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15 February 2013 | Issue 599

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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.



Furness opening

The Chief Executive of Health Education England, Professor Ian Cumming, is opening the Faculty of Health and Medicine’s Furness Building today (Friday 15 February). The £7.5m refurbishment will for the first time bring Lancaster Medical School, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Health Research and the Centre for Training and Development under one roof. The opening will be attended by senior NHS staff.

Competition finalists to present at the House of Commons

Two researchers from the Physics Department have been chosen to present their work at the House of Commons as part of an annual event showcasing the work of the UK’s best early career scientists, engineers and technologists. Dr Tomislav Stankovski and PhD student Philip Clemson will present their research to a panel of judges on March 18 during National Science and Engineering Week as part of the competition SET for Britain. Full story.

Lancaster University hosts the third National University Brass Band Championships

The third UniBrass competition will take place this Saturday, 16 February, at the Great Hall, Lancaster University. The event promises to be a festival of great music and high class entertainment. Last year Lancaster was placed third overall, missing out from the top places to Huddersfield University and the Royal Northern College of Music. This year, the competition will be stronger than ever with, competitors joining from the Universities of Durham, Leed sand Warwick for the first time making a total of 14 university bands. The adjudicators for the event are the world class conductors, David Horsfield and David Childs. There will be an Oompah band night held in the County College Bar after the event and professional workshops for aspiring conductors and soloists on the Sunday.

The event will be streamed on the internet throughout the day. To view see www.unibrass.co.uk or www.la1tv.lusu.co.uk. Tickets will be available on the door at the price of £7.50 for a full day's entertainment or £5 for a half session. Concession and student rates will be available and entry is free for under 12's.

Website sets the social scene

The concept of a new university website, complete with mobile application, to capture the campus social scene at a glance, earned an enterprising student an iPad. Seb Cooper, a second year Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology student, took up the Lancaster University Coffeemat Challenge, the hugely popular hardy annual competition where students have to submit a business idea on a coffeemat. Full story.

Undergraduate post application open days, 2013 entry

Prospective undergraduate students, parents and visitors will be on campus on Wednesday 20 February attending interviews and post application open days for English and Creative Writing, European Languages, History, Law, Linguistics and English Language, PPR, Sociology, Geography, Maths and Stats, Psychology and Environmental Science. Students Ambassadors, a car parking team and a minibus shuttle service will be in place to welcome visitors on arrival and help visitors find the right location for their events. If you have any questions please get in touch with Kathryn Lambert, in UK Student Recruitment and Outreach on x93724.

Steps online

Steps, The Lancaster Magazine, is now online. Connect online for the latest alumni news, features, events and exclusive interviews. If you have news or would like to feature in future editions, please contact alumni@lancaster.ac.uk.


Distinguished Professor Kevin Glazebrook (LUMS) has been appointed by EPSRC to its mathematical sciences strategic advisory team (SAT). SATs contribute to the development of EPSRC strategy and to the shaping of its research and training portfolio.

The University Research Committee is pleased to announce that it has awarded 5 grants totalling £17,000 in the first round of the Lancaster Pathways to Impact scheme to the following:
Dr Karen Wright, Dr Rachael Rigby, Professor Roger Pickup (Biomedical Life Sciences), in collaboration with Dr Andrew Higham, (Royal Lancaster Infirmary), Professor Alisdair Gillespie and Professor Suzanne Ost, (Law School), Dr Paul Smith and Professor Keith Beven, (LEC), Professor John Schad, (English and Creative Writing) and Dr Catherine Spooner, (English and Creative Writing).

Dr Adam Taylor, Lancaster Medical School, was invited to attend the opening of ‘The Robert Gregory National Alkaptonuria Centre’ at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Alkaptonuria (AKU) is a rare genetic disease, and sufferers often have difficulty accessing efficient and effective care to treat the condition – the centre aims to change this. Dr Taylor’s research into AKU has increased the understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease and provided an insight into new ways to treat the disease.

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster University’s involvement in a rural broadband project was highlighted by the BBC’s technology reporter and Dr Martin Spring and Professor Linda Woodhead are quoted in separate articles in The Guardian.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Electoral review of Lancaster

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking for comments on proposed new electoral arrangements for Lancaster City Council. The aim of the review is to ensure that each councillor represents a similar number of voters and that electoral arrangements reflect local communities. The full report and detailed maps are available here and here as well as in council buildings and libraries. The consultation closes on 18 March.

Exam Timetable Published Online

The 2013 exam timetable will be published at the end of February in the updated Student Portal and iLancaster. Further information, and additional services to search the exam timetable by room, department, module and student are also available online. Staff invigilator timetables will be made available online in the coming weeks.

Go Green Lancaster Week

Next Week is Go Green Lancaster Week, with students in every college hosting events to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus. Grab yourself a bargain eco-friendly re-usable mug in the square on Monday or Tuesday with offers available on hot drinks at a number of campus outlets during the week. Cycle or walk to campus on Tuesday morning for a free breakfast in the Management School hub and on Thursday, get a free D-Lock and cycle security mark. For more information and the full schedule of events, please see the Green Lancaster webpage, or visit the Facebook page.

Demolition of the old ‘Centre for Sport and Recreation’

There are a number of changes to car parking to allow for the contractor’s site to be set up in preparation for the demolition of the old ‘Centre for Sport and Recreation’.

