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| 17 December 2010 | Issue 505

This is the last edition of LU Text before the University Christmas break. The next edition will be published on Friday 7th January 2011.

LU text would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Contents: news; death notice for Janet Bunting; Lancaster in the news; people; notices; what's on; ads


Graduation Ceremonies

On Wednesday 15 December 1,005 students graduated from Lancaster University with Higher Degrees and Diplomas, accompanied by over 2,500 friends and family. A further 575 graduated in absentia. 170 colleagues joined the academic processions to celebrate the graduates’ achievements and colleagues from across Central Services worked behind the scenes to support the smooth-running of the ceremonies. The Ceremonies and Events Office would like to thank everyone involved for their contribution to providing a memorable and enjoyable occasion for the graduates and their families.

An honorary degree was presented to the distinguished civil engineer and economist Terry Hill FREng who was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) for his leadership and achievements in the transport sector. He was closely involved in the design and construction of the £4 billion Channel Tunnel High Speed Rail Link.

In addition, The Chancellor’s Medal was presented to five outstanding postgraduates: Frederik Bauknecht (MSc in Management); Alfonso Gugino (MSc Human Computer Interaction); Paul Webb (MSc Ecology and the Environment); Kelly Heys (MSc Biomedicine); and Naomi Kruger (MA Creative Writing). Full story


Congratulations to Jonathan Culpeper (Linguistics and English Language) and Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing) who have been awarded Personal Chairs.

Congratulations to the following colleagues who have been awarded Readerships:

Paul Baker (Linguistics and English Language), Anne-Marie Fortier (Sociology), Kostas Dimopoulos (Physics), Anupam Mazumdar (Physics), Ed McCann (Physics), Mila Mihaylova (Communication Systems), Alison Stone (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) and Jim Wild (Physics).

Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference 2010

The Faculty held its annual Christmas Conference on 14th December. Around 150 staff, students and guests attended talks from internal and external speakers throughout the day, including Julian Ellis from the European Commission who spoke about “Future and emerging technologies – pathfinder research in the EU”.

Mary Smyth, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, presented the first annual Ian Miller prize for Technical Staff to Ian Mercer (Physics) for work extending over the period 2005-2010 in the construction of advanced particle detectors for large international experiments at CERN and JPARC (Japan). The Dean’s Awards for excellence in postgraduate studies were also presented to Erika Berenguer and Cherry Canovan (joint winners in the first year category), Kelum Gamage (second year) and Dominik Schmidt (third year).

Student Call Team set for another bumper fundraising year

The Friends Programme student Call Team have finished their first 5 weeks of calling, raising over £41,000 in pledges and donations. The Lent call campaign starts in February and everyone is welcome to visit the calling sessions in the evening. Visits from University staff are a real boost to the student call team and are always greatly appreciated, especially if accompanied by a box of chocolates! You can also follow their fundraising efforts on Twitter @lucallteam. The next round of disbursement of funds from the Friends Programme will be in April and calls for applications for grants will be advertised early in the new year. If you would like to find out more information on the Friends Programme, please email: or visit the website.

Staff prizes 2011

The University’s Staff Prizes for 2011 are 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.

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.

Nurse Unit

The Nurse Unit will close permanently at the end of term. Advice on Health and Wellbeing is available on the Student Based Services website. Out of hours medical advice is also available on this site. Student Based Services would like to thank the nurses for their contributions to student welfare over the years.

Invite to Trim Trail and Woodland Walk opening event

On Thursday 13th January 2011 at 12.30pm all staff and students are invited to come along to the opening of the new Trim Trail and Woodland Walks. Meeting at the BBQ station on Alexandra Park the event will include a walk through of the new Trim Trail with demonstrations from the University's sports centre fitness instructors on how to use the equipment at each station. There will also be an opportunity for you to try the equipment for yourselves so please wear appropriate clothing. More information on the Trim Trail and the Woodland Walks is available in the information leaflet. To view it click here, printed copies will also be handed out at the event.

Free homemade soup will also be provided at the end of the event back at the BBQ station. To ensure you get yours please send an email to with the subject 'soup' and your name by 12 noon on 11th January 2011.

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.

Support Lancaster’s wind turbine

If you wish to support the wind turbine proposal and help the University cut its carbon emissions, you can register here. If you wrote to support the previous two turbine application, you will still need to write again for your letter to count. For information see here.

Read the latest Scan article about the wind turbine.

Janet Bunting

We regret to report the death of Janet Bunting who died last week after a short illness. Janet, whose funeral was held yesterday, worked at the University since 1983, starting in the Alumni and Development Office and for the past five years in the Department of Continuing Education. She was a much valued colleague who was often praised by DCE students for her care and attention. The University and Janet’s former colleagues would like to send their condolences to her husband Colin.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr Sally Watson (LUMS) in the Times and interviews with graduates from the first MA in Hospice Studies. Jacky Wilkinson (English and Creative Writing) is featured on the BBC website after graduating with a PhD at the age of 70. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Professor Vladimir Falko, Head of Theoretical Physics, has attended the Nobel Prize Award ceremony in Stockholm, where he was invited by his research collaborators the new Nobel Laureates in Physics Kostya Novoselov and Andre Geim, who discovered graphene. Professor Falko attended receptions at both the British Embassy and the Royal Swedish Academy as well as The Laureates Lectures where his work was commended in the Nobel Lecture by Konstantin Novoselov. He then went onto the Nobel Prize Award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall attended by the King of Sweden, followed by the Nobel Banquet in the City Hall. See here for photos.

