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| 17 June 2011 | Issue 526

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

NEWS

Top ten ranking in the Times for second year

Lancaster has been ranked 9th in the Times Good University Guide 2012, maintaining the top ten position for two consecutive years. Last year Lancaster ranked 10th in the table. The Times newspaper will publish the full rankings on Thursday 23 June. The new position will not be publicised on Lancaster's website until next week to coincide with the Times' publicity. Lancaster has also maintained its top ten position in two other national league tables, the Guardian (7th) and the Complete University Guide (9th).

CBE for leading Lancaster scientist

Professor Bill Davies (LEC) has been awarded a CBE for services to science in the Queen’s birthday honours list on Saturday June 11. Recognised as a world leader in his field, Professor Davies has spent his career contributing to one of the biggest challenges facing humankind - feeding seven billion people against a background of climate change. In 2009, work led by Professor Davies won Lancaster University a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The prize was for the development of water saving techniques for agriculture which have helped farmers in some of the driest regions of the world. Full story

£20m Sports Centre

The new £20m Sports Centre is to open its door on August 1st. The state-of-the-art centre will be open to staff, students, schools and the local community. Tours of the new building will be available from 9-4pm on July 3rd , 8th, 15th and Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm during graduation week; contact sportenquiries@lancaster.ac.uk
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Membership details have been announced and can be found here

Staff Prizes 2011

The 2011 Staff Prizes and the new Lancaster Teaching Award were presented by the Pro-Chancellor Bryan Gray at the Summer Staff Party held at LICA on June 14th. Dr Willem Hollmann from the Department of Linguistics and English Language was presented with the Lancaster Teaching Award, the first staff award where students are asked to nominate an inspirational teacher. A total of sixteen staff, plus the pre-school centre, were awarded 2011 Staff Prizes. Full story

Summer Staff Party – Feedback

The Human Resources Division have designed a survey to capture feedback on the recent Summer Staff Party. It will take around 10 minutes to complete and will help the team responsible for the organisation of the event to evaluate and plan any further events. Survey link.

Lancaster University research projects celebrated as Big Ideas for the Future

Groundbreaking work on keeping children safe online and protecting the internet from attack, have been chosen as two of the most important research projects taking place in universities today. The Big Ideas for the Future report, jointly published by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK, pulls together the leading research projects currently taking place across UK universities. Research from all fields, including science, social sciences, engineering, the arts and the humanities, were eligible to be included and Lancaster University’s projects were selected for inclusion from hundreds of submissions. The report is narrated and backed by high-profile figures such as Professor Lord Robert Winston, Dr Alice Roberts and Professor Iain Stewart. Full story

Lancaster Award

Two hundred students have received the Lancaster Award this year at a ceremony at LICA attended by friends and family. The Lancaster Award prepares students for the job market by ensuring they develop the skills employers want, whether through work experience, volunteering or social activities. Administered by the Centre for Enterprise, Employability and Careers (CEEC), the Award requires students to complete a skills audit and job application before appearing before a mock job interview panel of an employer and careers advisor. Full story.

Graduation Week Academic Processions – final call

If you would like to participate in the Academic Processions during Graduation Week and have not yet booked your robes, please confirm your robe requirements to ceremonies@lancaster.ac.uk by Monday 20 June at the latest. Full details and a booking form are available online.

Flexible Benefits annual enrolment

The annual enrolment period for choosing your benefits for the next academic year will take place between 8 August and 12 September this year. All staff will be invited to check their personal/address details on employee self service in the coming weeks to ensure accuracy of data. Information on how to select your benefits will follow in subsequent LU texts and emails to staff. Don’t miss the chance to create your own benefits package.

Stagecoach launches 12 new buses on university routes

The success of the University’s Travel Plan, which has seen a 70% increase in bus use amongst staff since 2007, has been boosted with the launch of 12 new Lancaster University branded Stagecoach buses which will be named after colleges of the University. 382 staff have taken advantage of the subsidised University bus pass this year and a package of timetable improvements and other benefits will be delivered later this year. Staff bus use has increased 71% since the last staff travel survey in Nov 2007. Full story

Nominate a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer

London 2012 have announced the towns and cities that will host celebrations on each evening of the Torch Relay. The Olympic Flame will travel from Bowness in Windermere on 21 June to Blackpool on 22 June. We hope that the Flame’s route might include the Lancaster University campus.

