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21 June 2013 | Issue 615

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


Enjoying the flavour of Lancaster University life

More than 3,500 pupils and teachers from 300 plus schools and colleges across the UK will travel to Lancaster University this summer to taste student life. As part of a wide programme of recruitment and outreach activity, the University will be welcoming more than 1,000 pupils who will be attending ‘Outreach’ Summer Schools, 250 pupils from Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, taking part in the University’s Islands Project and 180 students taking part in our mentoring scheme, ‘Target Uni’ this June and July. A further 2,000 prospective students and teachers will also be visiting campus for day visits, in addition to more than 500 prospective students participating in the FST Sixth Form Taster Day and the inaugural FASS Sixth Form Conference. For further information contact the University’s UK Student Recruitment and Outreach (UKSRO) team on x93724.

Spending Review should invest £2bn in science, research and technology as only route to growth

Ahead of the Government Spending Review, a submission from Lancaster University’s Big Innovation Centre is calling for a highly targeted programme of investment in science, research and technology as the only viable route to recovery. Full story.

Employability award for students

Two hundred and eighty five students have received the Lancaster Award at a ceremony attended by friends and family. The Lancaster Award prepares students for the job market by ensuring they develop the skills employers want, whether through work experience, volunteering or social activities. The Chancellor, Sir Christian Bonington, led the ceremony at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts where the guest speaker was Professor Bill Payne, Vice President, for CRM and Industries, Global Process Services. Organised by Careers, the Award requires students to complete a skills audit and job application before appearing before a mock job interview panel of an employer and careers advisor.

Ryan Rostron

Memorial Service for Ryan Rostron

A memorial will be held on Monday 24 June at 2.00pm in the Chaplaincy Centre, for Furness Student Ryan Rostron. All are welcome to attend. There will be refreshments after the ceremony in ‘Trevor’ Furness Bar, when one of the new College pool tables in our JCR will be dedicated to Ryan’s memory.


Professor Jennie Popay and Dr Emma Halliday (FHM) are authors on a recently published World Health Organisation monograph Women's and Children's Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights which was launched as part of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.

PhD student Bruno Sielly Jales Costa received the Best Student Paper award at the recent IEEE Conference on Cybernetics in Lausanne. The paper entitled ‘A Practical Implementation of Self-evolving Cloud-based Control of a Pilot Plant’ was co-authored by Dr Plamen Angelov from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster.

The largest UK Hydro Turbine Manufacturer Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd has offered Dr George Aggidis, Director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group (Engineering) £140,000 funding for two additional research projects. LUREG and GGG recently presented aspects of the ongoing research during the African Utility Week 2013 in Cape Town South Africa. Lancaster University now has the largest group of researchers on hydro power fluid machinery than any other University.

A blog by Professor Jim Wild (Physics) about the Lovejoy comet and the Sun, appears on the University's news and blog site.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Senior Research Associate: FI CONTENT 2| Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher x2| Undergraduate Admissions and Operations Manager (Internal)| Jisc RSC Northwest Information Officer| Undergraduate Admissions Office x3| LUSU Welcome Supervisor|

Lancaster in the news

Dr Caroline Gatrell (LUMS) was Professor of the Week in the Financial Times while a poem by Professor Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing) appeared in The Guardian.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Changes to Diversity Data

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) who publish information on staff and students on behalf of HEIs are making changes to the way they record diversity information and are requesting updated information from all HEIs. To respond to this request, we need to update our records and are requesting that all staff update their personal diversity data. A personal email explaining the changes has been sent to all staff, it also explains how they can update their personal details. However, you can update your details direct by following this link. A list of FAQs has also been produced and can be accessed here.

Please be assured that the information that you provide is securely stored and is used for monitoring purposes only by the University. No individual is identified.

North campus cycle path

On Monday 24 June work will start on improving the drainage on the cycle path from north campus to Bailrigg village. This work is expected to last two weeks. During this time the 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.

Events app in iLancaster

iLancaster has added an Events app which displays extra-curricular and social events which are of interest to Lancaster students and staff, and which are linked to the University in some way. These can range from events taking place on campus to trips and events across the region and beyond. You can request to have your event added by completing the LUSU ‘Pocket events’ submission form. iLancaster is available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry, and there’s a web-based version if you can’t use the native app on your mobile device.

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 weekend saw 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! For more details visit the Sports Centre website or call 01524 510600.

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

Trevor, Furness College Bar

Please note that Trevor, Furness College Bar will be closed throughout week 10 (Monday 24 – Friday 28 June), except for Monday from 2.00pm for the memorial of Ryan Rostron and for their College Extrav on Tuesday evening.

Training & Courses

Staff IT training

The following FREE IT taught training sessions run by ISS are available during the summer. 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

College Advisor Workshops – 19 September, 10.00am - 12.00pm. This workshop is for people that are new to the college advisor role or considering becoming an advisor. It describes the role and looks at referral routes for common student issues and the support available to help you fulfill your role.

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.

Lancaster University Pride 2013

On Saturday 22 June, Lancaster University will host the first Lancaster Pride since 2007. The day will begin at 10.00am with workshops in Bowland, with the main march taking place at 3.00pm. The full schedule can be found online and the official after-party, being held in Lonsdale Bar will begin from 9.00pm. This event is open to all, and more information can be found here.

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.

Grand secondhand booksale - extended for one more week

23 - 30 June, 9am-7pm, Chaplaincy Centre. There are still hundreds of books - something for everyone - and also CDs, DVDs Booksale to raise money for Christian Aid - seeking to help those living in extreme poverty. Contact Steve Charman for more information.


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