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1 March 2013 | Issue 601

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Contents: News| People| Job Opportunities| Lancaster in the news| Notices| Sports news| Food & Drink| Training & Courses| What's On| Adverts|


Lancaster wins China Education Links Award

Lancaster University has been named as the winner of the China Education Links Award. The award, given by UK Trade & Investment North West (UKTI), is for the institution which has been most successful in establishing educational links with China. Full story.

Lancaster University at centre of pianist's European recital tour

This month the internationally acclaimed Venezuelan pianist, Gabriela Montero, embarks on a solo European recital tour, giving performances in Lisbon, Munich, Luxembourg, St. Moritz and Lancaster University. This outstanding artist, who recently performed at President Obama's Inauguration ceremony and is famed for her real-time improvisations, was delighted to learn of the University's newly acquired Steinway piano. On Thurs.7th March (7.30pm Great Hall) she is making a detour to Lancaster to perform a programme which features romantic works by Brahms and Chopin, followed by a selection of music from Latin America. To close her performance, Gabriela will solicit melodies from the audience to create compositions in real time – a signature of the pianist. Lancaster University is honoured to host this concert and it promises to be the most memorable highlight of the International Concert Season. Web Advance tickets from £12.50 (Adults) £7 (students), box office on 01524 594151.

Westminster Faith Debates

The first and second Westminster Faith Debates in the series “Religion in Public Life” took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster. The event Stem Cell Research, abortion and the ‘soul of the embryo’, was organised by Professor Linda Woodhead and the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department on Wednesday 20 February. The second debate Too much sex these days – the sexualisation of society? took place on Wednesday, 27 February.

The next debate in the series, 'Is it right for religions to treat men and women differently?' will take place on Thursday 14 March. Details of the events together with videos and podcasts can be accessed via the Religion & Society Programme website.

Inaugural business and industry seminar

Registration is now open for the Faculty of Science and Technology’s new business and industry seminar programme, which brings senior representatives from a diverse range of commercial and allied organisations to talk about their science and innovation challenges. There is an open invitation to students, academic staff, partner businesses. Each seminar will be hosted on campus, with lunch provided. The programme will run throughout the year. The first three speakers have been confirmed- Rashik Parmer, IBM Academy of Technology; Roger Leech, Unilever Discover Operations & Science Grid Director, and Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network/International Business Leaders Forum.

Equality and Diversity news

Our 2013 Diversity calendar highlights March as:

See the full diversity calendar.

Equality Analysis Workshops scheduled for 18 March and 26 April are available to anyone who is involved in undertaking Equality Analysis. Booking is essential.

Undergraduate Post Application Open Days, 2013 entry, Wednesday 6 March

On Wednesday 6 March a large number of prospective undergraduate students, parents and visitors will be on campus attending interviews and post application open days for Law, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology, Physics and LEC. Student Ambassadors, a car parking team and a minibus shuttle service will be in place to welcome visitors on arrival and help them 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.


The University Research Committee is pleased to announce that it has awarded 16 grants totalling £96, 340 in the 12/13 round of the Early Career Small Grant scheme. Details of the awards made can be found in the RSO website.

The University’s Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research is running a study led by Professor Steven Jones (FHM), 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 new action research project led by Dr Carolyn Downs (Management Learning & Leadership, LUMS) will work to develop solutions that address under-representation of groups in European business start-ups. These include Roma in Romania and Poland, Somali communities in Greece, Bengali women in Manchester and young socially excluded Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) men and traveller communities in Essex. For more information on the ELIEMENTAL project, contact

Dr William Cook and Dr Michele Moatt (PhD graduates in Medieval History) are to work with the Norton Priory Trust in Cheshire to research the past lives of people whose remains were excavated on the site. The project is part of a new Cultural Engagement Fund pilot scheme from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Full story.

Student employee of the Year Awards 2013

If you have employed a student and feel that they have successfully combined study with part time work, making an outstanding contribution to your operations you can take this opportunity to nominate them for the SEOTY Awards 2013 . SEOTY gives you the opportunity to give your student employee something back. In a difficult time for graduates, and the employment market on a whole, your student can really benefit from you taking the time to nominate them. It’s really simple and there are great ways in which you can use your involvement in SEOTY to promote your department and Lancaster University. So please check out the eligibility of your student employee and nominate them now.

State-of-the-art research equipment for the Lancaster Linguistics Research Lab. Lancaster University is funding the acquisition of new kit to the value of £87,000. Full story.

Job Opportunities

The list of current vacancies includes an opportunity to work with Nicola Owen, Chief Administrative Officer and details for the post can be accessed here: N435 - Executive Assistant.

Details of other vacancies can be found on the Stonefish e-Recruitment site at Vacancy details are added on a regular basis and the site provides the opportunity to register for email job alerts.

Lancaster in the news

Dr Andy Pickard (LEC) was interviewed in the local and business media about the launch of the Centre for Global Eco Innovation, which was also covered in The Times Higher Education magazine. Professor George Pickett spoke about his late colleague and Nobel Laureate Robert Richardson for BBC Radio 4’s The Last Word.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


CeMoRe Research Day 2013

Contributions are invited from a wide range of disciplines for the 2013 Centre for Mobilities Research Annual Research Day on May 29. The Research Day is an informal event at which staff and research students associated with CeMoRe can present and get feedback on their research. If you wish to give a short 20 minute paper on research results, research in progress or ideas for new projects, please send a title and brief (100 word) abstract to Colin Pooley by March 8.

