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| 5 October 2012 | Issue 582

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


New Head of Chemistry

Lancaster’s newest department has appointed its first head. Professor Peter Fielden from Manchester University will take up the role this year as the University prepares to open its doors to chemistry students again in October 2013. Full story.

Wind Turbine

Lancaster University’s wind turbine will be arriving from the start of next week. The turbine will be operational before the end of the year.

Degree ceremonies

Congregations for the conferment of Higher and Honorary Degrees will take place on Wednesday 12 December 2012. The full timetable is available on the website. . Students will shortly be contacted by the Ceremonies Office inviting them to register to attend their graduation ceremony.

The University will be awarding two Honorary Degrees to Professor Stewart Myers, Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Financial Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor Sir Brian Follett FRS. For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office on 01524 592190.

Physics graduate wins Student of the Year award

Lancaster graduate Nick Kay has won the Best Physics Student of the Year SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Award.

His innovative project on the revolutionary new material graphene impressed the judges at The Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Student of the Year Awards, which recognise the achievements of some of the brightest undergraduates in Europe. Nick is the second MPhys project student from Dr Oleg Kolosov’s group nominated for such an award, with only three students from all UK Physics departments shortlisted annually. Full story.

Two campus buildings honoured in design awards

The Lancaster District Design Awards for good design in the built environment, were presented by Sir Christopher Frayling on Wednesday 3 October in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) building. Twenty seven projects across the district were recognised including two recent campus buildings - the Charles Carter building, and LICA. An exhibition of photographs of all the successful schemes is on display in the LICA Building foyer until the afternoon of Monday 8 October.

Student volunteers learn how China feeds its people

Students from Lancaster University have just returned from China where they have been learning first-hand about UK and Chinese efforts to address the issue of chronic food insecurity. Lancaster University’s award winning student volunteer and enterprise wing LUSU Involve took 15 students to China to learn first-hand about international work to increase the availability of safe and nutritious food in a time of population growth and climate change. Full story.


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

Sam Gilmour

We regret to report the death of Sam Gilmour, a former employee of Lancaster University. Sam worked as an IT Engineer and left the University in July this year. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.


The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington is to attend the graduation ceremony at Sunway University in Malaysia on October 12. The new graduates are invited to a High Tea at the Sunway Hotel on October 13, where they will be joined by Sir Christian and alumni guests. Sunway University celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is marking the event with the Sunway Education Expo 2012 on October 6 and 7.

Honorary Graduate Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw celebrated her 100th birthday on October 1. An outstanding mathematician and keen astronomer, she donated her telescope to Lancaster University, where the Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Observatory is on the roof of the Physics Department. A former Lord Mayor of Manchester, Dame Kathleen is a Life Member of the Court of Lancaster University; a former member of Council (1975-1991); former Deputy Pro-Chancellor (1978-1991) and Honorary Research Fellow (1975-1977). She was awarded an honorary DSc by Lancaster University in 1992.

Dr Claire Fitzpatrick (Applied Social Science) was invited to the University of Edinburgh this week to speak to an audience of policy-makers and practitioners about her work on children in the care and criminal justice systems.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) gave the Green Templeton College, Oxford Foundation Dinner Lecture on The Happiness Agenda, in the presence of Sir David Watson, Principal of the College, Andrew Hamilton, VC of Oxford University, senior Oxford academics, benefactors of the College and other distinguished guests from London.

Film Studies graduate Daniel Dewsbury is associate producer on the three-part documentary series, Welcome to India, currently being screened on BBC2. Daniel has won two 'student documentary of the year' awards, has worked for MTV Europe, and was camera operator on the 2007 documentary feature film, In the Hands of the Gods.

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:

  • A strong interest in people
  • The ability to listen to College members
  • The ability to represent your College’s views, and conversely to explain University policy to College members
  • a willingness to participate in University policy-making
  • a creative approach to trouble shooting
  • Appointments are normally for a period of 3 years, and a quarter of your time would be ‘brought out’ from your department, subject to discussion with your Head of Department. Further particulars, including a statement of duties and responsibilities, can be obtained from Hilary Simmons. For an informal discussion about what is involved, you are welcome to get in touch with Amanda Chetwynd (extension 92088). Applications or nominations should reach Hilary Simmons in the College and Student Life by 28 October 2012.

Lancaster in the news

Staff gave four live interviews this week on BBC Radio Lancashire. Dr Jim Wild was interviewed about a report into girls studying physics while Dr Laura Kormos promoted the University’s physics lectures for the public in Lancaster city centre. Dr Mark Garnett was also interviewed twice this week on BBC Radio Lancashire, talking about personality in politics and the US Presidential debates.

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


Friends Programme funding available in December

See details and application form here. Please ensure that applications have been submitted for authorisation by 5pm Friday 16th November 2012. Deadline for all applications to be submitted to the Alumni & Development Office: 5pm Friday 23rd November 2012. Enquiries to Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904

Pensions Auto-Enrolment

The government has introduced a new law to make it easier for people to save for their retirement. It requires all employers to enrol members of their workforce into a qualifying workplace scheme. Many staff are already enrolled on a qualifying scheme - either USS or LGPS. The University will be required to auto-enrol all other ‘eligible workers’ (as defined by the act) into a qualifying scheme and make available to other employees the opportunity to opt-in. The University is currently reviewing the implications and planning for implementation. The University is required to implement this from the 1st April 2013. There is no immediate action you need to take. We will communicate with staff groups directly affected early in 2013. Further information is available here

Annual Fire Protection Inspection

From 15th 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. We usually schedule one week per building, though this may vary depending upon the size and complexity of the building. Technicians will need to come back, should any faults be found that they are not able to repair during the inspection. View the schedule. For further information please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333.

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

Student Portal and Moodle VLE

A new video has been produced demonstrating the use of the new Student Portal and Moodle virtual learning environment from a student viewpoint. Staff in academic departments are welcome to share this link with their students.

Free IT training sessions run by ISS starting next week, in the Library Training suites.

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages. All training sessions require booking please book online.


Businesses to get the inside track on making energy from waste

Businesses across the region are being invited to Energy Lancaster-a research centre that brings together energy expertise from across the University- to hear how research and training can improve our understanding of the use of waste for energy generation. On October 24, 12:30 to 4pm, in the Lancaster Environment Centre Training Rooms, businesses will hear about latest developments in the sector including Lancaster University’s own training and research in this field.For more information go to Events.

Sugarhouse to host Lancaster Music Festival finale

The finale of the Lancaster Music Festival will this year be held at LUSU’s venue The Sugarhouse. The festival promises an eclectic mix of bands and soloists bridging a spectrum of genres and the finale will be headlined by the winners Live and Unsigned 2012: Coco and the Butterfields supported by Freerunner, Kaitain, Hannah Nicole Gorge and Katie O’Malley. The event is on Sunday 14th October at 7.30pm, and is open to over 16’s; tickets cost £5 or £4 for concessions and are available at the LUSU shop or from

Postgraduate study overseas

Lancaster University is holding a conference on postgraduate study overseas at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi on October 8. The keynote address will be given by Major General Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, Director-General of Human Resources at the Dubai Police, and there will be several government ministers and other high-ranking officials from the United Arab Emirates taking part. The conference was organised by Neil Kibble (Law) with the assistance of Mansoor Al Balooshi (Law PhD student). The speakers from Lancaster include Professor Sigrun Skogly (Law), Professor Robert Geyer (PPR) and Professor Geraint Johnes (LUMS).

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


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