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22 February 2013 | Issue 600

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Centre for Global Eco-Innovation launch

The launch of the University’s £9.8 million Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, by entrepreneur and former Science Minister Lord Drayson, takes place on March 4 at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) the aim of the centre is to support businesses develop innovative products which deliver environmental benefits. The Centre unites the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and University of Liverpool together with consultancy specialists Inventya Ltd, to undertake research, development and product commercialisation led by businesses. Professor Sir David King, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Head of the Government Office of Science (2000 - 2007) and founding director of the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment at the University of Oxford, will chair the new advisory board for the Centre. Full story.

Customer Service Excellence (CSE)

Twelve months on from being awarded the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard, Professional Services has achieved a positive outcome to its first surveillance visit. In his feedback, the assessor stated that he was impressed with CSE related developments and improvements that have been made. In addition, he will be awarding ‘Compliance plus’ for five elements of the standard which relate to ‘Information and Access’, with iLancaster being a particular success.

Lancaster Public Engagement with Research

The University Research Committee has awarded 5 grants totalling £9,070 in the first round of the Lancaster Public Engagement with Research scheme to Dr Katherine Froggatt (Health Research), Dr Catherine Spooner, (English & Creative Writing), Dr Adam Fish (Sociology), Hannah Newton (LEC) and Charalampos Kaloudis (Sociology).

Integrated Bipolar Parenting Intervention (IBPI)

The University’s Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research is running a study in the North West called the ‘Integrated Bipolar Parenting Intervention’ (IBPI) which involves participants receiving an online parenting support program combined with specific self-management strategies for bipolar disorder. The pilot study showed significant improvements in both child behaviour and parenting skills following a similar online intervention. If you have a child between the ages of 3 – 10 years and are interested in participating in this research then please look at the website, or contact Beverley Clack, 01524 594935, for more information.

A launch event for IBPI will be held on 8 April, contact Adam Sawczuk, 592977 or Helen Vincent, 594954.


A Business Start-Up Bootcamp, open to all students and recent graduates, will take place on March 25 and 26. The two-day interactive event has been organised by the University’s Research and Enterprise Services. Register your interest here.

If you fancy a good old chuckle all in the name of charity then head on down to Barker House Farm in Cartmel this weekend (23 and 24 February). Ten well known student faces from around campus will be performing a self-written comedy sketch for your enjoyment. Whilst the audience and the judges make their minds up on who should be declared the winner, a charity auction will be held where participants can bid for meals out, experiences and other fabulous prizes. On Sunday, Radio 1 presenter and comedian Tom Deacon supported by Phil Wang will be appearing at 2pm to show how the professionals do it. Tickets are just £5 and can be bought on the door or reserved by emailing

More information can be found here and all proceeds go to The Twins Appeal to support wheelchair-bound, cerebral palsy sufferers Katie and Emma Sutcliffe, whose mum, Caroline, works in the Department of English and Creative Writing on campus. The appeal seeks to raise £85,000 for pioneering treatment.

Lancaster in the news

Professor Murray Saunders (Educational Research) was interviewed on ITV, in a feature about a University project with the Schools Farms Network, which is studying how school farms might improve the learning experience of young people. Professor Awais Rashid (Computing and Communications) writes in the New Statesman about cyber threat.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Are you eligible for business growth funding?

Two funding pots to help burgeoning business grow have been secured by the University’s Research and Enterprise Services. Both are available to students, alumni and staff. Awards range from £1k to £5k for varying levels of business growth activity. Both pots are managed by the Enterprise Team in Research and Enterprise Services. The deadline for the first round of funding is Thursday 28 February. Enquiries can be sent to Rachel Everett.

Information Security – Common Mistakes

Over the next few issues of LU Text, ISS will be publishing a number of short articles aimed at raising information security awareness. The first looks at general information security.

    #1 – Failing to think about Information Security

    Most of us handle a great deal of information on a daily basis. Much of that information will be either personal or confidential, but do you know the difference and do you know how to handle it correctly to stay within the law? If you answered no to the above, then you should familiarise yourself with the University Information Security Policy and guidance on Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

See our latest ISS News article for examples of common mistakes and a link to Information Security training.

