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| 14 October 2011 | Issue 539

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


Lancaster University and The University of Liverpool: Consultation on Collaboration

The University of Liverpool and Lancaster University have been exploring the potential benefits of closer collaboration.

The Council met on Friday 7 October and discussed a ‘green paper’ which has been developed for consultation and is available for staff to read here. Council endorsed the ongoing role of the Pro-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor in further discussions with counterparts in Liverpool. Council noted that any discussions on governance would not pursue establishing a unitary university. Rather, they would examine options under which there would be some protection of institutional brands.

Council asked that a clear timetable and action plan be developed for approval at both universities. Matters relating to academic activities will require approval by Senate. Senators discussed the paper on Wednesday. The Academic Planning Committee has also discussed the paper. The draft minutes of the meetings will be available here shortly.

Please send any comments on the paper to

Pure research portal to be launched in November

Thank you very much to those of you who have logged into Pure, the new research information system. Over 1,000 new publication records have been added since its launch last July.

We expect the web portal, which will include your staff profile, to be made publicly visible in early November so if you haven’t already done so, please ensure you review your data by 1 November to enable the project team to make final checks prior to the launch. In particular, please look at your profile text and publications record. You can review your personal web profile, if you need to make changes, you can login to Pure. You will need to be logged onto the campus network or VPN to access these pages.

Further information about using Pure can be found here , including forthcoming training sessions and a briefing document. The project team would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to provide detailed feedback on Pure. A number of changes have already been implemented as a result, and other improvements are scheduled for later in the year. For further information or assistance, contact

New study finds 42 per cent of countries have no provision for palliative care

A new study by the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) and Lancaster University finds that, out of the world’s 234 countries, only 136 (58 per cent) have one or more hospice or palliative care services available to seriously ill people and their families and carers. The report, launched on Saturday 8 October to mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2011, raises fresh concerns that worldwide too many communities are living and dying without adequate care, support and pain relief. The mapping study, done in association with the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University in the UK, was last carried out five years ago. The new report does show that some progress has been made since then, particularly in the development of services in Africa. Full story

Graduate entrepreneurs win £10,000 PepsiCo competition

Two Lancaster University graduates who founded their own technology firm have won a £10,000 competition run by PepsiCo to select the ten best start-ups in Europe. Mitch Vidler and Stephen Darlington are now working with some of PepsiCo’s leading brands in the UK, including Walkers and Pepsi, following their selection from more than 130 entries. Mitch, who graduated in Management and Entrepreneurship, and Stephen, with a degree in Computer Science, are also currently in discussion with four Fortune 500 companies who together own over 600 brands worldwide. Full story

Media insight for scientists

Scientists and Engineers with little or no media experience are invited to the Science Media Centre’s ‘Introduction to the News Media Event’ - London, Friday 18 November 2011. This highly informative free event is a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works. Journalists, press officers and other scientists will explain: the role of the editor, how journalists find stories, top tips for dealing with the media ,the role of the press officer and the importance of engaging with the media. For further information please contact Beth Broomby.
Event invitation details

Environmental Performance Report

Lancaster University understands its responsibility to protect the environment and is fully committed to reducing the impacts of its operations, demonstrating best practice in sustainability and influencing its members and the wider community in minimising their impacts. The University has produced a new Environmental Performance Report which highlights key areas of the university’s environmental performance during 2010-2011. To view the report click here.

Question Time at Lancaster University

Inspired by the BBC’s flagship Question Time programme, The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (in association with the Alumni Office and the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme) is proud to announce the first Lancaster University Question Time. The topic is “ Debating Politics and Religion”. The panel will include the President of the NUS Liam Burns, former Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who is Visiting Professor of Politics and Faith, and former Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short. The event is in Lecture Theatre 1 in LUMS on 29 November.

Recruitment, Outreach, and Widening Participation: New web pages

The University has recently launched new web pages outlining recruitment, outreach and widening participation activities both on and off campus. For more information please visit.

