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15 March 2013 | Issue 603

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


Developing the Strategic Plan

Staff are invited to view and comment on the discussion paper Developing the Strategic Plan 2014-2020, recently added to the SharePoint site, which forms part of the consultation process about strategic options for the University. This discussion paper has already been discussed at Senate and UMAG and will be going to Council on 22 March. All comments and suggestions submitted to this site will be used to inform face-to-face discussions.

The sky’s the limit for young entrepreneurs

Lancaster University has held its first ever Entrepreneurship Conference with Career Academies UK for Year 12 pupils. More than 150 sixth form students from across the North had the opportunity to design their own airline at the event which took place at Lancaster University Management School. Full story.

Lancaster's approach to open access publishing: funds available

Last week Senate approved an approach to open access publishing of research outputs that promotes the use of our PURE/Eprints repository to house copies of outputs when permitted by publishers' restrictions (so called "Green" publishing). In addition, we have funds available from RCUK to specifically support up-front payments for instant open access (the "Gold" model) for outputs from research council funded projects. Lancaster University is also providing £25K this year for researchers wanting to use the Gold route for other publications. This approach will allow us to fulfil the new requirements from RCUK that come into effect on 1 April and prepare for the likely approach that HEFCE will take for REF2020.

These funds will be allocated on a first come first served basis and will be administered by the Library, with the support of the PVC Research, the Associate Deans for Research and the head of RSO. Guidance on Open Access, including Gold and Green routes to Open Access, and application forms for funding, has been provided by the Library. Further queries can be emailed to

Documentary on fire in tropical forests

The use of fire by Amazonian farmers is the topic of five videos launched by researchers at the Lancaster Environment Centre. Dr Luke Parry and Dr Jos Barlow are the executive producers on the short films which explore fire use by Amazonian farmers as well as fire-free alternatives to slash and burn agriculture. The films contribute to a UK-Brazil research initiative entitled Human dimensions of wildfires: linking research and environmental education to reduce Amazonian wildfires. They were produced in partnership with the Goeldi Museum in Brazil and Tania Cypriano (Viva! Films), and funded by the UK’s Darwin Initiative. Full story.

Campus Grounds

The Facilities Grounds team are continually looking at ways to improve the horticultural appearance, add more seasonal colour and improve the wildlife habitat potential of the site. Since 2009 the team has planted approximately 99,000 ornamental bulbs, and created significant areas of wildflower meadow. The intention is to continue this initiative and identify on an annual basis where improvements can be made. If you have any ideas or thoughts for improvements then please contact Ian Sturzaker (Landscape Manager).

Election Results for LUSU Full Time Officer team 2013-4

President – Joel Pullan, VP Activities – Emily Pollitt, VP Campaigns & Communications – Rachel Harvey, VP Education – Joe O’Neill, VP Union Development – Laurence Pullan, VP Welfare & Community – Tom Fox.


Dr Tomislav Stankovski (Physics) has won a £500 prize after his thesis "Tackling the Inverse Problem for Non-autonomous Systems: Application to the Life Sciences", was chosen by Springer Theses as the best of the best theses from internationally top-ranked research institutes. He is a research associate and former PhD student supervised by Professor Aneta Stefanovska.

Janet Lees, a current MA student in the Lancaster Writing Programme, has had her poetry pamphlet "The Magpie in Your Ribcage" shortlisted in the Poetry School / Pighog Press pamphlet competition. The judges, Julia Bird and Ciaran O’Driscoll chose just twelve poets from over 450 entries. The winners and runners up will be announced in May.

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 commencing 29 April.

Professor Christine Milligan (Centre for Ageing Research) was invited to attend a workshop hosted by the Bonn Group of Research Councils in Europe and the National Science Foundation of China in Shanghai last week. The workshop was designed to develop closer research collaborations between Europe and China around ageing and population change.

Orgainisation and Educational Development welcomed a a second group of colleagues from Sunway University, Lancaster's partner institution in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on 25 February. The purpose of the visit was teacher development, with a particular focus on assessment setting, marking and moderation. Ways to enhance further joint research between Sunway and Lancaster colleagues were also explored. Full story.

Emeritus Professor Lionel Wilson has been at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California this week to work with Dr Karl Mitchell and Dr Ashley Davies and to give an invited seminar on "Emplacement dynamics of planetary lava flows". At the weekend he goes to Houston, Texas to give a talk at each of 2 back-to-back conferences next week, and he will finally move on to spend 8 weeks working on the thermal histories of asteroids at the University of Hawai'i in Honolulu.

Ten minute position papers are invited on any aspect of ‘surfaces’ for a panel discussion on Thursday 23 May. Please send a 200-word abstract to the organisers Dr Rebecca Coleman and Dr Liz Oakley-Brown by 31 March. Further information.

