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| 3 December 2010 | Issue 503

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.

NEWS

Woodland fitness trail open

Students and staff can now make the most of 150 year old woodland surrounding campus thanks to a new trail through the campus grounds. The 2.6 mile route includes an outdoor ‘trim trail’ – a series of fixed, timber exercise stations designed to improve cardio vascular fitness and test upper and lower body muscular strength. Originally planted in 1841 as sporting woodland for The Bigforth Estate, sections of the wood were not previously easily accessible. The new trail now provides a challenging circuit for people of all fitness abilities, from serious athletes to people looking for a quick study break and a breath of fresh air. Full story.

Christmas 2010 pay arrangements

Staff Salaries that are normally paid on the 28th of the month will be paid on Friday 24th December 2010 To facilitate the earlier payment, all payroll data such as timesheets, bank detail changes etc must be lodged with the Payroll Office no later than Monday 13th December at 5pm. Items received after this time will be held over to the January 2011 payroll. This deadline applies to sessional staff who are paid on submission of timesheets. Please ensure that the payroll employee number is entered on any timesheets or claim forms. Claims which are fully completed will receive priority in processing.

There are no changes to pay arrangements for staff normally paid on the 15th of the month. If you have any queries please contact the Payroll Office.

Lancaster physicist awarded prize

Dr Guennadi Borissov from Lancaster University has received the annual award in the Division of Nuclear and Particle Physics from the Institute of Physics. He was recognized by the Institute for his work on the physics of subatomic particles containing the “bottom quark”, or B physics. He is part of the DZero team of international scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in the US, whose work attracted international attention when they found evidence of a bias towards matter over antimatter in the universe. This observation could help to explain why the universe exists.

The team’s discovery found a one percent difference between the production of pairs of subatomic particles called muons and pairs of antimuons in the decay of B mesons produced in high-energy collisions at Fermilab’s Tevatron particle collider. This could help rewrite the current theory, the Standard Model of particle physics, and open the door to a new Theory of Everything - a unifying theory to explain and connect all physical phenomena which physicists have long dreamt of. Dr Borissov will receive the £500 prize at the Institute’s conference in April. Full story

Christmas Festival 2010

LUSU would like to invite all staff to come along and celebrate the festive season with a Christmas Festival 2010 on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th December, 12-9pm, Fylde Quad & Bonington Step Area. From 12 o’clock you can pick up those all important Christmas presents at our fantastic Market as well as other entertainment including Victorian Fairground rides, a Santa’s grotto and real life reindeer all free of charge! The event will culminate with a live extravaganza show on the Friday evening that will include carol singing, dance and the big band! For more info join us on Facebook...

On Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th of December, the Furness Avenue Car Park Area will be closed to accommodate the events activities. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference

All staff are invited to attend the Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference on Tuesday 14 December in the Management School Building. The external speaker for the 2010 conference is Julian Ellis from the European Commission, who will be speaking about ‘Future and emerging technologies – pathfinder for ICT research in the EU’. Professor Rachel Cooper from LICA is an invited speaker and her talk asks ‘Why does the EPSRC fund design? Putting the D in STEM’. The day will also include talks from all FST departments and the Science and Technology Graduate School poster competition, with posters from across the faculty on display. More details of talks and times are on the faculty website.

Latest Alexandra Square & Underpass Rejuvenation Newsletter

To view the contractor’s newsletter with the latest progress on the Alexandra Square and Underpass Rejuvenation click here.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) on the Times Higher Education website following his receipt of the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award, and also Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) who's recent lecture on 1940's Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr was published in Der Standard, Vienna. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.

People

Dr Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing) has contributed work to a Cumbrian flood relief project. Dr Mort, director of the PhD programme in Creative Writing at Lancaster, joined the likes of Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney in providing a poem for inclusion in the poetry walk project. Poems are being displayed in different town centre businesses to encourage people to visit Cockermouth as part of the flood recovery effort. Organised to mark the anniversary of last year’s floods, the poetry project received the backing of Prince Charles.

Professor Sigrun Skogly (Law School) gave two keynote addresses last week. The first – “Addressing the Accountability Gap: the Role of States, International Financial Institutions and Transnational Corporations in Light of Human Rights violations” was given at a Conference in Stockholm (“Make Rights Real”) hosted by Amnesty International; the second at the University of Leicester was part of the conference “Human Rights Beyond Borders: Challenges and Opportunities in the Contemporary Globalisation Era”, and was given on the topic “Foreign Policy and Human Rights Violations: Complicity or Impunity?"

Professor Jon Whittle (School of Computing and Communications) was quoted in La Repubblica (2nd largest Italian general newspaper),talking about his research project Voice Your View. The project, which is being developed by scientists from the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Programme, allows people to express their views either through public terminals or software on mobile phones. Last month it attracted the attention of the Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts MP who praised the instant feedback technology demonstrated by Lancaster University as “one of the most innovative projects” he encountered during presentations at the House of Commons.

Dr Stuart Kirby (Applied Social Science) was invited by the police in Abu Dhabi last week to advise on a style of policing known as ‘Problem Oriented Policing’. Problem orientation policing is takes a proactive approach to reducing problems, for example by changing the environment to help cut crime.