Staff and students are encouraged to nominate inspirational people they know who could be chosen to be one of the 8,000 Torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Anyone over the age of 12 can be nominated by the deadline of 29th June. They are looking for truly incredible individuals whose personal stories will inspire millions of people watching the Olympic Torch Relay – in their community, across the UK and around the world. Click here for information on nominations. The Olympic Flame will travel to within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey during the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer.

People

Congratulations to Dr Frank Martin (LEC) who has been awarded a Personal Chair.

Research and Enterprise Services (RES) and the Faculty of Science and Technology have approved the transfer of management responsibility for InfoLab21’s Knowledge Business Centre (KBC) from RES to the School of Computing and Communications, with effect from 1 August 2011. The KBC includes more than 30 university staff working on a range of knowledge exchange programmes and resident companies working in collaboration with the School. The management of ICT Focus by ISS, which is also located within the KBC, remains unchanged.

Dr Paul Oldham (Cesagen, Sociology) presented the first global map of species appearing in patent data last week at the Intergovernmental Committee of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing in Montreal, Canada. The joint work with Dr Stephen Hall and Dr Oscar Forero at Cesagen's digital methods facility involved text mining 7 million US patent documents for 1.9 million species names using Lancaster's High End Computing (HEC) facility. At the invitation of the Philippines, Dr Oldham also gave a presentation to the megadiverse group of developing countries including Brazil, India, China and Peru. The research forms part of a collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies at United Nations University in the lead up to the 2012 Conference of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India. In an important development, the team have also been invited to develop methods and tools to facilitate monitoring and valuation of the uses of genetic resources for the world’s major food and forage crops under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Scholars from Ireland, Italy, France, the United States and Britain gathered in Lancaster on 10 June to discuss ‘The Price of Peace’ in early modern Europe. The one-day conference, organised by Professor Robert Appelbaum of the Department of English and Creative Writing, examined peace treaties and armed conflict in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and interpreted treatises, paintings, memoirs and stage plays devoted to the subject of peacemaking and war. Peacemaking requires effort; for peace has to be purchased at a price. But peace is also a prize, a goal, a reward, a necessary luxury. The scholars present debated how peacemaking was both promoted and thwarted in early modern Europe, and how the backdrop of peacemaking then, in religious affairs as in political ones, still serves as a template for Europe today.

Professor Alison Findlay, Department of English and Creative Writing was featured in the Northern Echo in connection with a book written by her late Father (A Queen Too Many by Ken Hayton) about the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots. Professor Findlay gave a a talk about letters she has transcribed from the Hesketh family relating to the queen's imprisonment at the launch of the book on 14 June.

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.

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.

Lancaster in the news

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

The visit of the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington to Goenka on 3 June was covered widely in the Indian media. The Chancellor met the first cohort of graduating students from Lancaster's partner institution in India, GD Goenka World Institute of Higher Education. The news was covered in: Business Standard, The Financial Express, Hindustan Times, New Kerala and India Blooms.

Research by Lancaster University which is cited as amongst one of the most important research projects in universities today, according to 'The Big Ideas for the Future report', was featured in the Mirror online, 16 June, in an article about Universities’ Week.

Notices

Development opportunities

Developing 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. For further information or to book a place on this programmes please visit the website or email.

Charles Carter building tours

The Charles Carter Building was awarded a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award last month. As part of the RIBA’s AF2011, the Northwest Architecture Festival, the building’s architects, John McAslan and Partners, are leading two free tours of the building. The tours take place at 10.30am on Tuesday 21 June and 3pm on Friday 24 June, and last for an hour. This is a great opportunity to meet the architect who designed the building and have a look round this high quality development. To book a place on the tour, email j.truman@mcaslan.co.uk.

Road safety notice

Drivers 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.

Removal of electric heaters

Facilities maintenance staff will be entering all 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.

