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| 24 September 2010 | Issue 493

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

NEWS

Lancaster Shortlisted for University of the Year

Lancaster has been shortlisted for the title of University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2010. Other institutions in the running include Birkbeck College, University of London, Edge Hill University, Newcastle University and the University of York. There were almost 500 entries across the 18 categories of the 2010 awards, now in their sixth year. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 25 November. Lancaster University has already won in the category of Outstanding Finance Team in the THE Leadership and Management Awards 2010. Full Story

Professor Elected to Academy of Social Sciences

Martin Bygate, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, has been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences. His main research interests are within language and pedagogy, notably in the areas of task design and implementation, oral second language learning, dimensions of teacher talk, and classroom interaction. His contributions to the field also include a lengthy period as co-editor of the flagship journal 'Applied Linguistics', and he is currently President of the International Association for Applied Linguistics (AILA), only the second UK-based academic to occupy the position since the founding of the Association in 1964.

Several scholars from Lancaster are currently members of the Academy, including Professor Sue Cox, Professor Mark Easterby-Smith, Professor Robert Jessop, Professor Elliot Stern, Professor John Urry, Professor Sylvia Walby, and Oliver Westall. The Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences is Professor Cary Cooper.

Changes to Student Learning Support

Following a review, the Student Learning Development Centre (SLDC), will move from central services to a Faculty based provision for student learning support (Further detailed information). This service comes into operation in time for the start of the 2010/11 academic year.

Student Learning Advisors will continue to support individual students (if referred by their academic tutors, student based services, college tutors or LUSU student advisors) as well as provide workshops for groups of students, create and make available support materials, and work with academic staff in departments to embed effective learning strategies into academic programmes. Further information

Car Parking News

Flexible Benefits applicants should note the following:

  • Annual Staff Permit at £150 - Your permit 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 – You now need to visit the Car Parking Office in Security (open 09:00 – 12:45 daily) with all vehicle details and payment (cash or cheque) 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 – You now need to visit the Car Parking Office in Security (open 09:00 – 12:45 daily) with vehicle details to collect your free scratchcards (pro rata for part-time staff).
  • SN Permit – you now need to present satisfactory medical evidence at the Car Parking Office, Security.

Staff not eligible for Flexible Benefits (e.g. staff not on a salaried contract with the University) should now contact the Parking Office in Security in person or by telephone (X92179) between 09:00 and 12:45 to be flagged to apply for a permit online or choose one of the other parking options such as the Staff Car Share Permit for free scratchcards for regular walking, cycling or motorcycling commuters. This also applies to any staff that have missed the Flexible Benefits deadline.

Important information about Visitor Parking, signs and payment machines – staff are reminded that from October 1st visitors will only be permitted to park in the designated visitor parking spaces and not in staff or student parking areas. Over the coming weeks the parking machines, signage and road markings will be changed to reflect the new policies and parking zones. By the end of October all 8 new parking machines will offer tickets for 2 hours at £2 or for a full day at £5. Payment options at the new machines will include coin and chip & pin card payment. Until all the new machines have been installed all-day parking can only be paid for in coins (costing £5) or alternatively by means of a Visitor Scratchcard available from Security. New visitor tariffs commence on 1st October. Visitor parking areas will be clearly indicated by road markings and redundant visitor parking markings will be burned off. This will occur over the weekend of October 9th/10th. Please bear with us over the next few weeks as Facilities make a large number of changes to parking signs, machines and road markings to comply with the new parking policies. Enforcement activity will acknowledge where changes are not yet completed.

New Travel & Car Parking Policy for 2010/11.

Lancaster Sets Up Health Research Network to Tackle Inequality

The Centre for Health Equity Research and Knowledge Exchange (CHERKE), based in the School of Health and Medicine’s Division of Health Research, has hosted the first meeting of the Lancaster Health and Wellbeing Research Network. The diversity of topics from community resilience, neighbourhood regeneration and disaster responses as well as alcohol, pregnancy, ageing and disability served to demonstrate the importance of an inter-disciplinary approach to reducing health inequalities.

The meeting attracted researchers from across the University including the Lancaster Environment Centre, LUMS, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Department of Sociology as well as the School of Health and Medicine. The event was also attended by colleagues working in the NHS in Lancashire and Cumbria. The network provided an invaluable opportunity to forge closer links between research and practice to support the transfer of high quality research into policy and practice and the development of new research collaborations. For further information about the network, contact Libby Osborn on l.osborn@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 593377.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include the Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings writing in the THE and Dr Mark Garnett on BBC radio. Follow link to see further contributions for this week.

People

Professor Cary Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health (LUMS), has attended the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool in his role as Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was a panellist at a fringe meeting sponsored by the Royal Society about the contribution of science and research to the prosperity of the UK. Other speakers at the event included Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Sir Martin Taylor, Vice President of the Royal Society. Professor Cooper also delivered a lecture on Mental Capital, Wellbeing and Stress as the keynote address to the Swedish Engineers Association in Stockholm this week.

Dr Paul Iganski (Applied Social Science) gave a plenary lecture entitled ‘What do we know about hate crime offenders? Fundamental questions for offender rehabilitation’, at Middlesex University this week. The lecture opened a conference organised by Middlesex University Forensic Psychological Services on the theme of ‘Tackling Hatred Head On: Working with Hate Crime Offenders and Extremism’.

