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| 27 January 2012 | Issue 552

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


Success in professional development

A record number of over a hundred people have graduated from the Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP), Diploma in Academic Practice (DAP), Supporting Learning Programme (SLP) and Associate Teacher Programme (ATP). The majority were from Lancaster University though there were also some from its international partner institutions Sunway University College and the GD Goenka World Institute. The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington congratulated them at a ceremony at Lancaster University where he handed out certificates. A video is available here.

Lancaster University shares in £1.8m for research into food security

Lancaster University and four other institutions have been awarded approximately £1.8m for research into food security as part of a new Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme. The DTP is one of 14 across the UK announced by the Universities and Science Minister David Willetts as part of a £67m package of investment funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Full story.

Professor joins board of NHS Trust

The Head of Lancaster Medical School Professor Anne Garden has been appointed as a non-executive director to the Trust Board of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT). Professor Garden brings with her a wealth of clinical expertise and insight from a career spanning nearly 40 years in the health service and higher education. Full story.

Touch screen democracy for the twitter generation

Researchers at Lancaster University have been using touch screen technology to help give teenagers more of a say in community life. A specially-designed interactive display has been installed in a school in Cumbria as part of a project led by Professor Awais Rashid from the School of Computing and Communications in collaboration with the University of Oulu in Finland. So far, around 200 responses have been gathered and the results will be fed back to the town council as part of a broader community consultation. Full story.

Faith debates launched in London

A team from Lancaster University’s Department of Philosophy, Politics and Religion has just launched a series of high profile faith debates in London. Featuring influential thinkers such as Richard Dawkins, the series of debates will explore the role of religion in society and ask why it is easier to talk about sex than religion in Britain today. The debates have been put together by Professor Linda Woodhead, Charles Clarke, visiting Professor in Politics and Faith, and Dr Rebecca Catto of Lancaster University, in partnership with the think tank ‘Theos’. Full story

Race for life

Lancaster University will be hosting the Race for Life event for the second year running. Female staff and students are invited to join Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life on Sunday 22 July at Lancaster University. They can walk, jog or run the 5 kilometre route on campus as part of the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event. Enter here.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year Spring Festival

Beijing Normal University’s celebrated performing arts students will be at the Nuffield Theatre on Saturday 28 January. The performance is part of the Confucius Institute’s Grand Spring Festival Gala and includes the traditional Dunhuang dance, folk songs and martial arts. See the programme of activities. Tickets: Adults £4, Children under 16: £1. Two performances: 3pm and 7.30pm. For tickets book online or contact the box office, 01524 594151.

In memory

Anuj Bidve
Two hundred students and staff gathered at Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre on Saturday 21 January to attend a memorial service for Anuj Bidve, the Lancaster University postgraduate student who was killed in Salford on Boxing Day. Lancaster’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob McKinlay, will visit Anuj’s parents in Pune, India early next month, to personally deliver the memorial book that was set up at the University. The University is still discussing with Anuj’s family what sort of tribute would be a fitting way to celebrate his life.

Martin Sutherland
A JustGiving webpage has been set up in memory of student Martin Sutherland who sadly died in December 2011. Martin, who was 27, graduated with a first class degree in History in 2008, and went on to take an MA in History for which he was awarded a distinction. At the time of his death he had completed the first year of a BA in Music Technology. His family are raising funds for the charity Mental Health Research UK – a charity which funds research into mental illnesses (especially depression), their causes and cures. The details of both websites are as follows: and

Kevin Boyle
On 24 January, we were greatly saddened to receive the sad news that Kevin Boyle had died. A former student in the Department of Religious Studies, Kevin was a genuinely warm, self-effacing and thoughtful person who was well liked by all the members of the Department. He was also an enormously talented chef, who had worked with Jamie Oliver on the show Jamie’s Kitchen (Channel 4). He had also cooked for Prince Charles at Clarence House, as well as Tony Blair and Oprah Winfrey. We will remember him fondly and hold his family and friends in our thoughts.


Dr Fiona Measham (Applied Social Science) was a keynote speaker at the first ever joint conference on alcohol by the Republic of lreland and Northern Ireland. The North/South Alcohol conference was held in Armagh on January 26, where it was attended by both health ministers who together announced the first ever minimum price per unit for alcohol across the whole of Ireland. Dr Measham spoke on “The cultural context to consumption”. The other keynote speaker was the former President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore.

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) was invited to speak about: “A politics of fear: Analyzing populist rightwing rhetoric across Europe”, at a public lecture at Oslo University, 19 January.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) begins a regularly weekly slot on January 27 as a guest on the Shelagh Fogarty programme on BBC Radio Five Live. He will be interviewing guests with Shelagh from shortly after 12 o clock to 1pm every Friday on a range of social and behavioural topics which have appeared in the press that week.

Police Community Support Officer Andy Garner has joined Lancaster University’s dedicated police team based on campus. Full story.

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.

