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| 5 November 2010 | Issue 499

The Finance Division would like to thank all staff and Departments for their kind messages of support following the sudden and unexpected death of Helen Kelly, accounts payable supervisor. Helen’s funeral will take place at the Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium at 12.30 on Wednesday 10th November and all those who knew Helen are welcome to attend the service. The family has asked for any donations to be sent to Cancer Research.

Please note that the Finance Division, including the cashiers office on A floor, will be closed from 11.30am until approximately 2pm next Wednesday.

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

Greetings to all colleagues celebrating Diwali which begins 5 November. Diwali or the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs. For further information see the BBC Faith Calendar


Protecting children online

Online child protection experts have met with Lancaster University researchers to discuss ways in which technology can help keep children safe on the internet (Wednesday 27 October).

Police, children's charities and other European researchers working in the field of online child protection met at a special one-day conference to discuss the future challenges and opportunities technology offers parents and law enforcers working in this complex and challenging area. Speakers include, John Carr OBE, Secretary of the Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (Chair), Alex Nagle, Head of Strategy, Policy, Partnerships and Governance at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Professor Julia Davidson, Co-Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, Jon Taylor MSc, who researched online sexual grooming and sex offender behaviour having worked covertly for UK Law Enforcement and Professors Awais Rashid (Lancaster) and Matt Jones (Swansea) Isis Project (Protecting Children in Online Social Networks), Lancaster and Swansea Universities.

Staff meeting

Many staff attended the Vice-Chancellor's presentation at the staff assembly this week about the possible financial consequences for the University following the recent announcements from the government on public sector cuts. The presentation is available to view on the Planning Office Website.

Staff prizes 2011

The University’s Staff Prizes for 2011 are now open for nominations. The prizes are a means of celebrating and rewarding outstanding achievement.

There are 3 categories of prizes: Teaching; Community & College; Above and Beyond.

Nominations are invited from all Faculties, Central Services and other non-Faculty areas. Individuals in all types of job can be nominated. This covers the whole range of staff in academic, research, teaching, manual, clerical/admin, technical, and broader administrative roles.

Full details are now up on the Human Resources website.

Wellbeing at Work Survey deadline extended

The Wellbeing at Work Survey has been extended for a further week, until 12 November. The current on-line completion rate is 49%. Reminder emails will be sent again in the next few days to those who have not yet completed on-line. Please do take this opportunity to give your feedback on issues affecting your wellbeing at work.

The Wellbeing at Work Survey is 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 are 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 close on Friday 12 November 2010.

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 and FAQs.

The Peter Scott Gallery gains national quality standard

The Peter Scott Gallery, part of Live at LICA, has been officially Accredited by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in recognition of the high standards and service it provides.

The MLA’s Museum Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. The award for The Peter Scott Gallery proves that it meets these guidelines on how it is run, how it looks after its collections, and the services it provides to visitors. The Gallery presents a rich programme of temporary exhibitions of nationally and internationally renowned works, while housing the University’s Art Collection, including a significant collection of Royal Lancastrian Ceramics.

The Live at LICA staff invite everyone to celebrate with them at the opening night of the next exhibition – “General Dynamic F.U.N.“, a series of 50 prints and lithographs by the collector and pioneer of Pop art, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. The opening event and celebration takes place at 6pm, Monday 22 November in the Gallery and all are welcome to join the Live at LICA team for a glass of bubbly. Full story.

Esmée Fairbairn Lecture

Dieter Helm CBE, Professor at the University of Oxford, Chair of the Energy Futures Group and Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, will deliver the Esmée Fairbairn Lecture on 'Climate change policy after Copenhagen – time for a rethink in Britain and Europe'. The lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Leadership Centre, Management School, at 6.00pm on Tuesday 9th November 2010. All welcome.

Human rights campaigner gives Public Lecture

An international human rights campaigner has delivered the 2010 Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture at Lancaster University. Award-winning Australian academic Professor Briskman gave a lecture entitled "Banishment at the border: Retreating from human rights", in which she discussed the 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.

