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| 23 March 2012 | Issue 560

There will be no edition of LU Text on Friday 6 April. The next edition following the Easter break will be published on Friday 13 April 2012.

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



Congratulations to Phil Barker (LEC), Guennadi Borissov (Physics), Angus Winchester (History) and Hao Zhang (LEC) on the award of a Personal Chair. Congratulations also to Linden Ball (Psychology), Vato Kartvelishvili (Physics) and Paul Taylor (Psychology), following their awards of Readerships.

LICA building wins Higher Education award for sustainability

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts has won the Higher Education award at the BREEAM Awards 2012 in London. The awards honour the most successful sustainable buildings in the industry and are made annually to the buildings that achieve the highest scores under BREEAM – the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. Full story.


The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington presided over the annual meeting of Court held on Wednesday 21 March, which was attended by over 150 members and chaired by Deputy Pro-Chancellor John Hadfield. Court received several reports including the LUSU annual report and presentation from George Gardiner President of LUSU and the annual report of the workings of the University presented by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith. The co-option to Court of Claire Hensman and Councillor Michael Wheeler was approved. The link to the minutes of the meeting will be circulated when approved.

Watching Harry Potter films enhances creativity in children

Researchers from the Department of Psychology say that watching Harry Potter films could make young children more creative. This is the first attempt to study whether there any educational benefits in exposing children to magical content like witches and wizards and Santa Claus. The study was carried out by Dr Eugene Subbotsky, Claire Hysted and Nicola Jones. Full story.

Updated information on University Working Groups now available

The website providing information to staff on University working groups (UWG) has been updated recently with early news on the work of various Strategic Action groups, established and due to report at the end of 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 on each group’s page its remit, expected outcomes and membership – together with final reports (when available), 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 further updates will be posted to the site. A further announcement will be posted to LU Text as more of these reach their conclusions.

For further information contact Jackie Hughes, Secretariat, telephone 5-92987.

Professor Bill Potts

The funeral of Professor William (Bill) Potts, former Head of the Biology Department, will be held on Monday, 26 March at St Paul’s Church, Brookhouse at 11am. All are welcome. No flowers please, but donations can be made in Professor Potts’ memory to the fabric of St Paul’s Church.


The Centre for North-West Regional Studies launched their latest publication The launch of Country Houses of Lancashire and their builders, by the late John Champness, this week, at an event at Lytham Hall. Several staff members contributed to the book - Gwen Ainsworth of Folio took a range of photographs, Simon Chew of LEC created a location map of all the houses featured in the book and Andrew Malby of LEC drew ground plans of a number of the buildings. Editorial work was undertaken by Dr Sam Riches of CNWRS and Marion McClintock, the University's Archivist, assisted with the indexing . Please see the website for information on how to order, and the full range of publications, or contact Christine Wilkinson.

Professor Colin Ockleford and Dr Adam Taylor (Lancaster Medical School) are to appear in the BBC One show Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Monday 26 March, at 5.15pm. The TV presenter and antiques dealer Paul Hayes interviewed them in the Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre about several antique medical prints which he later sold to the Lancaster Medical School.

Dr John Welshman (History) gave a talk about his new Titanic book at Bolton Museum and Archive on Thursday 22 March. The book was mentioned in The London Library Magazine, Spring 2012 edition, and in The New York Times, on 20 March.

Dr Fiona Lobban, Associate Director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research (FHM) has been nominated for a ‘People in Research’ award by the NW Hub Mental Health Research Network. The awards will be announced at the National Scientific Conference in Birmingham in April.

Jos Barlow (LEC)gave the Monday Night Lecture (19/03/12) at the Royal Geographical Society in London, talking about "Fire and the future of the Amazon". The talk was attended by 700 members of the RGS, and was introduced by Michael Palin.

Andrea Kitchen (Facilites) is raising funds for NW Air Ambulance. The link to My Just Giving page is here.

Lancaster in the news

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

Research from the Psychology Department into children’s creativity attracted national and international coverage from The Mail and the BBC to the Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, the Toronto Sun, and others. Marion McCLintock’s book on the history of the University was reviewed in the Times Higher Education magazine by Professor Stephen Wildman of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre and Professor Trevor McMillan is quoted in the THE on the N8.


