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| 11 November 2011 | Issue 543

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

NEWS

Official opening of the Sports Centre, 17 November

The Chancellor, Sir Chris Bonington, and Olympic Gold Medallist and Alumnus Jason Queally will be visiting the Sports Centre on 17 November for its official opening ceremony. The Sports Association has organised sports activities and local schools will be participating in a swimming gala as part of the celebrations.

The sports hall, studio and swimming pool will be closed to the public and members between 9am – 4pm, however the gym, climbing wall and squash courts will be open as usual and the Zumba class will still be running in the main hall.

Charitable trust makes memorial donation for bipolar research

Lancaster University has been given a significant charitable donation to help improve the lives of people with bipolar disorder and their relatives. The award was made by the Violet and Milo Cripps Charitable Trust in memory of Lord Milo Douglas who had bipolar disorder and tragically committed suicide in 2009, aged 34. Thanks to the generous gift of the Trust, set up by the late Lord Parmoor, the University has been able to appoint Gerasimos Chatzidamianos, a post doctoral researcher. His research will explore the best ways of enabling people with bipolar disorder, their families and mental healthcare teams to work together. Full story.

Young adults in the north west consuming cheap drug ‘bubble’ following Mephedrone ban

Young adults in the north west of England have turned to unidentified white powders following the ban on former ‘legal high’ mephedrone and the falling purity of popular street drugs such as cocaine, according to new research by Drs Fiona Measham and Karenza Moore (Applied Social Science) published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Today. Full story.

Congratulations to the first cohort of Lancaster Award achievers 2011/12

The Centre for Employability, Enterprise and Careers (CEEC) are delighted to announce that the first cohort of this year’s Lancaster Award have passed their final interviews. By completing a full application process exploring their commitment to work-experience, volunteering, community and campus engagement and career management skills, the following students then went on to pass a challenging graduate level interview where they demonstrated key competencies and aptitude to pursue graduate level employment or post-graduate study. Congratulations to all.

Amy Fowler, PhD Geography, Graduate College
Paul Todd, BSc Hons Cell Biology, County College
Helen Schofield, BA Hons History, Cartmel College
Sarah Shorrock, BA Hons Criminology, Bowland College
Rachael Oliver, BSc Hons Business Studies, Grizedale College
Robyn Woodrow, BA Hons English Language, Fylde
Annie White, BA Hons English Literature, Furness

The Lancaster Award interviews will continue weekly into the spring and we always welcome additional skills, perspective and talent on the interview panel. If you would like to be considered, please contact Diane Richardson for further information.

Strategic Plan action programmes

At Senate it was announced that action programmes would be developed for the main areas of the Strategic Plan. The action programmes have been authorised by UMAG and are attached here.

The principle of developing a set of action programmes for each of the seven aims of the Strategic Plan has been followed, albeit with the following exceptions. The Strategic Plan aims of ‘People’ and the ‘Lancaster Experience’ have been split into: ‘People and the Lancaster Experience (Staff)’ and ‘People and the Lancaster Experience (Students)’. There is no set of action programmes for ‘Income Generation, Productivity and Financial Sustainability’ in part because the type of action programmes that have been set up for other areas do not fit with financial and capital planning and in part because financial and capital have distinctive schedules set by the financial year.

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.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011

Students and staff are invited to Lancaster University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, starting on November 14, which has been awarded a ‘High Impact Badge of Honour’ by GEW UK. We would like to invite staff to join us in celebrating the week and congratulating our most enterprising students and graduates by attending the Lancaster University Student Enterprise Awards 2011 on Friday the 18 November from 5-7pm in LUMS LT1 and hub. Hosted by Professor Chris May and Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Amanda Chetwynd we will be presenting awards for:

The keynote speaker is Preston entrepreneur Kirsty Henshaw of Dragon’s Den who will explain how she won financial backing from Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne. Kirsty set up and runs Worthenshaws and the "Freedom" brand of products which are available in all major supermarkets. There will be a buffet and networking to follow.

To register for the event please visit: here.

Library access

Staff may be aware that access to the publications of two major science organisations (the American Physical Society and IEEE) was temporarily suspended recently because use from Lancaster IP addresses breached their licence terms. Access was restored once we had been able to assure the publishers that appropriate steps were being taken in the University.

Everyone else relying on access to journals to support their work is seriously inconvenienced when something of this sort occurs. It is important that anyone using electronic books and journals, which are a shared resource for the whole University, observes the expectations of fair use which licences allow. More information on the terms of licenses for electronic journals can be found here.

People

Emeritus Professor Paul Chilton (LAEL), will attend the Fourth International Conference on New Discourses in Contemporary China 2011, held on 11 – 13 November at Guangwai (Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies). Professor Chilton will give the plenary lecture, "Cognition, Language and Values in Discourse Analysis" and will also deliver a lecture to the staff and postgraduate students in the Linguistics department at Guangwai .

The conference has been organised by the international academic network "New Discourses in Contemporary China (NDCC)", started by Professors Ruth Wodak and Paul Chilton, at Lancaster in 2006, in collaboration with Professor Zhang Maizeng at Nankai University and Professor Hailong Tian at Tianjin University of Commerce, with the aid of an academic collaboration grant from the Leverhulme Trust. In addition Professor Chilton will also give lectures at Nanjing University, Tianjin University of Commerce, Peking University, and will have research discussions at Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beiwai).

Graham Mort’s Inaugural Professorial Event, introduced by Professor Lynne Pearce, LICA Event Studio, LICA Building 7 December at 6.00pm reading to be followed by a wine reception in the foyer. Please RSVP to l.kellett@lancaster.ac.uk.