Nominations open for Lancaster’s first ever TEDx event, taking place next term. The theme will be “Discovery: The Journey So Far” and we are looking for nominations of inspirational and engaging speakers: Perhaps you know an inspirational lecturer, have met someone with a fascinating story or know of a student or staff member whose research is worth shouting about on a global stage.

To nominate a speaker please fill in this short form. Nominations close end of week 21. More info about the event itself and how to get tickets will be released next term please email to be placed on a mailing list.

The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion had a bake sale and raised £168.75 for Comic Relief.

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

Professor Andrew Jotischky (History) was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s Food programme, March 13, on fasting for a programme to be broadcast on 1 April. Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR) has an article in The Washington Post on women and religion.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Wind turbine exercise

The maintenance company for the University’s wind turbine and the emergency services will be carrying out an exercise on Tuesday 19 March to practice a rescue operation on the turbine. Ropes hanging from the turbine might be visible from 9.30am and there will be emergency services around the site.

Information Security – Common Mistakes

    #4 – Copying a spreadsheet of student marks to Google Docs or other ‘Cloud’ services so you can access it elsewhere?

    A good rule to follow is to always keep restricted and personal data out of “the Cloud”. If you need to share documents, put them in SharePoint, or in a folder which you can access from home or away using the VPN or Remote Desktop.

For more information on cloud computing and accessing data away from the office see the ISS News page.

New desktop icon for LancasterAnswers

A LancasterAnswers shortcut icon is now available on the desktops of Supported Windows 7 PCs. The shortcut appears on these PCs in offices, teaching rooms and PC Labs. In LancasterAnswers, you can search at any time for answers to questions relating to Facilities, Information Systems Services, Secretariat and Student Based Services. If you don’t have the icon on your desktop you can access LancasterAnswers at

Sports news

Korfball Tournaments -Sports Hall closure

The Sports Hall will be closed all day on Saturday 16 March 8.30am - 6.00pm to allow for the Korfball 2nd team Nationals tournament to take place. All squash courts, and outdoor courts will be open as usual.

Easter Essential Guide

The Sports Centre’s Easter Essential Guide is now online and available for you to download featuring Easter opening hours, class timetables, courses and events. If you would like to receive the Essential Guide directly to your inbox, sign up to the enewsletter by emailing or entering your email address at the bottom of any Sports Centre website page, or you can put your details on the signup sheet at the sports Centre reception.

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

Food & Drink on Campus

For information on food and drink on campus visit

Easter vacation opening times

All bars and cafes on campus will be operating reduced opening times during the Easter vacation period, starting Friday 22 March. All opening times can be viewed here and opening hours will resume as normal on Monday 22 April.

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 - 2.30pm in LUMS LT1.

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.

Science and Technology Business and Industry seminars

The next free seminar in the series is How Unilever Finds Technology Partners by Roger Leech, Unilever’s Discover Operations and Science Grid Director, Wednesday 20 March, Cavendish Colloquium Room. Lunch is available 1.00pm - 2.00pm, followed by the seminar 2.00pm - 3.00pm, which will give examples of the organisation’s innovation challenges and how it finds partners and networks to work on solutions from academia, businesses, NGOs and governments. All welcome.

Register to attend. Add to your calendar.

Live at LICA

Tine Thing Helseth with Kathryn Stott, 7.30pm, Thursday 21 March. This wonderful Norwegian trumpeter is taking the world by storm with her melodic tone and virtuosity. She is joined by Steinway Artist and patron, Kathryn Stott, to close the Live at LICA season with a fanfare!.

Joint book launch

Societies Beyond Oil by Professor John Urry (Sociology), and Revolting Subjects by Dr Imogen Tyler (Sociology).

An event to launch both books is being held on Tuesday 23 April, 5.30 - 7.30pm, at Blackwells Book Shop on campus. There will be talks from both authors, a question and answer session and a wine reception.

The books are published by Zed Books. For more information or to request review copies please contact Ruvani de Silva on 020 7837 8466 or

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day celebrations on campus include Green ale, live performances from the ULMS Folk Group and a (Wo)Man vs. leprechaun burger challenge in Fylde! On Sunday 17 March, the ULMS Folk Group will start the evening in The Herdwick, Graduate College Bar from 7.30pm and then lead the way via The Mill at Fylde and Trevor at Furness College to The Northern Oak in County where there’ll be more green ale and giant games. Further information.

Tin Pan Alley return to The Herdwick

Popular campus favourites Tin Pan Alley return to The Herdwick on Friday 15 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.

Far Out Fodder Trials: Eats bushtucker for breakfast

If you've watched I'm A Celebrity you'll have heard about their Bush tucker trials, now’s your chance to face the challenge yourself at Barker House Farm. On Friday 26 April, teams of up to eight can enter, and teams can be made up of student or staff members. A trial table costs £40 per team and there will be ten rounds of gruesome food and drink challenges to take part in. Email Harriet Buttigieg for more information or to book your team’s place. Full event details can be found here.


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