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| 13 April 2012 | Issue 562

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

Rosie Missett

We regret to report that Rosie Missett, a first year student on a History and Politics degree and member of Bowland College, died in a road traffic accident in York on 4 April. The University has been in touch with Rosie’s parents and our deep sympathies go out to them, and to Rosie’s brother and boyfriend who are also students at Lancaster. The funeral will take place on Monday 16 April in Leeds.


Lancaster University awarded Cyber Security Centre of Excellence status

Lancaster University researchers who have been tackling online crime from hacking to child grooming on the net have been recognised by Government as one of an elite group of eight new academic centres of excellence in cyber security research in the UK.

The only one in the north of England and Scotland, the new Lancaster University Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research brings together internationally-recognised researchers from diverse disciplines to address key issues threatening our security online. Full story.

Athena SWAN Award

Lancaster's Bronze Athena SWAN University award has been renewed which recognises Lancaster’s good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Presentation of the awards will take place at a ceremony in May. The award is valid until the end of November 2014.

Lancaster University in world’s largest business competition

A team from Lancaster is the only UK team selected to take part in the world’s biggest competition for graduates with an entrepreneurial flair. The Rice University Business Plan competition in Texas offered prizes last year of more than a million dollars.

There are four students in the Lancaster team which is called eBiogen. These include three MBA students from the Management School - Fahim Hussain, Dario Maglione and Amitesh Podder – plus Mukesh Kumar, currently a PhD student in Physics and formerly a Masters student in the Microsystems Centre in Engineering. The team have been mentored by retired Professor Michael Mumford and Dr Frank Cave of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. Full story.

Quiet Period Summer Examinations 2012

All members of the University community are asked to observe the Quiet Period from 16 April to 25 June 2012, during which no noisy activities may take place on campus. This will start one week before the examination period and will apply in any college or other venue close to examination rooms, residential or study accommodation.It is especially important at this time that students are able to study in peace and that examinations are not disturbed.

The ban includes noise of unreasonable volume and at unreasonable times within residences. The exceptions to this are the Sports Centre, or by special negotiation and for short periods in the Great Hall Complex.

Colleges or societies wishing to organise events during the Quiet Period must seek special permission from the relevant College Dean, the University Dean or the Head of Student Registry. Any unnecessary noise during this period may result in hefty fines which are enforced by the Deanery.

Emergency plans test

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.


The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of Academician on Professor Tony McEnery, Dean of FASS. In 2005 he was seconded to the Arts and Humanities Research Council where he acted as its first director of research until 2008. At the AHRC, amongst other innovations, he pioneered the introduction of research council doctoral training centres in the form of 'block grant partnership' awards. He has held and worked on many grants in his career, including those awarded by the AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, EU and the Leverhulme Trust. He has worked with a wide range of industrial partners including Blackberry, British Telecom, IBM and Nokia. The award will be conferred at the next AGM of the Academy of Social Sciences on 5 July.

Subject Librarian Andy Holgate has been nominated for “New Writer of The Year” at The British Sports Book Awards for his book “Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run”. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Savoy Hotel in London on the 21 May, and the event will be televised by Sky Sports see British Book Awards.

Lancaster in the news

Professor Phil Haygarth (LEC) was interviewed about water pollution for BBC Radio 4 Farming Today, broadcast at 5.45am on Friday April 13. BBC listen again

Dr Jim Wild (Physics) was on BBC breakfast TV this morning explaining the physics behind sonic booms caused by RAF jets. He was also interviewed on BBC Radio Coventry.

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


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 you can book online from Monday 16th April.

Introducing Windows7– Tuesday 24 April, 10.00am – 11.00am

Introducing Office 2010 – Wednesday 25 April, 11.30am – 12.30pm

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages


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


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