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| 25 March 2011 | Issue 517

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

NEWS

Lancaster University announces £9,000 fee proposal for 2012

Lancaster University has announced plans to set a headline tuition fee of £9,000 a year for Home/EU undergraduates starting programmes from the autumn of 2012. The fee proposal was approved by the University’s Council (its governing body) at a meeting on 25 March 2011. As part of these new arrangements, Lancaster will build on its track record of success in attracting bright students from a variety of different backgrounds.

Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said: “The fee level approved by Council today reflects Lancaster’s teaching and research standing and will allow the University to build on the high level of education and the collegiate University experience that we currently offer our students.

“We want to ensure that the student experience is outstanding and that academic resources are directed towards making sure that our students leave with qualifications suited to a globally competitive environment.

“We intend to offer a generous and flexible package of financial support to attract and retain the most able students no matter what their circumstances.”

Nuclear grant

Lancaster is part of a consortium of universities (with Cambridge and Imperial) to be awarded funding to support a £770K project to investigate the safety of spent nuclear fuel and how it degrades in the environment. Professor Colin Boxall from Engineering will lead Lancaster’s part of the study, which will look into the corrosion behaviour of the radioactive nuclear fuel material uranium dioxide over time in ground water. The study is funded by the EPSRC and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and is the first of its kind to be funded in the UK.

Official opening of LICA building

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.ac.uk to confirm your attendance at the guest speaker sessions. Full story

Water supply on campus

On Tuesday 19th April there will be an interruption to the water supply affecting the whole of the campus. It is anticipated this interruption will last approximately 8 hours from 9am. Plans will be put in place to minimise the overall effect of this disruption. Further information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Please contact the Facilities helpdesk on ext 93333 or Facilities helpdesk if you have any specific concerns.

Charles Carter building official opening

The newly completed Charles Carter building will be officially opened on Tuesday 12 April 2011. Named after Professor Sir Charles Carter, who was Lancaster’s first Vice-Chancellor between 1963-79, the building will house additional academic facilities for LUMS.

As part of the Opening celebrations, Professor David Otley, Distinguished Professor of Accounting and Finance (Emeritus), will give a Valedictory Lecture entitled “The future is not what it was: reflections on managing uncertainty”. Colleagues from across the University are invited to attend the Lecture and join Professor Sue Cox in thanking David for his significant contribution to the life and reputation of Lancaster University. The Lecture takes place in Lecture Theatre 1, Lancaster Leadership Centre at 1.45 p.m. Please e-mail events@lancaster.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

Payroll deadline change for April 2011

Please note that because of the University’s Easter Closure, the salary payments for staff normally paid on the 28th April will have to be transmitted by the payroll office prior to the holiday period. This means that the deadline for submission of payroll data, timesheets, changes to bank details etc. will need to be lodged with the payroll office no later than Friday 8th April for guaranteed inclusion in April’s pay.

This deadline applies to sessional staff who are paid on monthly submission of timesheets. Salaries will still be credited to accounts on 28th April despite the earlier deadline. Please contact the Payroll Office if you have any queries.

People

A Personal Chair has been awarded to Dr Ken Wilson (LEC) and a Readership to Dr Plamen Angelov (Computing and Communications).

Dr Mark Butler (Law) and Professor David Sugarman (Law) are the authors of The Handbook of European Non-Discrimination Law (pp. 151) - the first comprehensive guide to European non-discrimination law. The Handbook was published on 21 March 2011, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. Launching the Handbook at the European Court of Human Rights, the Court’s President Jean-Paul Costa said: “The Handbook will improve access to justice for victims of discrimination across Europe.”

Dr Alison Scott-Baumann (Visiting Reader PPR) was recently awarded a Higher Education Academy research grant by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies to look at the use of modern Arabic in Islamic Studies courses. This is particularly relevant given the increase in the UK of Arabic language studies, and with the increased possibilities for contact with the Arab world in the light of events unfolding in the Middle East.

