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| 7 October 2011 | Issue 538

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


Lancaster in the top one per cent of universities in latest global rankings

Global recognition of Lancaster University’s quality comes with a ranking of 131 in the THE World Rankings published 6 October 2011. Full story.

Business Process Review - next phase

As you will be aware from previous communications, the Business Process Review (BPR) has been working to identify areas of administration that could run more efficiently and effectively.

The Business Process Review project teams have completed analysis of business processes in 3 core areas: Student Administration, Marketing Support, and Finance and Procurement.

Teams drawn from Faculties and Central Services, will now focus on process re-design. If you are directly involved in the delivery of processes in these areas, you may be asked during the Michaelmas term to participate in process design workshops and provide feedback on specific changes.

A project team has been established drawn from Faculties and Central Services which will explore in further detail the implications and develop proposals for the future definition and structure of administration.

It is intended that some initial changes to business processes will be introduced during the current academic year. It is anticipated that detailed proposals will be presented to staff groups during November which will include the implementation schedule. Further details: Business Process Review.

Lancaster University signs agreement with Santander Universities

Santander Universities Global Division is to provide funding for scholarships and awards after signing a co-operation agreement with Lancaster University for a total of £168,000 over the next 3 years. Full story.

New ‘Refuel’ ranges in Cafe Twenty Ten

Over the coming weeks staff will notice some changes in the University’s catering and hospitality offering. Regular updates of the new local products and ranges to tempt the taste buds will appear in LU text.

On Monday a new healthy ‘Refuel’ breakfast range will be introduced in Café Twenty Ten and a delicious grab and go sandwich range and salad bar will also be available.

The Lounge in County South is open once again for coffee, muffins and snacks and the Private Dining Room is open for lunch from 12pm – 2pm during the week. From Monday 10 October Catering will be trialling a different Atkinson’s Coffee each week in The Lounge and Private Dining Room. Feedback is welcome please use the forms available or email

Refuel @ Cafe Twenty Ten open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday The Lounge open from 9.30am till 4.00pm, Monday to Friday Private Dining Room open for lunch from 12pm to 2pm, Monday to Friday.


During the works to improve Alexandra Square, the consultant structural engineers advised the University to undertake further repairs to the underpass over and above the original proposals. The structural engineers have confirmed that the square can remain in safe use but have imposed precautionary restrictions on the loadings. Everyday normal use is acceptable although they advise against large scale events/heavy vehicles entering the square. The Safety office or the Facilities office can advise on this should further clarification be required. The full extent of repairs have now been identified and the remedial work is due to begin in November 2011. It is expected that the underpass will reopen at Easter 2012.

Sports Centre receives crime prevention award

Lancaster University Sports Centre has won an award from the police for its design which aims to deter crime. The Secured by Design award was presented to the University’s Head of Sport Kim Montgomery by Chief Inspector Tracie O Gara from Lancashire Constabulary. Secured by Design is a national award supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and is only awarded for a high standard of security. The award focuses on crime prevention at the design, layout and construction stages of the development. Full story

£50m Gobal Research and Technology Hub for graphene

Lancaster University is among eight centres of excellence in graphene research in the UK in a new £50m Global Research and Technology Hub announced by the Government. The Hub will connect UK researchers and businesses working to commercialise the revolutionary new material. The UK has particular strength in graphene research with centres of excellence at Lancaster, Manchester, Cambridge, Exeter, Bath, Oxford and Durham universities and Imperial College London. The Hub will ensure leading researchers stay in Britain, leverage private sector investment and help develop a home grown high-tech industry. Graphene is an exceptionally good conductor and the strongest and thinnest material ever measured. Its potential uses include flexible touchscreens, pollution sensors and biomedical sensors.

Black History Week

As part of the celebration for Black History Month, the Lancaster University UK Student Recruitment and Outreach team attended Black History Live 2011, 1-2 October at Wembley Stadium. Lancaster Student Ambassadors represented the University and encouraged prospective students to consider studying at Lancaster. This first ever official major event to celebrate Black History Month attracted over 20,000 visitors over a two day period.

World Mental Health Day – Monday 10 October

The Counselling Service is running an event in the Great Hall on 10 October in support of World Mental Health Day. Throughout the day there will be free workshops and free taster alternative therapy sessions available. There is also a Treasure Hunt open to students, staff and their families, follow the link for further information. There will be a presentation from 1pm to 2pm on “Life Coaching and Personal Training”. Human Resources is also supporting this event, and will have a stand with information and advice on how staff wellbeing is supported.

Sports Centre carparking

The University has unfortunately had to introduce parking charges for the Sports Centre car park to manage the high demand for limited spaces. There is an alternative at the Sports Field car park next to the tennis courts and accessed from Green Lane, which is only a short walk away from the Sports Centre. This is free for up to 2 hours between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and free at evenings and weekends.

Sports Field car parking

Sports Centre car parking

Pay and display must be used at all times, even for a free ticket. Pay and display parking is permitted in the coach parking bay unless coned off for coaches. Wheelclamping is now in operation on both carparks.

