the £6m River Eden Demonstration Test Catchments Project. Lancaster University is leading the five-year project, funded by Defra with support from the Environment Agency, to reduce agricultural pollution. The other partners include, Cumbria, Newcastle, Durham, Aberystwyth and colleagues from the Eden Rivers Trust, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Geological Survey. Click here to see Prof Haygarth with the MP.

Professor Colin Ockleford (SHM) has been appointed to the panel of independent scientific experts of the European Food Safety Authority.

Professor David Allsop (SHM) was quoted in a Parkinson's disease special of Nature, within a section on Biochemical biomarkers.

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak, from the Department of Linguistics and English Language, has been elected as a member of the Academia Europaea, which is a European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences. Founded in 1988 to express the views of scholars from across Europe, there are currently two thousand members including thirty-eight Nobel Laureates.

A Lancaster University Engineering student has been nominated as a finalist for a national award for his research into renewable energy. 21-year-old Kingsley Adinnu of Abuja, Nigeria, was one of just three students across the UK shortlisted for The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust Award for the Best Maritime Technology Student. Full Story.

Notices

Department of European Languages and Cultures: Part-time teaching opportunity. Urgently required from 4th October 2010: French native-speaker Postgraduate student, to teach 3 hours per week French Oral Skills classes to Year 1 undergraduates: Thursday 2.00 pm (or 4.00 pm), Thursday 3.00 pm, Friday 3.00 pm. The work would take place from week 1 to week 25 of the academic year (i.e. 11th October 2010 – 27th May 2011). The rate of pay has yet to be finalised but will be about £14 per hour. Applicants should contact a.c.bolton@lancaster.ac.uk with a brief curriculum vitae as soon as possible, and no later than Monday 27th September.

Performance and Development Review

A team within HR has worked to further develop the PDR scheme in response to user feedback. As a result of data received from the feedback gathering exercise undertaken in March 2010 (see www.lancs.ac.uk/hr/pdr/survey.html) the following changes have been made:

  • Establishment of a clear PDR cycle (1st August to 31st July)
  • Revisions to the PDR form
  • Introduction of the PDR form in two formats
  • Revised policy & guidance notes on the HR website
Please see the PDR web pages for full details.

All staff should be clear on their objectives for this coming academic year. Reviewers and Reviewees should briefly revisit PDR documentation to establish whether a PDR discussion or subsequent revisit of objectives is warranted.

Postgraduate Futures

Lancaster University is now in the top 10 in three league tables and has ambitious targets for increasing its postgraduate student population, but how might this further improvement be achieved and what will the postgraduate landscape at Lancaster look like? On Friday 15th October at 1.00 p.m. in Cavendish L.T., The Graduate College has invited Professor Paul Wellings, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Geraint Johnes, Dean of the Graduate School and Robin Hughes, LUSU VP Academic Affairs to discuss the future for Postgraduate students at Lancaster.

Graduate College Mentors

The nature of a research degree is that it can be a solitary activity and it is clear that a number of Postgraduate Research students feel isolated during their time of study. Graduate College is starting a pilot scheme to support new Research Students at the University and would like research active members of staff to volunteer to become mentors. The intention is that it should be an informal relationship, in no way related to formal supervisory roles and would require a small time commitment. If you be interested in helping out new Research Students or would like to find out more, please contact Paul Dolby or visit the website.

Declaration of philanthropic income 0910

The University’s HEFCE matched funding claim is currently being prepared. The matched funding scheme allows the University to receive £1 for every £3 donated, up to a maximum of £2.75m over the 3-year period of the scheme – the matched funds are being used to finance the new PhD studentships being introduced this academic year. In order to ensure that the HEFCE claim is correct, please could you ensure that the Alumni & Development Office has been informed of any income your area has received in the financial year 1 August 2009 to 31 July 2010, that you believe may be philanthropic (e.g. grants or donations). If you are unsure as to whether some income can be classed as philanthropic, please let us know and we can review the details to determine if it can be included in the claim. More details about the matched funding scheme are available here. Deadline for receipt of this information is Friday 1 October 2010 in order that we can process the claim in time. Please contact either: Rachel Davis / ext.94897 or Katharine Robinson in Finance / ext. 93424.

Sports Centre Premier Membership on Flexible Benefits

Time is running out to register for your Sports Centre Membership on the flexible benefits scheme. The saving on a £260.00 premier membership is equivalent to around £6.00 per month (£70 per year), without salary sacrifice £21.66 per month, with £15.60 per month. Remember the premier membership allows free use of all the facilities excluding taught classes and sunbeds, even these are at a reduced rate for members. Take out the membership this year and it will automatically be transferred to the New Sports Centre when it opens early next year at no extra cost. Contact the membership office on 94716 for more details or register at www.lancs.ac.uk/hr/total-reward/benefits.html

ISS Failover Exercise

On Saturday 11th September ISS are planning a failover exercise on the central virtual server infrastructure. Some University services will not be available for periods during the day and should be considered at risk between 9am and 5pm. Details of the affected services will be made available here.

