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24 May 2013 | Issue 611

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Greetings to all Buddhist readers who will be celebrating Wesak on 25 May.

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


Survey reveals the success of personal budgets in social care

Over 70 per cent of people who hold a personal budget for social care said it led to greater independence and support according to the latest survey. It was led by Professor Chris Hatton from the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University and the social care charity In Control on behalf of the partnership Think Local Act Personal. The survey makes use of the Personal Budgets Outcomes and Evaluation Tool (POET) developed by the University and the charity together. Full story.

Next month’s VC Forum on MOOCs: register your interest by Friday 31 May

A reminder that the first VC Forum will be held on Tuesday 11 June 2013 from 3pm- 5pm. The debate will focus on the strategic implications of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Lancaster University, and the broader impact on the higher education sector. The recent Town Hall meetings showed that this was clearly a topic which interested colleagues from across the University. The forum will provide an opportunity to explore the issues further and discuss the potential involvement of the University with this emerging technology. The registration period will continue until close of business on Friday 31 May. Find out more and register your interest here.

Social media plagued by privacy problems say researchers

The privacy management of 16 popular social networking sites is “seriously deficient,” according to a study being published in the June issue of Computer magazine. Researchers from Security Lancaster, an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research at Lancaster University, found a disconnect between privacy statements and the site’s actual privacy controls. Full story.

Cattle disease bacteria widespread in the UK

A new study has found that bacteria responsible for chronic intestinal inflammation in cattle, which have also been implicated in Crohn's disease in humans, are widespread in the UK countryside. Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) is a bacterium that causes chronic inflammation of the intestine in a wide range of animals, including primates. In cattle it causes Johne's disease; there is no cure, so affected cows have to be culled, although some herds are vaccinated. Professor Roger Pickup from the Faculty of Health and Medicine is one of the authors of the study which is published in Environmental Microbiology. Full story.

Boost for University mentoring project

Lancaster has been endorsed by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation as an ‘approved provider’ for its Target Uni project. Managed by UK Student Recruitment and Outreach, the project deploys current Lancaster University students to encourage very bright young people, from a widening participation background, to consider applying to top 10 universities. The assessor praised the programme’s ‘learner-centred’ approach to information giving for the 215 mentees involved, the enthusiasm and enhanced employability of the 42 LU student mentors and the excellent partnerships fostered with 20 schools and colleges across the north of England. In 2011-2012, its pilot year, 21 per cent of the mentees went on to apply to Lancaster University.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation makes finals of national innovation awards

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation has been announced as a finalist in the PraxisUnico Impact Awards. Eleven projects have been shortlisted for three categories from more than 76 entries. Full story.

Inspiring next generation researchers

Students from schools in Cumbria shared their experience of research at the launch of a major new partnership with Lancaster University this week. The research project between the South Lakes Teaching School Alliance (SLTSA) and the University, funded by Research Councils UK, was officially launched on campus on Wednesday. Full story.


Professor Sharon Ruston, currently Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature at the University of Salford has been appointed Professor of Romanticism in the Department of English and Creative Writing. She takes up her post in September. She is editor of the Humphry Davy Letters project and author of Creating Romanticism (2013), Romanticism: An Introduction (2007) and Shelley and Vitality (2005).

Professor Simon Critchley of The New School in New York is to give three lectures in the Department of English and Creative Writing on May 28 and 29, inspired by his new book on Hamlet. The lecture on May 29 will be part of a symposium with Lancaster’s Visiting Distinguished Professor Terry Eagleton. The lectures on May 28 are open to everybody but if anybody wishes to attend the free lecture on May 29, registration is required with Dr Mike Greaney.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) gave the keynote address at the global Health and Safety conference in Prague on 23 May, to heads of health and safety for governments and global businesses. His talk was called 'From Stress To Wellbeing: Enhancing wellbeing in the workplace.'

Professor Aneta Stefanovska (Physics) has presented on the Dynamics of Cardiovascular Ageing at a Knowledge Transfer workshop funded by the ESRC in Birmingham on May 22. The workshop featured presentations from the New Dynamics of Ageng (NDA) Programme, run by the ESRC, and the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme, run by the MRC.

Engineering students Scott Nash, Daniel Richardson and Aaron Aboshio have won the northern heat of the Youth Entrepreneurs Scheme ‘Engineering YES’ competition for their spin-out renewable energy company Atlantis. Engineering YES is a three day competition for postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present a business plan for an imaginary start-up company to a group of investors and industry experts.

At the end of June, Dr Charlotte Baker (DELC) will be climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Lancaster-based charity Stepping Stones Nigeria. The charity defends the rights of children in the Niger Delta and provides them with access to good-quality education. Colleagues wishing to support Charlotte can follow this link to her fundraising page.

College advisors

The University is keen to recruit more College Advisors for next year. You don't need to be experienced or have particular skills - the key qualities are the ability to listen, to give sensible advice, and to enjoy helping students to succeed.

