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| 10 December 2010 | Issue 504

The last edition of LU Text before the University Christmas break will be Friday 17th December. The first edition after the break will be Friday 7th January 2011.

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


Lancaster physicist given a prestigious award by the Royal Society

Professor Vladimir Falko, Head of Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University, has received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award worth £127,000 in recognition of his achievements in nanoscience. Professor Falko was chosen for his work on exploring the theory of the electronic properties of nanostructures and low-dimensional materials, such as graphene, which has the thickness of only one or two atoms. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to attract to this country or to retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. Professor Falko is currently attending the Nobel Prize Award ceremony in Stockholm, where he was invited by the new Nobel Laureates Kostya Novoselov and Andre Geim, who discovered graphene. Full story.

Wellbeing at Work Survey

The results of the Wellbeing at Work Survey are being analysed ready for feeding back to staff in the new year. A summary of the results has been presented to the Steering Group and to the University’s senior management group (UMAG). The overall completion rate was high with 60% of staff completing the on-line survey, and a total of 1,401 completed, including the paper survey. The survey is part of our commitment to sustaining the University as a healthy and safe place to study and work, and will be used to help learn from positive areas and provide guidance and solutions that support areas of concern or risk.

All staff will be invited to a presentation of the overall results by the Vice-Chancellor on 1st February 2011. Details of this will be circulated in January. Prior to this, Faculty and Central Services based presentations, initially with Deans, HoDs and Directors, will take place during January and presentations to all faculty and divisional staff will follow. The results of the Free Prize Draw, with three prizes of a year’s staff premier membership of the Sports Centre will also be announced in the New Year.

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.

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.

Parking arrangements for Graduation on Wednesday 15th December 2010

Up to 900 additional vehicles are expected over the course of the day for the Graduation ceremonies. A parking management plan is in place with Graduation traffic being directed into any available parking space on campus, including Staff Parking Zones. Staff unable to find a parking space during the day should follow the directions of the parking marshals, in high-visibility vests. Please co-operate with their directions as they are there to help everyone find a place to park. There are no parking charges on Graduation Day. Staff are also welcome to make use of the free minibus service which will operate around campus from 07:30 to 18:30 with various signed minibus pick-up points around the perimeter road. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the day, if at all possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Advance notice of door closure from University House into Alexandra Square

The double set of glazed doors between Alexandra Square and the University House lobby will be closed from Wednesday 15th December at 7pm until Friday 24th December due to the contractor removing and replacing the paving as part of the square refurbishment works. During this time, the Learning Zone circular entrance doors nearest to the toilets will be locked OPEN (from 8am until 6pm each day) to allow access through the LZ in and out of University House from the spine. If you need access outside of these hours you will need your library card. If you have any concerns about this please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333.

Snow and ice policy

The grounds team have been working exceptionally hard over the past couple of weeks to keep our roads and paths clear of ice and snow. If you would like to view the ice and snow policy, which clearly defines safe routes in bad weather please read the document on the Facilities, Operations website.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr Jim Wild (Physics) on BBC Radio 4's Questions Questions programme, discussing the Northern Lights, and Professor Ian Walker in the Financial Times about the value of an upper second class degree. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


The Operational Research Society announced at its annual Blackett Lecture at the Royal Society on 25 November 2010 that Alan Mercer, Professor Emeritus of Management Science at Lancaster University Management School, had been made a Companion of Operational Research. The Companionship of Operational Research is awarded for sustained support and encouragement for the development of Operational Research and the citation is attached. The Department of Management Science congratulates Alan on this award and recognition of his achievements.

Professor Alan Dix (Computing and Communications) is the keynote speaker for the first International Conference on User Science and Engineering. The conference in December aims to address the main issues of concern within Human Computer Interaction with a particular emphasis on the aspects of design, development and implementation of interfaces and the generational implications for design of human and technology interaction. This conference aims to explore and discuss innovative studies of technology and its application in interfaces and welcomes completed research, work in progress and case studies. Professor Alan Dix will also organise a workshop for the conference. Read more here



During this winter period of exceptionally cold temperatures, Facilities is making best use of its resources and heating infrastructure. The centrally provided district heating system is currently operating 24 hours a day to provide heating to all buildings, and in particular to the residential properties overnight. Please help to keep the buildings warm by ensuring that all windows and doors are closed, including those on to communal corridors and spaces. Drawing curtains across windows will help to retain heat within rooms as well as ensuring that there are no obstructions in front of or draped over the heating radiators.

Closure of Tower Avenue

On Tuesday 21st December from 9am – 6pm it will be necessary to close Tower Avenue to enable the safe delivery of the flue for the new boilers for the new Energy Centre. Therefore there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access during these times. Please ensure any deliveries/collections are made before 9am or after 6pm on this day or use one of the alternative delivery areas as marked on the attached map. Please note that the access to the maintenance workshops and Helme’s garage will not be closed off completely during these times but will be restricted during the actual deliveries so there may be delays to access the area. We 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.

Bus service during Christmas and New Year (Thursday 23rd December 2010 to Tuesday 4th January 2011)

PASS rollout schedule change

The roll out of the PASS system to South West campus and Grizedale offices which was originally planned to take place on the 14th of December, has now been moved back a week to the 21st of December. More details on the PASS rollout are available from the ISS website.

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

Cashiers Office

Amended opening hours for Tuesday 14th Dec 09.30 – 12.50 and 15.10 – 16.30.


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

Organisation and Educational Development

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

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


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