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| 20 April 2012 | Issue 563

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


Postgraduate team shortlisted for THE award

Lancaster’s faculty and central postgraduate admissions team has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Student Admissions Team in THE Leadership and Management Awards 2012.The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 21 June.

Pilot study examines a new role for the Children’s Guardian

Involving children’s guardians in vulnerable families may avoid the need for care proceedings according to a pilot study from Lancaster University and the University of Bradford. Applications to take children into care are at record levels, with 10,199 new applications recorded during the last year by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass). The national evaluation was led by Dr Karen Broadhurst, working with Paula Doherty from Lancaster University’s Department of Applied Social Science, and Kim Holt and Dr Nancy Kelly from Bradford University. Full story.

University librarian shortlisted in national sports book awards

Lancaster University librarian and triathlete Andy Holgate has been shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category in the 2012 British Sports Book Awards. His book "Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman" follows his attempts to complete an Ironman triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon. Full story.

Lancaster gives masterclasses in the Channel Islands

Five hundred pupils in the Channel Islands have been given a taste of university life with masterclasses from Lancaster University. This is the third year that staff from Lancaster University have taught pupils on the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Organised by Lancaster UK Student Recruitment and Outreach office, the masterclasses are part of a larger partnership project between Lancaster and the Islands which has seen applications from Islands students increase by 60 percent. Full story.

Lancaster University provides evidence to new UK emissions report

The Government should be straightforward about the impact that UK consumption is having on the world’s climate, according to a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee. The Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee published its report on "Consumption-Based Emissions Reporting" on 18 April. Mike Berners-Lee, Director of Small World Consulting, a Lancaster University-affiliated company, provided both written and oral evidence to the Committee. Professor Nick Hewitt of the Lancaster Environment Centre also provided written evidence. Full story.

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Lancaster University is hosting the UK launch of a €4 million EU-funded design project on 8 May. Led by ImaginationLancaster (Lancaster University) with the Storey Creative Industry Centre as UK partners, the project known as PROUD (or People Researchers and Organisations Using Design for Co-Creation and Innovation) will engage with public authorities, local business and academic communities to respond to three regional challenges, through innovative co-design processes. To read more about the PROUD project visit here.

Free sports taster weekend Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April

Lancaster University Sports Centre has joined forces with Lancaster City Council to celebrate this summer’s Olympic Games, by providing an open weekend of free sport. Spaces are subject to availability on a first come first served basis. See here for further details.

New 'Essential Guide' to the Sports Centre

To view the new Essential Guide to the Sports Centre, including opening hours and new class programme starting on Monday 23 April, visit the Sports Centre Website.

Improvements to landscape outside University House

The Facilities Grounds team will be landscaping the approach to University House to improve the existing grass areas with a floral wildflower mix to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.


Lancaster University’s Dr Alan Collins was one of four eminent psychologists taking part in a high-profile debate at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference this week (19 April). The four speakers - including Dr Geoff Bunn of BBC Radio 4’s A History of the Brain - each presented the case for who they believed to be a true pioneer of psychological science. The event celebrated the launch of the BPS Origins project, a web-based, multimedia timeline charting the development and contributions of psychological science.

Mark Swindlehurst, (Director of Facilities) has been elected chair of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and started his two year term of office this month. AUDE promotes excellence in the strategic planning, management, operation and development of Higher Education estates and facilities and represents 155 UK universities and higher education institutions.

Sports Centre health and fitness instructor, Laura McConville, will be completing a 12 hour Spinathon on Saturday 19 May in support of the George Higginson Telescope Appeal. The 12 hours will be split into 12 x 45 minute sessions with a 15 minute change over for participants. The price is £10 per session (member or non member). All funds raised will go to the George Higginson Telescope Appeal. If you’d like to take part bookings can be made at the Sports Centre reception by calling 01524 510600.

Andrea Kitchen (Student Based Services) has now completed her one day paragliding training session to raise funds for the NW Air Ambulance and would like to thank all who sponsored her in raising just over £700.

Dr Andrew Quick (Director of LICA), Mark Swindlehurst (Director of Facilities) and students were featured in a short film about imaginative design of university campuses commissioned by HEDQF (Higher Education Design Quality Forum) which was screened at the Association of University Directors of Estates conference this month.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Emergency Management Exercise on the 19 April 2012 and also to the Physics Department for hosting the incident. The exercise has provided a number of points for development and benefits the longer term Emergency Planning for the University.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Phil Haygarth (LEC) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 World at One and in The Guardian about the drought and Granada TV visited campus to film university librarian Andy Holgate who has been nominated for a national award for his book about triathlon training. Dr Stephen Pumfrey (History) was a guest on the Melvyn Bragg show on BBC R4 "In Our Time", 12 April, on the subject of the emergence of geology as a scientific discipline.


