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| 18 November 2011 | Issue 544

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


Lancaster University announces new Department of Chemistry

Lancaster University Council today approved the establishment of a new Department of Chemistry, which will see students admitted to a new undergraduate degree in chemistry in October 2013.

A Head of Department will be appointed as soon as possible to drive the development forward and it is expected that up to 25 new members of staff will be hired in the first major phase of development. The new department will establish a challenging research-led MChem degree programme, which will build on Lancaster research and take advantage of industry relationships and placements. The programme will seek full accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Moving to a chemistry department and to a full chemistry degree will enable Lancaster to recruit additional strong science students, both from the UK and abroad, in a market where the numbers of applications to study chemistry in research-led universities are increasing. Full story.

Olympic gold medallist welcomes opening of new £20m sports centre

Olympic gold medallist Jason Queally has welcomed the opening of Lancaster University’s new £20m sports centre by the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington. A graduate of Lancaster University, he won gold and silver medals at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and is in training for the London Olympics in 2012. After the unveiling of the official plaque, Jason demonstrated his cycling in the 100 station gym while the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington demonstrated how to scale the 10m high climbing wall. Around 13,000 people a week use the new sports centre, half from the local community, including a thousand children a week who have swimming lessons. Full story

Academic processions at graduation ceremonies Wednesday 14 December 2011

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 here by Monday 21 November to ensure the correct robes can be provided for you.

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

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

Live at Lica exhibition launch 'Was I there?'

Was I there? brings together film footage, memorabilia, posters and artists’ responses to music, particularly rock, punk and noise. The exhibition features original promotional gig posters taking place in the late 70s and early 80s; The Damned, AC/DC and John Cooper Clarke gigs to name a few. Alongside these posters are other artefacts which seem authentic but ask us to question did this really happen? Was I there? The posters by artist and curator John Angus are joined with work from Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Juneau Projects and Jamie Shovlin in a show that looks at fact, fabrication and a sometimes hazy recollection of music history. Exhibition Launch: 6.30pm 22 November - 16 December. (Free) Tuesday's launch event (22 November) is followed by a 'performance gig' in the Nuffield Theatre Further Information.

Farewell afternoon tea with the Vice-Chancellor

All staff are cordially invited to a farewell afternoon tea with the Vice-Chancellor on Tuesday 29 November, 2 – 3.30 pm, in the Great Hall. If you plan to attend but haven’t yet registered, please RSVP on-line by Monday 21 November so that catering numbers can be confirmed:

The New Ideas Festival

The New Ideas Festival from November 21 aims to bring university research to the wider community with talks in schools and the city centre. The festival is an initiative from Graduate College funded with a £6000 donation from the Alumni Development Fund and organised by PhD students. The first phase will involve PhD students taking multimedia presentations of their current work to sixth form students at local high schools. The festival culminates in the city centre on Saturday 26 November, when the doctoral candidates will be presenting a poster exhibition in Market Square followed by presentations at the Storey Institute from 4pm, with evening talks from academics including Professors Geraint Johnes and Tim Dant. A wine reception will accompany this event at which there will be a chance for informal socialising. Everything is free and all are welcome. More details and a full programme is available on the Facebook group New Ideas Festival or from Anna Tarrant.

Bailrigg FM does Children In Need

Bailrigg FM are doing a 24 hour outside broadcast for Children In Need. Four DJs will be in Edwards Roberts Court (outside LUSU) from 8pm Thursday 17 November until 8pm Friday 18 November. Last year they raised £300 for Red Nose day and this year they are hoping to raise that total to reach £500 for Children In Need. To help them reach their target, you can either donate in person or online or by texting BRFM88 and add either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 to the end, for example BRFM88 1 will donate £1 to the cause.

Christmas 2011 pay arrangements

Staff Salaries that are normally paid on the 28th of the month will be paid on Friday 23 December. To facilitate the earlier payment, all payroll data such as timesheets, bank detail changes etc must be lodged with the Payroll Office no later than Monday 12 December at 5pm. Items received after this time will be held over to the January 2012 payroll. This deadline applies to sessional staff who are paid on submission of timesheets. Please ensure that the payroll employee number is entered on any timesheets or claim forms. Claims which are fully completed will receive priority in processing.

