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| 20 January 2012 | Issue 551

Greetings for the New Year to all Chinese readers. This year the Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival will be celebrated on 23 January and following days. For more information about the festival see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/events/chinesenewyear/.

See What's On for Chinese New Year activities on campus

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


Memorial for Anuj Bidve

A memorial for Anuj Bidve, the Lancaster postgraduate who was killed in Salford on Boxing Day, will be held at the Chaplaincy Centre Anglican and Free Church 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. Please contact k.huggett@lancaster.ac.uk for more details.

FASS Enterprise Centre

An enterprise centre has been launched by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The new centre, opened on January 17, will provide a range of practical and financial support to FASS students and academics. This includes; industry placements for academics, financial help for students undertaking unpaid internships, intensive coaching for students with business start-up ideas, networking opportunities and master classes. Full story

Inaugural UK-US Nuclear Facilities Workshop

A nuclear expert from Lancaster University has attended the first ever UK-US Nuclear Facilities Workshop. The joint workshop at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee explored opportunities for collaboration and discussions on the challenges in both countries. The two-and-a-half day meeting was organised by the Government’s UK Science & Innovation Network and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Colin Boxall, The Lloyds' Register Educational Trust Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning and Director of Energy Lancaster at Lancaster University, led the workshop session on improved science and technology for spent nuclear fuel recycle. Full story

Key Information Sets (KIS)

A cross-University project team, under the sponsorship of the Director of Marketing and External Linkages Katrina Payne, has been created to support the submission of standardised information about undergraduate courses called Key Information Sets (KIS). This government initiative requires universities and colleges to publish KIS on their websites from September 2012 for entry in 2013. The aim is to enable prospective students and their parents and advisers to make an informed choice when they make their applications. KIS will contain information about individual degree schemes of study including:

  • Student satisfaction
  • Course information
  • Employment and salary data
  • Accommodation costs
  • Financial information, including fees
  • Student Union information

The data will be submitted to HEFCE, who will combine it with the National Student Survey for course satisfaction (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey. Lancaster must publish what HEFCE return to us as the consolidated information set. The project team will support Departments through this process and detailed briefing sessions will take place shortly. Further information on the project is available on its website, accessible via CoSign. This also provides a route to seek further information and ask questions.

The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research

The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research has joined the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Severe Mental Illnesses (SMI) programme. The IAPT is an NHS initiative offering interventions approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders, which has recently broadened its scope to include psychosis, personality disorder and bipolar disorder. Professor Steven Jones, Director of the Spectrum Centre, has joined the National Expert Advisory Group and the Service Development Group of the IAPT programme for SMI. The Spectrum Centre’s Associate Director, Dr Fiona Lobban, has joined the Training and Education Group of the IAPT programme.


Professor Paul Farley (English and Creative Writing) was the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Sunday Feature broadcast on New Year’s Day. The programme, ‘Dee’, followed Paul as he travelled the path of the River Dee from its source in the Welsh mountains, along the border with England and finally out to sea, meeting with farmers, historians, lifeguards, novelists, singers and mystics along the way. Paul also featured in the Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’ column on 7 January, written by Jim Perrin, who appeared in the programme. ‘Dee’ also featured in Pick of the Week on BBC Radio 4 on 8 January, and was previewed in the Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and other national newspapers.

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) was invited to give the keynote speech at the official opening of the new faculty building of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg(Unipark Nonntal), 13 January 2012, on Critic and Crisis: Perspectives of interdisciplinary Social and Cultural Sciences.

Dr John Welshman (History) has been commissioned by Oxford University Press (New York) to write a blog on Downton Abbey (currently showing in the US) and the Titanic. The blog will go live from 8.30am on Monday 23 January.

Lancaster in the news

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

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak took part in an hour long TV talk show on Austrian TV while Dr Bogdan Costea (LUMS) also took part in a an hour long show on Radio Romania News.


Blackwell’s Bookshop to open next week on campus

Following the departure of Waterstones book shop in November 2011, Blackwell’s has won the contract to provide a book shop on campus from next week.

In December 2011, John Smith’s and Blackwell’s presented their recommendations for providing a book shop on campus to meet the needs of students and staff. The feedback from the presentations was unanimous with Blackwell’s presenting a strong offering for a new store. Although the initial agreement is for five months, both parties are working to agree a longer term arrangement.

Post Office

Just a reminder that the Post Office in Edward Roberts Court (next door to Diggle’s) is open at the following times:

  • Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.15pm
  • Postage collections: 2pm & 5pm
  • Saturday: 9.30 – 12.15
  • Postage collection: 11am

Offering friendly, reliable advice on all aspects of postage plus;

Car Tax, Currency, Traveller’s Cheques, Holiday Insurance, Premium Bonds, Children’s Bonus Bonds and an excellent range of cards, stationery and a photocopier. And you can now withdraw your cash with no extra charge from the following banks: Barclays, NatWest, Halifax, Co-op, Santander, RBS, and Nationwide.

Folio desktop photo kiosk – in the Post Office

Folio has introduced a new photo kiosk printing service in the University Post office. Personalised photo products such as cards, calendars, year planners, mouse mats and photo books (and many more!) can be created from your own photos. The products are produced at Folio in County Main so the turnaround is just 4 working days. The kiosk is easy to use and you can download images from a phone, CD or USB stick. You can pay with cash or card from the Post Office counter and then you will be contacted about collection/delivery. If you need advice or help don’t hesitate to call Folio print room on 92071 and ask for Chris Holloway.

