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| 19 October 2012 | Issue 584

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


Security Lancaster

A new centre dedicated to security and protection science called Security Lancaster has been opened by the former Minister for State Security and Counter Terrorism The Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG. Over the last decade Lancaster University has made significant contributions in security research, from tackling online crime to the impact of domestic violence and abuse in vulnerable groups and helping eye witnesses in interview settings. Our multi-disciplinary approach to the research area of cyber security has led to the award of an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the EPSRC and GCHQ, one of only eight such centres in the UK. Full story.

Lancaster student wins The MBA Student of the Year Award

Husameldin Elnasri from Lancaster University Management School has won the MBA Student of the Year award, announced by The Association of MBAs (AMBA) at their Gala Dinner in London. The first Sudanese student to join the Lancaster University MBA, he has also added to the MBA programme by teaching part of the course on Global Society and Responsible Management, discussing the difficulties of doing business in a conflict zone. Full Story.

Lancaster University’s Wind Turbine arrives on site

Following months of preparation, Lancaster University’s wind turbine has arrived and work is now underway to erect the 100 metre turbine on its Hazelrigg site to the east of the M6. Full story.

Chancellor attends Sunway University graduation

The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington has attended the graduation ceremony at Sunway University in Malaysia. The ceremony was also attended by the Chancellor of Sunway Y.Bhg Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah and Lancaster’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Steve Bradley. This graduation comes in the 25th anniversary year of Sunway University, which marked the event with the Sunway Education Expo 2012. Full story.

Coffeemat Challenge

The Lancaster University business ideas competition, the Coffeemat Challenge, is launching on Friday the 19th October. By entering a short (140 characters or less) idea you could win an iPad, XBox 360, Kindle or Laptop. The competition is in its third year and is open to students, staff and alumni. 2011 saw over 500 entries and 50,000 votes on the website. The aim of the competition is to encourage people to be creative and innovative in spotting opportunities all around them. Support will then be available to research and develop the ideas with access to proof of concept and social entrepreneurship funding to make the ideas a reality. Enter today here.


Nicola Owen has been appointed to the role of Chief Administrative Officer from January 2013. Nicola is currently Deputy Registrar of the University of Warwick whose current responsibilities include constitutional governance, integrating strategy, planning, process and policy development and strategic partnerships. As Deputy Registrar Nicola was also the administrative lead, for campus affairs and student services, on Warwick’s strategic goal for the student experience. Full story.

Professor Stuart Kirby (Applied Social Science) will attend the international Problem Oriented Policing Conference being held on 21 - 24 October in Providence, Rhode Island. The annual conference comprises practitioners and police academics from all over the world. The conference culminates with the Goldstein award for the best crime reduction initiative, with Professor Kirby as the only UK judge. He has also co-authored, with US academic Michael Scott, a good practice guide for the US Department of Justice called 'Implementing POP: Leading, Structuring, and Managing a Problem-Oriented Police Agency'.

The film director Danny Boyle is quoted in the Manchester Evening News saying that Professor Paul Farley’s (English and Creative Writing) poem ‘The Queen’ from his latest book ‘The Dark Film’ inspired the famous James Bond sequence of the Olympic opening ceremony.

Professor Claudio Paoloni (Engineering) was invited to give a lecture on “Vacuum tube amplifier in terahertz frequency range" at Vestfold University College in Tønsberg, Norway, 12 October.

Lancaster in the news

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Temporary closure of Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) entrance from the spine

The entrance into LEC from the spine will be temporarily closed for the day on Wednesday 24 October to enable the contractor to complete the limestone paving directly outside the LEC entrance onto the spine. The entrance will still be useable in the event of an emergency. Students with lectures in the Biology Lecture Theatre will only be able to enter and leave using the entrance to the side of the lecture theatre, on the throughway to Library Avenue and not via the LEC entrance foyer. All other entrance doors to the LEC building will be open as normal. Facilities appreciate your co-operation while this work is completed. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities Helpdesk 01524 593333 or email.

