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| 4 May 2012 | Issue 565

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

Greetings to all Buddhist readers who will be celebrating Wesak on 5 May.


New Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Louise Heathwaite (LEC) has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser, Rural and Environment, to the Scottish Government. Louise is currently Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management in the Lancaster Environment Centre. She is also a Natural Environment Research Council Theme Leader for the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Theme and has particular expertise in the fields of diffuse pollution and water quality. While her primary role will be to drive forward the integration of science across the Rural Affairs and Environment Portfolio in collaboration with Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS), she will also work with the other Scottish Government Chief Scientific Advisers, and the Analytical Heads to ensure a joined up approach to the delivery of a high quality evidence base to support policy development. She will fill the role on a part time basis, on secondment from the University, and will take up post in September.

New report from independent researchers confirms motivations of arts, humanities and social science students

Using data gathered from thousands of Lancaster-FASS graduates, a new report from CFE – a research and consultancy company specialising in employment and skills – concludes that although financial rewards remain important for arts, humanities and social science graduates, their motivations for study and the associated rewards are much more multifaceted. This report shows that FASS students sought to study subjects they were interested in and enjoyed exploring academically rather than would necessarily secure specific forms of employment. Indeed furthering personal development goals and developing focussed skills around their chosen career paths are key elements that FASS graduates identify as benefits from their time at University. Read report.

Battle of the Roses 2012

Lancaster University will be hosting the 48th annual Battle of the Roses sporting challenge against York University on Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May. This involves over 120 fixtures, nearly 1,500 athletes and approximately 5,000 spectators. The competition weekend covers the full range of sports and also includes dancing, bar sports, a University Challenge competition and the all important croquet match between our respective Chancellors and Students’ Union Presidents. Staff and families are very welcome to come and support our teams at any events. The opening ceremony featuring the Lancaster Roses cheerleaders and local samba band Batala is on the Saturday at noon and the closing ceremony and presentation of prizes will take place in Barker House Farm on the Sunday at 4.30pm.

The full programme can be found at

The Sports Centre will be a key facility for the event therefore the sports hall and studio will be closed throughout the weekend so there will be no classes. The swimming pool will only be closed on the Saturday to accommodate the swimming gala. The gym and climbing wall will remain open but please bear in mind the centre will be very busy.

Road closure during Roses

From 6am on Saturday 5 May until 4.30pm on Sunday 6 May, the University’s main entrance will be closed from just after the Sport Centre at Bigforth Barn up to the main roundabout. Access to the Sports Centre will be maintained from the A6.

Bus arrangements and car parking – from 6am on Saturday 5 May until 4.30pm on Sunday 6 May all buses will enter and depart the campus using the Alexandra Park entrance off Hazelrigg Lane. All buses will serve the Chaplaincy Centre as normal. Please note that both bus stops outside the Sports Centre will be closed during these times as bus services will not be using Bigforth Drive at all during the period of the Roses road closure. There will be a limited number of car parking spaces at the sports centre as some of the car park will be closed off for the food court. Parking will still be available next to the tennis courts.

New ways to safeguard children

Child protection experts will be sharing new and emerging research on best practice in safeguarding at a joint NSPCC and Lancaster University conference on 23-24 May in Manchester. The conference, “New horizons in safeguarding children: Promoting children’s safety and wellbeing through innovation and organisational change,” is also being supported by the University of Manchester, and will be chaired by Dame Moira Gibbs CBE, Chair of the Social Work Reform Board. More than 40 child protection experts will be addressing the conference, with keynote speakers including the College of Social Work interim co-chair Professor Corinne May-Chahal of Lancaster University, Dave Hill of Essex County Council, and Professor Harry Ferguson of the University of Nottingham. The conference was stimulated by the work of Lancaster University’s Child Welfare Research Unit which is led by Dr Karen Broadhurst. Full story.

Research explores the positives of bipolar

The problems of living with bipolar have been well documented, but a new study by Lancaster University has captured the views of those who also report highly-valued, positive experiences of living with the condition. Researchers at Lancaster’s Spectrum Centre, which is dedicated to the study of bipolar disorder, interviewed and recorded their views of ten people with a bipolar diagnosis, aged between 24 and 57. Participants in the study reported a number of perceived benefits to the condition ranging from to sharper senses to increased productivity. Full story.

