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26 April 2013 | Issue 607

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


Lancaster ranked in top ten for best student experience

Lancaster University has been ranked 10th in the UK in a survey of the best student experience, ranked by students. A total of 12,000 undergraduates at 102 institutions responded to the 2013 survey from the Times Higher Education magazine. Full story.

National award for northern lights film

A film made by a Lancaster physicist in the Arctic circle is among four chosen for a British Universities Film and Video Council award. The national award for the Physics Lives videos was presented at the British Film Institute in London. Produced by the Institute of Physics, the four short films focus on the work of research physicists including Professor Jim Wild of Lancaster University. He is featured in a video “Written in the sky; the Aurora borealis uncovered “ which is shot in Iceland as he investigates the science behind the Northern Lights. Full story.

Curate the Campus

Live at LICA's Curate the Campus fortnight begins on 29 April. The third annual Curate the Campus arts project will feature local and international artists staging creative projects in unusual locations across campus. The fortnight of events includes a guided sound-tour, a silent mobile disco, a pop-up art exhibition, a dawn chorus concert and a durational dance captured by pin-hole cameras. Watch an introduction here by Live at LICA's director Matt Fenton. The majority of events are free and all are welcome - register at the Peter Scott Gallery daily from 11am.

National programme contract awarded to CETAD

The Centre for Education, Training and Development (CETAD) has been awarded a £495,000 contract to deliver the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL) on behalf of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (Department for Education). This prestigious national programme is for leaders of children’s centres delivering integrated services, focusing on community engagement to support children and families. CETAD is one of only six national providers of this contract in England.

Environmental Report

The commitment of staff and students has enabled the University to improve its environmental performance in 2011-12. The implementation of exciting environmental projects has helped Lancaster move towards its vision of a more sustainable campus. To read the environmental report in full visit the sustainability pages.


Head of Lancaster University Medical School and Consultant Gynaecologist Professor Anne Garden has co-authored new nationally published research in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG) this month. Full story.

Dr Gillian Lancaster (Maths & Stats)was invited to give a talk at Trinity College, Dublin on Monday 22 April entitled Teaching innovations in communicating the value of statistical thinking. Speaking to academics from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Philosophy she highlighted the work of the Postgraduate Statistics Centre and gave a range of suggestions for promoting statistical literacy in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Professor Eric Evans (Emeritus Professor of Modern History), was approached by the Publishers Routledge to produce a blog about Baroness Thatcher in the form of a mini-series. The third edition of Professor Evans's book Thatcher and Thatcherism was published in February this year.

Researchers in the School of Computing and Communications are looking for participants to take part in a new pilot study to investigate the use of smartphones to capture and understand daily experiences. They are looking for Lancaster University staff and students who commute to campus by bus daily and ideally own an iPhone. Participants will be entered into a draw with the opportunity to win a £25, £50 or £100 cash prize. If you are interested please email Mike Harding.

A new book, The Burning Question, written by Mike Berners-Lee, an honorary research fellow in LEC, was officially launched on 26 April in LEC. Full story.

Andrew Lucas, Information Officer in ISS is hoping to walk and run The Keswick to Barrow 40 mile Walk, to raise funds for the Sunbeams Music Trust which helps disadvantaged adults and children with a wide range of disabilities and complex medical needs. To sponsor Andrew please follow this link.

Colleges' Newsletter

The latest Colleges' Newsletter is availble to view here

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Project Development Manager
Personal Assistant to the Dean
Undergraduate Secretary (Internal)
Research Associate – Catchment Change Modeller
Senior Research Associate – Catchment Change Biogeochemist
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Organisation, Work and/or Technology

Lancaster in the news

BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed featured a Lancaster University academic for the second time in two weeks, with Professor John Urry (Sociology) on oil following Dr Caroline Gatrell (LUMS) on the clergy. Professor Urry also co-authored an article in The Conversation in Australia; the UK version of The Conversation is due to launch in May and is a good platform for academics to engage with a general audience. Contact Vicky Tyrrell to discuss any ideas.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Fees Forms and Engagement Forms

To comply with auto-enrolment requirements, the fees form has been withdrawn as a way of employing casual staff. All casual/temporary employment must be covered by an engagement form issued before the work commences. The process of creating engagement forms has also been placed online and further information and guidance can be found here. Please note that any engagement forms not created online or with retrospective start dates, will be returned to departments. If you require any assistance please contact your departmental administrator or Cath Shaw in HR.

News for pFACT users

The University will phase out pFACT, the current research costing and pricing tool. pFACT will be replaced with ACP. Although the pFACT tool has been used for the past nine years to help applicants cost their research and other proposals on a full economic cost basis, it is now no longer supported in its current form. ACP, the new costing and pricing tool, will provide a more flexible approach to costing and pricing. The Research Support Office and Finance will be working with the developers to configure and implement the new tool over the summer. A training programme for users will be rolled out in due course but as we anticipate a phased transfer from pFACT to ACP, users should continue to use pFACT until further notice.

