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| 2 November 2012 | Issue 586

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


Light Up Lancaster

A new free event for all the family will take place in outdoor spaces across the city centre starting in Dalton Square on 2 November at 7.30pm. Take an autumn evening stroll through the city and be surprised and delighted by music, film, dance and art, lighting up Lancaster’s beautiful buildings and squares. Discover a corner of the city you’ve never noticed before, hear the rhythms and sounds at the beating heart of the city, stumble upon a story from Lancaster’s past, or simply see the city in a whole new light. Live at LICA and the rest of Lancaster’s Arts Partners join forces to bring you a free walkabout light and art event for one night only. Made possible with the support of Lancashire County Council. Collect your guide to the Light Up Lancaster events from Dalton Square, Lancaster, between 7.30pm and 8pm on the night, or in advance from The Dukes. Free – just turn up.

Cancer care in Asia

The Lancet Oncology is publishing three sets of guidelines for the management of kidney cancer, colon cancer, and palliative care for patients with cancer in Asia. The lead author of the guidelines for supportive, palliative and end-of-life care is Professor Sheila Payne from the International Observatory on End of Life Care . Full story.

Small businesses behind on cybersecurity says report

A survey of small business owners has revealed that almost half spend less than 5% of their budget on IT security, despite saying 98% of them saying it is a high priority. This is one of the findings from the Small Business Cyber Security Survey 2012 Report, run by Security Lancaster in partnership with the ICT KTN. Full story.

Lecturer shortlisted for Law Teacher of the Year Award 2013

Lecturer Bela Chatterjee is one of only six academics in the UK shortlisted for the Law Teacher of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Oxford University Press. This is a national award aimed at recognising the vital role that teachers play in the education of tomorrow's lawyers. Full story.

Professorial Pay Review 2012/13 – Cycle B

This year, professorial staff are invited to submit cases for promotion to band 2 and promotion to band 3. Furthermore, for this year, cases for movement within band 2 will also be considered. This is to reconcile the current and previous schedules employed for professorial pay. The necessary forms and guidance required for the submission of a case can be found on the HR website. The deadline for submission of your case to the Faculty Office and your head of department is Friday 14 December 2012.

University Challenge

Tune into University Challenge on BBC2 Monday 5 November at 8pm to see Lancaster University’s second appearance this series. Our Team will take on Lincoln College, Oxford, in a 'highest placed losers' play-off. Further details.


Felipe Otondo (LICA ) was awarded the first prize at the 2012 Computer Space competition with his composition 'Irama'. The piece was awarded the prize in the category 'Computer and electronic music' at the awards ceremony on Sunday 29 October in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Professor Deborah Mawer (LICA) has been invited, as the European guest speaker, by the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM) to present at the Université de Montréal, Canada, on 15-16 November. As part of the event Maurice Ravel et son temps: tradition, exotisme, modernité, she will deliver a lecture on Maurice Ravel and hold an extended seminar for doctoral students.

Dr John Welshman (History) talked about the process of writing his recent book Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012) in a recent podcast for Pod Academy. On Tuesday 30 October, he gave a paper to senior civil servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government, London, on the historical background to recent efforts to tackle troubled families.

A few colleagues in the Management school, ‘LUMS & Sons’, are taking up the cause for men’s health and taking part in the annual Movemeber campaign to raise awareness and funds for the research of testicular and prostate cancer. Their donation page is linked here. Please take a minute to donate whatever you can to this extremely important cause. For more information regarding Movember please see here.

Lancaster in the news

A study by Professor Malcolm Tight (Educational Research) about the proportion of academics with a doctorate, is featured in Times Higher Education. Lancaster comes top of the table. The opening of Security Lancaster was also mentioned.

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


Student Enterprise Awards 2012

As part of the Student Enterprise Awards 2012 we are looking for an award winning idea or solution to a social problem. Staff and students can enter here. The closing date is today, Friday 2 November. Support may be available to make things happen via the Unltd HE Social Enterprise Awards through RES. Contact

Disruption to Orange/T-mobile phone signal on campus this Sunday 4 November

The Orange mobile phone mast will be off from 7am - 6pm on Sunday 4 November. This means there will be no orange mobile phone signal and it may also affect T-Mobile signal. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333.

Course Approvals and Information Tool (CAIT)

The new course approvals and information tool (CAIT) came into service on Friday 26 October. This will replace the current online course approvals tool. Users will be redirected to use CAIT for all new and revised course proposals. The main changes hosted within CAIT include:

A number of routes to help CAIT users are available:

HE Academy National Teaching Fellowship Awards scheme

Each year Lancaster supports a small number of colleagues to submit applications for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS). Worth £10,000 to each winner, the NTFS aims to raise the profile of learning and teaching, recognise and celebrate individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes. There is an internal selection process – the means by which institutional nominees are identified. The deadline for submissions is 3 December 2012. For further details and any queries please see here.

Please advise the panel as soon as possible via Susan Armitage in Organisation and Educational Development if you are intending to submit an application.

Animals on campus

There have been a number of localised incidents and concerns raised in recent months about animals, particularly dogs, being brought onto campus and into University buildings. These have been taken seriously given the diverse nature of the University community and its responsibility for the welfare of all staff in the workplace . In the interest of fairness to everyone, dogs and any other domestic animal, are not permitted in University buildings or grounds. The only exception to this rule will be for working dogs and the guidance for this can be found here.

