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| 4 March 2011 | Issue 514

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


Official building opening for LICA

The new LICA building will be officially opened on Tuesday 29 March 2011. As part of the celebrations, a special Guest Speaker programme has been organised. Professor Sir Christopher Frayling will give a Lecture entitled “The Hollywood History of Art” at 2.45 p.m and Joe Ferry, Senior Vice President, Global Guest Experience & Design, InterContinental Hotels Group, will deliver a Masterclass entitled "The A B C of design in business" at 4 p.m.

The opening of the building will take place as part of a week-long Festival to celebrate the value of creativity and the arts to universities, society and the economy, jointly organised with Live at LICA. All staff are cordially invited to attend the afternoon speaker programme and to participate in the Festival. Please see the LICA Launch Festival website for further details or contact events@lancaster to confirm your attendance at the guest speaker sessions.

Chinese Consul General visit

The Chinese Consul General Ni Jian has visited Lancaster University as part of a high-level delegation. Mr Ni Jian, with Vice Consul Sun Xiaonan and the Consul for Education Wu Zhaosheng , were welcomed by the Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Steve Bradley, the Director of the International Office Stephen Parkin and Professor David Brown, Director of the Lancaster China Management Centre at LUMS. Their tour of campus was led by Terry Bray from the International Office with Professor Rachel Cooper of LICA. This included guided visits around InfoLab21, LUMS, LEC and LICA, accompanied by the Mayor and Mayoress of Lancaster Tony and Christine Wade and the Leader of Lancaster City Council Stuart Langhorn. full story

Further success for 33 graduates

Congratulations to the following colleagues for their achievement in passing the Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP) and the Associate Teacher Programme (ATP). Both of these programmes are accredited with the Higher Education Academy and recognised by the Staff and Educational Development Association. Educational Development website.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
ATP: Erkan Ali (Sociology), William Cook (History), Ben Edwards (History), Imogen Robertson (Media, Film and Cultural Studies), Cristina Sin ( Educational Research) CAP Module 1: Tineke Brunfaut (Linguistics and English language), Xavier Aldana Reyes (English & Creative Writing), George Murgatroyd (English & Creative Language)

Faculty of Science and Technology
CAP Module 1: Graeme Burt (Engineering), Kate Orwin (LEC: Biological Sciences), Ting-Li Su (Mathematics and Statistics), Victor Tsepelin (Physics), Steffen Zschaler (Computing & Communications)

Lancaster University Management School
ATP: Stephen Allen (Management, Learning & Leadership), David Bucher (Management Science), Thi Thanh Ha Nguyen. CAP Module 1: Efthymios Pavlidis (Economics), Winston Kwon (Centre for Strategic Management)

School of Health and Medicine
ATP: Amy Brown (Biomedical and Life Sciences) CAP Module 1: Thomas Keegan (Medicine)

Sunway University College
CAP: Elizabeth Andrews, Alice Joshua, Angela Lee Siew Hoong Lee, Derek Lai Teik Ong, Peter Looi Fai Pang, Nagiah Ramasamy, Chue Qun Tong, Annyza Tumar. CAP CDD Module: Jaya Athinarayanan, Pai Wei Choong, Jeslin Manjula James, June Quay

GD Goenka World Institute
CAP EAP module: Mridula Dwivedi

Energy Lancaster Launch

The official launch of Energy Lancaster is being held from 3pm-5pm on Thursday 10th March. Charles Hendry, MP, Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change will be taking part in a debate with members of Energy Lancaster and the audience on key topics. There will also be an exhibition of research relating to energy. Last chance to register is midday Monday 7th March –

Changes to Childcare Vouchers (Flexible Benefits)

Parents currently receive tax and National Insurance relief on up to £243 a month of childcare vouchers, leading to savings of up to £1,196 a year for each parent. However, higher-rate taxpayers who sign up for childcare vouchers after 5th April will only be eligible for tax and NI relief on up to £124 a month of childcare vouchers, while additional-rate taxpayers will only receive relief on up to £97 a month of vouchers.

Parents who sign up by 5th April 2011 will be largely unaffected by the new rules. If you are an additional or higher rate tax payer and you wish to make the most of the current savings by joining the scheme before the April deadline, please contact Catherine Hadwin on ext 92157 by 22nd March.

