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| 22 June 2012 | Issue 572

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


Outstanding Student Admission Team award

Lancaster University has won the Outstanding Student Admissions Team award at the annual Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2012. The award was presented to Lancaster’s faculty and central postgraduate admissions team by Julian Clary during a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, which was attended by over eight hundred guests. Full story.

Staff promotions

Congratulations to the following staff on their promotion to Senior Lecturer:

Congratulations also to Chris Saunders (LUMS Management Development Division) on his promotion to Senior Teaching Fellow.

Lancaster shares in £13M biodiversity research programme

Environmental scientists at Lancaster will take part in a £13M research programme launched this week in London. The Natural Environment Research Council’s Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme, launched June 22, is a five year research programme which aims to improve our understanding of how biodiversity regulates UK ecosystems and delivers economically valuable services. Lancaster University will work on two of the four BESS consortium projects. Professor Richard Bardgett of the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) has been awarded £550,000 to examine ecosystem services in lowland landscapes. Full story.

Drug study shows clubbers have little interest in new wave legal highs

Clubbers show little interest in the subsequent wave of legal highs that have become available since mephedrone was banned, according to a new study published this week in QJ Medical Journal. Researchers from Lancaster University, Kings College London and Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Kings Health Partners surveyed 313 individuals over four nights in gay-friendly nightclubs in South East London last summer. Full story.

AHRC gives £16m boost to the creative economy

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has launched its four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy to connect researchers with the UK’s vibrant creative sector. The UK’s Creative Economy – which includes the creative industries as well as museums, galleries, libraries, orchestras, theatres, etc. – is, relative to GDP, probably the largest creative sector in the world. One of the four lead KE Hubs is The Creative Exchange at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. Full story.

Mentors help bright sparks set their sights on university

More than 100 bright pupils have been given a crash course in university study by Lancaster University student mentors. The pilot project, called Target Uni, matches current Lancaster University students with year 12 school and college pupils who are academically gifted but might need extra encouragement to think about applying to university – either because they are the first in their family to study for a degree or have faced social problems such as disability, being taken into care or are from a low income family. Run by Lancaster University’s UK Student Recruitment and Outreach team, 32 hand-selected Lancaster students have been visiting schools across the North West over the last school year helping answer questions, dispel myths and encourage young people to fulfill their potential. Full story.

National award for college porter

A college porter has won the UK Security Officer of the Year Award. Nino Sibilla, who works at Graduate College, received his award at the annual Association of University Security Officers (AUCSO) conference held at St Andrews University. He was also recently given a long service award by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith after completing 25 years at the University. Full story.

MSc Finance ranks in UK top-ten in latest Financial Times ranking

Lancaster's popular MSc in Finance has been ranked 28th in the world, and 8th in the UK, in the FT’s Masters in Finance Pre-Experience 2012 ranking. The ranking shows that Lancaster has moved up two places among UK schools, from 10th position last year. The LUMS MSc in Finance is also the top programme in Northwest England. The average salary of the Lancaster MSc graduates surveyed increased by 4%, compared to the average across the field of all schools surveyed, which fell by 3%. The FT ranking surveys graduates who completed their Masters study in 2009, in order to show career progression three years after graduation. Full story.

Showcase for Creative Writing MA students

The Department of English and Creative Writing is to hold its first ever MA Show for students on its campus-based MA in Creative Writing. The students will be reading from their work at the event, introduced by award-winning Lancashire novelist and MA Tutor, Jenn Ashworth. The free event takes place at 6pm at The Storey in Lancaster on June 22.

Recording by Nobel Laureate

Conference organisers Professor Allyson Fiddler (DELC), Dr Rebecca Braun (DELC) and Dr Karen Juers-Munby (LICA) are delighted to have been sent a special recording of Austrian Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek reading from her play, Ein Sportstück. Jelinek has made the recording in honour of Lancaster University's upcoming conference on her work (the first ever in the UK) and on the occasion of the world première of the English translation of Sports Play at the Nuffield Theatre on 11 July (transl. Penny Black with Karen Juers-Munby). The recording can be heard here and full conference details are available here.. The conference and the première are generously supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum (London).

Student employees recognised at awards

Lancaster University students who successfully balance paid work with their studies and make a real difference to their employers were recognised at Lancaster’s Student Employee of the Year (SOETY) Awards. The Awards were organised by Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) Jobshop in conjunction with the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) and were presented by Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Amanda Chetwynd and LUSU President George Gardiner. Full story.


