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| 11 May 2012 | Issue 566

Contents: news; Professor Keith Morgan; Memorial service; people; Lancaster in the news; notices; training and courses; what's on; ads


New Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Lancaster University is pleased to announce that Professor Nancy Wright has been appointed Dean of its Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with effect September 2012. Professor Wright comes to Lancaster from the University of Queensland, Australia, where she is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from York University, Canada, together with Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University. She is the recipient of a number of international research fellowships in the United States, Canada and Australia, where she has worked at prestigious research institutions such as the Huntington Library, Los Angeles, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, Rhode Island, the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. Full story

Academic Processions at Graduation Ceremonies 17-20 July

All colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Bachelor Degree Ceremonies which take place from 17 – 20 July. To join an Academic Procession, please register online by Friday 8 June. Further information on this summer’s Graduation Ceremonies can be viewed here.

Six Honorary Degrees will be awarded:

Please direct any enquiries to the Ceremonies and Events Office, or telephone 592190.

Lancaster win Roses 2012

Lancaster University has triumphed in the annual battle of the Roses sporting challenge against York University. The overall score was 156.5 points for Lancaster to York’s 131.5. The result sees the Carter James trophy back at Lancaster after being won by York last year. The two historic rivals have entered into a sporting contest every year since 1964, alternating between York and Lancaster. The event involved 40 different sports with almost 1600 competitors at 120 matches. The Roseslive website was viewed by 11,000 people in 65 different countries over the weekend of May 4-6. Full story

Senate Effectiveness review

As part of good governance, the University is reviewing the effectiveness of the Senate. A working group, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and with representatives from LUSU, the Colleges and each of the Faculties has met on three occasions to discuss how to make the Senate a more effective body in fulfilling its purpose for Lancaster. A consultation document which sets out a series of proposals, as well as posing a number of questions, is available here. This will be formally discussed in a number of fora, but submissions with comments, suggestions and questions are welcome from all members of the University. You are invited to consider the document, discuss it with your peers, and send your submissions, either individually or on behalf of a group, to John Dickinson in the Secretariat. All submissions must be received by 22 June 2012.

‘DIY’ techie innovators working with homeless on prototype healthcare tool

Lancaster University is bringing a new wave of citizen scientists together with the homeless in the North West to dream up new technology which could change their lives. The eight-month research project called Patchworks will put homeless people in Lancaster and Morecambe in touch with a group of DIYBio innovators - people outside official centres of academia who share and experiment with cheap, open source technology from free software to gadgets and games to meet citizens’ needs in novel and sophisticated ways. Full story.

The Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin: A Centenary Celebration

The thirty-ninth and final volume of the Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin, one of the greatest works in the history of editing, was published in May 1912. This display marks the centenary of its completion, only nine years after the first volume appeared. The editor was Sir Edward Tyas Cook, one of this country’s great but unsung men of letters, who made his mark in journalism as editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, the Westminster Gazette, and the Daily News from 1895 to 1901. His assistant in the edition of Ruskin – still regarded as definitive – was Alexander Wedderburn, a former pupil of Ruskin’s at Oxford. The Ruskin Library houses the largest collection in the world of material relating to Ruskin, and the display which runs until 21 September at the Ruskin Library, will include books, photographs and archives, alongside many of the drawings and watercolours used as illustrations in the Library Edition, such as Ruskin’s Rosslyn Chapel, Walls of Lucerne and Brezon, looking towards Geneva.

Visit days

The Undergraduate Visit Days for 2012 will take place on Wednesday 29 August and Saturday 22 September. Preparations and promotion for both of these important recruitment events are well underway with over 5,000 students already booked online. If you require further information please contact the UK Student Recruitment & Outreach Office on 01524 593724 or email, or visit the webpage.

Professor Keith Morgan

Professor Keith Morgan, M.A., D.Phil., FRIC, Professor of organic chemistry from 1968 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor under three of Lancaster’s Vice-Chancellors has died, aged 82. His funeral will take place at 12.30 p.m. on Friday 18 May 2012 at the Crematorium.

After Manchester Grammar School and the University of Oxford, Keith undertook research at the Ministry of Supply and the University of Birmingham, where he was appointed lecturer. He came to Lancaster as lecturer and founding member of the Department of Chemistry on 1 October 1964, and was awarded a personal chair four years later. In 1974 he was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, with particular responsibility for finance, appointments and industrial relations, and from 1978-86 was senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor. This appointment covered the period of the Thatcher retrenchment in higher education, when many tough and unpalatable decisions had to be made, but Keith tackled the protracted negotiations with patience and fairness. He was also a governor of several local educational institutions, and President of Lancaster’s Assistant Staff Association.

