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8 March 2013 | Issue 602

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Several significant investments and alternative approaches have been made by Lancaster over the last decade to seek to stimulate music and attract new applicants to its music degrees during a decline in applications nationally. Despite these attempts to revive interest, music as a core single degree has proved unsustainable at Lancaster, due to lack of demand and the University has made the decision to stop admissions to its BA (Hons) major and combined music degrees and restructure its music provision. This unfortunately means that five posts are at risk of redundancy. Once the new and recycled posts have been appointed to, there will be a net increase of five staff in the Arts at Lancaster.

Lancaster recognises the importance of music as a discipline to draw on within the wider arts, and is investing in the arts while retaining disciplinary expertise in music. While there will not be a single major degree in music, there will still be teaching in the broad area of music available across Arts degrees at Lancaster. Lancaster continues to invest in the Arts and by the end of the year will have appointed four additional senior posts in the area. Lancaster is also aiming to widen its range of expertise beyond the core of Art, Design, Music and Theatre to embrace other areas of the arts.

The University hosts a thriving live arts scene for the campus, the city and the region. A wealth of UK and international artists of the highest calibre come to Lancaster every year in public programmes of professional theatre, dance, exhibitions and concerts. This will continue in the future.

Opening of £9.8m Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Entrepreneur and former Science Minister Lord Drayson of Kensington says a new £9.8m Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is at the forefront of a green technological revolution. He was speaking as he opened the new Centre at the Bridgwater Hall in Manchester. The Centre, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, is a joint initiative between Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and Inventya Ltd to develop eco-innovative products and services. Full story.

Campus Festival

Staff and their families are invited to come along and enjoy LUSU’s fourth annual Campus Festival on 16 March. This free student run event at Lancaster Square celebrates all the great things Lancaster University students do. The action starts at 11am when we celebrate LUSU involve’s 10th Birthday with tea, cake, magic and games and continues throughout the day with live performances, stalls and attractions, culminating in a firework display and live performance from the Lancaster University Big Band at approximately 10.45pm. See here for further information. Please note that for safety reasons the cycle path and perimeter road in the immediate vicinity will be closed between 10.30 and 11.15pm.

Particle physics pinball at Big Bang Science Fair

Visitors at this year’s Big Bang Science Fair will get the opportunity to find out more with a new interactive particle pin ball machine that attempts to replicate some of the great work taking place by Physics staff at Lancaster University. A team of staff and students from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster will soon be heading down to London to enthuse and engage with thousands of visitors at the fair. The event, at the London Excel Arena, will run from Thursday 14 March to Sunday 17 March with more than 65,000 visitors expected. Full story.

Undergraduate post application open days, 2013 entry

On Wednesday 13 March a large number of prospective undergraduate students, parents and visitors will be on campus attending interviews and post application open days for English and Creative Writing, DELC, LICA, Geography, Maths and Computing and Communications. 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 93724.

Subway to open on campus

A new branch of Subway will open on campus next month which will bring job opportunities for students. The manager, Becky Hill, is a former student, as is the franchisee Simon Ledwick. Job opportunities will be advertised via the student job shop. The new branch will open in one of the newly created retail units in Bowland, next to the Learning Zone. Customers will be able to eat in and takeaway.

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

The 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. See here for further information.


Professor David Sugarman (Law) delivered a lecture on the EU’s proposal to create quotas to improve the gender balance among directors of companies at the conference, “Getting Women on Board”, at the European Parliament on 7 March 2013. Other participants included commissioners, MEPs, and government and trade union representatives.

Professor Steven Jones, Dr Fiona Lobban, Dr Elizabeth Tyler, and Service User Researcher Rita Long from the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research were invited to a meeting in London on March 7 with the Department of Health. They gave an update on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for Severe Mental Illness (SMI) project which is being led by The Spectrum Centre in collaboration with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust. The Spectrum Centre has been chosen by the Government as the only research centre in the UK to be involved into the IAPT initiative in relation to Bipolar Disorder.

Colleges are now looking to appoint Assistant Deans for the academic year 2013/14. Applications are welcomed from current postgraduates and final year undergraduates who are intending to start postgraduate study at Lancaster University in October 2013. For further information and an application form please email your contact details to Deadline for applications is noon on Friday 5 April. Interviews will take place during the week beginning 29 April.

