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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 1pm. 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.

| 1 April 2011 | Issue 518

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


Lancaster’s £10m contemporary arts institute opens

Lancaster University’s new £10m contemporary arts institute has been formally opened by Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice Chancellor of the University of London. Intelligently-designed and expected to achieve top marks for sustainability and environmental performance, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) is a new purpose-built facility for teaching, research and public performance. It is home to Art, Design, Film, Music and Theatre Studies as well as LIVE@LICA which combines three public arts facilities; the Peter Scott Gallery, the Nuffield Theatre and the International Concert Series. It also hosts the research group ImaginationLancaster. Full story.

Lancaster to play key role in hi-tech market worth 49bn Euros

Lancaster University has been awarded €500,000 as part of a European programme to hothouse the next generation of researchers in an industry worth 49 billion Euros per year. Photonics – the science of light – has a huge range of applications and has been identified at strategic level as a key market for the EU. The €4.8M programme, Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology (PROPHET) is funded by the EU Marie Curie funding mechanism. There are 9 academic partners, 4 industry partners and 2 associated partners in the consortium, with the Physics Department leading one of the work packages. Fourteen PhD students and five postdoctoral researchers will be trained over four years in a wide range of skills needed for a career in the industry. Full story.

Arts funding

On Wednesday 30th March, Arts Council England announced its core funding for English arts organisations from 2012. Approximately 1,300 venues, theatres, galleries and arts groups applied for grants from the council, which had its budget cut by £100m in October's Spending Review. Of these applications 695 were successful. Live at LICA, the newly combined organisation for the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster International Concerts and Peter Scott Gallery, is pleased to announce that it has been successfully included as a National Portfolio funded organisation from 2012-15, awarded a total of £315,000.

Matt Fenton, Director of Live at LICA, commented: “Our new funding agreement from the Arts Council will help us to deliver projects, commission new work and provide early career artist support across artforms, and vindicates Lancaster University's decision to merge its public arts provision. However, we are also painfully aware of the difficulties facing some of our partner organisations locally and nationally, and especially those within Lancaster Arts Partnership, which represents such a fantastic cluster of high quality arts activity for the district.”


Chris Thrush, Director of Human Resources, will be leaving the University on May 6th to join the Board of a FTSE 250 plc as Group Director of Human Resources. During his two years at the University Chris has led and put in place several initiatives that have significantly enhanced the HR service across the University. We wish him well for the future. The process to find a successor has started and Michelle Leek, Deputy Director of HR, will take up the role of acting HR Director following Chris’s departure and until a new director can be appointed.

Hertford College, Oxford University, has announced that Will Hutton is to be their new Principal from September 2011. Although this will necessitate a stepping down from the role of executive vice chair of The Work Foundation this summer, his association with the Foundation will continue as chair designate of a major new initiative on innovation. Lancaster University acquired The Work Foundation in October last year.

The Faculty of Science and Technology has appointed Dr Mark Bacon as Faculty Director of Business Partnerships and Enterprise. He will take up this new role on 3rd May 2011.

Dr Mark Butler (Law) was one of the keynote speakers at the Spring Conference of 9 St John Street Chambers, a leading Barristers set in Manchester, held at the People's History Museum in Manchester. He presented a paper considering human rights developments in the area of non-discrimination law. Other speakers included Judge Joanne Woodward, Judge Rachel Wedderspoon and His Honour Judge McMullen QC.

Rob Simmons (Economics) presented a paper on referee bias and reward structure in football to an invited workshop on referees' careers and corruption in football held at Bocconi University, Milan on March 23 and attended by academics and industry practitioners.

Suzanne Parkinson (Facilities) has been appointed as Head of Project Delivery with effect from Monday 4th April 2011. Suzanne joined the University in 2003 from United Utilities as a Senior Project Manager and has worked on projects including the Campus Masterplan, LICA, LEC 3 and the Postgraduate Statistics Centre.

