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| 8 June 2012 | Issue 570

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


Can sat navs reduce drivers’ performance?

New findings from academics at Lancaster University and Royal Holloway, University of London reveal using satellite navigation systems can reduce drivers’ performance behind the wheel. The academics carried out a series of experiments where volunteers were set tasks by a computer which mimicked the instructions given by a sat nav. Their results showed that when people were following complicated sat nav instructions they tended to drive faster, with more steering variations, as well as being less likely to notice pedestrians who might be stepping out. 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.

Diamond Jubilee celebrations on campus

Over 200 staff and students attended a Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea party in Alexandra Square last Friday. Lancaster University’s catering team created a dining table nearly the length of the square and served afternoon tea for all. The weather held out, with even a little sunshine while staff and students of all nationalities joined in the celebration with live music from local band Quay Change, Union Jack flags, hats and bunting. Hundreds of pounds was raised from the ticket sales, raffle and donations. All proceeds have gone to St John’s Hospice, we are currently awaiting the final total. Thank you to everyone that attended.

The Pre-School Centre also celebrated on Thursday 31 May, with a ‘street party’ lunch in the corridors. All the children and staff wore red, white and blue and the centre was decorated with a life size picture of the Queen on her throne made by the children and staff. Each of the rooms offered craft and dance activities for the children to join in with and every child was presented with a Jubilee medal or spoon. All staff, children and parents made a tremendous effort to ensure the whole day was a huge success

Reading with Sir Andrew Motion: Poetry archive live

There will be a free public event on Wednesday 13 June, featuring Sir Andrew Motion, Jean Sprackland and Daljit Nagra, starting at 5pm until 6.30pm in the Storey Institute on Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. The event will follow an afternoon symposium for teachers and students interested in how poetry is taught in the classroom.

All students and staff are warmly welcomed. This event is supported by the Lancaster University Fass-Enterprise Centre.

'We were here' - Lancaster University Fine Art Degree Show 2012

The LICA degree show will run from 19 – 27 June at Lancaster University in the Peter Scott Gallery. There will be a private viewing on the evening of Tuesday 19 June. Download LICA Degree Show 2012 Catalogue.


Professor Colin Ockleford of Lancaster Medical School has been invited by the Home Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Theresa May M.P. to become an expert scientific member of the Poisons Board. His role will be to review the official Poisons List maintained by the Home Office.

The Centre of Employability, Enterprise and Careers (CEEC) are saying goodbye to three valued colleagues and friends. Helen Bell and Margaret Lancaster – both long standing members of the University community, are leaving to spend more time with friends and family and Dr Wendy Broad is leaving to take up a new position in Exeter University as Head of Researcher Development. CEEC colleagues are celebrating their time here at Lancaster with a light drinks and snacks reception in Bowland Main B81 (above the Learning Zone) at 2:30pm on 20th June and would welcome other colleagues to join us in saying our goodbyes. In order to arrange catering please can you email by 18 June to confirm your attendance.

Liam McGenity, a second year BBA Management student, who is currently studying abroad at Montana State University in the USA, won the competition with his entry - "Hiking the Grand Tetons, Wyoming, in my first month of arrival at Montana". The competition attracted over twenty top-quality entries from students studying abroad both at Lancaster University and overseas at Lancaster's partner universities. The entries were on display in the LUMS Hub for over a month, with staff and students from across the university invited to cast their votes. Liam was the eventual winner of a close contest and has been given a £50 Amazon gift voucher for first prize. The LUMS International Office would like to thank all those who entered the competition and to staff and students across the University for taking the time to vote. To see Liam’s winning entry, please see here.

Lancaster in the news

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

Dr Pragya Agarwal (FASS) explained findings of new research about Sat Navs on BBC Breakfast TV, Radio Five Live, the Telegraph and other national and international media this week.


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.

12 June 2012
10 July 2012
14 August 2012
11 September 2012
9 October 2012

2011 Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) Open Forum

An invitation to all researchers, research managers, development professionals and senior staff includes:

Tuesday, 12 June, 2.00 to 4.00pm, Training rooms, HR building. Please contact to book your place.

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 helpdesk 93333.

Alexandra Square lighting work

Over the next few weeks contractors William Pye will be carrying out remedial works to the lighting in the paving in Alexandra Square. Areas will be blocked off but access will be maintained at all times. Facilities apologise for any noise/inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities helpdesk 93333.

Crown Green Bowling Club

Test your bowling skills in a FREE taster session for staff and students. Lancaster University’s Crown Green Bowling Club will be holding two free sessions on Saturday 23 June, 1pm – 2pm and 2pm – 3pm, on the Sports Centre green (at the rear of the Sports Centre behind the barn). Each session is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

If you would like to take part, bookings can be made at the Sports Centre Reception by calling 01524 510600, or email by Tuesday 12 June.

Summer tennis course

Are you a tennis novice, but would like to learn how to play? This summer Lancaster University Sports Centre will be running a beginners tennis course for over 16s. Learn key skills with excellent coaching amongst fellow learners for only £25.00 for a 5 week course. The course will run every Thursday from 5 July – 9 August (excluding Thursday 26 July), 6-7pm, on the Sports Centre tennis courts. Spaces are limited to a maximum of 8 people so if you’d like to take part book now by calling 01524 510600 or email Payment in full is required on booking. If you require any further information please visit the Sports Centre website.

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Roadworks on Hazelrigg Lane

Askam Construction has completed the roadworks along Hazelrigg Lane from Chapel Lane to the motorway bridge. The road is now fully open.

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.


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

Postgraduate conversion event

An event for prospective postgraduate students will be held on the afternoon of 20 June in the Charles Carter building. Prospective students will be able meet with faculty representatives and go on a campus tour. The event will take place between 12pm and 3pm.

Special collections open afternoon

In the Special Collections room in Lancaster University Library on Wednesday 13 June 1-3pm, there will be an opportunity to view a selection of items from the Library’s Special Collections. All are welcome to come and discuss any potential research proposals which use special collections. Please contact Helen Clish on 592544 (Monday-Friday) or Liz Fawcett on 593346 (Monday-Wednesday) for further information:


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