The Richardson Institute is a peace and conflict research centre located in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Full story.

Dragon slayers come onto campus

A Lancaster University graduate who impressed investors to the tune of £100,000 on the hit TV show Dragons Den has shared his experiences with students. Peter Harrison, who was awarded his degree from Lancaster University Management School in 2005, visited Lancaster University with his business partner Wes Downham. The pair who founded FGH Security – a company which provides manned security, electronic security (alarms), CCTV and security training - spoke about their lives as entrepreneurs, the evolution of their company and their experiences on Dragons Den. Full story

Postcard Fair

The Edwardian postcard was the Twitter of its day according to researchers at Lancaster University. Six billion were sent during the early years of the twentieth century, with up to six deliveries a day. Some of these postcards will be for sale at a Postcard Fair open to the public which is being jointly organised by Lancaster University and the Red Rose Postcard Club of Preston. The event also includes a comparison by Dr Julia Gillen from the Literacy Research Centre of postcards a hundred years ago and today’s digital revolution where people use instant messaging like Twitter. The Postcard Fair is at Lancaster University Management School, Saturday November 13th from 9.30am to 3.30 pm. Full story

EC funding success

The International Observatory on End of Life Care (SHM) is part of a consortium which has just been awarded European Commission funding under Marie Curie Actions of Framework Programme 7. The programme is extremely competitive with only 7% of all applications receiving funding. The consortium will be developing an Initial Training Network (EURO IMPACT) within palliative care which will enable early stage researchers to improve their research skills, join established research teams and enhance their career prospects.

EURO IMPACT will be launched on the 1st December 2010 and will run for four years. Enquiries about early-stage research positions should be made to Sarah Brearley.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr Caroline Gatrell (LUMS) in the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, about her research into the roles of working fathers, Dr Vicky Singleton (Centre for Gender and Women's Studies) quoted in 'She' Magazine about feminist activism and Professor Roger Kemp (Engineering), who featured in the Westmorland Gazette, on Alliance Rail Holdings’ proposals to run a new rail service from Carlisle to London. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Professor Mary Hamilton (Educational Research) has been appointed as a commissioner for the National Literacy Inquiry co-ordinated by the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education and chaired by Lord Tim Boswell. The inquiry will review what has been achieved by recent government policy on literacy and will examine the literacy demands for individuals, organisations, communities and families in a period of economic challenge. The inquiry runs until March 2011 and the final report will be published next year on International Literacy Day, 8 September 2011. Further details.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) is to recieve an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield University on the 13th January 2011. He also chaired the launch of the Making the Case for the Social Sciences on Sustainability, The Environment and Climate Change, as Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, on 2nd November in Westminster. Two senior academics talked about their research on climate change from a social science perspective, one from the University of East Anglia and the other from Sussex University. There was also a panel for an open discussion with Sir John Beddington, the UK’s Chief Scientist and Michael Meacher, former Minister for the Environment for the previous government. The event was attended by over 125 academics, politicians and others in organizations concerned about the environment.

The Labour peer Lord Howarth has used some statistics about the sustainability of nuclear power produced by Professor Colin Boxall (Engineering) in a debate at the Lords. The information comes from a presentation given by Professor Boxall at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar on "Nuclear Energy: Moving Closer to New Build" in London on 27 October. See the Hansard page 38/column 1623.

Dr Ngai-Ling Sum (Politics, Philosophy, and Religion) presented a paper in Macau at an invitation-only three day workshop on The New Chinese Empire: Regionality and the Development of the State, organized by the China Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia). The topic of her paper was "A Cultural Political Economy of Regionality/Marginality: the Making of the Competitiveness-Integration Order in the Pearl River Delta". The other participants were anthropologists, historians, media scholars, political scientists, and sociologists and the local host was an institute of Macau University.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has written a new piece for the BBC’s From Fact To Fiction series (broadcast on Radio 4 this weekend). From Fact To Fiction presents writers with the opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected at a meeting with BBC News editors and producers, through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited. Paul collaborated with fellow poet Jo Shapcott; writers who have featured in From Fact To Fiction include Will Self, Kate Mosse, A.L. Kennedy, Tom Stoppard, Stewart Lee and David Edgar.


