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| 24 June 2011 | Issue 527

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


Lancaster has strengthened its position in the elite group of top ten universities in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2012, ranking 9th out of over 100 universities. Student satisfaction is also ranked 12th in the UK.

Lancaster is now consistently in the top ten of UK universities in three major league tables which measure quality across criteria such as teaching, employability, research and student satisfaction. The other league tables are the Guardian where Lancaster is ranked 7th and the Complete University Guide, where Lancaster is ranked 9th. Lancaster is currently ranked 124 globally in the THE world rankings 2010. Subjects are ranked individually in the Times.

Subjects in the UK's top ten are Accounting and Finance ranked 2nd; Art and Design 6th; Biological Sciences 6th; Business Studies 6th; Drama , Dance and Film 5th; Geography and Environmental Sciences =6th; Linguistics 3rd; Mathematics 9th; subjects allied to Medicine 5th; Physics 3rd; Social Work =8th; Sociology 4th and Religious Studies 9th. Full story

Membership details for the new Sports Centre

The new Ł20m Sports Centre is to open its doors on August 1st. The state-of-the-art centre will be open to staff, students, schools and the local community.

Membership details have been announced and can be found here

Tours of the new building will be available from 9-4pm on July 3rd (during the Race for Life event on campus), 8th, 15th and Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm during graduation week; contact to indicate your preferred time.
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Spotlight on Lancaster

On Wednesday 29th June the Vice Chancellor will host 150 public and private sector guests for ‘Spotlight on Lancaster’, an event which will showcase a few of the many ways Lancaster University is committed to translating research excellence into real world impact beyond traditional academic communities.

A morning of engaging, animated presentations around four key themes will demonstrate why this University is an exciting, vibrant and enterprising academic community. The event is a cross faculty collaboration coordinated by Research & Enterprise Services.

Over lunch honorary alumnus Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, will share with guests his unique perspective on innovation. You can watch the morning event live on line from 10.00am at and join the Twitter debate live Twitter debate.

Volunteers needed for Race for Life

Almost 1000 participants have signed up to the 5k Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event at Lancaster University on Sunday, July 3rd. As the countdown starts men and women are being urged to step forward to help make the big day an outstanding success by volunteering their time . 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.
Everyone is welcome - men and women of all ages and abilities. Volunteers don’t need to know anyone who is taking part in Lancaster Race for Life. By simply joining the Race for Life volunteer squad they will be doing their bit. Cancer Research UK staff will brief, guide and support volunteers.

For more information about volunteering at Race for Life, visit or call 0871 641 1111. Entries for the event close at midnight on Thursday 30th June 2011. University Drive will be closed on the day of the event and parking will be on the University perimeter road.

Stagecoach will be operating a special bus timetable for the event on Sunday 3rd July. Competitors will travel for free and supporters/family at ordinary fares, see notices for more information. See a copy of the special Race for Life bus timetable Stagecoach website

Flavour changing ghost particles could give clue to the origin of matter

An international experiment designed to probe one of the biggest mysteries in fundamental physics has yielded some intriguing results. Researchers at the T2K project in Japan have seen the first piece of evidence that it is possible for neutrinos to change into any one of three different states or ‘flavours’. The results indicate a new property of the enigmatic particle. If confirmed, they represent a significant leap forward in understanding. Lancaster University is one of the UK partners on the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan which is looking closely at neutrinos for answers to the question - where did all the matter in the universe come from? 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.

Bipolar research

The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research has been praised for actively involving service users in research into bipolar disorder. The National Institute for Health Research Mental Health Research Network singled out two research projects carried out by the Spectrum Centre as an example of good practice, both of which involve health professionals and service users. The PARADES psychoeducation trial compares two forms of group therapy for people with bipolar disorder while the RECOVERY programme, led by Professor Steven Jones, explores and evaluates people’s experience of recovery. case study 1, case study 2.