Dr Paul Iganski (Applied Social Science) was at the European Parliament in Brussels where he presented key findings from his study on “Racist Violence in Europe” at an event hosted by the Parliament’s Anti-racism and Diversity Intergroup. He opened a round table discussion on the growing phenomenon of racist violence in Europe by focusing on the contribution made by civil society organisations to tackling the problem. The study was commissioned and supported by the Open Society Foundations and the comparative report and country reports are published by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) www.enar-eu.org/Page.asp?docid=15845&langue=EN

Professor Vladimir Falko (Physics) was one of the keynote speakers at the meeting ‘Graphene 2020’ at the European Commission in Brussels, opened by Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research and Innovation and chaired by Nobel Laureates Andre Geim and Klaus von Klitzing. Other speakers included the Nobel Laureate Albert Fert, leaders of EU networks involved in graphene research, representatives from national funding agencies, industry, and the European Investment Fund.

Graphene is a one-atom thin crystal of carbon with potential for a wide range of applications. In 2010-2011, physicists at Lancaster received €750,000 worth of funding in two new EU projects on graphene, and the team led by Professor Falko is also taking part in the EU-funded Coordinated Action ‘Graphene-Driven Revolution in ICT and Beyond’ paving the way towards the Flagship Initiative in the future Framework Programme.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr Mark Garnett (PPR) who was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about Libya. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.

Notices

Alexandra Square

On Saturday 26th March, sand blasting will take place in front of the Natwest Bank cash machines. It will be necessary to close off the cash machines between 8.00am and 3.00pm. For further information contact the Facilities helpdesk on ext 93333 or Facilities helpdesk. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Staff Travel Survey – now live

In October 2010 major changes were introduced to our travel and parking policies as part of our ongoing commitment to improving facilities for staff, visitors and students and reducing the University’s carbon footprint. We are keen to understand how you feel about the new arrangements and are asking staff to participate in a survey to understand your travel patterns and views following these changes. Importantly, we want to identify what improvements you would like to see made to ensure we can offer you the most benefit. The information you provide is invaluable in helping us to improve the benefits we can offer to support your travel choices.

To complete the survey click here. By completing the survey and including your contact details, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three prizes for high street shopping vouchers of your choice. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential, and will not be linked to your contact details if you provide them. The survey will be available until Monday 4th April. Paper copies are being distributed to line managers of staff without regular computer access. For more information about the survey or staff travel benefits, please visit the Facilities Travel News webpage here.

Closure of Bigforth Drive (inbound carriageway)

Work on Bigforth Drive in front of the New Sports Centre to install new footpaths, crossings and a new bus stop and shelter is progressing. Begining Monday 4th April it will be necessary to close the inbound carriageway of Bigforth Drive in order to complete the works. All vehicular traffic will need to enter the site via the entrance on Alexandra Park off Hazelrigg Lane. The outbound carriageway will remain open. Diversion signs will be in place. For details of traffic management plans during this work please see the Facilities website

LUSI Server Upgrade - Saturday 2nd April

On Saturday 2nd April ISS will be moving the Student Information system to a new server. As a consequence LUSI and other student data-based services will be unavailable or working with reduced functionality from 9am to 5pm. The move will include an operating system and software upgrade and the new server will be hosted on the Consolidated Resilient Infrastructure, which already hosts many ISS services. As a result of this work LUSI will have increased hardware resources and be more resilient against hardware failures. If you require more information about this work please contact cis.dba@lancs.ac.uk.

Reset Your Password by Phone

ISS has recently launched a service to allow members of the University to reset their password by phone. This is primarily aimed at students who are away from campus, but the service is also available to staff who feel it would be useful for them. If you forget your password and are away from campus you can now telephone the ISS Service Desk (ext 10987) and request a password reset. You will be asked some security questions based on information held either by ISS or by HR. Remember to make sure your HR information is up to date using Employee Self Service. Staff are automatically opted out of the service but you can “opt in” at www.lancs.ac.uk/system/userinfo/

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.

Visitor car park A – North-West drive

A new parking machine is now operational on North-West Drive taking payments by coin and card. The machine will remain in place for as long as the visitor parking is temporarily relocated from Bowland Avenue.

WHAT'S ON

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

Climate change and philosophy at the tipping point

Monday 28 - Tuesday 29 March 2011. Organised by Dept of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University Open to all - attendance free. There is still time to register, contact John Foster, j.foster@lancaster.ac.uk For full details see here

Grad Bar presents

A live music double header Tin Pan Alley - Thursday 31st March at 9.00pm and The Usuals - Friday 1st April at 9.00pm.

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