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| 27 May 2011 | Issue 524

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

There will be no edition of LU Text on Friday 3rd June. The next edition will be published on Friday 10th June


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, Quay Change and the Balkanics; cake stalls and local crafts. 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.

Search for the next Vice-Chancellor

Heidrick & Struggles have consulted widely across the University to ensure they are fully briefed, and to seek views on the role and person specification for the incoming Vice-Chancellor. Amongst others, they have met with students, college principals, distinguished professors and members of UMAG, Senate and Council. If you would like to have an input into this process, please contact Ben Tucker or Jago Channell via It is also possible to contact any of the members of the Search Committee via Gill Bartlett in the Secretariat. Search committee members are: Clare Powne,Dr Gavin Brown, Mr Bryan Gray(chair), Professor Harry Thomason, Ms Lois Willis, Professor Sue Cox and Ms Fiona Aiken (secretary). The advertisement has now appeared in the THE with a closing date of 16 June 2011. The candidate briefing pack can be accessed here.

Social media at Lancaster University

The University now has an official Twitter account and Facebook Page that are used to disseminate news and engage with students, academic staff and both internal and external stakeholders. If you have upcoming events or activities that you would like to be promoted via these social media channels then please send details to Jennifer Ellis and Russell Hirst in Marketing & External Linkages via: All submissions will be reviewed prior to publishing ensuring quality and consistency.

Jennifer Ellis and Russell Hirst (MEL) are newly appointed Digital Marketing Managers who can offer support and guidance on digital marketing to any faculty or department.

Careers in research online survey (CROS)

CROS 2011, the national online survey of research staff, will remain open until midnight on Tuesday, 31st May. The survey is important to the University and research staff as it provides valuable information about the employment experiences of researchers and helps improve support for their career development. It also enables us to compare what we do with other HEIs. To access the survey, click here

Pre-school worker shortlisted for Nursery Practitioner of the Year award

A nursery employee from Lancaster University Pre-School Centre has reached the finals of a national competition to find the UK’s best nursery worker. Samuel Thompson, from Lancaster, is one of only three finalists in line for the title of the National Day Nurseries Association Nursery Practitioner of the Year Award 2011. The award, supported by Citation, invites parents using nurseries in the UK to nominate carers they feel are particularly deserving of recognition. Thousands of nursery workers were put forward for the award by parents from all over the country. Judges were particularly impressed by Samuel’s nomination in which one parent described how her initial surprise at having a male carer for her child had been overtaken by her appreciation for Sam’s obvious ability and connection with her child. Full story.

The National Happiness Index: Work will either make or break it but is it a meaningless measure?

The Work Foundation Annual Debate on 7th June will tackle this contentious subject as, for the first time, the government attempts to measure the UK’s happiness levels, the results of which will be revealed next year. Speakers include Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, writer, broadcaster, columnist at The Independent; Professor Cary Cooper, LUMS; Will Hutton, executive vice chair, The Work Foundation; Sheila Lawlor, director, Politeia; Lord Richard Layard, programme director at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, and founder of Action for Happiness and Zoe Williams(chair), columnist, The Guardian. more information

In memorium

Louise Griffiths

Louise Griffiths, who for many years owned the hairdressing salon on campus, died on Saturday 21st May. Her funeral is being held on Wednesday 1st June, 2.45 at the Crematorium, Powder House Lane, Lancaster. There will be family flowers only but any donations should be given to the Macmillan Cancer Support Organisation.

Oliver James Guerreri

We regret to report the death of LUMS student Oliver James Guerreri (23) last month. Oliver, who was a part time student on the PG certificate in Information Technology Management, died in a traffic accident in North Wales last month. The funeral was held on 6th May.


Professor Sheila Payne (International Observatory on End of Life Care, SHM) has been elected as President of the European Association for Palliative Care. This is a leading advocacy role within the EU and throughout Europe and globally, promoting the development of palliative care, research and education. The European Association for Palliative Care represents 46 national associations from 26 countries in Europe. Professor Payne is the first non medical doctor to hold this appointment, which lasts for four years. It places the International Observatory on End of Life Care and Lancaster University in a leading role within this field.

Dr Mark Lacy (PPR) has been invited to give a talk in July at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris about the work of Paul Virilio on security and global politics for a workshop on ‘disaster’ and the future of politics.