Catering outlets on campus – opening times

All closed Friday 6 April and Monday 9 April

Campus Bar Easter Opening Times

Notice for Staff normally paid on 15th of the month

As the University is closed in the week before the April salaries are due, the deadline for receipt of overtime claims/ changes to bank account details and any other variable data affecting pay is being brought forward. The revised deadline will be 28 March, any items received after this date will be held over until the May payroll. Please note that the actual pay day is 13 April. If you have any queries please contact Terry Hallam, Payroll & Pensions Manager X92045.

Moodle - The New VLE

ISS would like to remind staff that Moodle will be the standard ISS supported VLE from Michaelmas term 2012. Examples of Moodle module designs and configurations are available here and there is also a Moodle User Group (MUG-L) course for you to use as a community discussion space and for good practice sharing.

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. Questions about the pilot or the transition process should be directed to the Service Desk in the first instance. Open Moodle Forums are also being held on the following dates.

All university teaching staff are invited.

Emergency exercise

The University will be testing its emergency plans on Thursday 19 April which will involve a realistic simulation of an incident. Emergency services will be on campus as part of this exercise. Signs will be displayed during the ‘incident’ so people are aware that it is an exercise.

Tower Avenue work

Work will commence on Monday 26 March from the Perimeter Road near Helme Garage and work along Tower Avenue towards the Furness building. The work is expected to take three weeks, vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times although there maybe some delays due to traffic controls. If you have any queries about the work please contact the Project Manager, Anna Cockman via the Facilities Helpdesk 93333.

Engineering & Fylde refurbishment work

On Monday 2 April work is due to start on refurbishing C Floor of the Engineering building and the corridors in Fylde (Floors A – D). The work will take place over the Easter break and will include new carpet tiles, repainting all previously painted surfaces and blinds in some areas. If you have any queries, please contact the Senior Project Manager Stuart Foy via the Facilities Helpdesk 93333.

Temporary road closure

On 19 April Physics Avenue will be closed from 8am to 12 noon to enable equipment deliveries to the central services plant room at the bottom of the Avenue. There will also be no parking between the end of Physics Avenue and the east roundabout during this time. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please contact the Facilities Helpdesk if you have any queries 93333.

Lancaster University Conferences & Events

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of working together, Lancaster University’s Conferences and Events Team with Lancaster House Hotel are offering special day and 24 hour delegate rates.
Day delegate rate: £32.95 per person
24 Hour Rate: £124.95

There are also have some brand new rates for you to take advantage of. For those shorter meetings, we now have two new 'Half Day Delegate Rates', which will 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 as an optional extra, please contact us on 92444, or e-mail to discuss your requirements.

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.

Sport Relief Zumbathon Party – last chance to enter

The Sports Centre will be holding a Zumbathon party tomorrow (Saturday 24 March) between 1pm and 4pm to raise money for Sport Relief. There are still spaces available, to book your space fill in the form and take it to the Sports Centre reception with your donation.

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.

Children’s swimming lessons over the Easter holidays

A two week programme of children’s swimming lessons is available over the Easter holidays. For more information visit the Sports Centre website.

Training and courses

Staff IT Training

Group Training Sessions
Does your team need help in developing the relevant Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook skills to do your job? Is there an issue you and your colleagues are struggling with? ISS offer training to groups of five or more. If you would like a trainer to provide advice, support and training relevant to your needs, please contact for further details.

Organisation and Educational Development

Planning and Managing a project, 1 May, 9.30am - 4.00pm.
This course is designed for staff with responsibilities for planning, organising or managing a project. The course closely examines questions such as what is a project and when is project management required? It also looks at the key factors in planning and organising a project and highlights the fundamental steps of managing projects: breaking projects down into ‘bite-sized chunks’, developing realistic time-lines; prioritisation of tasks; managing project ‘risks’; effective project management tools; and, monitoring project progress and keeping them on track.

To book your place, or for further information, please contact the OED team.


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

Ruskin Exhibition – only two weeks left

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.

Department of European Languages and Cultures Research Seminar Series

'Želimir Žilnik and the concept of Independent Cinema', delivered by Ewa Hanna Mazierska (UCLAN). Wednesday 13 June 2012, 1 pm, Bowland North SR 10. All are welcome.


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