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| 13 July 2012 | Issue 575

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

LU Text will be suspended during August. The last edition is on 27 July and the weekly service will resume on 7 September 2012. Please ensure you check the Facilities website regularly for reports of work taking place across the campus that might affect you.

The annual enrolment for Flexible Benefits 2012 – 13 will open in the week beginning 6 August 2012 and will run until 14 September 2012. In preparation for this, please log into employee self-service to check that your home address details are correct. An interactive brochure of this year’s benefits will be appearing soon on the Human Resources website.


Five accommodation awards for Lancaster University

Lancaster University has won five awards in the National Student Housing Survey’s Accommodation Awards 2012. Almost 19,000 students from more than 120 universities and colleges across the UK took part in the survey, which measures satisfaction levels with all types of accommodation. Full story.

Lancaster scientists launch new research and innovation centre in China

Scientists from Lancaster and China have launched a new international research and innovation centre for the environment. Researchers from the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) went to Guangzhou to launch a new International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment (IRICE) in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG) and Xiamen Institute of Urban Environment (IUE). Full story.

Inaugural HE symposium

A hundred teachers from seventy schools and colleges across the UK have attended the first ever Higher Education Symposium at Lancaster University. The event was aimed at enabling teachers and careers professionals to be better informed when advising students on their choice of university. It also provided attendees with the chance to attend workshops on important developments within the HE sector affecting prospective students including: changes to the UCAS process; the imminent arrival of Key Information Sets (KIS); and an update on student finance. Full story.

Lancaster University appoints architect for new Engineering Building

Lancaster University has appointed John McAslan + Partners to design a new home for the Engineering Department. The proposed new building would be situated in the area of the old sports centre and would provide 4,720 sq. m of workshop, laboratory and office space in two concrete-framed finger blocks set either side of a continuous four storey high atrium street. The building is targeting a BREEAM Outstanding rating (the second such building on the campus since LICA), and will consider combining multiple renewable energy sources including solar, wind and biomass provisions as part of a visibly demonstrable sustainable design strategy.

Honorary Degrees

The Honorary Degrees Committee are now seeking nominations for Honorary Degree and Honorary Fellowship recipients for 2013. Suitable nominees should have recognised international standing within their field and preferably strong links with the University or the local region. If you wish to make a nomination please follow this link for further information about the process, or contact Dr Hazel Hardie, 92394. The deadline for nominations is Friday 10 August.

Inaugural Law School conference for sixth form students

The Lancaster Law School has hosted its first ever Lancaster Law School Sixth Form Conference, promoted by UKSRO. Sixth formers from across the country were invited to participate in a day of discussion and debate, and to submit an essay on either Human Rights Law, Media Regulation or Environmental Law. The authors of the best two essays were chosen to give an oral presentation of their paper to the conference.

Visiting Professor Charles Clarke presented prizes to Jessica Christy and Ryan Hyde, who were both awarded the Conference Prize for the best essay. There was also a plenary lecture from Charles Clarke on the two main themes of the day: media regulation, and torture. Attendees participated in panel debates on these themes which were led by Professor Sigrun Skogly and Angus MacCulloch of the Law School. Participants ended the day with a mock ‘Question Time’ session, during which sixth formers were able to put questions about law and legal education to a panel of Law School staff and students.

Graduation Ceremonies 17 - 20 July

Nearly 2,500 students of Lancaster University and its partner institutions in the North West will visit the University from 17-20 July to receive their degrees. The degrees will be conferred by the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and Pro-Chancellor in ten ceremonies, which take place over four days. They will be accompanied by over 6,000 guests who will watch the ceremonies in the Great Hall or on a live web link in the Faraday Lecture Theatres. Other major hubs of activity will be the LICA Building, hosting robing, photography and other associated services, and Lancaster Square, where group photography will take place after each ceremony. The Colleges will also be hosting celebration events for their graduating students. Over 300 staff will be participating, either by joining academic platforms, or assisting with the smooth-running of the ceremonies. View the full timetable here. All the ceremonies can be viewed live via a link available from the University homepage next week.

Parking and free minibus during graduation week

Around 3,000 additional cars will arrive on campus. Facilities has put in place a parking management plan, which includes minibus shuttles, parking helpers and extra parking signage. Graduation traffic will be directed into any available parking space on campus, including Staff Parking Zones. Staff unable to find a parking space during the day should follow the directions of the parking marshals, in high-visibility vests. Please co-operate with their directions as they are there to help everyone find a place to park. There are no parking charges on Graduation Days. Staff are also welcome to make use of the free minibus service which will operate around campus with various signed minibus pick-up points around the perimeter road. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the week, if at all possible, as pressure on parking spaces will be very high.


Researchers from the School of Computing and Communications have taken two of the top prizes at this year’s International Conference on Pervasive Computing. Oliver Bates, Dr Adrian Clear, Dr Adrian Friday, Dr Mike Hazas and Janine Morley took first prize for Computational Sustainability for their work using sensing and interviews coupled with service based analysis to account for domestic energy use in student flats. Meanwhile, a team from Microsoft and Lancaster University including Professor Hans Gellersen - took first prize for best paper for their work on spatially-aware, interactive, handheld projector systems. Go to youtube to watch their demo. Pervasive 2012 was the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Computing. It is the premier forum for researchers to present their latest results in areas related to the architecture, design, implementation, application and evaluation of pervasive computing.

Dr Neil Manson (PPR) has been invited to give evidence as an ‘expert witness’ to the Leveson inquiry on ‘Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press’. Dr Manson has submitted written statement (about philosophical justifications for freedom of the press) and will give evidence in person to the inquiry (responding to questions about the written evidence) at the Royal Courts of Justice on 16 July. To watch a live feed on the day see the Leveson Inquiry website.

