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| 30 November 2012 | Issue 590

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


Success for LUMS at THE awards

Lancaster University Management School won the THE Business School of the Year, last night at a gala awards ceremony. It was commended by the judges for its “demonstrable, consistent and considerable impact locally, regionally, nationally and internationally”. In the first year of this award category, the judges were impressed by the quality and range of schools on the shortlist, but they particularly welcomed Lancaster’s innovation and commitment to social impact. Full Story.

Internet research

The School of Computing and Communications has secured funding for three new projects worth over €650k through the EU Future Internet Research & Experimentation (FIRE) programme.

Research redefines 'recovery' in bipolar disorder

Researchers have developed the first accurate tool for measuring bipolar recovery which takes into account the personal experiences of people living with the disorder. The Lancaster University-led research team worked with people with bipolar disorder and clinicians to develop the 36 item bipolar recovery questionnaire (BRQ) to reflect changing attitudes to what counts as ‘recovery’ in a severe mental illness such as bipolar. Full story.

New online PhD programme in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University

The Department of Educational Research is launching a new part-time online PhD - by coursework and thesis - in Education and Social Justice. The programme is designed to enable experienced professionals worldwide to focus on, and research, social justice issues that are at the heart of their own professional practice and concerns. For more information see here.

Quality mark for CEEC

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) has been accredited with the nationally recognised quality mark of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills - the matrix Standard for information, advice and guidance services. CEEC delivers a mix of career guidance appointments, placements, employer hosted skills sessions and careers fairs, ‘drop-in’ sessions for students and general and tailored workshops. CEEC also manages the Lancaster Award which recognises non-academic student accomplishments to enhance their employability.


2.00pm and 7.00pm, Saturday 8 December 10.00am, Monday 10 December

For the 2012 Christmas show Live at LICA present a version of Pinocchio like no other, featuring a top-class body-popper, music, dance and puppetry. It has been created by the Manchester-based theatre-maker,hip-hop artist and choreographer Benji Reid. Call 01524 594151 or book online to receive advance discounts.


An ESRC funded research project on the representation of Islam and Muslims in the British press has been rated as "outstanding" by the ESRC's internal ranking process. The project team from Linguistics and English Language was comprised of Paul Baker, Costas Gabrielatos and Tony McEnery and has resulted in a number of publications in journals, including one in Applied Linguistics, and a book with Cambridge University Press. The team have also presented their findings at the House of Commons, as well as at a number of universities and conferences.

Dr Karen Broadhurst (Applied Social Science) is an invited panel speaker at the annual Family Justice Council Debate in Westminster on 3 December. The panel is Chaired by the Rt Hon Lord Justice Thorpe, Deputy Chair of the Family Justice Council, and panel members will debate the motion: "Women who have children removed to care, year after year, are being failed by a system unable to respond to them as vulnerable adults needing support in their own right".

A research monograph by Dr Jane Sunderland (Linguistics and English Language) called Language, Gender and Children's Fiction , is joint-winner of the biannual International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) book prize for 2012. The book includes chapters on fairytales, children's reading schemes, stories featuring two-mum and two-dad families (written with PhD student Mark McGlashan), and Harry Potter, with a special focus on gender relations and the representation of Hermione. Jane is currently leading a British Academy-funded research project, 'Harry Potter and Boys' Literacies', with Steve Dempster of Educational Research and Joanne Thistlethwaite of LAEL.

Dr Plamen Angelov (School of Computing and Communications) has been invited to showcase the results of his security work to major defence and security suppliers at an event organised by the MoD’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) on Monday 3 December. Dr Angelov will present the results of his MoD CDE funded project ‘STAKE’ which proposes new algorithms and software to analyse dynamically evolving social networks, detect anomalies and fuse data from various sources and agents. Lancaster is one of just two universities - and STAKE is one of only 13 out of 600+ CDE-funded research projects in this area - invited to attend the event.

Professor Murray Saunders has been centrally involved in the development of Evalpartners, which is an innovative international partnership involving the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and UNICEF, funded by the Finnish Government and the World Bank. The objective of the Initiative is to enhance the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to engage strategically in national evaluation processes, contributing to improved country-led evaluation systems and evidence-based policies that are equity-focused and gender-sensitive. This important international development will be launched at the EvalPartners International Forum on Civil Society’s Evaluation Capacity in Chiang Mai, Thailand in December 2012. For further information see here.

Dr Basil Germond (PPR) was invited as an expert in maritime security and naval affairs to speak to the European Parliament sub-committee on Security and Defence, in Brussels on the 27th of November 2012. Dr Germond was consulted on the rationale behind a potential EU maritime security strategy.

Professor Nigel Davies (Computing and Communications) has been invited to give a keynote address next week on Lancaster's campus screen network at an international conference in Germany - MUM 2012. This international conference provides a forum for presenting the latest research results on mobile and ubiquitous multimedia and brings together experts from both academia and industry.

Lancaster in the news

The homeless health check prototype launched in Morecambe this week as part of the Patchworks project – led by Dr Rod Dillon (Biomedical and Life Sciences) and Professor Jon Whittle (Communications and Computing) attracted media interest from BBC Radio Lancashire to the Big Issue and The Guardian.

