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| 26 October 2012 | Issue 585

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


Academic Processions at Higher Degree Ceremonies

All colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Higher Degree Ceremonies which take place on Wednesday 12 December 2012. A full platform greatly adds to the sense of occasion for the graduands and their families so your participation will be greatly appreciated. A timetable and further information is available here. To join an Academic Procession, please register online. by Friday 23 November to ensure that the correct robes can be provided for you. We look forward to seeing you at graduation. Many thanks in advance for your support. Enquiries or 01524 592190.

Cyber Security students gain insight from global security business leader

Students at Lancaster University have been given an insight into hot security topics by a guest lecturer from the world of cyber security thanks to Security Lancaster. Full story.

Study shows old adage ‘sleep on it’ is true – but only if it’s a really difficult problem

A new study authored by Ut Na Sio, Padraic Monaghan and Tom Ormerod all from the Centre for Research in Human Development and Learning in the Department of Psychology, has found that sleeping on a problem really can help people to find a solution. The study, published online this month in the journal Memory & Cognition, tested whether sleep or time spent awake worked best in helping people find the solutions to a range of problem solving tasks. Full story.

Staff Awards 2013 – Celebrating excellence and innovation

Nominations are invited for the 2013 Staff Awards. There are two award categories: the Pilkington Teaching Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award. Any staff or student can nominate an individual or team by completing a nomination form. Please inform your nominee(s) that you wish to nominate them, as their consent is required. Each Staff Award is worth £1,000 net of tax and NIC. Nomination forms and full guidance can be found on the HR website here. The closing date for nominations is 18 January 2013.Nominations should be sent to Nick Thoume in Human Resources.

Chinese delegation visits Lancaster to develop joint International Research and Innovation Centre

International Research and Innovation Centre Scientists and business leaders from China visited the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) last week to develop plans for the International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment (IRICE) - a joint initiative between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Lancaster University . Their visit builds on the IRICE launch in Guangzhou earlier this year. Full story.

Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture

An enthusiastic audience attended the Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture to hear Sir Martin Sorrell – one of the leading figures in the global advertising and marketing services industry. Full story.

Westminster Faith interviews

Personal reflections on faith and its place in science, politics, and popular culture

Professor Linda Woodhead and the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department, are organising a series of interviews on “Faith in Public Life”, as a follow-up to the successful “Westminster Faith Debates” which took place in the spring.
(video and audio of the Debates available here)

All interviews 5.30pm – 7.00pm followed by drinks. Registration from 5.00pm. To register for a free place, please contact Peta Ainsworth, or telephone 510826. For details google ‘Religion and Society Faith Interviews’

Campus Tour with Departmental Drop-in

On Wednesday 31 October we will be welcoming over 1,100 prospective undergraduates, their parents and guardians on to campus. Visitors will get the opportunity to attend a talk in the Great Hall, take a tour with our current students and spend an hour with a department of their choice finding out about their courses. All students attending are considering applying to us for 2013 entry and for many this will be their first visit to Lancaster. The UK Student Recruitment & Outreach Office is coordinating the event along with departments and a car parking plan is in place. Due to the large volume of visitors, campus will be exceptionally busy and if possible we encourage staff to car share or use public transport.

If you require any further information please contact Kathryn Lambert in the UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Office (x93724).


A book called ‘The Dark Film’ by Professor of Poetry Paul Farley (English and Creative Writing) has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 2012. Judges Carol Ann Duffy (Chair), Michael Longley and David Morley have chosen the shortlist of ten from the record number of 131 books submitted by publishers. Described as ‘the prize most poets want to win’ by Sir Andrew Motion, a previous Poet Laureate, it is awarded to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland each year. The winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 14 January 2013. Full story.

Dr Karen Broadhurst (Applied Social Science) has recently completed a number of plenary lectures and seminars reporting findings from research on the social work/family court interface in the context of the Family Justice Review. Plenary speeches have included appearances with Lord Justice McFarlane (Appeal Court) Mr Justice Ryder (leading the court modernisation programme in family justice) Dr Julie Brophy (Oxford University) and Martha Cover (Barrister, Head of Coram Chambers) at the NAGALRO annual conference. She has also given plenary speeches at the Leicestershire and Rutland Family Justice Committee, the Child and Family Court Advisory Service Conference in London and Office of the Chief Executive of Cafcass Cymru.