Carbon Awareness roadshows and wind turbine support

Following the success of previous events, further Carbon Awareness roadshows will take place on campus over the next few weeks. Dates and locations are below, so if you didn’t have chance to come to one of the previous Carbon Awareness roadshows you can view the information at one of the additional roadshows and talk to the University’s Environment and Sustainability Manager about the Carbon Management Plan, Travel Plan and proposed Wind Turbine Project. The displays will be available all day and staffed each day from 12:30 to 14:30.

Wind turbines

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. The decision by Lancaster City Council’s Planning Committee will now not be made until April.

To view the Carbon Management Plan Executive Summary click here.

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

Energy Lancaster mini 'Sandpit' - 7th & 8th April

Energy Lancaster invites interested parties from across the University to participate in a 2 day mini Sandpit on the 7th and 8th April. This is an opportunity to get away from the office to explore collaborative links and develop interdisciplinary research proposals in the area of energy. The Sandpit is available for all those already working in the area or those with no current research activities in energy but who have a desire to engage with the energy agenda.

The event will take place at the Grange Hotel, Grange-Over-Sands. The costs of overnight accommodation and subsistence (including a workshop dinner) will be met by Energy Lancaster. Participants should plan for involvement over the two days. To register your expression of interest in attending, email your name, department, energy interests and job title to the event administrative support, Emily Bowes by 16th March 2011.


Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has written a new non-fiction book, which was published last month. ‘Edgelands: Journeys Into England’s True Wilderness’ (Jonathan Cape), co-authored with fellow poet Michael Symmons Roberts, has been serialised as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, which will be broadcast throughout the week of 25th April (9.45am Mon-Fri).

‘Edgelands’ has already received widespread attention and has been reviewed in The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Independent, The Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, New Statesman, Evening Standard, Prospect Magazine, Metro and Condé Nast Traveller Magazine. Paul and Michael will also be appearing at many national and international festivals and events throughout the year, including the London Review of Books Bookshop, London Literature Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Dr Plamen Angelov (School of Computing and Communications) has been invited to give a keynote speech to the International Conference on Fuzzy Computation Theory and Applications (FCTA), which will be held in Paris from October 24th to 26th, 2011. He will talk about his research in Evolving Fuzzy Systems, which the organisers (INSTICC) say has contributed significantly to recent developments in the field. FCTA is part of IJCCI, the International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence. Dr Angelov was also recently invited to become the funding chair of a Technical Committee dedicated to Evolving Intelligent Systems, which is a part of the Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

On June 6th, staff members Ian Mercer and Chris Adams along with 4 other Lancaster based competitors will be taking part in the Lands End to John O' Groats Extreme Challenge. Their team – the Coronary Coasters - will be cycling 1000 miles and climbing the three highest peaks in the UK in only five days. They will be competing against five other teams, some of whom are ex-rugby league professionals for St Helens and Wigan. The Coronary Coasters will be raising money for four charities : the Coronary Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Unique Kids and Co (an after school club to benefit kids with special needs based in Lancaster), The Steve Prescott Foundation (helping the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and Christies Cancer Hospital in Manchester) and the 2012 Paralympics. If you would like to sponsor them please make a cheque out to Coronary Coasters and send it to I. Mercer, 24 Beech Rd Halton, nr Lancaster, LA2 6QQ.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include LUSU President Robbie Pickles who was interviewed by Sky news on Wednesday 2nd March live from the campus, to get his reaction to Exeter’s decision to charge tuition fees at £9, 000. Lancaster students also contributed their views on debt. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Staff Travel Survey – March 2011

In October 2010 the University introduced major changes to travel and parking policies.The changes support the University’s Strategic Plan and Environmental Policy to manage the environmental impacts of travel and enable the site to grow and function effectively without the negative consequences of excessive parking demand and congestion.
All staff are asked to participate in a survey so that we can understand travel patterns and views of staff following the changes. Most importantly, we want to identify what improvements you would like to see made to ensure we can offer you the most benefit.

The survey will be available to you to complete online later in March. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and the data you provide will not be attributable to any one individual. Paper copies will be available for those staff groups unable to complete the survey online.

You will also be entered into a prize draw.

