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| 9 March 2012 | Issue 558

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


Staff prizes 2012

Congratulations to all staff who have been nominated for a staff prize. A record number of staff were put forward for a prize this year and the panel would like to thank those who nominated colleagues. The winners of the staff prizes 2012 will be announced shortly. The nominations are listed here.

Lancaster researchers SET for Britain

Early-career Lancaster University researchers who are making their mark in developments from the wonder material graphene to unsolved problems in classical physics are set to present their work in the House of Commons this month. Researchers Riccardo Mazzocco, Deepak Garg, Tom Hansard (all from Physics) and Beth Colling (Engineering) have been selected to present their work to a panel of judges on March 12 as part of SET for Britain - an annual event showcasing the work of Britain's top early-stage research scientists, engineers and technologists. Full story.

Postgraduate study will improve my business says entrepreneur

An awardwinning entrepreneur says that postgraduate study at Lancaster University will enhance her business which has a turnover of £250,000. Sarah Goodall runs The Athena Programme, which delivers training and consultancy to organisations nationwide aimed at safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Her plans to study for a PhD will see her return to Lancaster University, where she studied social work at the Department of Applied Social Science from 1994 to 1997. Full story.

Campus Festival

All students, staff and their families are invited to the Campus Festival on 17 March from 1pm. The festival is free of charge and celebrates the achievements of Lancaster University students, with live entertainment, demonstrations, interactive activities, a 'silent disco', climbing wall and an international food court. After 7 pm there will be live music and from student bands. The event will conclude with a fireworks display accompanied by a live performance from the Lancaster University Music Society Big Band.

Due to the fireworks display, the cycle path and woodland walk from County will be closed off for a short time between 10.30pm and 11.10pm.

Cartmel win college enterprise competition

Cartmel has won the 2012 Enterprise: Battle of the Colleges competition, organised jointly by CEEC, the Enterprise Team in Research and Enterprise Services and the colleges. The event challenged the students to work in teams and develop an investment winning pitch based upon business ideas, many of which were based on recent successful student and graduate start-ups from Lancaster supported by LUSU Involve Enterprise and the Northwest Enterprise Champion project, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The Cartmel team will now go on to represent Lancaster University at the national pitching competition FLUX on March 27 and 28 in London. FLUX is organised by the Working Knowledge Group and the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE). Full story.

Faculty of Health and Medicine in partnership with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron on the day he announced a package of measures to improve standards of care in hospitals. One of the measures announced was about leadership on wards. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has over the last year been investing in the role of the Ward Manager in partnership with the Centre for Training and Development (CETAD), part of the Faculty of Health and Medicine. Full story.

Night Visions

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has written and presented a new documentary for BBC Radio 4, ‘Night Visions’. Over several nights last August, Paul flew on operations with the Metropolitan Police’s Air Support Unit helicopter over London, writing a lyrical piece based on his experiences that has been produced as a half hour programme, to be broadcast on 9 March. 'Night Visions' was featured as a Radio Choice in this week’s Radio Times, and was also a Pick of the Day in the Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, the Observer and the Sunday Times.

Summer graduation ceremonies

Congregations for the conferment of Bachelor and Honorary Degrees will take place from Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 July 2012. The full timetable and information for finalists are available on the website.

The University will be awarding six Honorary Degrees in July:

For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office on 01524 592190 or

Funded PhD opportunities at new Centre for Global Eco-innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-innovation, a partnership between Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and Inventya Ltd, is offering up to fifty three-year, fully-funded, graduate researcher positions in a new industry-university programme. Starting October 2012, graduates accepted onto the scheme will form a team of exceptional PhD researchers working in a unique partnership between academia and business. The Centre is part financed by European Regional Development Fund. For further information see here.

Live at LICA and the Dukes in first joint theatre presentation

More than five hundred people have seen the family show The Forest, co-presented for the first time by the Nuffield Theatre and the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. The production by the acclaimed UK theatre company Fevered Sleep has had favourable reviews in the national media and has toured extensively, including to the Sydney Opera House. Full story.

Adrian Cunningham

We regret to report that Adrian Cunningham, who was retired from Religious Studies, died this week. Details of the funeral will be circulated when they are confirmed.


A former Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil has returned to his home city to further his research into a rare genetic disease. Dr Adam Taylor, who is originally from Slyne-with-Hest, has joined the Faculty of Health and Medicine where, alongside teaching anatomy to the cohort of Lancaster medical students, he is developing research into a painful degenerative joint condition called Alkaptonuria. Further information

Dr Marcin Mucha-Kruczynski, a research associate and former PhD student in the Physics Department, has had his PhD thesis selected for publication in Springer Theses. His thesis "Theory of Bilayer Graphene Spectroscopy" which attempts to explain (and in some cases predict) results of various spectroscopic investigations of new material called bilayer graphene was chosen by the journal which selects the best of the best theses from internationally top-ranked research institutes. The series is available to millions of readers worldwide. Dr Mucha-Kruczynski also receives a prize of €500.

Dr Paul Iganski, Head of Department of Applied Social Science, gave a keynote speech on ‘Understanding the harms of hate crime’ at the launch of a national DVD campaign ‘Communities United Against Hate’, in Chorley last Friday 2 March. The DVD, which highlights the damaging effects of hate crime and encourages people to report it, has been produced by a small team of volunteers from Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Constabulary. It can be viewed on the Association of Chief Police Officers True Vision website.

Professor Sheila Payne (International Observatory on End of Life Care) will be in Brazil next week where she was invited as a plenary speaker at the Latin America Palliative Care Congress. See an online interview which is posted in Portuguese on the Brazilian National Palliative Care website.