Welcome to Jennifer Ellis and Russell Hirst who join the University as Digital Marketing Managers based in Marketing and External Linkages ( MEL). Jennifer comes from UCLAN, where she was Direct and eMarketing Officer. She has also previously worked at Lancaster in LUSU in a marketing role. Russell Hirst joins from Photolink Creative Group where he was Head of Social Media Marketing. Their appointments will enable the University to take a more robust and strategic approach to digital marketing.

Congratulations to Louisa Duff (Facilities) and her husband Andrew on the arrival of their baby boy James Andrew born on Friday 25th March weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces.

Lancaster in the news

Michael Blastland, notable for devising and running More or Less on Radio 4 with Andrew Dilnot, and co-author of The Tiger That Isn’t, visited the STOR-i Doctoral Training Centre last week to lead a communication skills workshop for PhD students. Michael provided an informative insight into the use and abuse of numbers in the media plus some useful tricks of the trade for communicating quantitative evidence to people from non-quantitative backgrounds. If you are interested in attending future workshops run by Michael Blastland please register your interest by emailing

Contributions to the media this week include Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings who was interviewed about Lancaster's fee proposal for 2012 on BBC TV North West Tonight, and also BBC Radio Lancashire. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Assistant Dean

The County College seeks applicants for the post of Assistant Dean for the academic year 2011-12. The successful applicant will assist the College Dean with the investigation and adjudication of alleged breaches of the University and College Rules; and with the maintenance of discipline and good order in the college. They will also be expected to take a full role in the intellectual, social and corporate life of The County College. We are looking for people with a proven record of commitment to the college system (not just County).

Candidates will possess a good first degree and be a postgraduate and/or member of staff at the University of Lancaster. Applications are particularly welcomed from candidates enrolled in postgraduate research degrees. The successful applicant will be expected to live within the college for the duration of their appointment. Suitable accommodation will be provided, and candidates will receive a subsidy on their rent. Candidates should send a letter of application, full CV and two references to: Dr Steven Dempster, College Dean, The County College, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, LA1 4YD.

For further details and a description please email. Please note, however, that email applications for the post will not be considered. The closing date for applications is Friday 13th May 2011. Interviews will be held in Week Four or Five of the Summer Term.

LUSI Server Upgrade – this Saturday

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

All LUSI users should close the LUSI application at the end of Friday so that they will automatically connect to the new server on Monday morning.

LUVLE Services disruption between 4th and 12th April during planned server relocation work

There will be disruption to LUVLE services between Monday 4th and Tuesday 12th April as planned relocation work for a number of LUVLE servers takes place. This work will provide greater resilience for LUVLE services. Details of the work is as follows:

*For a full list of module areas affected, please see the Lent LUVLE Update page. ISS apologises for the disruption to LUVLE Services from this work and the inconvenience it will cause. In all instances, disruptions will be kept to a minimum.

To report any problems you experience using LUVLE, please contact the ISS Service Desk, 01524 5 10987.

Advance Notice of closure of Bigforth Drive (INBOUND carriageway) – begining Tuesday 5th April

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. From Tuesday 5th April it will be necessary to close the inbound carriageway of Bigforth Drive in order to complete the works. All 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.

Staff Travel Survey – last chance to be entered into the Prize Draw

The deadline for completing the staff travel survey is fast approaching. Complete the survey online here. The survey closes on Monday 4th April. It will take you 5 to 10 minutes and you could be in with a chance to win up to £100 of retail vouchers for the store of your choice. Late submissions cannot be entered into the Prize Draw. For more information on the Staff Travel Survey click here.

Heating shutdown

Due to the commissioning of the New Energy Centre, there will be no heating from 8.00 till 17.00 on Wednesday 6th April to Bowland South, East and Slaidburn. For more information please contact the help desk on or 93333.


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

Easter Fun Day and Nearly New Sale

Lancaster University Pre-School Centre will be holding an Easter Fun Day and Nearly New Sale on Saturday 16th April from 10am until 2pm. With everything from egg hunting to handmade craft stalls, gorgeous cakes to face painting- it will be a great day out for all the family.

Everyone welcome- 50p entry fee. All proceeds made by the Pre-School Centre on the day will fund items for the sensory Rainbow Room. For further details email or call 01524 594464.


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