Professor Jennie Popay (SHM) gave evidence to the House of Commons Health Select Committee on the NHS White Paper on November 16th. Professor Popay has also been asked to chair a task group on disadvantage, social exclusion and vulnerability for the WHO EURO region review of the social determinants of health inequalities being chaired by Professor Michael Marmot.

Professor Bob Jessop (Sociology) will give the keynote speech this weekend in Bielefeld at a European Social Research Network conference on Financialization and Economic Crisis. His theme is "The Global Financial Crisis: a Minsky Moment and/or a Marx Moment?" Dr Ngai-Ling Sum (PPR) is an invited speaker at the same conference. She is presenting a paper on "The Centring of (Semi-) Peripheral Economies: A Cultural Political Economy of 'BRIC' and the Case of China". Both presentations derive from their funded research projects undertaken in the context of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at Lancaster University.

Thom Kiddle, a student on the MA in Language Testing by distance, has been awarded the 2010 IELTS Caroline Clapham MA Dissertation Award. Thom will be invited to a formal, public presentation of the award at the 2011 Language Testing Research Colloquium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (25-27 June) where he will also present his study entitled "The effect of mode of response on a semi-direct test of oral proficiency". The dissertations of two other MA in Language Testing students, Gerard Seinhorst and Miguel Fernandez, were also recognised as being of very high quality. The Award Committee therefore decided to issue a special "Commended" certificate to Gerard for his investigation of the effects of reducing the number of options per item on the quality of a multiple-choice reading test and to Miguel for his impact study of a language proficiency test in the USA under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Lancaster graduate Jonathan Hewitt (Law) has won an award for outstanding achievement in his student law exams. He won the DLA Award, presented by leading international law firm DLA Piper, for the student who obtains the highest combined mark in the Business and Commercial Law parts of the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Jonathan graduated from Lancaster University in 2007 with a First Class Honours Degree in Hispanic Studies before gaining an MA in European Politics the following year. He will now start a two-year training contract to qualify as a solicitor. Full story.

ISS has been shortlisted to the last four entries for the Data Centre Dynamics Award for “Leadership in the Public Sector.” This award recognises the achievement of Government projects and strategies in meeting both the requirements of clients and the public and organizational/policy-driven objectives. The winner will join those successful in previous years in demonstrating an attention to sound technology and engineering, best practice in project/team management and the leadership required to bring together the disparate groups inside and outside Government necessary to deliver the required end result. More information is available from the Datacentre Leaders Award 2010 site.

Notices

SharePoint upgrade The university began the programme to upgrade the existing Microsoft SharePoint websites to SharePoint 2010 on Monday. This initial stage was completed successfully. ISS will commence further preparatory work on Sunday 5th December at 2pm. This work will take approximately three hours, during which time the SharePoint servers will be unavailable and a "server under maintenance" page will be displayed to users attempting to access the servers. The work on Sunday 5th December sees the end of the preparatory work.

Details of the next steps commencing on Monday 6th December can be found on the SharePoint update page. If you experience problems after any upgrade work has been completed please contact the ISS Service Desk.

Safe Data Disposal

When a data storage device goes out of the control of the University, we must ensure that it contains no readable data. When disposed of, it may contain data that could be recovered. It is important that the data left on old storage devices is not ignored, since the discovery of data that was not supposed to be published could damage the reputation of the University, or could leave the University in breach of contractual agreements or data protection legislation.

If you are unsure whether or not a particular device may have contained restricted data at some point you should assume that it has. The most reliable method of ensuring that the data on a device is unrecoverable is to make the device permanently unusable. Doing this safely and effectively requires the right methods and equipment, and depends on the nature of the device:

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.

HR Refurbishment Update

The contractor (The Rok Group) originally appointed to carry out the refurbishment of the old ISS Computer Centre for the Human Resources department, has gone into administration. Therefore the University is currently re-tendering for the project. Subsequently the project will not now start onsite until February 2011 and it will be complete for July 2011. An update will be provided nearer the time.

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.

Buses

Lancaster University benefits from an excellent ‘quality bus’ route to Lancaster and Morecambe with 16 buses an hour during the day – as many buses as any campus-based University in the UK. Due to the adverse weather conditions this week, Stagecoach has reported delays to all services, it is doing all it can to maintain a reliable service and apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Cycling in winter conditions

The following two links give helpful safety tips for cycling in winter conditions: link 1, link 2.

Xmas Holiday Sports Camps for 8 to 14 year olds

Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd December 2010, 4 Fun days from 9.30am - 4.30pm for £10 per day or £10.00 per day / £40 per week Children can be dropped off from 9.15 and collected up to 4.45pm Activities include:
Team GamesDance
Swimming Rounders
Cricket Racketball
Aeroball Squash
Dodgeball Football
Fencing Table Tennis
Badminton Rounders
* Book early to avoid disappointment * Call reception on 594000

WHAT'S ON

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

University Carol Service

The Carol Service will be held on Monday 13th December at 6.15pm at the Chaplaincy Centre. Followed by festive refreshments. Everyone Welcome.

Curry Night in Grad Bar

Every Friday 5-8pm.Curry and a pint £4.99,Curry and a soft drink £3.99.

Grad Bar presents The Nick Dow Blues Band -Thursday 9th Dec @9pm.

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