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| 27 July 2012 | Issue 577

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


Honorary degrees 2012

Lancaster alumnus Mark Price, the Managing Director of Waitrose, and the BBC’s Head of Religion and Ethics Aaqil Ahmed are among six people distinguished in their field who have been awarded honorary degrees at the graduation ceremonies this month. The others include the journalist and radio critic Gillian Reynolds MBE, the founder of a leading cancer charity Roger Wilson CBE, Dr Syed Zaidi the founder of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Pakistan, and accounting expert Professor Philip Brown. Full story.

Lancaster University is ranked sixth in the UK for employment after graduation

Lancaster is in the top ten universities for employment after graduation according to figures from the Higher Education Statistical Agency. In total, over 94 percent of graduates from 2010/11 were in a job or further study six months after graduation, above the benchmark figure from Hesa of 91 percent. This places Lancaster University sixth out of all universities in the UK for the proportion of graduates who have found work in this period. Full story.

Tony Blair in final Westminster Faith Debate organised by Lancaster University

The Westminster Faith debates, organised by academics from Lancaster’s Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, concluded this week with a debate between former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and the former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore. The series has succeeded in putting religion back onto the agenda of public discussion in the UK, and has attracted extensive media coverage. Full story.

Psychologist awarded £10,000 National Teaching Fellowship

A psychology lecturer from Lancaster University has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship worth £10,000 by the Higher Education Academy. Dr Coral Dando from the Department of Psychology is one of 55 award winners chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Full story.

Children’s author at 400th anniversary conference on the Pendle witches

The children’s author Joseph Delaney is among the star guests at a Lancaster University conference marking the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch trials in Lancashire. Delaney will join the other plenary speakers – distinguished scholars of early modern witchcraft Diane Purkiss and Robert Poole – and guests from all over the world attending the conference Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images from August 17-19, organised by the Departments of English and Creative Writing and European Languages and Cultures. See full story.

Live at LICA awarded £30,000

Live at LICA has been awarded £30,000 from Lancashire County Council to expand its outdoor and community-based work, developed through the Curate the Campus initiative. The award supplements the funding the organisation receives as a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England to develop innovative new art. The new funding will enable Curate the Campus projects to be seen across the county before going onto national and international touring. Curate the Campus sited art projects across the campus this May, including in the Preschool Centre, Management School, Sports Centre, Library and Lancaster Square.

Green Flag award for Lancaster

Lancaster University’s campus has been awarded a Green Flag which is a national award for high quality green spaces. Full story.

Three star rating for Visitor Rooms

The University's Visitor Rooms have recently been awarded a high three star guest accommodation rating by the Quality in Tourism Board. This was achieved through a close working relationship with all areas of the Facilities team.

Flexible Benefits

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. For further information on Flexible Benefits, please click here.

Making Professor event

On 25 September 2012 the University will be holding its third Making Professor event about academic promotion, career development and the benefits of flexible and inclusive working practices. This event, which will be opened by the Vice Chancellor and will include invited internal and external speakers as well as break-out discussion sessions, is part of the University’s Athena SWAN (charter for women in science, engineering and technology) Action Plan. It is aimed at all academic and research staff on fixed-term or indefinite contracts, Heads of Department and everyone interested in equality and diversity in academic career development. Booking is essential, please apply by email to


Professor Paul Farley (English and Creative Writing) has presented two radio programmes: in The Paperback Poets for The Archive Hour, 21 July, on BBC Radio 4, he talked to fellow poets and publishers about the effects and success of the Penguin Modern Poets series, first launched fifty years ago; and in Radio 3’s Twenty Minutes: The West-Eastern Divan, 21 and 23 July, Paul explored over two programmes how, from his youth, the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was fascinated by the ideas and culture of Islam and the Arabic-speaking world, and how his encounter in later life with the poems of medieval Persian poet Hafiz inspired his own tribute to eastern poetry, The West-Eastern Divan, which itself has inspired Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said’s more recent orchestral project. Paul also appeared recently in a film documentary profile of legendary ‘punk poet’ John Cooper Clarke, broadcast on BBC4 in May and June.