Professor Paul Wellings, former Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, has been awarded the CBE for services to Higher Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Over 150 international researchers will be travelling to the North West to participate in the 10th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (June 25-29, Low Wood Bay, Cumbria). Professor Nigel Davies is General Chair of the conference which includes several workshops, over 40 posters/demonstrations of new technologies and a keynote address from Dr Paul Jones, the CTO of the NHS. Dr Jones' keynote will explore the challenges of using mobile technology to improve patient care.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) chaired a high level meeting of the Academy of Social Sciences in Whitehall on what business and management needs to do to get us to grow and create jobs. The Secretary of State from Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, gave an address, as well as Ian Wright MP, shadow Minister on Enterprise. Also in attendance was a senior executive from TATA company (an Indian conglomerate) and leading business school professors from London Business School, LSE, highlighting what could be done to get us out of the recession. Professor Cooper has also been invited by the World Economic Forum to serve as a Member of their Global Agenda Council on Wellbeing and Mental Health, which will meet in Dubai in November to plan their strategy for the year, and to input into the Davos conference in January.

Dr Fiona Measham, Dr Karenza Moore and Zoe Welch (FASS) are hosting The Drugs, Alcohol and the Night-Time Economy Stakeholders’ Knowledge Exchange Conference 2012 (NTE-SKEC) at Lancaster University, Thursday 12 July, 10am – 4pm. The conference brings together leading academics, experts and professionals from the drugs, alcohol and the night-time economy field to exchange information and share their views on key issues relating to policy and practice in today’s challenging climate. The keynote on narratives of evidence and policy in the drugs field will be delivered by Professor Alex Stevens, University of Kent. To register for £15 please visit

Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics), Professor Aristotle Kallis (History) and Linguistics PhD student Salomi Boukala have published on the front page of opendemocracy this week about Europe’s radical rightwing rhetoric and on the Greek elections and the Greek radical rightwing party Golden Dawn.

Craig Lowe, Student Wellbeing Manager is leaving the University after 10 years employment to take up a post down south. Student Wellbeing Services would like to invite his colleagues and friends to join them on 27 July at 1.00 pm in Fylde College Bar to wish him a fond farewell. For further information please contact Sarah Barcus, Room A47, University House.

The results of the 35th annual Physics Relay are available here.

Director of Partnership Development, Sunway (Secondment Opportunity). Lancaster University has a collaborative teaching partnership in Kuala Lumpar where our undergraduate and/or postgraduate programmes are delivered in conjunction with staff from the partner institution Sunway University. We wish to appoint a senior academic who will be seconded for an initial period of 6 months to support the continued development of the partnership with Sunway University. This opportunity is likely to appeal to senior academics perhaps on sabbatical who are looking for opportunities to spend time in Kuala Lumpar and undertake work in Lancaster University's Partnership Development. For further information and to view the job documents please visit: here, or contact Steve Bradley directly.

Lancaster in the news

Professor Corinne May-Chahal was quoted in The Guardian on mental illness and statistician Dr Philip Jonathan appeared in a TV documentary on the National Geographic channel.

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


County South video conference suite

A new video conference suite is now available for general use in the County South building. The room is equipped for use in various configurations and is suitable for multi-point meetings, interviews, seminars and research group discussions. The facility can be booked via the room bookings system (B89 County South). For advice and assistance with a video conference booking request please contact the ISS Service Desk on extension 10987 or search LancasterAnswers for "Video Conferencing".

MAD4KIDS (Multi Activity Days for Kids) 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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Work is continuing on the resurfacing of the road through the underpass. The eastern roundabout (see map) will also be closed this Sunday 24 and Monday 25 June inclusive. Access to the north and south of campus will be maintained with diversions signs in place. This work may be noisy for the users of buildings in the near vicinity. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. For an updated summary of projects taking place on campus click here.

Alexandra Square lighting work

Over the next few weeks contractors William Pye will be carrying out work 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 this may cause you. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities helpdesk, 93333.

Visitor rooms

Lancaster University has 80 visitor rooms, available throughout the year, located in the John Creed building. Guests have the option to stay B&B or opt for self catering which is available from £125.00 a week + VAT. If you have friends, family or colleagues coming to visit over the weekend, you can take advantage of the visitor rooms’ weekend deal – stay two nights, room only, for only £40 in a single room or £60 in a twin room. To make a booking book email Benjamin Milby or telephone 92899.

Lancaster University Conference Centre at Lancaster House Hotel – Summer offers

The Conference Centre at Lancaster House Hotel are offering a special training room hire rate of £150.00 per day, and beverages for £1.50 per serving, for new bookings with 15+ delegates attending during the months of June, July and August 2012. Lunches will be served from £8.95 per person. Please call Emma Parker on 92444.

Lancaster University Conference Centre at Lancaster House Hotel – Open Day – 4 July 2012 10.00am – 3.00pm

Come along and enjoy strawberries & cream with the Conference team at the Lancaster University Conference Centre attached to 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. A free prize draw and discounts will be offered for bookings made on the day, We look forward to meeting you and showcasing our facilities. For further information please contact Emma Parker or Emma Beaumont on 92444/94195.

Training and courses

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 – you can self-enrol on any of the courses in this category. 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 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.


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