New Security email address

Security now has a new email address for all staff to use for any enquiries regarding security at the University.

NatWest cash machines

New NatWest cash machines are being installed in Alexandra Square on Wednesday 25 April after the branch closes. Both cash machines will be out of service from 4.30pm on 25 April until approximately 1.00pm on 26 April. While these machines are out of service cash can be obtained from Barclays cash machines in Alexandra square.

Stop smoking service for staff

On Tuesday 24 April, Adele Shields from North Lancashire Primary Care Trust will be on campus from 2pm – 4pm and thereafter every Tuesday at the same time. Adele will be based in the Security Lodge, room A18c and will be able to give advice and support, including nicotine replacement and other products on prescription. The visits will be on an appointment only basis lasting 20 minutes. Follow up support can be given on campus, over the telephone or at local NHS contact points within the Lancaster area.

If you would like to book an appointment please email Angela, Occupational Health Adviser –

Tower Avenue work completed

The work on Tower Avenue towards the Furness building has now been completed, with all pedestrian and vehicle access back to normal.

Cycle and pedestrian warning

Due to an increase in contractor traffic around Bailrigg Lane and Bailrigg House, please ensure that you take extra care when cycling and walking in this area of campus. This includes the cycle path between the northern perimeter road and Bailrigg Lane. Additional signage will be added to warn users of the work. If you have any queries about this area please contact Senior Project Manager Helen Wood via the Facilities Helpdesk 93333.

Green Lancaster Big Book sale

On Tuesday 24 April Green Lancaster will be holding a Big Book sale in Edward Roberts Court. All books have been donated by students through the Exodus Re-Use Project and the event aims to raise awareness of the forthcoming project for the summer of 2012. All books have been priced at bargain prices, with proceeds raised helping to fund the Exodus project along with other environmental and volunteer projects within Green Lancaster. The stall will be set up between 11.00am and 3.00pm. Feel free to call by and have a browse.

Level 1 football course at the Sports Centre

Lancaster University is working in conjunction with the Lancashire Football Association to help the development of more coaches across Lancaster. This course is designed to provide learners with an introduction to the principles and practice of safe, ethical, and effective management and coaching of football to young people and adults. See here for further details.

Training and courses

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.

The Confucius Institute is launching new courses in Mandarin for Staff

Basic Survival Mandarin for Staff starts on Tuesday 24 April and finishes on Tuesday 19 June. Sessions will be 1.5 hours and run from 12.15 to 1.45pm and take place in the Round House, near County South. The eight week course (12 hours) long costs £30. (There won’t be a scheduled class on Tuesday 5 June because of the Jubilee bank holiday though we can discuss whether you would like a free extra class to compensate). Beginner Level 2 classes for staff (who have studied tones and basic introductions) will take place on Tuesdays either from 8.00 - 9.30am or from 5.15 - 6.45pm, beginning on Tuesday 24 April. Please email if you would like to sign up to any of these classes. If you have a higher level of Mandarin and would like to join a class, please contact us. See here for further details of classes.

Study Abroad photo competition

Entries to the 2012 Study Abroad photo competition will be displayed in the LUMS Hub Café from Monday 23 April onwards. Staff and students across the university are invited to visit the display and cast their vote for the best entry. A voting box is located at LUMS reception. The winner will be announced at the end of May. More information about the study abroad competition is available here.


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

Nobel Prize winner to give Cesagen public lecture

Professor Sir John Sulston FRS is to give the third annual public lecture organised by the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen)based at Lancaster University and the University of Cardiff. Sir John was awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 2002 jointly with Sydney Brenner and Bob Horvitz for their work in understanding the development of the nematode worm. He was also the founder director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre, where one third of the task of sequencing the human genome was completed. The public lecture on Our biological heritage and our human future; living and flourishing sustainably is on 24 May at Lancaster Town Hall at 6pm. Attendance is free but registration is requested here.

Soup at the Chaplaincy Centre on Monday

Staff are invited to take a break from the stress of the start of the new term and enjoy a cup of soup in the Chaplaincy on Monday 23 April between 12.00 and 2.00pm. Soup and bread will be available free of charge. Come and relax in the cafe area or the lounge, meet colleagues from other departments, or simply take a break away from your usual surroundings. If a regular Monday lunchtime soup-date seems like a good idea, please email your comments or suggestions to Lisa Whistlecroft


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