There are no changes to pay arrangements for staff normally paid on the 15th of the month. If you have any queries please contact the Payroll Office.


Professor Elaine Aston, Theatre Studies, LICA is this year’s recipient of the Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize, awarded annually by The American Society for Theatre Research ‘for the best essay written and published in English in a refereed scholarly journal or volume published by a scholarly press’. Her winning article, ‘Feeling the Loss of Feminism: Sarah Kane's Blasted and an Experiential Genealogy of Contemporary Women's Playwriting’, published in Theatre Journal, December 2010, will be recognised later this week at the ASTR annual meeting in Montreal, where she will be presented with a plaque to mark her accomplishment.

Professor Nick Hewitt (Lancaster Environment Centre) has been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace on 8 December. The reception is being given by Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to mark the centenary of Captain Robert Scott's final expedition to the South Pole. The reception is to recognise the accomplishments of those involved in exploration and adventure in pursuit of achievement, research or education.

Dr Athanasios Katsoyiannis (LEC) was one of the experts who contributed to the report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 'Methods for monitoring indoor air quality in schools'.

Pro-Chancellor Bryan Gray and Professor Cary Cooper were both panellists at the Institute of Directors’ first ever debate on higher education at Deloitte in Manchester. The Question Time-style event before an audience discussed everything from student fees and apprenticeships to the future shape of universities.

College Principal posts

A number of College Principals will come to the end of their term of office in the summer. A formal request for applications will be sent out soon. At this stage, we are seeking expressions of interest or nominations of individuals who might make a good Principal.

The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features, of value for students and staff alike. As a Principal, you would play a vital role in leading the College team and shaping the life of a College. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by a team of college officers. You would need a strong interest in people; the ability to listen to College members;the ability to represent your College’s views and conversely to explain University policy to College members;a willingness to participate in University policy-making and a creative approach to problem-solving.

Appointments are normally for a period of 3 years, and a quarter of your time would be ‘bought out’ from your department, subject to discussion with your Head of Department. Further particulars, including a statement of duties and responsibilities, can be obtained from Hilary Simmons. For an informal discussion about what is involved, you are welcome to get in touch with Amanda Chetwynd (extension 92088) or Hilary Simmons (extension 92020).

Lancaster in the news

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

Dr Fiona Measham (Applied Social Science) is quoted in The Economist while Professor Julia Balogun and Dr Anthony Hesketh (LUMS) are quoted in The Edge magazine.


Chapel Lane closure

Lancaster City Council has announced that Chapel Lane (the road linking Hazelrigg Lane to Galgate via Ellel) will be closed from 21 to 28 November, whilst they undertake utilities work at Ellel House. For further details see the Council's Lancashire Roadworks Bulletin web page.

Funding now available to adopt best practice

Funding of up to £10,000 per institution has now become available to adopt best practice from projects that have been supported by the National HE STEM Programme. The work of this programme has focused on a number of areas:

The funding available is for universities to ‘adopt’ a select number of Programme activities which have been implemented and delivered elsewhere; there are 23 activities to choose from and some may be of interest to members of this list. More details.

Organisation and Educational Development (OED) relocation

OED have moved from Ash House into the new HR building (old computer centre). This is located between University house and the Security lodge. Please visit for up to date contact details. If you are booked to attend any training sessions in the coming months, the OED team will email you to inform you if the training location has changed. If you have any questions regarding location or any other queries, please contact

Online mood and sleep study

Researchers and PhD Students in the Spectrum Centre (SHM) are looking for participants for an online study into relationships between personality style, sleep and activity patterns, and mood. For futher details follow the link. Anyone who completes the study will receive personalised feedback based on their responses and the opportunity to enter themselves in a free prize draw with the chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers.

New Human Resources building

The Human Resources (HR) department has now moved into the new HR building at the front of University House. Landscaping work to the grounds surrounding the building will be completed over the next 2 weeks.