Lancaster in the news

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

Research into drug use by Drs Fiona Measham and Karenza Moore (Applied Social Science) appears widely in the national media including BBC news and The Observer, while Dr Annette Ryan (LEC) appears on Canadian TV talking about the weather.

Notices

The Spectrum Centre – Lancaster University : ‘Factors helpful to functioning in Bipolar Disorder: A Qualitative Study’ The Spectrum Centre at Lancaster University is dedicated to research into Bipolar Disorder and associated conditions. We are developing a range of psychological approaches to help people with various aspects of Bipolar Disorder and conducting research into the psychology of Bipolar Disorder. We are currently recruiting participants to the following study: ‘Factors helpful to functioning in Bipolar Disorder: A Qualitative Study’. Because of the specific focus of the study we are looking for people who are currently in full-time employment or the full-time equivalent of work/study/caring role. Participation in the study would involve answering some questions about mood/symptoms/other experiences, some brief questionnaires and an exploratory interview about factors which you think have helped you to function well with bipolar disorder. These interviews are designed to be conducted by telephone but if you live in the North West there is the option of face-to-face interviews if you would prefer. If you are interested in finding out more about the study then please contact Kirsty Stevenson-Turner (Service User Researcher) on 01524 592569 or Alison Beck (Senior Research Associate) on 01524 93171.

Underpass work update

During the works to improve Alexandra Square, the consultant structural engineers advised the University to make 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 has now been identified and the remedial work is due to begin in the next couple of weeks. It is expected that the underpass will reopen in April 2012.

Fire Safety Exercise

On Sunday 13 November the Fire Brigade will be undertaking an exercise in Bowland Tower from 2pm.

Electricity switchover – this weekend

The University’s new substation (near to Green Lane) will be connected to the power supply this weekend (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November). It is not expected that the University will lose power but it cannot be guaranteed. Please contact Peter McMullen P.mcmullen@lancaster.ac.uk if you have any concerns.

HR move into new building

The new Human Resources building outside the front of University House is now complete and the department will be moving into the building at the weekend. Phone numbers will remain the same (as in the new phone book).

County South kitchen refurbishment

Phase one of the County South Kitchen refurbishment project is now complete. Phase two will start on Monday 14 November. The majority of the work will be behind closed doors with limited works affecting Refuel @ Cafe Twenty Ten, however you will see a new hot food counter and a new self service dish washing facility.

Business travel web pages

The travel team are pleased to launch a comprehensive web portal which will assist with booking business travel. www.lancs.ac.uk/current-staff/travel/.

The travel team works in partnership with Co-operative Travel Management, the University’s preferred supplier. The Co-op is recognised within the business travel industry for their quality of service provision. The Co-op team identify new air and hotel opportunities, preferred rates, significant discounts and additional amenities with major airlines and hotels.

College officers

The Lancaster Collegiate system is designed to encourage participation and to break down barriers between students and staff. All staff members at the University are also senior members of a college, and are encouraged to take an active part in college activities. For information about the current College Officer appointments please see link from Student Based Services. This information is updated annually.

Training and courses

Managing Personal Stress – half day training opportunity for staff

As part of our continued response to the Wellbeing at Work Survey, Human Resources 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.

There are still places left on our Friday 18 November sessions:

To enrol, contact: oed@lancaster.ac.uk. See the programme flyer.

Help Direct – health & wellbeing drop-in service for staff and students

Help Direct is a service commissioned by Lancashire County Council that advises adults in Lancashire how to get practical support, guidance and information on a wide range of physical and mental health and wellbeing issues. Human Resources has arranged an initial schedule of fortnightly drop-in sessions. All drop-in sessions will take place in room A18 of the University Reception building, from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Tuesdays: 15 and 29 November, 13 December and 17 January. See the Help Direct website.

Organisation and Educational Development

Public engagement and researcher impact, 22 November, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Developed for Researchers and academic staff wishing to develop knowledge and skills in engaging with others to ensure wider public understanding of research.

The course looks at why public engagement matters; activities to achieve public engagement; maximising research impact through public engagement; and Lancaster University case studies of successful public engagement.

Conducting investigations (disciplinary and grievance), 9 December, 9.15am - 4.30pm. This course is designed for you as a Line Manager or Supervisor. Familiarisation with the new HR policies on discipline, grievance and capability.

We will cover: core principles of fair and effective investigations; legal background and best practice; preparation and structure of interview; interpersonal skills; writing the report; and a case study – ‘The Investigation Maze.’ At the end of the course you will be able to: appreciate how to conduct an investigations fairly and effectively; demonstrate improved skills in carrying out an Investigation; follow and implement the revised procedures

To enrol on any of the above, or, for further details, please contact : www.lancs.ac.uk/mailto/oed

Staff IT Training

There are a few places left on the following IT training sessions run by ISS. If you would like to attend any of these sessions please book online.

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.

WHAT'S ON

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, and 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.

Art Exhibition - Opening Event

Was I there? A group show including work from: John Angus, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Juneau Projects and Jamie Shovlin
23 November – 16 December in the Peter Scott Gallery.
Public opening event Tuesday 22 November at 6.30pm followed by double-bill gig at 8pm.

Theatre / Live Art

Double-bill performance/gig
Action Hero: Frontman | Juneau Brothers
Tuesday 22 November at 8.00pm in the Nuffield Theatre.

Accounting seminars

Friday 11 November “Strategic cash holdings and R&D competition: Theory and evidence” Evgeny Lyandres (Boston University, USA)
Friday 18 November “Transparency as an antecedent to accuracy and efficiency in cost system design: Evidence from the field” Christopher Chapman (Imperial College London) at 2.15pm, LT6, LUMS, visit for further details.