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31 May 2013 | Issue 612

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


Insight into the UK’s biggest killer

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the UK, accounting for a third of all fatalities through illnesses such as stroke and heart disease. The risk increases with age which is why researchers at Lancaster University have been studying how the cardiovascular system alters as we grow older. The eight-year project has been funded by EPSRC, Wellcome Trust and, most recently, by ESRC under its New Dynamics of Ageing programme. Recent members of the team have included Professor Aneta Stefanovska, Professor Peter McClintock, Dr Alan Bernjak, Dr Jane Owen-Lynch and Dmytro Iatsenko together with consultant cardiologist Dr Peter Clarkson from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Full story.

Digital risk warnings

A new Security Lancaster report has identified market failures that key stakeholders, such as universities and government, need to address to support the small business industry in growing a secure digital economy. Full story.

New University phone system

ISS is introducing a new Unified Communications (UC) platform to replace the present analogue phone system. The new UC platform to be rolled out, will include new VOIP phones and Jabber. Jabber will combine voice, instant messaging and video and will also include conferencing and collaboration features. For areas that already have VOIP phones, enhancements to the phone and Jabber will be rolled out. The aim of the new platform is to allow staff to work more flexibly and efficiently. To find out more about the new UC platform, please see this short video.

Fine Art degree show

Fine Art students at LICA are holding their degree show North By West, beginning with a private view on June 18 and opening to the public every day until June 26.The final year show will take place at the artists’ studios, the LICA building and the Peter Scott Gallery.


Professor Trevor McMillan, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, has chaired an event in London on May 24 entitled HR strategies for researchers: future directions and good practice across Europe on behalf of the UK panel assessing UK submissions for the HR Excellence in Research Award. Stefaan Hermans, Head of Skills Unit, Directorate General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, provided the opening keynote on the European strategies for enhancing HR management for researchers.

Dr Paul Iganski (FASS) has launched his own company with the support of the FASS Enterprise Office. The company, H8hurts, which offers research, consultancy, training, and public engagement for interventions with hate crime victims and offenders, has recently successfully completed its first full year of trading and now employs a part-time researcher. Completed commissions include projects for NGOs in Lancashire — the Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council, and Smile Mediation in Burnley — and for the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. Currently, H8hurts is working on a survey of religiously aggravated offences in Lancashire, commissioned by Lancashire County Council.

A report on food security co-authored by Dr George Aggidis, Director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group (Engineering) has generated interest at Westminster and the UN as well as across the world. The report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers entitled Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not was discussed by MPs and presented to the UN in New York by the IMechE President Isobel Pollock. It was also covered by the media in more than 60 countries.

Andy Harrod’s (LEC) debut collection of writing, art and photography, called Tearing at Thoughts, is to be published by 79 rat press as part of their Nothing to Say events and exhibitions in June. It explores fear, love and snapshots of unnamed lives fading from view.

Bob Brown (UG Admissions) is retiring from the University after 43 years and to celebrate a special farewell is being organised for his last day, 31 July, in Pendle bar. Contact Jane Norris, on 94167 (MEL – C Floor University House) or Denise Brakewell, 92029 (UG Admissions Office – C Floor University House) for further information about the event.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Assistant Venue Manager
Practice Learning Administrator
REF and PURE Officer (Internal)
Senior Lecturer (Media Industries)
Lecturer in Engineering

Lancaster in the news

Careers service consultant Elaine Davies was interviewed about student job hunting on BBC Radio Lancashire, and Professor Andrew Jotischky (History) is featured in the latest BBC History magazine.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Refurbishment work starts for the new Chemistry Department

On Monday 3 June work will start to refurbish part of the Faraday building, previously the UPP offices, into a first class laboratory development for the new Chemistry Department. Reflecting the growing popularity of Chemistry at Lancaster and its aspiration to deliver high teaching and research, the newly refurbished area will provide a first class learning environment.

Any enquiries about the work should be directed to the Project Manager, Suzanne Parkinson through the Facilities helpdesk 01524 593333.

Stay connected – update your Wi-Fi settings now

Essential modifications to the eduroam wireless network will increase reliability and performance. To ensure your connection to the University’s Wi-Fi isn’t disrupted by this, you need to reconfigure your eduroam login to the format ‘’, rather than just using your ‘username’ (note – this is not the same as your email address). You must make this change on all devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc) you use on the eduroam network. Failure to do so will cause your connection to stop working. Instructions on how to change your eduroam login to the new format for most popular devices can be found at:

Researchers’ surveys close at midnight 31 May

CROS and PIRLS, the two national surveys of the researcher community, close at midnight on 31 May. To access the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS), aimed at staff on research contracts, please visit here. To take part in the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS), aimed at staff responsible for leading research projects and for managing research staff and/or the supervising postgraduate researchers, visit here. Submissions are anonymous for both surveys.

Sports news

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.

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.

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 20 June. For more information and to book, see here.

The Herdwick’s annual beer and cider festival

The Herdwick’s (Graduate College Bar) 12th annual beer and cider festival will be taking place from Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 June, featuring 35 beers and 15 ciders. There will be a daily BBQ and live music across the weekend, including music from Tin Pan Alley and The Reggiemental Band. The full schedule can be viewed here and the event is open to all.

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.

United Utilities visit Lancaster for Business and Industry Seminar

Tony Conway, Director of Strategic Asset Planning and Engineering at United Utilities, will give the next seminar in the series on the science and innovation challenges for United Utilities. Staff and students are welcome to join the seminar on Wednesday 12 June, Charles Carter lecture theatre at 12pm, followed by a networking lunch 1pm-2pm. Register online, Add to your calendar.

Richardson Institute for Peace Studies - public event

The Richardson Institute would like to invite you to the first public event of the newly resurrected Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, ‘Is Peace Possible?’, on 22 June. The event is free of charge and will take place in the LICA Building. The event is being held in formal partnership with the Conflict Research Society (and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their work) and in informal partnership with Engage and Together for Peace. The day will begin with a plenary session and interaction with one of the acknowledged fathers of peace studies, Johan Galtung, followed by collaborative workshops, a practitioners panel and a final plenary session from Gordon Burt of the CRS. For registration and further details of the event, please contact Adam Woollard.

The Roma in History

The Department of History will be running a programme of lectures, discussions and live performances on Roma music and history from June 3-5, led by Distinguished Professor Michael Beckerman. All lectures will be held in Bowland North SR 26, and everyone is welcome to attend. There are also two concerts at The Storey Institute on June 4 and 5 which are open to the public.

Open invitation to the Universe as an Art Exhibition

Each year, the Physics Department offers a minor, first-year course called "The Universe as an Art" (UAAA). This non-maths based course for non-physics students covers a range of topics in physics. The final project in the course includes the creation of an exhibit for others to see. This year, we are opening up our UAAA exhibition to the wider university audience. The exhibition runs from Monday June 3 until Friday June 7 from 10am to 5pm in Physics, A33.


The Chaplaincy Centre is hosting its regular ‘Faithshare’ meeting on Wednesday, 12 June at 7.30pm. People from different faith traditions are meeting to discuss ‘To be successful is…..’ :- my faith perspective. The event will take place in the Chaplaincy Centre central lounge, and all are welcome.

Physics Relay

The 36th annual Physics Relay will take place this year on 27 June. For more information and to enter a team see here. This is the same route as last year starting from the new sports centre and using the woodland walk. This annual fun run is open to teams of four. The course consists of four unequal length legs making up a circuit of campus. It is open to all. There are four prizes on offer, Mens, Womens, Mixed and "Age Corrected". Enter a team now.


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