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| 10 June 2011 | Issue 525
› Contents: news; Obituary for Professor Noreen Murray ; people; Lancaster in the news; notices; what's on; ads
New Director of LEC
Professor Kevin Jones has been appointed as the new Director of the Lancaster Environment Centre from 1 August 2011. Currently Associate Director for Research at LEC and Director of the Centre for Chemicals Management, he takes over from Professor Graham Harris who is retiring. Professor Jones is a well known environmental chemist and is rated as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in Environment/Ecology, currently world number 4.
Lancaster awarded first 'outstanding' BREEAM award for HE sector
The University has been awarded the UK’s first BREEAM award to be classed as 'outstanding' for a higher education project for the £10m Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA). BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. The innovative, timber-framed building 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.
Business Process Review
The aim of the Business Process Review is to identify those areas of administration that could be run more efficiently and effectively, thus enabling greater discretion on how we use our resources. It is a collaborative university-wide project that will enable us to focus the money spent on administration in the best way to deliver our strategic plan (LUText 513, 516).
An initial data gathering exercise took place between February and April. The current phase of work focuses on identifying options and designing improved administrative processes. Projects in this phase will seek further input from a wide range of staff in faculties, departments and central services. The Briefing Paper provides additional information.
Gian Fulgoni funds a Chair in Marketing at Lancaster
Gian Fulgoni, Executive Chairman of ComScore, has made a personal donation to support the continuing success of the Marketing Department at Lancaster University Management School. An alumnus of the department, Gian’s generous donation of $625k, spread over 5 years, was prompted by a recent return trip to Lancaster after 40 years away from the University. An internationally recognised leader in the field of Market Research and award-winning entrepreneur, responsible for many innovations in his profession, Gian achieved career success in the USA after taking an MA in Marketing at Lancaster in 1970. Professor Margaret Hogg, the current Head of the Department of Marketing, will be the first Fulgoni Chair in Marketing. Full story
People with bipolar disorder invited to help researchers
People with bipolar disorder in the North West are being invited to take part in the trial of a treatment for anxiety. The intervention, based on cognitive behavioural therapy, may reduce anxiety, and help people to find new ways to manage their anxiety. The project is being organised by researchers and health professionals from Lancaster University’s Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham, the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and a group of patients with bipolar disorder from across the North West. Participants who receive the intervention treatment will have up to 10 sessions of therapy over a four-month period, with follow-up meetings and telephone calls to see how effective the therapy has been. If proven to be successful this trial will strengthen the case to make these treatments more widely available in the NHS. Full Story
Academic Processions at Graduation Ceremonies 19-22 July
All colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Bachelor Degree Ceremonies which take place from 19 – 22 July. Full information, including the timetable, a booking form and a breakdown of students for each department by ceremony is available on the website.
The booking deadline has been extended to Friday 17 June. To confirm your involvement and ensure the correct robes can be provided for you, please send the form by post, or e-mail the details requested to email@example.com.
Five Honorary Degrees will be awarded:
- Jimmy Armfield CBE DL – former Blackpool and England footballer (12 noon, 22July)
- Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE - Chief Medical Officer (3 pm, 22 July)
- Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng - internationally recognised as an expert in nuclear fuels and a prominent figure in the UK nuclear industry (2.30pm, 21 July)
- Chris Smith, Lord Smith of Finsbury PC – Chairman of the Environment Agency and of The Wordsworth Trust and former Labour Cabinet Minister and MP (11 am, 20 July)
- Professor Lonnie Thompson - Distinguished University Professor, Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University (4.30 pm, 21 July)
For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 592190.
InfoLab21 on film
Films showing two core business support projects at InfoLab21, ISIS and ISTEP, are now available on youtube. Each film features 3 knowledge transfer case studies and shows how InfoLab21 has benefited the companies. Both projects and part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and are Solutions for Business products.
The InfoLab21 Strategic Innovation Support Programme (ISIS) is the first project of its kind in the UK and provides objective advice, guidance and appropriate ICT solutions to SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) throughout the Northwest via the InfoLab21 Graduate Academy and InfoLab21 Student Academy.
The InfoLab21 Strategic Technology Exploitation Programme (ISTEP) showcases research from the School of Computing and Communications through Regional Events, Development Projects and Technical Workshops (Brunch Bytes) and connects digital and creative businesses with researchers to develop new applications, products and processes. There will also be films showcasing research projects out shortly.
