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| 26 November 2010 | Issue 502

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

Dr Jason Cope

There will be a memorial service in the Chaplaincy Centre on Monday 6th December at 12.15 pm for Dr Jason Cope who died on 31st October. Anyone wishing to remember Jason is welcome to attend.


THE Lifetime Achievement Award for Cary Cooper

Professor Cary Cooper CBE has won the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award at the Times Higher Education awards ceremony in London last night. Professor Cooper, who is Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at LUMS, was commended for the range and depth of his achievement. He has produced nearly 400 papers and is the author or editor of over 100 books on everything from leadership and motivation to stress, employee health and wellbeing. His views are sought by governments around the world as well as United Nations agencies. The title of University of the Year was won by York. Full story

Women writers in Uganda mentored by Lancaster University

Women writers in Africa are being mentored online by Lancaster University in a new literary and cultural exchange. The Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research has begun a six-month programme linking Ugandan authors with experienced postgraduate mentors. Funded with £5,000 from the Friends Fund, the project involves twelve female writers sending monthly assignments to four postgraduates from the University. The writers have joined the project through the Ugandan women’s writing group Femrite. As well as an anthology of work online, the project will provide research findings for the Centre and for the four mentors, who are postgraduates from the distance learning PhD programme run by the Department of English and Creative Writing. Full story.

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.

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.

Clare Short delivered first UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Annual Lecture

Clare Short, Former Secretary of State for International Development gave the first UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Annual Lecture at Lancaster University called ‘Do women think differently about foreign policy?’. Clare Short is former Secretary of State for International Development in the Labour government from 1997. She has been a long-standing Member of Parliament for Ladywood, Birmingham. She was previously Shadow Minister for Women and made a major impact on Labour thinking on gender issues, including violence against women. Full story.

Talented young engineer sponsored by Lancaster University

Lancaster University is sponsoring a pupil from Ripley St Thomas CE School with a £1,800 Arkwright Scholarship for promising young engineers. Glen Norris received his award from Dr Xiandong Ma from the University’s Engineering Department at a ceremony held at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London. He was one of only 264 Scholars chosen by the Arkwright Trust from over 800 applicants across the UK following a rigorous selection process. Lancaster University is among dozens of award sponsors including BAE Systems, BT, Rolls-Royce and the RAF. The award means Glen will receive £500 for his two years of A Level study, with a further £200 for Ripley St Thomas School each year. During the interview he presented his GCSE project work to a panel of interviewers at Lancaster University, where he toured the Engineering Department. Full story.

Parking reminder

Please be aware that wheelclamping is continuing on campus and there are no formal warnings issued first, i.e. the first offence will result in being wheelclamped. The release fee is now £75. Between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday everyone parking a vehicle on campus must display a valid permit for that area. If anyone invites a visitor to campus they should make sure that the visitor is aware of the regulations. This includes the need to park only in a designated visitor space and to pay for parking between the charging hours. Travel and parking information for visitors can be found here.

USS pensions consultation

A further update from the Employers’ Pension Forum on the process of USS Pension consultation has been received, and can be read here. Further updates and information will be placed on this page in the future.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Jeffrey Richards (History) in The Independent discussing British national identity and what it means to be English, and Professor Terry Eagleton (English and Creative Writing) whose debate about the "new atheism" was featured in the Times Higher Education magazine. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Aspiring journalists at Lancaster University got the inside track on life in the media this week. On Saturday, 20th November, four media professionals came onto campus to share their experience with Lancaster students. Speakers included, Lancaster University alumna Victoria Kirby, an award winning reporter who works on BBC’s North West Tonight and BBC Radio Lancashire journalist Tim Padfield, first reporter on the scene at stories such as the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster. More than 50 students took part in the workshops which were organised by Lancaster University Student Union (LUSU). The event was organised by Lizzie Houghton, LUSU Vice President (Media and Communications), LUSU Media Officer Matthew Power and Joe Buglass Enterprise Manager at LUSU involve – the student union enterprise and volunteering wing. Full story.

On 18 November Dr Robert Appelbaum (English and Creative Writing) spoke before an interdisciplinary study group at the Department of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London, on the subject of his new book, Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience. The book, which examines the social and literary uses of restaurants from 1803 to the present day, is due out from Reaktion Books in March 2011.

Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) will be giving one of the prestigious ‘Hedy Lamarr’ Lectures at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Monday 29th November, 2010, on the topic of ‘Unity in Diversity’? Eine mehrsprachige europaeische Union‘ (about multilingualism in the European Union). See

Professor Sheila Payne (SHM), Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care, was invited to present the opening talk on ‘The development of palliative care in the European Union’ at the Forum Against Cancer Europe Workshop on Palliative Care: “Facing the end together with dignity” at the European Parliament in Brussels on 16th November.


Harassment Network

The Harassment Network provides confidential support for any student or staff member who feels they are being harassed or bullied. Contact the network by e-mail at or see web page for a list of network members who can be contacted by phone.


Hospitality now has a new ebulletin to keep you up to date on the latest news and offers across campus. Click here to view the latest ebulletin and if you’d like to be added to the mailing list please email with the subject ‘subscribe’ to

Bowland Main refurbishment work

The site compound for the project to refurbish Bowland Main has been set up by ‘Create Construction’ on Bowland Avenue East. This is the space in front of the Bailrigg Conference Centre that already has a solid hoarding fence round (previously used for the Learning Zone contractors). Access in and around this area has now changed and diversions will be in place until the refurbishment project is completed in October 2011. Click here to view the access map. Please note that Bowland Cafe and Bar are still open but access can only be obtained from the spine. The cycle parking in the west quad is now closed but the cycle parking in the east quad will remain open. For more information about the project visit the Facilities Current Projects website.

Post Office Closure – Saturday 27th November 2010

To enable the paving to be replaced in front of the Post Office (as part of the Alexandra Square rejuvenation project) the Post Office will be temporarily closed on Saturday 27th November. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. It will reopen for business on Monday 29th November.

Full underpass closure and temporary relocation of bus stops – Saturday 27th November 2010

Between 07:00 and 18:00 on Saturday 27th November the entire underpass road and bus stop will be closed off again to allow for a the second crane lift to take place for the refit of the boiler house as well as other electrical works in the underpass. 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.

Window replacement project – Alexandra Square

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

Project Sophia update

Lancaster is to purchase a new IT system, to be supported by ISS, called 'Pure' that will greatly improve our ability to record and disseminate information about research.

Pure will allow academics to publish a web profile and link it to information about research activities, related publications, PhD students and news stories. In addition, it will allow the implementation of a keyword “search for an expert” feature on the university website, making it easier to find potential collaborators. Pure will allow Lancaster to manage its research information more efficiently, and will ease the administrative load on everyone involved with external reporting, in particular the REF.

To ensure a successful implementation, the Project Team would like to build an active user group who can help ensure the system is configured to meet the wide ranging needs of all our users. If you would like to get involved, please contact Alison Sharman. Further information can be found at

SharePoint upgrade

The university is beginning a programme to upgrade the existing Microsoft SharePoint websites to SharePoint 2010. The first stage of this upgrade will commence on Monday 29th November at 10pm and take approximately three hours. During this time the SharePoint servers will be unavailable and a “server under maintenance page” will be displayed to users attempting to access the servers. Further upgrade work will be carried out on Tuesday and Thursday evenings of the same week. See the SharePoint update page for more information. If you experience problems after the work has been completed please contact the ISS Service Desk.


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

SCAN and LUTube.TV roundtable discussion

SCAN and LUTube.TV have joined forces to organise a roundtable discussion in the style of Newsnight or the Emmy roundtables. The discussion will centre around students' learning differences and the support available from the University and LUSU, following on from an investigation published in the Week Eight issue of SCAN. A group of panellists representing students, the university, academics and experts will talk on the issue, and we'd like an audience to ask questions and share their thoughts. So if you've experiences you'd like to share or you'd like to participate in a new and exciting media opportunity, please come along and take part. It will take place on Tuesday 7th December at 5.30pm in Fylde Lecture Theatre 2 and will last no more than an hour. If you've any questions, just email Please note: the discussion will be filmed by LUTube.TV and published on their website and SCAN's website.

LabVIEW training event

National Instruments is offering some valuable introductory training on the latest release of its LabVIEW graphical programming environment. This a great opportunity to get some FREE, hands-on experience with NI LabVIEW, which we use for data acquisition, signal processing, controls and various instrumentation needs across our campus. In this training, you will:

To be held on Wednesday 1st December, 1pm until 4.30pm in Management School Lecture Theatre 4. Places are limited, so please call Tammy Seward on 01635 572498 or email Further information from John Windsor, Tel 93640.

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.

Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching one day workshops


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