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| 10 February 2012 | Issue 554

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


Graduating students celebrate success at GD Goenka World Institute

The Chancellor, Sir Christian Bonington, presided over the inaugural graduation ceremony of the GD Goenka World Institute (GDGWI)-Lancaster University partnership held in New Delhi on 8 February 2012.

A hundred and eleven students graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and another 20 graduated with an MSc Management and Law, MSc Management or MSc Management and Marketing. 556 students are currently studying for a Lancaster degree at GDGWI in Gurgaon. Full story

Research reveals the true cost of a burger

The UK could considerably reduce its carbon footprint if more of us switched to a vegetarian diet, according to new research in LEC. By working out the typical greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of 61 different categories of food, using supermarket data supplied by Booths, the authors of the report, Professor Nick Hewitt (LEC) and Mike Berners-Lee of Small World Consulting, were able to work out the typical emissions associated with a number of different diets. Full story

University Brass Band Championship

Lancaster University is hosting the second University Brass Band Championship of Great Britain on 18 February. The event is being organised by UniBrass, founded by Lancaster students, in association with the British Federation of Brass Bands. The contest will be streamed live on UniBrass. Full story.

Shakespeare conference

The University is hosting the 5th Biennial British Shakespeare Conference 2012, "Shakespeare Inside-Out: depth-surface-meaning" from February 24-26. The conference programme includes performances of Much Ado About Nothing at Lancaster Castle and Love’s Labour’s Lost by Northern Broadsides. Speakers include the eminent Shakespearean scholar Professor Stanley Wells as well as an international cast of plenary speakers, Cicely Berry from the Royal Shakespeare Company and directors, designers and actors. In association with the Duke's Theatre and Demi-Paradise Productions, Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria will be running an extended series of workshops and talks for schools and the public as part of a Lancaster "Season of Shakespeare". There will be special exhibitions at the Duke’s Gallery and at the Rare Book Archive in the University Library, including paintings by Lancaster alumnus Alan O’Cain. link

Business Process Review update

Read the Vice-Chancellor's message to staff here.

Praise for new website

The transformed Lancaster University website has been named ‘Responsive Site of the Month’ in the February 2012 edition of .net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers. The magazine praises the website’s flexible structure, especially when accessed via mobile devices. Full story


See an interview with Vice Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith Full story

Dr John Welshman (History) was interviewed in Southampton on Sunday 5 February by Vlaamse Radio-en Televisieomroeporganistie (VRT), Brussels, for a television programme about the Belgian passengers on the Titanic which will be broadcast in Belgium on 15 April.

Professor Murray Saunders (Educational Research) was appointed Vice President of the IOCE (International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation) at the January 2012 IOCE Board meeting in Accra, Ghana. The IOCE is the international association representing national and regional Voluntary Organizations of Professional Evaluators in the Americas, Africa, Australasia, East Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Middle East. The appointment is, in particular to help manage an innovative partnership with UNICEF, in conjunction with the Government of Finland, to enhance the capacities of civil society to engage in a strategic and meaningful manner in national evaluation processes, and to influence country-led evaluation systems.

Lee Adams (Hospitality) has been awarded ‘Most Improved Apprentice’ in the Apprentice Celebration Awards at Lancaster & Morecambe College on 6 February.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Nick Hewitt (LEC) is quoted in The Independent on research into the environmental costs of food production while Dr Caroline Gatrell (Lums) is also quoted in The Independent in an article on gaining postgraduate qualifications.


Jack Hylton survey

Jack Hylton was one of the biggest names in popular music during the first half of the 20th Century. He had a notable career as an arranger, conductor, record, television and show producer, producing many West End shows including Kiss Me, Kate, and brought acts such as Shirley Bassey and Morecambe and Wise into the public eye.

Lancaster University hosts an archive in the library which contains newspaper clippings, scripts, band parts, posters, recordings, appointment diaries, flyers and photographs from this era and is looking to raise awareness of the archive and promote the resource within and outside of the University. If you could complete a survey for a report on promoting the Jack Hylton Archive, this would be appreciated.

Pre-School Crossing

A new pedestrian crossing has been installed outside the Pre-School with a vehicle speed hump to slow traffic down. This is in response to concerns about cars that are speeding near an area where young children are being dropped off and picked up. It is important for everyone's safety that drivers reduce their speed on campus, particularly near the Pre-School.

Alexandra Square/Underpass Works

Construction work has started on the roof of the underpass. In a few areas barriers will be placed on Alexandra Square. These will allow the contractors to work more effectively throughout the day. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information on the underpass project visit the Facilities Campus Works webpage.