Live at LICA's Nuffield Theatre staged the English language premiere of 'Sports Play' by the Austrian Nobel-prizewinning author Elfriede Jelinek on July 11. A new translation of the play has been published by Oberon books with translation assistance and an introduction by LICA's Karen Juers-Munby, who also worked as dramaturg for the project. The performance is touring nationally before a London run to coincide with the Olympics, and was widely covered and reviewed, including in The Times, The Guardian, The Austrian Times, The Stage and Exeunt Magazine.

Facilities would like to thank everyone involved in the run up to, and during, Graduation Week for all of their time and hard work to make it yet another successful graduation.

Lancaster in the news

The last in the series of Westminster Faith Debates organised by Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR), Dr Rebecca Catto (PPR) and Visiting Professor Charles Clarke attracted widespread coverage in the media including The Times, the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, the London Evening Standard and the Huffington Post in the US.

Dr Sue Smith (LUMS) comments on business growth in The Daily Telegraph.

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


REF2014 Code of Practice

The University has published a code of practice for REF2014 which will be used as our guide in the preparations and run up to our REF submission in November 2013. Following review by HEFCE the Code has been slightly revised on their recommendation. Staff can find the Code on the Research Support Office website - REF Code of Practice.

The University is committed to ensuring that decisions about selecting staff for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) are made in a fair, transparent and consistent manner. Details on how eligible staff will be selected for submission to the REF can be found in the University’s Code of Practice. To ensure the REF processes are fair the University is collecting data on individual circumstances for all academic staff eligible for submission and the data will be used to identify which individuals are eligible for submission with fewer than four outputs. Therefore all academic staff eligible for submission to the REF should complete either of the two Staff Disclosure Forms (on the RSO webpage) so that this information can be taken into consideration. Further details on staff eligibility can be found in the Guidance on Submissions (Part 3 Section 1: Staff details). Note: research assistants are not eligible unless they can demonstrate significant independence in their research, e.g. as a principal investigator on an awarded grant.

ESRC Future Research Leaders Deadline: 4 October 2012 Full call details

Future Research Leader grants will provide up to three years’ funding with an overall limit of £312,500 (100 per cent fEC) per grant (cost to ESRC of £250,000 at 80 per cent fEC).

Applicants must have a maximum of four years’ academic research experience following the completion of their PhD, or be of equivalent professional standing. The four-year period is measured from the submission date of the PhD thesis. Career breaks will be excluded from the four-year period. Therefore, applicants who have not undertaken a career break must be within four years of the original submission date of their PHD by the closing date for applications of 4 October 2012.

ESRC expects to receive a limited number of applications from each eligible institution and are asking us to only submit bids from “outstanding” individuals – they are defining this as people who “have the potential in REF terms to become the 4* researchers of the future”. There is also the expectation that grant holders will move into a permanent academic position at the end of the project.

Internal completion: Please send a short proposal (max 2 sides A4) plus 2 page CV to your faculty Research Director by 31/08/2012. Proposals will be ranked and sent to the Pro-VC for Research who will make the final decision on which candidates to support. Applicants will be notified by Monday 10 September 2012. Please contact Andrew Wilkinson in RSO if you have any queries.

Spine closed for paving works

From Monday 30 July the Spine will be closed off from the Cell-it shop to LEC to enable paving works. Work is expected to last for up to 3 weeks as part of the larger Furness refurbishment project. Alternative access will be provided via Edward Roberts Court.

Pre-School Centre

Work is underway to create additional outdoor space for children at the front of the Pre-School Centre. The work is expected to be completed by the end of August. Safe access to the main entrance will be maintained throughout construction. For further information please contact Ian Sturzaker, Landscape Manager, on 593004.

Parking on Fylde and George Fox Avenues – Friday 10 August

Please note that there will be a significant number of car parking spaces reserved for disability permit holders to use on George Fox and Fylde Avenue on Friday 10 August. This is to allow ease of access to the seminar on Parkinson’s Disease which will be held in the Whewell Bulding on this day.