David Hartley, a PhD student in the SPEARS group in the Physics Department, has been awarded a $10,000 grant to study at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA for eight weeks over the summer. This prestigious award will allow David to attend the Space Science Summer School, birthplace of the first atomic bomb. During June and July David will carry out research into particle acceleration and loss in the Earth's radiation belts alongside Dr Yue Chen, an expert in radiation belt physics.

Maximising the impact of your work – research impact, bibliometrics, open access publishing and institutional repositories, is the topic of next week’s Library talk for staff and PG students. Monday 11 March, 10.00am. Please book – more information on the Library website.

This month the children in the Pre-School Centre are taking part in a “Healthy Body, Happy Me” initiative, supported by the Sports Centre. Sports Centre staff are delivering 9 sessions to the Nursery and Pre-School children which promote healthy eating and the importance of exercise. Julian Ankers, the University’s Executive Chef, is also going to demonstrate how to prepare a simple healthy snack. The events will culminate in a Healthy Breakfast – prepared and served by Pre-School staff on the morning of 20 March.

Red Nose Day

    On Thursday 14 March staff and students from the Faculty of Health and Medicine and Furness College will be selling delicious cakes and baked goodies to raise cash for Comic Relief, between 10.00am and 11.30am in the Furness Foyer.

    On Friday 15 March, Sports Centre staff will be placed in ‘ye olde stocks’, £1 for 3 sponges, to gunge your favourite (or least favourite) member of the sports centre team, between 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Sports Centre Car Park.

    Christine Valentine (LEC) is to give a talk for Comic Relief about her collection of over 300 vintage powder compacts which will also be on display. Coffee and cakes will be provided after the event at 12.30pm on 15 March in LEC Training Room 2. Tickets cost £3 from Sue Taylor (now Fleet), Debbie Hurst, Moira Gathercole or Christine Valentine before 11 March.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

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

Lancaster in the news

Research by Dr Don Passey (Educational Research) on how to make maths and science lessons more memorable appears on Yahoo News and Professor Anne Garden (FHM) was on BBC Radio Manchester talking about the NHS.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Pension reform – 1 April 2013

From 1 April 2013, all staff will have the option to join a workplace pension scheme. Current employees who are already enrolled in a Lancaster University workplace pension do not need to take any action. Current employees who are not currently a member of a workplace pension scheme are being individually notified of their options. All new employees (including casual employees) starting work on or after 1 April will receive notification of workplace pension provision with their letter of engagement and contract of employment. Further information on pension reform is available here.

Access ramp closure

The ramp between Fylde College and the Management School on the south spine is closed. Pedestrian access will remain open as usual but will be slightly restricted due to the fencing around the old Centre for Sport. Details of the revised accessible route are shown here.

There will be maps on the signage around the site which will show the new route and directional signage marking the route. This map can also be viewed here. If anybody needs access to this route out of hours and does not have a library card (which is needed for access out of hours), please contact the Facilities helpdesk. If you have any questions please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333.

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

    Live training broadcasts

    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. The next session is on 12 March.

Information Security – Common Mistakes

    #3 – Leaving personal or restricted information on pen drives

    Ideally you should avoid saving restricted and personal data on any mobile device (USB sticks, tablets, laptops). If you really must store data on a portable device, make sure you encrypt it. It is possible to encrypt individual documents or whole devices. If you use a University laptop, ISS can encrypt it for you – contact the ISS Service Desk who will refer you to your local ISS IT team.

For more information see the ISS News page.

Latest iLancaster developments

The latest iLancaster mobile app developments are ‘Exam Timetable’, which can be viewed in the Timetable feature, and ‘Wind Turbine’, which displays information about energy generated by the University’s wind turbine. There are also new releases of iLancaster for iOS and Android which prepare the app for integration with Moodle and in addition, the iOS version displays at full screen height for iPhone 5, and the Android version fixes previous stability issues. The new release can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

Bus fare revisions effective from Sunday 10 March

Stagecoach in Cumbria and North Lancashire will introduce revised fares across all operating areas from Sunday 10 March. A single fare from Lancaster to the University will increase from £1.60 to £1.65. The return fare will increase from £2.30 to £2.40. For further information including reasons for the increased fares please see the Stagecoach website.