New grant schemes

The University Research Committee is pleased to announce two new small grant schemes which are open for applications. Further details on the calls are available on the Research Support Office website.

Lancaster pathways to Impact Awards – 2012/13 Closing date: 30 November 2012

Applications are invited to the Lancaster Pathways to Impact Awards for a grant up to a maximum of £5,000 in support of knowledge exchange and/or impact relevant activities which capitalise on the knowledge generated from research grants at Lancaster. Any member of research active staff may apply to the scheme.

Public engagement with research small grant scheme – 2012/13. Closing date: Friday 7 December 2012

Applications are invited to the Public Engagement with Research small grant scheme for a grant up to a maximum of £2,000 in support of innovative approaches to engagement with the public, government and business. Any member of research active staff and/or research students at the University may apply to the scheme.

Friends Programme funding available in December

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

Student Portal availability

The new Student Portal is available to staff as well as students and is intended to provide an easy route for staff to access their learning spaces (in both Moodle and Sakai) as well as their teaching timetable. Staff who previously used MyModules (LUVLE) to email groups of students or to generate student list/photo reports can now do this via the Student Portal – please see the Lancaster Answers solutions How to: Email students enrolled on a course module or event through the Student Portal and How to: Run reports using the Student Portal.

The Lounge Restaurant – County South

The Lounge Restaurant in County South has a new menu, prepared by the University’s new Executive Chef Julian Ankers, you can view the menu here. The Lounge also serves Atkinson’s Coffee, tea, cold drinks and light refreshments Monday – Friday from 9.30-4pm.

Improvements have also being made to the access and layout of the restaurant and new furniture will be arriving in the next few weeks. You can now enter The Lounge through the signed door from the corner of County Quad. The Private Dining Rooms (PDR) in County South are now being used for bookable functions which can be catered. It can take numbers of 32 and can be booked by calling 93260.

LUSU’s Annual Report and Accounts

The annual report and accounts for LUSU are now available to download here. LUSU welcome comments or feedback on the report to the President, Ste Smith.

Training and courses

Staff IT training

Next week’s free IT training sessions run by ISS, in the Library Training suites are listed here. All training sessions require booking, unless otherwise stated, please book online.

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

Etienne Wenger Teaching and Learning Forum

To view a recording of this forum by Professor Etienne Wenger please click here. Please note that at the request of the presenters the materials and recording of this session will only be available to those with a Lancaster University login.

Organisation and Educational Development


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Bars and restaurants on campus

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Regeneration Week 2012

In conjunction with LUSU’s Regeneration Week, the Sports Centre is hosting a number of free workshops relating to Mental Health and Wellbeing for all staff and students.

*Booking at reception required. For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Sports Centre reception on 10600.

Climbing Wall Line closures

On Thursday 25 October, lines 13-5 of the Climbing Wall will be closed off for route setting from 7am – 5pm. All other lines will remain open throughout the day.

The bouldering cave will be closed on Saturday 27th October from 12pm, and closed all day on Sunday 28th October for route setting. The bouldering cave will also be closed for University team trials Monday 29 October from 7pm - 10pm.

Confucius Institute Open Day at Lancaster Library

The Institute will hold an Open Day at Lancaster Library on Saturday 27 October from 11-2pm. Events will include calligraphy, Chinese music, food and Tai Chi as well as learning Chinese. You can also join the Institute’s forthcoming language classes or buy tickets for a mini film festival in November. For further information see the website, or email, telephone 510738.

Library talks

The Library is continuing its programme of talks for staff and postgraduate students. The next talk is on Wednesday 24 October at 4pm and covers Library support for your teaching, including key texts and resource lists. For more information, and to book, see the Library website.

Capitalism is in crisis - so where are the sociologists? A public debate with Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian

Date: 23 October Time: 4.15 - 6.00pm, Tea and biscuits from 3 30pm onwards in the FASS Building foyer. Please come for tea and to meet Aditya Chakrabortty beforehand. Venue: FASS meeting room 2 & 3.


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