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22 March 2013 | Issue 604

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Greetings to our Jewish readers who celebrate Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar, on 26 March.

There will be no edition of LU Text on Friday 29 March and Friday 5 April. The next edition will be published on Friday 12 April 2013. Happy Easter to all.

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


Staff prizes 2013

Congratulations to this year's Staff Prize winners. There are two award categories, the Pilkington Teaching Awards and the Outstanding Contribution Awards. All winners will receive their awards in the Summer graduation ceremonies.

Pilkington Teaching Awards:

    Professor Barbara Maher (LEC) and Mark Westcombe (Management Science)

Outstanding Contribution Awards:

    Alan Deane (Safety, Health and Wellbeing), Stacey Spencer (Student Based Services), Janet Parker (Economics), Bill Gamble (LICA), Dr Hugh Tuffen (LEC), Professor Mick Short (Recently retired, formerly Linguistics and English Language) and Steven Wright (Faculty of Health and Medicine). CIS Learning Technology Team: Adrian Fish, Andrew Nicols, Daniel Jackson, David Harrison, Glen Dobson, Lynn Gamble, Philip Tubman, Ruslan Kabalin, Ruth Paterson, Steven Powell, Tim Ellis and Tony Hignett.

Summer Graduation Ceremonies

Congregations for the conferment of Bachelor and Honorary Degrees will take place from Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 July 2013. The full timetable and information for finalists are available on the website at website. The University will be awarding six Honorary Degrees:

Professor Alexander Andreev, Director, P.L. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems
Professor David Crystal OBE, FBA
Professor Dame Sally Macintyre DBE, Director, MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit
Professor Maurice Moloney, Director and Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research
Professor Helga Nowotny, WWTF Vienna Science and Technology Fund and President, European Research Council
Simon Rogan, Chef and Owner, L’Enclume Restaurant

For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office on 01524 592190.

Live at LICA funding success

Live at LICA, Lancaster University's public arts organisation, has been awarded c£100,000 by NESTA, AHRC and Arts Council England as part of the Digital R&D fund. Working with partners Imagination Lancaster and M-Ventions, the project grows from Live at LICA's Conversations with the Collection initiative that has recently seen local children, artists and university staff curate exhibitions in the Peter Scott Gallery. The new funding takes the concept into the digital domain, enabling people to curate bespoke exhibitions for the Gallery remotely with a tablet or mobile phone using Mobile Augmented Reality technology. This overlays digital information on to the real world, enabling people to view how different items will look on display. The project is one of nine funded nationally, including the Royal Opera House, Imperial War Museum, Cheltenham Festivals and Pavilion Dance.

Heritage coffee business embraces digital innovation

Tens of thousands of coffee bags at a Lancaster business now carry digital tags so customers can scan the packaging and learn the story behind the product. J.Atkinson and Co. has been roasting and supplying coffee in the city since 1837 but the owners wanted to bring digital innovation to the company. The QR codes on the packaging can also be used to order more products from the business, raising awareness of the e-commerce site and relieving pressure on busy staff. The innovation is the brainchild of Science and Technology PhD student Liz Edwards from HighWire, a doctoral training centre centred on innovation through computer science, management and design. In the first three years of operation HighWire has run over 60 partnership projects with businesses, the health sector, schools, public organisations and other societal groups, to drive radical change in business and society through developing digital innovations. Full story.

BEAT-ing depression in adults with a learning disability

Lancaster University is among three universities to have won over £1.2m from the National Institute for Health Research to test the effectiveness of a new treatment for depression for people with a learning disability. Even though depression is the most common type of mental health problem experienced by adults there is a lack of evidence about psychological treatments for people with learning disability. Professor Chris Hatton from the Centre for Disability Research is working on the project which is led by the University of Glasgow with Bangor University. He will be offering academic support to Cumbria which is one of three sites in the UK for patient trials of a recently adapted version of a psychological approach called Behavioural Activation, named BEAT-IT. Full story.

University closure dates 2013/2014

The Vice-Chancellor has determined that the six closure dates for 2013/2014 will be allocated as follows :

  • Christmas 2013 - 23, 27, 30 and 31 December. Additionally, and exceptionally the Vice-Chancellor is granting one extra closure day this year to be taken on Christmas Eve Tuesday 24 December 2013. This will be pro-rata for part time staff. Therefore, the University will close at 5.00pm on Friday 20 December and re-open at 9.00am on Thursday 2 January 2014.

  • Easter 2014 - Thursday 17 April and Tuesday 22 April. The University will close at 5.30pm on Wednesday 16 April and reopen at 9.00am on Wednesday 23 April 2014.

Quiet period during University examinations

In order not to disturb examinations or students’ private study and revision time, all members of the University community are asked to observe the quiet period which will start on 15 April until 20 June. During this period no noisy activities must take place in any college or other venue close to examination rooms, residences or study accommodation. The exceptions to this are by special negotiation and for short periods, in the Great Hall Complex. Colleges or societies or any other area wishing to organise events during the quiet period must seek special permission from the relevant College Dean, the University Dean or the Head of the Student Registry.

Undergraduate campus tour - Wednesday 27 March

On Wednesday 27 March we will be welcoming over 700 prospective undergraduates, their parents and guardians on to campus. Visitors will get the opportunity to attend a welcome talk in the Great Hall, take a tour with our current students and spend an hour with a department of their choice finding out about their courses. Many applicants attending will be holding an offer from us and for some this will be their first visit to Lancaster. The UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Office will be coordinating the event along with Departments and a car parking plan is in place with Facilities. Please note, due to the large volume of visitors, campus will be exceptionally busy. If you require any further information please contact Kathryn Lambert in the UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Office (x93724)


Congratulations to Dr Jim Wild who has been awarded a personal chair in Space Physics from 1 April 2013.

