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| 9 September 2011 | Issue 534

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


Launch of the Big Innovation Centre

The first report from the Big Innovation Centre - a groundbreaking initiative from The Work Foundation and Lancaster University - was launched this week (8 September) with a speech from the Rt Hon Vince Cable and the backing of leading businesses and universities.

The report says that without urgent coordinated action across government, business and finance, the UK faces a ‘lost decade’ of stagnation. The Government must act now to adopt a strategy of collaborative, entrepreneurial investment in those areas likely to bring the greatest dividends in growth and jobs. Full story.

Lancaster top university in the North West

Lancaster University is ranked top in the North West in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012, published this Sunday September 11. The University ranks 18th nationally, up three places on last year. Full story.

Three year cycling and walking study finds image is an obstacle

Our desire to fit in could be hampering Britain’s chances of shifting to more sustainable forms of travel. A three year Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - funded study has found that as well as the usual concerns of squeezing walking or cycling into complex household routines, negotiating traffic and the British weather, a significant proportion of people are put off from ditching the car because it is not seen as ‘normal’.

Research by the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds and Oxford Brookes also concluded that if we want to tempt more people out of their cars we need to listen to the majority who don’t already choose greener modes of transport rather than the minority who do. Full story

Lancaster students give their courses top marks

Students at Lancaster University are more satisfied with their course than the average UK student according to the National Student Survey 2011. Full story

Lancaster University in top one per cent of universities in the world

Lancaster University is one of the biggest risers in the QS World University Rankings published on 5 Sept 2011, making a gain of 28 places to be ranked 153 out of 300 universities globally and in the top 1 per cent in the world. Full story

Confucius Institute

Work will start on refurbishing the ground floor of the Round House for the University’s Confucius Institute on Monday 12 September.

This is a major new hub for Chinese language and culture on campus which will complement the extensive China research and teaching activities across the University. The focus of the new Lancaster University Confucius Institute will be the development of credit bearing Chinese language and culture programmes for students in all faculties and for staff. It will also offer programmes for the local community, schools and businesses.

The Institute is awarded jointly to Lancaster and its partner the prestigious South China University of Technology(SCUT) in Guangzhou, and will be the 14th Confucius Institute in the UK to be approved by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).

The exterior of the Round House will be fenced off to enable the windows to be replaced. Access to the LUTV unit via the main front door of the Round House will be maintained throughout the project.

Lancaster receives European recognition for its plans to support researchers’ career development

Lancaster has achieved the prestigious ‘HR Excellence in Research’, a badge of excellence awarded by the European Commission to institutions which meet the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers.

The University was one of 15 successful research institutions named this week by Stefaan Hermans, of the European Commission’s Research and Innovation directorate, at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference.

The benefit to Lancaster of achieving the HR Excellence badge is that it will show potential and current research staff that they can expect to be treated in accordance with best practice and that their ongoing professional development will be supported. It will also provide the University with a means of regularly checking our practices against a respected external benchmark and identifying improvements in our provision for research staff.

Professor Anna Siewierska

Staff and students in the Department of Linguistics and English Language are struggling to come to terms with the loss of Professor Anna Siewierska, who was killed in a road traffic accident in Vietnam on 6 August. Anna had been Professor of Linguistics and Human Communication at Lancaster since 1994, and was Head of Department from 2005 to 2008. She was widely known nationally and internationally for her research in linguistic typology and other areas, for her leadership in large international projects on the languages of Europe, and for her involvement in a variety of professional organisations.

We have been overwhelmed by expressions of shock, grief and sympathy from students, friends and colleagues worldwide – a testament to Anna’s qualities as a researcher, teacher and human being. For her Lancaster colleagues, however, Anna was, first and foremost, an irreplaceable part of the life of the department, thanks to her unique combination of intellect, style and warmth. Anna’s funeral took place in Poland in late August. A memorial event will be held in the Great Hall on 4 November: details to follow. An obituary and memorial page can be found here.


Professor Sheila Payne (International Observatory on End of Life Care) was an invited chair and speaker at the Continuing Cancer Care Conference in the European Parliament, Brussels on 8 September. She also presented a Resolution to improve palliative care in Europe that was signed by MEPs and delegates.

Professor Louise Heathwaite (LEC) has been appointed onto Defra’s Science Advisory Council (SAC). She was one of eight new appointments including Professors Christopher Gilligan, Ian Bateman, Peter Liss, Quintin McKellar, Judith Petts, Peter Smith and Lynda Warren. The appointments will run from 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2014. Further information.

Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) is attending the Societas Linguistica Europaea Conference in Logrono, Spain from 8 - 11 September. As the current president SLE, she will also give the presidential address on 8 September, on ‘Integrating Sociolinguistics with (Critical) Discourse Studies: Multilingual Practices in European Union Institutions’. Professor Wodak will also speak at a commemorative session for Professor Anna Siewierska at the conference.

Dr Plamen Angelov (School of Computing and Communications at InfoLab21) has been invited to give three talks in the UK and Europe about Artificial Intelligence. He will speak at the Special International Conference on Complex Systems in Macedonia this September; at the 3rd International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence in Paris in October; and in December he will be in Cambridge at the 31st Annual International Conference of the British Computer Society's Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence founded by Professor Donald Michie, a leading British AI pioneer and a wartime colleague of Alan Turing at Bletchley Park.

