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| 7 January 2011 | Issue 506

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


New Year's Honours for Dean of Management School

Professor Sue Cox, Dean of Lancaster University Management School(LUMS) has been awarded the OBE for services to social science in the 2011 New Year Honours. Sue Cox has been Dean of LUMS since 2001 and under her leadership, the School has been one of a select few to achieve the accreditation ‘hat trick’ of EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. Full story.

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.

Graduate wins Business Start-up of the Year Award

A Lancaster graduate has won the Business Start-up of the Year award at the North West Women in Business Awards. Sarah Goodall studied social work at the Department of Applied Social Science before becoming a social worker. She set up her training and consultancy firm The Athena Programme in 2007 and the company has since flourished, with six employees and a turnover of around £100,000 a year. Full story.

Primary kids are king of the castle at Lancaster

Lancaster University played host to over 130 school children in December as Westgate Primary School, Morecambe stormed campus armed with shields and boxes of paint. LUSU involve hosted the event inviting the children to an imaginary medieval party, teaching pupils about different aspects of medieval fortresses, and helping them create the castles of their dreams. There will be many more events to look forward to this term benefiting schools in the local community with a week of celebration in honour of Science and Engineering, environmental activity days and even a pirate day in the running. full story

LEAD Masterclass

The head of the global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi has delivered a masterclass at Lancaster University Management School before an audience of 150 North West business leaders. Kevin Roberts, who was born in Lancaster, is the New York-based CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi. The masterclass, entitled “Bringing back the Magic (Thriving in the Now) looked at how he rose to the top of the world’s leading advertising company. The event was part of Lancaster’s LEAD programme, an innovative leadership development programme designed for small business owner-managers. To date LEAD at Lancaster has worked with more than 230 companies and reports have shown an increase in sales turnover, employment, productivity and profits. Lancaster will be recruiting for its next cohort of the LEAD programme this spring.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Christopher May (PPR) whose academic article on John Ruskin’s landmark publication ‘Unto This Last’ featured in several international news outlets ranging from the MSN world news and the China Post to the Gulf Times and the Hindustan Times. Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) is also featured exensively home and abroad, after being quoted about how many local communities in the UK have adapted to the economic crisis by coming together to reopen local amenities themselves, publications include The Washington Post, Yahoo News and Fox News. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


During December 6-10, 2010, Professor David Sugarman (Law) visited Israel and the West Bank as part of a human rights mission. He joined British and Dutch parliamentarians and human rights NGO’s investigating house demolitions. He also delivered the keynote lecture at an international conference on human rights, and spoke to the Supreme Court of Israel.


College Principal posts

A number of College Principals will come to the end of their term of office in the summer. A formal request for applications will be sent out soon. At this stage, we are seeking expressions of interest or nominations of individuals who might make a good Principal. The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features, of value for students and staff alike. As a Principal, you would play a vital role in leading the College team and shaping the life of a College. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers. You would need:

Appointments are normally for a period of 3 years, and a quarter of your time would be ‘brought out’ from your department, subject to discussion with your Head of Department. Further particulars, including a statement of duties and responsibilities, can be obtained from Hilary Simmons. For an informal discussion about what is involved, you are welcome to get in touch with Amanda Chetwynd (extension 92088) or Hilary Simmons (extension 92020).

Save money with car sharing

If your bank balance is feeling the after-shocks of the festive period, here is some good news for you: The typical commuter who car-shares every day saves themselves about £800 a year. Lancaster University provides a completely free car-share scheme where you can find others travelling your way. You can take turns driving, offer someone a lift (in exchange for a contribution to the fuel costs) or look for someone to give you a lift. In addition, the University makes available an attractive annual Staff Car Share Permit for staff that can commit to a regular car sharing arrangement with another colleague. To sign up and find a car-share companion or two, just go to and then click on the University’s logo. For more information on car sharing at Lancaster University click here.

Parking machines

New parking machines are being installed in the Visitor Parking Zones in time for the new term. These machines will accept payments by debit and credit cards using chip & pin technology. Some machines will be temporarily out of use whilst the changes are being made. More information will appear shortly in LU Text.

Free Health Checks for Men

University staff are being offered free life-style health checks for men on Wednesday 12th January and again on Thursday 27th January from 11am to 2pm in Furness College Foyer. Includes height, weight and blood pressure checks. No appointment is needed. Please note that further similar drop-in sessions for both men and women staff are being planned for the Spring and Summer 2011. This initiative is being delivered in partnership with North Lancashire NHS, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster District Social Strategic Partnership.

Sports Centre Membership Promotions

Membership offers for January 2011

Why not try some of our new classes starting w/c Monday 17th January. Salsa on Thursdays (9 week course) and Zumba the new dance craze on Fridays @ 6pm (just turn up).

Contact the Sport Centre reception on 01524 594000 for more information.

Private Dining Room – Opening Hours

The Private Dining Room in County South will reopen as usual on Friday 14th January 2011 at 12 noon. For more information click here. The (staff) Lounge in County South is now open every day (apart from Thursday 13th – closed for a private function) serving hot and cold drinks. While the Private Dining Room is closed, soup and sandwiches are also available from 12-2pm. For more information and to view the menu click here.


The Stagecoach Uni-rider bus passes will be on sale at the LUSU Information Desk from Thursday 13th January. You will be able to purchase a one term for the Lent term valid from 14th January until the 2nd April for £82 or a two term for use in the Lent and Summer term (including the Easter Vacation) valid from 14th January until the 2nd July for £143. You will need a university library card and can pay with cash or a debit or credit card (1.5% extra charge for credit card payments). If you have any questions please phone the LUSU Information Desk on extension 93765.


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

International Student Experience’ conference

The 3rd annual ‘Improving the International Student Experience’ conference is being held in London on 28th January 2011 from 10am – 4pm. The conference is being filmed and is available to watch online live during the day. Student Registry is proposing to purchase the live broadcast and video archive and would like to hear from any interested parties who would like to watch the event so appropriate arrangements can be made.

Please see link to the agenda. If you wish to attend the event then please email Sue Harrison in Student Registry by Friday 14th January.

Organisation and Educational Development

Professional and Leadership Development have some exciting and useful sessions scheduled for 2011. Please look at our Development Opportunities for Staff guide via the following link.

NATO Lecture series event

Lancaster University will host a NATO Lecture Series event in June 20-21, 2011 in InfoLab21. Cutting edge knowledge will be provided by leading experts in the areas of sensor data fusion, advanced nonlinear estimation, radar and sensor networks. The call for participation is available from the following link, and also. Registration for attendance can be done from here (orange box enrol at the right end of the webpage). Enquiries can be addressed to Dr Mila Mihaylova.


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