Congratulations to Professor Paul Trowler (Educational Research) who has been made a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). The Fellowship was awarded in recognition of Paul's outstanding contribution, over many years, to the field of higher education research. The award was presented this week at the SRHE Annual Conference.


John Taylor (Facilities) will retire on Christmas Eve from his post as University chauffeur. John worked for the University for 15 years in his role following on from a 30 year career in Lancashire Police. A popular member of staff, he has been on 24hr call to the University providing an executive driving service for visiting dignitaries and senior executives, often involving unsociable hours and unpredictable delays at airports and train stations around the country. On December 7, the Vice Chancellor and Mrs Wellings hosted a surprise farewell for John which was also attended by the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington and Lady Bonington. John has received cards and gifts from all his friends and colleagues from across the University, and is wished a happy and healthy retirement.

New Starters

Geoff Bell (Facilities) has taken up the post of University chauffeur. As a former police officer, Geoff has extensive experience to bring to the role, including specialist police driving and close protection detail to the Royal Household. As part of his new role at the University, Geoff will also provide driver training to members of staff for minibus duties and open day events as well as additional support to security reception when required.


County College Senior Tutor

County College wishes to appoint a Senior Tutor in succession to Dr Graham Smith, from the start of Lent Term 2011. Applications should be sent to the College Principal, Professor David Smith. David would also welcome enquiries from potential applicants who would like more information about the post.

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. 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. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and if you have any questions about the work please contact the Project Manager, Peter McMullen on 01524 593646.

Door closure from University House into Alexandra Square

The double set of glazed doors between Alexandra Square and the University House lobby is closed 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.

Bus service

Stagecoach is doing all it can to maintain a reliable service during the severe weather condistions. For updates on service disruption due to the bad weather please click here.

A big thank you to the two Stagecoach Supervisors (Danny and Gav) at the temporary underpass bus stop. They have worked hard throughout the term and maintained a friendly and cheerful service in bad weather. They supervise loadings, issue tickets and provide passengers with bus information. Feel free to take them a hot drink or a cake as you go to catch your bus! They will return again in the new term.

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

Car Parking

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

iPad Loan Service

At the start of next term, ISS will be introducing an Apple iPads loan service for students. The iPads will be available within the Learning Zone, and will give students the opportunity to use mobile devices in their learning. As well as providing standard features such as web browsing and email access, they will be loaded with applications designed to make studying easier. ISS will be collecting feedback on the usefulness of the devices. The feedback will be used to inform and prioritise development on the uses of mobile devices at Lancaster.

PASS Rollout

The PASS system will be rolled out to South West campus, Bailrigg House and Grizedale offices on December 21st. This was originally planned to take place last week (14th December). More details on the PASS rollout are available from the ISS website.

Campus Telephony & Voice Communications Strategy

The University is commencing a review of its telephony infrastructure and early in the New Year will be hosting fact finding sessions (with interested parties) to inform the production of the eventual strategy. To be a part of this process simply register your interest by visiting the website and joining the email list. Full details are available here.

Private Dining Room – Opening Hours

The Private Dining Room is now closed for the Christmas holidays and will reopen on Friday 14th January 2011. The Lounge in County South will be open until Thursday 23rd December from 10am-3pm serving soup and sandwiches between 12noon – 2pm. It will then reopen on Wednesday 5th January from 10am – 3pm serving soup and sandwiches between 12 noon and 2pm.

Fylde Bar Opening Hours

Fylde Bar is open over the Christmas holidays serving food and drink. Click here to view the opening dates and times.

Cashiers opening times

The Cashiers Office in University House will be closed on Tuesday 21st December from 12.15 until 2pm, and also on Friday 24th December from 12.30 until Tuesday 4th January 2011 at 9am. Payments may be made online throughout the office closure period.

Sports Centre opening times

Christmas Eve Friday 24th December, Sports Centre & Pool Open 10.00am – 3.00pm
Closed 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th December
Wednesday 29th December, Sports Centre & Pool Open 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 30th December, Sports Centre & Pool Open 10.00am – 5.00pm
New Years Eve Friday 31st December, Sports Centre & Pool Open 10.00am – 3.00pm
Closed 1st, 2nd & 3rd January 2011
Sports Centre re opens as normal Tuesday 4th January 2011


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

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
£10.00 Per Day / £40 Per Week
Children can be dropped Off from 9.15 and collected up To 4.45pm
Activities Include.


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