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Greetings to our readers who celebrate Ridván between 21 April until 2 May.
ICT Initiative of the Year
Lancaster has been shortlisted for the ICT Initiative of the Year in the THE Leadership and Management Awards.
Crop researchers sort the wheat from the chaff
A Lancaster University research project to effectively ‘toughen up’ wheat crops has just been awarded a $1 million grant.
The money will enable Professor Bill Davies and Drs Sally Wilkinson and Ian Dodd at Lancaster Environment Centre to focus on increasing wheat crop yields, making the plants more resilient to stress and enabling them to cope with climate change. Full story.
Lancaster's approach to open access publishing: funds available
Senate recently 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 has also provided £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 came into effect on April 1st and prepare for the likely approach that HEFCE will take for REF2020.
These funds are being allocated on a first come first served basis and are being 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 and further queries can be emailed to email@example.com.
It’s a sign of the times for the School of Computing and Communications
A Google grant will enable researchers at Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications to take work on digital sign analytics to the next level.
The World Wide Web relies on analytics packages to shape relevant content for readers. Currently there is nothing similar available for the huge array of digital displays and signage including plasma screens, advertising billboards and airport, railway and shopping centre information boards.
Ice Cloud Mirror
Ice Cloud Mirror is the title of a new exhibition being staged by Professor Emma Rose, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The display exhibition, which opened at Brantwood, Ruskin’s home in the Lake District, features a film made by Emma and a colleague Neil Boynton and is shot in the high Alps over four months by three cameras taking continuous film footage. This has been edited down to four minutes and is shown alongside eight watercolours by Ruskin of the Alps and the Lake District.
The theme of the exhibition is to explore the role of landscape in people's health and wellbeing. Visitors will be asked what they feel when they watch the film, look at Ruskin's paintings and view the actual Lake District mountains.
The exhibition is open every day 10.30 – 5.00pm until 24 June.
Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw visited campus with members of the local business community to find out more about the University’s Unite With Business project.
The event, involving local SMEs, took place at The Base in Alexandra Square.
The project provides paid placement opportunities for students to work and engage with local businesses on operational or strategic projects. This supports the business to enter new markets, develop new products or services and provide growth in the economy.
The first ever study of the lives of Church of England clergy has revealed the personal costs of committing yourself to God. Written by the Bishop of Brechin and Dr Caroline Gatrell (LUMS), the book “Managing Clergy Lives” (Bloomsbury) is based on in-depth interviews with 46 deans. Full story.
They were both interviewed about their research on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed by presenter Laurie Taylor and the programme is available to listen again here.
Professor Steven Wheatley (Law) was an invited participant and member of the Judiciary Panel at the Bahrain International Symposium (University of Bahrain). The Symposium took place over the Easter weekend and brought together politicians, diplomats and political scientists and specialists in law and international relations to examine the possibilities and difficulties of constitutional reform in the Kingdom consistent with international standards.
Dr Rod Dillon of the Faculty of Health and Medicine was invited to give a "Twinbrooks Seminar" at the USA National Institute of Health in Washington DC. The seminar was on the role of the sand fly in transmitting the medically important Leishmania parasite in Brazil and research at Lancaster to find new ways to stop transmission of the disease.
PhD students Helen Davies and Rachel White (English and Creative Writing) have organised a Shakespeare charity event to be held on the 27 April at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster in aid of the Twins' Appeal. The day ends with a peformance of Macbeth: The Final Rehearsal at the Dukes Theatre.
A new book, The Burning Question, is written by an honorary research fellow at Lancaster University, which seeks to challenge the world’s attitude to burning fuel.
Mike Berners-Lee, who also runs climate change business ‘Small World Consulting’ from the Lancaster Environment Centre, has co-authored the book, published on 18 April, with Guardian journalist Duncan Clark. An official launch event will be hosted by LEC on Friday, 26 April in LEC Training Rooms 1 and 2 and all are welcome. Mike will give a short presentation about the book and there will be time for questions and discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Please let Helen Boulton (h.boulton.lancaster.ac.uk) know if you will be attending. Full story.
› Job Opportunities
Vacancies which have been released this week include:
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer - Marketing
Development Lecturer - Economics
Development Lecturer – Logistics and Transportation Systems, Management Science
Product Development Officer - Crop Stress – KTP Associate
Part-Time Assistant – Credit Control (0.5 fte) (Internal)
Research Support Assistant - European Projects (Internal)
› Lancaster in the news
Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR) was a member of a guest panel on BBC One Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman, discussing the funeral of Lady Thatcher.
To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link
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
The building contractors for the refurbishment of Bowland South, East and Tower residences have started to set up their compound 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.