He left Lancaster at the end of 1986 to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, and after six years there made his way first to Tokyo University and then to the Hiroshima Institute of Higher Education, where he edited a journal of higher education and undertook research on the earning power of graduates in Australia and Japan. He was also an adviser on the governance and management of higher education institutions in Japan, and was admired as someone who combined deep knowledge of western institutions with respect for Japanese institutions.

Keith continued to maintain a close interest in Lancaster’s fortunes. He regularly called in on former colleagues during his visits to the UK and on one of the last of them was particularly glad to learn of the plans to revive chemistry at Lancaster.

Obituary written by Lancaster University Honorary Archivist Mrs Marion McClintock.

Memorial Service

On Thursday 17 May at 12.15pm there will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Colin Newsham (Forrest Hills) at the Chaplaincy Centre. Colin had close links with a number of departments who use Forrest Hills for group and teamwork development. Friends and colleagues are invited to come and share in a time of reflection on his life. Donations will be received for a memorial woodland at Forrest Hills.


Professor Peter Checkland (LUMS) was the guest of honour at a colloquium on 20 April, attended by over 80 Lancaster students, alumni and invited guests celebrating the 30 year programme of action research which Professor Checkland has led at Lancaster. Full story.

Dr Felipe Otondo (LICA), is among the winners of the 2012 Radio France International Quartz composition competition. As part of the award, compositions by Felipe Otondo will be played on several European radio stations during 2012.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has been shortlisted for the 2012 Ondaatje Prize for his book Edgelands: Journeys Into England’s True Wilderness. The Ondaatje Prize is an annual award of £10,000 made by the Royal Society of Literature for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place. The Prize is announced at an awards ceremony at The Traveller’s Club in London on 28 May. The 2011 Prize was received by Edmund du Waal for The Hare With the Amber Eyes. Edgelands is also shortlisted for another national book award, the 2012 Foyles Best Book of Ideas.

A book by Dr John Welsham (History), Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town was the biggest selling History title published by Oxford University Press in 2011-12.

Staff at the International Observatory on End of Life Care (FHM) 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 in the news

The launch of Curate the Campus with a concert on the sports centre climbing wall was featured on the BBC news, BBC Newsround, BBC North West Tonight and the Times Higher Education; and Professor Linda Woodhead has written an article for The Guardian about the growth of individual religion.

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


Roadworks on Hazelrigg Lane

From Monday 14 May Askam Construction will be carrying out roadworks which will require coning off part of Hazelrigg Lane from Chapel Lane to the motorway bridge. Traffic signals will be in place and no parking will be possible but vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

If you are visiting Lancaster University, the University encourages you to use public transport or park on campus rather than public highways. Discounted short term permits are available to staff and students and visitor pay and display parking is also available. To find out more visit the website. The work is expected to take no longer than 2-3 weeks. Facilites apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Insurance inspection 14 and 15 May

The University's insurers will be conducting a health, safety and property inspection across the campus next week (Monday & Tuesday). Mike Stones, Risk Manager from UMAL will be concentrating on the major areas of risk but may also drop into any building with public access to check out accessibility of emergency exits, that fire doors are closed and corridors and stairwells are not blocked.

China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition

The submission deadline for the China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition is 31 May, 2012. For information about this competition which offers £12,000 cash prizes, possible free work space in London for one year, an investment opportunity of £250,000 for the best business plans and the opportunity to visit China to develop your idea see here.

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. Workshop teaching sessions are also scheduled for the summer term. Book via IT Training.

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.

Race for Life – take part or be a volunteer

For the second year running Lancaster University will be hosting the Race for Life event on Sunday 22 July 2012 at 10am. If anyone would like to act as volunteers from approximately 9am till 1pm, please contact the event organiser Debbie McConnell from Cancer Research on 07918692157 or register online.

Special offers on University visitor rooms

Visitor Rooms are available for only £24 (incl VAT) per night for a single room, on a room only basis, for stays in May only. For further information please contact Benjamin Milby on 92899.

Lancaster University Conference Centre at The Lancaster House Hotel

Training room hire rate of £150.00, with beverages at £1.50 per serving and lunches served from £8.95 per person, for new bookings with 15+ delegates attending during the months of June, July and August 2012. For Further details please contact Emma Parker on 92444 to take advantage of this offer.

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.


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