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| 9 December 2011 | Issue 547

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

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

NEWS

Higher Degree ceremonies – 14 December

Over 1500 students will graduate with Higher Degrees and Diplomas from Lancaster University next week. 959 of these will be attending a graduation ceremony, accompanied by 2,000 guests. The degrees will be conferred by the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Pro-Chancellor, John Hadfield, in four ceremonies which take place in the Great Hall.

The Chancellor will confer Honorary Degrees upon Professor Gu Yueguo, Founding Dean of Beijing Foreign Studies University Online Education Institute and Lancaster alumnus, and Ian Cumming OBE, National Director for Quality during Transition in the NHS.

Over 200 colleagues will be participating, either by joining academic platforms, or assisting with the smooth running of the ceremonies. To view the full timetable visit here. All the ceremonies can be viewed live via the web here

Parking arrangements

Up to 900 additional vehicles are expected over the course of the day. A parking management plan is in place with Graduation traffic being directed into any available parking space on campus, including Staff Parking Zones. Staff unable to find a parking space during the day should follow the directions of the parking marshals, in high-visibility vests. Please co-operate with their directions as they are there to help everyone find a place to park. There are no parking charges on Graduation Day. Staff are also welcome to make use of the free minibus service which will operate around campus from 7.30am to 6.30pm with various signed minibus pick-up points around the perimeter road. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the day, if at all possible.

Lancaster University wins sustainable travel award

Lancaster University has been awarded the title of Commuter Friendly Workplace of the Year in the ACT TravelWise awards for sustainable travel. The award is for the organisation that can demonstrate having made the biggest strides towards making their offices more accessible to commuters without single occupancy car use. Full story.

Computing researchers make digital scarecrow documentary

The story of Lancaster University’s Wray Broadband Project is to be made into a documentary film featuring a digitally enhanced scarecrow at the annual village festival. The initiative from the School of Computing and Communications is being funded by a “Telling Tales of Engagement” competition run by Research Councils UK. The aim is to explain the background to the University’s transformation of village life when Wray became the first UK village to get wifi broadband in 2003 and the first to get hi-speed broadband in 2010. Full story

Big Innovation Centre hosts launch of Government strategy for growth

The Big Innovation Centre, an initiative of The Work Foundation and Lancaster University, has been chosen as the launchpad for the Government’s new Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth. The £75 million boost for high tech small and medium sized businesses is part of a package of measures launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts. The N8 group of northern universities including Lancaster University was cited as an example of how economic growth can be boosted through investment in research and innovation. Full story

Professorial review – deadline approaching

Professorial staff have until 23 December 2011 to prepare and submit electronically a case to their Head of Department and Faculty Dean for the following categories:

Full documentation concerning the review process can be found here.

Sports Centre parking

Following suggestions and feedback from users on the Car Parking Policy at the new Sports Centre, a new Car Parking Policy (effective from Tuesday 3 January 2012) will allow two hours free parking outside the Sports Centre for centre users only (subject to availability, no return within one hour). Attached is a leaflet with more information.

Sports Centre Christmas opening hours

Follow link for a list of opening hours.

People

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. Those colleagues and friends who wish to attend are asked to meet in the Crook of Lune car park at 10.30 to be on site by 10.45 (please note this change of time). 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 Adam Taylor (Faculty of Health and Medicine) was invited to speak at an international conference on the rare genetic disease Alkaptonuria describing the very severe and early onset arthritis seen in sufferers of the disease. He has also had a high impact paper published on a similar topic in the December issue of Arthritis and Rhuematism. Both these serve to describe the presentation of the joint degeneration in this disease, and how this model can be used to understand the much more common osteoarthritis.

Lancaster in the news

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

An international PhD student at the Lancaster Environment Centre has praised Lancaster University on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours, in a programme about the benefits to the economy of overseas students, while alumnus Jon Moulton has appeared on BBC TV’s Newsnight.

Notices

Festive mince pies in the newly refurbished HR building

The HR Division extends an invite to all staff to join them for a mince pie and a look around the newly refurbished HR building (next to University House) on Tuesday 20 December between 12.30pm - 1.30pm. No need to RSVP.

