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| 15 October 2010 | Issue 496

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


Wellbeing at Work Survey

On Monday, 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:

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 a message from the Vice-Chancellor:

Human Rights campaigner to give public lecture

An international human rights campaigner is to deliver the 2010 Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture at Lancaster University which is open to the public. Award-winning Australian academic Professor Linda Briskman will give this year’s lecture entitled "Banishment at the border: Retreating from human rights" in which she will discuss human rights issues facing refugees and asylum seekers. Professor Briskman has had a distinguished career researching asylum seekers, refugees and aboriginal rights and has just completed a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Refugee Studies at Oxford University. Full story

Academic processions at Higher Degree ceremonies

All colleagues (academic and non-academic) are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Higher Degree Ceremonies on Wednesday 15 December 2010. The full timetable and a booking form to confirm attendance and book your academic robes can be found on this link. To ensure the correct robes can be provided, please return the form by post or e-mail by Friday 19 November.
Please direct enquiries to the Ceremonies and Events Office on 01524 592190 or

Learning Environment (LUVLE) - intermittent problems

ISS is currently experiencing intermittent problems with its learning environment service, LUVLE . Over the past few days the LUVLE Spaces application has typically stopped working and reset itself two or three times a day, at which point users have been unable to access it for about 10-20 minutes. We have now improved the reliability of LUVLE by making changes to the way it operates, and have had only one outage today (Thursday) on one server. We are monitoring all servers and now intervening when necessary to avoid any such system outages. Should you find that you can not access your LUVLE space please wait a few minutes and then try again. ISS apologises unreservedly for the service interruptions to LUVLE. More details and further updates can be found on the LUVLE updates web page.

Open Day Special Collections

To celebrate the Rare Book Archive becoming part of Special Collections, it is holding its first ever open day on Tuesday 19th October from 10am – 4pm. Come and see where Special Collections are housed and find out more about them. View books that are over 400 years old, books from Cartmel Priory, illustrations, theatre programmes, and Jack Hylton’s head! No need to book – just pop in! Find Special Collections in A Floor Purple Zone – just past Short Loan. If you can’t make the open day but would like to use some of our collection then please contact or ring ext 92544 or 93346.

Visitor parking zones and payment machines

A reminder that new tariffs and zones are in operation. These are £2 for up to 2 hours or £5 for up to 10 hours. Charges apply Monday to Friday 08:00 to 18:00. New signage has been installed and some remaining corrections to the road markings will be made this weekend. New payment machines will be installed in visitor areas in early November, this will allow payment by card (chip & pin) or coins. Until then it will be necessary to pay the £5 fee by either coin or by purchasing a one-day Visitor Scratchcard from Security. Please note the yellow scratchcard is now a Staff Scratchcard and no longer valid in the Visitor Zone. A green scratchcard is available for visitors valid only in the Visitor Zone. Please note: Yellow scratchcards given to staff on the car share scheme, walkers and cyclists are not valid in the Visitor Zones. To view the new zones click here.

Wheelclamping in operation

Wheelclamping has now started on campus. A new wheelclamp release fee of £75 is in place with clamping occurring at the first offence with no other warnings given. Payment must now be made in full prior to wheelclamp release. A card payment facility is now in place at Security Reception. Wheelclamping on Alexandra Park starts on Monday 25th October.

New Travel & Car Parking Policy for 2010/11

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) in the Times Higher Education magazine, discussing the possible consequences of adopting the American model of paying for higher education and Dr Frank Martin (LEC) on the Royal Society of Chemistry website about his research into a way to identify pre-cancerous stem cells in the eye. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


In 2011, the British Sociological Association will celebrate its first 60 years. This year, the German Sociological Association celebrated 100 years of sometimes turbulent history. Two Lancaster sociologists were invited to give plenary lectures at its Congress in Frankfurt. Professor Sylvia Walby (Sociology) delivered a plenary on 'Complex Inequalities and Contested Modernities in a Global Era', synthesizing much of her recent work. Professor Bob Jessop (Sociology) delivered the opening keynote on a panel on 'Varieties of Capitalism in Crisis', drawing on work connected with his current ESRC Research Professorship. Professor Jessop then flew to Budapest for a 3-day conference organized by the World Bank and EUROREG on 'Adaptability and Change – the National and Regional Dimensions in Central and Eastern Europe'. His lecture there concerned 'Crises and Crises of Crisis-Management. Reflections on the Global Financial Crisis, the Real Economy, and Sovereign Debt Problems'. This paper also derives from his current research professorship and his participation also provided valuable research material from key international and regional decision-makers.

Kathleen Jones has now replaced John Murray as the Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Please contact her if you would like her to visit a lecture or a seminar and give a brief talk to the students about the role of the RLF Fellow and how they can be of help. Students can contact her by email for an appointment ext 95875.

On October 8, Dr Patrick Hagopian (History) gave the keynote address at “Whose Vietnam?” an international conference at the University of Amsterdam on the cultural and political repercussions of the Vietnam War. His talk was titled “From My Lai to MEJA (the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act): An End to US Defiance of International Law?”