Global Corporate Challenge 2011

Once again Medical Students and University Staff have been asked to participate in the GGC for 2011. There is a limited amount of sponsorship kindly donated by Astrazeneca who would be keen to attract more Lancaster University staff teams and to encourage this there is a small pot of money available to subsidise entry fees. We would like to ask for expressions of interest from teams of 7 participants, to be returned to Julie Pearcy ( no later than Wednesday 6th April.

The aim of the Challenge is for each member to aim to walk 10,000 steps per day starting on 19th May 2011 and concludes on 6th September 2011. The teams are made up of 7 members and the cost will be a maximum of £49 per person. Details of the GCC can be found here.

Fire training programme

As part of the University’s fire training programme, Lancashire Fire and Rescue will be coming onto campus to help conduct a number of exercises which will involve simulated fire drills in the Bowland Tower area, including providing access to the Tower for training purposes. The drills will not involve any kind of evacuation and any fire alarms that take place during these times will NOT be part of the training and should still be treated as a real fire.

Training will be on:

For further information please contact the facilities help desk on 93333.

Electricity shutdown

The new sports centre will be connected to the University’s electricity supply on Saturday 5th March 2011. Therefore there will be a short shutdown of electricity for 1 hour to the following list of buildings at some point between 9am and 2pm. Facilities hope to be able to give more specific idea of timings before the end of next week.

Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, if you have any specific concerns please contact Alastair Brock on 01524 510863.

Bus stop re-location

The bus stop opposite the library will be re-located to the Chaplaincy Centre on Bowland Avenue from this evening (March 4) until further notice. The underpass road will be completely closed for construction works. For further information contact the help desk on 93333.

Bowland Refurbishment

To read the first contractor’s newsletter about the Bowland refurbishment project click here to visit the Current Projects section of the Facilities website.

Works to construct new High Voltage intake substation

Works to construct the new High Voltage intake substation are due to begin on Monday 7th March and will take 12 months to complete. The new substation will be located adjacent to the overspill car park currently used by the contractors at the front of University. This will reduce the amount of parking in the immediate area, but extra parking will be provided near the tennis courts. New cables are to be laid from the substation along Green Lane, in front of the hotel, towards Alexandra Park Drive and down to the substation. More information regarding the timings of this work will be communicated in due course.

To view an updated version of the building projects summary that details current and future works click here. This summary includes

ISS IT User Forum

The next ISS IT User Forum is Wednesday, 9th March, 3-4pm, in LT 8 of the Management School. This informative event is open to all so come along and hear members of ISS staff presenting highlights of the latest developments. Presentations will be given on:

We look forward to welcoming you.

LUSI training

LUSI Academic Marks: Friday 18 March, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Training Suite 2, Library
This session is aimed at all staff that will be expected to enter marks and work submission information into LUSI.

Harassment network

The Harassment network provides confidential support for any student or staff member who feels they are being harassed or bullied. Contact the network by e-mail at or see the web page for a list of network members who can be contacted by phone.


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

Breakfast on the Bridge - Tuesday 8th March

Come along to the Millennium Bridge between 7am and 9am for hot drinks, breakfast and lots of giveaways from Lancaster City Council’s Celebrating Cycling team. And what better day for it than Shrove Tuesday – there will even be pancakes for breakfast! Dr Bike will also be in attendance offering FREE quick bike checks. This event will mark the end of the Celebrating Cycling project and launch Lancashire Police’s Operation Chainguard project. For further information see the website

LUSU Involve creative arts exhibition

The LUSU Involve Creative Arts project has been designed and led by volunteers from Lancaster University using art, music and drama to discuss story telling with seven local primary schools. An exhibition celebrating their achievements will be on display in Lancaster Library for two weeks from the 18th of March. To celebrate the opening of this exhibition there will be a launch event at Lancaster Library with performances for the current and first ever national story telling laureate Taffy Thomas at 1pm and 3pm. The event is open to all.

Live at LICA events

Theatre Friday, 4 March at 20.00
Benji Reid – The Devil has Quentin's heart
Nuffield Theatre

Theatre Tuesday, 8 March at 20.00
Peggy Shaw in collaboration with CLOD Ensemble – Must: The inside story
Nuffield Theatre

Concert Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 19:30
National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Beat the Experts Table Football Challenge

Presented by Grad Bar, Friday 11th March at 8:30pm. Teams of 2, £100 if you can beat the professionals! All welcome.

Curry Night

Every Friday, 5-8pm in Grad Bar.


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