In October, you would be allocated a number of first year students and you would help them settle in. The role is not overly-demanding - but it is infinitely rewarding to be part of the support system support that makes Lancaster unique. You would need to attend a short training workshop, so if you are interested, please do let us know quickly so we can make arrangements. In each College there is a Senior Advisor who provides guidance, materials and a structure and there are also plenty of opportunities to socialise if you wish.

If interested, please get in touch - either with Ali Moorhouse, Senior Advisor for County College, who is co-ordinating responses for all colleges, or contact the Administrator of any college you're interested in.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Library Aide x3 (Part-time)
Business Liaison Office
London Creative & Digital Fusion: Senior Knowledge Exchange Associate
Research Associate (Part-time)
Lecturer in Space Physics
Business Partnerships Manager

Lancaster in the news

Dr Matthew Francis (PPR) has an article in The Conversation about the Woolwich attack while research by Professor Ian Walker (LUMS) into the effects of nurseries appears in both The Independent and Times Educational Supplement.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


National surveys of researchers

Lancaster University staff are taking part in two national surveys of the researcher community. The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is aimed at staff on research contracts and seeks to gather their views and experiences of working in academic research and of their career development. Submissions are anonymous and the results enable individual institutions to compare their practices with the best in the HE sector. If you would like to take part please follow link.

In parallel with CROS, the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) asks about experiences of leading research in the UK and is aimed at staff responsible for setting the intellectual direction of research and for the management of research staff and/or the supervision of postgraduate researchers. PIRLS is a comparative survey run by a number of leading research universities in the UK forming a ‘benchmarking club’ in which results are shared between members. As with CROS, submissions are anonymous. This survey can be accessed here. The closing date for both CROS and PIRLS is 31 May.

Your views on Lancaster University’s conferences and events service

The conferences and events team would appreciate your opinions to help it review its service offered on campus. Please take part in this short, ten minute survey if you organise conferences, events or meetings:

  • With approximately 10 people or more
  • That include attendees external to Lancaster University
  • That would typically require some form of support (e.g. room setup, cleaning, catering, AV support).

Please click here to enter the survey. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday 31 May.


    Bank holiday Monday bus services – Monday 27 May

    Stagecoach will operate to a Sunday timetable on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May. Further information can be found on the Stagecoach website. Stagecoach Family Open Day – Morecambe Bus Depot – Saturday 27 May. There will be lots of attractions throughout the day. Further information can be found on the Stagecoach website.

    Scheduled coach services from Lancaster University underpass

    Megabus operates daily scheduled coach services from the University underpass to destinations across the UK. Cities served direct from the underpass include Aberdeen, Bolton, Carlisle, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Loughborough, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Perth, Rugby, Sheffield and Stirling. Prior booking is essential:

    National Express also operate daily services from the underpass to Preston, Wigan, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, London, Carnforth, Kendal and destinations through Cumbria as far as Whitehaven. Prior booking is essential:

Take part in the Lancashire Cycle Challenge – win a new bike and other great prizes

Running from Monday 17 June to Sunday 7 July, the Lancashire Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition where Lancaster University will be competing against other organisations to see which workplaces can get the most staff to try cycling. We’d like to invite you all to take part and it takes 2 minutes to register here, and join our team. If you haven’t cycled for years, don’t worry! You only have to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more for your participation to count towards our team’s score, and you can ride anywhere, anytime in the evening or at the weekend. For more information about the challenges and to see the prizes available visit their website.

Sports news

Bank holiday opening hours

The Sports Centre will be open as usual on Monday 27 May, from 7am – 10pm.

Race for Life

The Sports Centre is hosting Race for Life this year, as part of Cancer Research UK’s largest women-only fundraising events. If you would like to take part, either by walking, running, jogging, or dancing your way around the course, then sign up here. If you can’t take part in the race, you can support Cancer Research UK’s work by volunteering to help with the event. For more information visit the Sports Centre website.

Food & Drink on Campus

Summer Events at The Lounge, County South

There are still places available for the first Pudding Club evening on Thursday 6th June and the Lancaster University Food & Drink Quiz night on Thursday 20th June. For more information and to book, see here.

Bank holiday openings

The Mill at Fylde College will be open from 10am - 11pm serving its full menu. Refuel at County will be open 8am - 11am and 5pm - 7.30pm and The Winning Post at Cartmel College will be open from Midday - 8pm.

For all food & drink updates on campus, visit

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. Registration is now open and a programme of the day’s events is available on the homepage.

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.

New exhibition surfaces at The Storey

‘Surfaces in the Making’ is a new exhibition featuring the work of two Lancaster University artists. The free display in The Reading Room also features the work of interactive media artist Daniel Rozin, flown in from New York especially for the event, and an artist from Kent. The exhibition, funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, explores different ways of working on and with surfaces. Full story.


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