Lancaster Pathways to Impact Awards

A key priority for Lancaster University is to embed knowledge exchange and impact activities as part of the “normal business” in research grants. To try and catalyse a step change in academic behaviour and better embed impact-relevant activities the University Research Committee is providing a fund to support knowledge exchange/impact relevant activities. It is also aimed at encouraging investigators to try out new, creative KE activities. The maximum funding for each grant will be £5,000. Deadline for submission of 2-page application is 17 May 2013, please email your application to Any questions, please contact Laura Kornas in the Research Support Office. Full call text is available here.

China UK Entrepreneurship Competition 2013

The China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition aims to encourage new business ventures between China and the United Kingdom and is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The competition is part of the PMI2 (Prime Minister Initiative II) Connect project, supported by British Council and the Confucius Institute Initiative funded by Hanban. Entry submission deadline: 27 May, 2013. For more information and to find out how to enter, visit the China UK Challenge website.

#8 – Keeping information forever

Good Records Management is important. Some information needs to be kept for a given time e.g. for legal or operational reasons, whilst other information should be correctly disposed of once its useful life has ended.

The Data Protection Act states that personal data should not kept for any longer than necessary. Staff should ensure personal information that needs to be kept is stored securely whilst information that is not needed is disposed of appropriately without undue delay.

More information is available from the ISS News page.

Sports news

Exam period stress relief classes

The Sports Centre is offering a number of free relaxation, stress relief and fitness classes to help students through exams starting the week commencing Monday 6th May until the week commencing Monday 10 June. For more information visit the Sports Centre website.

Summer term Essential Guide

The Sports Centre’s Summer term Essential Guide is now online and available for you to download featuring, class timetables, courses and events. If you would like to receive the Essential Guide directly to your inbox, sign up to the enewsletter or entering your email address at the bottom of any Sports Centre website page.

Food & Drink on Campus

This week new menus have launched in Café 21 at InfoLab, The Lounge, County South and The Mill at Fylde College. Trevor, Furness College Bar is now also open Monday-Friday 11.00am-2.00pm for teas, coffees and homemade cake from the Ginger Bakers. Please see for all updates, news and promotions.

Training & Courses

Staff IT training

All training sessions take place in the Library Training suites and require booking online, unless otherwise stated.

Organisation and Educational Development

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.

Centre for International Law and Human Rights - Lecture and Workshop

As part of a series of events to launch the Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Professor Allen Buchanan will be giving a public lecture on Human Rights: Taking International Legalization Seriously. Professor Buchanan is James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Duke University (US). He is recognized as a word leading authority on global governance and human rights and his work is influential in the cognate disciplines of law, politics and philosophy. The lecture, which is jointly sponsored by the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, is at 5pm Wednesday 15 May in Bowland North SR 10. All welcome. The Lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

The lecture is followed by an international multidisciplinary workshop Is there anything special about international human rights law? on Thursday 16 May. The multi-disciplinary discussions in the workshop will focus on the following questions in ethical, philosophical and political thought, and their implications for understanding the idea of ‘international human rights law’. Speakers include Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, member of the UN Human Rights Committee and Professor Surya Subedi, UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia. Details here.

The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies seminar

Queering Anarchism with Jamie Heckert, co-editor of Anarchism & Sexuality. A focus on gender, sexuality and the power of conformity highlights the vitality of anarchism as an alternative to both hierarchy and ideas of "normal". The seminar takes place on May 8 from 1pm to 3pm in Bowland North Seminar Room 24.

Ruskin Exhibition

The exhibition Teaching silkworms to spin; Ruskin and textiles is at the Ruskin Library and Research Centre until 13 September. It begins with Victorian John Ruskin’s theories of ethical textile production, then offers examples of work inspired by Ruskin from the late 19th Century to the present.

Lancaster Centre for Mobilities Research Day

The 2013 CeMoRe Research Day is an informal event for staff and research students associated with CeMoRe. Papers start in the 20th century and look into the future on diverse topics such as holidays, migration and low-carbon cities. Please register to attend with Pennie Drinkall by 15 May. The event is on May 29 from 9.30am to 5pm at Bowland North SR 23.

Information about the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

10 May 1pm- 2pm – Bowland North SR 13

All Lancaster staff are invited to take part on this event about the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The event will include a presentation about the organisation and the opportunities for funding and research in Germany (eg. PhD, Post doctoral research, etc.) offered by the DAAD. The event addresses members of all faculties at LU. For more information please email directly to

Death Café

To mark Dying Matters Week, the International Observatory on End of Life Care will host a Death Café in the foyer area of Furness Building, on Tuesday May 14th from noon to 2pm. The objective of Death Cafe is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. People come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat cake.

Lancaster Cafe Scientifique event - Radiation: Friend or foe?

Dr Chris Englefield (Environment Agency), Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm. Robert Gillow Pub, Market Street, Lancaster.

For further information please contact Beth Brockett.


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