Student engineers at Lancaster University have played a part in an ambitious project to build the ultimate racing car

The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car Project aims to create a car capable of travelling at over 1,000 mph – faster than the speed of sound. The British team behind BLOODHOUND hopes to make a new attempt on the land speed record in 2013 and 2014. Lancaster University’s Product Development Unit, the knowledge exchange team for the Engineering Department, put small student project teams together to tackle two different aspects of the car’s design. Students have been working on the project since 2011. Full story.

Lancaster MBA win the Proctor and Gamble Sustainability Challenge 2012

A team from the Lancaster full time MBA have retained the P&G Sustainability Challenge trophy, beating MBA teams from Warwick, Strathclyde and Newcastle business schools. This year, the challenge had been set by a key partner of P&G, the retailing giant Tesco. Tesco asked the teams to offer recommendations on how they could engage and partner with suppliers to reduce their carbon emissions 30 percent by 2020.

The sky’s the limit for enterprising business students

A business idea developed by students from Lancaster University Management School has been awarded a £10,000 innovation prize at an international competition. tripTAB, an onboard entertainment tablet for long haul flights, is already attracting interest from easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways. tripTAB was created by undergraduates Varun Shah, Kevin Foster, Alex Roberts, Melissa McCue and Julius Rackys who formed a team on the New Venture Planning module, led by Ian Gordon of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. Full story.

Volunteers wanted for research project on everyday life and travel

Researchers at Lancaster Environment Centre are looking for volunteers for a three-year project examining the role of travel in daily life. It will examine how people carry out their daily life including going to school or work, shopping, sports activities, voluntary work and social events. The research is important because transport is the only sector of the UK economy where emissions of greenhouse gases are continuing to grow steadily. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Dr Mags Adams at LEC, 01524 510287. Full story.

Aerial concert at sports centre

Lancaster University sports centre was the venue for an aerial concert by brass players from the Lancashire Sinfonietta. Five of them donned a hard hat and harness to scale the climbing wall to play music as part of the Curate the Campus arts project from May 1 to 12 which features artists staging unusual projects in unusual locations. Full story.

What's on

All lectures and seminars and talks will now be listed on the LU News events webpages. Please send any entries for these webpages to Laura Mitchell in the Press Office.


Professor Deborah Mawer (LICA) will be giving a guest lecture on the multifaceted French cultural scene in the early twentieth century for Les Nations – The Extraordinary Musical Life of Paris Festival, Music in the Round, at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre on Saturday 12 May. The talk precedes a musical re-enactment of the Parisian salon of the Princesse de Polignac (Winnaretta Singer), who will be portrayed by the well-known actress Maggie Steed.

Staff at the International Observatory on End of Life Care in partnership with St John’s Hospice, in Lancaster will have a stall in Alexander Square on 15 May to promote ‘Dying Matters’ which is part of a week-long national initiative to help people become more comfortable talking about dying.

Lancaster University’s interdisciplinary research cluster, Dynamics of Memories, held a public meeting commemorating the Bombing of Guernica and the International Brigades on Saturday 28 April at the People’s History Museum (Manchester). The Museum showcased some of their memorabilia related to the Brigades for an event that attracted 150 people who listened to three speakers, Dr Richard Baxell (LSE), Professor Helen Graham (Royal Holloway) and Professor Paul Preston (LSE). The event was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and was organised by Professor Mercedes Maroto Camino (History) and Professor David Sugarman (Law), in consultation with members of the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has written and presented a feature for BBC Radio 4, broadcast last Sunday 29 April. A Foreigner Everywhere, told the story of the poet Elizabeth Bishop’s time living in and writing about Brazil, her adopted country for fifteen eventful years, and featured contributions from poets such as Anne Stevenson and Jo Shapcott, as well as scholars and friends of Bishop. Paul also spoke at two events last week: at a World Book Night event in Liverpool on 23 April, and as guest speaker at the Anne Pierson Awards evening at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on 25 April; this annual award, established in 2004, is dedicated to encouraging young people’s interest and abilities in creative writing and to celebrating their achievements.

Dr David Cooper (History) will be giving a public talk on mapping the landscape writing of Thomas Gray at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, on Saturday, 5 May. David will be speaking as part of a special event to mark the beginning of the Trust's special exhibition for 2012, Pen, Paint and Pixels: Touring the English Lakes across 250 years. The free event - which also forms part of the Trust's Bindman Talk series - will take place in the Jerwood Centre between 4.30pm and 6.00pm and is open to all.

Graham Rand (LUMS) has served as MC at the 2012 Edelman Gala at the INFORMS 2012 Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, California on April 16. The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is an international society with 10,000 members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, and operations.

