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| 15 June 2012 | Issue 571

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


Personal Chairs and Readerships

Congratulations to the following colleagues on their award of a Personal Chair; Paul Baker (Linguistics and English Language), Charlie Gere (LICA), Rob Simmons (Economics) and Alison Stone (PPR). Congratulations also to Colin Green (Economics) and Niall Hayes (Organisation, Work & Technology) on their awards of Readerships.

League tables

Lancaster has been ranked 12th in the Times Good University 2013 published on Thursday 14 June. Other rankings this year include the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 league table of the world’s best young universities, where Lancaster is ranked 9th; The Guardian (7th) and the Complete University Guide (9th) and a ranking of 11th in the QS Top 50 Under 50.

292 students achieve the Lancaster Award

Congratulations to the 292 students who have achieved the Lancaster Award this year. The award ceremony took place on 14 June in the LICA building where the students, their families , friends and employers joined CEEC and other University staff to celebrate their success. Professor Amanda Chetwynd opened the ceremony and the Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington presented the certificates and praised the students for their hard work and commitment. John Clayton, BBC Radio Lancashire Managing Editor, pointed out the community benefits that the scheme brings, especially as one of the requirements of the Lancaster Award is to volunteer in the local area. The Lancaster Award prepares students for the job market by ensuring they develop the skills employers want through work experience, volunteering and social activities. This year students have taken part in activities such as setting up an online pet food business, completing a sponsored climb of Mount Kilimanjaro and helping to build a new enclosure at a bear refuge in Croatia. Thanks to those staff in CEEC who have contributed to the continued success of the Lancaster Award.

Farm ponds cut agricultural water pollution

The reintroduction of farm ponds could significantly reduce agricultural pollution in our streams and rivers, according to new research led by Lancaster University. At one time, every farm would have had a pond, but agricultural intensification has meant that many of them have been lost to make way for more farmland. Working with farmers in Leicestershire and Cumbria, environmental scientists have created ten new field wetlands in areas of unproductive farmland such as field corners and buffer strips. The field wetlands - single or paired ponds of varying designs and sizes - are being monitored to measure how much runoff, sediment and nutrients they can trap. Full story.

Can capitalism have a heart in an age of austerity?

Business heavyweights and thinkers from Lancashire are set to debate the future of ‘compassionate capitalism’ in an era of budget cuts. Honorary graduate Edwin Booth, who is Chairman of Booths and Chair of Business on the Community's North West Advisory Board, will be joining an award winning Preston-based social entrepreneur, a historian and a political economist in a public debate about compassionate capitalism Tuesday, June 26, 3.30pm at Lancaster University’s Institute for the Contemporary Arts. 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. The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday 22 June. Please register to attend and book robes. 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, telephone 592190.

Plan ahead to make the most of the Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch will be passing through the Lancaster district on June 22, starting from Carnforth at approximately 9.47am. It then moves on the Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe and Lancaster. To make sure the Olympic Torch Relay can pass safely through the district, the police will be implementing rolling road closures along the route to allow the torch and its convoy to pass safely. A large number of people are expected to see the relay and this will also increase the volume of traffic on the roads. Anyone expecting to watch the relay as it passes through the district is advised to plan ahead and turn up early, using public transport if possible to minimise the number of cars on the roads.

More details are available at The city council will also be tweeting throughout the day, and you can follow @lancastercc for up to date information.

Graduate Bar award

Graduate Bar has been awarded the title of CAMRA West Pennines Cider Pub of the Year 2012. There will be up to 15 ciders and perries available at next week's beer and cider festival.

Death of David White

We regret to report the death of David White, a PhD student in LUMS, who died earlier this week. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and to his partner, Christine Parry, who works in Marketing and External Linkages.


Professor Graham Mort of the Department of English and Creative Writing has just carried out the final judging of the Edge Hill Prize with Suzi Feay and Rhiannon Evans. The prize - the only UK award for a whole collection of short stories - is worth £5,000 and Graham Mort was the 2011 winner. The prize will be awarded at the Free Word Centre in London on 5 July.

