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28 June 2013 | Issue 616

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


Promotion success

Congratulations to academic staff who have been promoted to grade 9 (senior lecturer and Senior Teaching Fellow):

Dr Christine Shirras (Biomedical and Life Sciences) Senior Teaching Fellow, Dr Xiandong Ma (Engineering) Senior Lecturer , Dr Martin Friesl (Centre for Strategic Management) Senior Lecturer, Dr Mark Stevenson (Management Science) Senior Lecturer, Katy Pilkington (Accounting and Finance) Senior Teaching Fellow, Dr Marian Iszatt-White (Management Development Division) Senior Teaching Fellow, Dr Willem Hollmann (Linguistics and English Language) Senior Lecturer, Dr Hiroko Kawanami (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) Senior Lecturer, Dr Stephen Lane (Lancaster Environment Centre) Senior Lecturer, Dr Saskia Vermeylen (Lancaster Environment Centre) Senior Lecturer and Dr Gavin Hyman (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) Senior Lecturer.

National teaching award

Dr Judit Kormos from Linguistics and English Language, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning. Full story.

Volcanic rock cookers rock

Volcanologists at the Lancaster Environment Centre are cooking lava in the lab in a unique set of experiments designed to help understand hazardous volcanic activity. This pioneering work involves recreating the extremely high temperatures within moving lava and closely observing enigmatic but dramatic changes that are thought to control how lava flows advance. The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded the £70k machine, a Hotstage Microscope, and ongoing research is also supported by The Royal Society. Watch the video 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.

Work on campus

Over the coming months there will be a lot of work happening on campus which may affect staff and students, please see here for further information.


Jan Milton-Edwards joined the University this week as Head of Internal Communications (interim), reporting to Andy Clarke, HR Director, with the remit of managing internal communication of the refreshed strategy and to better engage with all staff across the University. Jan joins us from AstraZeneca, where in her last role as Head of UK Communications, her responsibilities included developing employee engagement, internal and change communications.

Dr George Aggidis, Director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group (Engineering) was invited by the UK Energy Research Centre to assist with the UKERC Research Atlas Landscapes. UKERC has now published the 2013 Hydro research landscapes and Lancaster University features in this effort.

FASS Enterprise Officer Joe Buglass was invited to present at the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce event Staying Ahead In the Ever Changing Business World. He gave a presentation to 50 local businesses on creative thinking at Lancaster and Morecambe College’s new business conference centre on 26 June.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Postdoctoral Researcher (macronutrient hydrology)| Director: Live at LICA| Part-time Senior Teaching Associate in Statistics (0.6 fte)| Divisional Officer/PA to the Director of ISS| Front of House and Facilities Manager|

Lancaster in the news

Dr Hugh Tuffen (LEC) was interviewed on the BBC about research into volcanic lava flows while research into online trolling by Dr Claire Hardaker (Linguistics and English Language) appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Times, Independent and Daily Mail.

A blog by Paula Burkinshaw (Educational Research) about this week’s conference at Lancaster on the lack of senior women in leadership roles appears here.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Changes to Diversity Data

Staff were emailed last week asking them to update their personal details, and almost half have responded. It's important that everyone updates their details. 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. An 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.

The Statistical Advisory Service

The Statistical Advisory Service drop-in sessions have now finished for the summer. The sessions will be back at the beginning of October. Further details will be advertised in LU text at that time. The Advisory Service itself is still in operation over the summer, and members of staff and PhD students who are looking for statistical advice should email us directly on to book an appointment. For further details please contact Emma Eastoe.

Work on campus

Further information about all the following work is available on the Facilities news webpage, or by contacting the Facilities helpdesk, 01524 593333.

Physics Avenue closure

Physics Avenue will be closed on Monday 1 July to enable the contractors carrying out the refurbishment work for the Chemistry Department to safely park a crane and lift the new roof structure into the area.

Work to clean paving

From Saturday 29 June to Sunday 14 July, work will take place across campus to clean paving in preparation for Graduation week. To view the full programme of the areas this will affect and when, see here.

Footpath closure for old Sports Centre demolition

The footpath down the side of the Management School and from the perimeter road to the spine, will be closed from Monday 1 July for two weeks, as the final section of wall next to the Management School and the old Sports centre is demolished.

Closure of underpass

Work is scheduled to start from Sunday 21 July for three weeks to replace the original pipework in the far end of the underpass and add new motorcycle parking spaces. The underpass will be closed to ensure your safety during this work. Travel and traffic arrangements can been seen here.