Energy saving software

It’s not too late to sign up for Current, an LU research project which aims to reduce the amount of energy that is consumed by computers on campus. It takes just one minute to sign up and you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five standby savers for your home worth £20.

Beccy Whittle (LEC) and Paul Alcock (InfoLab21) would like staff and PhD students with PCs running Windows to sign up for software which does two things:

  • Monitors when your PC is on, off or idle to get a better picture of IT energy consumption across campus
  • Provides tools to help you manage energy more effectively on your PC.
  • The software can also be used if you regularly work away from Lancaster.

    To read more about the project, visit the website and then sign up 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.

    SharePoint upgrade

    ISS will be undertaking essential work on the SharePoint service this weekend. On-campus services (SharePoint Intranet sites) will be briefly unavailable on Saturday 28th; the Postgraduate Portal, LUNews, the FOI and the Governance web sites will be briefly unavailable on Sunday 29th.

    Continuing traffic disruption in Lancaster and rerouted X1 bus service

    As previously reported, a section of gas pipeline between the junctions of Damside Street and Water Street is being replaced. Work started on 22 July and will last approximately six weeks. The X1 bus service will not be able to serve Lune Road and St. George’s Quay during these works so it will return to the one-way system via Meeting House Lane from the Railway Station. Further information is available here. The telephone number for enquiries is 0845 6044527.

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

    Since the reopening of the underpass, 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.

    Bike parts sale

    Local charity Furniture Matters are hosting a sale of bike parts on Saturday 4 August from 10am to 4pm at the Old Grand Garage, Thornton Road, Morecambe next to the Spar shop, LA4 5PB. Come and grab a bargain in brakes, gears, wheels, pedals and accessories. This is a special one-off event. Cash sales only.

    Training and courses

    Staff IT Training

    Upcoming free IT training sessions taking place over the summer vacation; run by ISS in the Library Training suites. If you would like to attend any IT Training sessions please book online.

    For up to date information please see ISS Staff IT Training.

    Organisation and Educational Development

    CAP- Certificate in Academic Practice - The Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP) is an in-service programme designed to support and accredit the academic development of a range of staff who teach and support student learning at Lancaster. More detailed information in response to questions frequently asked about the CAP programme is available here. If you are interested in applying for a place on CAP for 2012-13 please complete this application form. Please email an electronic copy to and the copy signed by both yourself and your HoD via internal post to: The Development Programmes Co-ordinator, Organisation and Educational Development (OED), HR Building, Lancaster University, LA1 4YN.

    SLP – Supporting Learning Programme - This course is for associate teachers, in particular postgraduates and researchers who teach. Further information here. If you are interested in applying for a place or have any queries please email the OED team.

    Writing meaningful minutes – 10 August, 1.30pm - 4.30pm - This course is for people who are new to the minute taking role or are wanting to improve their skills. The course looks at the purposes of minute taking as well as the roles of chairs and secretaries. It will also help you with drawing up agendas and help you take notes that capture essential points. Further information here. If you are interested in applying for a place or have any queries please email the OED team.


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

    International students visit Lancaster

    LUSU involve will be running an international-themed story and craft afternoon for local children under 12 on 2 August in Lancaster City Library and Heysham Library. The event is part of a visit by more than eighty international students for three weeks as part of the University’s Overseas Programmes. Students have come from five of Lancaster’s partner institutions; GD Goenka World Institute in India, Sunway University in Malaysia, An-Najah University in Palestine, COMSATS in Pakistan and GuangDong University of Foreign Studies in China. The free event is open to the public and runs from 1pm to 4pm.

    Ageing: Moving beyond boundaries

    Reduced rates are being offered for LU academic staff and students at the international conference “ Ageing:Moving Beyond Boundaries” organised by the Centre for Ageing Research (C4R). The event is on campus from 5 to 7 September and brings together those studying ageing from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, with themes including: active ageing; mental wellbeing in older people; ageing in residential settings; dementia and brain ageing; and age-related diseases. Several distinguished speakers are giving keynote presentations. Details of the programme and how to register are available via the conference web-site.


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