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| 1 June 2012 | Issue 569

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


Chancellor bears the Olympic torch to Mount Snowdon

Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington has carried the Olympic torch to the top of Snowdon in North Wales. He was one of eight thousand people chosen to carry the torch as it journeys across the UK ahead of the start of the London 2012 Games. Full story.

High ranking for Lancaster in global league table

Lancaster University is ranked 9th in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 league table of the world’s best young universities. Lancaster University is also ranked 11th in the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings of world universities. Full story.

Study takes novel 'back-casting' approach to transform cities for healthier lives

Researchers at four of the country’s leading universities are embarking on a low carbon engineering project that could transform the way cities are built, as well as the way we live in them, by taking a novel ‘back-casting’ approach to their study. Led by the University of Birmingham, the study will create visions of an alternative urban future with drastically reduced CO2 emissions then develop realistic and radical engineering solutions to achieve them in a socially acceptable way. Lancaster University's contribution comes from Design led by Professor Rachel Cooper at ImaginationLancaster and Sociology led by Professor John Urry. Full story.

First for touchless technology in vascular surgery

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London is piloting touchless technology in the operating theatre. Surgeons at the Trust helped develop the system in conjunction with Microsoft Research, Lancaster University and King’s College London. Full story.

Royal Society of Literature honour

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has been elected to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Society was formed in 1820 by King George IV to ‘reward literary merit and excite literary talent’, and its Fellows include most of the very best novelists, short-story writers, poets, playwrights, biographers, historians, travel writers, literary critics and scriptwriters at work today.


Professor Sue Cox, Dean of Lancaster University Management School has been invited to take up new roles with two important business education bodies. EFMD – the European Foundation for Management Development has appointed Professor Cox as Vice-President (Academic Network), and Professor Cox will also be joining the Accreditation Quality Committee for AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Claire Povah, Deputy Head of Student Registry and Principal of Graduate College has gained Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Management Institute and will attend the Celebrating Chartered Managers event at the Commons Terrace on 21 June. The event is a celebration of management and leadership talent in the UK and will bring together leaders from across all sectors to hear how professional management skills can transform business performance and deliver economic growth.

Andrew Neal (Chief Operating Officer) has decided to step down from his role and to leave the University over the course of the summer. Andrew has been a key part of the successful strategic development of this University over the past decade, especially with regard to ensuring financial stability and the modernisation of the estate.

John Gallagher will retire as Director of ISS on 31 August 2012. John has worked at the University since November 1985 and he has held his current role since August 2001. In that time there has been a huge improvement in the resilience, responsiveness and scale of Lancaster’s IT services. A process to appoint a successor has started.

Professor Kim Knott, (Politics, Philosophy and Religious Studies) has been awarded a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship by the Research Councils UK (RCUK). The Leadership Fellowship offers the opportunity for outstanding researchers to develop a suite of activities to maximise the value and impact of the Global Uncertainties Programme, alongside personal research. Global Uncertainties Website.

Professor Cary Cooper, CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health (LUMS) was invited to a Jubilee Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday May 29 accompanied by his wife Professor Rachel Cooper (LICA), who was recently awarded an OBE. The invitation was proposed by the Government Office of Science in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has won a national book award. The Foyles Best Book of Ideas 2012 highlights those books published last year which are deemed to have presented new, important and challenging ideas, which are rigorously argued, and are engaging and accessible. Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness (co-authored with Michael Symmons Roberts) was one of six titles shortlisted this year; other books included works by Steven Pinker, Simon Baron-Cohen and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman.

The School of Computing and Communications’ world leadership in interactive digital signage is shown in the latest issue of IEEE Computer, distributed to over 74,000 international engineers and scientists each month. Four out of the five articles on this month's cover feature are either written by Lancaster researchers or by international collaborators on projects led by Lancaster. The authors include Professor Nigel Davies, Dr Keith Cheverst and Dr Adrian Friday.

Staff and students from the History Department: Dr Sarah Barber, Professor Naomi Tadmor, Dr Mike Winstanley, Lynsey Wood, Professor Jeffrey Richards, Dr Peter Yeandle, Amanda Pullan and Professor Stephen Constantine, are contributing talks to Lancaster Unlocked Kings and Queens events, 1 -5 June. Lancaster Unlocked will also include medieval re-enactments , storytelling, puppet making , music and theatre.

Lancaster in the news

Dr Mark Rouncefield is quoted in the BBC news and media outlets worldwide about a Microsoft project involving Lancaster to develop touchless interaction in surgery. Dr Melissa Allen was interviewed on Channel 4 news, ITN and Granada news about a child neglect court case.

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


Do you have information or ideas for iLancaster?

The iLancaster mobile app is an effective way to provide resources and information for students, and the iLancaster team is continually looking for new material and ideas for the app - recent inclusions were a link to Battle of the Roses news updates, access to the National Student Survey, information for students who were staying on campus over Easter, and development of the Laundry Rooms feature. If there’s something that you think should be incorporated into iLancaster please contact Andy Taylor, iLancaster Administrator.

Roadworks on Hazelrigg Lane

Askam Construction is continuing with roadworks along Hazelrigg Lane from Chapel Lane to the motorway bridge. Traffic signals are in place and no parking will be possible, but vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. The work is expected to be completed by Friday 8 June. 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.

Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend bus services

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

Re-location for The Base

The Base has temporarily relocated to the west wing of Bowland Main (adjacent to the Learning Zone) to enable its original location (ground floor of University House, adjacent to Alexandra Square) to be remodelled. Work will begin on Monday 11 June and the project will be completed during September 2012. If you have any queries about The Base, please contact Jess Walmsley (SBS Base Co-ordinator). If you have any queries about the remodelling project please contact the Facilities Project Manager Anna Cockman via the Facilities help desk 93333.

Sports Centre Bank Holiday opening hours

Campus bars Bank Holiday opening hours

Campus cafes – Bank Holiday opening hours

Moodle - The New VLE

ISS would like to remind staff that Moodle will be the standard ISS supported Virtual Learning Environment 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.

Moodle training workshops have been arranged for this summer – these are bookable via this link. Tutors are invited at registration to enter the modules they convene so ISS can prioritise transferring course materials from LUVLE. We can also arrange a meeting with a departmentally allocated eLearning Assistant, who can transfer materials to custom specifications. Staff are also reminded that the deadline for returning preferences for transferring module spaces passed on 31 May, so all modules will now be transferred following this template. This is a FINAL call for staff who have other preferences to contact ISS as soon as possible.

ISS upgrades central teaching spaces to Microsoft Office2010 - advance notice

ISS will be deploying Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) to teaching and lab spaces over the night of Monday 3rd September. This will include upgrades to PowerPoint, Excel and Word and will provide Visio and Project. If you are a member of staff and do not already have Microsoft Office 2010 installed, but want to do so, call the ISS Service Desk or your local IT support team to discuss availability.

Training and information resources on Windows7 and Office 2010 are available at here.

Training and courses

Staff IT training

Information Security, Data Protection and Freedom of Information

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 places are still available on the taught 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 of these and other IT Training is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.


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