Getting the best out of LancasterAnswers

Last week’s LU Text highlighted the introduction of the beta version of LancasterAnswers - http://lancasteranswers.lancs.ac.uk/ - a searchable online information portal providing answers to Lancaster IT questions and problems.

To get the best out of LancasterAnswers, login at the top right of the portal using your University username and password – this gives access to a larger set of IT answers, and enables you to save relevant answers as ‘Favorites’ and to provide feedback about an answer (Solution) you’re viewing. Note that answers to Student Based Services questions and problems (for students and staff) will be available soon in LancasterAnswers.

Lancaster University visitor rooms

Lancaster University has 80 visitor rooms located in the John Creed building. Available all year around, guests have the option to stay B&B or opt for self catering which is available from £125.00 a week. If you are a commuter, you can email Benjamin Milby or call 92899 and ask about the Commuter Reward Programme.

If you have friends, family or colleagues coming to visit over the weekend, you can take advantage of the visitor rooms weekend deal – stay two nights, room only, for only £40 in a single room or £60 in a twin room. To book email Benjamin.

Lancaster University conferences and events

To celebrate the 20 year business partnership between Lancaster University and Lancaster House Hotel, the Conferences and Events team have negotiated special day and 24 hour delegate rates. Available to all Lancaster University staff who are organising a new conference, workshop or event for 2012. The rates, 24hr £124.95 and day rate £32.95 are available for events held at the hotel during 2012. And don’t forget you can mix and match your accommodation between the hotel and the John Creed rooms.

The Conferences and Events team have created a delegate management package which takes away the stress and time of dealing with payments and bookings, delegate enquires and requirements and on the day registration. Email the team to find out more.

Underpass work to begin

Structural work on the underpass is due to begin on Monday, with site cabins and constructors on site. The work is expected to be completed by the summer. Further information on campus work is available here.

Training and courses

Staff IT Training

There are places available on the following free 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.

Organisation and Educational Development

ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages - English courses for Staff and their spouses Academic year 2011/12
Introductory English - Monday mornings (term time only), 9.15am to 10.45am.
Improving English - Monday mornings (term time only), 11.00am to 12.30pm.

Managing the wellbeing of your staff, 30 January, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
If you are a Leader, Manager or Supervisor, this programme will help you to meet your duty of care and responsibility for staff. The course looks at practical techniques to support the wellbeing of your staff, showing you the early warning signs of stress, and the physiological effects of stress on the human body. We will also highlight recommended sources of wellbeing related guidance, advice and training

Health check for all, 7 February, 10.00am - 12.00pm.
This informal, interactive session helps staff of any age proactively manage their health. The workshop acts as a guide to achieving a healthy level of mental and physical wellbeing and includes a practical session on blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol and diabetes.

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.

Short courses at the Postgraduate Statistics Centre

For details of courses running from January to June please see here

Understanding The Autism Spectrum

Available to all members of staff, this course provides information to help understand the needs of students with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. The course takes place in HR Training Room 1 on either 20 February from 1.15pm - 4.45pm, or 21 February from 9.30am - 1.00pm. Please email Gerry Caldwell to book a place.

Library courses

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

  • Advanced Library Skills 3 February 12-1
  • Keeping up-to-date with the Literature of Your Subject 6 March 10-11
  • Doing the Literature Search for a Systematic review 20 March 3-5

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.


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

Live at LICA spring season


Pete Moser: 24 Hours in a Tower
Wednesday 1 February 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.

Apollo saxaphone quartet.
Thursday 2 February at 7.30pm, Great Hall. Podium Lecture 1.00pm, preview concert 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 boxoffice@liveatlica.org, 01524 594151.

The Chinese Students Scholarship Association will be putting on a fantastic display of music, dance and performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Monday 23 January from 7pm in the Great Hall. The celebrations are open for students and staff of all nationalities to come down and experience an amazing night of festivities. Tickets are £4 and can be arranged through contacting the CSSA (liaoj2@hotmail.com), for more info please check out the Facebook event.

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 Monday 23 January.

LUSU language exchange

Are you interested in developing your language skills? LUSU can offer you the chance to learn Mandarin or English with your peers. In groups or one to one you will be able to improve your English skills, learn Mandarin or both. This is both a volunteering opportunity and a support network run by LUSU involve and LUSU Education & Support. The first introductory talk will be on Wednesday 1 February at 6pm in Cavendish LT, so come down and find out more.

Faith, Ethics and Sex - Annual Chaplaincy Centre Lecture

The annual Chaplaincy Centre lecture will be delivered by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Visiting Professor in Politics and Faith, Former Home Secretary on Tuesday 7 February at 5.00pm, Chaplaincy Centre AFC Chapel. Everyone Welcome

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 on Thursday 9 February, 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.

(New) Atheism, Scientism and Open-Mindedness conference, 2 and 3 April 2012

Registration for the conference begins at 1.30pm on 2 April. The event will conclude with a session sponsored by the Royal Insititute of Philosophy which is open to the public and again is free to attend. This will run from 5-7pm on 3 April and be held in Meeting Room 3 of the Bailrigg Conference Centre. The session will feature papers by Professor Stephen Clark (Liverpool) and Alom Shaha. Contact s.hitchen1@lancaster.ac.uk For further information or to register

Grad Bar presents

Catdog live - Thursday 26 January at 9pm.

Curry Night at Grad Bar - Every Friday 5pm - 8pm.


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