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| 25 May 2012 | Issue 568

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


Lancaster University ranked 7th in The Guardian league table

Lancaster University is ranked joint 7th out of 120 institutions in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2013. The Guide is designed to help students pick a course for 2013. The tables are based on measures such as graduate career prospects, how highly final year students rate their experience, a value-added score, spending per student and staffing ratios. Full story.

Research shows parasite is hampering moves to cut cattle TB in UK

The spread of a common animal parasite across the UK may be compromising efforts to curb cattle tuberculosis, according to new research published in Nature Communications journal. The incidence of bovine tuberculosis in the UK is increasing despite efforts to eradicate the disease. Cows carrying both TB and liver fluke are less likely to show positive on the normal TB test. Now a research team, including Professor Peter Diggle of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, has shown that this could lead to an under-estimation of the numbers of infected cattle herds by up to one-third. Full story.

Film programme celebrates Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Lancaster University and the Dukes Theatre are celebrating the release of Tim Burton’s new film --Dark Shadows with a season of specially selected films. The collection of films - called Strange is Relative: Tim Burton in Context – brings together Burton classics such as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands with a body of older work which arguably influenced his films. It has been curated by the Dukes in conjunction with Dr Catherine Spooner from the English and Creative Writing Department. Full story.

Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea party

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Lancaster University’s Catering team are hosting a charity afternoon tea in Alexandra Square on Friday 1 June from 1 - 2pm. Be one of three hundred people to enjoy a seat at the table. Enjoy a selection of free range egg and cress and cucumber sandwiches, mini chocolate muffin, mini scone with jam and fresh cream and a cup of Atkinson’s Coffee or Atkinson’s Lancaster Blend Tea. Tickets are £3 each on sale now at:

There will also be live entertainment and a charity raffle for St John’s Hospice.

LEAF Festival

The Film Society are holding their Lancaster Entertainment and Art Film Festival at the Nuffield Theatre on 8 June at 9pm, complete with red carpet and popcorn. An evening of amateur films created by Film Society – some of which currently include a documentary about Lancaster and World War 2, a fashion ethics film about memories, a dramatic reflection on fresher’s year told through photographs and a surreal comedy. Tickets cost £5 and are available by emailing the society.

Rising numbers of young people being shut out of first jobs

A report published by The Work Foundation and Private Equity Foundation reveals that the past decade has seen a major rise in young people aged 16 – 24 who are either unable, or taking longer, to make the first move from education into work.

The report argues that long-term changes in the skills required for first jobs have made it harder for many young people to get a foothold in the jobs market. This is likely to have been a significant factor in the growth of young people NEET (not in education, employment or training) since 2001. Full story.

Thirty year celebration of MAMLL

The Department of Management Learning and Leadership (MAMLL) are celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a celebration event on 31 May and 1 June, called Art and Innovation in Management Learning Practice. The event is intended as an opportunity to present the work of Management Learning and Leadership through the experiences of alumni and staff who have been involved with MAMLL over the past 30 years. A social networking site is also being developed where alumni and staff can meet up ahead of 31 May and it is then intended to publish and display the work presented at the celebration, under the working title of Art, Innovation and Social Enterprise in Management Learning and Leadership Practice. Ongoing presentations of work, discussions and dialogue can continue on the site after the event. Further information.

Collaborative partnerships in health, medical and social care

Lancaster University has launched a major strategic initiative to support its collaboration with the public and private sector in research, knowledge exchange and professional development across all fields of Health, Medicine and Social Care. By leading the establishment of a Hub partnership approach, involving NHS Trusts and other organisations, the University has demonstrated its very strong commitment to supporting the future growth and development of these activities. To mark the inauguration of the Collaborative Partnerships initiative the Faculty of Health and Medicine will hold a launch conference on September 18, 2012 in the exciting new Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) building. Full story.


A Lancaster University researcher has been awarded one of only fifteen Doctoral studentships for 2012/13 by the Higher Education Academy. Dr Paul Ashwin is a senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the HE Research and Evaluation Centre in the Department of Educational Research. He teaches on the department’s internationally recognised PhD Doctoral Programme in Educational Research, which has a particular focus on researching higher education. Full story.

Professor Geoffrey Leech, Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Charles University, Prague, founded in 1348 - the oldest university in Central Europe. The ceremony took place on 17th May, in the medieval Karolinum building. In his acceptance speech, Professor Leech paid tribute to the unique and important role of the Prague School in developing modern linguistics in the twentieth century. Professor Leech also gave the opening lecture in a symposium celebrating the centenary of the Department of English Studies at Prague.

Lancaster Environment Centre's Emeritus Professor Lionel Wilson returned last week from a two-month visit to the USA. While at the University of Hawai'i, he completed and submitted a review paper on volcanic activity on early-forming asteroids, co-authored with meteorite expert Prof. Klaus Keil, and made progress on three other collaborative research projects. He also gave technical presentations at the Forty-Third Lunar and Planetary Science Conference and at the Fifty-Third Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium, a public lecture in the Hawai'i Space Lecture Series, and a seminar to the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.

PhD student Ian Hesketh(LUMS) has written one of the Chartered Management Institute’s Top Five Articles for 2011. His article Leading through change: to what extent is a transformational approach appropriate during unprecedented restructuring of the police? will be featured in the Brain Box column in Professional Manager magazine later this year and also issued as part of a CMI research report.