Revised Guidelines on Outside Professional Activities and New Lancaster University Consultancy Services Ltd (LUCS)

The University has revised its guidelines on Outside Professional Activities, which include consultancy. The revised guidelines are available on Consultancy work can continue to be carried out by University staff on a private basis. Staff now have the choice to carry out the consultancy via the newly created LUCS or on a wholly private basis, in which neither the University nor LUCS will be involved. LUCS is a not-for-profit wholly owned subsidiary of the University. It was created to protect all staff in the University when they undertake private consultancy and wish to benefit from private insurance cover at the same level as the University provides to staff undertaking university duties. Details of LUCS are available on

Early career small grant scheme – 2010/2011 Closing date: Friday 12th November 2010

The Research Committee invites applications to the Early Career Small Grant Scheme for a grant up to a maximum of £7,000 in support of individual or collaborative research. Any member of early career staff of the University may apply for a grant in support of individual or collaborative research. Details of the scheme are available from the Research Support Office website.

PASS Rollout Progress

The ISS rollout of the PASS system will reach University House, the Reception Building and the Chaplaincy Centre on 19/10/2010. 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 University House the next buildings to be included will be Bowland Tower (East & West) and Central Maintenance Workshops on 26/10/2010. The ISS PASS Project page.

Alexandra Square Window Replacement Project

The removal of scaffolding in Alexandra Square will begin on Monday 18th October. The compound in the South East Corner will be extended to store the scaffolding. The compound is required to ensure health and safety on the walkways at all times. Access is available under the canopy. Shops and banks will remain open as usual. The work will take approximately 3 weeks. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 93333.

Extra bus services at peak times

In response to larger than expected passenger numbers, Stagecoach have introduced four new services in the morning peak to arrive at the underpass by 09:00 (Two Service X22s and two Service 2s) and two new services in the afternoon peak to depart from the underpass at 17:00 (both Service 2s). This will be a permanent change. Stagecoach will continue to monitor passenger numbers along the city – campus bus routes and provide additional buses and drivers, if required.

New temporary bus stop on North Drive

A new temporary bus stop has been introduced on North Drive by the zebra crossing. Buses X1, 2, 2A and 42 will be stopping here en route to the underpass.

Notice to cyclists

Please take care when exiting onto Bailrigg Lane at the bottom of the hill by the cattle grid. Vehicles are parked on the road at the top of Bailrigg Lane which is causing a hazard to other road users. This problem is still being pursued with Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Constabulary.


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

University Cycle Day – Tuesday 19th October 2010

To find out more please see the Facilities website where you can download a poster for the events.

Information day – EU Framework Programme 7

Judith Litjens, of UKRO (the UK Research Council’s jointly funded office in Brussels), will be visiting Lancaster University on Tuesday 2nd November. Judith will provide a brief overview of Framework Programme 7 and detailed information about the European Research Council (ERC),open/future calls in Cooperation (RTD) and Marie Curie.

The presentation will be between 9.30 - 11.30 in Conference Centre Meeting Room 2. Judith will also be available for individual/small group surgery sessions between 12.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.00 in B6, University House. These sessions provide an opportunity for individuals or small groups to discuss in more detail any aspects of FP7, the calls and the work programmes.

If you are interested in taking part in this visit, please contact Jane Sherriff in the Research Support Office by Thursday 28th October:

  1. If you wish to attend the morning presentation;
  2. If you are interested in one of the individual/small group sessions. For these sessions you will need to provide information on the times you could attend, the names of any colleagues that will attend with you and the topics which you would like to discuss.

Public Lecture: Ontologies of exclusion: islands as detention archipelago

Associate Professor Alison Mountz, Syracuse University, 18 October 2010 Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm, Management School, Lecture Theatre 8. For further details contact Vicky Mason, or visit event webpage.

Army presentation

Staff and students are invited to attend a touring presentation on the army’s role in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The 30 minute multimedia presentation is not to recruit, but to inform the public on how their tax funds defence, who serves in the army, how they are selected and trained and the army’s role in society. There will be frontline footage from operations across the globe during the presentation by two serving officers who will host a question and answer session. The event is at 1pm on Tuesday October 19 in the Frankland colloquium room, Faraday building.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Signature Lecture Series – Professor Vanessa Toulmin

Professor Vanessa's Peculiar Entertainments: Early Film and Edwardian Entertainment', 18 October 2010 at 6pm in the Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre. For more information please visit,

Peter’s Walk

An evening of drama, debate, music and comedy based around the life of St. Peter. Chaplaincy this Sunday 17th October at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door or contact Fr. Hugh Pollock in the Chaplaincy: £5 for adults and young people up to 16 are free.

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Are you thinking about going to Germany to study or for research, on a study trip with your students or want to invite a German guest lecturer? Then get your funding from the DAAD. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) promotes international academic relations and co-operation, particularly through exchange programmes for students and academic staff. DAAD grants are available to academic staff and students in the UK for participating in a wide variety of academic programmes. To find out more about funding possibilities and programmes, come to the DAAD info session on Monday, 18th October 2010, 6 p.m. in Bowland North SR 2 or contact Judith Menzel at DELC.

Grad Bar Curry Night

Every Friday from 5-8pm.Curry and a pint £4.99,Curry and a soft drink £3.99.Meat and vegetarian options available.


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