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| 21 January 2011 | Issue 508

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


Delhi Students Volunteer with Lancaster

A group of students from India have been volunteering in two schools in North Lancashire as part of a partnership with Lancaster University. The students hosted a question and answer session about life in India at Lancaster Road Primary School in Morecambe, where they also gave a demonstration of Indian dancing. They then visited Quernmore Primary School near Lancaster where they did block printing with the pupils and encouraged the children to write letters to pupils in schools in India. The eight students from the GD Goenka World Institute in Delhi also met MPs on the International Development Committee as part of the partnership with Lancaster University to help promote student volunteering in India. The project has been funded by the University’s India Centre and director Paul Devadoss joined students from Lancaster and India in London. Full story.

Web Strategy Group

The new Web Strategy Group is focussed on improving the way the university presents itself to the world beyond the campus to better represent who we are. We have already made a start by improving the search function on the central web-page: search results should already look better and soon searches will no longer present external visitors with reams of our internal committee minutes. We’ll need your help removing redundant content from the search index, but we have made a start.

We will also need your help, support and engagement making further and more extensive improvements in Lancaster’s web presence. Therefore, today we are launching a Staff Consultation Blog so you can tell us your thoughts on the university’s web site; what you like about it at present, what you hate about it, what you would like to see, what you would like to see removed, what you would like us to consider and questions you may have about what we are doing or how we are doing it. We will also be using this site to canvas opinion on specific items, issues and new suggestions so do keep an eye out for that. Chair of Web Strategy Group, Christopher May

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.

Carbon Awareness roadshows

Following the success of this week’s Carbon Awareness Day, several Carbon Awareness roadshows will take place on campus over the next few weeks. The first of these will be Tuesday 25th January, 11am - 2pm: Management School Hub and Thursday 27th January, 11am - 2pm:LEC Foyer, so if you didn’t have chance to come to the Carbon Awareness Day event you can view the information at one of the roadshows and talk to the University’s Environment and Sustainability Manager about the Carbon Management Plan, Travel Plan and proposed Wind Turbine Project. Refreshments will be provided free of charge at the roadshow. Further dates and locations will be advertised soon.

If you are in support of the wind turbine planning application there will also be the chance to write a letter of support to Lancaster City Council or you can do this online by clicking here.

To view the Carbon Management Plan Executive Summary click here.

To view a lecture about the Carbon Management Plan presented by Mike Sheppard (Head of Infrastructure), Jonathan Mills (Environment & Sustainability Manager) and Professor Roger Kemp (Engineering) click here.

To view a leaflet about the success of the Travel Plan click here.

Lancaster involved in £400,000 project to understand “killer electrons”

Lancaster University is working with the British Antarctic Survey on a £400,000 project to understand how particles from space affect the Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists aim to find out more about so-called “killer electrons” in the Van Allen radiation belt around Earth, which can damage orbiting satellites and spacecraft. The Van Allen radiation belt periodically discharges energetic particles such as electrons and ions into the high atmosphere above Earth, especially at the polar regions. This can change the chemistry of the atmosphere, with possible implications for climate change.

The five year project will see two radio receivers installed in Antarctica as part of a global network of receivers set up by the AARDDVARK consortium of international universities from Australia to South Africa and Hungary. The AARDDVARK project complements a NASA mission due to be launched in 2012 called the Radiation Belt Storm Probes which aims to investigate energetic particles using satellites in space. Full story.

Students to nominate inspiring teachers

A new £1,000 teaching award for staff is being introduced at Lancaster University – but this time it will be the students who will nominate the winner. The annual award will enable students to reward a good teacher. The University has introduced the prize in partnership with LUSU. Nominations may be made by submitting a form for consideration by a panel including academics and representatives from LUSU. Students will be asked to nominate teachers who have had an exceptional impact on their learning and give evidence on how this has been achieved.The award will be made at a celebration ceremony in June.

Opening of Trim Trail and Woodland Walk

Around a hundred staff have attended the opening of the Woodland Walk and Trim Trail designed to encourage fitness at work. The Woodland Walk provides a route through 2.6 miles of woodland on campus, taking around one and a half hours to complete in full though there are signed points to leave or join the route. The Trim Trail includes 11 exercise stations, from a vault to balance beam, pole climb, ladder walk and hurdles, designed for varying levels of ability. Both the Trim Trail and Woodland Walk were developed by Facilities’ Landscape Manager Ian Sturzaker in consultation with the Director of Sport Kim Montgomery. Full story.

