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| 13 January 2012 | Issue 550

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


Memorial for Anuj Bidve

Following the sad death of Anuj Bidve, a memorial will be held at the Chaplaincy Centre Anglican and Free Church (AFC) Chapel at 12 noon on Saturday 21 January 2012. All members of the University, friends and family of Anuj are welcome to attend this event.

Those who would like to take part in the event are invited to a planning meeting at 5.30pm in the AFC Chapel on Monday 16 January. Please contact for more details.

Universities Minister speaks at Engage HEI 2012

The Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, gave the keynote opening speech at the Engage HEI Conference 2012 organised by Lancaster's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED). During his speech he urged universities to increase their efforts to boost knowledge transfer income from businesses despite a stagnant economy. He called for universities to increase their income from businesses by 10% over the next three years, and said more universities should offer placements as part of degree courses to help furnish graduates with employability skills.

Research at the conference held at The Work Foundation on 9 January also revealed the success of the LEAD programme which is being extended to the South West and London.

Austrian Government honours Lancaster Professor

The Austrian Government has presented one of its highest awards to Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak from the Department of Linguistics and English Language. The Minister of Science and Education Professor Karl Heinz Töchterle presented her with the “Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria” on behalf of the President of Austria at a ceremony in Vienna. The award citation emphasises the social relevance and impact of her outstanding research on the discursive construction of national and transnational identities and patterns of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. 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: here

Paperless expenses

In the coming months the Finance Division will be working on implementing a new web-based expenses system to improve the submission, processing and repayment of expenses incurred by staff conducting University business. The project is aligned with the Business Process Review (BPR) programme and its overall goals of improving University efficiency and effectiveness.

The project team, which combines staff from Finance, Faculties and Divisions, have been working to develop the requirements and to assess potential systems and service providers for the University. As a result of this work a product called Signifo Webexpenses has been selected.

Implementation of the new system will result in changes to how we submit and process expense claims. The Finance Division will be conducting a series of presentations as the implementation progresses to ensure that staff are aware of the impact it will have on working practices.

It is anticipated that the system will be ready to use in February and will be rolled out across the campus incrementally during 2012 to ensure we can provide a consistent and reliable service throughout the transition from the paper-based system to the new paperless system.


Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) has been invited by the Prime Minister of Bhutan to attend the UN Headquarters in New York on April 2 where heads of state will be confirming a resolution on the goal of enhancing wellbeing in 194 countries. The King of Bhutan is a leading global figure, who is responsible for promoting gross national wellbeing. The day before, Professor Cooper will be attending a high level conference on wellbeing at Columbia University at the invitation of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the special advisor to the Secretary General of the UN.

Professor Michael West (LUMS-TWF) is one of the authors of an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “How earlobes can signify leadership potential”. He is also the author of a new book “Effective Teamwork: Practical Lessons from Organizational Research” (BPS Blackwell).

Les Woodburn (Lonsdale Porter) is retiring in February after over 30 years service. Lonsdale College are to host a farewell to Les on Friday 3 February at 12:30 in Lonsdale Bar. Refreshments will be available, but please RSVP to Juli Shorrock, or phone Ext 92296 by Friday 27 January if you are planning to come along.

Lancaster in the news

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

Dr Julia Gillen writes an article on language in The Mirror while Professor Roger Kemp speaks to The Guardian and Sunday Times about his report on domestic heating in a low carbon economy.


STEPS Winter 2011

The latest edition of Steps, Lancaster’s alumni magazine, has been published and mailed to our worldwide alumni community. We are in the process of distributing copies in the internal post to all campus alumni and around the departments more generally. It will also be uploaded onto the alumni website to read online. If you would like a copy please email the Alumni office.

Answers to IT questions online via LancasterAnswers

LancasterAnswers (a searchable online information portal), providing answers to Lancaster IT questions and problems, has been launched for students and staff in beta version. You can access LancasterAnswers here. You are encouraged to make use of this beta version, and to provide feedback to help shape the system and its content. You can submit comments about an answer (Solution) you’re viewing via the ‘Comment on Solution’ link, and there’s a general feedback link on the LancasterAnswers home screen. The ISS Service Desk is still available if your IT question cannot be resolved using LancasterAnswers.

Sport Makers

Sport Makers is a national programme, funded by SportEngland, to recruit 40,000 people to support grass-roots sport in the country as part of the Olympic/Paralympic legacy. It’s an exciting opportunity for anyone to be part of the Olympic legacy and to be a part of the London Olympic Games of 2012. Lancaster University Sports Centre is holding a free training convention on Saturday 4 February from 11.00am – 1.30pm. For more information, or to register your interest please visit and then book on to the free training convention on 4 February. Or you contact Lancaster University’s sport Development Officer Danielle McCann on 01524 510605.