Project Sophia – “Pure” research information software going live in mid July

Pure software will shortly be available to all academics and research administrators to enable you to easily record information about yourself, your research outputs and research activities.
Pure will reduce administrative effort by reusing data held in other systems such as HR, pFACT, Agresso and EPrints. It will also simplify the way information about your research is disseminated by feeding new research web pages on the university website, which will include a directory of staff research interests, descriptions of research and records of publications and outputs.
When Pure goes live, you will be contacted to ask you to log into the system and review the data held about you. Information about how to report errors will be provided so these can be corrected before the web pages go live in September.
Please note that the change to Pure will result in the closure of data entry into EPrints. New publications records will be recorded in Pure and the data will be fed through to EPrints, which will remain online as Lancaster’s institutional repository for researchers to use, alongside the new research portal.
EPrints will be closed to further data entry on 29th June. It is anticipated that Pure will be live for data entry on 18th July. Apologies for any inconvenience. If this causes you any difficulties, please contact Michael Dunne in the Library or e-mail
Further information: contact Alison Sharman or visit the Sophia project website.

Physics Relay

The results of the 34th annual Physics Relay are available here.


The contributions of Professor Peter McClintock in advancing knowledge in Physics will be honoured at a special conference which will bring together experts working on low temperature physics and nonlinear dynamics on 13 -16 July. Topics will range from quantum turbulence in superfluids to stochastic transport in biological cells and cardiovascular and brain dynamics.

Professor McClintock was an early appointment in the Department of Physics and during his 43 year long career at Lancaster his research interests have included biomedical physics, stochastic nonlinear dynamics, and superfluids. His research led to a measurement of the Landau critical velocity in superfluid helium and revealed the mechanism through which quantised vortex lines are created. More recently, he and Aneta Stefanovska have shown that measuring the frequencies in blood flow in a patient can help to diagnose disease and he has successfully demonstrated inverse turbulent energy flows in the lab, thus illuminating the origin of giant rogue waves on the ocean, which could be responsible for many unexplained losses of large ships. It was while he was Head of Department that Physics came to the fore in the national pecking order with the award of a 5* grade in the 2001 RAE. His friends and colleagues will also celebrate his 70th birthday at the conference. Click here for more information about the conference - Fluctuations and Coherence: from Superfluids to Living Systems.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) was a guest on last week’s Saturday Review on BBC Radio 4 (18th June) alongside Deborah Moggach and Rowan Pelling; items under discussion included a production of Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Comedy Theatre in London, Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel ‘The Stranger’s Child’ and The Vorticists, a new exhibition at Tate Britain.

Paul also gave the keynote address at a conference hosted this week by Northumbria University (24th June), LitPop: Writing and Popular Music. This event aimed to bring fresh perspectives to debates about the forms and functions of popular music in relation to literature, exploring connections and conflicts between writing and popular music. Paul’s reading – Three Minute Singles: Pop Poems – was held at Newcastle’s The Star and Shadow Cinema. Paul's recent book 'Edgelands' (co-written with fellow poet Michael Symmons Roberts) was also picked as a 'Summer Read' by the Daily Telegraph (20th June).

Fylde College is seeking to appoint two senior officers to their college team:

Fylde Senior Advisor (formerly Senior Tutor). Responsible for the college advisor/tutor system, this post requires a knowledge of the University’s academic procedures as well as the full range of support systems available to students at Lancaster. Administrative support for the post is provided through the college office. The post holder receives a responsibility allowance based on a percentage of the Senior Lecturer scale. If you are interested then please contact the current Senior Tutor, June Coulson.

Fylde Social Secretary. Responsible for organising a termly programme of events for the senior members in the college and occasionally for all nine colleges, this role is seen as an important one in the life of the college. Full administrative support for the role is provided through the college office. An honorarium is paid to the post holder. If you are interested in this post then please contact Cathy Thomson. Alternatively, for either post, the Fylde Principal would be happy to discuss further details and responsibilities.

Lancaster in the news

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

The largest ever survey of social care users and personal budgets by Professor Christopher Hatton (SHM) and the social care charity In Control received widespread coverage, appearing on over 200 websites including Guardian Society and Community Care.


PDR training

Are you or do you have staff within your department who will be going through the PDR process in the next few months? There is help available with PDR Deep Dive for reviewees and reviewers. The one day sessions provides an opportunity to maximise preparation and gain an understanding of the process to enable an effective PDR discussion.
PDR Deep Dive for reviewees – 15 July 10.00 to 4.00
PDR Deep Dive for reviewers – 28 July 10.00 to 4.00

Please contact to book your place or for more information on any of the above sessions.

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.