Technician Ian Mercer (Physics) is completing a charity challenge for each of the five rings on the Olympic flag. These have so far included the London Marathon, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race and the Windermere Marathon. He will also run the Lancaster Castle Marathon on 24 June and aim to complete the National Three Peaks with 450 miles of cycling inbetween within two days on July 6. All proceeds will go to the Coronary Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Unique Kids, an after school club for children with special needs.

Lancaster in the news

Professor Elena Semino (Linguistics and English Language) was interviewed about how we talk about the economy on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House programme and Dr Paul Sissons (TWF) was quoted on BBC news online on NEETS.

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


New legislation on privacy and web cookies

In response to revised EC privacy legislation which comes into full force on Saturday 26 May Lancaster University has a new privacy and cookies notice which you will see linked from the bottom of each University web-page. The notice explains the information we collect from visitors to our website and those who contact the University by other means to make enquiries and explains how to find information about using a browser to choose to restrict cookie collection and the implications of doing this. For more information please see If you edit University web-pages and have not already done so you must place a link to the notice from the footer (or elsewhere) on each page.

Re-location for the Base

The Base will be closed for remodelling on Tuesday 29 May at 1pm and will re-open in its temporary location in the west wing of Bowland Main adjacent to the Learning Zone. Work will begin on 11 June.

If you have any queries about The Base, please contact Jess Walmsley (SBS Base Co-ordinator).

Sports Centre Bank holiday opening hours

Monday 4 June - 9am - 5pm.
Tuesday 5 June - closed.

Roadworks on Hazelrigg Lane

Roadworks will continue on Hazelrigg Lane, with coning off part of the road from Chapel Lane to the motorway bridge. Traffic signals are in place and no parking is possible but vehicle and pedestrian access is being 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 on campus. To find out more visit the website.

Parking permits and scratchcards

Parking permits and bulk purchases of scratchcards will be available from the Security Lodge between 9am and 3pm from now on. Individual scratchcards are available from the cashier’s office in University House.

Summer events

With events taking place this summer including Eurovision, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Euros, Wimbledon, Race for Life and The Olympic Games staff and students will be invited to join in the celebrations across campus at the bars and cafes. In June the Sports Centre will also be launching a ‘Summer of Sport’ with a variety of personal challenges, prizes and promotions linked to Wimbledon, Race for Life and the Olympics to encourage you to get fit and active. Look out for more information coming soon in LU Text, Facebook, Twitter and poster campaign.

Change of use of web proxy servers

Use of the University web proxy is now optional. For a number of years, IT users on campus have had to use the web proxy in order to access web content from the Internet. Now, due to substantial investment in network security, ISS can recommend that users who administer their own computers stop using the web proxy. More information is available from the change of use of web proxy servers web page.

Lancaster University Conference Centre at the Lancaster House Hotel – Open Day – 4 July, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Staff are invited to come along and enjoy coffee and cakes with the Conference Team at the Lancaster University Conference Centre attached to the Lancaster House Hotel. This is a perfect opportunity to view the Conference Facilities available on your doorstep and discuss any future events you may have planned. Free Prize Draw and discounts on bookings made on the day. We look forward to meeting you and showcasing our facilities. For further information contact Emma Parker or Emma Beaumont on 01524 592444/594195.

Lancaster University Conference Centre at The Lancaster House Hotel – is offering a special 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 & August 2012. For Further details please contact Emma Parker on 92444 to take advantage of this great offer.

Bailrigg Conference Centre - is offering a discount on room hire for meetings of 70+ delegates on campus. Hire a room for £75.00 for the whole day. For more details or to make a booking, please contact the One Stop Shop on extension 92444, or e-mail.

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 or

Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend bus services

Stagecoach will be operating to Sunday timetables on both Monday 4 June and Tuesday 5 June. For further information and bus timetables please visit the Stagecoach website.

Green Lancaster big bike sale

Green Lancaster will be holding the final ‘big bike sale’ of this academic year on Tuesday 29 May. There will be a range of bargain new bikes, with a range of sizes and shapes. Prices start from £120 for a basic mountain bike. The sale will take place in Alexandra Square between 11am - 3pm. Also on sale will be the usual range of cycle accessories, including the introductory accessory pack which is still just £20 for a helmet, lock, light set and pump. Dr Bike will also be available in Alexandra Square on the 29 May between 10am - 4pm, providing free bike safety checks, minor repairs and general cycling advice.

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. Information Security Training has been redesigned to include both Information Security and Data Protection and Freedom of Information training. It is particularly essential for those who deal with personal or restricted information in their job roles and is classed as being mandatory for all staff. A limited number of spaces are still available on face to face sessions in June, July and September. Training can also be carried out online. Successful completion of the online assessment is recorded on the HR system and acts as evidence of having completed the course. Data Protection and Freedom of Information – Drop-In Sessions are being offered by the Compliance Team on a regular basis. If you would like any advice on issues affecting your department or have any queries in relation to Data Protection and Freedom of Information, you can drop-in to speak to a member of the Compliance Team for expert and personalised advice. Session details are available here.

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.


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