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| 13 May 2011 | Issue 522

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

Greetings to all Buddhist readers who will be celebrating Wesak on 17th May


Summer Staff Party 2011

All staff are invited to the Summer Staff Party 2011, which will include a celebration of the Staff Prize Awards and the new Lancaster Teaching Award. There will be a free buffet and soft drinks, live music from local bands and much more. Invitations were sent to all staff by email on 1st April. If you have not already replied, you can do so here

The event will be held on 14th June 6.00pm – 9.00pm in the LICA Building

Dr Nahed Taher

LUMS graduate Dr Nahed Taher will be awarded an Honorary Professorial Fellowship of Lancaster University by the Vice Chancellor on 17th May to mark the outstanding national and global contributions she has made to the highly competitive commercial field of banking and finance. The award will follow a guest lecture delivered by Dr Taher and introduced by Professor Sue Cox OBE entitled “Macroeconomic Problems, Prospects and Policy Priorities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region”.
Dr Taher was ranked 24th in the Financial Times’ ‘Women at the Top’ report in November 2010 and was one of just four Arab women to be recognised by Forbes in its list of the 100 most influential women in the world in 2006, after she became the first woman to head a Saudi investment bank – the Gulf One Investment Bank in Bahrain.

All are welcome to attend the lecture on Tuesday 17th May at 5.30pm in LUMS Lecture Theatre 1. Refreshments and networking opportunity from 5pm. Drinks and canapés following the lecture from 6.30pm. Places are limited so please register if you would like to attend. RSVP:

Early career prize for former journalist turned physicist

A Lancaster PhD student is celebrating winning a major early career award. Former journalist Cherry Canovan decided to study science after writing stories for the Times Educational Supplement about the lack of women in physics. She was named the Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year at a ceremony in London organised by the Institute of Physics and sponsored by Shell. The award was presented by Amanda Cooper-Sarker, Professor of Particle Physics at Oxford University.
Cherry was awarded the £1,000 prize for her published work on problems in classical electrodynamics, as well as her interest in helping other women get involved in physics. She founded the department’s Women in Physics group two years ago, since when it has held many meetings and encouraged women from all career stages and research groups to get to know one another. Full story.

Lancaster puts Shakespeare in the spotlight

Lancaster University has brought together academic speakers from across the UK to debate the future of Shakespeare. Professor Alison Findlay (Department of English and Creative Writing) organised the event to mark the publication of Professor Terry Eagleton's book William Shakespeare, twenty five years ago. UK researchers and teachers met with staff and students from Universities and local schools to debate the future of critical thinking about Shakespeare with responses from Professor Eagleton.

The event, held at the Storey Creative Industries Centre, prepares the ground for the British Shakespeare Association Conference which will be held at Lancaster University from 24 - 26 February 2012.

Volunteers needed for Race for Life in Lancaster

Organisers of Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life are issuing a rallying cry to recruit volunteers in Lancaster. As the countdown starts to 5k event at Lancaster University on Sunday, July 3rd, men and women are being urged to step forward to help make the big day an outstanding success. Before the event, they are needed to act as the ‘local voice’ of Race for Life, helping to spread the word by distributing leaflets and posters and taking part in promotional activities. On the big day itself, they are needed to help with a wide range of tasks from marshalling to managing the information marquee to handing out medals. Cancer Research UK staff will brief, guide and support volunteers. Everyone who signs up to help at the event will receive a special t-shirt to wear on the day. For more information about volunteering at Race for Life, visit or call 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.

Appointment to the University Council by the non-academic staff of the University: call for nominations

The membership of the University Council includes one officer of the University appointed by the non-academic staff of the University (which in this context is defined as the Clerical, Secretarial, Technical, Manual and other allied staff groups). The position is currently held by Andy Baker whose term of office comes to an end on 31 July 2011. Andy is eligible to be reappointed and has indicated his willingness to be so.

Nominations are therefore invited from members of the non-academic staff for candidates to be on the Council. The term of office would be until 31 July 2014. Nominations, signed by a nominator and seconder and stating in writing that the nominee is prepared to stand, should reach Fiona Aiken (University Secretary, University House) not later than: 5.00 pm on Friday 20 May 2011. Any employee of the University can be nominated to serve in this capacity.