Death notice

The Department of European Languages and Cultures is sorry to announce that Dr Zara Zaddy sadly died suddenly on Friday 14th January 2011. Zara officially retired in 1985, but was still an active member in DELC and the Department of History giving courses in Medieval French. Further information about funeral arrangements and memorial to follow.


Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) has been awarded an honorary degree from Sheffield University. Full story.

Professor Emma Rose (LICA) has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of Sub-panel 34: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr James Walkerdine (Computing and Communications) who has been filmed by BBC TV news about child safety software developed by Isis Forensics at InfoLab21 - the interview will be broadcast nationally. He is also being interviewed next Monday on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Cumbria. Dr Rosalinda Gioia (LEC) is quoted in Nature about research into high levels of a toxic chemical found off the coast of Africa. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Free health checks for Men

University staff are being offered free life-style health checks for men 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.

New Sports Centre

To view the latest update on the progress of the new sports centre from the building contractors click here.


For safety reasons cyclists and pedestrians should not access the underpass tunnel until the end of the refurbishment works as the area is essentially a building site and is only suitable for vehicles passing through at a maximum speed of 10mph. Cyclists and pedestrians should use an alternative route. Signs will be in place from this weekend.

Temporary diversion of the X1 bus service

Due to the temporary closure of St. George’s Quay in Lancaster this week, the X1 bus service has not been able to serve West Road, Lune Road and St. George’s Quay. The service is operating as normal from Lancaster Railway Station and Fairfield Road and joining the city centre one-way system at Waterstones by means of a diversion along Meeting House Lane. The service is expected to return to its normal route from Saturday 22nd January 2011.

Advance Notification - SharePoint Upgrade

ISS will be upgrading the SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 on February 2nd. This upgrade includes functional changes to some areas of the software and ISS will be issuing online guidance via email to affected users. The majority of SharePoint users, however, will not notice any difference immediately.

SharePoint training will be made available at a future date which will be announced in due course. It is anticipated that this training will provide users with an overview of all the features available in SharePoint 2010 and allow for some “hands-on” workshop sessions.

Self Service comes to the Library

Use the self service machines to issue, return and renew your books, check your library record and pay your library charges. Staff are on hand to help you. Machines can be found in the library foyer, Short Loan and on B floor. Please see link for further details.

Saver Sundays

Starting this week Visitor Rooms will be offering Sunday nights at a reduced rate of £30 per night (including VAT). This is based on a single en-suite room with full Breakfast served from 8am in Cafe 2010. To make a reservation contact Benjamin for a booking form on or call ext 92899.


The latest edition of the alumni magazine – Steps - has been mailed out to approximately 64,000 alumni and distributed around campus this week. Many of you will have received a copy but if you haven’t and you would like one, please contact Louise Coleman. It can also be viewed on our website.

Organisation and Educational Development

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

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

Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching

Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP) and Associate Teacher Programme (ATP) graduation ceremony Thursday 13th January saw another 45 people graduating from these two professional development programmes and this year there were several people who completed the recently introduced Diploma modules. To read the full story, please visit.


The Tom Milne Popular Fiction Archive: A Preview

Items selected from Lancaster University Library’s most recently acquired collection 14th January – 11th February 2011. Available during normal library opening hours at Lancaster University Library.

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

Work Foundation open lecture

Executive Vice Chair of the Work Foundation, Will Hutton will deliver a lecture about his recently published book ‘Them and Us: Changing Britain’, on Monday 31st January in Lecture Theatre 1, LUMS. The lecture will focus on the case for ‘Good Capitalism’, a fair society and the future role of Universities, and will be followed by a Q&A session. Drinks will be available afterwards in the Hub Café area RSVP by Friday 28th January to Becky Bawden (

Language courses on campus this term

Lancashire Adult Learning (Lancashire County Council's education service), in association with Lancaster University, are offering a range of language courses on campus starting week commencing 24th January. Courses are at Stage 2 Beginners or Improvers level. For further information please follow the link.

Bible translation

As part of the Chaplaincy Centre’s celebration of 400 years since the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, Ronnie and Margaret Sim from the Summer Institute of Linguistics/Wycliffe Bible Translators will be visiting the Chaplaincy Centre to speak at the morning service at 11.30am on Sunday 6th February, and they will speak in more detail about their work in a talk at 2pm in the Centre for about an hour. Anyone is welcome to attend either of these events. Lunch is served in between at a cost of £2.50.

Curry Night

Every Friday in Grad Bar 5-8pm. Curry and a pint £4.99, curry and a soft drink £3.99. Meat and vegetarian option available.

Lava Live

Grad Bar with People and Planet presents Lava Live, Saturday 22nd January at 8:30pm. A fundraising evening of Latin music, with a raffle and cakes. Free entry.


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