Professor Keith Beven (LEC) was the 8th invited Penman Lecturer at the National Meeting of the British Hydrological Society at the University of Dundee this week. The lecture had the title "Here we have a system in which liquid water is moving; let's just get at the physics of it" (Howard Latimer Penman 1965). It was in part a history of trying to do science in hydrology, with some suggestions of how that might be achieved in the future. The lecture will be published in a special issue of Hydrology Research to appear early next year. Papers were also given at the meeting by Jess Davies, Mary Ockenden and Magda Bieroza from the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Professor Deborah Mawer (LICA) will be appearing as guest speaker for the Ravel Double Bill, discussing the composer’s operas L’Heure espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges, on 19 August at the 2012 Glyndebourne Festival.

Lancaster in the news

Dr Hugh Tuffen (LEC) filmed a 10-minute piece for Volcano Live broadcast on 10 July on BBC2, featuring his expedition to Chile to observe an erupting volcano. And new graduates Olly Trumble and Sophie Kelly are to travel to Media City in Salford for a live broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on July 20.

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


Undergraduate Visit Days

Please note the Wednesday 29 August 2012 undergraduate visit day is now fully booked. Preparations are well underway for welcoming approximately 8,500 prospective undergraduate students and their families on to campus. The next available Undergraduate Visit Day is on Saturday 22 September 2012 and students can book a place online here. We're also holding a Campus Tour with a Department Drop-in Session on 31 October 2012 so please signpost prospective students towards these events. For more information regarding any of these events please contact Kathryn Lambert in the UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Office on x93724.

Removal of temporary bus stop

The netball courts' temporary bus stop on south west drive has been removed and the area has returned to a staff parking zone. The nearest bus stops will be the underpass, InfoLab21 and Lonsdale College.

Race for Life road closures on Sunday 22 July - 8.00am - 2.00pm

For further details please see here.

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.

Revised arrangements for coach drop-off, pick-up and coach parking

Now that the underpass has reopened, the policy for coach arrangements on campus has been updated. Please view the policy here and communicate the information to coach companies for events and visits:

North Drive temporary bus stop

A temporary bus stop has been provided on North Drive close to the zebra crossing outside the LICA Building. The X1 Railway Station link service is using this bus stop at 20 minute intervals prior to stopping at the underpass. This is part of a trial by Stagecoach to reintroduce a permanent bus service along the northern perimeter road.

Furness refurbishment - lift closure - alternative access route

Work has started on the glazing along the Furness lecture theatre corridor (above the Pizzetta). The platform lift located next to Furness LT3 will be out of action until 3 September 2012. During this period anyone requiring DDA access between Alexandra Square and Fylde College is advised to follow the route via the ramp in Edward Roberts Court down Tower Avenue and re-join the South Spine at Fylde College. Diversion signage is in place on the spine. Facilities apologise for any disruption and inconvenience. Please contact the Facilities helpdesk if you have any queries, ext 93333.

George Fox refurbishment

The refurbishment of George Fox Lecture Theatre 1 and Seminar Room 4 started 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.

Summer of Sport personal challenges – free pedometers

If you are looking for something to do during your lunch hour or after work to improve your fitness and wellbeing visit the Sport Centre and pick up a Summer of Sport Challenge Booklet. Challenges include swimming, climbing, rowing and walking or running in the campus grounds. There are free pedometers to record your distance and when you have completed the challenges you will be entered into a free prize draw to win a year’s membership.

From now until 30 September the Sports Centre is offering £1 a day membership, available for everyone. For more information visit the Sports Centre website.

Noisy work

Contractors will be removing parts of the floor slab in The Base on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July which will generate some noise. Facilities apologise for any disruption and inconvenience. Please contact the Facilities helpdesk if you have any queries, ext 93333.

Campus bars and café opening hours for the summer vacation

Graduate, Fylde and Grizedale Bars are open for the summer vacation at the following times:

All the above information can be found at

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

Recruiting the Best – 24 July and 25 July - 9.15am - 4.30pm - This is an improved module on recruitment and is designed for recruiting managers, admin staff supporting recruitment activities, and any staff sitting on recruitment panels.
This two day course looks closely at: the legal framework for recruitment and the recruitment process, including key stages and timelines. It also looks at job descriptions and person specifications and advertising and shortlisting, as well as assessing candidates, planning for interviews and interview preparation; questioning techniques; decision making; and following the interview. To book your place please email OED

PDR – Deep Dive for Reviewers – 26 July - 10.00am - 4.00pm - for PDR reviewers to allow them to practise the skills required for effective PDR implementation and discussions.
The course will cover the context of the PDR as well as the characteristics of an effective PDR, an overview of the PDR scheme and documentation, as well as how the opportunity presented by PDR can be maximised. You will also improve your practical skills such as creating and setting meaningful objectives and providing high quality feedback and development plans. To book your place please email OED


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

Student Business Start-Up Boot Camp

The Enterprise Team in Research and Enterprise Services is inviting students to join its third Student Business Start-up Book Camp on December 17/18. To register please visit here.

This follows on from the success of the second Student Business Start-up Boot Camps on July 2/3, when twenty three current students and recent graduates came together to network, share ideas and get practical support to develop their ideas. The two day event was packed with informative workshops aimed at giving participants the tools to plan and develop their businesses. There were also twelve experienced guest speakers from local businesses, banks, government agencies and entrepreneurial alumni.


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