Survey of copyright photocopying

Next term the Copyright Licensing Agency will be in Lancaster to conduct a survey of copyright material being photocopied on campus. Over a period of six weeks starting at the end of January, staff in selected departments will be asked to make a simple record when they photocopy copyright materials such as books, journals or magazines. The departments involved are Applied Social Sciences, Educational Research, DELC, History, Law, Linguistics, PPR, Biomedical and Life Sciences, CETAD, Health Research, Lancaster Medical School, Economics, Engineering, LEC, Physics and Psychology.

The University purchases a licence from the CLA which authorises certain types of use of copyright material. The sole purpose of the survey is to gather data to ensure that licence fees are fairly redistributed to rightsholders – authors, publishers and visual creators.

Further details will be circulated to the relevant departments nearer to the start of the survey, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Lorna Pimperton, Lorna Pimperton Copyright Officer.

Pedestrian crossings works

The work to modify the Pre-School and LICA crossings into zebra crossings is now complete. Work will start on the pedestrian crossing outside InfoLab21 on Monday 19 December. This will take a week to complete and during this time one lane will be restricted but access will be maintained at all times.

Parking arrangements for Graduation on Wednesday 14 December

Up to 900 additional vehicles are expected over the course of the day for the Graduation ceremonies. A parking management plan is in place with Graduation traffic being directed into any available parking space on campus, including Staff Parking Zones. Staff unable to find a parking space during the day should follow the directions of the parking marshals, in high-visibility vests. Please co-operate with their directions as they are there to help everyone find a place to park. There are no parking charges on Graduation Day. Staff are also welcome to make use of the free minibus service which will operate around campus from 07:30 to 18:30 with various signed minibus pick-up points around the perimeter road. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the day, if at all possible. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

Bowland Avenue South

Following the completion of the refurbishment to the HR Building in Bowland Avenue (next to Security) the disabled parking and motorcycle parking bays outside the building have now reopened. The red and white barriers remain in place around the old drop-off bay outside University House to prevent vehicles from parking close to the temporary pedestrian crossing and obscuring visibility between pedestrians and passing traffic. From Monday 12 December the former parking bays on the far side of Bowland Avenue South will become a temporary drop-off bay. The area will return to normal once the underpass reopens.

Photo kiosk printing service

FOLIO has introduced a new photo kiosk printing service in the University Post office. Personalised photo products such as Christmas cards, calendars, year planners, mouse mats and photo books (and many more) can be created from your own photos. The products are produced on site so the turnaround is just 2 working days. The kiosk is easy to use and you can download images from a phone, CD or USB stick. If you need advice or help don’t hesitate to call FOLIO print room on 92071 and ask for Chris Holloway. FOLIO would also like to remind their customers that printing work is now being accepted for start of next term.

Bus services over the Christmas / New Year period

Between Saturday 24 December 2011 and Tuesday 3 January 2012 Stagecoach buses will run to festive timetables. Please see the link here for more information.

Children’s Christmas Party

Invitation to all Staff and Students to come along to a Children’s Christmas Party to be held in Fylde Common Room (old coffee bar) on Tuesday 20 December, between 3.30pm – 5.30pm. There will be party games and Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance too! Feel free to bring along a cake or other goodies, if you wish to do so. Please email j.hulland@lancaster.ac.uk, to confirm the number of children you will bring along by Tuesday 13 December.

WHAT'S ON

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 December until Saturday 10 December (Week 9).

Educational Research seminar

Can the peer group help to counteract cyberbullying? How research can inform practice. Presented by Professor Helen Cowie, University of Surrey. This seminar will take place on Wednesday 25 January 2012, 12.30 - 2.00 pm, FASS Building, MR1 (formerly IAS Building). Everyone welcome. For more information contact Dee Daglish, or go to the forthcoming events section on the Department of Educational Research website.

Sociology departmental seminar

Speculative materialism and the spirit of technoscience, presented by Matthew Kearnes, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University on 13 December, 4.15pm - 6.00pm, FASS MR 2 & 3.

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