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| 28 October 2011 | Issue 541

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


Academic Processions

All colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Higher Degree Ceremonies which take place on Wednesday 14 December 2011. A timetable and further information is available here. Please register to attend and book your robes online by Friday 21 November to ensure the correct robes can be provided for you.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to: Professor GU Yueguo (12noon ceremony), Founding Dean, Beijing Foreign Studies University Online Education Institute (and Lancaster alumnus) Dr Ian Cumming OBE (3pm ceremony) Chief Executive, NHS West Midlands

For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office, 592190.

Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture

The Chief Executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) Willie Walsh has delivered Lancaster University’s annual Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

HEA National Teaching Fellowship Award scheme

Each year Lancaster supports a small number of colleagues to submit applications for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS). Worth £10,000 to each winner, the NTFS aims to raise the profile of learning and teaching, recognise and celebrate individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes.

There is an internal selection process – the means by which institutional nominees are identified. The deadline for submissions is 2 December 2011. For further details and any queries please see here or contact Susan Armitage in Organisation & Educational Development.

Digital Humanities project awarded €1.5m grant

Lancaster University has been awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant of €1.5 million for a five-year project which will act as a flagship programme for Digital Humanities research. Building upon Lancaster’s international expertise in Corpus Linguistics and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), the project will develop methodologies for the automatic extraction of place names from large bodies of text, a process which will facilitate spatial interpretations of both historical events and imaginative representations of space and place. The interdisciplinary project ‘Bringing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the Digital Humanities: Defining Spatial Humanities’ is led by Dr Ian Gregory (History) along with Dr Paul Rayson (School of Computing and Communications), Dr David Cooper (English & Creative Writing) and Dr Andrew Hardie (Linguistics and English Language). Full story.

University expertise helps technology firm

A technology firm has transformed its business after working with Lancaster University on a new type of travel information system to be launched next year. In Touch, a radio and communications systems company from Morecambe, now employs eight more people after it joined forces with InfoLab21 and highways maintenance company Carillion. Our Travel was developed with the help of Professor Nigel Davies from the School of Computing and Communications. Full story

English student wins short story competition

A Lancaster student who has won a writing competition is to have her story published in a national newspaper. Layla Hendow, who is studying English Literature, has won £2,500 in the 2011 International Short Story Competition held by the International Gateway for Gifted Youth and Litro magazine. Her story entitled “La Maison de Dieu” will be published in The Sunday Times and on posters on The London Underground. Full story.


Work by Professor Paul Trowler and Vicki Trowler (Educational Research) on how to improve student engagement was highlighted by contributors to the Guardian’s Higher Education Network Live Chat on the topic on October 14. The work, which has resulted in a major literature review as well as guidelines for practice aimed at university leaders and policymakers, was funded by the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. It has been disseminated by invitation at HEA/NUS conferences in London, Nottingham and Manchester, at the SPARQS conference at Heriot Watt University, a development day in London and at the European Foundation for Management Development Conference in Budapest. Professor Trowler has accepted an invitation to sit on the advisory board to the QAA team who are developing a student engagement chapter for their UK Quality Code.

Dr James Summers (Law) was invited to give the Lunchtime Lecture at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law on Friday 28 October at 1.00pm. His lecture addressed the question: 'Why does the Right of Self-Determination have Internal and External Aspects?'

Lancaster in the news

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

Research by Dr Colin Green (LUMS) into the higher rates of absenteeism from work due to extended drinking hours has been quoted in several media this week including the Mail on Sunday and Personnel Today. Also in the media is Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) who has written and presented a five-part series on sleep, broadcast every day this week on BBC Radio 4.


Temporary access diversion

On Saturday 29 October between 7am and 1pm, the South Spine from Biology Lecture Theatre entrance down to the top of the steps leading to Pizza Republic will be closed to pedestrians. This closure is to allow essential works to be carried out to the entrance of LEC. Diversion signs will be in place to lead pedestrians through Edward Roberts Court, down the back of the Furness building and back to the spine via Fylde Quad. Facilities apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you wish to discuss this matter please contact the Facilities Project Manager, Chris Maughan.

Pure Workshops throughout November

Pure, the University’s new research information system will go live online as a research portal in Early November 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 Early November. Please visit the website to find out more. Introductory workshops on how to use Pure have been scheduled each week throughout November – dates and 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 come along.

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 and Development Office: 5pm Friday 18 November 2011.
Enquiries to Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904 or email.

Improved bus services

The University is working closely in partnership with Stagecoach to deliver better bus services for its students, staff and visitors. Extra buses and bus stop improvements have been made, to read more click here to visit the Facilities ‘Travel news’ webpages.

Parking on local highways

A reminder to all staff and students, if bringing a vehicle to the university, please park on the campus and not on any local highway surrounding the campus. This is in the interests of road safety and to avoid disruption and inconvenience for local residents.

New cycling to work leaflet

Lancashire County Council has released, in conjunction with neighbouring district authorities, a new leaflet with contact details for all council officials dealing with the County's Cycling to work programme. You can download it here.