Professor Roger Kemp (Engineering) shared a platform with Robert Llewellyn (of Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge fame) discussing “Can we keep warm and still save the world?” at the Cheltenham Science Festival, 13 June.

Dr Manus Hayne (Physics) features on the cover of the May-June edition of the international journal Luminescence, an interdisciplinary journal of research on excited state processes in condensed matter. The feature article entitled: ‘High-field magneto-photoluminescence of semiconductor nanostructures’ is be available for download here.

Oxford University Press published a blog by Dr John Welshman (History), 'Titanic Street', which reconstructed Oxford Street, Southampton, in April 1912

Lancaster University College Admins and Residence Officers, aka 'Team Suds' are taking part in the 5k Race for Life at Lancaster University on Sunday, 22 July, 2012 in support of their colleague Gill Sudlow, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and to raise funds for Cancer Research. This is such a worthy cause so please show your support, dig deep and sponsor online - it's quick, easy and totally secure.

On 16 June, Claire Povah (Student Registry/Principal of Graduate College) will be taking part in a Girlguiding North West England challenge and in the process will be raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). The challenge involves crossing the Manchester Ship Canal by zip wire from the Imperial War Museum North to the Lowry. As an added incentive for some, anyone who sponsors Claire £5 or above will be entered into a prize draw to win a miniature, hand-made, mohair teddy bear, made by Claire. The bear will be created in the MNDA colours of blue and orange. You can sponsor Claire online, or alternatively there is a sponsorship form in Student Registry, University House.

A CD of English organ music recordings by former Music lecturer and University Organist Ian Hare has been released by Priory Records. These recordings of the organs in the Great Hall, Lancaster University, and Cartmel Priory were originally released on cassette in 1987. The CD is avaiable from Priory Records, via their website.

Interim management arrangements for ISS. Nick Burd will assume the role of acting Director of ISS when John Gallagher retires at the end of August. Nick will fulfil this role until a permanent successor is appointed.

Lancaster staff and students were thanked in a letter from St John's Hospice for a donation of over £900, following a Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea party in Alexandra Square on 1 June.

Liam McGenity, a second year BBA Management student, who is currently studying abroad at Montana State University in the USA, has won the 2012 study abroad photo competition with his entry - "Hiking the Grand Tetons, Wyoming, in my first month of arrival at Montana". To see Liam’s winning entry, please see here.

Lancaster in the news

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

The Centre for Disability Research (FASS) is featured in the Vancouver Sun and the National Post about research for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) involving adults with learning disabilities.


Accounts Payable move

The Accounts Payable section in Finance has now moved to room B24 in University House.


Work has started on the resurfacing of the road through the underpass. The eastern roundabout will also be closed 22 - 23 June inclusive. Access to the north and south of campus will be maintained with diversions signs in place.

Alexandra Square lighting work

Over the next few weeks contractors 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 or inconvenience caused. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities helpdesk, telephone 93333.

Summer tennis course – beginners and improvers

This summer Lancaster University Sports Centre will be running a beginners and improvers 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 and 7-8pm, 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. Once you have booked, please meet at the tennis courts for the sessions.

PPI labels

Royal Mail are changing the design of their Printed Postage Impressions (PPI) that appear in the top right hand corner of our envelopes, to incorporate the words “Delivered by Royal Mail”. Our PPI envelope supplier (CDP Print Management) is aware of these changes so when you place your orders, the new PPI will be used. The new PPI comes into effect on 23 June 2012 and we have until 2 January 2013 to use up our old stock. Before placing new orders, please contact other offices/departments or myself to see if they have old stock that needs using up. If you have old stock that you are unable to use up before January, let me know or alternatively, please print off the attached onto labels (Lyreco Product Code 151.397) and place them over the old PPI.

Multi activity days for kids

MAD4KIDS this summer - from 23 July – 31 August 2012 the Sports Centre is running multi activity days where you can bring your children aged between 8 and 14 years and leave them to enjoy team games, mini olympics, uni hockey, badminton, table tennis, tennis, basketball, tag rugby and lots more. For more information including how to book click here.

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The Purple Card

The Purple card is changing for 2012/13. If you provide information to your students about Purple card, please read the attached for full details of the changes. If you have any questions please contact Louise Mason, LUSU Marketing Manager.

