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| 6 July 2012 | Issue 574

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

There will be no editions of LU Text during August. The next issue (after the 27 July issue) will be published on Friday 7 September 2012. Please ensure you check the website regularly as there is a lot of work taking place across the campus that might affect you.


Lancaster physicists respond to Higgs discovery

Lancaster physicists joined scientists from around the globe in Melbourne and Geneva on 4 July to hear the long-awaited news that it seems the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson is over. Full story.

Staff prizes

The contribution of the staff award winners will be recognised on July 18 and 19 during the degree ceremonies. The Outstanding Contribution Awards recognise staff for going over and beyond what is normally expected of them in their role. The winners include: Dr Jos Barlow from LEC; Stephen Holt, Senior Electronics Technician in Physics; Frank Wareing, the Principal of Fylde College; Professor Tom Ormerod and Dr Coral Dando from the Psychology Department; Assistant Librarian Jean Blanquet; and the members of the iLancaster project team in ISS - John Davey, Ruth Paterson, Brian Green, and Andy Taylor. The Pilkington Teaching awards go to Dr Peter Lenney from LUMS and Dr Judit Kormas from FASS. Dr Christine Shirras from FHM and Dr Catherine Fritz from Educational Research have both won the Lancaster Teaching Award, nominated by the students.

Lancaster expert advises House of Lords on gender diversity

A Lancaster University professor has been giving evidence to the House of Lords as part of an investigation into how best to increase the proportion of women on company boards. Distinguished Professor of Sociology Sylvia Walby OBE is the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research. She was invited to be part of a panel of witnesses giving evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the EU Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment, as part of its inquiry into the case for EU legislation to promote gender diversity on boards. Full story.

New ImaginationLancaster project puts design at the heart of innovation in Europe

ImaginationLancaster has embarked on a two year European Commission funded €1M project exploring design innovation policies in Europe. The Lancaster team, led by Dr Martyn Evans and including Professor Rachel Cooper and Dr Leon Cruickshank all from LICA, is currently leading an in-depth evaluation of the impact of design in European policies as part of the DeEP project (Design in European Policies: Evaluating and Sharing Design Innovation Policies for European Growth) which aims to build frameworks and indicators for evaluation. DeEP continues to February 2014 concluding with the unveiling of the DeEP Evaluation Tool – enabling European policy makers to assess the impact of design in existing policies and integrate design into new policies.

The DeEP consortium is led by Politechnico di Milano (Italy) and comprises Lancaster University (UK), Mälardalen University (Sweden), The Work Foundation (UK), Munktell Science Park (Sweden), Confartigianato Lombardia (Italy), and Pro Design (Poland). For further information on the project and to keep up to date as the project unfolds see the DeEP section of the Imagination Lancaster website or contact either Dr Martyn Evans ( or John Chisholm (

Margaret Sibley

The death has been announced of Margaret Sibley, aged 89. Margaret came to Lancaster in 1964 with her husband, Professor Frank Sibley, who was the founding professor in the Department of Philosophy. In the mid-1970s, having brought up her family, she took over the role of British Council representative in the University from the first holder of the post, Mrs Mollie Reynolds. She welcomed to the University students who were in receipt of British Council administered grants and ran a half day a week office session (in an office shared with the campus policeman) to which British Council, and many other overseas students, took their concerns and problems. Her wartime experiences in the WRNS helped her to tackle the administrative difficulties encountered by her students and she also went to enormous trouble to help those with serious personal difficulties. She worked in this role throughout the 1980s until her retirement early in the 1990s when she moved away from Lancaster after the death of her husband. Her presence in Lancaster and her work at the University were an immense help to many overseas students as well as to the University in its relations with the British Council.

C J Martin


Professor David Lyth (Physics) has won the Hoyle medal and prize for his contributions to particle cosmology. Professor Lyth was awarded the prize by the Institute of Physics on 2 July for his work on the origin of the structure of the Universe. The Hoyle Medal and Prize is awarded for distinguished research in astrophysics, gravitational physics or cosmology. Full story.

Medical student Thomas McConnell has been awarded first place in the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Tim Chard Prize. The prize was awarded based on Thomas’ submission of a case presentation and he was invited to present his work to a meeting of the Royal College. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Research at the Faculty of Health and Medicine, funded by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in order to promote research links with Lancaster University, and to encourage medical students to develop research skills. Full story.

The Lancaster China Management Centre (LCMC) recently hosted a group of 25 senior Chinese managers from state-owned enterprises for a development programme concentrated on youth services in the UK and career development and planning. The intensive management development course, organised by the LUMS International Office and directed by Professor David Brown, included sessions on management strategy in the public sector, engagement of young people in local communities, and youth unemployment and labour-market development in the UK. Full story.