Statistical Advisory Service
The Statistical Advisory Service drop-in session will be running again in the summer term. This free service is available to PhD students and members of staff, from any department within the university. We offer advice on experimental design and/or statistical analysis. The session will run from 10am-12noon on Tuesdays in room B77 (weeks 21-25) or B79 (weeks 26-30) of the Postgraduate Statistics Centre. There is no need to book in advance. If needed, follow up appointments will be arranged.
If you cannot make this session, or prefer to make an appointment directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. We will respond as soon as possible. We will continue to respond to enquiries to this email address throughout the summer holidays.
For further details, please contact Emma Eastoe.
Free Introductory Wellbeing Day
Wellbeing Day on Tuesday 23rd April from 12 – 3 pm in the Fylde Common Room organised by the Natural Health Care Centre. There will be free tasters, vouchers and information on Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy. Herbal Medicine, Massage, Reflexology and Shiatsu plus refreshments. The Lancaster University Sports Centre will be holding a Fitness Surgery as part of the event where you will be able to get a free health check, discuss nutrition and ways to increase fitness levels and improve your lifestyle. All welcome. For more information on the Natural Health Care Centre. For questions email.
Information Security – Common Mistakes
- #7 – Using private or personal information on social networking sites
The use of social networks (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) has become a valuable tool, providing a quick and easy mechanism for collaborating with others. You should however, avoid giving any information which could inadvertently provide unauthorised access to your personal or restricted data.
Do not re-use your University email address, username and password as your login to social networking sites – they are not as secure as you might like to think as this BBC news article from last year shows.
Neither should you use personal accounts for work purposes, share any restricted information or personal data (such as personal details of students or staff) on social networks.
Further guidance can be obtained from the University Information Security Policy and the ISS Use of Social Networking advisory document.
More information is available from the ISS News page.
Catalyst networking event
A free networking event is being held in Lancaster on April 23 organised by Catalyst from the School of Computing and Communications. Catalyst aims to support projects that address societal challenges and community needs, developing new technology to help. Meet like-minded people and find out about funding of up to £10,500 available for community and academic collaborations. www.catalystproject.org.uk The event is from 9.30am - 12 noon at The Methodist Church Hall on Middle Street in Lancaster. Booking is essential, register here.
› 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 email@example.com or entering your email address at the bottom of any Sports Centre website page www.sportscentrelancaster.co.uk, or you can put your details on the signup sheet at the Sports Centre reception.
For more information on the Sports Centre visit www.sportscentrelancaster.co.uk or call 01524 510600.
› Food & Drink on Campus
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 www.lancaster.ac.uk/eat.
› Training & Courses
Staff IT training
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 at the 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 OED@lancaster.ac.uk
- Introduction to Coaching – 23 April, 9.30am - 12.00pm
- Introduction to Managing Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing – 24 April, 9.30am - 1.00pm
- Development Programme for New and Prospective PI’s – 26 April, 9.30am - 4.30pm
- Equality Analysis Workshop – 26 April, 10.00am - 12.00pm
- Writing Effective Recruitment Text – 29 April, 2.00 - 3.30pm
- PhD Supervision Workshop – 3 May, 9.30am - 4.00pm
- Emergency First Aid – 10 May, 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Stonefish e-Recruitment (Demonstration and Refresher) – 10 May – 2 - 3.30pm
- First Line Supervisors and New to Line Management – 15 and 16 May – 9.00am - 1.00pm
- Career Alternatives for Researchers – 22 May, 9.00am - 12.00pm
- Writing an Effective CV – 22 May, 1.30 - 4.30pm
- Introduction to Managing Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing – 30 May, 9.30am - 1.00pm
- Stonefish e-Recruitment (Demonstration and Refresher) – 19 June, 10.00 - 11.30am
- PDR Deep Dive for Reviewers – 21 June, 9.30am - 12.30pm
- Recruiting the Best – 26 and 27 June, 9.30am - 5.00pm
- Planning and Managing a Project – 28 June, 9.00am - 1.00pm
- Introduction to Managing Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing – 2 July 09.30-13.00
- First Aid at Work – 9, 10 and 11 July – 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Writing Meaningful Minutes – 23 July, 9.30am - 12.30pm
- Chairing and Leading Meetings Effectively – 1 August, 9.30am - 12.30pm
› What's On
For a full list of all events, please see
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. The stalls are financially sustainable and the cash generated will allow us to reduce our prices as much as possible.
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.
The Herdwick – Quiz night
Thursday 25 April sees the return of the Thursday Quiz night in The Herdwick, Graduate College Bar. First prize is £50 and the event starts at 8.30pm so come down on your own or in a team. The quiz will run every fortnight during the summer term.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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