Jean Nardone

Jean Nardone (nee Allen), who worked at the University for 23 years in Folio, died after a long illness at St Johns Hospice on 5 October. The funeral service will take place at 10.15am on Friday 14 October at Lancaster Crematorium and be followed by a buffet lunch at The Keys, Slyne. The family have requested that donations be made in lieu of flowers, in memory of Jean, to St Johns Hospice, Lancaster. Donations can either be sent direct to the Hospice or to the Funeral Directors, Bare Funeral Services, 5 Bare Lane, Morecambe LA4 6DE, telephone 01524 410240.


Dr Stuart Kirby (Criminology) will travel to Miami this weekend as the only UK judge on the prestigious 'International Problem Oriented Policing awards". This award is given to the police force who have submitted the most effective and sustainable crime reduction initiative. The award process, where an expected 50 police forces compete for the trophy, is the culmination of a three day conference where delegates come from all over the world.

A paper first authored by criminologist Dr Fiona Measham (Applied Social Science) has won a prestigious award. “Tweaking, bombing, dabbing and stockpiling: the emergence of mephedrone and the perversity of prohibition” has won the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Scientific paper award. This award distinguishes papers of particular merit about the European drugs problem. The papers are judged on scientific significance and originality and creativity. Dr Measham will travel to Lisbon in November to attend the prize-giving ceremony.

Chris Saunders, full-time MBA Director in LUMS has been selected for the North West Insider’s “42 under 42” class of 2011. Every year since 1992, Insider has published this feature which lists the current crop of rising entrepreneurs and executives. Full story.

Dr Paul Iganski, Head of Department, Applied Social Science, gave the opening presentation to a meeting of the Social Platform in Brussels on 22 September. The meeting, attended by social NGO representatives from across Europe, focused on the impacts and consequences of hate motivated violence and NGO interventions.

Lancaster in the news

An interview with Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) was broadcast in Frozine on Monday 3 October about her public lecture in Linz, Upper Austria, on ‘How foreigners are made to ‘Foreigners’ in the Regional Museum in Linz. Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) contributed widely in the media this week about stress being the most common cause of sick leave.

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


African Studies Group

The African Studies Group was established in September 2008 to bring together researchers at Lancaster University with a shared interest in Africa. The group holds regular research seminars, organised the 'Africa: Cultural Translations' conference in 2010, and meets as a reading and discussion group during term time. Members include researchers and postgraduates from the departments of English Literature and Creative Writing, History, LEC, English Language and Linguistics, LICA, European Languages and Cultures, PPR and Sociology. We are currently planning our activities for 2011-12. If you would be interested in joining us, please contact Charlotte Baker including a brief overview of your Africa-related interests.

NEW: Information Security Training

Training on Information Security is being offered each term to all academic, professional and admin staff. The course joins the list of mandatory training for staff (Diversity in the Workplace, Data Protection & FOI, PDR training). Staff will be encouraged to take an online test to assess their own understanding and to provide evidence of their successful course completion.

Training is available online or via a taught training session. Session dates, times and booking are available online.

ISS Focuses on Improving Customer Service

ISS is introducing ‘SupportWorks’, the new Service Desk reporting system. SupportWorks is being rolled out in three phases and is aimed at further improving our services to customers.

Please be aware that during the rollout the older reporting systems will be retired and new style emails (tickets) will be generated automatically from the Service Desk when you submit a job. All future all requests for help or guidance should be made to the ISS Service Desk.

Email update for Staff & Postgraduates

All staff and postgraduates using email on Exchange have now had their mailboxes moved to Exchange 2010. Over 9,000 mailboxes were processed, with very few people experiencing any interruption to their email service. The size restriction on all individual mailboxes has now been increased from 150Mb to 2Gb (over 2,000Mb). Over the next few weeks, postgraduates who are still using the Unix-based Webmail system will be moved onto Exchange.

Upcoming IT Training for Staff Development

Free IT training sessions for staff are starting soon. Sessions available include:

For more information regarding IT Training sessions or to book a course online, please visit

A new home for Student and Staff Personal Computer Support

A new computer support service, supported by ISS, has opened in County Main. Located temporarily in Seminar Room 10, 'The Workshop' offers a charged for support service to both students and staff. Services such as computer health checks, rebuilds and software installation are on offer. For more details visit

Organisation and Educational Development

ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages - English courses for Staff and their spouses academic year 2011-12
Introductory English - Monday mornings (Term time only), 9.15am to 10.45pm
Improving English - Monday mornings (Term time only), 11.00am to 12.30pm

PDR for reviewees
Is this course for me?
The course is designed to help you in your role as a PDR reviewee, it will ensure that you achieve maximum value from the PDR process. 26 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm

PDR for reviewers
Is this course for me?
If you are a PDR reviewer this course provides an opportunity to practice the skills required for effective PDR implementation and discussions. 21 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm

To enrol on any of the above, or, for further details, please contact :

Legacy requests

The Alumni & Development Office handles all legacy enquiries for the University and departments. For more information contact: Julia Resenterra, Trusts & Foundations / Legacy Manager. Telephone: 93676

Furness Refurbishment

Work to refurbish Furness College to provide office space for the Faculty of Health & Medicine will begin on Monday 10 October. The work will involve the bar, all college space (offices, TV room & JCR) and landscaping. The contractor will setup site cabins in the rear service yard at the bottom of Tower Avenue. The work is due to be completed by September 2012. Deliveries to the retail units and refuse collections will continue throughout the work. Furness bar will be closed from Monday 10 October until work is complete. Facilities apologise for any disruption caused.

