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11 January 2013 | Issue 594

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MBE for Linda Woodhead

Professor of the Sociology of Religion Linda Woodhead has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to higher education. Full story.

Biofuel cultivation could harm human health

Large-scale cultivation of biofuels in Europe could lead to increased human mortality and crop losses according to research from the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC). These findings, published online in Nature Climate Change, demonstrate that the wider implications of biofuel cultivation need to be assessed alongside their potential to save carbon. A modelling case study by Professor Nick Hewitt, Dr Oliver Wild and former LEC PhD student Kirsti Ashworth estimates the increase in ground level ozone pollution likely to result from a change to biofuel crops, and the associated impacts on human health and agricultural production. Full story. This research received widespread international media coverage, see Lancaster in the News section.

Scientist advises Zambian Government on food crisis

Professor Kenneth Wilson (LEC) has met the Vice-President of Zambia to discuss the current food crisis caused by the crop pest the African Armyworm. He advised on further measures to mitigate the crisis and discussed current efforts to tackle armyworms using an environmentally-safe biopesticide called SpexNPV. SpexNPV is a natural disease of the armyworms, which is being developed by Crop Biosciences Ltd, a private enterprise in Tanzania, in collaboration with Professor Wilson and colleagues at the University of Greenwich. Full story.

Poetry initiative

Two poems by English and Creative Writing tutors Professor Paul Farley and Jane Draycott are amongst 130 poems chosen for a Department for Education initiative to get schoolchildren reading and reciting poetry

New Wind Turbine

From 23 November 2012 – 2 January 2013 the wind turbine was operational for 700 hours and generated 361940Kw hrs. Based on the forecasted January cost per Kwh this equates to a saving of £40,899 on the University’s Energy Bill and a saving of 192 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Staff Awards 2013 – Celebrating Excellence and Innovation

Nominations are now being invited for the 2013 Staff Awards. There are two award categories: the Pilkington Teaching Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award. Each staff award is worth £1,000 net of tax and NI. Any member of staff can be nominated, by staff and/or students. For nomination forms and further information, please visit the HR website. Nominations should be sent or emailed to Nick Thoume in Human Resources. The closing date for nominations is 24 January 2013.

Pension provision extended to all staff

From 1 April 2013, all staff in the University will have the option to join a workplace pension scheme. If you are currently enrolled in a workplace pension scheme there is no immediate change. Pension provision will be extended to casual employees (including student employees). Staff will be notified individually during February as to how pension reform will affect them. Briefing will be provided for managers on changes to procedures for the employment of staff commencing work at or after 1st April. Regular discussion has taken place with representatives of the campus trade unions who have confirmed their support for the extension of workplace pension provision.

Further information on pension reform and auto-enrolment is available on the HR website.


Mrs Edie Fitzherbert-Brockholes

The Funeral Mass of Mrs Edie Fitzherbert-Brockholes, former Member of Council, was held on Monday 7 January 2013 at Claughton-on-Brock. Edie was an early member of the University's Buildings Committee and a long-standing member of the Court. Her late husband Michael was the third generation of the family to be involved in the work of Lancashire County Council, and her son Francis is a current member of University Council.

Dr Emile Devereaux (LICA) is one of five UK researchers awarded the opportunity to work with a team made up of creative entrepreneurs and India host organisations as part of a collaboration between the AHRC, The British Council, the UnBox festival in New Delhi and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network. Dr Devereaux has been made a Fellow for unVEIL: Film and Digital Media for Open-governance and will work with PRS Legislative Research. PRS uses creative ways to present governance and law based information via new media technologies.

Some 170 members of the team that recently discovered the Higgs-like boson at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have been meeting in Lancaster University. The UK members of the ATLAS Collaboration hold a meeting every January, which this year was hosted by the Lancaster ATLAS Group, headed by Professor Roger Jones of the Physics Department. The keynote opening talk was given by Professor David Charlton, the incoming leader of the International Collaboration, who replaces Professor Fabiola Gianotti, who was named as one of Time Magazine’s people of 2012.

A book by Dr Anne Grinyer (Division of Health Research) called Palliative and End of Life Care for Children and Young People has won a second place award in the Hospice and Palliative Care category of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

Lancaster in the news

The Guardian’s Comment Is Free features research by Professor Cary Cooper, Dr Caroline Gatrell, Professor Paul Sparrow and Simon Burnett (LUMS) while The Big Issue magazine reports on a collaborative research project led by Dr Rod Dillon (FHM) to work with the homeless on developing new technology.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Statistical Advisory Service

The Statistical Advisory Service drop-in session will be running again this term. This free service is available to PhD students and members of staff, from any department within the University. Advice is offered on experimental design and/or statistical analysis. The session will run from 10am-12noon on Tuesdays during term time in room B77 of the Postgraduate Statistics Centre. There is no need to book in advance. If needed, follow up appointments will be arranged. If you cannot make this session, or would prefer to make an appointment directly, please email with your request. We will respond as soon as possible. For further details, please see here, or contact Emma Eastoe.

Recycling mobile phones

You can recycle your department's old and unused mobile phones and accessories and get money back into your budget. Fill out the attached form and send it along with your device to Sue Harpin, Procurement, B Floor University House.