Dr Hugh Tuffen (LEC) has been appointed to a five year University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society. Dr Tuffen, who is researching fracture and fluid flow in volcanic conduits and lava domes, is one of only 30 scientists in the UK chosen for the scheme. It aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.

College Principal posts. A number of College Principals will come to the end of their term of office next summer. A formal request for applications will be made next term. At this stage, we are seeking expressions of interest or nominations of individuals who might make a good Principal. The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features, of value for students and staff alike. As a Principal, you would play a vital role in leading the College team and shaping the life of a College. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers. You would need:

  • A strong interest in people
  • The ability to listen to College members
  • The ability to represent your College’s views, and conversely to explain University policy to College members
  • A willingness to participate in University policy-making
  • A creative approach to problem solving.

Appointments are normally for a period of 3 years, and a quarter of your time would be ‘bought out’ from your department, subject to discussion with your Head of Department. Further particulars, including a statement of duties and responsibilities, can be obtained from Hilary Simmons. For an informal discussion about what is involved, you are welcome to get in touch with Amanda Chetwynd (extension 92088) or Hilary Simmons (extension 92020).

Notices

Staff Sports Centre memberships 2010/11

    For staff selecting sports centre membership via flexible benefits:

    Staff who selected sports centre membership via flexible benefits should call into the sports centre membership office from Monday 27th September 2010 to collect their membership card. Please bring a passport sized photograph with you.

    2010/11 academic year standard staff membership:

    For staff who wish to renew or take out standard membership cards, please call into the membership office from Monday 20th September 2010 to renew for the next academic year.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please call Michelle Smart on x 94716.

PASS rollout progress

The rollout of the PASS system by ISS will reach Furness on 28/09/2010. The Permissive Access Security System (PASS) will ensure that only registered computers can access University computer resources. Additionally, PASS will allow free movement of registered computers from one location to another. After Furness the next building to be added will be University House on 19/10/2010. PASS Project page

Facilities Project Updates

  • Graduate College - The work to update the boilers and kitchen in Graduate College accommodation will be completed today.
  • Chancellor’s Wharf Refurbishment - Work is due to be completed for Friday 1st October.
  • New HR Building - Work is due to start on the refurbishment of the old computer centre outside University House in mid-October. The building will house all of the HR department. The project will be completed for March 2011. For more information click here.
  • Alexandra Square & Underpass - The work on rejuvenating Alexandra Square and the underpass is progressing well to view a newsletter on the project click here.
  • New Charles Carter Building (formerly Waterside) – The new building next to the Management School is scheduled to be completed by Christmas, to view a newsletter with the latest building work update click here.

Temporary Signage for Fresher’s Week

The Facilities team kindly request that staff refrain from putting temporary signage over the campus building signs at the beginning of term as they cause damage to the signs which then need replacing, at a cost to the University.

Heating

Following the work over the summer the district heating system is being refilled over the next few days before the central boilers are brought back on line next week.
Heating to the academic and residential buildings will be fully operational on Friday 1st October. However please note that the heating will only come on if the average room temperatures drop below 18°c.
If you experience problems with your heating after 4th October please report it to the Facilities Maintenance team using the online Planon helpdesk.

Office moves: LICA (including Media, Film and Cultural Studies); Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR)

Please note that W/C 27th September staff in LICA and PPR will be moving to new locations and the move is expected to take most of the week. There will be disruption to the telephones of staff within these departments during the move so if you need to contact anyone within these departments please use email or mobile numbers.

Bus news

Relocation of the underpass bus stops this weekend

In order to implement several improvements to the temporary bus stop arrangements on the underpass road in time for the start of term, it is necessary to close the temporary bus stop this weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September). All Stagecoach and National Express services will arrive and depart from Bowland Avenue east of the Chaplaincy Centre. Car parking spaces in Bowland Avenue will therefore be disrupted between Friday and Sunday. Normal service is due to resume at the temporary bus stop on the underpass road on the morning of Monday 27th September.

Subsidised annual Staff Unirider bus passes

Applications for subsidised staff bus passes have now closed for 2010/11. Eligible staff that have applied for a bus pass through Flexible Benefits should visit the LUSU Information Desk in Slaidburn House from Monday September 27th to collect their bus pass. Staff must take a valid Lancaster University library card with them to collect their bus pass. Subsidised route-specific passes have been prepared in advance showing the home location area according to HR records. LUSU will also be selling termly and annual bus passes for the full price as normal to both staff and students with a valid Lancaster University Library card. Note that the passes are not valid until October 3rd.

X1 Bus Service

Please note that the X1 still operates in University vacation periods. Stagecoach have made a timetabling error that shows the X1 operating in term-times only. This is incorrect and Stagecoach are amending their X1 timetables. The X1 continues to operate in both vacation and term-time periods.

WHAT'S ON

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

Free police bike postcoding during Freshers’ Week

Lancashire Constabulary will be in Edward Roberts Court outside LUSU between 10am and 3pm Monday 4th to Friday 8th October to provide free postcoding of bicycles. Any staff and students that wish to come along and have their bikes marked are more than welcome.

Professional and Leadership Development would like to highlight a range of programmes that are scheduled in October. There are still a few places left on the following:

  • PDR deep dive for reviewees 13th October
  • Project management 14th October
  • Maximising your impact 14th October
  • Effective People Management 26th & 27th October

For full programme descriptions and details of how to book please visit the following link or email OED@lancaster.ac.uk

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