HR temporary move

To enable the refurbishment of Furness College to start, some members of the Human Resources department (HR Director’s Office, HR Partners and Service Delivery team) will be moving from Furness to temporary offices in the newly refurbished Bowland Main from Monday 10 October for several weeks until their new permanent offices at the front of University House are complete. Phone numbers will stay the same. If you have a meeting with a member of HR staff please check their location beforehand.

Extra buses at peak times

Stagecoach will be providing extra buses between campus and the city centre in the morning and evening peaks from next week to cope with the additional demand from staff with a further 106 staff on subsidised Staff Unirider bus passes this year and the return of students. Stagecoach now have staff on duty at the Chaplaincy Centre Bus Stop throughout the term issuing tickets and providing helpful information to bus passengers. If staff encounter any issues on the buses as the term commences please feedback this back to Philip Longton in Facilities who is working in partnership with Stagecoach to deliver better bus services for the University.

Personal mail deliveries

The University mail rooms are currently operating with reduced staff, therefore building porters will no longer be able to deliver personal items (parcels). Please arrange to have personal mail delivered to your home address. In exceptional circumstances you can arrange to have mail delivered to the mail rooms but you will need to collect it from your mail room yourself. Thank you for your co-operation.

Electricity switchover

The University’s new substation (near to Green Lane) will be connected to the power supply on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. It is not expected that the University will lose power but it cannot be guaranteed. If you have anything happening on either day which would be affected by a temporary loss of power, please contact Peter McMullen in the Facilities Project Delivery team. More details will be issued nearer the time.

Steps – Winter 2011

Articles and information are now required for inclusion in the next edition of Steps (mailed to c.65,000 Lancaster graduates). Please let Sally Nelhams know if you or your department has anything you would like to be considered e.g. topical research/projects/profiles and general interest stories. PDF versions of Steps are available here. In the first instance please contact Sally by email or phone on 01524 592556 with your ideas. Steps will be mailed in December, so completed articles will be required by late October.


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

Esmée Fairbairn Lecture

John Van Reenen, Fellow of the British Academy, Professor in the Department of Economics, London School of Economic, Director, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, will deliver the Esmée Fairbairn Lecture Entitled 'Does management really matter?' In Lecture Theatre 1, Leadership Centre, Management School, Lancaster University at 6.00pm on Tuesday 22 November. The Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department extends a cordial invitation to all members of staff, students and to members of the general public to be present at this lecture.

Ruskin’s Flora: John Ruskin and the Art of Botanical Painting

A study day to accompany the Ruskin Library exhibition, Ruskin’s Flora: John Ruskin’s Botanical Drawings will be held on Saturday 12 November in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University.

This study day supplements the exhibition Ruskin’s Flora, in which drawings and watercolours of plants, flowers and trees from the Whitehouse Collection of the Ruskin Library at Lancaster University will be displayed. Speakers will include Ruskin Scholars, Botanists, Artists and Horticulturists. Also included is a Walking Tour of the exhibition, led by David Ingram, the Botanist who co-curated it.

For further details and a booking form please contact: Lauren Kenwright, Administrator- Ruskin Research Ruskin Library and Research Centre, B190 County Main, 510818. Ruskin Library Exhibitions

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community welcomes any new Jewish staff and students to the University and looks forward to meeting them at future regular Friday lunchtime Bagel Brunches. Today [Friday 7 October] we are joining with the Lancaster University Jewish Students Society and will be holding a Kol Nidre service for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The service takes place in the Jewish Lounge at 7.00pm tonight. There will be a pre-fast meal in the late afternoon. We are an unaffiliated group and provide a place for people across the whole spectrum of Jewish observance, or of none - and for people with Jewish heritage, Jewish children or grandchildren, or an interest in Judaism. Please call 07778 737681 or email if you would like to join us either for today's meal and/or service and/or to go on our mailing list to hear about any future activities.

Professor Larry Ray, University of Kent - ‘The Mark of Cain – Shame, Desire and Violence’

A seminar to celebrate the contribution to scholarship of our colleague in the Department of Applied Social Science — Professor David Smith. Wednesday 12 October, meeting room 2, FASS Building. 4.00pm tea, 4.30 - 6.00pm seminar, followed by a drinks reception. Please RSVP to by 12pm Monday 10 October.

Curry night at Grad Bar

Starts Friday 14 October, 5pm - 8pm. Curry and a pint £5.49, Curry and a soft drink £3.99

Grad Bar presents

The Reggiemental Band, 10 piece reggae/ska live on Thursday 13 October at 9pm.


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