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| 28 January 2011 | Issue 509

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

Greetings for the New Year to all Chinese readers. This year the Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival will be celebrated on 3 February and following days. For more information about the festival see:


Conclusion of the 2010/11 Pay Award

The 2010/11 pay award will be implemented in the February payroll. The award is effective from 1 August 2010 and had been subject to lengthy negotiations with national trade unions.

The 0.4% award has been accepted by Unite, UNISON and GMB. UCU has not accepted the award and has stated that it is in dispute with the national employer’s body (UCEA).

The rationale for concluding the national 2010/11 pay round is as follows:

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 Roadshow

Following the success of last week’s Carbon Awareness Day, a Carbon Awareness Roadshow will take place at various locations on campus over the next few weeks. Dates and locations are below, 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.

To view the Carbon Management Plan Executive Summary click here.

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

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 at the Carbon Awareness Roadshow or you can do this online by clicking here.

Friends Programme Funding Available

Application forms are available from the Alumni and Development Office for funding through the Lancaster University Friends Programme. Departments, colleges, and individuals can apply for funding (most grants will be in the £2,000 - £5,000 category). The next round of disbursement of funds will take place in May 2011.

All applications are to be submitted to the Alumni & Development Office by noon Friday 1st April 2011. Please note: Department/Faculty, College and LUSU applications MUST be authorised before submission. Please ensure that applications have been submitted for authorisation by noon Friday 25th March 2011. Please see the Guidance Notes for Applicants for more details. For further information and an application form, please download the details from the web page or call Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904 / email

Educational Development

The Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington CBE has congratulated graduates of two professional development programmes as well as several people who completed the Diploma modules. Forty five people graduated from the Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP) and the Associate Teacher Programme (ATP) at a ceremony on January 13. Participants were mainly from Lancaster University, and there were also graduates from Sunway University College, Malaysia. Full story

Death notice

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Phil Levy on 23rd January. He was appointed to a Professorship at Lancaster in 1972 to set up the Department of Psychology, which he chaired for ten years. Phil will be remembered for his innovative work for ESRC, as President of the British Psychological Society and his role in the first RAE. Within the University, he performed many senior duties with great skill, most notably as the first Chair of the University Research Committee. He retired in 1994, but continued to teach until 1999. Full obituaries will appear in the national press soon.

A short service of farewell for Dr Zara Zaddy (DELC and the Department of History) who died on 14th January 2011, will be held on Monday 7 February at 11am at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium. There will be a memorial event to commemorate Zara’s life later in the year to which staff and students will be invited to attend. More details will follow about this in due course.


Katrina Payne has been appointed as Director of Marketing and External Linkages. Katrina, who is a Lancaster graduate, joins with extensive experience of marketing and business development in both the private sector, in telecoms, and in Higher Education. She has lived and worked overseas, in Australia, the Far East, the USA and Europe and has had global responsibility for a number of the businesses in which she has worked. She joins Lancaster after five years as Director of Business Development at Cranfield University. She heads a team which provides functional leadership to the University’s marketing, public relations, student recruitment and national and international partnership activities. The Directorate’s mandate is to ensure that Lancaster University’s strength in teaching and research is translated into an internationally strong reputation that will attract students, staff and business partners. Full story

Christine Parry has been appointed as Senior Manager of Brand Delivery within Marketing and External Linkages. Christine has experience of managing the brand lifecycle for a number of public and commercial organisations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Most recently Christine managed the revision and update of New Zealand’s trade brand ‘New Zealand New Thinking’ and re-launched the associated Brand Partner Programme, which enables exporting companies to use the New Zealand Fern trademark overseas. She also headed New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s six-country research programme to discover the offshore perceptions and realities of doing business with New Zealand exporters.

One of Christine’s key objectives at Lancaster is to ensure that the university’s brand works effectively for us and is aligned to our values and strategy. To start this process, she is conducting an audit of how we communicate today and would like two copies of every piece of printed collateral (booklets, brochures, prospectuses, posters, flyers) produced across the University – from every faculty, department , centre, group and team.

Christine would like to meet any colleagues who have a responsibility in this area and could collect the examples in person on Friday 4th February to give her the opportunity to introduce herself. If you’re not available on this day she is happy to collect the examples from one of your team and organise another day to meet with you. Please email Christine on

Sylvia Ratcliffe, Study Abroad Adviser in the International Office, is leaving the University on 4 February after over 32 years’ dedicated service. Sylvia first worked in the Centre for Physical Education (now the Sports Centre) and Internal Audit before moving to the North American Office (which merged with the International Office) in 1997. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend her presentation on Friday 4 February at 1pm in the John Welch Room, C Floor, University House. Please advise Caroline Horsfall (ext: 92037 / email) if you are attending the presentation.

