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12 April 2013 | Issue 605

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


Promotion success

Congratulations to the following colleagues on their appointment of a Readership;

    Ian Bradley (Physics)
    Vincent Reid (Psychology)
    Keith Cheverst (Computing and Communications)
    Adrian Friday (Computing and Communications)

New credit rating

Lancaster University’s credit rating has been upgraded to AA- with a ‘stable outlook’ by the credit rating agency Standard and Poor's.The new rating was issued on 28 March 2013 and is an improvement on Lancaster’s previous rating of A+.

The agency said that Lancaster has shown strong resilience to the new higher education funding regime and that its liquidity and cash flow generating capacity is strong, supported by robust student demand, in particular from overseas students. The outcome is especially pleasing in the current economic environment.

LUMS maintains prestigious AACSB accreditation

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. LUMS gained its initial accreditation from AACSB in 2008, becoming one of the first UK business schools to hold triple accreditation from the world’s leading business-school accreditation organisations: AACSB, Equis and the Association of MBAs. Holding triple accreditation places LUMS in the top 2% of business schools worldwide. Full story.

TEDx at Lancaster

Nominations are invited for speakers at the first ever TEDx event at Lancaster University on 18 June. TED is a world renowned nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ and previous speakers have included Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates and several Nobel Laureates. TEDx is designed to provide TED at a local level, with the event coordinated independently. Speakers can be staff, students, alumni or from the local community. The theme is “Discovery: The journey so far”, whether scientific, personal, historical, geographic, social and or of any other nature. Nominations for speakers are open until Friday 26 April and the selection will be made by academics. The event at LICA, organised by students, will be recorded and streamed live and promoted by TED through their website and social media which reaches a potential audience of millions.

Increased risk from Icelandic volcanoes

New research by Lancaster University and The Open University has discovered another type of Icelandic volcanic eruption that could cause disruption. Published in Geology (February 2013), the team found magma that is twice as 'fizzy' as previously believed, which increases the likelihood of disruptive ash clouds from future eruptions. Full story.

£75,000 funding will speed up activity impact

Funding totalling almost £75,000 has been awarded to Lancaster University researchers to enable them to engage with external partners and accelerate the impact of their activities. The funding comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and will support partnerships across the School of Computing and Communications, Engineering, LEC and Physics with a number of large enterprises, SMEs and charities. Researchers and external partners are invited to attend an 'ImaginationLab’ on Wednesday 8 May to develop concepts and ideas that could lead to successful funding of up to £20,000. Full story.

Award for female CEO of technology firm

A Lancaster graduate who founded her own firm has been awarded the title of Entrepreneur of the Year at the FDM everywoman in Technology awards. In 2006, Jennifer Sheridan gained a PhD in Computer Science in which she established the field of Digital Live Art. In 2010, she founded Togeva Ltd, which allows people to create and share digital content on mobile devices. Full story.

Spotlight on Health and Medicine Thursday 2 May

The Faculty of Health and Medicine is hosting the second one-day symposium that seeks to bring together academics who have an interest in health and medicine. The aim of the ‘Spotlight’ events is to develop a better understanding, within the University community, of what different individuals and research groups are doing, in the hope that we can build further collaborations.

There will be a series of short presentations, each of 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of questions/discussion), delivered by colleagues drawn from each of the four Faculties. These are not specialist research seminars; but will provide an opportunity to convey a flavour of research to a wider University audience.

The event is open to all members of the University with an interest in health and medicine. The meeting will be held in FASS (Rooms 2/3, Ground Floor), with coffee from 9.15am, lunch at 12pm and tea at 3pm. For catering purposes we would appreciate registration via the Faculty email address:


Professor Martin Conyon (LUMS) has won the Best Paper Award for the 2013 Journal of Business Ethics conference on Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China. The title of the paper is 'Executive Compensation and Corporate Fraud in China' and is joint with Lerong He at the State University of New York (SUNY).

The British Council will exhibit a project by Dr Emile Devereaux (LICA) entitled LEGIT: Digital Media for Open Governance, at the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre in London until April 21. Dr Devereaux was a fellow for unVEIL, a collaboration between the AHRC, The British Council, and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network. The resulting project LEGIT, a collection of short works about legislation in India, has also been shown at the UnBox Festival in New Delhi.

A monograph called 'Shareholder Democracies? Corporate Governance in Britain and Ireland before 1850', co-authored by Dr James Taylor (History), has been awarded the Ralph Gomory Prize for 2013, awarded by the Business History Conference.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has been presenting his own poetry series on BBC Radio 4. ‘The Echo Chamber’ showcases the best in contemporary poetry and poets featured have included Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott, Don Paterson and Paul Muldoon, who is visiting Lancaster in May.

Second year PhD student at the University’s School of Computing and Communications, Eduardo Velloso was featured recently in the New Scientist magazine for his innovative work to provide 3-D feedback on weightlifting performance. Eduardo, from Rio de Janeiro, presented his system to the Augmented Human Conference in Stuttgart, an international conference which highlights new scientific technologies geared at increasing human capabilities. Full story.

Grizedale College are searching for a College Senior Advisor. The role is one of Student Welfare and pays a small honorarium. Start date is as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is Friday 26 April. Interviews Thursday 2 May. For further details please contact for a job description.

Welcome to Lancaster University’s new police officer PC Ben Rooke who is to hold a weekly surgery on campus for students and staff. He will also be contactable on twitter.