Pre-school crossing

The existing crossing point outside the Pre-School is to be modified into a zebra crossing. This work will start on Monday 21 November and is due to be completed by Monday 28 November. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused while this work is carried out.

Procurement newsletter

Please click to view the latest edition of “Procurement Matters” which provides details of what is happening with regard to suppliers, framework agreements, recommended suppliers, special offers and other events which departments will find useful.

Training and courses

Organisation and Educational Development

LUMS Teaching & Learning Forum - Implementing the new Undergraduate Assessment Regulations, 28 November, 12.30pm - 2.00pm.

Dr Gavin Brown, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, will lead a discussion on the use of the new undergraduate assessment regulations. Participants are invited to indicate any particular questions or areas they would like to discuss when signing up for the forum.

Recruiting the best (2 day course), 29 and 30 November, 9.15am - 4.30pm

This is an improved module on recruitment and selection launched in September 2010. Even if you undertook the training previously please attend this enhanced programme. It is designed for recruiting managers, admin staff supporting recruitment activities, and any staff sitting on recruitment panels. All staff involved in the recruitment process should attend this course to ensure that they are fully up to date with legal requirements.

Ethics in the University, 2 December, 10.30am - 3.30pm

The course uses case studies relevant to participants’ interests and examines fundamental questions: what ethical issues should be considered in planning and conducting research? When does research require ethical approval? What can ethical considerations tell us about the proper role of research? What can ethical considerations tell us about the role of universities in society?

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

ISS upgrades to teaching spaces and Microsoft Office

Over the summer, ISS successfully deployed Microsoft Windows 7 in ISS teaching labs and to many staff machines. To follow up on this ISS will be deploying Windows 7 to seminar and lecture theatres over the Christmas period. ISS will also be deploying Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) to teaching and lab spaces and offering it to staff who have already installed Windows 7 or are due to do so soon. Training and information resources on Windows7 and Office2010 are available here.

Staff training available for 2011/12 Moodle VLE prototype

Staff who have modules registered for the 2011/12 Moodle prototype can now receive training and on-hand assistance in using Moodle from ISS eLearning Assistants.
Two eLearning Assistants are the first point of contact for questions relating to Moodle, providing training and support in the form of 1-1 tutorials, informal discussions, and answering specific questions. They will be in LUMS Hub café and the Learning Zone at specific times each Wednesday and Thursday during Michaelmas term. See the Lancaster eLearning updates posting for further information, including times.
All participating staff, whether new to Moodle or experienced in using it, are encouraged to take advantage of the training and assistance in order to make the most effective use of the prototype Moodle configuration, which includes a range of custom plugins and activity options.

Staff IT training

There are some places available 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.


Students to tackle sustainability at Lancaster; Snowballing Lancaster

A group of students are running a project to address people’s attitudes towards sustainability at Lancaster as part of the npower Future Leaders Competition. During week seven (21/11 - 25/11) there a number of events being run aimed at actively engaging the university community with their carbon footprints and how these can be reduced by making small changes to lifestyles.

The main event will be a talk by author Mike Berners-Lee about how we all can make changes leading to a big, positive climate impact. It is open to all and will be held at 2pm in Cavendish Lecture theatre on Wednesday 23 November. Visit the website ( or see the team in Alexandra Square during the week for more information.

Live at LICA events

Concert - Jazz
Sector 7
Thursday 1 December at 7.30pm in the Great Hall
Podium lecture 1.00pm - Preview Concert 6.45pm

Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion Double-bill
Cheap Lecture - The Cow Piece.
Saturday 3 December at 8.00pm in the Nuffield Theatre

Judgements on value:how can we conceptualise evaluative practices in Higher Education?

Presented by Professor Murray Saunders, Department of Educational Research. Wednesday 23 November, 12.30- 2.00pm, FASS Building, MR1 (formerly IAS Building). Department of Educational Research Seminar Series. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Dee Daglish, or go to the forthcoming events section on the Department of Educational Research website.

Curry Night at Grad Bar

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

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


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