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14 June 2013 | Issue 614

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


Promotion success

Congratulations to the following colleagues on their award of a Personal Chair: Sally Bushell (English and Creative Writing), Kate Cain (Psychology), James Faulconbridge (Organisation, Work and Technology), Adrian Mackenzie (Sociology) and Martin Spring (Management Science).

Congratulations also go to Manus Hayne (Physics), Thomas Jaki (Mathematics and Statistics)and Andreas Mauthe (Computing and Communications) on their award of a Readership.

Lord Liddle appointed Pro Chancellor

Lancaster University is pleased to announce that Roger Liddle has been appointed Pro Chancellor for five years from 1 August 2013. Roger Liddle, Lord Liddle of Carlisle, will take over from Bryan Gray who retires from the post after ten years of service. Full story.

QS Top 50 under 50

Lancaster University is ranked 10th in the world in rankings of the best young universities established globally since 1963. The QS Top 50 Under 50 lists the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50 years old. Lancaster is one of only two UK universities in the top 10, which is dominated by Asian universities.

Annual FASS event

Each year the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences holds a themed panel event and discussion to mark the end of the academic year. This year the event is entitled Lancaster: Making A Difference Locally. The five speakers include Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR) on The Faith Debates, Denise Armer and Jane Halpin, who founded the children’s charity Unique Kidz, Ian Steel from local tea and coffee company J.Atkinson & Co, Simon Rudd the founder of Outrageous Ambition and David McNair from Save the Children. The event is on June 24 from 5.30pm at LICA and there will be refreshments and a buffet. To book places email Joe Buglass.

Graduate Summer Festival

Staff and students are invited to this year’s Summer Festival at Graduate College on 6 July, hosted by the Postgraduate Board, the Graduate College and LUSU. From 3pm to 7pm, there will be a variety of entertainment perfect for families including a Petting Zoo, a funfair, food and facepainting ; from 7pm until midnight, there will be live music including talented musicians from Graduate College and local bands including Idol Minds, Soulrigg and Tin Pan Alley. The festival will continue until 3am with a DJ at Lonsdale Bar. More information can be found on the Facebook event.

Give instant feedback on council maintenance

Members of the public are being asked to use their smart phones to comment on roadworks and flooding in a pilot project to improve feedback to local councils. The aim is to improve trust between the public, contractors and local authorities and so reduce costs and improve efficiency. The two iPhone mobile phone apps – StreetSmart and Flooder – have been developed by Lancaster University, InTouch Ltd and Carillion plc as part of a research project called FAITH which aims to use the latest developments in computing to improve the delivery of contracted services. Full story.

Academic Processions at Graduation Ceremonies

All colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Bachelor Degree Ceremonies which take place from 16 – 19 July. The deadline to register and book your robes has been extended to Tuesday 18 June. To join an Academic Procession, please register online.

Further information on this summer’s Graduation Ceremonies can be viewed here. Please direct any enquiries to the Ceremonies and Events Office, 592190. We look forward to seeing you at graduation. Many thanks in advance for your support.


Watch the live stream from the TEDxLancasterU conference taking place on Tuesday 18 June from 5pm online at


Professor Padraic Monaghan (Psychology) has won the British Psychological Society Cognitive Section Prize for 2013 for his research paper: The arbitrariness of the sign: Learning advantages from the structure of the vocabulary. Professor Monaghan will present the Prize Winner's Keynote Speech at the Annual Cognitive Section Conference, which will be held in Reading on the 4-6 September 2013.

Professor Paul Farley (English and Creative Writing) has been awarded the Cholmondeley Prize by the Society of Authors. This honorary award for poets was founded by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley in 1966 to recognise the achievement and distinction of individual poets, their general body of work and contribution to poetry. Past recipients include Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin, Stevie Smith, Tony Harrison, Derek Walcott and Carol Ann Duffy. Paul received his award at a reception held in London’s Army and Navy Club this week.

Professor Sol Picciotto (Law) gave evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs committee on 11 June, on corporate taxation.

Dr George Aggidis, Director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group (Engineering), was invited to join the advisory board of Renewable Energy World Europe 2013 in Vienna from June 4-6. He discussed Lancaster research into advanced hydro power and marine energy with the Vienna-based Andritz Hydro, which provided turbine hill charts for this research.