Anyone who is interested in serving in this capacity is invited to contact Fiona Aiken (email or ext. 92021) for further information. You can also see further information about the responsibilities of Council and the role of Council members here


A collection of short stories written by Professor Graham Mort from Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2011, the only prize in the UK for a collection of short fiction.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) chaired Business in the Community’s Workwell Summit at the Kings Fund, London on May 10th which brought together the top 200 senior people from UK blue chip companies to address well being in the workplace.

OpenDemocracy, which publishes news analysis, debates and blogs about the world and the way we govern ourselves has published a series of articles for “Europe-day”, 10/5/2011, including one by Ruth Wodak (Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies, Linguistics and English Language)

Lancaster graduate and entrepreneur Sarah Goodall, who set up a training and consultancy company, has achieved national recognition at the Extraordinary Women of the Year Awards 2011.She studied social work at the Department of Applied Social Science before becoming a social worker and then setting up The Athena Programme, based in Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley. Full story

Mexico-based documentary maker Nicolas Défossé and photographer Adolfo López Magaña visited the Department of European Languages and Cultures and Dukes Cinema at Lancaster on 3rd May, to participate in a series of events on media, art and cultural production. Throughout the day, the exhibition 'La otra mirada' was on display first at DELC and then at the Dukes. Défossé and López Magaña participated in a one-hour event with students at Lancaster. In the evening, Défossé's most recent documentary ¡Viva México! was screened at the Dukes, followed by a round table debate on 'Media, Community and Social Movements'. Participants included Défossé, Lopez, the writer and producer Bob Dickinson, David Kay from Under the Pavement Radio Show in Manchester, Allyson Fiddler (DELC), Oscar Forero (Cesagen), and Amit Thakkar (DELC). The visit was organized by Cornelia Gräbner from DELC.

Lancaster in the news

Follow link to see a list of people in the news.

Dr Rebecca Coleman and Dr Claire Waterton from the Department of Sociology are to take part in a live Q & A session about careers in The Guardian online on May 18 between 1pm and 4pm. The session entitled “What can I do with a degree in sociology?" will look at the career options available to graduates and answer questions posted by readers.

Dr Drew Hemment (LICA) was interviewed about Manchester digital festival Future Everything on BBC’s Click2 this week. The item also featured Lancaster University project Voice Your View , led by Professor Jon Whittle (InfoLab21).


Be a College Personal Advisor

All staff are now able to become College personal advisors. This is an important role which helps mainly first year students to settle in at Lancaster. The time commitment is about 10 hours per year. You don’t need to be experienced or have any particular skills – the key qualities are the willingness to listen, to give sensible advice, and to enjoy helping students to succeed. There’s a full support network, including a senior advisor who will provide materials and a structure, briefing sessions for all new advisors to get to know the system and meet others. If interested, please get in touch – either with Vicki Haslam who is Cartmel senior advisor and co-ordinator for all colleges (you don’t have to join Cartmel!), or contact the administrator of any college you’re interested in. Please do this now: there will be opportunities from June for you to meet college staff, find out how the role works, and to have your own small group of freshers from the start of October.

Careers in research online survey (CROS)

Research Staff are invited to take part in CROS 2011 which is open until 31st May 2011.

This national survey allows researchers to share their views and experiences of working in academic research and to comment on career opportunities, development and support at Lancaster. The results will be used by the University and Research Funding Bodies to inform decision-making and monitor developments relating to the employment, training and career development of research staff. Since its introduction in 2002, CROS has led to improvements in staff review systems, induction processes and communication with research staff. It also contributed to the publication of the second Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in 2008 by RCUK, and the establishment of Vitae as a national body to champion the professional and career development of researchers.

Submissions are anonymous and all researchers are encouraged to register their opinions via the survey. The response rate is an important benchmarking tool for Lancaster researcher support. You can access Lancaster CROS 2011 here. For further information contact Joe Thornberry, OED.

Upcoming ISS Training

There are still places remaining on the following training sessions running in the Library training suites. If you wish to attend one of these FREE staff development sessions please book online

For more information and booking please look at the ISS training pages.


The University's policy to use wheelclamping as parking enforcement continues during both term time and vacation time. Any future changes to this policy will be communicated in advance.