ISS improving security of campus wired network

Over the summer and for the next few months ISS are rolling out a new network management system called PASS to improve the security and auditing of the wired data network. This is explicitly for the central campus wired network. The Residence wired network (ResNet) already have such a system in place. PASS provides a number of benefits to users as well for ISS. For the vast majority of people the changes being made will take place seamlessly and invisibly. For full details of the roll-out schedule and how to exploit the benefits of PASS see: www.lancs.ac.uk/iss/projects/pass/

Windows 7 Deployment Progress

ISS is currently deploying Windows 7 to ISS PC Labs. The deployment of Windows 7 to PC Labs should be complete by 17/09/2010. Windows 7 will be rolled out to Managed PCs on campus during the academic year 2010/11. For further details of the Windows 7 deployment schedule visit: www.lancs.ac.uk/windows/win7/.

Bus news

    Free / Subsidised annual Staff Unirider bus passes

    These are still available through Flexible Benefits until September 10th. Applicants should visit the LUSU Information Desk in Slaidburn House from September 20th to collect their bus pass. Please note that staff who apply for the subsidised bus pass will not be entitled to any allocation of free parking scratchcards due to the substantial subsidy cost to the University of providing the cheap bus pass.

    NEW express bus service for staff living in Morecambe & Heysham

    Service X22 has now launched offering a high-speed express link between Morecambe, Heysham and the University via the Heysham Bypass at commuter times. View the timetable.

    New bus timetables
    2, 2A, X2, new X22 commuter express from Morecambe & Heysham
    3, 3A, 4, N1, X1
    40, 41 Preston via Garstang (operates with fleet of brand new double deckers)
    42 Blackpool via Garstang (now serving underpass)

    North Drive temporary bus stop

    The temporary bus stop on North Drive will be introduced in time for Freshers’ Week in early October. Buses are not currently stopping on North Drive due to the temporary closure of the pedestrian crossing and adjacent footway to enable works on the new LICA building to be completed.

    Male staff bus commuter wanted

    A male member of staff who regularly commutes to work by bus as their main mode of commuter travel is wanted for a photograph for an advert to appear on the back of three buses in the area to promote Lancaster University supporting local bus services and subsidising staff annual bus passes. We have a female volunteer and are now looking for a male volunteer. If you are male, usually commute to work by bus and would like to see yourself on the back of a bus please contact Philip Longton.

Newsletters on progress of construction projects

Sports Centre, LICA Building, Alexandra Square & Underpass Rejuvenation Project.

New policy for coach and private bus service stops and coach parking

Anyone arranging coach visits or private buses to visit campus should read the following new policy and communicate the information with coach drivers.

Sports Centre Services – Digging on Rossendale Avenue

The work being carried out to connect the services for the new sports centre will continue throughout September on Rossendale Avenue (the new road to the LICA building). Following that the ground work will then move onto digging for the gas route in the soft landscaping on North West Drive.

Road works on A6

Road improvement works (carriageway resurfacing) on the A6 between University main entrance and Bailrigg Lane commence Monday 13th September to Wednesday 15th September. Traffic control will be in place between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30 to avoid busy commuter periods. Lining works will be conducted next Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

WHAT'S ON

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

Collaborative Partnerships

Who should attend: All those involved in managing complex partnerships (internal and external), who would like additional skills and approaches by which to handle stakeholders. Summary of content: Mobilising people and resources (effective structures & ways of operating): Stages in relationship development, how to speed them up, make them and break them: Managing conflicts and competing demands: Managing geographically dispersed (remote) relationships: Appreciating cultural differences when working internationally. Wednesday 29th September 9:30 to 5:00. To book your place please email OED@lancaster.ac.uk. For a full description see page 14

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Applications are now being invited for:

  • Staff who teach at Lancaster University
    The Certificate in Academic Practice programme (CAP). Module 1 (Developing Higher Education Practice) starts with a three day workshop in September 2010; group sessions continue during Michaelmas Term and department-based tasks and teaching activities during Michaelmas and Lent Term. (Assessment submission point: April 2011). For further details and the application process, visit website.
  • Postgraduates and researchers who teach at Lancaster University
    The new Higher Education Academy accredited Supporting Learning Programme (SLP) replaces the Associate Teacher Programme (ATP) for postgraduates, researchers and others involved in teaching and supporting student learning. It has been designed to be ‘lighter-touch’ than ATP in terms of attendance at core workshops, assessment tasks and activities and required teaching contact hours for eligibility to enrol (minimum of 10 hours), whilst continuing to provide a support framework for professional development and accreditation. For further details and the application process visit website.

For details on our one day Survival Skills workshops, visit website.

Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Builders' Exhibition

10 - 24 October 2010. An exhibition with a series of community events organised by a lay Buddhist organisation Soka Gakkai and the Richardson Institute for Peace and Conflict Research at Lancaster University.

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