Uni-rider bus passes

The Summer Vacation Uni-rider bus passes will be on sale at the LUSU Information Desk from Thursday 30th June. They will be valid for use from 2nd July until 2nd October and will cost Ł102. You need a university library card to purchase a bus pass. You can pay by cash, debit or credit card (1.5% extra charge for credit card transactions). Any questions? Phone ext. 93765

Accommodation Open Day

In July 2010 the Accommodation Office held an open day for staff. The hour long session included a presentation about the department, the services we offer and the experience students will go through before and during their time here, and culminated in a tour of different types of accommodation. The event was well received and we are thinking of running a similar session in September 2011, and would like to gauge interest. If you would be interested in attending, please email Sue Dunkeld ( to register. We will then contact you with the details nearer the time.

Library Avenue Parking

Parts of Library Avenue will be closed over the summer period to enable contractors to work in LEC, the Library and on the Spine. From 17 June the avenue will be closed east of the main LEC entrance and from the middle of July the avenue will be closed west of the main LEC entrance until mid October. Facilities will produce a drawing that will help identify the changes Additional staff parking will be available on Farrar Avenue once the new Sports Centre opens.

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.

Work to Alexandra Park

Access to Alexandra Park from the perimeter road will be closed on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of June. It will also be closed on Friday 1st and Friday 8th July. Access will be via Hazelrigg lane and diversions will be in place to allow two way traffic on the Alex Park Drive one way system. Access to the main campus from Green Lane on Alex Park will be restricted from 28th June to the 1st July, inclusive, at the junction of Green Lane/Perimeter Rd, traffic management will be in place but access will be available throughout.

Pedestrian access will also be restricted but diversions will be in place to ensure access is available throughout. To see a map of the closures click here.

Temporary changes to bus services on Alexandra Park and South-West Drive

Due to roadworks closing access to Alexandra Park from the perimeter road there will be changes to bus services on Alexandra Park and South-West Drive on the following dates:

On the above dates services 3 and 4 will continue on the A6 to enter the campus at the Alexandra Park entrance off Hazelrigg Lane. They will stop at the Cartmel South bus stop at the bottom of Alexandra Park before proceeding to the Chaplaincy Centre via South-West Drive. There will be a new temporary bus stop on SW Drive (northbound) opposite the main entrance to the Management School until Monday 11th July. Therefore, during the above dates the following bus stops will be out of service:

At all other times University bus services will operate as normal.

Temporary Changes to Bus Services for the Race for Life Event – Sunday 3rd July

On Sunday 3rd July between 08:00 and 13:00 University buses will service all stops on Alexandra Park ONLY and enter and depart the campus from the Alexandra Park entrance off Hazelrigg Lane. The Chaplaincy Centre bus stop will not be in service during these hours. This is due to road closures for the Race for Life event, including Bigforth Drive and North-West Drive. The suggested bus stop for those attending the Race for Life is the bus stop on the A6 at the University entrance. Participants and supporters are asked to travel to the event by public transport and Stagecoach are putting on extra buses especially for the event. Once Bigforth Drive reopens at the end of the race, bus services will return to normal and the Chaplaincy Centre bus stop will reopen.

Student residences refurbishment

Refurbishment to Chancellor's Wharf (Kent and Lune), Furness Perimeter and Slaidburn House will start 11th July 2011- 16th September 2011. OCON Construction has been appointed and will set up their site on 4th July 2011. Click here to see a plan of where the compound will be situated.

Audio visual equipment hire

ISS hire out a range of audio visual equipment for use by students and staff. There is no charge if it is used for teaching. Details of the equipment available and how to book are given on the Digital Technologies Unit equipment hire web page.


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

An exhibition of paintings called Force of Nature

Which captures the structure and growth of plants is on show in the Lancaster Environment Centre 11 June to 24 Aug. The artist is Kate Houghton whose previous commissions include work for the Journal of Experimental Botany which is based at the University. For more information contact

Grad Bar Beer and Cider Festival is now on

Open from 1pm today (Friday) with live reggae/ska from Reggiemental at 9pm. Saturday 5pm - Midnight with live rockabilly/surf from Rockitt88 at 9pm Sunday 5pm - 11pm with open mic at 7pm and live soul/funk from Soulrigg at 9pm. BBQ each evening, 35 ales and 15 ciders over the weekend!


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