Medical Students and University Staff have been asked to participate in the Global Corporate Challenge for 2013. Expressions of interest from teams of 7 participants, should be returned to Helena Moore no later than Friday 26 April. The aim of the challenge is for each member to aim to walk 10,000 step per day starting on 23 May 2013 and runs over 16 weeks. The teams are made up of 7 members and the cost will be a maximum of £49 per person (excl VAT). Organisers are currently trying to finding out if there is sponsorship for the event, meaning the cost could be subsidised. Details of the GCC can be found here.

We regret to report the death of Adrian Leftwich, who taught for a year in Politics at Lancaster before joining York University where he became the Research Director of The Developmental Leadership Programme. Adrian was a student leader in South Africa in the early 1960s and anti-apartheid activist.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

A694: Lectureship in Psychology

N438R: Assistant Faculty Admissions Officer – Postgraduate

A691: Head of Communications

A683: Head of Undergraduate Admissions

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 Linda Woodhead (PPR) was interviewed by ABC radio in Australia on Mrs Thatcher’s relationship with the church. Volcano research co-authored by Dr Hugh Tuffen and PhD student Jacqui Owen (LEC) was covered in The Times Higher Education magazine and science media.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Temporary main University drive closure this Saturday

To allow for landscaping, the main entrance to the University, Bigforth Drive will be closed from the A6 to the Sports Centre on Saturday 13 April from 7.30am – 5.30pm. During this time vehicles will not be able to access the campus from the main drive; but 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. If you have any questions please contact Ian Sturzaker, Landscape Manager on 5-93004.

Faraday car park closure

The Staff Zone car park on the fenced off land behind the Faraday building will permanently close on Monday 22 April to allow for a site compound to be set up as part of building works for the refurbishment of the Department of Chemistry. Staff car parking is still available on the perimeter road. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused. For more information contact the Facilities Helpdesk, 01524 593333.

Bowland South, East and Tower refurbishment - works start on site

From Monday 15 April the building contractors for the refurbishment of Bowland South, East and Tower residences will start to set up their compound and form access routes from the compound to the site. The compound will be at the back of the maintenance offices and Helme Garage (previously used as the site compound for the Energy Centre). Contractor access from the compound into the site will be obtained along the top of the underpass banking to the rear of Bowland Tower. The contractor will also be starting preliminary works including scaffolding, strip out and minor demolition works. If you have any enquiries about this work please contact the Facilities Helpdesk, 01524 593333.

United Utilities

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

Pilot project to capture lectures to be extended

More than 800 lectures across 14 venues and 100 courses have been captured by ISS in a pilot project over the preceding two terms. Once approved by the lecturer, the captured content is made available to students via the University VLE. Feedback has been positive and the trial is to be extended during the Summer term and the next academic year. For more information, please follow this link.

Information Security – Common Mistakes

    #6 – Not updating your computer or installing anti-virus software

    Keep your computers up-to-date with software updates and virus scanning software. PCs and Macs are both vulnerable. Staff managed build PCs have anti-virus and updates set up automatically. Staff and students can get a free copy of Symantec Anti-Virus for use at home. Visit the ISS Service Desk in the Learning Zone and request an anti-virus DVD or connect via VPN and download here.

Document templates

A range of pre-designed templates for reports, presentations, posters and leaflets are now available to download.

Sports news

Summer term Essential Guide

The Sports Centre’s Summer term 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.

Free Introductory Wellbeing Day

On Tuesday 23 April from 12.00pm – 3.00pm the Natural Health Care Centre is holding another Introductory Wellbeing Day in Fylde Common Room. The Sports Centre will be holding a ‘Fitness Surgery’ as part of the event. There will be free, complementary tasters in Reflexology, Shiatsu Massage, Alexander Technique and much, much more. For more information visit the Sports Centre website. For more information on the Sports Centre visit or call 01524 510600.

Food & Drink on Campus

If you've watched I'm A Celebrity you'll have heard about their Bush tucker trials, but we're bringing you an evening of trials that make even the Bush tuckers look easy! We’ve got at least 10 food and drink challenges for you to participate in, to try and win £400. Teams of up to eight can enter, and teams can be made up of student or staff members, with a table costing £40 per team. The Challenge starts at 8.30pm in Barker House Farm, Cartmel College on Friday 26 April. Email Louise Davies for more information and to book your place please see here. Full event details plus terms and conditions can be found here.

Sign up for the new enewsletter

This provides the latest news and exclusive offers for Meeting, Eating, Drinking and Sleeping on campus. To sign up click here.

For information on food and drink on campus visit

Training & Courses

Staff IT training

Summer term FREE IT taught training sessions run by ISS will be available online soon. 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 DayResearch in a Difficult Climate: How to Thrive and Survive as a Researcher in the 21st Century. 13 June 9.30am - 4.30pm – Management School.
All Lancaster researchers are invited to take part in this day of events, discussions and workshops focussing on the challenges to the researcher in these difficult times. The day will include presentations on research careers, ethics and public engagement as well as workshops on writing high-impact papers and funding. Please check the website for further information and details of how and when to book.

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

The Soldier’s Song . The Soldier’s Song is a simple installation taking the form of a walk-in karaoke booth that invites an audience member to duet with a currently serving soldier. Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 12 - 20 April. Accrington Market Hall, from 23 April - 1 May.

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

Study Mandarin Chinese and Tai Chi with Lancaster University Confucius Institute

Mandarin classes start week beginning 22 April. Ten week courses cost £30 for students, £40 for staff and £45 for others. For further information on Beginners’ Levels 1, 2, 3 and Intermediate please see here. If you are interested in other levels please email

Taichi Classes at the Round House, Lancaster University, on Fridays, 1-2pm. £20.00 for 10 sessions from 26 April to 28 June inclusive.


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