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| 25 November 2011 | Issue 545

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


National award for Lancaster physics student

A PhD student at Lancaster University has achieved national recognition with an award from the magazine Red for women in the workplace. Cherry Canovan won in the Returner category at the annual Red Hot Women Awards 2011 at a champagne reception in London hosted by Lauren Laverne. After a career as science correspondent on the Times Educational Supplement, Cherry began a physics degree at Lancaster University during her maternity leave. In 2009, she founded the Lancaster University Women in Physics Group, and earlier this year she was awarded the title of Very Early Career Woman Physicist Of The Year by the Institute Of Physics. Full story.

£1.9M to develop technology for social change

Lancaster University is leading a £1.9m Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council project to build the next Twitter or Facebook with the potential to change the world. The social media boom has transformed our lives, shaping everything from the way we shop and socialise to how we do business. Change-hungry citizens have also turned to mobile digital communications during key world events from the London riots and the subsequent ‘clean up the streets’ campaign to the so called ‘twitter revolutions’ in Tunisia and Egypt. Full story.

Lancaster University in partnership with Lancaster and Morecambe College

Lancaster University is proud to announce a new partnership with Lancaster and Morecambe College. The partnership is designed to help local students at the college progress onto Higher Education and to consider studying at Lancaster University. Full story.

Lancaster University Student Enterprise Awards

The achievements of student and graduate entrepreneurs have been recognised at the first ever Lancaster University Student Enterprise Awards. The celebration event at Lancaster University Management School was the culmination of a packed programme of events for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011. Full story.

Farewell afternoon tea with the Vice-Chancellor

Over 200 colleagues are attending the Farewell Afternoon Tea with the Vice-Chancellor on Tuesday 29 November, 2.00 – 3.30pm, in the Great Hall. There will also be an opportunity to view Tai Shan Schierenberg’s portrait of Professor Paul Wellings, commissioned to mark his time as fifth Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University. All colleagues are welcome. If you haven’t yet registered but would like to attend, please e-mail the events team to confirm your attendance and any dietary requirements. All those attending are kindly asked to arrive at 2.00pm in time for speeches at 2.15pm.

December honorary degrees

Professor Ian Cumming, Honorary Professor in the Leadership Centre at Lancaster University Management School, and Professor Yueguo Gu of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences are to receive honorary degrees at the December graduation ceremonies. Full story.

Traditional Christmas Market

The LUSU Christmas Market is on Friday Week 9 (9 December) from 12-9pm outside Fylde College. Free of charge and open to all, attractions include Santa’s Grotto, Chair-o-planes ride, reindeers and a wide variety of food, drink, craft and gift stalls. There will be performances from LUSU activity groups from 5pm onwards, so wrap up warm, bring the family and get into the festive spirit! Full story.

Death notices

We regret to report that Jackie Downham died on Monday 21 November after a short period in hospital. Jackie worked in the Department of Accounting and Finance and in the LUMS Undergraduate Office, where she was responsible for the administration of the Business Studies degree, before leaving the University in December 2007. She will be greatly missed by her friends, family and colleagues. The funeral will take place at 11.00am on Wednesday 30 November at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium.

We regret to announce the death of Peter Rainford on Thursday 10 November. Peter worked as a Groundsman in Facilities from 1 April 1985 to 31 January 2010. Peter was a popular member of staff and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. His funeral will take place on Monday 28 November at 11.00am at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium.


Dr Margaret Ives has arranged for a tree to be planted in Dr Zara Zaddy’s memory at the Crook of Lune memorial site in Caton on Saturday 17 December at 11am. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend. Donations are welcome. Please contact Ann Thomas, Departmental Officer, DELC, B86 Bowland North, ext. 93483 if you wish to make a contribution or seek further information about the event.

Dr Karen Broadhurst (Applied Social Science) was invited to present interim research findings at the Office of the President of the Family Division, Sir Nicholas Wall, on November 7 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The presentation concerned findings from the West Midlands Demonstration Project, cited in the Family Justice Review, concerning a novel initiative involving the Children's Guardian.

Professor Paul Farley (English and Creative Writing) has taken part in ‘Earth Music’, a weeklong series of concerts and talks hosted by the BBC in Bristol all this week. ‘Earth Music’ is a new kind of festival that takes musicians’ sonic interactions with nature, and also connects musical inspiration with those of visual artists, poets, filmmakers, photographers and scientists. Paul’s essay, ‘Woof and Tweet’, was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on November 25.

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) was invited as a keynote speaker at a conference in Moscow on “Discourse as Social Practice: Priorities and Prospects” from 17-19 November. She spoke on ‘Organisational decision-making, discourse and power: The influence of leadership, context, and genre on consensus-building’.

Jackie Williams, a counsellor in Student Wellbeing Services, has been appointed to the national Association for University & College Counselling (AUCC) advisory service committee. This consists of a group of experienced, accredited practitioners working in further or higher education institutions who provide information and advice for AUCC members and their managers relating to counselling in colleges and 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 three 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).