Anna Siewierska

The memorial for Professor Anna Siewierska, Department of Linguistics and English Language will be held on Friday 4 November 2011 from 3pm in the Great Hall. Further details will be posted at here. All are welcome but please rsvp if possible, and address any queries, to


Dr Jill Johnes (Economics) travelled to London recently to receive her HEA National Teaching Fellowship Award in recognition of achievement in teaching excellence. Other academic colleagues at Lancaster are encouraged to consider applying for Fellowship status. Interested staff should contact Susan Armitage for further details.

Professor Susan Cartwright, Director of the Centre for Organisational Health and Well Being in the Faculty of Heath and Medicine, has been conferred with the award of Academician of Social Sciences (AcSS) by the Academy of Social Sciences. The award is given in recognition of a significant and distinguished contribution to social science and its promotion. She will be formally presented with this honour by the President of the Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Sir Howard Newby, at the Annual President's lunch on 20 December at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

Professor Colin Boxall (Engineering) has been invited to become an Academic Associate of the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) in recognition of his work in the field of actinide chemistry. The NNL is establishing a network of key links with university departments and key academic researchers to support their research.

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Leech and Professor Mick Short, (Linguistics and English Language), were invited as honorary guests to the Université Lyon 3, France on 22-23 September 2011, to give keynote addresses at a conference on Style in Fiction Today. The conference was a joint event of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) and the Société de Stylistique Anglaise (SSA) to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Leech and Short’s Style in Fiction in 1981. Five years ago, Style in Fiction won the Silver Jubilee prize awarded by PALA for the most influential stylistics book written since the association’s founding in 1980. A new edition of the book was published by Pearson/Longman in 2006.

Professor Leech is the author of a recently-published anthology 'Selected Works of Geoffrey Leech on Applied Linguistics'. The book has been published in Beijing, by the leading Chinese academic publisher Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in a series entitled Selection Series of World-Famous Applied Linguists. Professor Leech has visited China four times since his earliest tour of 1977, when he led the first academic delegation under an exchange agreement between the UK and the People’s Republic of China. In 1994 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Tom Ormerod (Psychology) was interviewed on the BBC World Service about crime predicting technology while research into classroom behaviour by Dr Carolyn Jackson and Dr Nigel Sherriff (Educational Research) is featured in The Times Educational Supplement.


Electricity switchover

The University’s new substation (near to Green Lane) is scheduled to 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. Please can you contact Peter McMullen in the Facilities Project Delivery team if you have anything taking place on Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 November so arrangements can be put in place. More details will be issued nearer the time.

Legacies to Lancaster

More people – both staff and alumni – are enquiring about leaving a legacy to Lancaster University and these special donations will be an important part of the University’s sustainability in the future. If anyone mentions this to any member of staff, please could they:

We would like to thank those members of staff who have already included Lancaster University in their wills.

Phone book

The 11/12 internal phone book is being distributed over the next few days. If additional copies are required please request them from switchboard. If too many copies are received please, return them via the porters. Please return all 10/11 phone books and any previous years copies so they can be recycled. This is a special collection as the phone book cannot be sent with normal recycling. All copies for recycling must be recieved at the locations below no later than 3 November.

Recycling arrangements are in place at the following locations:

Waterstones to leave campus

Following a number of years of uncertainty, Waterstones bookshop in Alexandra Square has given notice of its intention to leave the University Campus later this year. The University is already in direct discussion with a number of alternative academic bookshop companies who are keen to work with Lancaster with the priority of ensuring a bookshop service is available to students and staff on campus. Further information will be communicated as soon as a new company is confirmed.

Furness refurbishment – crane lift this weekend

As the Furness refurbishment project is now under way, this Saturday and Sunday (15 and 16 October), Create Construction will be bringing in site cabins. They need to crane them into place behind Pizzetta Republic so the lower section of Tower Avenue (immediately behind Furness) will need to be closed between 8am and 5pm on Saturday only. If this is going to cause you any problems please contact Project Manager, Anna Cockman 01524 593345.

Change to personal mail deliveries

Personal mail should only be delivered to the University in exceptional circumstances, however the University mail rooms have introduced a ‘goods received’ service so instead of personal parcels being delivered to your office you will receive a notification that you have mail waiting to be collected in the mail rooms in the Security Lodge. Please note that the University will not be held liable for personal items delivered in this way.