Public Engagement in ResearchStaff and students of Lancaster University engage widely with the general public to ensure that the work of the University is brought to the attention of the widest possible audience for the benefit of both the University and the audience. Engagement in this context could include for example:
- Research projects with a specific aim of working with the public
- Publicising the results of a research project
- Working with other organisations including schools, community groups, etc to stimulate interest in research.
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 (A Blues, Jazz and Swing band) and The Balkanics Band (a lively Folk and Roots Music band); 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.
We regret to report that Professor Noreen Murray CBE FRS FRSE, an honorary graduate of Lancaster, died on 12 May in Edinburgh aged 76. Professor Murray was a geneticist who played a major role in the development of gene cloning technology. Her obituary is in The Scotsman
Professor Farideh Honary from the Department of Physics is on the shortlist of the 2011 First Women Awards, which highlight women who are breaking new ground across a range of industries. Currently Professor of Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science and Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society, she is cited in the award category of Science and Technology for her “exceptional career”.
A direct spin off of her research is the hugely-popular AuroraWatch, which now has over 40,000 subscribers. This is a free public outreach service which alerts subscribers by e-mail or SMS when the likelihood of aurorae appearing over the UK is high.
The awards ceremony will take place on June 30 in London. Full story
Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has taken part in the Norsk Litteraturfestival in Lillehammer last week, speaking at two events and reading from his work, a selection of which was recently published in Norway. The Norwegian Festival of Literature is the largest event of its kind in the Nordic countries, with an increasingly international profile, attracting nearly 40,000 visitors. Other invitees to this year’s Litteraturfestival included Professor Terry Eagleton, Colm Toibin and Andre Brink. Paul also wrote a review of Olivia Laing's book 'To the River' which appeared in the Observer on the 8th May.
Nigel Stewart (LICA) choreographed Fissure, a single performance lasting three days in which spectators walked the Yorkshire Dales to witness six dancers, six singers and three scientists (including Dr Mike Kelly, LEC) in surprising locations in caves, over limestone pavements and up mountains. With music by Jocelyn Pook (Eyes Wide Shut, Guns of New York), direction by Louise Ann Wilson, and poetry by Elizabeth Burns, Fissure was presented by Artevents as part of The Re-enchantment, a year-long national project exploring relations to place core-funded by the Arts Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Fissure was described as "unforgettable" and given the "outstanding" hallmark by the Independent on Sunday.
David Peeks, Commercial Director, will be leaving the University later in the year to further his career. We would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his contribution to the University over the last 12 years in developing the commercial Trading Activities and their services. We wish him well for the future.
Pendle College is seeking a new Dean to take charge of the student disciplinary process within College from 1st August, 2011. If you are interested in the role, and would like to find out more about the position, please contact the Principal, Roger Gould, via the college office by the end of June.
Professor Sylvia Walby (Sociology) blogged on The Work Foundation website about women being crucial to economic recovery.
Professor Paul Kerswill (Linguistics and English Language) was quoted widely in this week’s media including the Daily Mail, the Sunday Times and the Economist and the FT, following a debate surrounding the spread of regional accents.
Neil Lee, senior economist at The Work Foundation commented on the launch of the government’s Work Programme today. He was interviewed on BBC R4’s Today programme , BBC 1 Breakfast , BBC News Channel (9.25am), BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC 2’s Daily Politics programme. Print interviews include Financial Times (pg 4), The Guardian (p12 and also in G2), Daily Mirror (p19), Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, The Scotsman and the Herald Scotland.
The vacant premises adjacent to Diggles at Edward Roberts Court is being refurbished to form a new location for the Post Office. Work will begin on 13 June and is scheduled to complete on 22 July.
Bus Stops outside the new Sports Centre
New bus stops are now in place on Bigforth Drive outside the new sports centre. Bus stops are provided on both the inbound and outbound carriageways. All Stagecoach bus services using the campus will stop at these bus stops if required. A new zebra crossing and traffic calming measures have also been provided to make the area safer for the greater numbers of people crossing Bigforth Drive once the new sports centre opens, and to help enforce the 20mph speed limit on campus.
Library Avenue parking
There are a number of contractors who will require compound space in Library Avenue over the summer period to work on projects in LEC, the Library and on the Spine. The current contractor (William Pye) will be vacating the Avenue by 15 June and towards the end of next week a new contractor will set up a compound at the far eastern end. From 17 June, the avenue will be closed east of the main CEH/LEC entrance, but from the middle of July the avenue will be closed to all CEH staff/LU staff/student vehicles west of the main CEH/LEC entrance. We anticipate that the majority of the works will be completed by mid October and most of the avenue will be opened up again from that point. Facilities are producing a drawing that will be issued in a future LU text to identify the changes. As work has yet to begin, there needs to be some flexibility in the planning. Additional staff parking will be available on Farrar Avenue once the new Sports Centre opens.