Dr Catherine Spooner (English and Creative Writing) is to take part in an event at the ICA in London entitled "Template for Terror: The Revival of the Gothic". She will take part in a panel discussion on June 11 asking "What are the stock themes of the Gothic novel and how do they play out in contemporary culture?" The discussion is chaired by University of Westminster lecturer Monica Germana and the other participants include Avril Horner and Fred Botting from Kingston University.

Following the recent call for a non-academic member of staff to serve on the University Council, Andy Baker (Department of Engineering) has been reappointed for three years to 31 July 2014.

Congratulations to Laura McGowan (UKSRO) and her husband Mark, on the birth of their baby boy Myles, on 16th May.

Lancaster in the news

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

Contributions to the media this week include Professor Sheila Payne's (International Observatory on End of Life Care) interview on Portuguese National Television about improving palliative care support for family carers, based on a paper she wrote for the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).


College Dean

Bowland College is seeking a new Dean to take charge of the student disciplinary process within the College. The current Dean, Simon Corless, has indicated his willingness to serve another term of office. If you are interested and would like to find out more about the post, please contact Joe Thornberry, Bowland Principal Ext. 92392

Bus Services on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 30th May

A Sunday level of service will operate. In Lancaster/Morecambe an enhanced timetable will operate on service 3.

Road safety notice

Cyclists please take care when turning into campus off Hazelrigg Lane. There have been reports of some drivers overtaking cyclists whilst the cyclist has been turning right into campus off Hazelrigg Lane.

Installation of electrical cabling

There will be an upgrade to the electrical cabling from the new primary sub station (located next to football pitch 2) to sub station No 9 (on Green Lane) commencing immediately. This will involve work to the grass verge to the side of the SW campus pathway and the crossings of the link roads to Alexandra Park. Traffic management will be in place at all times to assist pedestrians and road users. Thank you for bearing with us whilst this work goes on, if you have any queries please contact the Facilities helpdesk on 93333.

Staff Development IT Training Courses

Be quick! There are still some places left on the following FREE training sessions held in the Library training suites. If you wish to attend any training, please book your place online.

For more information on these and other training sessions, dates and location please look at the ISS Staff Training web pages.

Student email is changing

Over the summer ISS will be making some changes to the student email systems. New undergraduates will be setup on Live@Edu and postgraduates will be moving to the staff email system. Existing undergraduates will move across to Live@Edu during the Michaelmas term. These moves will provide all students with a larger mailbox, integrated calendar, an address book and access from mobile devices. Students are being informed and updated individually and ISS is working closely with LUSU to ensure the minimum disruption possible. For more information about the changes to undergraduate email see here


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

Development opportunities

LUMS Forum: Using a group for project assessment – 9th June 12.50-13.50

Recruiting staff between now and September?. Do you feel confident in making the correct appointment decisions, whether you are a recruiting manager or likely to be asked to serve on an appointment panel? Recruiting the Best gives advice on guidance on how to approach recruitment activities to ensure high quality recruitment decisions are made. The 2 day programme is next running on 13 & 14 July 9.15 to 4.30.

Will you use the Stonefish software in the coming weeks or months? Are you confident that you can use it and are familiar with the system? Why not attend the last Stonefish Demonstration of this academic year taking place on 2nd June 2.00 to 3.30 to enhance your knowledge and confidence.

Honing your own people management skills is an ongoing process and there are opportunities for middle/senior managers with Key Skills for Managers which is running on 24th June 10.00 to 4.00.

This is your last chance to attend Coping with Change for individuals in this academic year. The session takes place on 30th June 1.00 to 4.00 and looks at a range of topics, offering advice and guidance to improve understanding of how change can have an effect on individuals. This session is open to all staff.

For further information or to book a place on any of these programmes please visit or email

Comedy night

Need a break from revision, or a way to unwind? Then look no further! Comedy night is back with some fantastic comedy once more! Thursday, 2nd June. Featuring… Bennett Arron, Brian Higgins, Rob Heeney and ,Junior Simpson. Tickets are only £7 and you can get them from Cath Gorton in her office A22, Cartmel, or online here, then pick them up from Cath. There’ll also be food and offers on drinks at the bar. Make sure you come down and don’t miss this excellent evening! Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Everyone welcome.

Curry Night at Grad Bar - Every Friday 5-8 pm.

The Grad Bar Quiz - Thursday 2nd June at 8:30pm.


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