National Teaching Fellowships

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises individual excellence in teaching. Institutions can put forward up to 3 nominations annually. Since the inception of the scheme in 2000, nine Lancaster staff have gained NTF recognition. Up to 55 awards of £10,000 are made each year. The award is intended for Fellows' professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Could you be the next Lancaster National Teaching Fellow? What do you need to do to prepare an effective nomination? What are the benefits of Fellowship recognition? An informal NTFS Briefing is being held: Thursday 25th November (1.00-2.00) in IAS MR2

Further details about the scheme and previous winners are available here.

IT User Forum

Wednesday 10th November, 3-4pm, Management School LT7.

Highlights include an update on recent LUVLE issues; a demonstration of IPTV; discovering how ISS handles SPAM; Library plans for a new Discovery Service and the opportunity to watch the LICA helicopter camera in action. All welcome.

Refurbishment of old ISS Computer Centre for Human Resources Department

Contractors have cordoned off their site compound area on Bowland Avenue for the refurbishment work to the old ISS Computer Centre at the north of the campus (between University House and the Security Lodge). Disabled parking spaces and the motorcycle parking area have now been relocated to the east of the Chaplaincy Centre. Visitor parking on Bowland Avenue South will be temporarily out of use until the end of the project in March 2011.

Alexandra Square rejuvenation project - update

Work to replace the paving in the square started on Monday 1st November at the East end of the Square. Facilities apologise for this disruption this is causing, please bear with us while we work to improve the square and underpass. Access through the square will be maintained at all times via diversions. The latest newsletter and more information on the rejuvenation is available on the website.

Pendle Avenue closure

On Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th November Pendle Avenue will be closed to vehicles to enable contractors to carry out patch repairs to the road. Pedestrian access will be maintained. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For any questions about the work contact the Project Manager, Peter McMullen on 01524 593646.

New Private dining rooms - Christmas menu

The Christmas Menu is now available for the new Private Dining Rooms in County South. To view the menu click here. From Wednesday 1st – Wednesday 22nd December the Private dining rooms will be serving the menu from 12-2pm and from 7pm in the evenings (excluding December’s Graduation Day). To book a table or find out more information email or call Hospitality on 93260.


For a full list of all events, please see Events.

Choir - University Carol Service

The University Carol Service will be held on Monday 13th December at 6.15pm. Anyone interested in joining the choir to lead the carols and perform a couple of items is invited to the Chaplaincy Centre on Mondays 6-7pm each week from 8th November.

Library exhibition

Children’s Illustrated Books: Items selected from Lancaster University Library’s Special Collections. From Friday 29th October 2010 until Friday 7th January 2011. The exhibition will be available during normal opening hours.

For further information contact 01524 592517 or see the website.

Graduate Bar success

Graduate Bar has been selected to appear in the 2011 edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. The Guide, which is affectionately known by real ale drinkers as the "beer bible" lists the 4500 best pubs and bars in which to sample Britain's national drink which are selected annually by CAMRA members across the UK. Also known as The Herdwick, Graduate Bar has been listed in the Guide since 2003 and also features in CAMRA`s Good Cider Guide. Four real ales are served during term time on a rotating basis and this year’s events feature a cider and Perry festival from 4-6 November, a summer beer festival from 23-26 June 2011 and a dark beer festival in January (dates to be confirmed).This academic year also sees the introduction of new real ale related events such as meet the brewer evenings. Opening hours and forthcoming events including live football and bands are listed on the College Bars website.

Cider and Perry Festival

Now on at Graduate Bar.Open from 5.00pm-11.30pm today (Friday 5th) and 5.30-11.30pm Saturday 6th November. 20 ciders and perries from around the UK.

Grad Bar presents The Hustle live Thursday 11th November at 9.00pm.


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