Post Office

The vacant premises adjacent to Diggles at Edward Roberts Court are being refurbished to form a new location for the Post Office. Construction works are due to commence 13 June 2011 and scheduled to complete 22 July 2011, subject to programme. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

Bike thefts

There have been a number of attempted bike thefts on Campus and at Chancellor’s Wharf recently. Please be on the lookout for any suspicious activity around these areas especially round the bike sheds. To keep your bikes safe try to follow these safety tips

Power Washing prior to Graduation

Power washing to paving and other surfaces will be undertaken throughout campus prior to Graduation. Access will not be restricted to any of the areas cleaned. If any issues are encountered with this work please contact Ian Sturzaker Landscape Manager Facilities 01524 593004.

Remedial Works to Alexandra Square

There will be some remedial works commencing in Alexandra Square from this weekend until Graduation. Further information will be available on the website from Monday next week.

Work experience

Anyone returning to the North West this summer, who is studying or who has graduated from another Institution, who is looking for paid work experience over the summer might be interested in Unite With Business - a short term flexible 20 day graduate placement programme that can provide ideal summer paid work experience for returning students & graduates.

The scheme is run by CEEC and provides valuable work experience to find out more, please ask potential applicants to register with unite@lancaster.ac.uk providing their name, course, year and areas of interest or to join the facebook group Unite With Business - Lancaster University.

For an informal discussion, please call 01524 592 960 or 01524 594 982 to speak to an advisor.

WHAT'S ON

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

From researcher to policy maker – a career path

Dr. Robert Bradburne – DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), will give a lecture on Thursday 23rd June, 12.00pm, Furness lecture Theatre 1. Dr Bradburne will talk about his route from researcher to policy wonk, some of DEFRA’s work, and also about the way science can, does (and does not) inform policy, in his area at least. This will be of particular interest to postgrad and postdoctoral researchers, and possibly final year undergraduates.

Runners

The 34th annual Physics Relay will take place this year on Thursday 23rd June. Rules unchanged since the year dot. For more information and to enter a team go to www.hep.lancs.ac.uk/relay/2011/. Minor route changes this year due to new fence on leg 3 and around the new sports centre.

This annual fun run is open to teams of four. The course consists of four unequal length legs making up a circuit of campus. It is open to all. There are four prizes on offer, Mens, Womens, Mixed and "Age Corrected". Enter a team now.

LUMS Teaching & Learning Forum – Using learning logs to encourage reflective learning Wednesday 22nd June 12:50-13:50, Management School LT12.

In recent years, across all faculties, we have looked for ways to encourage students to be more reflective and independent learners. This session takes case studies from the faculties of Arts & Social Sciences and LUMS which illustrate how colleagues have introduced learning logs or journals into their modules and how they have reflected this approach in their assessment strategies. To book your place please visit.

Campus Christian Aid Week (19th-25th June)

Fundraising and Awareness Raising events and campaigns throughout the week. Pub Quiz - 7.30pm Tuesday 21st, County Bar - Everyone Welcome (bring your own team or join a team when you arrive).

Secondhand Books / CDs / DVDs Sale

12-2pm Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th June, Chaplaincy Centre - Everyone Welcome Please note: we would welcome donations of any books / CDs / DVDs (originals not copies) between now and the sale - please leave in the concourse of the Chaplaincy Centre. Further details from Steve Charman

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.

Grad Bar presents

10th Beer and Cider Festival - Thursday 23rd June, 5pm - midnight. Live Music from Tin Pan Alley at 9pm
Friday 24th June, 1pm - midnight. Quiz at 4pm. Live Music from Reggiemental at 9pm.
Saturday 25th June, 5pm - midnight. Live Music from Rockitt88 @9pm.
Sunday 26th June, 5pm - 11pm. Live Music from Soulrigg at 9pm. 35 Real Ales, 15 ciders and perries, BBQ, covered outside seating area.

Boot camp at the sports centre

The University Sports Centre is launching a Boot Camp Training Sessions starting on Tuesday 21st of June. Training sessions will run every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6.00pm and end at 7.00pm. Customers are asked to enroll in advance and to meet the instructor in the Sports Centre reception at 17:50pm. All sessions will take place outside in all weather conditions. The initial programmes are for mixed ability, mixed sex, and 18+ Costs are £5 per session Non members and a discounted rate at £4 for students and University staff. For further information please contact the sports centre reception or look at the boot camp website for further information.

National Bike Week (June 19th - 27th) - Breakfast on the Bridge on Tuesday 21st June

Follow this link for further information

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