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| 6 January 2012 | Issue 549

Contents: news; James Donald Waddell and Angela Collett; people; Lancaster in the news; notices; training and courses; what's on; ads


Anuj Bidve

The family of Anuj Bidve, the postgraduate student who was killed on Boxing Day in Salford, visited the University on Thursday. They met the Vice-Chancellor and went to Graduate College and met engineering students and tutors. The University has provided financial assistance to the family and will continue to work with all parties in marking Anuj’s life. A memorial ceremony will be held on campus later in the month and the University is discussing a fitting memorial to Anuj with the family. The University was represented at the candlelit vigil held in Salford last week and a memorial book has been set up in Graduate College which will be sent to his family as a tribute to their son.

University celebrates New Years Honours

A professor and two former members of staff have received New Years Honours which recognise outstanding achievement. Professor Rachel Cooper, Chair of LICA and Co-Director of ImaginationLancaster, has been awarded the OBE for services to education. The MBE goes to retired technician Ian Miller for services to Ultralow Temperature Physics and to June Coulson, also retired, for services to higher education. Full story.

Staff Awards 2012

The closing date for nominations for the Staff Awards is 16 January 2012. Any staff or student can nominate any individual or team. There are two award categories, to celebrate excellence and innovation:

For details of how to make a nomination, see webpage.

Opening of the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University

Lancaster University has launched a major new hub for Chinese language and culture with the opening of the Confucius Institute. The Institute, which will complement the extensive China research and teaching activities across the University, has been awarded jointly to Lancaster and its partner the prestigious South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (known as Hanban). As part of its activities, the Institute is offering Mandarin Chinese Language classes to staff and students. Full story.

Arts Spring season at Live at LICA

Live at LICA continue to present the best national and international world class professional art - and their forthcoming Spring season is no exception. With a family theatre show direct from the Sydney Opera House, dance nominated for ‘outstanding achievement’, a prize winning brass band and an acclaimed tango orchestra direct from Argentina, this will be an exciting season. To book and for more information about lots of other events, prices and concessions go to The box office (01524 594151) re-opens on 9 January at 11.00am. Full story.

Conclusion of the 2011-12 pay round (Non-Clinical Staff)

This has resulted in a consolidated increase of £150 on full-time salaries, backdated to 1 August 2011. The revised values and back pay will be implemented in the February payroll.

Death notice

The funeral of James Donald Waddell OBE, who died on 26 December 2011 at the age of 92, takes place at Lancaster Priory on 10 January. Donations go towards St John's Hospice. Mr Waddell was the Town Clerk of Lancaster from 1955 to 1979, in which role he was instrumental in the creation of both Lancaster University and St Martin’s College (now the University of Cumbria). He led the preparation of the bid in 1961 for Lancaster to have its own university and he helped to make the Bailrigg estate available. He also supported the lease and refurbishment of St Leonardsgate in the university’s early years. Mr Waddell was given the honorary degree of LL.D by Lancaster University in 1989.

We regret to announce the death of Angela Collett who worked in Facilities as a cleaner from September 2006. Angela died on 17 December 2011 and her funeral was held during the Christmas break.


Professor Linda Woodhead, Professor Charles Clarke and Dr Rebecca Cato (PPR) are running a series of high profile public debates in Westminster on the theme of religion and public life, involving a wide range of speakers including: David Blunkett, Richard Dawkins, Kim Knott, Trevor Phillips, Lisa Appignanesi and many others. Topics include: Religious Identity in "Superdiverse" Societies (8th Feb); What's the Place of Faith in Schools (22 February) and What Limits to Religious Freedom (18 April). For further details see link.

Graham Rand (LUMS) has been named as MC at the 2012 Edelman Gala at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, California on April 16. He is the first non-American to receive the honour of hosting what is regarded as the Oscar ceremony of the Operational Research world. He will also serve a two year term as President of Omega Rho, the international honor society for OR, beginning in 2012.

The Head of the Department of Management Science at LUMS, Professor Mike Pidd, has been awarded the Companionship of Operational Research by the Operational Research Society for outstanding service to the Society. He is well known for his books “Tools for Thinking: Modelling in Management Science” (now in its 3rd edition) and “Computer Simulation in Management Science” (now in its 5th edition). He is an active researcher in OR, particularly in the fields of performance measurement and simulation. Mike is a long-standing member of the UK OR Society and was its President in 2000-2001. Since then he has served the OR community by being Chair of the Committee of Professors of OR (COPIOR) from 2005 to 2009. In 2009, he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Management.

Congratulations to the following Facilities staff on their new appointments. Security: Michael Brown has been appointed as Management School Porter, Paul Winder as Lonsdale College Porter and Paul Beverage as Graduate College Porter. Project Delivery: Chris Maughan has been promoted from his existing role of Assistant Project Manager to Project Manager. They will all move into their new roles over the next few weeks.