Lancaster in the news

The FT has published an opinion piece by Robert Shiller, Professor of Economics and Finance at Yale, in which he describes research he has undertaken jointly with Dr Rafal Wojakowski and Professor Mark Shackleton from the Department of Accounting and Finance, and Shahid Ebrahim of Bangor, into new forms of private mortgage lending that could help prevent the triggering of a financial crisis. Dr Maggie Mort from the Department of Sociology and Lancaster Medical School, was interviewed by China Central Television about her study of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease disaster. The programme is for a documentary series about the social effects of policy and will be broadcast on its network in Mandarin to an audience of one billion Chinese.

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


Parking permits and scratchcards

Parking permits and bulk purchases of scratchcards will be available from the Security Lodge between 10am and 12pm instead of 9am to 1pm. This change is for the next four weeks until further notice. Individual scratchcards are available from the cashier’s office in University House.

iLancaster developments

Improvements to Bus Timetables in the iLancaster mobile app – useful for staff as well as students – means that you can use a ‘Favourites’ option to see bus times for the stop of your choice rather than the stop closest to where you are. New for students is a Laundry Rooms feature allowing them to check the availability of washers and dryers in Laundry Rooms on campus, including estimated cycle times for machines that are in use. iLancaster is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, and there’s a web-based version if you can’t use the native app on your mobile device. Further information is available here.

Research Professional funding opportunities database

Research Professional is a research funding database and a publisher of news and information for the international research community. It provides comprehensive listings of funding opportunities and sponsors across all disciplines and expertise and in-depth news coverage of research policy and politics. The Research Professional database can be searched through the University subscription from a campus PC or via VPN. Personal user accounts can be set up so that searches can be saved and email alerts established. Follow this link to link to Research Professional. You can download a quick start guide to using Research Professional.

Live training broadcasts

Once a month Research Professional runs a 60 minute online training broadcast to introduce users to the basics of creating and configuring their personal accounts as well as introducing them to the features of the platform. These sessions are open to anyone at a subscribing institution. Attendees can view the session from their own computer, and will be able to ask questions via text chat. To register for a session, an attendee just needs to follow the link (given below) for their desired date.

Bus service improvements – routes 2 and 3

Service 2 – Stagecoach has introduced a new timetable with slightly longer journey times on daytime journeys to improve reliability due to increased congestion in the city centre. There is no change to the number of journeys, but some passengers may find their journey departure time has slightly changed. See the new timetable here.

Service 3 – Between the University and the city centre, the early evening service on Mondays to Saturdays has been slightly changed. This is to allow for the introduction of an extra vehicle to improve reliability and help meet customer demands. There is no change to the number of journeys, but some passengers may find their journey departure time has slightly changed. Earlier journeys on a Sunday morning have also been added. See the new timetable here.

Soup at the Chaplaincy Centre

Staff are invited to soup in the Chaplaincy Centre on the Mondays of Weeks 4, 5 and 6 (14, 21 and 28 May). Soup and bread will be available, free of charge, between 12.00 and 2.00pm. 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. All welcome. No religious affiliation or interest required.

Training and courses

Postgraduate certificates

CETAD is enrolling now for part-time, work based Postgraduate certificates starting on 03 October. Successful completion can lead to a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters Degree. It may be possible for payment to be made via flexible benefits when the scheme opens in August. For futher details on the courses click on the links below, call Mary on 93318 or email:

Postgraduate Certificate in Management
Postgraduate Certificate in Organisational Change

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.

  • Open Moodle Forum – Tuesday 8 May, 10.00am, Management School, LT 6 – no booking necessary
  • Podcasting made simple – Wednesday 9 May, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • LUSI Student Records System (Basic Level) – Thursday 10 May, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Open Moodle Forum – Thursday 10 May, 2.00pm, Management School, LT 7 – no booking necessary
  • LUSI Student Records (Intermediate Level) – Friday 11 May, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Using Common Office Tools to Mark and Give Feedback Online (E-assess) – Monday 14 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Introduction to Web Authoring with XHTML & CSS – 15, 16, 22 & 23 May, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Open Moodle Forum – Thursday 17 May, 10.00am, Management School, LT 6 – no booking necessary
  • Using QuestionMark Perception for online assessments – Thursday 17 May, 10.00am – 12noon
  • LUSI Marks Management (Academic Marks) – Thursday 17 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • LUSI Student Web Services – Friday 18 May, 10.30am – 12noon
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook Hourly Sessions – follow link for details.
  • More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.


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