Royal Mail - PPI changes

On 23 June 2012 Royal Mail changed the design of their Printed Postage Impressions (PPI) that appear in the top right hand corner of business envelopes, to incorporate the words “Delivered by Royal Mail”. We have until 2 January 2013 to use up our old stock so if you have some, please use them by this date. Please ensure that mail is sent out in 2nd class PPI envelopes wherever possible, 1st class should only be used in exceptional circumstances. PPI envelopes should be used for Lancaster University business mail only, they should NOT be used for personal items.

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 9 November.

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. Deadline for all applications to be submitted to the Alumni and Development Office: 5pm Friday 23 November. Enquiries to Rachel Newbury in the Alumni and Development Office on ext 92904 / email

The Mill at Fylde College

The Mill at Fylde College has now re-opened serving an improved range of food. The full menu can be viewed here and is available Monday – Friday 11.00am-7.00pm. The Mill is also open from 8.30am on weekdays serving toast and teacakes as well as a wide selection of hot and cold drinks.

County diner opening times

County diner (located in County Bar and Common room) is open as usual from 8am - 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8am - 4pm on Fridays.

Cash machine removal

The cash machine at the old sports centre will be removed on 8 November. The nearest cash machine will be in Alexandra Square.

Visitor rooms

To reflect recent customer feedback, Visitor Rooms are now introducing a room only rate of £24.00 per night for all staff. For more information, or to make a booking, contact Benjamin Milby, Visitor Reservations Coordinator, on extension 92899.

Meeting room needed in Central London?

The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University and has conference and meeting facilities in the heart of Westminster, Central London (right next to St James’s Park tube station). Book events from 4-100 people in our fully air conditioned rooms. Lancaster University receive a 20% discount off room rates. Please contact Marie-Claire for further information: telephone 020 7976 3521 or email.

Project updates

For up to date information on all projects underway across campus visit here.

Bouldering League

The Bouldering League is now running at the Sports Centre and is open to all registered climbers. The league will run from now 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 purchase a score card from the Sports Centre reception for £2. For more information, please contact the Sports Centre reception on 10600 or email.

Shared Wheels

Shared Wheels is the free lift share scheme provided by for everyone who lives in and around Lancashire. To find out more about car sharing you can watch a promotional video here, or register at

Portakabin removal - Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 November

The Portakabin which is located on the perimeter road (South East Drive) near the ISS building is to be dismantled and removed from site. Car parking spaces on both sides of the road for the full length of the Portakabin will be out of action for the 3 days. Traffic flow in this area will not be affected and will access will be maintained in both directions.

Ground Works behind the old Sports Centre

From Monday 5 November contractors will be carrying out some exploratory works to the ground behind the old Sports Centre. This will involve drilling into the ground which may create some noise and vibrations at times. The work is expected to take a couple of days. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 93333

Bike to campus day

On Tuesday 6 November, bike or walk to campus and join the free breakfast event in the management school hub cafe between 8 - 9.30am. As part of the ‘bike to campus’ day organised by Green Lancaster, there will also be a bike sale in Alexandra Square between 11:00 and 14:00, and free safety checks and minor repairs with Dr Bike in the Square between 10am - 3pm. For more information, please see the website.

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

Please find below a list of upcoming staff development opportunities that may be of interest to you. For more opportunities please visit the OED Website or email us directly on

In addition to the development opportunities above, please note that Jude Carroll will be coming in on 7 November. To book a place on these sessions please email OED. For more information please click on the links below

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


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

Forthcoming Live at LICA events

The Lancashire Gardens Trust Lecture

A lecture led by Ed Bennis on ‘Sir Peter Shepherd’ will take place on campus in the Faraday building on 17 November at 1.45pm. Ed Bennis was Head of Landscape Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has also lectured and worked in Europe and America. Ed knew Peter Shepherd and is a great authority on his works. If you would like to attend the lecture click here for more information and to book a space.

‘How To…’a week of enterprise & employability events 12 – 18 November

‘How To…’ will be of interest to all staff involved in supporting the student experience, enterprise and employability. The week-long programme includes action workshops, interactive competitions, know-how and inspiration from experts, business leaders, and fellow students to give Lancaster students the edge in their life and career. Please promote to your students and staff and like us on Facebook. Booking and more detailed event information can be found here.

Food Security forum
Wednesday 7 November, 3.45pm-6.30pm, Executive Suite, Room A216, Management School

Is there a need to do something in Lancaster and Morecambe about local food security? To book a place email FASS Enterprise Officer Joe Buglass

Library event

The Library’s programme of weekly events continues with an opportunity to visit the Library’s Special Collections. Wednesday 7 November at 4pm. Booking is essential. More information on the Library website here.

Haffner Orchestra concert

The Lancaster Haffner Orchestra are performing on 17 November, 7.30pm in the Great Hall, Lancaster University. Pre-concert talk by Raphael Wallfisch at 6:30pm. Booking and pricing information here.

Confucius Institute 2012 Annual Lecture

On Friday 16 November at 2 - 3.15pm, the Confucius Institute 2012 Annual Lecture ‘Assessing the Impact of Climate Change and Intensive Human Activities on China’s Agro-Ecosystem’ will be delivered by Professor Laixiang Sun, SOAS, University of London, in LEC Training Rooms 1&2, LEC Building III. This presentation reports the research achievements of a NSFC-IIASA project on the potential for adaptation of Chinese agriculture to climate change. All Welcome. Refreshments offered before the event from 1.15pm. For catering purposes, please register with

Chinese Film
Every Tuesday, 6pm-7:30pm or 8:00pm, Frankland Colloquium Room

Tuesday 6 November: Hero. Audio: Chinese, subtitle: English; Hero is a Chinese martial arts film directed by the internationally renowned director Zhang Yimou.


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