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8 February 2013 | Issue 598

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Greetings for the New Year to all our Chinese readers. This year the Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival, will be celebrated on 10 February and following days. The festival is being celebrated in Lancaster and Morecambe with two events both supported by the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University. Find out more here.

To raise awareness, and to celebrate the diversity of our staff and student population, a new Diversity Calendar 2013 is available. The calendar is a practical resource as each month includes details of all the main religious and secular dates - including bank holidays.

February is LGBT History month to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community: North West events page.



Lancaster celebrates graduation success in India

178 students have graduated with Lancaster University degrees in India. During the ceremony at the Grand Hotel, New Delhi on 6 February, student Shawn Vinesh Paperwala was awarded the Princess Alexandra Medal for exceptional academic performance. Ms Saru Aggarwal received the Gopi Ram Goenka Medal awarded in recognition of outstanding performance in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities (undergraduate) and Ms Akanksha Agarwal received the medal for postgraduate. The late Sri Gopi Ram Goenka was the guiding force behind the GD Goenka group. Full story.

New £7.5 million health building to open on campus

The Chief Executive of Health Education England, Professor Ian Cumming, is set to make a return to Lancaster to open the University’s new-look £7.5 million Faculty of Health and Medicine Furness Building next Friday (15 February). The opening ceremony is significant as, for the first time, the Medical School, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Health Research and the Centre for Training and Development will be under one roof. Teaching facilities, the main lecture theatre and biomedical research laboratories will be close to the main hub.

Parking arrangements

To accommodate the large numbers of guests expected the John Creed Car Park has been reserved. Staff are requested to use the alternative parking available.

Graduation ceremony for professional programmes

The graduation ceremony on January 16 saw a record 70 people graduate from the Diploma in Academic Practice (DAP), Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP) and Supporting Learning Programme (SLP). Lyndsey Egerton from the Centre for Enterprise, Employability and Careers(CEEC) was the first graduate from the full Diploma. These graduates join more than 430 previous graduates from Lancaster University and its partner institutions, GD Goenka World Institute, India and Sunway University, Malaysia. The Chancellor, Sir Chris Bonington, presented the certificates. For more information on the ceremony and to see a list of graduates and a video of the event please click here.

New Westminster Faith Debates

A new series of the Westminster Faith Debates which will examine religion and personal life will start on 13 February. The debates will address how faith, in its diversity, contributes to our understanding of a good life and a good death. Topics will include abortion, sex, the family and assisted dying. Organised and chaired by Professor Linda Woodhead from Lancaster University together with former Home Office minister the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, who is a Visiting Professor at Lancaster, the series has succeeded in putting religion back onto the agenda of public discussion in the UK, and has attracted extensive media coverage. Full story.

Work to start on the demolition of the old ‘Centre for Sport and Recreation’

Towards the end of next week work will start on the demolition of the old ‘Centre for Sport and Recreation.’ The demolition programme of work will take 16 weeks to complete. The site set up will commence on 13 February with fencing being erected from the 18 February along the spine and round the building.

Information about the work will be provided on the fencing along with signage and maps to indicate alternative routes for access around the area. Parking on part of Farrer Avenue and all of Gillow Avenue will be restricted but additional visitor parking will be provided elsewhere for the duration of this work. Signage will be provided with more information on this. Regular updates will be communicated to users of the areas affected to mitigate any disruption. If you have any colleagues that would like to be added to this communication list please send their contact details to Louisa Duff, Facilities Marketing and Communications Manager.

Plans are currently being developed for a new building for the Department of Engineering to be erected on this site. Designs and further information will be available soon with a planned start onsite date of summer 2013, completing late 2014.

John Cope

The University regrets to report the death of John Cope, a former member of staff in the Department of Accounting and Finance, who died on Saturday 2 February aged 83.

John came to Lancaster as Lecturer in Accounting in 1970. He served two periods as Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance, was a respected and popular teacher and also an active and well- liked Principal of Furness College. He made a significant and all-round contribution to the University's academic and social development before he retired with his wife Jean, who taught in Lancaster, to live in the south of England in 1990.

The funeral will be held on 15 February in Kingston-upon-Thames. Our condolences go to John's family and friends.


Dr Sue Ward (LEC) and Don Monteith (CEH at LEC) were speakers at a meeting on 6 Feb organised by Natural England to celebrate sixty years of scientific research at the Moor House National Nature reserve in the North Pennines, one of the oldest and most successful NNRs in England in terms of research papers produced. Professor Kevin Jones, the Director of LEC, welcomed more than a hundred people to the meeting and highlighted the connections between Lancaster University and Moor House NNR.