LUSU have announced that Claire Geddes has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive: More information.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

N8 Industry Innovation Forum Director| Senior Teaching Fellow (Business Development)| Environmental Chemistry/Biochemistry Technician| Administrative Support Officer| Research Technician – Soil Erosion| Undergraduate Coordinator Part II| Financial Planning & Budget Support Assistant| Research, Media and Impact Assistant| Conference Administrator|

Lancaster in the news

Graduate Tarun Sainani who runs a business in LEC is featured in National Geographic’s Traveller magazine which rates his travel app very highly. Professor Aneta Stefanovska (Physics) was quoted in the Kenya Star and other media on cardiovascular research into ageing. The annual debate staged by The Work Foundation Will robots and enhanced humans steal our jobs? was covered by both BBC Radio 4’s World at One and the BBC World Service.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


LUSU involve temporary move

To prepare for the refurbishment of Bowland West Wing, LUSU involve are temporarily relocating to Bowland Ash House from 14 June. Services will not be accessible on that day and will resume in the new, temporary location from Monday 17 June. If you have any queries please feel free to contact a member of staff.

Drainage improvement works

    North campus cycle path - On Monday 24 June work will start to improve drainage on the cycle path from north campus to Bailrigg village. This work is expected to last for two weeks. During this time the cycle path will be restricted in width and cyclists will have to dismount to walk around the site (approx. 30m), there will be signage in place.

    Pendle Bar - From Monday 1 July until Friday 12 July work will take place in front of Pendle Bar to reduce flooding. There will be a fenced off site around the works, but access will be maintained at all times. Work will be completed before the Graduation ceremonies begin.

Sports news

‘The Legacy goes on’ at the Sports Centre

This summer the legacy goes on at the Sports Centre following last year’s Olympic Games. This Saturday 15 June sees the launch of the Sports Centre’s summer offers available to current members and non-members. The Sports Centre is offering a range of activities for only £1 linked to some exciting sporting events taking place this summer, as well as Triathlon events and children’s challenges. Pick up a ‘Legacy goes on...’ loyalty card from the Sports Centre reception to be in with a chance to win a year’s free Gold membership! Find out more online at or call 01524 510600.

Food & Drink on Campus

Summer events at The Lounge, County South

Test your foodie knowledge at the Lancaster University Food and Drink Quiz night on Thursday 20 June. For more information and to book for these events, see here.

The Herdwick’s Annual beer and cider festival

The Herdwick’s (Graduate College Bar) 12th Annual beer and cider festival will take 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.

Café 21 at InfoLab

Café 21 at InfoLab has a new menu starting on Monday 10 June with exciting risotto dishes, pasta dishes and salads. Food is served daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

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 further opportunies later in the year please visit the OED website or email directly

What's On

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

Catalyst Research Seminar; Situating Social Innovation

A conversation with two design researchers, Professor Anne Balsamo (New School for Public Engagement, New York)and Professor Per-Anders Hillgren (Forum for Social Innovation and MEDEA, Malmö University, Sweden) chaired by Professor Lucy Suchman from the Department of Sociology. The seminar takes place on June 18 from 2pm to 5pm at Lancaster University Management School, Lecture Theatre 2. Please reserve your place.

Research Computing Users Group

Do you spend your research time struggling with computers? Anyone who writes programs, manipulates data or produces interesting graphs in their work - as well as those who have an interest in improving their skills in those areas - are welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Research Computing Users Group on the 5th of July. This will bring together researchers across faculties to share best practice and new skills in research computing.

Further details, and a doodle poll link to show interest, can be found here. Or contact Barry Rowlingson.

Cycle to Campus Day – Tuesday 18 June

As part of the national Bike Week, there will be a number of events taking place on campus on Tuesday 18 June:

  • ‘Dr Bike’ Clinic and Green Lancaster Bike Sale in Alexandra Square.
  • Pennine Events – pedal your own free fruit smoothie on the smoothie bike! Try out novelty bicycles.
  • Lancashire County Council Sustainable Travel Team – information, maps and advice on cycling and other forms of sustainable travel.
  • Lancashire Cycle Challenge – register for the Challenge to be in with a chance of winning some excellent prizes.

For more information on times and locations, please see the event webpage.

Lancashire Cycle Challenge – Bridge Breakfast Launch

To launch the start of the Lancashire Cycle Challenge there will be a free breakfast for every cyclist on the Millennium Bridge on Monday 17 June from 6.30am to 9.30am. There will be bacon and sausage rolls as well as quick breakfast snacks, so stop on your way past or make a detour to say hello and register with us. Dr Bike will also be available to offer a free bike check. For more information about the Lancashire Cycle Challenge, or to register and see the prizes available visit their website.

Grand secondhand booksale

A booksale is being held at the Chaplaincy Centre from 17 - 23 June to raise money for Christian Aid, seeking to help those living in extreme poverty. There are hundreds of books, something for everyone, and also CDs and DVDs. Contact Steve Charman for more information.

Broadbean Food Co-op

A student-run, not-for-profit initiative - is selling organic, fair trade and locally sourced wholefoods, healthy snacks and fruit every Thursday in Alexandra Square as part of the weekly Farmers' market. Broadbean aims to promote a restorative, sustainable economy that respects human labour and the environment.


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