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10 May 2013 | Issue 609

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Vice-Chancellor’s Forums 2013

Next month sees the launch of the Vice-Chancellor’s Forums, the first of which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 11 June 2013 from 3 - 5pm. The VC Forums are workshop-style sessions which offer both staff and students an opportunity to meet with Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith to consider and debate topics that are of strategic importance to Lancaster. The first VC Forum will consider the strategic implications of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Lancaster University, and the broader impact on the higher education sector. Find out more and register your interest here.

Academic Processions at Graduation Ceremonies 16 - 19 July 2013

All colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Bachelor Degree Ceremonies which take place from 16 – 19 July. A full platform greatly adds to the sense of occasion for the graduands and their families so your participation will be greatly appreciated. To join an Academic Procession, please register online by Friday 7 June to ensure the correct robes can be provided for you.

Further information on this summer’s Graduation Ceremonies can be viewed here. Please direct any enquiries to the Ceremonies and Events Office, or telephone 592190.

QS World University subject rankings

Lancaster University features in the world's elite (Top 200) institutions in 18 of the 30 subjects featured in this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject, published on 8 May 2013. Subjects ranked in the top 50 are Linguistics (10), Geography (37), Sociology (38) and Accounting and Finance (47).

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 : https://extranet.lancs.ac.uk/sites/Strategy.

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, 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 call 01524 592096.

TEDxLancasterU Tickets

The first ever Lancaster University TEDx conference will be held on Tuesday 18 June on campus. The theme for the conference is ‘Discovery: The journey so far’, speakers will be announced soon. Tickets for the event will be going on sale at 9am on Monday 20 May online costing £5 each. Tickets are open to all, just make sure you get them quickly as there are only 100 available. For more information about the event please visit our website.

Social media enables interactive jukebox

A digital jukebox which uses social networking to select music has been developed by researchers from ImaginationLancaster. CheckinDJ allows people to choose what music should be played based on the combined preferences of the group and is linked their social media accounts. Full story.

Enhancing your Employability

Graduate College has been working closely with colleagues from the University’s Centre for Enterprise, Employability and Careers (CEEC); LUSU and the LUMS Careers team in order to organise the first ever ‘Enhancing your Employability’ event, a series of workshops exclusively for Postgraduate students. The event runs from Tuesday 14 May until Thursday 30 May. Workshop numbers are limited so places are available on a first come, first served basis and Postgraduate students can sign up for the workshops at The Base. A refundable deposit of £5 is required to secure each booking and it is anticipated that places on the workshops will book up quickly. Graduate College will be organising coaches to the Graduate Recruitment Fair on 12 and 13 June and places on the coach will be limited to those postgraduates who attend any three of the 11 workshops.

Further information on the workshops is available on the LUGrad website.


Matt Fenton, currently Director of the Public Arts at Lancaster University, will be joining Contact Theatre in Manchester as Artistic Director/Chief Executive in September 2013. Matt is a former Director of the University's Nuffield Theatre and was appointed to the post of the University's Director of the Public Arts in 2009. Professor Tony McEnery, Dean of FASS said: "Thanks to Matt for all his work which has helped make Lancaster University's public arts an incredible success. The University is committed to the arts as part of its future strategy to engage with the public and provide an important cultural and artistic resource for the region. Plans to search for a successor are underway." Lancaster University hosts a thriving arts scene in the form of three highly respected arts venues, recently merged as Live at LICA into a single contemporary arts organisation for the campus, the city and the region. Lancaster International Concert Series, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Nuffield Theatre bring a wealth of UK and international artists of the highest calibre to Lancaster every year in public programmes of professional theatre, dance, exhibitions and concerts.

Dr Fiona Lobban has been appointed co-director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, with Professor Steven Jones. The Spectrum Centre (FHM) conducts research into the understanding and psychological treatment of bipolar disorder and other related conditions.

Associate Director for Business Partnerships and Enterprise for Security Lancaster Dr Daniel Prince has returned from a workshop in India. Senior level researchers from India and the UK discussed setting up a cyber security collaboration tackling key issues demanding global cooperation. Full story.

Diana Hudspith (LEC) and her daughter Catherine Kitching (also LEC) will be walking the 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow this Saturday 11 May as part of the K2B annual challenge, in aid of ‘Alice’s Escapes’ in memory of Alice Pyne who died in January from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma aged 17. To sponsor Catherine, please donate online or to sponsor Diana please donate online.