A workshop submitted by Dr Matthew Rowe (Computing and Communications) has been accepted at the World Wide Web Conference 2013. The workshop has already attracted interest from global online brands Ebay and Google.

Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR) and Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) have both attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from January 23-27. Professor Woodhead took part in a Forum Debate on “Religion and Politics” and Professor Cooper, who is a Member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Wellbeing and Mental Health, was a speaker in a discussion on Workplace Wellness, and the chair of another session on Building Resilience in individuals and organisations.

Jenn Ashworth (English and Creative Writing), has just had her third book published. It provides a fascinating insight into the Mormon culture set against a chilling but humorous backdrop. The Friday Gospels has attracted national media attention in all the national and Sunday broadsheets. Jenn, who was brought up a Mormon, has also been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, BBC Breakfast and BBC Meet the Author. Full story.

Professor Sheila Payne (International Observatory on End of Life Care) and Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR) were guest speakers at a public event called ‘What makes a good death?’ at the Wellcome Collection, London on 2 February. The event linked to their current exhibition ‘Death: a self-portrait’.

Professor Alisdair Gillespie (Law School), was the only UK academic invited to speak at a seminar on Freedom of Expression and Social Media in Kuwait, held on Monday 5 February. The seminar was organised by the British Embassy in Kuwait and was held in the presence of the Speaker of the Kuwaiti Leigslature and the British Ambassador to Kuwait. Academics from Kuwait University and the editor of a leading Kuwaiti university participated. Professor Gillespie discussed the interface between Freedom of Speech and the Criminal Law, especially when social media is involved. The seminar was publicised widely in Kuwait and the wider Middle-East and Professor Gillespie spoke to journalists from the region, including appearing on Kuwait TV.

Dr Anne-Marie Fortier (Sociology) is conducting a study on the citizenship naturalisation process (funded by the British Academy), and is looking to interview people who are either going through the process of applying for citizenship or have recently acquired British citizenship. If you fit this criteria and are willing to talk to her, please email Anne for more information about the interview. Also, if you know someone who might be suitable (e.g. postgraduate student), please pass on this call for participants.

Professor John Quinton, (LEC) contributed to an article published in a special issue of Rangeland Ecology and Management, in which he called for effective management of rangelands and their future use for food and fuel. Full story.

Lancaster in the news

Professor David Allsop (FHM) appeared in The Daily Telegraph, together with a link to a video about his Alzheimer’s research, and he was also quoted widely in the Indian media. Volcanologist Hugh Tuffen is quoted in about lava flow from a Chilean volcano which still oozes one year later in Yahoo News, Rocket News and NBC News.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Research Professional funding opportunities database

Research Professional is a research funding database and a publisher of news and information for the international research community. It provides comprehensive listings of funding opportunities and sponsors across all disciplines and expertise and in-depth news coverage of research policy and politics.

Follow this link to link to Research Professional. You can download a quick start guide to using Research Professional. There is also a Youtube channel with a series of 2-3 minute videos on all the key features of Research Professional.

Once a month Research Professional runs a 60 minute online training broadcast to introduce users to the basics of creating and configuring their personal accounts as well as introducing them to the features of the platform. 12 February.

Lancaster- Scale Hall Lane road closure

Information about bus services during the closure is here.

Pre-School collect Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

The Pre-School are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers available from stores/petrol stations until 22 May 2013. If you would like to donate your vouchers to the Pre-School please either send them in the internal mail of drop them off at the centre.

Bowland Main (East Wing)

Work has started on bringing the retail units on the ground floor of the east wing of Bowland Main (old porter’s lodge) to a state where they can be let which includes replacing the windows. Details of which tenants will be occupying this space are currently being confirmed. The hoarding has been extended onto the spine but access will be maintained at all times along the spine and into the Quad for Bowland Bar and Lecture Theatre. For part of the work the cut-through from the spine by the old porter’s lodge will need closing temporarily but diversion signage will be in place. Work is expected to take 6 weeks. If you have any queries about the work please contact the Project Manager Chris Maughan via the Facilities Helpdesk, 01524 593333.

ISS information survey

Information Systems Services (ISS) is conducting a short survey to learn about your needs and preferences for information about IT services and developments. The survey results will contribute to work aimed at improving the information that ISS provides. Responses from all areas of the University would be appreciated. The Information Survey should only take a few minutes to complete, and is open until the end of Friday 15 February.