Friends Programme funding

Details and application form are available online.
Please ensure that applications have been submitted for authorisation by 5pm Friday 11 November 2011.
Deadline for all applications to be submitted to the Alumni & Development Office: 5pm Friday 18 November 2011.
Enquiries to Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904 or email.

Furness College office moves

Due to the refurbishment of Furness College the College Offices have now moved to Bowland South C Floor (above the Nat West Bank). The Principal's office is room C228a, the College Administrator’s Office is room C226, the College Residence Office is room C225, the Dean’s office is room C222, and the JCR office is room C223. This is a temporary move until the building works are complete.

Training and courses

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 10.45am
Improving English - Monday mornings (Term time only), 11.00am to 12.30pm.

PDR for reviewees
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, 10am to 4pm.

PDR for reviewers
If you are a PDR reviewer this course provides an opportunity to practice the skills required for effective PDR implementation and discussions.
21 October, 10am to 4pm.

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

Places for the Survival skills workshops are filling up fast, and with limited availability, we advise you book your place as soon as possible. This one-day induction course is designed to help postgraduates, researchers and others involved in modest amounts of demonstrating or seminar teaching to address some of the basic skills and understanding they will need for their work. It assumes that participants have little or no previous teaching experience. Workshop bookings are being taken at

IT training for staff development

There are still some places remaining on the following free staff IT trainings sessions (running in the next 2 weeks):

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

Language courses on campus this term

Lancashire Adult Learning in association with Lancaster University, are offering a range of non-degree language courses on campus starting week commencing 31st October. Courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish and British Sign Language. All courses are 10 weeks (apart from British Sign Language). The fee is £75.00 (£91.50 for non EU residents). Concessions are available on all these courses for those in receipt of certain income-related benefits. You must be aged 19yrs or over to take part. Come along to our advice and enrolment event on Wednesday 12 October 12.30am – 3.30pm - ground floor reception area of FASS (North Spine)


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

The Lancaster University Farmers' Market is back

Held every Thursday from 10am - 5pm in Alexandra Square, the farmers' market hosts a variety of local stalls providing fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing, jewellery and much more. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with the stalls attending.

'Just Do It'

The social activism research and teaching cluster (Sociology), in collaboration with Film@LICA, the Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre and kinematograph is holding a free screening of Just Do It: A Tale of Modern Outlaws as part of a nationwide campus screening event. The event will be held on Tuesday 18 October at 7pm in A27, LICA building.

Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James’ film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest. contact or for further details.

Live at LICA
Thursday 27 October, 7.30pm in the Great Hall. Preview Concert 6.45pm.

The UK’s foremost pianist, Martin Roscoe, spearheads Live at LICA’s fundraising campaign. October 27 sees the highlight event of Live at LICA’s Steinway Piano Campaign - an evening of music and conversation with special guests, pianist Martin Roscoe and Ulrich Gerhartz, Director of Concert and Artist Services, Steinway & Sons.

Martin Roscoe Piano, Ulrich Gerhartz Steinway Technician.

Haydn Sonata in D Hob XVI/37
Schubert Impromptu in A flat D899 No. 4
Chopin Nocturne in D flat Op.27 No. 2
Debussy La Cathedrale Engloutie (Preludes Book 1)
Bartók Allegro Barbaro
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11

For further information please visit or contact Jamie Wooldridge 01524 594160.

Science and Technology lecture: Insights from biodiversity science for addressing global sustainability challenges

The first Science and Technology lecture of 2011-2012 will be delivered by Professor Georgina Mace CBE, FRS on Wednesday 2 November. Professor Mace is Director of the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London. Her lecture will look at how the substantial advances made in our understanding of biodiversity over the past 50 years can help inform the broader sustainability agenda. All are welcome to attend.
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Esmée Fairbairn Lecture

John Van Reenen, Fellow of the British Academy, Professor in the Department of Economics, London School of Economics, 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

Grad Bar presents

The Hustle live - Thursday 20 October at 9pm.

Curry night at Grad Bar

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


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