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) has been made an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition for the scope and significance of her work. The University already boasts over a dozen Academicians who are listed here by the Academy of Social Sciences.

Top students from one of Lancaster University’s academic partners, Sunway University in Malaysia, have been visiting the Lancaster campus. They include three Chancellors’ Scholars awarded a funded two week visit to Lancaster during the final year of studies. Full story.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) has been made an Honorary Professor at York St John University, in York, for his work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Dr Patrick Hagopian (History) attended a roundtable discussion event sponsored by the Arts Council in London, 21 March. The discussion was entitled: The long view: interpreting long-term trends in museum and gallery attendances.

Events organised at LEC by Christine Valentine and Jan Parkinson have raised over £166 for Comic Relief. These included a talk on vintage powder compacts and a dressdown day for staff.

Thanks go to all who supported the Comic Relief Cake Sake on Friday on C Floor University House. £123 was raised including around £40 from Gail Neville’s (UKSRO) “Pigs in a Barrel Cake”.

The Sports Centre supported Red Nose Day by transforming the reception into a gunge-tastic zone complete with stocks, swimming caps, and a lot of mess. Kim Montgomery, Head of Sport, Debbie Bell, Sports Centre Manager and others had their turn in the stocks as fellow staff and Sports Centre customers covered them in gunge. Visit the Sports Centre Facebook page to see the picture album of the day. The total raised was £110.

Last chance to nominate for The Student Employee of the Year Awards 2013. On line nominations close on 12 April so please take some time to submit nominations for your student staff employees. 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. Check out the eligibility of your student employee and nominate them now.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Research Associate - Secure Cloud Computing for Critical Infrastructure IT (SECCRIT)
Administrative Assistant (Internal)
Part-time HR Assistant – Data Support (Internal)

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

A new system built by Eduardo Velloso (Computing and Communications) to capture a weightlifter's motion in three dimensions is featured in the New Scientist.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Main University drive closure

To allow for landscaping works, the main entrance to the University, Bigforth Drive, will be closed from the A6 to the Sports Centre on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April from 9.30am – 4.30pm each day. During these periods vehicles will not be able to access the campus from the main drive; exit routes from the main campus will not be affected. Sports Centre users and those wishing to access the campus should follow the traffic diversion that will be in place to re-direct vehicles from the A6 to the Alexandra Park entrance onto the main campus. Stagecoach buses will be re-routed to accommodate these restrictions. For further information contact the Facilities Helpdesk 01524 593333.

Post room and Post Office hours during Easter

The mailroom will be closed on Thursday 28 March, and will re-open on Thursday 4 April.

The Post Office will be open as follows:
Good Friday – closed
Easter Saturday – open 9.30am - 12.15pm
Easter Monday – closed
Tuesday 2 April – normal hours – 9.30am - 5.15pm

United Utilities

United Utilities will be working to improve the sewer system in Lancaster City Centre over the next two years. This work will mean that there will be some temporary changes to some of the traffic routes around the City Centre and to the bus station starting on Tuesday 2 April. Further information.

Bus services over the Easter bank holiday weekend

Local bus services will operate to Sunday timetables on Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays. Further details are available on the Stagecoach website.

Information Security – Common Mistakes

#5 – Leaving your PC Unlocked

Lock your computer if you are leaving it unattended (even for a few seconds). Your programs still run when it is locked. You never know who is wandering around and could access information only you are supposed to see, send an email pretending to be you or even access your personal details. More information: ISS News

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. Also, there are new releases of iLancaster for iOS and Android which prepare the app for integration with Moodle; in addition, the iOS version displays at full screen height for iPhone 5, and the Android version fixes previous stability issues. Users should download the new release from the App Store or Google Play.

Lecture Capture Project

During the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, ISS commenced a pilot project to capture lecture content. A total of over 800 lectures across 14 venues and 100 courses was captured. Once approved by the lecturer, the captured content is made available to students via the university VLE. Feedback from participating staff and students has been positive and we would therefore like to extend the trial during the Summer term and the next academic year. If you are interested and require more information, please follow this link.

Sports news

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 on the Sports Centre visit or call 01524 510600.


If your child would like to learn a new sport, or you’d like to keep them entertained during the holidays, there is space available on Multi-Activity Days for children at the Sports Centre this Easter. For children aged 8 – 14 years, there is a wide variety of activities and sports, offering something to appeal to every child. Find out about the sports available, dates, and prices.

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 today (Friday 22nd March). All opening times can be viewed here and opening hours will resume as normal on Monday 22 April.

Sign up for the new enewsletter

A new enewsletter, providing the latest news and exclusive offers for Meeting, Eating, Drinking and Sleeping on campus will be launched after the Easter break. To sign up click 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

Researcher Day – Research in a Difficult Climate: How to Thrive and Survive as a Researcher in the 21st Century - 13 June, 9.30am - 4.30pm – Management School

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

Lancaster Students present: Cabaret, 26 - 28 April. The finest talent from Lancaster University’s theatre, music and dance societies collide to bring a fresh and exciting production of Cabaret

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 Louise Davies for more information or to book your team’s place. Full event details can be found here.


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