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A vigil was held in the Chaplaincy Centre on March 17th to remember the people of Japan and for those affected by the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami.

A message from the Lancaster University Japan Community (On behalf of LBS Japan Club).
The Japan earthquake relief fund supports the Japanese Red Cross Society in assisting the earthquake victims. To make a donation please follow the link.

| 18 March 2011 | Issue 516

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


Strike Action Tuesday 22nd March and Thursday 24th March

The University and College Union (UCU) has informed the University that its members will be taking strike action on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th March in support of its claims on USS Pension Reforms and Pay and Job Security.

The University has given permission for a picket line to be placed on the main University drive by the Barn, the cycle path and the entrance to Alexandra Park. Staff will not be stopped, but they may choose to. It is not illegal to cross a picket line and security staff will ensure that there is a free flow of traffic.

The Employers Pensions Forum (EPF) issued a press release on 17th March about UCU’s decision to take strike action despite the retention of the final salary arrangements.

On 16 March 2011, the 1994 Group and the Russell Group issued a joint statement in response to UCU’s formal notification of industrial action.

News on UCU’s action

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 to confirm your attendance at the guest speaker sessions.

See What's On for details of the festival events

Process Review Project

The Process Review Project commenced in February (LUText 513) with an initial 8 week ‘Discovery Phase’. The focus of this phase is to gather information on administrative processes in the areas of finance, human resources, research support, information systems support, and admissions. This is a collaborative project involving a project team including members for each Faculty and Central Services (except Facilities). So far, over 50 individual meetings have taken place with a wide range of staff involved in the delivery of administrative processes. No decisions have been made at this stage. Work is ongoing and currently staff from departments, faculties and central services are participating in a series of workshops designed to understand more fully the operation of key administrative processes and the potential for improvements to these processes. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the meetings and workshops. A further update will be provided in April.

Government Minister says Lancaster is a world leader in energy research

The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Charles Hendry has said that Lancaster University is leading the way internationally in energy research. He was speaking at the official launch of Lancaster University’s new centre for energy research, which brings together expertise in everything from nuclear and renewable energy to transport policy. Mr Hendry said that Energy Lancaster is a transformative opportunity to deal with global challenges and he would like to see other universities follow Lancaster’s model. Researchers at Energy Lancaster are currently working on 47 energy-related projects worth in excess of £7m. Funding comes from research councils and industry, including multinationals such as BP and Fiat, and the money will also be used for spin-out companies to take the research to market. Full story.

County College win the Enterprise: Battle of the Colleges event

A team of six County College students will represent Lancaster University in Bristol on the 11th and 12th April in the annual FLUX 500 competition, an inter-university challenge that bridges the gap between Higher Education and the world of work.

The team won the chance to represent Lancaster after demonstrating their business know how to a panel of expert judges including the Lancaster University HE Enterprise Champion Jon Powell, LUSU Involve Enterprise Manager Joe Buglass, Charlotte Stuart from LICA, Lyndsey Sterritt from CEEC and alumna Joanne Allday from Showing Off Ltd.

The team is in with a chance to win £500 cash each and the title as national FLUX 500 champions.

Congratulations to: Elliot Maclean, 2nd year studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Youssef Laouiti, 2nd year studying Economics and Finance; Lee Benbow, 1st year studying Mathematics and Statistics;Chris Rolinson, 2nd year studying Law; Arifah Amjad, 2nd year studying Law and Tim Denton, 2nd year studying History.

The Enterprise: Battle of the colleges event was run in collaboration by CEEC and the Northwest HE Enterprise Champion project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. For more information on FLUX please visit.


Professor Tony Krier (Physics) has been to Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork for the launch of a €4.8M EU training network called PROPHET or Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology. There are 9 academic partners, 4 industry partners and 2 associated partners in the consortium, with Lancaster leading one of the work packages on the development of diode lasers for environmental applications as well as contributing to another work package with research on quantum dot solar cells. Photonics has been identified at the European strategic level as a key lead market industry, accounting for revenues of €49 billion in Europe in 2006.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (Scotland) this week published the first ever international study on the Rehabilitation of Hate Crime Offenders produced by a team led by Dr Paul Iganski and Professor David Smith from the Department of Applied Social Science. The research reviewed previous and existing programmes that specifically set out to challenge and reduce reoffending in relation to hate crime, to determine what learning can be drawn for future programmes and interventions with offenders. Dr Iganski presented the research findings at the report’s launch in Edinburgh at an event featured on STV’s evening news and reported extensively in the national and local press in Scotland and elsewhere.

