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| 16 December 2011 | Issue 548

This is the last edition of LU Text before the University Christmas break. The next edition will be published on Friday 6 January 2012.

LU text would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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

NEWS

A thousand postgraduates at the December ceremonies

Over fifteen hundred postgraduate students have graduated with higher degrees and diplomas this week. Almost a thousand returned to campus for the graduation ceremony, accompanied by two thousand family and friends. Full story.

Honorary degrees

A member of the national Management Board for the NHS in England, Professor Ian Cumming OBE and distinguished alumnus Professor Yueguo Gu, member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have received honorary degrees at the December graduation ceremonies.Full story

Opening of The Confucius Institute at Lancaster University

Lancaster University will formally launch a major new hub for Chinese language and culture on 20 December. The Confucius Institute, based at the Roundhouse, has been awarded jointly to Lancaster and its partner the South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as Hanban. The Co-Directors are Dr Qihai Huang from Lancaster University and Dr Brady Liu from SCUT.

Inaugural Ogden Trust Physics residential

The Ogden Trust is funding its first ever Physics residential at Lancaster University for 25 A level students from schools in Cumbria from December 18 to 20. The enrichment programme for promising sixth formers will give them the opportunity to go on a lab tour for the Quantum Dot project, conduct experiments in the teaching laboratories, meet graphene researchers and hear about the latest news from CERN. The Residential is being organised by Phil Furneaux, the School Outreach Officer in the Department of Physics.

University brand guidelines

Initial university brand guidelines are now available in the Current Staff area of the website. At the moment these guidelines mainly cover use of the logo, but they will be expanded and updated over the coming months. The web page also includes a PowerPoint template which you can download for use, and an email link to the University Brand Team if you have any questions about the guidelines.

Northern universities launch industry innovation forum

The N8 Research Partnership of eight northern English universities, including Lancaster, has launched an Industry Innovation Forum to promote collaboration between industry and academia. Full story.

Postgraduate Visit Day

The Postgraduate Visit Day will take place on Wednesday 22 February 2012 between 12.15 and 4.30pm in the Learning Zone. If any students are interested in postgraduate study please encourage them to book online to attend. To find out more information about the day please contact Rebecca Heron in the UK Student Recruitment office.

Science and Technology Christmas Conference

The Faculty of Science and Technology’s Christmas Conference takes place on December 20 in the Management School. There will be talks from all departments on their latest research, with topics ranging from the Earth’s radiation belts to food security and fetal facial expressions.

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 Stuart Kirby (Applied Social Science) attended the Houses of Parliament on 13 December, for the annual Home Office crime reduction awards (known as the Tilley awards), presented by Nick Herbert, the Police and Criminal Justice Minister. Dr Kirby was one of four judges for the awards.

The History Department is delighted to learn that Professor Naomi Tadmor’s book The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society, and Culture in Early Modern England is one of six books shortlisted for the prestigious Longman/History Today Book of the Year award.

Dr Leon Moosavi (Sociology) was invited to participate in the Home Affairs Select Committee on 'Understanding the Roots of Violent Extremism' on Tuesday 13 December in Leicester. The committee are reviewing the Government's counter terrorism policy through consultation with various experts and witnesses.

A book co-authored by Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) has been selected as a Best Book of 2011 by the United States Centre for Optimal Adult Development.

Dr Agata Fijalkowski (Law) participated in an Academic Forum on the 'Burdens and Opportunities of the Past' (along with Andreja Valic, the Head of Slovenian Study Centre for National Reconciliation) on 14 December, at the invitation of the School of Government and European Studies Ljubliana, Slovenia.

The collection box on the reception desk in University House has raised £80.65 for the poppy appeal. Thank you to everyone who donated.

Lancaster in the news

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

Dr Colin Green (LUMS) spoke about low wage growth on BBC North West Tonight while Dr Jill Johnes (LUMS) was featured in the birthday section of The Times.

Notices

Festive mince pies in the newly refurbished HR building

The HR Division extends an invitation 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 12.30-1.30pm. No need to RSVP.

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.

Pedestrian Crossings Works

Work will start on the pedestrian crossing outside InfoLab on Monday 19th 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.

Road safety improvements on Bigforth Drive

The opening of the new Sports Centre has led to many more people using this area. Facilities are planning some road safety improvements on Bigforth Drive between the west roundabout and the A6 junction. These will be delivered in two phases and will enhance safety on Bigforth Drive. Please note the speed limit on Bigforth Drive is 20mph. Further information will be available in the New Year.