The University has appointed Co-operative Travel Management as preferred supplier to manage business travel arrangements. Co-operative Travel Management offer over 40 years of experience and expertise in delivering a comprehensive, personal and impartial service. A Travel Management System (TMS) has been developed and implemented. Please see the link to the Travel Portal.
The TMS will be managed by a central travel team based in Procurement on B floor, University House. If you are planning to travel in the near future and need assistance in setting up an account with the Co-op please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any general enquiries regarding travel then please do not hesitate to contact the travel team: Amran Ghoni on 01524 593186 or Jill Sanctuary on 01524 594880.
Lancaster House Hotel Conference team
Come and meet the Conference Team from the Lancaster University Conference Centre at the Lancaster House Hotel in the Management School Hub Café on the 16th June 2011 between 10.30am & 2.30 pm. There is a chance to win a dinner for 2 or Sunday lunch for 4 at the Lancaster House Foodworks’ Restaurant and a opportunity to sign up for the Unite Card, which offers discounts for accommodation and food at the Hotel.
National Bike Week (June 19th to 27th 2011) - Breakfast on the Bridge on Tuesday 21st June
Lancaster City Council will hold a 'Breakfast on the Bridge' (Millennium Bridge)to coincide with National Team Green Bike Week. The date for your diaries is Tuesday 21 June 7am to 9am - free hot drinks, pancakes, croissants and Dr Bike will be available. Also in attendance will be officers from Lancashire Constabulary to offer information and advice about their 'Operation Chainguard' - follow this link for further information.
Road safety notice
Drivers please take care when turning into campus off Hazelrigg Lane. There have been reports of some drivers overtaking cyclists in a dangerous way.
Removal of electric heaters
Facilities Maintenance staff will be entering University buildings on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June to remove all electric fires, which include convector heaters, fan heaters and tubular heaters. All University-supplied heaters and any heaters brought in from home will be removed and shall be taken back to the Maintenance Stores. If your own heater has been removed it can be collected between the hours of 09:00hrs and 15:30hrs Monday to Thursday.
For a full list of all events, please see Events.
ULMS Annual Proms Concert
The University of Lancaster Music Society is holding its annual Proms concert in the Great Hall at 7pm on June 25th. The concert will feature all six major ensembles (Big Band, Brass Band, Choir, Swing Group, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band) alongside smaller groups before everyone gathers on stage for a Last Night style finale. This year has been especially successful for ULMS, with highlights including: a sell-out Christmas Concert at Lancaster Cathedral, the first ever University Brass Band Contest of Great Britain, the ULMS Big Band at the Sunderland Jazz Festival, the Choir at the National Amateur Choral Contest in Manchester and the Wind Band winning gold and silver awards respectively in the Regional and National Wind Band Competition of Great Britain. Tickets are £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £4 for ULMS members and are available to buy now online or on the door at the event.
Discussion with David Cook
Don’t miss an exciting opportunity for theological discussion with leading thinker and writer Dr David Cook, who will speak about ‘Medical Advances – Ethical Dilemmas, What is Faith’s Response? ’. Dr David Cook is a lively, entertaining speaker, known for his work in the media and has a worldwide reputation as a philosopher, theologian and ethicist. Everyone is welcome and the event will take place in the Chaplaincy Centre at 7:30pm on Monday 20th June 2011.
On behalf of LICA's Fine Art students we'd like to invite you to the preview evening of their Degree Show 2011: 39Degrees which will be held in the Peter Scott Gallery, the new LICA Building and Bowland Annexe on the Lancaster University campus. The preview evening and reception will be held in the Peter Scott Gallery on Tuesday 21st June between 6pm - 8.30pm. For further details please see their enclosed poster or contact Saoirse Crean. Their degree show catalogue can be found via: catalogue
LUMS Learning & Teaching Forum – Using a group project for assessment Thursday 9th June 12:50-13:50, Management School LT12 Dr. Jill Johnes will share her experience of introducing a novel form of summative assessment on a core second year module Applied Business Economics. To book a place please visit
Royal Historical Society Symposium
Edges of Europe — Frontiers in context. Department of History, Lancaster University, 16 - 17 June 2011. Plenary speaker: Professor Michael Beckerman (New York University), Auditory Snapshots from the Edges of Europe, Thursday June 16, 4.00 p.m.
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 - email@example.com - for more information and to book a place.
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