Professor Colin Ockleford (SHM) has been elected to the Court of Examiners in the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

A number of Principals will come to the end of their term of office on 31 July 2011. Would you be interested in filling this vital role in one of the following colleges?

  • Graduate College
  • Lonsdale College
  • County College
  • Bowland College.

While applications are invited for all these posts, in the case of Bowland, the current Bowland Principal, Joe Thornberry, has expressed an interest in standing for a second term. 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 role in leading the College team and shaping the life of your College. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers. You would need:

  • A strong interest in people
  • The ability to listen to College members
  • The ability to represent your College’s views, and conversely to explain University policy to College members
  • A willingness to participate in University policy-making
  • A penchant for trouble shooting

The appointment will normally be for a period of 3 years. A quarter of your time will be ‘brought out’ from your department (in the case of Graduate College the buyout is up to 40%), 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). Applications or nominations should reach Hilary Simmons in the College and Student Life by 11 April 2011.

Assistant Dean appointment: Chancellors Wharf for 2011-2012

Chancellor’s Wharf is seeking to appoint an Assistant Dean for 2011/12. The post-holder will become a member of the Chancellor’s Wharf staff team with support from Deans on campus. The Assistant Dean will be required to reside in Chancellor’s Wharf, and will receive remuneration in the form of an agreed reduction in rent for their accommodation.

Those who wish to be considered for the Assistant Deanship should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of application to: Sarah Barcas, College & Student Life, A47 University House, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW. The closing date is 21 March 2011. The post is open to postgraduates and undergraduates with relevant experience. A good sense of humour welcomed and an ability to work as part of a team is essential. A Job Description is available upon request from Sarah Barcas.

MSc Cyber Security Tutor Philippe Jan participated in a round table discussion about Hackers, Threats and Risks. The event, organised by major hosting provider UK Fast, looked at the steps we can take to help protect valuable data from the threats it faces. To view the summary videos follow the links, below:

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr Hiroko Kawanami (PPR) who was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales, March 17, about the moral and ethical questions raised by natural disasters in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami; Dr Kawanami is also due to be interviewed later today on the BBC World Service. Sue Smith (LUMS) was interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight on the state of the local economy. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Global Corporate Challenge 2011

Once again Medical Students and University Staff have been asked to participate in the GCC 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 step 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

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.

Business drop-in session

Research & Enterprise Services are running a business drop-in session next Tuesday.

Do you have an invention or an idea for a business? If you would like to discuss it in confidence with an external “business angel” and explore its possibilities, then please come along next Tuesday. No appointment is necessary, but if you would like to reserve a time, please contact Dr Gavin Smith. This session is open to all staff, students and the general public. Venue C60a InfoLab21 Time 10:00-15:00 Tuesday 22 March 2011.

An update on Energy Lancaster mini 'Sandpit' - 7th & 8th April

The University has made available some seedcorn funding for the most promising ideas that come out of this interdisciplinary event. 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. An opportunity to get away from the office, explore collaborative links and develop research proposals, the costs of overnight accommodation and subsistence (including a workshop dinner) will be met by Energy Lancaster. A small number of places are still available and the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to 23 March 2011. To register your interest in attending, please email Emily Bowes with your name, department, energy interests, job title & whether you would be willing to serve on a small peer review panel.

Outlook Web Access (OWA)

Those of you who access your University email from a web browser may notice a few changes in the next few weeks as ISS are upgrading to Exchange 2010.

The first of these changes, due on or shortly after the 30th March, includes a change to the OWA logon screen, but the way you use Outlook Web Access will initially stay the same. See here for more details of the Exchange 2010 project and the changes due to happen.

Please note that ISS will NOT need to ask you for your username and password at any point during the upgrade. Always ignore any messages which ask for these details as they are “phishing” in order to gain access to your account.