Information Security – Common Mistakes

    #2 – Inappropriate Data Handling

    Lancaster University has four information classifications, ordinary, confidential, restricted and personal. Understanding these classifications will help you determine the appropriate level of security needed for storing, sharing or transferring information. Guidance on sharing data with external bodies is given in the University Guide to Data Sharing with External Bodies which is now available in summary form.

For more information see the ISS News page.

Road closure and bus diversions for the Alex Lap, Saturday 9 March

The entire loop road around Alexandra Park will be closed to all traffic between 1.30 - 3.00pm on Saturday 9 March for a charity fun run event known as the ‘Alex Lap’ which is being organised by LUSU. Bus services will not operate around Alexandra Park during this time but will continue to serve the southern perimeter road on the main campus, the nearest bus stop to Alexandra Park being opposite InfoLab21. The gates onto Alexandra Park from Hazelrigg Lane will also be closed during this period so there will be no vehicular access onto Alexandra Park during the road closures.

Minor bus service changes for services 2/2A, 12 and 40 effective from Monday 4th March

For full details and revised timetables please see the Stagecoach website.

Bed and Breakfast offer on campus

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

Sports news

Learn To Lead climbing course

This is an intensive three day climbing course available to confident Top Rope climbers. The course is running on 4, 5 and 6 March from 8.00pm - 9.30pm and on 8, 9 and 10 April from 8.00pm - 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

Fairtrade Fortnight Banana Fun Run results

In celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight, students and staff took to the grounds on Monday 25 February to race in the University’s Banana Fun Run. The fancy dress banana-themed cross-country Fun Run saw runners race around campus’s Woodland Walk.

Prizes went to James Mulholland, the first man to cross the line, and Hannah Roome, the first woman. Prizes for the most imaginative and impressive fancy dress were awarded to Emma Shaw, Best Dressed Banana, and to Olivia Lawrenson, Best Dressed Monkey. The racers won a Fairtrade hamper each. To see the full photo album of the Fun Run, visit the Sports Centre’s facebook page.

Visit the website for more information on the other events taking place during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Mad4Kids: Multi-Activity Days for children this Easter

Our fun packed days and weeks for children aged 8 – 14 years provide an excellent variety of activities and sports, offering something to appeal to every child. Parents and guardians can leave their children with our friendly staff in a safe environment knowing they will have a fun time.

Mad4Kids is running from Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th April at £15 per day, or £55 for the four day week from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Also running on Monday 8th April until Friday 12th April at £15 per day, or £70 for the five day week from 9.30am – 4.30pm. A discount of £1 per day is applied when you book more than one child from the same family on the same day(s).

Activities include:

    • Football • Team Games • Mini Olympics • Uni Hockey • Badminton • Table Tennis • Tennis • Basketball • Tag Rugby • Climbing • Swimming • and much, much more.

To book on and for more information visit the website, or ring reception 10600. For more information on the Sports Centre visit or call 01524 510600.

Red Nose Day stocks - Friday 15 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Sports Centre Car Park

As part of Red Nose Day 2013, Sports Centre staff will be placed in ‘ye olde stocks’, for some much deserved payback. For the princely sum of £1 for 3 sponges, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to gunge your favourite (or least favourite) member of the sports centre team.

Food & Drink on Campus

Coffee Tasting & Illustrated Talk with Ian Steel of Atkinson’s

On Wednesday 6 March at Midday in County South PDR, learn the fascinating story of how coffee is grown and produced at the specific producers Atkinson's source from. Find out how Fairtrade and direct trade benefit these producers, their local communities and help the environment. You will also be able to taste the coffee from these producers as Ian will be brewing up during the talk. No prior booking is needed, just turn up on the day and help support Fairtrade Fortnight.

Grizedale Café Bar – New Panini & Ciabatta menu

New filled Panini and Ciabatta are now available in Grizedale Café Bar, with prices starting from just £3.50 for a Panini or Ciabatta with either tortilla chips or a side salad and a choice of dips. Flavours include Cajun chicken, Spanish chorizo, tuna melt and garlic chicken and can be eaten in or boxed up to take away.

For more information on food and drink on campus visit

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.

Café Scientifique for March - Wednesday 6 March at 7.30pm at the Robert Gillow Pub on Market Street

This month’s topic is Five loaves and two fishes: can local food feed the world, and the speaker is Dr Beccy Whittle, Senior Research Associate in the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Come along, listen and chat in an informal setting to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. It is a non-academic event and everyone is welcome. For further information please contact Beth Brockett.

The Comedy Barn live at Barker House Farm, Cartmel College

After the success of last weekend’s Campus Charity Chuckle event featuring Radio One DJ and comedian Tom Deacon, on Saturday 9 March ‘The Comedy Barn’ brings its final event of the term. Top comedy writer and comedian Tom Craine will be appearing, supported by the hilarious Matt Forde. More details of the event can be found here and tickets will be just £3 and can be bought from The Trough of Bowland bar or The Mill at Fylde College bar.

Open Mic Night in The Herdwick, Graduate College

Thursday 7 March is the next Open Mic Night in The Herdwick. All artists and musicians are welcome and there will be a complimentary drink on offer for anyone who performs. Music starts at 9.00pm and the event is free for anyone to come down and enjoy.

St David’s Day Celebrations in The Herdwick, Graduate College

On Friday 1 March from 5.00pm there will be a night of Welsh music, Welsh food and Welsh bands in Graduate bar. Curry night is also on for those who wish to mix cultures and enjoy a curry & a pint for £5.49 or a curry and a soft drink for £3.95.

Live at LICA

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.


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