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| 8 July 2011 | Issue 529
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The new Bribery Act came into force on 1 July 2011 with obligations on organisations to prevent bribery and bringing more stringent powers. The Director of Finance and the University Secretary have reviewed and updated the University’s regulations and procedures. These have been discussed at Audit Committee and Finance Committee. The opportunity has also been taken to review a number of related issues, such as whistle-blowing, money-laundering and fraud.
The Act creates four new criminal offences:
- requesting or offering a bribe, which can include hospitality or gifts, with intent to induce improper conduct by the recipient of the bribe (Active Bribery)
- requesting, accepting or agreeing to receive a payment or other advantage in return for the improper performance of a function or activity (even if the person requesting the bribe does not benefit personally) (Passive Bribery)
- active bribery of a Foreign Public Official, which includes anyone in a legislative, administrative or judicial position, elected or appointed, anyone who performs a public function and any official of a public international organisation
- failure to prevent bribery – i.e. failing to prevent an employee, agent or intermediary from paying a bribe for the organisation’s benefit, even if the organisation is unaware of the bribe being paid. This does not include any notion of improper conduct in return for the bribe.
The updated Financial Regulations are available on the Finance Division webpages. A series of briefings by the Director of Finance and the University Secretary is underway.
Lancaster to train researchers in end-of-life care
Lancaster University and King’s College London will train international researchers in palliative care as part of a €4 million drive to improve care and its quality in Europe and identify tools to improve it, funded by the EU. Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care will provide the introductory training for all 12 early stage researchers and will co-ordinate all the research training across the whole consortium. Lancaster will also be appointing a post doctoral research fellow for 18 months starting in 2012. The project will collaborate with several European organisations in palliative care and geriatrics. Full story
£1.6m project to create social networking tool for travellers
Road and rail users will be able to share information about their journey and update each other about delays thanks to a £1.6m research project at the School of Computing and Communications at InfoLab21. Our Travel is a new type of travel information system based on social networking and direct information from transport workers. The aim is to reduce congestion and improve the transport system as users find more efficient ways to travel. It will be available as an app for mobile devices like iPhones, providing up-to-the-minute information so people can decide how and when they will travel. Full story
World War Two bombing raids offer new insight into the effects of aviation on climateClimate researchers have turned to the Allied bombing raids of the Second World War for a unique opportunity to study the effect thousands of aircraft had on the English climate at a time when civilian aviation remained rare. The study, published in the International Journal of Climatology, reveals how civilian and military records can help assess the impact of modern aviation on the climate today. The research, led by Professor Rob MacKenzie of Lancaster University (now at the University of Birmingham), and Professor Roger Timmis of the Environment Agency, used historical data to investigate the levels of Aircraft Induced Cloudiness (AIC) caused by the contrails of Allied bombers flying from England to targets in Europe. The team focused their research on 1943 to 1945 after the United States Army Air force (USAAF) joined the air campaign. Full story
New Faculty of Health and Medicine
The School of Health and Medicine has become the Faculty of Health and Medicine. The name change approved by Council on July 1st also sees the Division of Medicine change its name to the Lancaster Medical School with immediate effect.
Free bus travel for staff in Graduation Week
Stagecoach in partnership with Lancaster University are providing staff working at the University with 7-days free bus travel in the Unirider area (including ‘Unirider South’ area from Catterall) for Graduation Week (Monday 18th to Friday 22nd July 2011). The offers applies to staff that do not currently have any type of Unirider bus pass. Vouchers for a free 7-day ticket can now be obtained from the LUSU Information Desk, Slaidburn House until Friday 15th July, subject to availability. Vouchers must be redeemed with a bus driver within the stated dates on the voucher. Vouchers will be offered on a first come, first served basis and 130 vouchers are being made available. Staff ID will be required to obtain a voucher such as a Library card or staff uniform. One voucher per person. For any University staff considering the subsidised Staff Unirider bus pass next year this is a good opportunity to try the bus for a week, free of charge. More information on University bus services here.
Professor Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing) has won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2011 with his short story collection Touch. The shortlist included authors such as Michele Roberts, Polly Samson, Helen Simpson and Tom Vowler. The winner was announced at Blackwells Bookshop in the Charing Cross Road in London last night but Professor Mort was unable to collect his £5,000 prize in person since he is currently in Uganda. Full story.
The widow of a Lancaster alumnus has funded a PhD in Palliative Care student with a legacy from her late husband Richard Walters. Richard died from cancer in 2010 aged 57, leaving £17,000 to Lancaster University where he was a student of physics from 1971-1974. The money, topped up to £20,000 by his widow Alison, is being used to fund a five-year PhD studentship in Palliative Care at the International Observatory on End Of Life Care. She has become friends with the recipient, Debbie Hayden from Dublin, and plans to attend her graduation. Full story.
Ian Mercer (Physics) and Chris Adams (Facilities) were part of the record breaking team the Coronary Coasters who successfully cycled from Lands End to John O Groats and climbed the three highest peaks in the UK – Snowden, Scafell and Ben Nevis - in under five days. The team reached John O Groats on June 10th, 4 days, 22 hours and 40 minutes after leaving Lands End – see photo. All money raised will go towards charities including The Coronary Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Unique Kids after school club, EDF Paralympics, the Steve Prescott Foundation and Christie’s hospital Manchester
BBC Radio 4’s Costing The Earth were on campus this week recording a feature on urban particulate pollution, with Professor Barbara Maher and Dr Duncan Whyatt in the Lancaster Environment Centre. The programme broadcast date is yet to be fixed.
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 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 OED@lancaster.ac.uk to book your place or for more information on any of the above sessions.
Undergraduates trial new student email service
The new Microsoft Live@edu email service for undergraduates will be trialled by a group of 200 students over the summer. These students will move to the new system next week. Live@edu will provide students with a larger mailbox, improved email access from web or mobile devices, an integrated calendar, an online address book and junk email filtering. More details can be seen here.
Summer sports camps for children
MAD 4 Kidz is a fabulous alternative to boring school holiday childcare! Our days and weeks provide an enormous variety of activities and sports and offer something to appeal to every child aged 8 to 14 years. See webpage for further details.
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. Friday 15th July: Areas around Great Hall.
Student residences refurbishment works summer 2011
Refurbishment works this Summer are to take place at Chancellor's Wharf (Kent and Lune), Furness Perimeter and Slaidburn House. OCON Construction has been appointed principal contractor and works are due to commence 11th July 2011 and complete 16th September 2011. Click here to see a plan of where the compound will be situated.
Sports centre tours
Book your tour of the New Sports Centre and see first hand the state of the art facilities, gym equipment, pool with floating floor and the climbing wall and bouldering cave.
The Sports Centre Open Days are, Friday 8th of July, Friday 15th July and every day during Graduation Week. Tours take place on the hour from 9-4pm. Email or call 01524 594000 with your name and preferred tour time and date.
For a full list of all events, please see Events.
Gradstock & Alexandra Park Festival
Saturday 9th July - FREE all day event at Graduate College from midday until midnight
Alexandra Park Festival 12:30pm-6:00pm, with stalls, BBQ, childrens activities, see
link for further details.
Gradstock 7:30pm-1:00am - see link for further details.
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