Pre-School staff and children celebrated World Book day on Thursday 1 March by dressing up as their favourite book character. Each child received a £1 Book Token and was able to buy books from the Usborne Book Stall in the foyer.

Dr John Welshman (History) was talking at the Words by the Water Literary Festival, Keswick, on Friday 9 March, about his new book Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town (Oxford University Press, 2012)

For anyone considering PG study next year, all colleges are now looking to recruit Assistant Deans. Please see the links below: Role description and Recruitment details. You need to apply by email stating which college you have a preference for – if any – otherwise your application will get sent out for all colleges consideration.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Mike Kosch (Physics) was on BBC TV’s Horizon programme, talking about the Northern Lights, and Dr Jim Wild (Physics) was interviewed for BBC Radio Five Live on solar activity.


TEDx conference attendee

Security Lancaster is potentially looking to host a TEDx conference at Lancaster University and we are seeking anyone who may have attended an official TED Conference (e.g. TED Global or TED Active etc.) If you have attended such a conference and are happy to lend your assistance, please get in touch with Chris Lowerson via email.

Green Lancaster big bike sale - Alexandra Square - Wednesday 14 of March from 11am until 3pm

There will be a range of brand new bikes for men and women. Prices are all heavily discounted and will start at £120. Cycle accessories will also be on sale. Helmets are £9 and can also be bought as part of an accessory pack for £20 to get you all set up for safe cycling. Also on the 14 March between 10am and 4.00pm, Dr. Bike will be in Alexandra Square to tweak any cable slack or bike niggles as well as perform safety checks and minor repairs for free.

Notice to cyclists

Cyclists are asked to be vigilant following a spate of cycle related thefts across the campus. University Security and Lancashire Constabulary are working together to identify the offenders. If you see anything suspicious please inform Security on X94541. 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. 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. The University also encourages all cyclists to wear helmets. Reduced priced helmets are available from GreenLancaster for just £8.

New half day conference rates

Lancaster University Conferences & Events have some new rates for you to take advantage of. For those shorter meetings, there are now two new 'half day delegate rates', which include meeting room hire for half a day, two servings of refreshments and parking.
Lancaster House Hotel Conference Centre: £15.00 per person.
Bailrigg Conference Centre: £8.05 per person.

Lunch menus are also available at an extra cost, please contact us on 92444, or e-mail to discuss your requirements.

Training and courses

Free cycle skills safety training

Lancashire County Council are offering free cycle skills training to help boost riders’ confidence and cycling skills on today’s busy roads. It teaches you how to handle busy junctions and roundabouts more safely and how to improve your road positioning. The training lasts for 2 hours and is fully flexible and can be arranged to meet your needs. For example, it could be arranged over 2 lunchtimes on campus or from your home address at the weekend. For more information see the poster here.

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.

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

Moodle - The New VLE

ISS would like to remind staff that following overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff and students, it has been decided by the project board that Moodle will be the standard ISS supported VLE from Michaelmas term 2012. You can have a look at examples of a Moodle module designs and configurations at - there is also a Moodle User Group (MUG-L) course for you to use as a community discussion space and for good practice sharing. Questions about the pilot or the transition process should be directed to the Service desk in the first instance.

See the blog at Lancaster eLearning or follow us @LU_eLearning on Twitter for updates and further information. You will also see the RSS feed from the blog on the Moodle homepage.

iLancaster mobile app available for BlackBerry

iLancaster, the free Lancaster University mobile app, is now available as a dedicated app for BlackBerry. It can be downloaded in BlackBerry App World. Although aimed at students, the app is also available for staff to download and use. Features that staff can utilise include bus timetables, personal teaching timetable, library renewals/reservations, and library catalogue search. Further information on iLancaster for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry is at


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

Enterprising academics

The FASS Enterprise Centre will be hosting a faculty-wide discussion on Friday 16 March (FASS Meeting Room 3) to talk about enterprise in the context of the arts, humanities and social sciences. We’ll debate topics like ‘What does it mean to be an enterprising academic?’, ‘What has enterprise got to do with my research, or my work more generally?’, ‘What is knowledge exchange and how does this relate to the REF’s impact statements?’ and ‘Even if enterprise is important, does this really have any relevance to my academic discipline?’.

Guest speakers will be

The event includes a buffet lunch at 12.30pm and will last until around 3.30pm. Please let us know if would like to attend by booking this event by registering here.

Youthful Buddhism in Lancaster - 17 March

An Introductory event to Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. This is a free and open event to anyone interested to know more about Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. During the day there will be a video presentation, performances, informal discussions, personal experiences, Q&A session and an opportunity to meet people practicing this Buddhism. Refreshments will be available. For further information see here or email.

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.


Everyone is welcome. People of different faith traditions are meeting to discuss the topic: ‘My Faith and Social Need: can Religion make a Difference?’ The meeting will take place in the Central Lounge of the Chaplaincy Centre at 7.30pm on Monday 12 March. There will be a short presentation from each of the participating faith groups, followed by a general discussion, after which there will be light refreshments.

Sport Relief Zumbathon Party

The Sports Centre will be holding a Zumbathon party on Saturday 24th March between 1pm and 4pm to raise money for Sport Relief. For more information including how to take part click here.

MAD4KIDS – Multi-Activity Days for Kids

The Sports Centre is taking bookings for its children’s Easter holiday Multi Activity Days, for more information and to book click here.

Staff six-a-side indoor football

The Sports Centre is looking to set up a staff departmental six-a-side indoor football league and knockout cup to run at lunchtimes. It is open to men and women, we currently have six teams but need more - if your department is interested in taking part please contact


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