Partial closure of Bigforth Drive (main drive) for pedestrian walkway improvements

Between Monday 22 July and mid-September work will start on a new pedestrian walkway over Lake Carter to connect the main footpath directly to the Sports Centre without having to cross the road. The following traffic arrangements will be in place. The outbound carriageway of Bigforth Drive between the west roundabout and Lake Carter will be closed to all traffic. Diversion signs will be in place to direct all traffic to exit the campus via Alexandra Park onto Hazelrigg Lane. Inbound access to the University up Bigforth Drive will be unaffected. Sports Centre users will still be able to exit the Sports Centre Car Park onto the A6 via Bigforth Drive. The outbound bus stop opposite the Sports Centre will be closed during the period of the works. The nearest bus stop will be the underpass (or the Chaplaincy Centre between 21 July and 11 August). For the University Visit Day on August 28 all of Bigforth Drive will be open as normal.

EE Signal Disruption

As part of the Bowland Tower Accommodation refurbishment project work needs to be carried out on the roof of Bowland Tower. As the EE mobile phone antennas are located on the roof this means there will be on-going disruption to the EE mobile service over the summer period. To keep signal loss to a minimum, the contractors will rotate the work on the roof so that service disruption will only affect campus areas in relation to the particular elevation being worked on. This means when work is being carried out on the west elevation of the tower, disruption to service will be on the west side of campus, work on the east side will affect signal on the east side of the tower etc. To view the full programme of which sides will be affected and when visit here. This programme may be subject to change slightly if the weather declines.

Measurement Survey of the Library

A measurement survey of the Library will begin on Monday 1 July in preparation for its future development. There will be minimal disruptions caused to users, but surveyors will need to access every space in the building.

Resurfacing the tennis courts

To find out which courts are out of use and when, see here.

Drainage improvements outside Pendle Bar

From Monday 1 July – Friday 12 July there will be drainage improvement work to the area in front of Pendle Bar to reduce flooding. There will be a fenced off site around the work, but access will be maintained at all times. Work will be completed before the Graduation ceremonies begin.

Sports news

£1 a play activities at the Sports Centre

This week has seen £1 a swim on offer at the Sports Centre (still available until Sunday 30th June) for adults, children, members and non-members. Next week, Mon 1st – Sun 7th July, it’s £1 for an hour’s tennis all week including equipment hire. The Legacy Goes On at the Sports Centre this summer following last year’s Olympic Games. For more details visit the Sports Centre website or call 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. 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 (if you’re male, for instance) you can still support Cancer Research UK’s fantastic work by volunteering to help with the event. For more information visit the Sports Centre website.

Free climbing course

There are still 4 places available on the FREE 6 week Sportivate free climbing course.

Food & Drink on Campus

Food and drink during the vacation

During the summer vacation, opening times for food and drink outlets will vary. The following outlets will be open.

    The Venue: 8.30am – 2.30pm weekdays
    The Hub: 8.30am – 4pm weekdays
    Fylde: 10am – 10pm (Food 10am – 7.30pm) weekdays
    Grad: 7pm – 11pm daily
    The Lounge: 10.30am - 3pm weekdays except 15 – 19 July
    Café 21 : 9.00am – 3.00pm weekdays

Please note these times are subject to change depending on demand, please check the website for the latest time and dates.

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.

Interested in gaining Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications? Please see our MOS webpage for details.

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.

Organisation and Educational Development

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.

Short Talks on Big Ideas in Cyber Security

Security Lancaster is hosting the first in a new series of conferences facilitated by the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), the professional body representing the ethical security testing and incident response industry. 20 speakers will highlight the latest ideas in cyber security at ‘CRESTx Lancaster: Short Talks on Big Ideas in Cyber Security,’ 3rd July at InfoLab21. All staff and students are welcome to attend. Read more. Register here.

Catalyst Research Seminar

The seminar Interdisciplinary Research for Innovation: Myths, Facts and Case Studies will include the first public preview of a new technological prototype from the Catalyst project 'Access ASD'. The invited speakers are Dr Alan Blackwell from the University of Cambridge, and Dr David Tyfield from Lancaster University and there will be a discussion with four panellists. The event (including lunch) is on July 3 from 9am to 2. 15pm at LUMS Lecture Theatre 2.

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 in the Postgraduate Statistics Centre A54 at 1pm 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.


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