Peter Stevens (FASS) is taking part in the 2011 BUPA Great North Run on behalf of the charity SCOPE in Gateshead on 18 September. He will be running it with his wife Claire and has been in training for 18 months. If you would like to sponsor Peter, see his page here.

Lancaster in the news

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

The Big Innovation Centre, an initiative from The Work Foundation and Lancaster University, attracted national media interest this week including the BBC and The Guardian, while research into police interview techniques by psychologists Dr Coral Dando and Professor Tom Ormerod was featured in The Economist.


Saturday 17 September 2011 Undergraduate Visit Day is FULL

Due to unprecedented demand we are no longer taking bookings for the Undergraduate Annual Visit Day, Saturday 17 September 2011. Visitor bookings have now reached 9,072, the highest number ever. It is clear that prospective students are taking great care to be well informed as they move forward with making their choice of universities for 2012 entry.

If students wish to visit Lancaster and find out more about our courses, the next opportunity will be Monday 24 October 2011, 1 – 4pm at the Campus Tour and Departmental Drop-in Session.

For more information regarding the September Undergraduate Visit Day please contact the UK Student Recruitment & Outreach Office on X93724 or you can download the programme for the event.

iLancaster mobile app available for students (and staff)

The Lancaster University mobile application, called iLancaster, is now available to download. The application provides Lancaster University resources and services on mobile devices – for iPhone, Android, a web-based version (for other mobile devices with web-browsing capability) and, coming soon, Blackberry.

Although the app is aimed at students, it is also available for staff to download and use. Academic staff – you might find the Timetable feature (access to your teaching timetable) particularly useful. There’s also access to search Library resources through OneSearch, and staff contact details available through the Staff Directory feature. If you need to update your own contact details which appear in the Staff Directory, you can do this here.

You can find out more about the features in iLancaster here. You can get the app:

There are two key ways in which staff can support iLancaster:

You can contact the iLancaster team with your suggestions or questions, or if you’re a Blackberry user and would like to be an early adopter, at

Pure - Research Information System

Pure, the University’s new research information system will go live online as a research portal in October and will significantly improve the visibility of our research.

Over the last few weeks academic staff have received information from faculties about how to access Pure and they have been asked to check that the information held about them in Pure is correct and up-to-date before the portal goes live in October. Please visit the website to find out more. Introductory workshops on how to use Pure have been scheduled on the following dates throughout September – details can be found here. To ensure that we have enough PCs available we would be grateful if you could email if you intend to drop in.

The first 30 minutes will be set aside for a demonstration of Pure showing you how to login and use some basic features – or you can just drop in at a later time and members of the Project Team will be on hand to help you.

Bus Route Changes for the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2011

As a result of the campus road refurbishment works this weekend all buses on Saturday and Sunday will serve Alexandra Park bus stops ONLY. Buses will not serve the Chaplaincy Centre this weekend. Passengers travelling by bus to and from the Sports Centre should use the bus stops on the A6 by the main University entrance. All University buses will be stopping here to and from Alexandra Park. Bus services will resume normal routes and stops from Monday 12 September.

Campus road refurbishment update

Work to the perimeter road has now started – so far we have been replacing kerbs in isolated areas and excavating for new drainage gulleys in areas that have suffered from ponding due to heavy rainfall. To renew the road and parking bays we first need to plane off the existing tarmac and then lay the new surface. For both these processes we will need to isolate areas of car parking. Please see this parking plan that shows the areas (indicated by colour) and dates for when parking will be unavailable.

Please note that traffic in both directions will be maintained Monday - Friday throughout the duration of the works. Over weekends however there will be some road closures:

Please note that no work will take place on Saturday 17 September and all car parking bays will be made available for the Visit Day. If you have any questions please contact the helpdesk on 01524 593333.

New Post Office

The new post office is now open next to Diggles above Edward Roberts Court. Alterations to the paving outside the building in place of the temporary wooden ramp will start on Saturday 10 September, the work is expected to be finished by the end of the day. Access to the area may be restricted during this time. An alternative accessible route to the lower part of Edward Roberts Court is via the spine passageway and then left past the Venue. If you have any queries please contact the facilities helpdesk on 93333. Facilities apologise for an inconvenience that this may cause.

LUSU Jobshop

Do you have a part time vacancy to fill? We can help. By advertising on our website you can have access to our talented, flexible and enthusiastic students who are eager to work. As an employer you simply need to register and place your vacancy on the site and we will then send an email alert to registered students who are looking for work. Our employers find they get a quick response to their vacancies and student employees can often offer flexibility, new ideas and language skills in their part time role. Students also learn new skills in their job which they can transfer across to other work or study. If you haven’t used the JobShop before, please give Julie McLoughlin a call on (5)93765 to discuss how we can help you.

Organisation and Educational Development (OED)

A new ‘Development Opportunities for Staff’ guide has been distributed this week and you should have received your copy. The guide is also available online. Please take the time to peruse the many development opportunities available.

Here are just a few programmes that are coming up shortly that you may find of particular benefit:


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


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