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3 May 2013 | Issue 608

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Complete University Guide 2014

Lancaster has been ranked 11th in the Complete University Guide 2014 with 13 subjects ranked in the top ten. Marketing is ranked first in the UK.

Art & Design 2 |Biological Sciences 10 |Business and Management Studies 7 |Communication and Media Studies 10 |Drama, Dance and Cinematics 7 |Geography and Environmental Science 10 |Linguistics 8 |Marketing 1 |Mathematics 10 |Physics and Astronomy 7 |Social Policy 7 |Social Work 7 |Sociology 5

Honorary Fellowships 2013

Professor Peter Checkland and Ian Miller MBE have been awarded Honorary Fellowships in recognition of their distinguished service. The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington presented the fellowships at a dinner hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E. Smith. Full story.

Improving detection rates in police interviews

A way to improve detection rates in police interviews has been discovered by researchers in Psychology following a mock terrorism scenario where suspects plotted to blow up a building. They found that dripfeeding evidence to the suspect boosted the detection rate to 68 per cent compared with 50 per cent – no better than chance – for the existing methods where all the information is revealed either early or late in the interview.Their discovery has implications for any official interviews such as benefit fraud investigations, medical negligence and inland revenue cases. The study, published in Legal and Criminal Psychology, was carried out by Dr Coral Dando of the University of Wolverhampton, (previously of Lancaster University), Professor Tom Ormerod and Alexandra Sandham from Lancaster University, and Professor Ray Bull from Derby University. Full story.

Royal seal of approval for Rinicom

A Lancaster-based business, whose chief executive is a professor at the University’s School of Computing and Communications, is to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Rinicom Limited develops and manufactures leading edge, rapidly deployable, communication systems aimed at first responders and professional security services. The Queen’s Award is one of the highest accolades given for business success and recipients are invited to a reception with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Full story.

Paul Muldoon

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon is to give a poetry reading at the Nuffield Theatre on 8 May at 7pm, followed by an in-conversation event with poet Professor Paul Farley. A former Oxford Professor of Poetry, Paul Muldoon is now Howard G.B Clark '21 Professor at Princeton and was described by the Times Literary Supplement as 'the most significant English language poet born since the second World War'. The event is hosted by the Departments of English and Creative Writing and Linguistics and English Language in association with LICA and the Curate the Campus project, which sees artists staging creative projects in unusual locations across campus. Full story.

Staff ‘Town Hall’ meetings

The University is currently reviewing its strategic direction, with the intention to have a revised strategic plan for 2014-2020 to be finalised by this summer. All staff are invited to participate at an internal 'Town Hall' meeting about the strategy, which will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. There will be an opportunity for colleagues to ask questions or comment on what they hear on the day.

    Monday 13 May at 1pm – 2.30pm in Faraday Lecture Theatre. It’s suggested that colleagues from the Faculties of Health and Medicine and Arts and Social Sciences could attend on Monday.

    Tuesday 14 May at 1pm – 2.30pm in George Fox, Lecture Theatre 1. It’s suggested that colleagues from the Faculties of Science and Technology and the Management School could attend on Tuesday.

For all people who are not Faculty based, you are most welcome to attend on either day. A copy of the current draft plan is available on the following link :

Public consultation event

The University will be holding its first public consultation event in Lancaster on Tuesday 14 May at The Storey, 6pm - 8pm. The local community of Lancaster and Morecambe are invited to come along and have an opportunity to hear about the University’s future ambitions and to have an opportunity to comment and make any suggestions. This is a new step in further developing the relationship between the University and its local community. Please encourage your neighbours and friends to participate. Pre registration is required here or by contacting telephone 01524 592096.


Professor Stephen Wildman (Ruskin Library) was invited by the Government of Moscow to give a talk at a Forum for Literary Museums held at the Manège Exhibition Hall. Other participants included speakers from Italy, Turkey and Russia, with a representative from the Charles Dickens Museum in London. The focus of the gathering was the educational development of the literary museum and Professor Wildman described the Ruskin Library’s programme of school visits as well as the use of the collection within the University and the wider academic community

Professor Stephen Wilkinson (PPR) was an invited speaker and panellist at an event on 25 April at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children entitled Making Tomorrow’s Children: how far should we go? Other panel members included Professor Lord Robert Winston and the event was chaired by BBC Radio 4’s James Naughtie. An article about the symposium was published in The Observer.

Three MSc Cyber Security students have been rewarded by security company Secarma for their solutions to global security challenges. Secarma and tutors delivering the Information System Security Management module set a series of coursework questions based on real world challenges faced by Secarma and its clients. Andrew Hassell, Kiril Ovcinikov and Jose Javier Orozco Echeverria scored the highest marks. Full story.

Applications for Alumni Postgraduate Studentships are now open. The Studentships are £500 each and full details are available here, or by contacting the Alumni and Development Office. Please spread the word amongst any students you know who may be staying on for post-graduate study.

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, which capitalise on the knowledge generated from research grants at Lancaster University. 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.