Cashiers opening times

On Wednesday 23rd March the Cashiers Office will be open from 09.00 – 10.15 and 12.00 – 16.30.

Fire training

As part of the University’s fire training programme, Lancashire Fire and Rescue will be coming onto campus on Saturday 19th March from 10.00am - 12.00pm, 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.

For further information contact the facilities help desk on 93333 or by email.

Carbon awareness roadshows and wind turbine support

Another opportunity to view the information 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.

  • Library A Floor Foyer – Monday 21st to Friday 25th March 2011
  • GreenLancaster Hub – every day during normal office hours.

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. The decision by Lancaster City Council’s Planning Committee will now not be made until April 4th.

Underpass closure and changes for Buses and Car Parking

A plan showing the new layout of Bowland Avenue can be viewed here. For further information about the changes to car parking, buses and deliveries click here. Information on the Stagecoach website can be viewed here.

For further information contact the Facilities help desk on 93333 or by email.

Coach drop-off, pick-up and parking

The policy for coaches visiting campus has been updated to take account of the temporary bus stop changes. The policy should be communicated to coach companies when arrangements to visit the campus have been made. To view the revised policy click here.

Bigforth Drive

Work on Bigforth Drive in front of the New Sports Centre has now begun to install new footpaths, crossings and a new bus stop and shelter. For details of traffic management during this work please see the Facilities website

HR refurbishment

The refurbishment to upgrade and reconfigure the internal layout of the old computer centre as the new human resources department will begin on Monday 21st March.


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

LICA Launch Festival

Audiosnap: Participatory music event

In Audiosnap, music and music technology students will host a live radio broadcast on the 30th March, from 2-4pm. This will include performances by student ensembles and live electronic improvisations, and visitors to the event will have the opportunity to leave aural messages for the live remixes and to try their hand at conducting the ULMS Brass Band. Email us at if you wish to try conducting the brass band.

For the improvisations, students will present new works using short sound clips – audiosnaps - contributed by the campus community. Email us your recordings of sounds to by Friday 25th March tagged with the theme to which you are responding. The themes are:

  • Elemental sounds (earth, air, fire and water)
  • Audio snapshots (where are you now? what can you hear? who are you with?)

Recordings should be no longer than 10 seconds long. We will also be holding some open studio sessions if you would like to come and record in person. Email us at if you wish to attend an open session or if you have any problems emailing your recording to us.

Plaza piece: Mass participation dance

Students and staff, and friends and family of students and staff, with little, or no dance experience are warmly invited to participate in Plaza Piece, a short mass dance event taking place as part of the festival to launch the new LICA building. Plaza Piece is a short, fun, large-scale outdoor work for movement and voice conceived and directed by professional choreographer and LICA Lecturer Nigel Stewart. For further details and to register, please see the event website. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close on the 23rd March.

Designing food: Explore the future of local food production on campus

Students across campus are invited to participate in this co-design and food event, a one-day design workshop in the Imagination Lab of the new LICA building on Thursday 31 March. 'Designing Food' is your opportunity to envision the way in which food production might take place on campus in the near future. With support from Green Lancaster, Transition city, HighWire and LESS (Local and Effective Sustainable Solutions), students will team up and apply creative methods to imagine how we might use the campus to produce local foods, whilst also learning about new practices and techniques, such as urban farming, vertical gardening, and hydroponics technology. For further details and to participate, please register here. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close on the 25th March at 12noon.

Please also help us to promote these events by circulating the above information via Facebook, Twitter, etc. to anyone who may be interested.

Campus Festival

Campus festival returns this weekend to celebrate the amazing variety of groups that we have on campus. LUSU would like to invite all staff and their families to come down on Saturday the 19th of March and join in the celebrations between 1-11pm in Lancaster Square, County.

Following the success of last year’s event, we now have over 50 groups to entertain you. There are 2 performance stages that will consist of the very best student bands and societies that Lancaster has to offer as well as numerous fun filled activities. There is also a wide variety of food on offer, from a variety of cultures, in the food court to keep you going throughout the day. To round the event off, we host a spectacular fireworks display in the evening; the only display of its kind on campus!

For more information on specific performances keep checking on the Facebook Group.

The event is free to enter, so make sure you get down to see the amazing talent that the student groups have to offer.


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