Pre-School Centre staff and children enjoyed a visit from Pudsey Bear on Monday 21 November to help raise money for Children in Need. Children paid £1 and brought their favourite teddy to join in with a Teddy Bears Picnic, a total of £133.70 was raised. Other fundraising included a 'Great Facilities Bake Off' hosted by the Facilities office and together with the University House Reception’s collection buckets and a mufti day collection they raised £153.04. InfoLab21 also held a 'dress-up or dress-down day' and raised £300.37.

Lancaster in the news

The announcement of a new Department of Chemistry appears in the Times Higher Education, Sunday Times and The Guardian while Marion McClintock was interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire about her new book on the history of Lancaster University.

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


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.

Furness refurbishment - scaffolding

The contractor will be scaffolding the north west elevation of Furness (above The Venue) and the north elevation (facing into Edward Roberts Court) this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). The lower section of the ramp leading down from the rear of The Venue to Edward Roberts court will be closed, however someone will be present at all times to re-open the ramp should disabled access or deliveries be required. The ramp will re-open as normal on Monday morning as will The Venue.

New research portal

The new university research portal has now been launched here . This provides a searchable view of all university researchers, publications and research projects, driven by data held in the Pure research information system. The portal can be accessed via the “Find Research and Experts” link on the main university research page . Staff wishing to update their profile details can do so via the Pure system and there are how-to guides available here . Any queries should be directed to The Sophia (Pure) project team would like to thank all staff for their assistance in enabling this new site to be launched.

Physics Quantum Technology Centre

Work will begin on a new Clean Room on November 28 to provide a controlled environment for research into the physics of the next generation of electronics. Around four car parking spaces will be lost on Physics Avenue during the work, which will centre on three existing rooms plus an extension to the plant room. The work is expected to be completed in April next year.

Successful Migration of Undergraduates to Live@edu

ISS have now successfully completed the migration of all undergraduate and student society accounts from the Unix mail (Webmail) system to Live@edu. There are now over 9,500 students using the service.

The Live@edu mail service offers many benefits over the previous system including much larger mailboxes, improved connectivity for mobile devices, including push mail, and access to additional services such as SkyDrive, Instant Messaging and Office Applications.

The final part of the move to Live@edu is to remove the current 'Webmail' login page and replace it with the CoSign login page (which will then become the default page for signing in). This will take place on Thursday 1 December.

Extra space at Zumba

Due to popular demand, the Monday and Thursday lunchtime classes (1.15pm-2pm) have been moved from the Studio into the Sports Hall. They now take up to 70 people. To book your class click here.

Update on Spinning Classes

The Sports Centre has bought the latest spinning bike – the Spinning Blade – but delays have occurred bringing the bike into the country. The supplier has confirmed delivery by the end of December 2011. Exercise professionals will be trained to deliver spinning classes on 4th and 5th January 2012 with a full programme introduced at the beginning of January. The Sports Centre apologises for any disappointment this delay has caused but feel that the superior product will be worth the wait. For more information about the Sports Centre visit here.

Children’s activities at the sports centre

Bookings are now being taken for the Mad 4 Kidz activity days at the sports centre from 19 to 23 December. Children aged between 8 and 14 years can enjoy everything from team games to tennis, basketball, tag rugby and lots more. For more information including how to book click here or call the sports centre reception on 01524 510600.

Training and courses

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.

Supported Learning Programme

The deadline for Supporting Learning Programme (SLP) applications is fast approaching. The programme starts on 25 January 2012. To have your application considered, please ensure it is submitted to: Helen Ratcliffe, Development Programmes Co-ordinator, Organisation and Educational Development, HR Building or email no later than 16 December 2011. Places will be allocated at this time so it is vital that your application is received in prior to the deadline.

Managing discipline, capability and grievances, 9 December 2011, 9.15am - 4.30pm.
This course is designed for you as a Line Manager or Supervisor. You will need to be familiar 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.’

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


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

Christmas carol service

The Chaplaincy Centre is holding the annual Christmas Carol Service on Monday 12 December at 6:15pm. The service will include traditional carols, readings and international performances. After the service light seasonal refreshments will be served. Everyone is very welcome.

On-line Retailing: lessons learned and what they mean for future strategy

A talk by Tony Preedy, Lakeland Marketing Director on Wednesday 30 November, 6–8pm Lancaster University Conference Centre, Bowland College. Open to Lancaster University staff and students at special price of £10 (buffet included). Some free places available for staff on first come first served basis. To attend contact: Val Goulding (Monday – Wednesday) or ext. 10902 Further information

The place of voice in collaborative online learning

Presented by Alex Bell, research student, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, and also of the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. This seminar will take place on Wednesday 7th December 2011, 12.30- 2.00 p.m., 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.

Talk by former Minister Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke, Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, will speak on `The Roles of Education and Educational Research in Promoting Social Justice` in an event hosted by the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education. Everyone is welcome at the talk in FASS meeting rooms 2/3 on December 1 from 4 to 530pm. For catering purposes, please inform Kathryn Doherty if you plan to attend.

Chaplaincy Centre exhibition

A photography exhibition about climate change in Africa is taking place at the Chaplaincy Centre while the COP17 Climate Conference takes place in South Africa. The exhibition is open from November 26 until December 10.

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

Curry Night at Grad Bar

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


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