Level 1 Hockey Course:

For more information or to book a place, please visit the link here.

Projects across campus

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

Bicycle Security

Following a recent spate of bicycle thefts at Lancaster University, Lancashire Constabulary has issued the following advice to cyclists. A heavy duty D-Lock is the recommended lock for securing a bicycle. Thieves are generally targeting bicycles secured only with a cheaper curly chain lock which do not offer the enhanced security of a D-lock. Police have noted that it is very rare for a cycle secured with a D-lock to be stolen from campus. Heavily reduced D-locks are on sale on campus from GreenLancaster (next to The Venue) for just £9. A new cycle security initiative was launched last year by Lancashire Constabulary known as Operation Chainguard. Please visit their website and register for the scheme for enhanced bicycle security.

Green Lancaster cycle sale

Green Lancaster are holding a big bike sale in Alexandra Square on Tuesday 17 January from 11.00am until 3.00pm. Prices are all heavily discounted and will start at £120. In addition cycle accessories will be on sale and free high-visibility vests and cycling maps to all cyclists who would like them. For only £20, you can get a cable lock, helmet, LED lights and pump. Dr. Bike will also be in Alexandra Square between 10.00am and 4.00pm to tweak any cable slack or bike niggles as well as perform safety checks and minor repairs for free.

Temporary closure

The Lounge and Private dining Rooms in County South will be closed on Thursday 19 January for an internal event.

Training and courses

Library courses

The Library offers courses for staff as part of the Staff Development Programme. Forthcoming courses include:

Full information including how to book here.

The Library also provides courses introducing EndNote and EndNoteWeb bibliographic management software. For further information please contact Lorna Pimperton.

Organisation and Educational Development

Writing effective advert text, 18 January, 10.00 - 12.30pm.

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 & Divisional Officers, Vacancy Owners & Admin Assistants

Stonefish e-Recruitment (demonstration and refresher), 23 January 2.00 - 3.30pm.

Is this course for me? If you are a recruiting manager, or admin staff member involved in the recruitment process, you should attend. The session is designed for those new to Stonefish but equally suited as a refresher or problem solving session.

Recruiting the best (2 day course) 1 - 2 February, 9.15am - 4.30pm.

This is an improved module on recruitment and selection launched in September 2010. Even if you undertook the training previously please attend this enhanced programme. It is designed for recruiting managers, admin staff supporting recruitment activities, and any staff sitting on recruitment panels. All staff involved in the recruitment process should attend this course to ensure that they are fully up to date with legal requirements.

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.

Staff IT training

There are places available on the following IT training sessions run by ISS, in the Library Training suites. If you would like to attend any of these sessions please book online.

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.


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

Live at LICA spring season

Art Exhibition - Opening Event

Mel Brimfield: This is Performance Art: Part 2
Patrick Caulfield: New to the Collection
20 January – 18 February, Peter Scott Gallery
Public opening event Thursday 19 January, 6.30pm, followed by New Art Club show at 8.00pm

Theatre / Dance

New Art Club: Quiet Act of Destruction.
Thursday 19 January at 8.00pm, Nuffield Theatre.


Maelstrom: Ballast.
Thursday 26 January at 8.00pm, Nuffield Theatre.


Manchester Camerata Ensemble.
Thursday 26 January at 7.30pm, Great Hall. Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.

Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year Spring Festival with musical, dance, martial art performances from students of Beijing Normal University at the Nuffield Theatre, 28 January, 3.00pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.00 for adults, £1.00 for children under 16 and OAPs from, 01524 594151.

Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) at Lancaster University

In partnership with Imageacoustic the Chaplaincy Centre is pleased to welcome Steve Knightley back to the Centre for a concert Thursday 9 February 2012, doors open 7.30pm. Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name. In 2010 Steve won the best original song for Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards. Tickets are available here.

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 Tom Milne Popular Fiction Archive: 2012 Exhibition, Texts into Films

The late Tom Milne was a highly regarded film critic who joined the British Film Institute as an associate editor. His collection was recently donated to the University Library by Nigel Algar, Senior Curator (Fiction) of the British Film Institute. The exhibition showcases novels from the Tom Milne Archive, focusing on the influence of American crime fiction on film noir and neo-noir. The Exhibition runs from 17 January – 9 March 2012, in Lancaster University Library.

Nigel Algar will be talking about his personal reflections of Tom Milne as a critic and collector on Wednesday 18 January at 2pm in Training Room 3, Human Resources building. Please contact if you would like to attend. The Milne Archive has been funded by a generous donation from the Lancaster University Friends Programme.

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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