Congratulations to Clare Tipler (LUMS) on sucessfully completing the London Marathon in support of St John’s Hospice, in a time of 3hrs 41 minutes Please follow the link if you would like to sponsor Claire.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Faculty Finance Assistant (Part-time)
Senior Research Associate
KTP Associate – MCMC / Computational Statistics
International Officer (Internal)
Nursery Officer
Undergraduate Programmes Coordinator

Lancaster in the news

An eye tracking device created by Professor Hans Gellersen and Yanxia Zhang (School of Computing and Communications) is featured by the BBC and New Scientist. A survey by Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR) on attitudes towards assisted dying is reported by the BBC and the Washington Post and other national press.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Physics Avenue temporary closure

An emergency planning exercise will take place on Physics Avenue near the Physics Building on 8 May. The avenue will be closed from the area near the bin store. The Fire and Rescue Service will attend. For further information please contact Emergency Planning Officer Julie Ferguson.

Eduroam changes

ISS will be changing how authentication for Eduroam works to ensure that mobile clients (such as laptops, iPads, phones etc) do not require reconfiguring when visiting other institutions. At present, authentication on Eduroam requires only a username. A requirement for Lancaster to continue using Eduroam is to have a ‘realm’ which will be necessary for mobile clients to continue to work once the changes take place. Details of misconfigured mobile clients will be logged and the individual sent an email informing them of the incorrect configuration.

Please visit for more information.

Lancaster Souvenir Jewellery

The Alumni and Development Office has appointed a new supplier for special souvenir jewellery. Jewellery includes rings, charms, cufflinks, pins, bracelets and necklaces - mementos for graduating students, but which also make gifts and prizes for staff and students. All jewellery purchased provides a small commission which goes directly into the University’s Student Hardship Fund so, through buying it you are also helping support students. Jewellery can be purchased online year-round and can also be pre-ordered online for collection during graduation week (please order before 7 May).

Refurbishment of Bowland South East and Tower Accommodation - Crane delivery

On Tuesday 7 May between 7am and 7pm, a crane will be erected (temporarily) for a day as part of the refurbishment of Bowland South East and Tower. To do this safely, part of Tower Avenue will need to be closed for the day. Access will be maintained to Helme’s garage and the maintenance workshops. There will be no vehicular or pedestrian access along Tower Avenue for the whole day. Any deliveries for the area will have to be made to Fylde Ave. If you have any queries about this work please contact the Facilities helpdesk on 93333.

Closure of Bowland East walkway

Access to Bowland East Walkway (along the back of the tower, underpass and retail units) will be restricted from Tuesday 7 May. This access route will now operate via a secure coded door. Those affected on a daily basis have been notified and alternative arrangements are in place. To find out more please contact the Facilities helpdesk on 93333.

Erection of scaffold protection system

Next week on Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May between 5pm and 7pm, access to the throughfare from Alexandra Square to Slaidburn House, LUSU shop, Spar and down to Edward Roberts Court will be temporarily closed to allow the safe erection of the scaffold protection system in Alexandra Square and outside the Students’ Union shop, northwest and southwest corners of the tower. Access to all areas will be maintained via the Spine entrance and diversion signage will be in place. If you have any queries about this work please contact the Facilities helpdesk on 93333.

Sports news

Bank holiday opening times

The Sports Centre is open as usual over both May bank holidays; Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May, 7.00am – 10.00pm.

Student support during exam period

To support students during the exam period the Sports Centre is offering some free fitness classes as well as an ‘Exam Stress Pit Stop’, which is taking place next week. Please pass this onto any students you think may benefit. For more information visit the Sports Centre website.

Food & Drink on Campus

New summer events in The Lounge

Keep up-to-date with summer events coming up in The Lounge, County South. Email to register your interest or sign up to the e-newsletter which also provides the latest news and exclusive offers for meeting, eating, drinking and sleeping on campus. To sign up, please click here.

The Herdwick, Graduate College, quiz night

The Herdwick’s fortnightly quiz is back and, this time, if you’ve got what it takes to beat the competition you could win £75. It starts at 8.30pm on Thursday 9 May and all teams are welcome.

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

Sharing Practice Day – 2 July – Call for contributions

This is an informal event that will allow you to share experiences of and perspectives on the use of technology to support teaching and learning at Lancaster and discuss the role that technology does or could play in our practice.

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.

Wellbeing Day

Wellbeing Day on Tuesday 7 May 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, Massage and Shiatsu plus refreshments. The Lancaster University Sports Centre will be holding relaxation sessions and offer information as part of the event. All welcome. For more information on the Natural Health Care Centre. For questions e-mail

Wellcome Trust ‘Ethics in Society’ Visit Day

Funding opportunities presentation and clinic on Monday 3 June 2013, at 1pm in FASS Building, Meeting Rooms 2 and 3. Further information about the event is available here.

To book a place on the Funding Talk and a One-to-One Meeting with Paul Woodgate (Wellcome Trust Ethics and Society Adviser) please email Ruth Carr by Tuesday 28 May.


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