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| 19 November 2010 | Issue 501

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


Peter Scott CBE

Peter F. Scott CBE died on Saturday 13 November. Peter was the first Chairman of the University Finance Committee from 1965 to 1983. He was Chair of the Provincial Insurance Company based in Kendal, and played a central role in the creation of the Abbot Hall Gallery and the Brewery Arts Centre there, along with leadership of many other cultural and social activities. Memorials of his benevolence on campus are the Peter Scott Gallery, which has over many years given the University distinction through its collections and exhibitions of national significance and is now part of LICA, and the organ in the Great Hall that accompanies graduation ceremonies.

Support Lancaster’s wind turbine

On October 13th 2010 Lancaster University submitted a new planning application to Lancaster City Council for the erection of a single wind turbine on the Hazelrigg site to the east of the M6 Motorway. The University needs your support. If you wish to support the wind turbine proposal and help the University cut its carbon emissions, you can register at

The planning application is for one 2.1MW wind turbine to be constructed in the northern part of the Hazelrigg site. The turbine would provide approximately 20% of the University’s annual electricity requirements, equivalent to two thirds of the residential requirements of all students who live on campus. The single turbine would be located in exactly the same location as the northern turbine from Lancaster University’s two turbine planning application submitted in January 2010.

Lancaster Professor to lift the lid on the Pinochet prosecution

Twelve years after British Law Lords decided that Chile’s former dictator and head of state General Augusto Pinochet was not immune from prosecution for torture and other serious human rights crimes, an expert on the case plans to reveal the untold inside story of what he describes as one of the most embarrassing episodes in legal history. Professor David Sugarman, (Law) has pieced together what actually happened, why and by whom. He has interviewed almost all the key players involved in the Pinochet prosecution including judges, lawyers, politicians and activists. Full story.

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. The closing date for nominations is 17 January 2011.

There are 3 prize categories: Teaching Excellence; 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. Each prize is worth £1,000 and the achievements of prize winners will be celebrated at a special event in June 2011. Visit the Human Resources website for more information.

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.

An Honorary Degree will be conferred upon: Mr Terry Hill, Chair of Global Transport Market, Arup Group (12 noon).

The full timetable and a booking form to confirm attendance and book your academic robes can be found at: We have extended the booking deadline until Friday 26 November. We look forward to seeing you in December.

Student wins iPhone App competition

A Lancaster University student was part of a team which scooped first prize in a mobile game competition. TriBlu, made up of Chris Winstanley, from the School of Computing and Communications and Stuart Allardes and Jack Bulmer, (UCLan) won the final of this year’s Mobile Bullets Competition, a showcase for the skills and expertise of Lancaster's programming students and UCLan’s game design students. Full story.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) who will present the documentary feature ‘Lunch Poems’ on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 21st November, also Computing and Communications student Chris Winstanley who featured on the Gamers Daily News website about his success as being part of a team to scoop first prize in mobile game competition. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Dr Drew Hemment, Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster at LICA and founder of FutureEverything, has written an article in The Guardian about Smart Cities of the future. He says universities and software developers designing solutions with local communities are the key to the evolution of Smart Cities. He is also quoted in the introduction to The Guardian’s supplement on Smart Cities , following a roundtable debate with several CEOs from Councils around the country.

Professor Bob Jessop (Sociology) has completed a short research trip to Australia with a period working with the Money and Finance Research Group at the University of Sydney, where he engaged with some of the top Australian scholars working on the global financial crisis and its repercussions in Australia. Today he also delivered a lecture to an invited audience from several universities, government bureaus, and civil society movements on "The global financial crisis in the light of recent theories of money, finance, and credit". The trip is part of his ESRC-financed research professorship investigation but was funded by his various Australian hosts.

At a recent meeting in Austin, Texas, Graham Rand, in the Department of Management Science, was elected President-elect of Omega Rho, the International Honour Society which seeks to recognise academics and high-flying operational research graduates and encourage leadership in operational research, management science and related disciplines. His term of office will lead into a two-year period as President in 2012-2013. He will be the 19th President of the Society, but the first not based at an American University. This appointment follows 8 years as European Director. Omega Rho was founded in 1976. The society has 39 collegiate chapters and more than 6000 student and faculty members. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies

A story called ‘Daniel’ written by Dr Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing) was one of two stories, alongside Edna O’Brien’s ‘Inner Cowboy’, to be highly commended by the judges of The BBC National Short Story Award, one of the most prestigious awards for a single short story. The judges said: "For the first time we felt we must add a commended category for stories from Edna O'Brien and Graham Mort" (BBC Radio 4). 'Daniel' is one of the stories in Graham's collection Touch (published by Seren), which also includes the Bridport prize-winning story ‘The Prince’.


