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| 2 December 2011 | Issue 546

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

The last issue of LU Text before the Christmas break will be on 16 December


Staff awards 2012

Nominations are now open for the Staff Awards 2012, which are a celebration of excellence and innovation. There are two award categories:

Closing date for nominations: 16 January 2012. See the Staff Awards 2012 website.

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.

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December, the Furness Avenue car park area will be closed to accommodate the events activities. LUSU apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Innovative credit easing will greatly boost lending to SMEs says new report

The Treasury could significantly boost lending to SMEs by adopting an innovative approach to credit easing. This is according to a new report by Will Hutton and Professor Ken Peasnell of Lancaster University Management School for the Big Innovation Centre. The paper calls on the Treasury to create Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) which would buy high-quality SME debt from banks, enabling originating banks to increase investment in businesses. The new scheme would mean banks could invest less of their own credit in SMEs. And with measures in place to disincentivise risky lending, these investments would be profitable for banks. Full story.

International teaching partnerships at Lancaster

The number of international students studying for a Lancaster University degree overseas has for the first time overtaken the number of international students on the home campus. By the end of the decade the number of international students studying for Lancaster degrees overseas is forecast to be more than 10,000. Full story

Staff say goodbye to Vice-Chancellor

More than two hundred members of staff attended a Farewell Afternoon Tea with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings in the Great Hall on Tuesday November 29. There was also an opportunity to view Tai Shan Schierenberg’s portrait of Professor Wellings, commissioned to mark his time as fifth Vice-Chancellor. The portrait was unveiled at a farewell dinner the previous day, when the guests included HRH Princess Alexandra and the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington. Full story.

Awards for outstanding engineering students

Four first class engineering students from Lancaster University have won awards for outstanding projects and academic achievement relating to Renewable Energy, Marine Energy, Hydro Power and the Formula Student Racing Car. They were presented with their awards from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at the headquarters in London by Dr Martin Yates, Acting Chairman of the Institution`s Fluid Machinery Group. Full story

Russell Price

We regret to announce the death of Russell Price on Wednesday 23 November at St John’s Hospice, Lancaster. Russell was a founding member of the Department of Politics in 1964 and was senior lecturer until he retired from the University in 1999. His funeral service will be held at Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre at 11.30am on Monday 5 December and then onto the Scotforth Cemetery. Afterwards there will be a gathering in the Bowling Green Pub, Scotforth from 1pm onwards. All are invited.


HRH Princess Alexandra, founding Chancellor from 1964 until 2004, recently visited the new £20m sports centre at Lancaster University. Full story.

Dr Gemma Webster (Computing and Communications), has been awarded £10,000 to promote software she developed to help improve the care of people with dementia. Dr Webster spent three years working on the ‘Portrait’ project, which saw her develop software to act as a communications bridge between carers and people with dementia. She was one of three winners of the Research Councils UK ‘Telling Tales of Engagement’ competition which rewarded academics from across the country able to demonstrate the significant impact of their digital economy research. Full story.

Dr John Welshman (History) gave a paper on the history of Government efforts to tackle ‘problem families’ at a seminar on family policy at the Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London. The session, on Thursday 24 November, was chaired by Tom Jeffery, Director General, Children, Young People and Families; the other speaker was Professor Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary History, Kings College London. The seminar series is organised by History & Policy, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Lionel Wilson, (Emeritus Professor in the Lancaster Environment Centre), will give an invited presentation on "Volcanic Processes on Early-Forming Asteroids" at the annual autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union (5 - 9 December) in San Francisco.

Dr Bela Chatterjee (Law) recently presented her current research at the 9th International Cyberspace Conference at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic on 25 - 26 November. Her paper, delivered in the cybercrime stream, focused on contemporary developments in UK encryption law and child protection issues. The paper sought to explore some law enforcement challenges posed by sex offenders when they use sophisticated encryption programmes to mask their online activities. The interdisciplinary conference sought to develop a dialogue between eminent jurists and commentators from a number of different fields, including cyberpsychologists, legal professionals and economists. Brno is the legal capital of the Czech republic, and Masaryk University is its second largest public university.

PhD student Dr Leon Moosavi (Sociology) was invited to address counter-terrorism police officers at Lancashire Police headquarters in Preston on 1 December. Dr Moosavi talked about his research on Muslim converts in Britain.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Kevin Jones (LEC) is quoted on the China Daily website in an article about his research into chemical pollutants while Dr Debra Ferreday (Sociology) is quoted in The Sunday Times magazine in a feature on tanning.


Hospitality Christmas menu

Join us at one of three venues across campus for Christmas lunch. Have a look at our Christmas menu and call or email to book.

Christmas post dates

The Mailroom will close on 23 December, however mail sent on that day will not be delivered until after Christmas. It will re-open on 5 January. Please see below the last posting dates for mail.

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.

Microsoft Office deployment

The planned Christmas period deployment of Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) to teaching and lab spaces will not now take place until summer 2012. Seminar rooms and lecture theatre machines will still move to Windows 7 and Office 2010 will be available to all staff machines. Training and information resources on Windows7 and Office 2010 are available from the ISS Staff Training site.

Training and courses

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.

Supporting 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. Familiarisation with the new HR policies on discipline, grievance and capability is required. 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.’

Using the RDF to navigate your research career, 12 December 2011, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Applicable if you are a new Researcher or an established Researcher wanting to learn how to use the RDF in planning and developing your career. The course covers: individual Researchers' responsibilities for developing their own careers; the key 'domains' of the RDF; using the RDF to enhance career development opportunities presented by PDR; and development options for University research staff. There will also be a guest speaker presenting 'My Lancaster experience, tips and advice'.

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


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

The County bar beer and cider festival

20 Real Ales and four traditional ciders, live music and food. The event is running from Thursday 8 November until Saturday 10 November (Week 9).

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.


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