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| 28 September 2012 | Issue 581

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


Satisfaction rate rises at Lancaster University

Students at Lancaster University are more satisfied than ever before according to the annual National Student Survey 2012. Satisfaction rates among undergraduates rose from 88 per cent last year to joint 91 per cent. Law scored highly with 98 per cent of the department's students “definitely” or “mostly” satisfied with their course. Full story.

University Challenge

Lancaster appears on University Challenge on Monday 1 October, competing against Pembroke College Cambridge in the first round. This is Lancaster’s first appearance in the televised rounds for seven years. This will be broadcast at 8pm on BBC Two.

Inaugural physics lectures open to all

The public is being invited to a series of free science lectures in Lancaster city centre given by physicists. "Making Waves" is a series of six lectures which showcase the research that takes place in the UK's top-rated Physics Department. The lectures at the Storey Institute in Lancaster run from October 9 to November 13 at 7pm. Tickets are free but registration is required here or call 01524 592067. Full story.

Furness Building – Delay to opening

A number of life safety systems in Furness have failed to meet the standard acceptable by the University. Because of this, and together with other outstanding works, Facilities have not accepted the handover of the Furness building from the contractors and are not in a position to open any part of the building for this coming weekend. We understand the inconvenience and disappointment that this causes but the safety of students and staff is our priority. Contingency plans are in place and Facilities are working with staff and students to help support the alternative arrangements. We aim to have the building open no later than Friday 12th October.

League tables

Lancaster has risen two places to 16th in the Sunday Times University guide 2013 due to be published this Sunday, 30 September. Lancaster is top in the Northwest for the second year running.

Graham Beck

The University regrets to announce the death of Graham Beck on 19 September 2012. Graham was a former Grizedale College Licensee who worked at the University from the early 80's until 2002. His funeral was held on 27 September at the Lancaster Crematorium. Graham is survived by his wife Liz.


Professor David Sugarman (Law) is acknowledged by Jack Straw in Last Man Standing: Memoirs of a Political Survivor (London: Macmillan) published today. Straw also refers to several of Professor Sugarman’s publications on the Pinochet case. The book is currently being serialised in the Daily Mail.

The International publishing house Springer has awarded a prize for outstanding PhD research to Marcin Mucha-Kruczynski, and published his thesis ‘Theory of Bilayer Graphene Spectroscopy’ as a book. Dr Mucha-Kruczynski, whose research project was co-supervised by Dr Edward McCann and Professor Vladimir Falko (Physics) is now a Research Associate in the Physics Department.

Professor Claudio Paoloni (Engineering) was invited to give a public lecture at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESCT) in Chengdu, China, 17 September, on “1 THz vacuum tube amplifier: from design to realisation”, and was invited to give a lecture at the National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Vacuum Electronics, Beijing, China, 21 September, on “1 THz cascade backward wave vacuum tube amplifier”.

Dr John Welshman (History) gave a talk at the Trevor Roper Society, Charterhouse, on Thursday 27 September on the subject of 'Underclass: The History of an Idea, 1880-2012'.

New College Principal needed

Would you be interested in a part-time role as a College Principal, with your department receiving a buy-out for the loss of your time? We are seeking a new Principal for Cartmel College from 1 January 2013. The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features. As a Principal, you would play a role in leading the College team and shaping the life of your College for both staff and students. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers. You would need:

Lancaster in the news

Professor Corinne May-Chahal was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s flagship PM about the Rochdale sex abuse cases and Alumna Saoirse Crean writes in The Independent about studying a Fine Art degree.

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


PC service plans from The Workshop

New for 2012 - service plans for personal computers or laptops are available from The Workshop, for staff and students. For a yearly fee of £70, you can visit The Workshop with your device to receive help and support, paying only for any parts required to get you back up and running. Included in the Service Plan is an annual full computer health check (normally £30). For more information, see the Service Plan webpage. The Workshop is a not-for-profit service offering sales and support. Prices are competitive and there’s a wide range of services for mobile phones, personal laptops, and desktop or tablet PCs. Visit The Workshop, located in County Main or see The Workshop website.

Bicycle maintenance courses

Autumn 2012 courses - Bookings now being taken. You can check all course details and how to book here.

Annual fire protection inspection

From 15 October the Maintenance team will be assessing all fire doors in buildings across campus as part of the Annual Fire Protection Inspection. Part of this inspection will involve two members of the Lancaster University Maintenance team checking many of the parts of every fire door in the buildings, and usually takes less than five minutes per door. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. To view the schedule please visit this page. For further information please contact the Facilities helpdesk on 01524 593333.

Parking enforcement

There are important changes to parking enforcement arrangements on campus from October 2012 – click here for more information.

Training and courses

Study Mandarin Chinese with Lancaster University Confucius Institute

Classes start week beginning 8 October. For further information on Beginners’ Levels 1, 2 and 3 please see here. Ten week courses cost £30 for students, £40 for staff and £45 for others. Please register and pay at the online store here. If you are interested in other levels please email.

Staff IT training

Upcoming free IT training sessions run by ISS, in the Library Training suites. All training sessions require booking, unless otherwise stated, please book online.

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.

Organisation and Educational Development

Managing the Equality and Diversity Agenda – 10/10/12 If you are a leader, manager, supervisor, promotion panel participant, teaching and research committee member, Dean or Principal Investigator then this programme will clarify equality and diversity issues. For more information please email OED.

Improving and Introductory English for Staff- 08/10/12. Do you or your partner have some knowledge of English but lack confidence? Would you like to improve pronunciation, build up your grammar and expand your vocabulary? If so then why not join either the introductory session, which will give you an opportunity to practice your English or Improving English, where you can improve your language skills through up-to-date texts, grammar analysis and discussion of contemporary issues. Both courses run on a Monday morning Introductory from 9.15- 10.45 and Improving from 11.00 - 12.30 To find out more information please email the OED team. direct.

Survival Skills – 19/10/12. This one day course is ideal if you are an associate teacher or a postgraduate/ researcher that teaches. It covers an introduction into teaching in HE, as well as teaching in small groups or demonstrating in labs, assessment issues and effective communication. For more information or to book a place please email OED.


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