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| 22 October 2010 | Issue 497

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

Nigel Whiteley

The family of Professor Nigel Whiteley - Diane, Daniel and Ella - would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to them throughout Nigel’s illness, and following his death and thanks to all who attended Nigel's funeral. Their presence and kind words were, and remain, greatly valued by all his family.


The Work Foundation and Lancaster University announce new alliance

The Work Foundation, the UK’s leading independent authority on work and its future, was acquired late yesterday (21 October 2010) by Lancaster University. The Work Foundation will continue to operate as a distinctive entity, remaining at its Westminster based HQ under the ownership of the University. The deal keeps intact the brand and work programmes of The Work Foundation and secures the employment of its 43 staff, including its executive vice chair Will Hutton. Both organisations see substantial synergy in their activities, and anticipate being able to have increased influence on the change agenda, devoting expertise to research and best practice in areas crucial to the UK’s recovery and ability to thrive. Full story.

All Staff Meeting - Great Hall, Tuesday 2 November, 12-1pm

The Vice-Chancellor will give a short presentation on the possible financial consequences for Lancaster University following the coalition government's recent announcements on their plans to reduce public expenditure. All current staff are welcome to attend as part of their normal duties.

The Wellbeing at Work Survey is up and running

Last Monday, University Staff were 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 asks 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 is being 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:

Protecting Children Online

Online child protection experts will meet in London next week to discuss ways in which technology can help keep children safe on the internet. Police, politicians, researchers, children’s charities and computer scientists will discuss the future challenges and opportunities technology offers parents and law enforcers working in this complex and challenging area. The conference, organised by a team led by Professor Awais Rashid will see leading experts from different fields discussing their perspectives, and showcase the latest technological developments in child online safety. The conference is aimed at people working in law enforcement, child protection, education, internet governance, and to anyone who is interested in the latest technologies that can be used to help protect children online. Full story

Grassland management key to reducing poverty in China

Reducing poverty in a remote region of China was the focus of a meeting attended by international experts from the UK, Switzerland and China. Professor Richard Bardgett from the Lancaster Environment Centre joined representatives from Chinese government agencies in Xining city to try to tackle overgrazing on the grasslands of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, which covers a quarter of the land mass of China. The degradation of grasslands, compounded by climate change, is threatening the livelihoods of farmers and traditional yak herders in what is already one of the poorest regions of China.

The project partners include Lancaster University, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Qinghai Academy of Social Sciences, Qinghai University, CAB International, and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. The workshop was funded by a development grant from the UK Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation programme, supported by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Department for International Development (DIFD), and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Full story

UK Science Collaboration in China

The Lancaster Environment Centre and the UK government’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN) China Team are hosting a focused two hour interactive workshop on October 25th 2pm – 4pm aimed at academics and businesses who want to understand and 'break into' China. Further details of the event

STOR-i welcomes new students

The STOR-i DTC welcomed its first intake of students last week. The 10 new members have joined from various universities including Durham, Lancaster, Manchester, St Andrews and Warwick. This new venture, funded by the EPSRC, Lancaster University and various industrial partners is an exciting new collaboration between the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Management Science. The students will follow a pioneering four year doctoral programme aimed at developing a new generation of researchers at the interface of Statistics, Operational Research and industry. STOR-i would like to wish the new students every success during their time in the centre. For further information about STOR-i, please visit

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Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Sue White (Applied Social Science) quoted on the Community Care website, and Professor Ian Walker (LUMS) whose recent study suggests education is still a good investment for students Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Dr Will Simm (School of Computing and Communications) will be demonstrating the latest version of VoiceYourView software - which enables people to give instant feedback about their environment - in the House of Commons on October 26th. The event ‘Science in the New Parliament’ will be attended by 50 MPs and peers.

Professor Barbara Maher (LEC) has been chosen as one of a select group of ‘Local Heroes’ set to speak at an event celebrating the 350th anniversary of The Royal Society. The event - Cutting-edge science: The Royal Society and North West-based research – brings together some of the cream of North West scientists. Professor Maher's work has ranged from helping to prove that ancient humans occupied Britain over 800,000 years ago to analyzing levels of lead pollution in urban areas. She will speak alongside her Royal Society Research Fellows Prof Andrew Sharrocks, Dr Alexander Oh and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr Konstantine Novoselov. Full story

A private two-hour meeting was held at the Ecumenical Christian College, Bangalore, in which The Most Revd. Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury held discussions with traditional Hindu religious leaders (swami-s or acarya-s). Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) was invited to chair the meeting and structure the discussions. The private meeting covered a range of theological issues about the nature of the divine and the forms of worship in Hinduism and Christianity, as well as social issues about inter-religious relations in pluralist societies. This was followed by a public meeting, also chaired by Professor Ram-Prasad, attended by over 300 people, including Hindu and Christian students, dignitaries, and professionals from Bangalore’s hi-tech companies. He directed questions from the audience to the religious figures; questions ranged from challenges facing inter-religious dialogue to the nature of the spiritual life. The event was widely reported in the Indian newspapers.