Professor Sheila Payne (International Observatory on End of Life Care) visited Qingdao, China from 11-14th October to follow up developments in palliative care which she originally initiated with Professor Yu in Wuhan in 2009. There was discussion about potential education links based on the framework of professional education developed by the European Association for Palliative Care. While she was there, Professor Payne also delivered the opening plenary talk at the 8th Chinese Cancer Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Conference.

On Thursday 25 October The Graduate School for Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) will be welcoming John Urry, Distinguished Professor at the Department of Sociology who will be giving the inaugural lecture of 2012-13 at the School. Professor Urry’s lecture on ‘Sociology and Alternative Futures’ will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Graduate School. Professor Urry has a long standing connection both with IFiS PAN, and with the School’s teaching programme leading to award of Lancaster’s MA degree.

Dr Ellie Hamilton, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Helen Fogg, Knowledge Exchange Project Manager and Ian Gordon, Senior Teaching Fellow from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED) are representing LUMS at the Berkeley Innovation Forum this week in California - a two day conference attended by some of the top businesses including HP, Cisco, Dupont, Coca Cola, Johnson and Johnson and Kraft.

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak, LAEL has been invited to hold the annual Jakob Grimm Lecture at the University of Waterloo, Canada, on 23 October 2012. From 24 October to 2 November, 2012, Ruth has been invited as distinguished visitor to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Carleton University, Ottawa. There, she will be giving a departmental lecture, a public lecture and also a master class for PhD students. See here for more details.

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

Welcome to four new members of academic staff in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The department is joined by Professor of Algebra, Andrey Lazarev; and by two new lecturers in algebra, Mark MacDonald and Bernd Schulze. Pete Neal joins as Reader in Statistics.

Departments in LUMS will be entering their best cake into the Lancaster Bake Off that will take place on 22 November in LUMS HUB café for Children in Need. 10.30am judging . 11am – 12pm sell off. All are welcome to bring extra cakes which won’t be judged but will be sold for Children in Need

Geraldine Caldwell from Student Wellbeing is fund raising in support of Caroline Sutcliffe who works in the English Department to raise the funds to send her 15 year old twin daughters for life changing surgery to St. Louis, in America to help them walk. She is walking Hadrian’s Wall, which is an 84 miles, 7 staged walk, Coast to Coast, from ‘Wallsend (Newcastle) to Bowness-on-Solway’. To sponsor her, you can now donate via the following justgiving WebPage. If you tick the gift aid box this increases your donation.

Lancaster in the news

Dr Stephen Pumfrey (History) contributed to BBC Four’s programme Seven Ages of Starlight, broadcast last night. Dr Shuruq Naguib (PPR) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about Islamic views on the education of women.

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


China and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

On 7 November from 9.30am - 12.30pm, Lancaster University is hosting a free event for businesses in the region who want to find out more about doing business in China and specifically about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

A number of local businesses have already signed up to the event where they will be given practical advice, encouragement and the chance to network. Find more information at: or to register please contact Chelsey Quayle on 01524 510730 or

The LUSU Awards 2012

University staff are invited to nominate LUSU staff, volunteers and officers in this year’s LUSU Awards. If you know someone who has made a difference this year through their work with the Students’ Union, please take a few minutes to nominate them for an award. Entries close on 9th November.

Key Information Sets

The newly develop UG course template is now live on the institutional course search . This template has been developed to include additional course information to support data submitted to HEFCE. The template also includes the Unistats widget which is mandatory for all Higher Education Institutions in England. Thanks go to all who have worked so hard to develop this capability in Academic Departments and Central Services. More.

Travel Road Show

The University’s Travel Team would like to invite you to a Travel Road Show on Thursday 8 November, 10am - 2pm, in the George Fox foyer. Come along for an informal chat and meet the teams from Lancaster House Hotel, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Conferences and Events Office (visitor rooms) and Co-operative Travel Management. All attendees will be entered into a prize draw on the day

Marketing and company databases

Do you need to find reliable sources of marketing and business information? The Library is running a one-hour course on marketing and company databases next Wednesday, 31st October. More information, and how to book, on the Library website.