Last year, College Administrators and Residence Officers got together as 'Team Suds' and ran the Race for Life on behalf of their friend and colleague, Gill Sudlow, who was diagnosed with Cancer in early 2012, raising £1325. Gill is doing well and our team will again be running/walking/crawling the 2013 Race for Life on Sunday, 14 July. Cancer Research donations can be made on-line.

Harris Kaloudis, a PhD Sociology student, will be competing in the Tri Together 2013 sprint triathlon to raise funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability. If you would like to sponsor Harris, please visit his fundraising page.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Senior Research Associate– Health Research
Lecturer in Computer Science

Lancaster in the news

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith is featured in the Times Higher Education magazine this week on the future of the University, and Professor Steven Jones, co-director of the Spectrum Centre was interviewed by the BBC about research into web therapy for bipolar disorder.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Cashiers opening hours

Cashiers will be closed on Tuesday 14 May from 1.00 – 2.30pm.

Research Professional funding opportunities database

Research Professional is a research funding database and a publisher of news and information for the international research community. It provides comprehensive listings of funding opportunities and sponsors across all disciplines and expertise and in-depth news coverage of research policy and politics.

Follow this link to Research Professional. You can download a quick start guide and there is also a YouTube channel with a series of 2-3 minute videos on all the key features.

    Live Training Broadcasts

    Once a month Research Professional runs a 60 minute online training broadcast to introduce users to the basics of creating and configuring their personal accounts as well as introducing them to the features of the platform. 14 May.

Update your Wi-Fi settings now

Everyone needs to update their connection to the eduroam secure wireless network, which is the preferred method of internet access at Lancaster. By reconfiguring your account on all devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets etc) you will automatically be able connect to Wi-Fi at many other UK universities, as well as any eduroam enabled institution around the world. Instructions on how to change your eduroam login to the new format can be found at here.

Faraday car park

Half of the Faraday staff car park has now reopened. A new access slip has been created to the car park from the perimeter road. Any queries should be directed to the Facilities Helpdesk on 93333.

Refurbishment of Bowland South East and Tower Accommodation

Second Crane Delivery

On Tuesday 14 May between 7am – 7pm a crane will be temporarily erected for a day as part of the refurbishment of Bowland South East and Tower. In order 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 vehicle or pedestrian access along the Tower Ave road/pavement for the duration of the 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.

County Main Work - UPP Office relocation

Next week work will start on the refurbishment of two of the retail units and seminar room 10 on the ground floor of County Main. This space will reopen at the end of May as the new offices for University Partnerships Programme (UPP) the managers of campus accommodation on Alexandra Park and County and Grizedale Townhouses. If you have any queries about this work please contact the facilities Facilities Helpdesk on 93333.

Sports news

Student support during exam period

To support students during the exam period the Sports Centre is offering some free fitness classes. Please pass this onto any students you think may benefit. For more information visit the Sports Centre website.

Food & Drink on Campus

Summer events at The Lounge

The Lounge is celebrating summer with a range of evening events for all. It is offering an exclusive opportunity to learn some great culinary skills with a live demonstration from the Executive Chef, Julian Ankers. Plus enjoy a 3-course dinner with our Preparation to Platter - Demo and Dine evening on Thursday 23 May 2013, enjoy the first Pudding Club evening on Thursday 6 June and take part in the first Lancaster University Food and Drink Quiz night on Thursday 20 June. For more information and to book, see here.

‘Trevor’ Furness College Bar

‘Trevor’ Furness College Bar, will be open from 10.00am until 2.00pm for speciality coffee/teas and fresh baked cakes. The Richard Slatter memorial pool competition will be taking place on the 25 May. Alumni will be coming back to take up the challenge.

Furness Beer Festival

The Furness Beer Festival will be taking place in the Michaelmas Term. The event will be taking place over 4 days between the 5 and 8 of December 2013, with speciality beers and ciders. If you have a favourite you would like to see at the festival, please contact Beverley Whitaker who will pass this on to the organiser.

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

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 OED@lancaster.ac.uk

What's On

For a full list of all events, please see Events.

Film Premiere on Campus

Do The Math - A film about the Climate Crisis, at 7.30pm on Thursday 16 May in the Chaplaincy Centre. The global premiere is taking place all over the world - AND here on campus. Come and see this groundbreaking movie. The Do The Math documentary is a 42-minute film about the rising movement in the United States to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry. While it is set in the United States, the maths the film outlines apply globally - making it important for all of us to watch. Contact Steve Charman for more details.

Broadbean Food Co-op

A 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.


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