Campus Christian Aid Week - 17-23 June - Week 9

Christian Aid Week seeks to raise awareness about issues of poverty and global injustice and to raise funds to help some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Christian Aid currently works with 507 partner organisations in 47 countries around the world. From Sierra Leone to Tajikistan, from Kenya to Bolivia, we are helping communities to make their voices heard and look towards a brighter future. We believe that poverty is a scandal and that it can be ended.

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.

Organisation and Educational Development

Managing Experiential Learning (and the workload) - Monday 2nd July, Management School Lecture Theatre 11, 1-2pm presentation and Q&A 2-2.30pm follow up discussion. Mark Westcombe (Management Science) and Ben Matthews (LUSU Involve) will discuss how experiential learning has been introduced to a first year module using real clients and customers to develop transferable skills associated with ‘managing’; to teach project management techniques; and as a context to integrate ‘learning to learn’ activities and develop reflective practice.

More details available here. To sign up for the forum please email.


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

Degree show 2012

Lancaster University Fine Art students launch their degree show exhibition "We Were Here" at 6pm on Tuesday 19 June in the Peter Scott Gallery. The exhibition runs until the 27 June and will be located within the Peter Scott Gallery, Bowland Annexe and the LICA Building. Further details on the exhibition can be found here. An exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

The semi finals of the China-UK Entrepreneurship competition 2012 will be held at LUMS on 29 June 2012

This exciting 'Dragon's Den' style business competition has attracted entries from student teams from universities around the UK. Eight teams have been selected to attend the semi-finals, where they will be narrowed down to just 4 teams to progress to the grand finals. The grand finals will be held at York University later in the year. The winning team will then battle it out in an International Grand Final with the winners from the Chinese stream of the competition. At stake is up to £11,000 worth of prize money, exposure to venture capital investors and a possible free work space in London for one year. The semi final event is open to staff and students in LUMS and the wider university to attend. Audience members are welcome to drop in to LT4 anytime during 10am-4pm on 29 June. For more information about the competition, please visit.

Day 22 exhibition
LEC Courtyard, 12-3pm, 22 June 2012

Huge amounts of energy are used in reproducing “normal” room temperatures of 22° C. The environmental burden of maintaining these conditions all year round, whatever the weather outside is already massive, and is set to increase. The exhibition shows how 22° C became normal, explains why room temperature is important for business, policy, and daily life and explores the unintended consequences of 22° C now and in the future. It focuses, especially, on air-conditioning and the energy costs of cooling.

Catalyst: tools for social change - Multidisciplinary Research opportunity
Monday 25 June, C74, InfoLab21, 1pm - 3.00pm

Join the Catalyst team to find out about opportunities for academic staff and PhD students to work on funded multidisciplinary research projects that address real social needs. This event is aimed at Lancaster academics to find out more about the Catalyst Research project and to meet and potentially partner with shortlisted projects looking for academic partners. There will be a short presentation from the Catalyst Team followed by brief project presentations and networking over lunch.

To register and confirm attendance please visit. For further information please contact Dr Erinma Ochu on 01524 10321, or visit All departments and research areas welcome

Business boot camp

The Enterprise Team in RES are organising a two day Business Start Up Boot Camp on 2 and 3 July in Fylde College, aimed at Lancaster Students and Alumni. The programme is FREE, and is aimed at individuals who have a business idea to progress. If you decide starting a business isn’t right for you, this opportunity will still give you the chance to make some useful contacts and gain a better understanding of what setting up or working in a small business is all about. For more information and to register for the event visit.

Graduate College summer 2012

Over the summer Graduate College will continue to be home to approximately 700 postgraduate students and in July we will welcome approximately 100 new students starting on the English Language Preparation Programme. We have a number of events open to both students and staff:

Additive Manufacturing Week

Lancaster University’s Product Development Unit is hosting Additive Manufacturing Week at Lancaster June 20-22. The series of events is designed to give people insight into the benefits of Additive Manufacturing – also known as 3D Printing. For more information, please contact Chris Lambert.


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