College Advisors

There has been excellent feedback about the recent changes in the college advisor system and the new training workshop for advisors. We are very keen to recruit additional advisors to join the existing college teams in the next academic year. You don't need to be experienced or have any particular skills - the key qualities are the ability to listen, to give sensible advice, and to enjoy helping students to succeed.

From October, you would be allocated a reasonably small number of first year students in an undergraduate college and you would help them settle in. The role is not over-demanding or time-consuming - but it is infinitely rewarding to be part of the system of support that makes Lancaster unique and the student experience memorable. You would need to attend a short training workshop, which covers all aspects of the advisor's role. Within the college there is a senior advisor who provides guidance, materials and a structure and there are also plenty of opportunities to socialise in your college, get to know your students socially and meet other advisors.

If interested, you need to get in touch - either with Ali Moorhouse ( ) who is Senior Advisor for County College and who will be co-ordinating responses for all colleges (you don't have to join County!), or contact the Administrator of any college you're interested in. Please do this now: during the next couple of months there will be opportunities for you to meet college staff, find out how the role works, and to have your own Freshers from the start of October.

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster physicists joined scientists from around the globe in Melbourne and Geneva this week to hear the long-awaited news that it seems the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson is over. Dr Harald Fox and Katy Grimm were at CERN for the announcement; meanwhile Professor Roger Jones was at the International Conference on High Energy Physics at Melbourne.

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


Traffic disruption in Lancaster

A section of gas pipeline between the junctions of Damside Street and Water Street is being replaced. Work will start on 22 July and last approximately six weeks. Further information is available here. The telephone number for enquiries is 0845 6044527.

Alumni postgraduate studentships - final reminder

Funded by donations from alumni, up to five £1000 studentships are available. Applications are invited from any student who has completed a degree at Lancaster University and wishes to go on to post-graduate study here. Applicants must have applied for a post-graduate course in order to apply for the Studentship. Further information, including an application form is available at or by contacting Trevor Duncan ( telephone 01524 594109. Closing date is 27 July.

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 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.

Road closures for the Race for Life event - Sunday 22 July

The following roads will be closed during 8.00am - 2.00pm

Campus bars and cafes opening hours for the summer vacation

George Fox Refurbishment

The refurbishment of George Fox Lecture Theatre 1 and Seminar Room 4 will be starting on Tuesday 10 July and will be completed by the 15 August. During these works the whole of A Floor will be closed off with the exception of the Chinese restaurant and the porters lodge. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities helpdesk on 93333.

Underpass Reopens

The underpass (below Alexandra Square) has now reopened following completion of the refurbishment work. All buses that previously arrived and departed from the Chaplaincy Centre now run from the underpass. For more information on campus bus route modifications and bus services to and from the University please visit

Reopening of Bowland Avenue

On Saturday 7 July the work to reinstate parking on Bowland Avenue will be complete with visitor & disabled parking and a drop off/delivery zone available.

Sports Centre Summer of Sport

On Sunday 1 July, the Sports Centre launched its 2012 Summer of Sport. The launch included a fantastic dance performance from Turning Point Theatre Arts and a visit from an official London 2012 Torch Bearer, free Zumba and swimming. Members of the public took the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch and adults and children were encouraged to enter one of the many Summer of Sport challenges to be in with a chance to win a free activity course (children) at the centre or enter the prize draw for a year’s Gold membership (adults). The Sports Centre is also offering Platinum membership including classes for £1 a day during the Summer of Sport (terms and conditions apply). To find out more about the Summer of Sport visit

Help the University save energy

The University is striving to save energy to reduce emissions and keep within its energy budget. Your help in achieving is appreciated, please therefore:

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 3 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 here.

Moodle - The new teaching VLE

Moodle will replace LUVLE as the standard VLE supported by ISS from September 2012. Please visit the Moodle Support website for information about how your course materials will be transferred into Moodle from LUVLE. You can also download user guides to Moodle and find out about demos, lab sessions and consultation sessions scheduled during the summer.

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.

Elfriede Jelinek's Sports Play

Elfriede Jelinek's Sports Play premières this week at the Nuffield Theatre (Wednesday night only) before heading to Berwick, Cardiff, Exeter, and London. The play is previewed as a 'Don't Miss' in this week's Stage magazine, in Exeunt, and in the Berwick Advertiser. Tickets are bookable here. Lancaster colleagues are welcome to attend conference papers on the themes of translation, sport and the body, and on Jelinek's work and can contact the organisers on email.


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