Sports news

Fitness surgery

The Sports Centre will hold a drop in 'Fitness Surgery' as part of the University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day in conjunction with Student Based Services, in the Base between 10.00am - 4.00pm. The fully qualified and highly professional Sports Centre staff will be on hand to offer free advice and consultations. Come down and ‘pledge your goal’ for the coming months to improve your overall wellbeing.

Pool closure

Please note that the Swimming Pool will be closed on Saturday 9 February for a University Water polo tournament. If you’re interested, you can come and watch! Sorry for any inconvenience the temporary closure may cause you. For further information, please contact the Sports Centre reception on 01524 510600, or visit the website.

Bouldering league results

The results for Round Three of the Bouldering League, and the current overall League scores are now online. The February route set is up and ready, featuring some fun low-mid grade problems, as well as harder routes. You must be a registered climber to climb unsupervised, so if you’ve never done it but fancy a go, please come down and join us for a Beginner’s session, which you can book online. To enter, purchase a scorecard from reception for £2.

For more information on the Sports Centre visit www.sportscentrelancaster.co.uk or call 01524 510600.

Food & Drink on Campus

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on campus

On Thursday 14 February, The Lounge Restaurant in County South (5pm-9pm) and The Winning Post pub in Barker House Farm will be offering a special Valentine’s menu (5pm-8pm). Three courses and a glass of Prosecco will be just £9.95. The menu can be viewed here and places can be pre-booked by emailing eat@lancaster.ac.uk, phoning 01524 593260 or visiting The Lounge or The Winning Post.

Celebrating Global Foods in Alexandra Square

From Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 February, the Global Village run by the Cultural Society will take place in Alexandra Square where a variety of cultural foods will be given out. The event will be supported by the University Catering team who will sell homemade daily specials, inspired by other cultural flavours, for only £2.50

    Pulled pork with bramley apple and cider sauce bap
    Chargrilled Mediterranean vegetables and basil pesto (V)

    Plumgarth burgers with sweetcorn relish
    Handmade vegetarian burgers with caramelised onions (V)

    Shredded Chinese chicken bap with sweet and sour sauce
    Onion bhaji with mango chutney (V)

New internal catering menu

You can now pick any meeting or function catering requirements from the new Spring 2013 menu. It features new sandwich selections, deli boards, a variety of salads and an impressive range of hot and cold buffet lunch options. The new menu can be viewed here and bookings can be made at any time by emailing eat@lancaster.ac.uk or calling 01524 593260.

RBS 6 Nations LIVE in The Trough of Bowland

The Trough of Bowland (Bowland Bar) is screening all the matches played during the 6 Nations tournament. The first game is Wales v Ireland at 1.30pm. A pie and a pint on match days will be just £4.95. The full schedule can be found here.

The Highlight in The Mill (Fylde)

The spring edition of The Highlight is now available in The Mill – find out what football games they’ll be showing live on the big screen by picking up a copy inside or click here to view the website for The Mill.

Training & 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

Teaching and Learning Forums

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.

Chinese New year

The Year of the Snake is being celebrated with two events, both at Lancaster Town Hall and both supported by the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University. The first event on February 18 is organised by the Hua Xian Chinese Society and is a cultural evening including everything from lion dancing to snake charming, with a Chinese buffet. The event runs from 6.00pm to 10.00pm and tickets cost between £6 for children and £12/£9 for adults, with the under 6s free. Contact 07745 873200 or email.

The second event at the town hall is on February 25 from 6pm to 9pm and is organised by the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay Chinese Community Association in collaboration with More Music in Morecambe. The evening includes a Dragon Parade, dancing and singing, a raffle and food.

Library talks

Keeping up-to-date with the literature of your subject is the topic for the next in the Library’s series of talks aimed at staff and postgraduate students. It takes place on Tuesday 12 February at 10am in the Library. More information and how to book on the Library website.

Sociology/CeMoRe seminar

The seminar Mobile Care Workers, their Cars and ICTs is by Dr Sondra Cuban who will show the movement of migrant women care workers at work and communicating with family and friends in their local and transnational networks. The seminar will take place on February 12 from 4.15 to 6pm in Bowland North SR 15, followed by drinks in County bar. More information here.

Mardi Gras/Carnival/Pancake Day celebrations

Tuesday 12 February – This event will take place in The Herdwick (Graduate College Bar) from 8pm. Organised in conjunction with the Chaplaincy Centre the event will raise money for a key charitable project supported by the Chaplaincy Centre in Kenya. There will be live music, ‘exotic pancakes’ and in keeping with the Mardi Gras/Carnival theme masks or costumes are optional.


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