Peter Hennessy, the leading expert on state secrecy, talks to History PhD student Kerstin Smith on Radio 4’s Archive on 4 programme about great spy novels. The programme called Great Spy Books: Fact or Fiction? will be broadcast on Saturday at 8pm. The programme will explore how close the great British spy novels come to reality and what they reveal about the top secret world of intelligence and security - MI5, MI6 and Whitehall. To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Christmas 2012 pay arrangements

Staff Salaries that are normally paid on the 28th of the month will be paid on Friday 21 December 2012. To facilitate the earlier payment, all payroll data such as timesheets, bank detail changes etc must be lodged with the Payroll Office no later than Monday 10th December at 5pm. Items received after this time will be held over to the January 2013 payroll. This deadline applies to sessional staff who are paid on submission of timesheets. Please ensure that the payroll employee number is entered on any timesheets or claim forms. Claims which are fully completed will receive priority in processing. There are no changes to pay arrangements for staff normally paid on the 15th of the month If you have any queries please contact the Payroll Office

Smoking in the underpass

In the UK smoking is not permitted in the workplace or in premises open to the public. The University’s underpass falls within this description and is categorised as ‘substantially enclosed’. It is therefore against the law to smoke in the underpass. ‘No Smoking’ signs are displayed in the area and staff and students are asked to comply with this legal requirement.

Campus Roads

From 17 December, work to the cycle route to Bailrigg Lane will start to repair damaged areas in the road surface. Roads will remain open; however some delay may be experienced in order to create space for passing traffic. This work is weather dependant and should bad weather conditions prevent completion of the work the contractor will return following the Christmas break. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities helpdesk on 93333.

Travel Survey

The travel survey is an opportunity to raise concerns and highlight local issues relating to your journey to and from work. The short survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the findings will be used to ensure we continue to provide a range of travel options to support and encourage sustainable travel choices. Anyone who responds to the survey can enter into a prize draw to win up to £150 in high street shopping vouchers of their choice. There are also two sets of £75 high street shopping vouchers of choice to be won. The survey can be found by clicking on the following link or by requesting a paper copy from Philip Longton, the Travel and Environment Coordinator, on 94413. The survey is open until Sunday 9 December and the results will be communicated to staff in the spring next year.

Environmental Management

To view the revised Snow and Ice Policy 2012/13, highlighting dedicated pedestrian safe routes set up for snow and ice, click here. If you would like to find out more about Environmental Management on campus visit here.

Christmas Market

The Students' Union is hosting the annual Christmas Market in Alexandra Square on 7 December.

Sports Centre news

Festive food and drink on campus

During campus festive fortnight (weeks 9 and 10) new festive pies will be on offer in the Trough of Bowland Bar available Monday-Friday 12.00-2.00pm. Any festive pie, vegetables and gravy with a soft drink, tea or coffee will be just £3.95 to eat in or takeaway. For more information visit the website.

The Venue

The Venue will also be participating in our festive fortnight and have some sweet treats chosen especially for you. Any festive sweet treat & filter coffee or tea is just £3 during weeks 9 & 10. They will also be serving speciality hot and cold fillings for jacket potatoes and paninis to get you into the festive spirit. The full menu can be viewed inside, or here.

Festive Ales on Campus

As of Friday 7 December, five of our college bars will be hosting speciality festive ales, such as Rednose Reinbeer, Christmas Fairy, Three Wise Men and Jolly Holly to name but a few. The bars participating will be The Northern Oak at County College, The Trough of Bowland (Bowland College), Trevor at Furness College, The Mill at Fylde College and The Herdwick (Graduate College). Tasting note cards will be available in each of the venues so you can mark your selection and favourite choices.

Grizedale’s Festive Hot Drinks

Grizedale will be offering a selection of indulgent hot drinks including The Winter Toe Warmer (White hot chocolate with almond & cherry) and Warmed Spiced Apple juice from Monday 3rd December. The menu has been inspired by Becky Milsted, a member of student staff and the full list of drinks can be viewed here.


Refuel at County and Barkers is offering a 4 course Christmas dinner for just £7.95 on 13 December only, from 12.00pm – 2.00pm and 3.00pm - 8.00pm. To view the full menu click here.

The Lounge – closed for Graduation

Please note that The Lounge will be closed on 12 December for degree celebrations.

Training and courses

Staff IT training

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 information on Teaching and Learning Forums that will be happening soon which may be of interest. Please click on the links to find out more about the courses.

Staff development opportunities:

For more opportunities please visit the OED Website or email us directly on


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

University Carol Service - Monday 10 December 2012 6.15pm

All are welcome to attend a service of nine lessons and carols at the Chaplaincy Centre, as well as the usual nine lessons and traditional carols there will be performances by the ULMS Choir, Pentecostal Gospel Choir and the Gospel Choir. Contact for more details.

Library talks

Keeping up-to-date with the literature of your subject is the topic for the next talk in the Library’s programme for University staff and postgraduate students. Wednesday 5 December 4pm. Please book. More information on the Library website.

Charity Christmas Quiz

Get into the festive spirit and raise money for a local charity at ‘The Big Lonsdale Christmas Quiz’ in Lonsdale Bar at 6.30 on Thursday 6 December. There will prizes for highest scoring quiz team, best-dressed team in festive fancy dress and best team name, with a raffle and Christmas games as we raise money for Lancaster-based Stepping Stones Nigeria.

Forthcoming Live at LICA events

Calaita Flamenco Son, 6 December, 7.30pm.

Rajni Shah Projects: Glorious, 1 December, 8.00pm.
Pinocchio, 8 and 10 December, 10.00am, 2.00pm, and 7.00pm.

Sarah Casey: Drawing the Delicate, 7 - 14 December. Public opening at 6.30pm, 6 December.


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