Demolition of the old Sports Centre

Please note that there are changes to the car parking on Farrer Avenue to allow for the contractor’s site to be set up in preparation for the demolition of the old Sports Centre.

Changes to Visitor and Car Share permit parking:

    From Monday 25 February part of the car park on Farrer Avenue will be closed. Additional visitor and car share parking is 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 more information.

    For more information about these changes visit

    Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused. Regular updates will be communicated to users of the areas affected to mitigate any disruption. If you or your colleagues would like to be added to this communication list please send contact details to Louisa Duff, Facilities Marketing and Communications Manager.

Partial Underpass road closure

On Thursday 28 February from 9.30am the eastbound lane of the underpass road will be partially closed for approximately one hour to enable contractors to carry out a survey on the cable routes at a high level. The underpass bus stop will remain open as normal but between 9.30am and approximately 10.30am all buses that usually access the underpass from the western end will re-route via the northern perimeter road to access the underpass at the eastern side. All bus services will continue to stop in the underpass as normal during the eastbound lane closure. If you have any queries about the work please contact the Facilities Helpdesk, 01524 593333

Sports news

Last chance to register for the Fairtrade Banana Fun Run

The University’s Fairtrade Fortnight begins this Monday 25 February. To launch this event, 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. Online pre-registration by 4pm today (Friday 22nd February) is essential due to limited entry numbers, the entry form can be found here.

For more information on what Fairtrade is and other events planned across the University during Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February – 10 March) visit the University’s Sustainability webpages.

Food & Drink on Campus

Fairtrade Afternoon Tea in The Lounge, County South

Every week day during Fairtrade fortnight, The Lounge will be serving Fairtrade Tea or Coffee with a Fairtrade Cake for £2.50 - choose from banana bread, chocolate & coffee brownie and carrot & vanilla cake. This is available 10.00am- Midday and 2.00pm-4.00pm.

New menu for The Lounge, County South

The new menu is now available in The Lounge, 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 The Lounge is 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 are just £6.95 and 3 courses are £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 or calling 01524 593260.

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

What's On

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

Annual Chaplaincy Centre lecture

'Unorthodox: how religion in Britain has changed since the 1980's', delivered by Professor Linda Woodhead MBE (PPR), on Tuesday 5 March at 6.00pm in the AFC Chapel.

Library talks

The next talk in the Library’s series of talks for staff and post graduates takes place on Friday 1 March at 10.00am. The topic is 'Marketing & Business Databases', and will be relevant to people across the University who need marketing information, business contacts or company information. It’s scheduled to last for up to two hours. More details and booking information on the Library website.

Live at LICA

Michael Pinchbeck - The Beginning, 8.00pm, Wednesday 27 February. A tender love letter inspired by Shakespearean stage directions by the award-winning writer and performance maker Michael Pinchbeck.

Manchester Chamber Choir - Britten & The British, 7.30pm, Saturday 2 March. The finest voices in the North West under the baton of Lancaster-born, Justin Doyle present a magnificent selection of choral music by Britten and his contemporaries.

Dance Cuts Weekend 2013, 8pm, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March. If you are interested in creating your own work, learning more about becoming, or developing as a professional artist and want to see some world class dance alongside the best new work created in the North West, be sure to attend Dance Cuts 2013. The event launches with Turning 20: Three works celebrating 20 years of bold and unexpected dance by the renowned Candoco Dance Company.

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. This weekend, head down for Italy v Wales at 2.30pm on Saturday, followed by England v France at 5.00pm. On Sunday, you can watch Scotland v Ireland at 2.00pm. A pie and a pint on match days will be just £4.95, with 2 pints of Guinness for £5. The full schedule can be found here.

Live Music Night in The Herdwick, Graduate College

Thursday 28 February is the next live music night in Graduate College. The ever-popular band Soulrigg will be playing this week from 9.00pm. As always, the night is free for all to enjoy and more information on Soulrigg and their music 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.


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