Essential heating maintenance 19-23 December

Essential heating maintenance across the whole campus will take place on Monday 19 – 23 December. In order to carry out this work, the water temperatures will be turned down during the day which will mean lower temperatures in all buildings with exception of the following which have independent heating systems; Bailrigg House, the Pre-School, the Sports Centre, UPP Residences and the Medical Centre. The work has been delayed until the last week before the holiday to cause minimum disruption to staff and students. For further information or questions about this work please contact the Facilities Helpdesk, facilities.helpdesk@lancaster.ac.uk Tel: 01524 593333. Out of term time please contact security if there is an emergency Tel: 01524 594541.

Bus services over the Christmas / New Year period

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

Parking on North-West Drive

Please note that the boundary between the visitor and staff zones on North-West Drive has shifted slightly. The staff parking zone now begins earlier, at the junction with Rossendale Avenue West which leads to the Great Hall. The boundary is clearly marked by signs on each side of the road on North-West Drive.

Update on parking on Hazelrigg Lane, Ellel

Lancashire County Council, as the local highway authority, have considered investing in new parking restrictions along Hazelrigg Lane both towards and beyond the motorway bridge but have unfortunately decided not to at this time. There is no street lighting on this section of the road with vehicle speeds being up to 60mph. Vehicle parking along this road has led to issues of road safety and more recently, personal safety. Anyone using the University campus is asked to park their vehicle on campus and not on any roads surrounding the campus, such as Hazelrigg Lane. The University has already funded parking management measures on Hazelrigg Lane and Chapel Lane to help negate issues of safety and upsetting local residents.

Hospitality Christmas opening hours

The Private Dining Room will be open for lunch until the 22 December, reopening again on the 3 January. Please note the PDR will be closed on the 20 December for a private function.
The Venue will be open as usual, closing on Friday 23 December from 4pm, until 9am on Tuesday 3 January.
The Hub and Cafe 21, will both close on Friday 23 December at 3pm, until 9am on 3 January.
Barker House Farm and Refuel @Cafe 2010, will both close from the 17 December until 11 January.
Fylde Bar is open over the Christmas holidays serving food and drink. Click here to view the opening dates and times.

Campus BarsChristmas Opening Hours.

ISS Christmas Opening Hours

Both the ISS Service Desk (located in the Learning Zone), and "The Workshop" will be closing at 5.00pm on Friday 23 December, and re-opening at 9.00am on Tuesday 3 January. ISS staff will not be available during this time, but critical services will be monitored and staff will respond to fix any serious loss of service should it be necessary.

Software availability

ISS are pleased to announce Microsoft Project 2010 and Visio 2010 are now available to all staff under the Microsoft Campus Agreement. From the beginning of the New Year all staff with a managed Windows 7 PC will be offered an upgrade to Office 2010, which will include these packages as standard. Staff on non-managed machines can request the upgrade via the ISS Service Desk, who can give further advice. The work on upgrading to Windows7 in the seminar and lecture theatres is starting next week across campus.

Christmas essential guide to the Sports Centre

Click here to view the latest essential guide to the Sports Centre for the Christmas period including opening times and classes. Latest information on new classes, including swimming.

Children’s activities 2012

The Sports Centre offers a wide range of activities and courses for children in and out of term time. The classes offer energetic ways to enhance their skills whilst having fun. The Sports Centre also offers children’s parties. For more information, view the leaflet here.

To be keep up to date on news from the Sports Centre you can like the Facebook page.

WHAT'S ON

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

Professor Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool - ‘Public social science, rationality and justice: Some complexities and challenges of forging knowledge-policy relations in the youth justice sphere’

A seminar to celebrate the contribution to scholarship of our colleague in the Department of Applied Social Science — Professor David Smith. Wednesday 25 January, Bowland North seminar room 23. 4.00pm tea, 4.30 - 6.00pm seminar, followed by a drinks reception. Please RSVP to a.fenwick@lancaster.ac.uk by 12pm Friday 13 January.

The Ruskin Library and Research Centre (Lancaster University) and the Guild of St George Symposium

Who Pays for the Environment? A Symposium on Nature, Architecture, Sustainability and John Ruskin’s Guild of St George at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT (Nearest tube Holborn or Russell Sq) 10.15am - 4.15pm, Saturday 11 February 2012. Please note the booking deadline is 1 February 2012. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Programme details and booking form

Grad Bar presents The Usuals live - Friday 16 December on stage from 9pm, come down for a curry and a pint from 5 to 8pm.

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