Lancaster in the news

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

Sky News carried out two live TV broadcasts with Colette Webb and Dr Qihai Huang at the Confucius Institute on campus, where Professor Bob McKinlay was also interviewed by the Chinese satellite station Phoenix TV which broadcasts across Europe. And Professor Roger Jones was interviewed by BBC science correspondent Pallab Ghosh about developments at CERN.


Research Excellence Framework – code of practice

The University has published a code of practice for REF2014 which has been approved by Senate. This code will be used as our guide in the preparations and run up to our REF submission in November 2013. The code can be found on the Research Support Office website and will be circulated to departments in the next few weeks.

Internal call for proposals to the Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Awards

As the University is limited to one bid only, potential applicants are asked to submit a one page outline of their proposal plus a CV to Yvonne Fox in the Research Support Office by 31 January 2012. The Vice Chancellor will establish a panel to review the proposals and to select the University’s chosen candidate to be submitted to the Leverhulme Trust in April. See the Leverhulme website for further details.

Road safety improvements on Bigforth Drive

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, the first phase will start on Monday 9 January (traffic control will be in place between 9.15am and 5.00pm but you will still be able to use Bigforth Drive) to provide an immediate temporary solution. During the summer holiday further work will be carried out (phase two) to provide a permanent solution. For detailed information about the work please see the website

Building projects across campus

To view an up to date summary of projects taking place across campus this year click here.

LU catering

The majority of our food outlets are open, Barker House Farm and Refuel @ Cafe 2010 re-open on the 11 January.

The Lounge (County South) has introduced a mid morning (10-11.30am) winter warming bacon bun & tea or Atkinson’s coffee deal, only £2.95. Afternoon cream tea, for £2.95 (a freshly baked scone with jam and clotted cream, tea or Atkinson’s coffee, available from 2.30-4.00pm). Also in The Venue along with the regular ‘eat in’ menu, there is also a wide range of Grab and Go meals, sandwiches, and paninis for you to take out.

Annual fire protection inspection

Lancaster University has a responsibility to inspect fire protection on site every 12 months. The ‘Fire Protection Inspection’ involves dividing buildings into fire zones, fire stopping, signage, combustible materials and more. Part of this inspection will involve two members of the Lancaster University Facilities Maintenance team checking every fire door in each building. This usually takes less than five minutes per door. We usually schedule one building per week, though this may vary depending upon the size and complexity of the building. Technicians will need to come back, should any faults be found that they are not able to repair during the inspection.

For the latest information, including all dates of inspections for each building, please visit our webpage.

Lancaster University Sports Centre

Is your New Year’s resolution to improve your health and fitness? The University’s Sports Centre has lots to offer from swimming to climbing, exercise classes to team sports. In addition to the current classes there is a new range of classes for the new term, including; Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates & Yoga Mix, Kettle Bells and Muay Thai Fitness. See the website for more information including how to book. If you haven’t already joined the Sports Centre it’s not too late. There is no joining fee and there are various memberships available with different payment options, or if you prefer you can pay as you play. For more information click here. NEW CLASS CANCELLATION NUMBER If you are unable to attend a class please leave a message on our dedicated 24 hour cancellation line (01524) 510015 so someone else can book your space.

Children’s Activities 2012 – Book now

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 click here. A new programme of swimming lessons is available for adults and children, to view the latest leaflet with all the information click here.

Parking at the Sports Centre

Following your feedback on the Car Parking Policy at the Sports Centre we have listened to your opinions and changed the policy based on some of your suggestions. The new Car Parking Policy is now in operation and allows 2 hours free parking outside the Sports Centre for centre users only (subject to availability, no return within 1 hour). For more information visit the Sports Centre website. To be kept up to date on news from the Sports Centre you can 'like' the Facebook page.

Training and courses

Staff IT training

There are some places available on the Introduction to using Windows 7 training session run by ISS. This session is on Thursday 12 January, 10.00am – 11.00am in Library Training Suite 1. If you would like to attend this session please book online.

More training sessions will be available to book online at the start of term.

Organisation and Educational Development

PDR for reviewees

The course is designed to help you in your role as a PDR reviewee, it will ensure that you achieve maximum value from the PDR process. 26 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Writing effective advert text

With an increasingly competitive recruitment market, targeting, attracting and engaging the right audience with the appropriate talent is key. The easiest way to do this is by ensuring you are writing effective advert text. This session will provide you with knowledge to do this. Who should attend: Departmental and Divisional Officers, Vacancy Owners and Admin Assistants 18 January, 10.00am to 12:30pm

To enrol on any of the above, or, for further details, please contact the Organisation and Educational Development team. For further development opportunities, please visit here.


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 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


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