Car parking scratchcards

Sales of staff and visitor one-day parking £5 scratchcards have been transferred from the Security Lodge to the Cashiers Desk in University House reception. The desk is open from 9am - 4.30pm, Monday – Friday. Scratchcards are not available to students. Departments can continue to purchase scratchcards from Lilian Rogers in the Car Parking Office, Security Lodge.

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 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. Conferences & Events are offering a promotional day rate for delegates at Lancaster House Conference Centre. £12.80 per person to include room hire and two servings of tea/coffee and biscuits for meetings of ten or more. To book call Emma at the one stop shop on 92444.

Training and courses

Staff and student training available for 2011/12 Moodle VLE prototype

Staff (and their students) who have modules using the 2011/12 Moodle prototype can receive training and support in using Moodle from ISS eLearning Assistants. Availability of the eLearning Assistants is as follows:

Participating staff (and/or their students) are encouraged to drop in during these times and take advantage of the training and support in order to make the most effective use of the prototype Moodle configuration.

Staff IT Training

Upcoming free IT training sessions run by ISS, in the Library Training suites. If you would like to attend any IT Training sessions please book online.

  • Introducing Windows 7 – Thursday 16 February, 2pm – 3pm
  • Introducing Office 2010 – Thursday 16 February, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Introduction to EndNote Web – Tuesday 21 February, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Introducing Outlook Web App (OWA) – Tuesday 21 February, 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Data Protection and Freedom of Information – Thursday 23 February, 2.00pm – 3.30pm. More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.


    BABCP Bipolar Disorder Special Interest Group third Annual Conference - 24 April

    Speaking at the conference will be Professor Andrew Gumley (University of Glasgow), Prof. Matthias Schwannauer (University of Edinburgh), Dr Daniel Smith (University of Cardiff), Dr Nick Stafford (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust), Dr Ruth Searson, Dr Phil Brawn and Dr Graeme Reid (the TEAMS Trial). Further information can be obtained from Jayjay Sanson, and anyone wishing to join the SIG can do so by contacting Dr Alyson Dodd. Forms can also be downloaded here.

    'Authors meet critics. Losing the Race. Thinking psychologically about racially motivated crime' - seminar on 29 February

    Bill Dixon (Head of School of Sociology & Criminology, Keele University) and David Gadd (Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester School of Law) Critics: Paul Iganski & David Smith, Department of Applied Social Science.
    A seminar to celebrate the contribution to scholarship of our colleague in the Department of Applied Social Science, Professor David Smith. Bowland North seminar room 20. 4.00pm tea, 4.30 - 6.00pm seminar, followed by a drinks reception. Please RSVP to by 12pm Friday 24 February.

    British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Annual Conference - 21 June

    After 10 years at the Open University, the British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Annual Conference is coming to Lancaster University. As co- convenor of the Group, Laura Machin from Lancaster Medical School has opted to hold the Conference on 21 June at the Bailrigg Conference Centre. Abstracts of up to 250 words are welcome until 30 April and should be sent to .

    'Art and Cultural Production within Institutions and on the Margins of Society' - DELC Research Seminar Series

    Wednesday 29 February, 1pm, Bowland North Seminar Room 17. Karen Jürs-Munby, LICA: The Innovative Production Concept and Parasitic Politics of Elfriede Jelinek’s 'Secondary Drama': Abraumhalde and FaustIn and Out.

    Wednesday 21 March, 1pm, Bowland North Seminar Room 17. Stuart Green (University of Leeds). 'Are You X-perienced? Rap Music and Black Identities in Contemporary Spain'.

    Ruskin Exhibition

    Beautiful effects: Ruskin’s Daguerreotypes of Switzerland - 16 January - 5 April
    The Whitehouse Collection held by the Ruskin Foundation at the Ruskin Library contains 125 Daguerreotypes – one-off plates using the first popular process of permanent photography. The third display in a series of four, this focuses on the Swiss scenes. John Ruskin travelled to the French and Swiss Alps more often than any other place in Europe, from a childhood visit in 1833, when he was just fourteen, to a few days on the return from his last continental trip in 1888. See the website for further information.

    Live at LICA

    Art Exhibition - Opening Event
    Five African women photographers: Reflections on the self + New to the Collection: Patrick Caulfield
    23 Feb – 17 Mar | Peter Scott Gallery
    Public opening event Wednesday 22 February, 6.30pm followed by Company Chameleon show at 8pm

    Company Chameleon: Gameshow
    Wednesday 22 February at 8.00pm | Nuffield Theatre

    Brodsky quartet: Wheel For Tunes
    Thursday 23 February at 7.30pm | Great Hall | Preview Concert 6.45pm

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

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


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