Bowland Bar open for food

From Monday 31 October, Bowland Bar will be serving soup, sandwiches, and hot dish of the day (winter warmer), available from 12.00 - 2.00pm.

Training and courses

Managing personal stress – half day training opportunity for staff

As part of our continued response to the Wellbeing at Work Survey, HR is offering a training opportunity for staff in Managing Personal Stress. As a result of attending this course, delegates will understand and utilise the concept of “360° stress”, understand the effects of stress and where it comes from, and have a range of tools for dealing with stress in their lives – both work and social.

These sessions are open to all staff on Friday 18 November either in the morning or afternoon. For bookings, please contact:

Organisation and Educational Development

Health check for all, 8 November, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

This informal, interactive session helps staff of any age proactively manage their health. The workshop acts as a guide to achieving a healthy level of mental and physical wellbeing and includes a practical session on blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol and diabetes.

Stonefish e-Recruitment (demonstration and refresher), 9 November, 2.00pm - 3.30pm.

If you are a recruiting manager, or admin staff member involved in the recruitment process, you should attend. The session is designed for those new to Stonefish but equally suited as a refresher or problem solving session. Topics include: completing a request and the approval process for a request; the structure of person specifications; overview of what the candidate is asked to provide in their application; how to score candidates online; online processes for interview arrangements, references and appointing; and, user specific issues.

PhD supervision workshop, 24 November 9.30am - 4.30pm.

All supervisors are invited to be briefed on the developments in postgraduate supervision and to exchange/develop ideas to improve the PhD experience. This event is not just targeted toward new PhD supervisors.
Topics covered during the workshop: Institutional expectations (rules and regulations around the PhD – code of practice, academic appraisals, RTP, submission of thesis and completion rates); supervisory interactions – roles, responsibilities and expectations; planning for PhD success (two streams: project-led PhDs/individual-led PhDs); giving feedback; supervising the writing process; Researcher Development Framework (RDF), development needs analysis and Research Training Programme (RTP); support for PhD students and institutional tools (My PGR).

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

Upcoming Staff IT Training

There are still a few places left on the following free staff IT training courses running in November:

For more information or to book on these and other staff IT training sessions please visit here


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

The Iredell Lecture 2011

Professor Amanda Vickery of Queen Mary College, University of London, will deliver the Iredell Lecture in Law and History 2011 entitled “Burglary and the Englishman's Castle”. Professor Vickery was Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior, collaborating with the Royal College of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is currently collaborating with the Paul Mellon Center and the Huntington Library to stage conferences and symposia on fashion in Britain and Europe. She has also written and presented several history series for BBC2 and BBC Radio 4 on themes including consumerism, love and kinship. The lecture is on November 3 at 6pm in FASS, MR 2&3.

Psychology Department seminar

Professor Norman Freeman, University of Bristol will present 'Conceptual change: tracking a limit on what we’ve evolved to know about our planet', on Wednesday 2 November, 4.00pm to 5.15pm in Room D18, Fylde.

Relaunch of the Human Rights Forum

The Law School is pleased to announce that the Human Rights Forum is starting up again. The Human Rights Forum is for academic staff and postgraduate students, and seeks to engage all academics interested in issues related to human rights broadly defined. We aim to draw upon the wealth of experience from all academic fields and create an interdisciplinary and interactive forum, in which the participants will determine activities and focus. The first meeting takes place on Thursday November 3, at 5pm in SR 12, Bowland North. For further information please contact Foluke Ipinyomi or Amanda Cahill-Ripley. Everyone welcome.

Workshop on teaching statistics in Higher Education

Wednesday 2 November, 10am until 12pm in Lab 2, Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Fylde College, all welcome.
This workshop will be delivered by Neville Davies and John Marriott RSS Centre for Statistical Education Plymouth University. It will introduce the RSS Certificate in Teaching Statistics in Higher Education which was designed to provide personal development in statistics-specific pedagogy for teachers in HE institutions. The session will address teaching, learning and assessment issues faced by statistics lecturers through pedagogic statistical examples. Participants will work in groups to discuss common issues faced by statistics teachers with colleagues. In particular different pedagogic aspects of learning statistics, teaching statistics, and assessing and obtaining feedback in statistics will be discussed and, by sharing their personal experiences, participants will consider how these issues can be addressed.

Hindpal Singh Bhui, HM Inspectorate of Prisons - ‘Understanding the treatment of foreign nationals in detention’

A seminar to celebrate the contribution to scholarship of our colleague in the Department of Applied Social Science — Professor David Smith. Wednesday 9 November, meeting room 2/3, FASS Building. 4.00pm tea, 4.30 - 6.00pm seminar, followed by a drinks reception. Please RSVP to by 12pm Friday 4 November.

The 4th Annual Grad Bar Cider and Perry Festival

Wednesday 2 November to Saturday 5 November. 20 Ciders and Perries from across the UK.

Curry Night

Grad Bar - Fridays from 5pm to 8pm.


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