New Principals needed

Would you be interested in a part-time role as a College Principal, with your department receiving a buy-out for the loss of your time? We are seeking new Principals for the following Colleges from 1 August 2012:

The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features. As a Principal, you would play a role in leading the College team and shaping the life of your College for both staff and students. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers.

You would need:

Appointments are normally for a period of 3 years, and a quarter of your time would be ‘bought out’ from your department, subject to discussion with your Head of Department. Further particulars, including a statement of duties and responsibilities, can be obtained from Hilary Simmons. For an informal discussion about what is involved, you are welcome to get in touch with Amanda Chetwynd (extension 92088) or Hilary Simmons (extension 92020). Applications or nominations should reach Hilary Simmons in the College and Student Life by 28 February 2012.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Stephen Wildman (Ruskin Library and Research Centre) was interviewed on BBC news online about a Turner painting known as “Ruskin’s view”, Professor Corinne May-Chahal is quoted on social workers in The Guardian and The Telegraph, while colleagues from The Work Foundation comment on the economy on BBC breakfast TV.


Agresso downtime

Maintenance is planned on Agresso on Saturday 4 February as part of the ISS virtualisation project. Downtime will occur from 8am on Saturday 4 February for the remainder of the day and will affect Agresso Self Service, Agresso Smart Client and Web Payments. Web Payments will be re-directed to an alternative system so students will still be able to pay online.

Updated information on University Working Groups now available

The website providing information to staff on University working groups (UWG) has been updated over recent weeks to include all Strategic Action groups, established and due to report during the current academic year.

The UWG site is intended as an information point for all staff as well as a means to provide an online working space for groups, should they choose. You will find here the remit, expected outcomes and membership of each group – together with final reports, proposals and other updates for groups which have completed their work since 2010.

The UWG site can be found here. The SharePoint service is accessible on and off campus – when accessing off-campus, a VPN connection may be necessary.

As we approach the summer, a number of current working groups will conclude and updates will be posted to the site. A further announcement will be posted to LU-text as more and more of these reach their conclusions.Jackie Hughes Secretariat, tel: 5-92987.

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 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. 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.

LU catering

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 £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.

Sports Centre Classes

Are you frustrated that you can’t book on a class at the sports centre? This week alone 160 class places were booked but not attended! Please help to give others a chance to book by cancelling your place if you can’t attend. There are 2 ways to cancel your class:

More information on classes at the sports centre is available on the website. To be kept up to date on news from the Sports Centre you can 'like' the Facebook page.

Underpass work

Thank you to those of you located near the underpass for your patience during the noisy work over the past week. Hopefully the majority of the noisy work will be completed by the end of next week and the rest of the work will be less intrusive. The underpass is expected to reopen in the summer. Further information on campus work is available here.

Campus speed limit

Staff and students are reminded that the speed limit on campus is 20 mph. Later this year some additional speed tables (or bumps) will be installed to help reduce traffic speeds on the perimeter road and Bigforth Drive.

The Workshop

The Workshop – providing PC support for Lancaster students and staff – has moved from its temporary base to a new location in County Main, opposite the Round House. The Workshop is a Lancaster University owned store providing cost-effective PC sales and services, including PC support, computer health checks, virus/spyware scan and removal, mobile phone setup, file recovery, computer rebuilds, and more. You can see details about The Workshop’s new location, along with contact details and a full list of available services on The Workshop website.

Eduroam certificate change

The certificate used during the authentication process for Eduroam will expire soon. We will therefore change to a new certificate at 7am on 7 February 2012. The authenticity of the new certificate can be confirmed by checking it is issued to by TERENA SSL CA and is valid from 11/01/2012 to 10/01/2014. After the certificate has changed a few steps may be required to re-connect to eduroam. More details can be found at

Training and courses

Organisation and Educational Development

The ‘Development Opportunities for Staff’ is available to view online. Here you will find the most up to date information; so if you have mislaid your hard copy or need a reminder of what is available, take a look at the many development opportunities on offer. If you have any questions or queries, email the OED team.

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.


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

The Tom Milne Popular Fiction Archive: 2012 Exhibition, Texts into Films, 17th January – 9th March 2012, Lancaster University Library

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 Milne Archive and the festival have been funded by a generous donation from the Lancaster University Friends Programme.

Not in education, employment or training (neet)

Department of Educational Research Seminar Series, presented by Paul Davies. This seminar will take place on Wednesday 8 February at 12.30- 2.00pm, 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.

Live music

County College bar, Thursday 2 February, live music with The Dead Puppeteers, 8pm onwards.

Live at LICA spring season


Pete Moser: 24 Hours in a Tower
Wednesday 1 February at 8.00pm, Nuffield Theatre

Apollo saxaphone quartet.
Thursday 2 February at 7.30pm, Great Hall. Podium Lecture 1.00pm, preview concert 6.45pm

Foden's brass band
Thursday 9 February at 7.30pm, Great Hall. Podium Lecture 1.00pm, preview Concert 6.45pm

Sleepwalk collective: Sirens
Thursday 9 February at 8.00pm, Nuffield Theatre


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