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| 14 January 2011 | Issue 507

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


Carbon Awareness Day

A Carbon Awareness Day will be held on Tuesday 18th January to officially launch the University’s Carbon Management Plan (CMP). There will be stands in Edward Roberts Court between 11-3pm and free tea and coffee and Fairtrade chocolate will also be available for staff and students. There will also be a competition to capture the best carbon saving ideas with the chance to win a new bike or an iPod touch. A lecture for staff and students about the Carbon Management Plan will be held in the Conference Centre, Room 1 at 12 noon. This will be presented by Mike Sheppard (Head of Infrastructure), Jonathan Mills (Environment & Sustainability Manager) and Professor Roger Kemp (Engineering). Free soup and bread and tea and coffee will provided for all attendees. It will also be broadcast live by ISS.

Staff Prizes 2011

The closing date for nominations for this year’s Staff Prizes is Monday 17 January 2011. The nomination form is available online.

There are 3 prize categories: Teaching Excellence; Community & College; Above and Beyond.

Individuals in all types of job can be nominated from all parts of the University. 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.

Wellbeing at Work Survey – Invitation to all staff

All University staff are invited to attend a presentation by the Vice Chancellor on the results of the Wellbeing at Work Survey. The presentation will take place on Tuesday 1st February 2011 in the Great Hall, initially from 12pm to 12.50pm, and then repeated at 1pm. It would be very helpful if those with surnames starting A-K could attend at 12pm, and L-Z at 1pm. However, if you have commitments that clash with this, please do attend the alternative session.

Faculty and Central Services based presentations, initially with Deans, HoDs and Directors, are taking place during January and presentations to all faculty and divisional staff will follow. The results of the survey will also be posted on the University website.

Also, congratulations to the 3 winners of the Free Prize Draw for a year’s premier membership of the Sports Centre: Peter Caley (Engineering), Clare Coxhill (Politics, Philosophy & Religion) and Dr Hugh Tuffen (LEC).

Staff take part in art exhibition at the Peter Scott Gallery

Lancaster University staff have helped choose the artworks for an exhibition at the Peter Scott Gallery. “Conversations with the Collection” is a 3-year curatorial project designed to open up new perspectives on the collections of the Peter Scott Gallery by inviting people from outside the gallery to explore its contents. All those selecting the works in the exhibition are Lancaster University staff who support the gallery in a range of ways to ensure its ongoing success. Everyone is invited to the opening of the exhibition by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob McKinlay on Thursday January 20th at 6.30pm. Full story.

Pupils Tour New £20m Sports Centre

Pupils from Heysham High School have toured the new £20m sports centre at Lancaster University which will be available to the local community when it opens in May 2011. Features include a 25 metre, 8 lane swimming pool with moveable floor, a Sports Hall with capacity for 8 badminton courts, four glass backed squash courts, a 100+ station gym, a 10 metre high climbing wall with bouldering cave and a large dance studio and health suite with sauna and steam rooms. Full story.

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 applications, you will still need to write again for your letter to count. For information see here.

Read Scan article about the wind turbine.

InfoLab21 Company Lands National Grid Contract

InfoLab21 International Resident Company RuggedCom has been chosen by the National Grid to supply remote access monitoring and management for 400+ Electric and Gas Substations in the UK. Full story

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Vladimir Falko (Physics) whose research with the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NLP), into the properties of graphene featured in a number of media outlets this week including Science Daily and E-Science News. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Congratualations to Dr Peter Sawyer (School of Computing & Communications) and Dr Elena Semino (Department of Linguistics and English Language) who have been awarded Personal Chairs, and also to Dr Crispin Halsall (LEC) who has been awarded a Readership.

Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) has been asked to join the expert committee which will advise the Austrian Minister for Interior Affairs on issues of integration of migrants and evaluate the implementation of the new law on integration (National Action Plan for Integration 2011). Professor Wodak has joined the committee as expert for language acquisition and education. The formation of the committee was reported on by Der Standard, Die Presse, Osterreich Journal, Salzburger Nachrichten and other media following a press conference where this high-level group was presented, on Wednesday 12 January.


Sports Centre Membership Promotions

Membership offers for January 2011

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

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.

Private Dining Room – Opening Hours

The Private Dining Room in County South reopens today at 12 noon. For more information click here. The (staff) Lounge in County South is open every day serving hot and cold drinks. For more information and to view the menu click here.

January Healthy Option – all January, in all venues apart from the Private Dining Room and The Lounge. Click here to view the offer.

Pendle Bar Refurbishment

Pendle Bar is currently closed as work has started on the refurbishment project. It will reopen in mid-February.

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).

iPad loan service

Following the success of the laptop loan service, and to give students the chance to experience more mobile devices, ISS will be making 20 Apple iPads available for loan from the start of next term. The iPads will be available for loan from the Learning Zone.

In addition to 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. Like the laptops available through the Laptop Loan Service, the iPads will only be available for use in the Learning Zone and must be returned no later than 16:30 on the day they are loaned out.

Introducing Windows 7 and Office 2010 – Thursday 20 January

Are you interested in seeing what new features are available in Windows 7 or Office 2010? Come along to see a one hour demonstration of the new and improved features and find out about the online training resources and e-learning available to you.


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