Cisco IP telephones upgrade

As part of the upgrading of campus telephony services, all Cisco IP telephones will reboot on either Thursday 1st or Thursday 8th November between 6pm – 8pm in order to obtain a software upgrade. The reboot will take around 5-10 minutes to complete, and will only occur when the phone is not in use. 'In-progress' calls will not be affected. Once your phone has rebooted and started to download the software upgrade (during which time the display will go blank, the lights will flash and the display will show the Cisco logo), you will not be able to make or receive calls. This will remain the situation until the upgrade process is complete. Please do not unplug your phone during the upgrade process. More information is available for the ISS News page.

Site Cabin Removals - Furness

The lower portion of Tower Ave (from the security barrier down to the Furness building) will be closed from 8.00 am until 5.00pm on Saturday 27 October to enable site cabins to be crane lifted from the rear service yard. There will be no access along the Tower Ave road/pavement for the duration of the day. Any deliveries for the shops/cafes in the area will have to be made to Fylde Avenue and then delivered to the shop fronts (via the Spine entrance). There will be no access to the rear door of the laundrette, Bailrigg FM or the Cinema office. For more information regarding this work please contact the Project Manager, Anna Cockman via the Facilities Helpdesk.

Portakabin removals – Perimeter road

The Portakabin which is located on the perimeter road (South East Drive), previously the Islamic Prayer room, is being dismantled and removed from site week starting on Monday 29 October. Car parking spaces on both sides of the road will be coned off to allow loading onto a lorry using a crane. Access along the road will remain open, although there maybe the occasional delay. If you have any problems regarding any of this work please contact the Project manager John Lee via the Facilities Helpdesk.

Pathway Lighting

Work to install cabling for new lighting to the pathways leading to the Sports Centre began on Monday 15th October. The pathway from the Chaplaincy Centre is expected to be completed by Friday night, and the pathway from Alexandra Park by 9th November weather permitting. For further information please contact Simon Corless on 94296. For up to date information on all projects underway across campus please visit:

Facilities Helpdesk - Online Fault Reporting

All Lancaster University staff members are able to report building maintenance, cleaning, grounds and telephone faults at Facilities Helpdesk. During normal office hours, the main reception desk at University House operates as the Facilities Helpdesk. If you have a fault that needs repairing this can be reported through the Facilities helpdesk online or call 93333.

Additional Bus Services

Stagecoach has now added two extra bus services during peak times in the morning. An additional 12 bus service will run from Heysham Towers to the University and another between the city centre and campus, to provide extra capacity and meet passenger demands. For further information on bus travel and timetables, click here.

Bouldering League

From Monday 29 October the Sports Centre will be running a Bouldering League. This is open to all registered climbers and will run from Monday 29 October until March 2013. Each month 25 new problems will be set for you to develop your climbing skills and earn points and prizes along the way. If you would like to take part, you can buy a score card from the Sports Centre reception for £2. For more information, please contact the Sports Centre reception on 10600 or email.

Free Bike Security Coding for staff and students

Have your bike registered with Lancaster University and the police. Your bike will be marked with a unique code so if it is lost or stolen the police can identify its owner and return it if it is found. Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October, 10am – 4pm, George Fox foyer.

Food and Drink

The Lounge Restaurant at County South has just launched its new Christmas menu. Click here to view the menu and book a table. For the latest news regarding food and drink on campus click here. If you would like to make a booking or enquiry please email or call 93260.

Training and courses

Staff IT training

Next week’s free IT training sessions run by ISS, in the Library Training suites (unless otherwise stated) 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.

Organisation and Educational Development

For more information on all training courses please visit the website.


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

Iredell Lecture 2012 Britain, Empires, and the Re-Writing of Written Constitutions

Professor Linda Colley (Princeton University) will be hosted by the Department of History and the Law School. She will deliver her lecture on 30 October at 6.00pm. Refreshments from 5.00pm. The venue is FASS Meeting Room 2/3 and the lecture is free and open to all. Please register with Ghislaine O'Neill.


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