LICA Works

The Contractor will begin work on the step replacement and re-landscaping of the embankment works onto Lancaster Square from 23rd May for 3 weeks. Any queries contact the help desk on 93333 or on


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

Retreat on Campus - The Week of Accompanied Prayer

12th-17th June. A week to develop your spiritual life. It takes place at the Chaplaincy Centre and is a very good chance to learn more about and develop your own prayer life. The week includes workshops and a daily meeting with a ‘Prayer Guide’. The retreat is subsidised by the Chaplaincy but we ask staff to contribute £20 towards the cost. Please email - - for more information and to book a place.

ImaginationLancaster/HighWire lecture

Clive Dilnot of Parsons School of Design, New York, presents The Paradoxes of Design: the Artificial, the Instrumental/Scientific, and the Critical. Clive Dilnot is Professor of Design Studies at Parsons School of Design in New York; he also teaches in the dept. of philosophy in New School for Social Research. Originally educated as a fine artist, with graduate work in social philosophy, he has worked on the history, theory and criticism of the visual arts in the wide sense, in fields ranging from aesthetics, art history and architecture to photography, but has focused mainly in the areas of design history, criticism and theory. Further information on this seminar can be found here. All are welcome to attend this lecture on Wednesday 18th May at 2pm in the LICA Building but please register by email.

Development opportunities

HR Lecture: Innovation: Charting the Territory for HR

On Friday 20th May, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development are hosting an inspirational lecture on HR. Professor Paul Sparrow, Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University Management School and David McNerney, Executive Director, Human Resources, Sellafield Ltd will deliver a morning lecture addressing how HR has to tackle what is a multi-layered problem. If it is to respond to the challenge of innovation, it will need to move beyond some current (one could say outdated) accepted principles, and develop a more sophisticated understanding of the challenges associated with managing innovative performance under a number of different organisational models.

The lecture is from 8:45 – 12:15 at Lancaster University Management School. Further details can be found on IEED’s website . Places at the lecture are limited and must be reserved on a first come first served basis. To register yourself a place please contact Jen Melling on 01524 510769 or email.

N8 debates 2011

The N8 Research Partnership is supporting a series of debates during 2011 at the policy/technology interface, designed to highlight outstanding issues and begin to identify ways forward. These will be very much participative and interactive sessions led by a panel with an audience of invited guests. These events are run in conjunction with the NERC-funded Catchment Change Network and the Centre for Sustainable Water Management within the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Following a successful launch the second debate'Valuing the Environment - Looking Beyond the Economics', Chaired by Professor Louise Heathwaite (Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management), is on Thursday 26th May 2011, 1630-1830 at the Lancaster Environment Centre. See full details of the event. Register to watch online. Register to attend in Lancaster.

Amnesty International 50th birthday event

Lancaster University’s Centre for Law and Society, in association with Amnesty International, will be celebrating Amnesty’s fiftieth birthday with a discussion of “Amnesty International – Past, Present and Future”, introduced by Dr. Nayanika Mookherjee (Anthropology Dept., Durham University) and Prof. David Sugarman (Lancaster University Law School). This will be followed by a special showing of the film “To Kill a Mocking Bird”. Birthday cake and drinks will be available. The discussion is on Tuesday 24 May at 7:00pm in the gallery of the Dukes Cinema, Lancaster. The discussion finishes at around 7:50pm, with the film starting at 8:00pm. Tickets for "To Kill a Mocking Bird" can be purchased on the night or in advance from the Duke's box office. Chill out music by Alfresco, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Everyone is welcome. This event is co-sponsored by Lancaster University’s Dynamics of Memories Research Group, Human Rights Forum and Department of History.

Staff workshop: Explore your personality with MBTI

Are you interested in finding out more about what makes you tick? Would you like to understand why you relate to some people better than others?

CEEC are running a workshop for staff on ‘Exploring your personality with MBTI’ on Tuesday 14 June from 13.00-15.00 in Bowland North SR6. The workshop uses the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality questionnaire to help you to understand your preferred style of working and how you relate to others. This can enhance team interactions and is also useful if you are facing a career change and would like to identify career options to suit your personality. For more information see the ‘Staff’ section of the CEEC web-site. You will need to complete the questionnaire before the workshop.

To secure a place you will need to book online and leave a refundable £20 deposit at reception in the Base, University House by Friday 27 May.

Curry Night in Grad Bar - every Friday 5-8pm.Curry and a pint £5.49,Curry and a soft drink £3.99.

The Grad Bar Quiz - Thursday 19th May at 8:30pm.Entry £4 per team (up to 6 people). £50 Prize for the winners.


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