Freshers’ Week

The Freshers’ Week programme and production of ‘The Guide’ is co-ordinated each year by Colleges & Student Life. If you have any comments or feedback about Freshers’ Week 2010, the week, the events, or the publication, please contact the project manager, Andrew Gibson, via the global address list

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:

Steps Winter 2010 - Articles Required for Lancaster’s Alumni magazine

The Alumni Office are seeking articles/information for inclusion in the next edition of Steps. Contact Sally Nelhams if there is anything your department is doing that may be of interest to our alumni e.g. research/projects/staff and student profiles and general interest stories.

PDF versions of Steps are available via this link. Steps will be mailed to 65,000 alumni worldwide before Christmas and provides a great opportunity for you to showcase your department’s work.

Hospitality Update

Following feedback on the University’s Hospitality service changes to the service have been made which are being well received. If you’d like to order food for a meeting or event you’re holding click here to view the menu or, the Hospitality team will be happy to put something together for you. Email or call 93260. In light of the current financial climate a ‘Keep it on Campus’ campaign has been running to encourage the use of our internal services , which will benefit the University as a whole. No VAT is charged by University departments for using internal University Hospitality, which means from January 2011 you could save the University 1/5th of the cost in VAT by using internal Hospitality compared to an external supplier. Other Updates include:

If you would like to receive regular updates and promotions from University Hospitality please send an email with the subject ‘Subscribe’ to

Alexandra Square Window Replacement Project - Update

The removal of scaffolding in Alexandra Square will continue over the next few weeks. Following the removal from the South East Corner last week, work will now start on Bowland Main (Learning Zone) and move onto Bowland East (rear) from Wednesday 27th October and Bowland South from 1st November. Each area could take up to 2 weeks.

The compound in the east of the square 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 replacement of the Library windows will start on Monday 25th October. The Library will remain open throughout the work. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 93333.

Alexandra Square Rejuvenation Project - Update

Work to replace the paving in the square will start on 1st November at the East end of the Square. Facilities apologise for any disruption this may cause, access through the square will be maintained at all times. More information on the rejuvenation is available on the website

Notice to motorists and cyclists

Please be extra vigilant on North West Drive and North Drive, in particular at night now the nights are drawing in. Cyclists coming to and from the cycle path pass whilst cars are parking and exiting along there. Cyclists should take a dominant road position away from parked vehicles when cycling on campus and have bike lights and high-visibility reflective clothing in dark conditions. Motorists should take extra care whilst reversing out of parking spaces and anticipate cyclists. The numbers of cyclists on campus continues to grow in line with the University’s Travel Plan.

With fuel prices at record levels, it’s worth thinking about how you travel. The best way to reduce your CO2 emissions is to drive less. Why not walk or cycle for short journeys and consider public transport or car sharing to get to and from work?

The way you drive also effects how much you spend on fuel. By following some simple tips such as regularly checking tyre pressures and planning your journeys in advance you could significantly reduce fuel consumption.

Completing the Energy Saving Trust’s transport energy check could help you save between £200 and £250 a year if you commute by car. Complete yours today by clicking here and, by answering a few simple questions on your transport habits, you will receive a personalised report packed with transport hints and tips.

Notices to cyclists

Please take care when exiting onto Bailrigg Lane at the bottom of the hill by the cattle grid. Vehicles are often 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. A reminder that cycling is prohibited in pedestrianised areas of campus. A minority have been seen cycling along the Spine and through Alexandra Square.

Notices to bus users

Stagecoach drivers have been reminded to only stop at the designated permanent and temporary bus stops on campus. There are safety issues with buses stopping elsewhere on campus so please do not encourage buses to stop elsewhere by ringing the bell too early. Please bear with us as work to improve the underpass as a first-class bus terminus for the campus.

Please take extra care when using the steps by the underpass temporary bus stop.

Stagecoach continue to monitor morning peak passenger loadings and will provide additional services if possible. Four additional services are already operating to the campus during the Pre-9am morning peak period and a further two additional services in the evening peak period. Between 0800 and 0845 there are now 23 departures into the University from the City Centre.


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

Richardson Institute to Co-Host CRS Conference in 2011 The Richardson Institute is very pleased to announce that it has been invited by the Conflict Research Society (CRS) to Co-Host the 2011 Conflict Research Society Annual Conference. The CRS is an interdisciplinary academic network inaugurated at University College London in 1963, which fosters research into the theories and processes of conflict and the potential for peaceful co-operation and reconciliation. The conference will take place at Lancaster University on 6th-7th September 2011 and a Call for Papers will be announced in due course. The event comes to Lancaster from the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, before which it was held at the University of Kent.

Organisation and Educational Development

Professional and Leadership Development would like to highlight a excellent training opportunity happening soon:

For full programme descriptions and details of how to book please visit the following link or email

The Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching one day workshops

For further information and to book a place, please visit the following link

Curry Night

Grad Bar every friday during term,5-8pm,Curry and a pint £4.99,Curry and a soft drink £3.99.

Live Music in Grad Bar - Reggiemental (10 piece reggae/ska) Thursday 28th Oct @9pm.


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