PPI envelopes

The old style ppi logo envelopes are no longer accepted by the mailroom. The new logo includes the wording ‘delivered by royal mail’.

Projects Update

To view the latest information on projects across campus, Click Here.

New Bus Timetable for Service 42: Blackpool – Garstang – Lancaster University – Lancaster

Stagecoach is now operating a revised timetable for the 42 service. To view the new timetable please visit the Stagecoach website.

Uni-rider bus passes

Uni-rider bus passes available for staff and students are on sale at the LUSU Information Desk. £90 for a one term ( valid from 11 January – 13 March) or £158 for two terms (valid from 11 January – 29 June including Easter vacation use). Payment can be made in cash or by debit and credit cards (1.5% extra charge for credit card transactions). Bring your library card along too. If you have any further questions please phone ext. 93765, or email.

LUSU JobShop

Do you have a part time vacancy to fill? By advertising on the JobShop website you can access talented and enthusiastic students who are eager to work and gain valuable extra skills and experience. You simply need to register and place your vacancy onto the site. We also send an email alert to registered students. You will give students the opportunity to learn new skills and transfer them across to other areas of work or study and their CV. If you have any further questions please give Julie McLoughlin a call on (5)93765 to discuss how the JobShop can help you.

iLancaster developments

In response to feedback, the iLancaster team has made further developments and improvements to the University’s mobile app. These are:

  • LUFix – report a fault around campus, and track progress of fault you’ve reported.
  • Emergency – important emergency contact information, available from the home screen.
  • Bus Timetable – improvements to information.

iLancaster is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, and there’s a web-based version if you can’t use the native app on your mobile device. Further information is available here.

Food and Drink on Campus

The Lounge – New Evening Opening Times

In addition to its usual opening hours Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4pm (serving food from 12noon-2pm) from Tuesday 15th January, The Lounge Restaurant in County South will also be serving food from 5pm-9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first 20 people to reserve their place can also take advantage of a special discount – 2 courses for just £6.95 and 3 courses for £8.95 including tea or coffee. The menu can also be viewed here. Places can be booked by visiting The Lounge or calling 93260 or emailing If you don’t have time to book in advance you are also welcome but tables will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Special Offer at the Winning Post at Cartmel College

Thursday evenings during January & February from 5pm – 8pm you can choose from a selection of main dishes for just £5.95 including a drink from the bar. Details can be viewed here and are limited to 20 people. Places can be booked by visiting The Winning Post or emailing

I Love Pie – New Loyalty Card for The Trough of Bowland

For all those who love pie, The Trough of Bowland bar now has an exclusive ‘I Love Pie’ loyalty card, buy 6 pies and get the 7th pie free. Pick up a loyalty card when you next visit and if you want to plan ahead, the menu can be viewed here.

The Mill at Fylde College launches new ‘Morning Grazers’ Menu

From Monday 14th January, The Mill will be opening from 10am serving a new ‘Mid-Morning Grazers’ menu including toasted tea cakes, crumpets and pikelets. There are other new additions to the menu including Midday Munchies & Fylde Fodder. To view the menu and extended serving times click here.

The Venue’s new deli bar

From Monday 14th January a Deli Bar will be available in The Venue where you can choose from a selection of cold meats, quiches or cheese and salad items to eat in or boxed up and taken away. The Deli will be available from midday onwards, priced from £3.95.

The Venue January Breakfast Menu

Choose a bagel or floured bap and any of the following five items: Plumgarth’s Sausage / Vegetarian Sausages / Giant Flat Mushrooms / Bacon / Fried Egg 2 items £2.25 3 items £2.50 For more information on food and drink on campus visit

Training and courses

Staff IT training

Upcoming FREE IT training sessions run by ISS. All training sessions take place in the Library Training suites and require booking online, unless otherwise stated.

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

Organisation and Educational Development

Please see information on Teaching and Learning Forums. 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.

What's On

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

Study Mandarin Chinese with Lancaster University Confucius Institute

Classes start week beginning 14 January. Ten week courses cost £30 for students, £40 for staff and £45 for others. For further information on Beginners’ Levels 1, 2 and 3 please see here. If you are interested in other levels please email Also available are Taichi Classes at the Round House, Lancaster University, on Fridays, 1-2pm £2.00 per session. Beginning Friday 11 January

Chinese Film Screening

Tuesdays during term, 6pm-8:00pm, Frankland Colloquium Room, Faraday Building. Next showing on Tuesday 15 January - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Chinese audio, English subtitles.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. It is an informal non-academic event and everyone is welcome.

A new group for Lancaster has been formed, and the talks to date have been well-attended with lots of discussion. We host a Café on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at the Robert Gillow Pub, 64 Market Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HP, 01524 36092. If you’d like more information, would like to offer to talk, or have a speaker suggestion please contact Beth Brockett.

The next event is on 6 February called Keeping research real: Science for social change with Anne Toomey, PhD student at Lancaster Environment Centre.

Live at LICA

See here for the Spring 2013 Live at LICA programme.

Ruskin Library exhibition

A noble invention: Ruskin’s Daguerreotypes of Venice and Verona, 14 Jan – 28 March.


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