    Changes to Visitor and Car Share permit parking:

    From 18 February all of the car park on Gillow Avenue will be closed. From Monday 25 February part of the car park on Farrer Avenue will be closed. Additional Visitor and Car Share parking is being provided on the perimeter road between the Medical Centre and the Management School during this work. Alternatively Visitor and Car Share parking is available in the car park on Grizedale Avenue or Library Avenue. Campus signage provides further information on Visitor parking and Car share permit locations.

    Changes to Staff permit parking

    From Monday 18 February ‘Staff parking’ on the perimeter road between the Medical Centre and the Management School will become Visitor and Car Share permit parking. Staff car parking permits will no longer be valid in this area. This is to allow for the relocation of Visitor parking due to the reduced parking on Farrer Avenue and Gillow Avenue. Alternative Staff car parking is available on South East Drive.

    Cycle store facilities:

    Access for cyclists to the Management School cycle racks will change from Monday 18 February. The facilities will remain open throughout the demolition work, but they will be accessed by the front of the Management School building along the paved pedestrian path from the perimeter road which leads to the loading bay.

    Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this causes you while we work to improve the area. Regular updates will be communicated to users of the areas affected to mitigate any disruption during the demolition work. If you would like to be added to this communication list please send your contact details to Louisa Duff, 93436, Facilities Marketing and Communications Manager.

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. www.theworkfoundation.com.

Bed and Breakfast on campus

Get 30 percent off a limited number of guest rooms at Lancaster University by booking online at www.lancaster.ac.uk/sleep and clicking on the red ‘Online Booking’ link. Prices start from £28.00 per person, book early to avoid disappointment.

Lancaster- Scale Hall Lane road closure from Thursday 14 February for up to 7 working days

Information about Stagecoach bus services 2, 2A and 4 during the closure is here.

Changes to the Lancaster to Preston Bus Service 40

From Monday 4 March Service 40 will operate to a new timetable. A summary of the changes can be viewed here.

Sports news

Fitness Surgery

As part of the University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day, the Sports Centre will hold a drop in 'Fitness Surgery’ on Wednesday 20 February. This is being organised in conjunction with Student Based Services in The Base (the ground floor of University House) between 10.00am and 4.00pm. 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.

Fairtrade Banana Fun Run

To launch the University’s Fairtrade Fortnight on Monday 25 February at 1.15pm there will be two mile (approx.) fancy dress, banana-themed cross-country Fun Run. The event is open to all University staff and students.

Fancy dress suggestions include: Inflatable Fairtrade Banana - Banana costume

The event is being organised by Facilities, supported by Green Lancaster student volunteers. Runners are asked to try and raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation by collecting sponsorship. Online pre-registration is essential due to limited entry numbers, and the entry form can be found here.

New Learn To Lead Climbing Course

This is an intensive 3 day climbing course available to confident Top Rope climbers. The course is being held on 4 - 6 March, from 8.00 - 9.30pm and also on 8 - 10 April from 8.00 - 9.30pm. It costs £42 for the whole course, and places are limited to the first 4 people to book. To book on, ring reception or email sportenquiries@lancaster.ac.uk. For more information on the Sports Centre visit www.sportscentrelancaster.co.uk or call 01524 510600.

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.

Food & Drink on Campus

New Menu for The Lounge, County South

From Monday 18 February a new menu will be available in The Lounge restaurant in County South. This features new sandwiches and salads as well as a new range of plates for a starter, main course or dessert. The new menu can be viewed here and bookings can still be made for any time by phoning 01524 593260 or emailing eat@lancaster.ac.uk.

The Lounge is also continuing with its extended opening hours Tuesday and Thursday from 5.00pm-9.00pm where the first 20 people to reserve their place can also take advantage of a special discount – 2 courses will be just £6.95 and 3 courses will be £8.95 with free tea or coffee to end your meal.

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 & a pint on match days will be just £4.95. The full schedule can be found here.

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

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 OED@lancaster.ac.uk.

What's On

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

Sociology seminar

The seminar on Gender and the contestation of sexual entertainment in England and Wales is by Phil Hubbard from the University of Kent. His paper explores the arguments that have persuaded policy makers to refuse licenses for such venues, particularly the idea that sexual entertainment causes specific harm to women. The seminar will be on Tuesday 26 February from 4.15 to 6.00pm in Bowland North SR 22 and there will be a meal in Lancaster afterwards. For further details contact Pennie Drinkall

Choir concert

Divers Voyces, an eleven voice chamber choir of university staff and associates, will be giving a short concert on Thursday 21 February at 1.15pm in the Anglican Chapel in the Chaplaincy Centre. Programme:

    Tomas Luis de Victoria - O Magnum Mysterium
    J. S Bach - Komm Jesu Komm
    Hermione Roff - In the tender Mercy of Our God
    Morten Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium

Entry free - all welcome. There will be a retiring collection for Doublejoy children’s home, Kenya.

Live at LICA

Bardolino with Skampa String Quartet, 7.30pm, Thursday 21 February. The Skampa Quartet are joined by the vibrant folk ensemble, Bardolino to explore a programme of pieces which share their musical roots in Eastern Europe.

Fevered Sleep - Above Me the Wide Blue Sky, 8pm, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February. Performed within a stunning multi-screen film installation, with a soundscape of birdsong, electronic music and a new score for string quartet, Above Me The Wide Blue Sky draws together stories of love, loss and belonging from an ever-changing world. The installation is open to ticket-holders from 7pm before and after the performance.

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.

Open Mic Night in The Herdwick, Graduate College

Thursday 21 February is the next Open Mic Night in Graduate College. Whether a solo performer or a band, all are welcome to showcase their talents and each performer will receive a complimentary drink. The event begins at 9.00pm.


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