Professor Robert Appelbaum, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster and Professor of English Literature at Uppsala University in Sweden, is to speak at two events at the University of Miami. He will read from his new book “Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience” on February 16 and on February 19, he will deliver a keynote address to the Annual Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Interdisciplinary Symposium. The topic for this year is ‘Food for Thought, for Writing, and for Art’, and Professor Appelbaum will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Judith Dines Alone’, an account of the legend of Judith and Holofernes as it appears in sixteenth-century French literature. For more info, see link and the events link.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr James Walkerdine (Computing and Communications) who was quoted widely in the national and international media including the Times of India and BBC World Service. Follow the link for further information. While PhD Student Leon Moosavi (Sociology) appeared on two BBC One programmes - Look North and Inside Out. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Visitor Car Parks and New Parking Machines – Update

The Visitor parking areas on campus have been renamed with letters to help with their identification. Their locations can be viewed here on the updated Parking Zones Map and are as follows:

New pay & display machines are now operational at all of these car parks apart from Car Parks G and L which are yet to open and at Car Park B. Visitors to Car Park B should use the machine nearby on Car Park C at John Creed Avenue. Charges are £2 for 2 hours or £5 for 10 hours and can be made by coin or by debit / credit cards at one of the new machines. Visitors are also permitted to park on the Bigforth Barn car park where a parking machine is also in place (coin only). New signs have also been installed this week adjacent to the parking machines. These signs include a simplified campus map to help visitors orientate themselves and details of the visitor parking charges.


For safety reasons cyclists and pedestrians should not access the underpass tunnel until the end of the refurbishment works. The area is 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.

Disruption to Bus Service 42: Blackpool – Lancaster University – Lancaster city centre

An emergency timetable for Service 42 is to be introduced from Sunday 30th January until Saturday 5th February 2011 inclusive due to roadworks in the Great Eccleston area. More information, including an emergency timetable for the 42, can be found here on the Stagecoach website.

Alexandra Square and Underpass rejuvenation project To view the latest update on the progress of Alexandra Square and the underpass from the building contractors click here.

Forthcoming Staff IT Training

ISS is providing the following IT training for staff:

You can book any of these sessions by filling in the online booking form here.

Visitor accommodation

The Conference office now manages visitor accommodation. Departments are asked to update their web links.

Cashiers office opening hours

On Tuesday 1st February the Cashiers Office will be open 09.30 – 11.55 and from 14.05 – 16.30.

LUSU Information Desk

Got a spare room to let? If so please email the details to the LUSU Information Desk. We will include your advert on our new web page, which will be available to all students and staff. Your information will be displayed for two weeks free of charge. If you have any questions please call Julie on extension 93765.


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

Race for Life

Lancaster University will host the Tesco and Cancer Research UK Race for Life event on 3rd July. Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series where women of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities join together to walk jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat cancer. The event, previously held at Salt Ayre in Lancaster, is open all women regardless of whether they’re taking part on their own or as part of a group. If you are interested in taking part in this incredible event you can enter either individually or as a group by visiting the Race for Life website or by calling 0871 641 1111.

Last year, 1199 women took part and raised £63 743. This year Cancer Research UK is encouraging 3,000 women to enter Race for Life in Lancaster and hit a fundraising target of £187,000

Developing Leadership for a Sustainable Future

A discussion and networking event on Monday 7th March 2011, presented by the Department of Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University Management School with The Work Foundation. Guest speaker – Will Hutton. The event is to be held at The Work Foundation, London (21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD) from 4.30-6.30pm. Refreshments and networking will be from 4pm, and drinks and networking from 6.30-7.30pm. Further information is available here and here.

Emotions, Ritual and Power

A Sociology, CGWS, CeMoRe & CSEC Seminar presented by Professor Linda Woodhead, Director, AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme is being held on February 15th. IAS/FASS Building Rooms 2/3, Feb 15th 4 15-6pm followed by buffet supper and drink afterwards in the Sociology Dept – all welcome. For further information follow the link

Inaugural Brass Band Championship

The event in the Great Hall on February 19th is being hosted by the University of Lancaster Music Society (ULMS) in association with the British Federation of Brass Bands.The competition has been devised and organised by Lancaster students and will bring together over 300 students from 13 higher education institutions including the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, York, Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bangor, Southampton, Keele, Huddersfield as well as Leeds College of Music and Brass United (the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester). The all day contest will be streamed live on LUTube TV via the competition’s website. -

Organisation and Educational Development

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

Teaching & Curriculum Development

Lancaster Bazaar

Every Monday LUSU will be hosting the Lancaster Bazaar – an eclectic mix of stalls, from jewellery and gifts to arts and crafts. Featuring regular favourites such as Queen Bead, Bay Books and Enchanted Jewels, the weekly bazaar has something for everyone. Situated outside LUSU in Edward Roberts Court, the first Lancaster Bazaar will be on Monday 31st January and will be open from 10am until 5pm. We are always looking for more local stalls so please pass my details on (Louise Mason, if you know someone who would be interested in attending.

Chaplaincy Centre event

A talk on the new translation of the Catholic Missal (which will be introduced next September) by Michael Campbell, Bishop of Lancaster, on Tuesday1st February, 7.30 pm in the Chaplaincy.

Curry night

Grad Bar - every Friday 5-8pm.

Live music

Grad Bar presents the Regimental 10 piece Reggae/Ska Band. Thursday 3rd February at 9pm.


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