Green Lancaster cycle sale and Dr Bike clinic

The next Green Lancaster Cycle event will take place on Tuesday 12 March, in Alexandra Square. The Dr Bike Clinic will be open between 10:00 and 15:00 for safety checks and minor repairs, with bikes and accessories on sale from 11.00am. Also come along for the launch of a brand new, free Android smart phone app built by Lancaster Project Management Students. The App provides walkers and cyclists with a number of informative self guided routes in and around the Lancaster area.

Do you want to put science in the headlines?

If you do then the British Science Association Media Fellowships are for you. Experience first-hand how science is reported by spending 3-6 weeks on a summer placement with a press, broadcast or online journalist such as the Guardian, The Irish Times or BBC. You will develop writing skills that could help you produce concise and engaging articles and funding applications. For details about the scheme, including eligibility and online application form, visit our webpage. Application deadline: 18 March 2013.

Sports news

For more information about what's on at the Sports Centre visit or call 01524 510600.

Sports Centre e-newsletter

The Sports Centre is encouraging customers to sign up for its new enewsletter to help reduce the amount of paper it uses. To sign up email, or enter your email address at the bottom of any Sports Centre website page, or put your details on the signup sheet which can be found at reception.


There is still space available on our Multi-Activity Days for children this Easter. See here for further information.

Lancashire Cup Swimming Event

On Wednesday 13th March, the Lancashire Cup will be held in the Swimming Pool. The competition which is between UCLAN, the University of Cumbria, and Lancaster University will see 5 different teams from the universities compete. The pool will be closed from 9am – 4pm to allow for swimming lessons in the morning and the Lancashire cup in the afternoon.

Food & Drink on Campus

For 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

The next Continuing Professional Development session Lecture Capture: Panopto – Possibilities and Practicalities is scheduled for 19 March from 1.00 - 2.15pm in LUMS LT6.

Please find below a list of upcoming staff development opportunities that may be of interest. For more opportunities please visit the OED Website or email directly to

What's On

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

Live at LICA

Lancashire Sinfonietta - Wunderkind, 7.30pm, Thursday 14 March. All of the works featured were written by composers in their teens or early 20s, including the hotly-anticipated premiere of a work by Tom Harrold, our Young Composer in Residence.

Kate Tempest - WASTED, 7.30pm, Tuesday 12 March, performed at The Dukes in Lancaster. The debut play of one of the UK’s most exciting performance poets.

Forsyth & Pollard - Jumpers (what must I do to be saved), Exhibition running now until 22nd March. A newly commissioned video installation by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard - a beautiful and intense work which documents a live experiment in manipulation and compliance.

Lancaster Centre for Mobilities Research

As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), we are pleased to announce and invite contributions for the ‘Global Conference on Mobility Futures’, 4-6 September 2013, at Lancaster University, UK. Over the past decade, the work of CeMoRe and others have helped to ‘mobilise’ the social and human sciences and developed innovative analyses of economic, social, technological, political, policy and design transformations. For information see the website.

Sociology seminar

The seminar on 'Sexual violence: a case study of the rhetorics and realities of victim participation' is by Liz Kelly CBE, Professor of Sexualised Violence at London Metropolitan University. The seminar, sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Professor Sylvia Walby, is in FASS building MR3 on 19 March from 4.15 to 6.00pm. It will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by SecurityLancaster. Further information from

FASS Seminar Series: an Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Speakers: Karenza Moore - Rituals, customs and law breaking in the UK dance scene, and Kim Knott - Hands, Gestures, and Customary Practice, on Thursday 14 March, 5.00 - 6.30pm in Bowland North SR8, refreshments provided.

The Comedy Barn live at Barker House Farm, Cartmel College

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 or alternatively at Cartmel Bar on the night.

Indie Night at The Herdwick, Graduate College

Thursday 14th March brings a free Indie night to the Herdwick at Graduate College featuring Icepops for Breakfast and Sea Circuit, on from 9.00pm.

Tin Pan Alley return to The Herdwick

Popular campus favourites Tin Pan Alley return to The Herdwick on Friday 15th March at 9.00pm. The weekly curry night is still on, so come down early from 5.00pm to enjoy a curry and soft drink from £3.99 and a curry and a pint from £5.49.

Broadbean Food Co-op

A new, student-run, not-for-profit initiative is selling organic, fair trade and locally sourced vegetables, wholefoods and coffee beans every Thursday in Alexandra Square as part of the weekly Farmers' Market.


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