Full underpass closure and temporary relocation of bus stops – Saturday 20th November 2010

Between 07:00 and 18:00 on Saturday 20th November the entire underpass road and bus stop will be closed off to allow for a crane lift to take place for the refit of the boiler house. No traffic will be allowed along the underpass road during these times. Buses will arrive and depart from outside the Chaplaincy Centre in Bowland Avenue. This will inevitably affect the availability of parking spaces in Bowland Avenue for the day. Normal operations will resume on Saturday evening when the underpass road is reopened and buses revert to using the bus stop there. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Tower Avenue temporary closure to all traffic and pedestrians

On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th November from 9am – 6pm it will be necessary to close Tower Avenue to enable the safe delivery & crane lift of the new boilers for the new energy centre. Therefore there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access during these times. Please ensure any access required/deliveries/collections are made before 9am or after 6pm on these two days or use one of the alternative delivery access areas such as Fylde Avenue, Furness Avenue or Library Avenue as marked on the attached map. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions about the work please contact the Project Manager, Peter McMullen on 01524 593646 or email

Revised Parking Zones Map

The Parking Zones Map has been updated to reflect some recent changes including the temporary loss of some visitor parking in Bowland Avenue for the refurbishment of the HR Building and the creation of new visitor parking on the 'grasscrete area' off North-East Drive. Click here for the updated Parking Zones Map.

Window replacement project – Alexandra Square

The window replacement project is nearly complete. The final section of work has been the Library and the scaffolding will be removed over a few days starting from 26th November. Thank you for your patience while this work has been carried out.

Alexandra Square rejuvenation project - update

Work on the square is progressing well and the contractors will continue to work next week on the middle of the square. When the scaffolding is removed from the Library, work will continue on replacing the paving along the south end of the square outside Waterstones. We apologise for the disruption this is causing, please bear with us while we work to improve the square and underpass. We will ensure access through the square is maintained at all times although it will mean diversions are in place. The shops and banks will be open as usual. The latest newsletter and more information on the rejuvenation is available on the website

Footpath improvement work on A6

Resurfacing works to a section of the footpath at the entrance to the University on the A6 started on Wednesday 17th November and will be completed by Wednesday 1st December. The work is being carried out between 10am and 4pm, access will be open to vehicles and pedestrians at all times but we apologise for any delay this may cause you.

Compromised IT accounts

ISS are currently dealing with a spate of compromised IT accounts simply because users have readily given their username and password away. You may be thinking it wasn't your account and therefore it doesn't matter. Take a moment to think again.

Not being able to send emails off campus, losing confidential files or having sensitive research data stolen does matter and that is what could easily happen to everyone on campus as a result of one individual inadvertently sharing their account credentials. To minimise the risk of this happening, ISS ask that you take great care when responding to any emails or completing online forms. If in any doubt, please contact the ISS Service Desk for more assistance BEFORE you respond.

IT security is all our business. If you think you may have responded already with your username and password to an email or entered these into a suspect form please contact the ISS Service Desk ASAP.

See the ISS Security Guidance pages for more help.

PASS rollout progress

The ISS rollout of the PASS system will reach the Management School, Engineering Building, Whewell Building and Pendle on the 23/11/2010. 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 these, the next buildings will be InfoLab21, Grizedale (portacabin) and Southwest Campus on 30th November, 2010. The ISS PASS Project page.

Library cards

If you still have an old-style white laminated Library card, or do not yet have a Library card at all, please call in to the Library during the course of the Michaelmas Term to obtain one. The process is very straightforward and takes no more than five minutes.

Staff IT training - Few places remaining

There are still a few places left on the following free courses in Week 7 (week commencing 22 Nov):

Click here for more information and to book a place or email


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

The Lancaster Singers

A local choir, whose members are predominately members of Lancaster University staff, will be celebrating Schumann’s 200th Birthday Anniversary by performing Vier Doppelchörige Gesänge Op. 141. at 7.30pm Saturday 20 November 2010 in the Lancaster Priory Church. As well as Schumann, the concert includes a selection of other European music, Schubert’s soothing Deutsche Messe, Bach’s lively Lobet Den Herrn and the moving De Profundis by Gluck. For the Schumann piece the choir splits into two and will perform the complex 8 part piece from different parts of the Priory, as the piece was originally intended.

Tickets are £10, £9 concessions, children and students free, refreshments are included. Contact details for tickets Email: or tel: 01524 68481. Tickets also available on the door. For more information about the choir see

First UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Annual Lecture

Clare Short, Former Secretary of State for International Development will give a lecture at Lancaster University called ‘Do women think differently about foreign policy?’. Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research at Lancaster University, will introduce the lecture. Clare Short will discuss how the UK could play a more useful role in the world, which would also serve our real interests, in working with others for a more just world order and a more sustainable use of natural resources. Full story

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.

Organisation and educational development

Professional and Leadership Development would like to highlight some excellent training opportunities happening soon:

Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching one day workshops


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