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5 July 2013 | Issue 617

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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|


Physics Department awarded Juno Champion Status

The efforts of the Physics department to increase the representation of women have been recognised by the award of Juno Champion status by the Institute of Physics. The aim of the Juno Project is to recognise and reward departments that can show that they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men. See the full story here.

Lunar rovers could be engulfed by dust

Space vehicles on the moon risk being covered in dust say researchers. Space agencies around the world have plans to continue the exploration of the Moon in the next two decades, with ever more sophisticated robots paving the way for astronauts to walk on the lunar surface once again. A major problem is the dust found on the lunar surface, material that is abrasive, sticky and unhealthy to breathe, potentially fatally compromising an astronaut’s life support system. Now an Anglo-French team of scientists have modelled how this dust will affect any rover vehicles travelling across the surface. Professor Farideh Honary from the Department of Physics, who was Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2011-2013, presented the new findings at the National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews. Full story.

Hi-tech invention for adults with autism

The first ever digital tool to enable people with autism to connect to their social network when they feel stressed has been invented by researchers. The advantage of the digital tool is that it can also create an online map of people’s stress patterns. It was developed after extensive consultation with the autism community, including people with the condition.The project is part of an ambitious £1.9m EPSRC project called Catalyst led by Professor Jon Whittle from the School of Computing and Communications. Full story.

Bright sparks encouraged to aim high

More than two hundred sixth form students have been guaranteed a conditional offer of a place at Lancaster University after completing the Target Uni Mentoring Programme. The year 12 school and college pupils from 19 schools across the North West are all academically gifted but may need encouragement to apply to top universities despite their ability, either because they are the first in their family to study for a degree or have other issues such as a disability, being from a low income family or are cared for by someone other than their parents. Full story.

Wind turbine on way to meet electricity targets

As of 1 July 2013, the University’s wind turbine has generated 3.15 million kilowatt hours of electricity – the amount it takes to power 987 homes for 1 year. The turbine has been generating electricity for the University since 23 November 2012. The wind turbine was projected to generate 11-17% of Lancaster University’s annual electricity consumption (depending on average wind speeds) and to reduce carbon emissions by 1,800-3,000t CO2e per annum. Actual generation from the wind turbine has supplied 15-20% of University monthly electricity consumption since January, reducing University carbon emissions by 1,600tCO2e in the 7 months since the wind turbine started operation. For more information on the University’s plans for a more sustainable future, visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/sustainability/.

Promotion success

Congratulations to academic staff who have been promoted to grade 8 (senior lecturer and Senior Teaching Fellow):

Dr Nicos Pavlidis (Management Science), Dr Nikolaos Kourentzes (Management Science), Dr Laura Machin (Lancaster Medical School), Dr Jason Alexander (Computing and Communications), Dr Paul Levy (Mathematics and Statistics), Dr Tineke Brunfaut (Linguistics and English Language), Linda Piggott (Applied Social Science), Dr Graeme Burt (Engineering) and Dr Amit Thakkar (European Languages and Culture).

5th Anniversary celebrations for Spectrum Centre

The 5th anniversary of Lancaster University’s Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research will be on July 9. The Spectrum Centre is the only academic institution chosen by the Government to help improve psychological therapies for people who have experienced severe and enduring mental health difficulties. The event will be launched by the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine Professor Tony Gatrell along with guest speaker Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool Professor Richard Bentall. There will also be talks from Spectrum’s co-directors Professor Steve Jones and Dr Fiona Lobban at the event which is from 12noon to 430pm, with lunch and refreshments provided. If you wish to attend and learn more about Spectrum’s achievements and contributions to mental health research then please contact a.sawczuk@lancaster.ac.uk to enquire about booking a place.

Graduate Summer Festival Saturday 6 July

The confirmed running order for tomorrow’s Graduate Summer Festival is now available on the LUGrad website and on the Facebook event. Come along, enjoy the fun.


LUSU Chief Executive Peter Elliott was recognised at the NUS Awards with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for over 40 years' service to the Students' Union movement. The award was presented by NUS President Toni Pearce. Claire Geddes, LUSU’s current Director of Policy and Communications, has been appointed to the role and will take office on 1 October following Peter’s retirement.

Welcome also to the new Students’ Union sabbatical officers who took up their posts on 1 July:
President - Joel Pullan, VP Campaigns and Communications - Rachel Harvey, VP Union Development - Laurence Pullan, VP Welfare and Community - Tom Fox, VP Education - Joe O'Neill and VP Activities - Emily Pollitt.

Lecturer in Digital Art and Culture Dr Emile Devereaux (LICA) has been awarded further funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop collaborations in India. Full story.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Associate lecturer in Creative Writing) has won the Kwani? Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers, for her novel The Kintu Saga.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) gave the Arie Shirom Memorial Lecture at the University of Tel Aviv this week attended by senior faculty, former students and Israeli business leaders. Professor Shirom was one of Israel’s most famous applied psychologists. The lecture was called ‘From Stress to Wellbeing’.

An article by Hannah Morgan, lecturer in Disability Studies, has been given the Award for 2012 Best Conceptual Article in the journal Social Work Education and has been made freely available online. The article will be the subject of an online journal club that is taking place via twitter on 11 July as part of the Collective Consciousness through Creative Connectivity keynote address at the 15th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference and 7th UK Social Work Research Conference. The journal club twitter account is @jswecjour13. Further details here.

Staff have helped to raise over £900 during Christian Aid Week, which is the highest amount ever collected on campus. This money will be used to help to alleviate extreme poverty - for more information on how the money is spent, visit www.christianaid.org.uk. Steve Charman from the Chaplaincy Centre would like to thank everyone who has given money, books, time and energy.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Lecturer in Creative Writing| Alumni and Friends Engagement Manager| Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator|

Lancaster in the news

Dr Simon Mabon (PPR) was interviewed live on BBC1 TV news and BBC 5 Live about the political crisis in Egypt, Professor Farideh Honary (Physics ) was quoted in the LA Times about research into lunar dust and Professor Stephen Wilkinson (Law) was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and in The Independent about why a ban on sex selection of IVF embryos is not justified.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Cashiers Office day closure

Cashiers Office will be closed between 10.00am – 11.30am on Tuesday 9 July for staff training

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.

EE Signal Disruption – please check new dates/times as the disruption times have been reduced

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 there will be on-going disruption to the EE mobile service over the summer period. Contractors will keep signal loss to a minimum. See website for the antenna shutdown schedule.

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. To view the travel and traffic arrangements during this time see 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.

For the University Visit Day on 28 August all of Bigforth Drive will be open as normal.

Sports news

The Legacy goes on at the Sports Centre.

Race for Life Event on Campus – Sunday 14 July

The Sports Centre will host the Race for Life, as part of Cancer Research UK’s largest women-only fundraising events. Sign up here; there is still time to take part. 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 about parking and restricted access onto campus during the race visit the Sports Centre website.

Children’s summer holidays activities

There is an extensive range of activities for children at the Sports Centre, to keep them entertained throughout the summer holidays. For information about Children’s Intensive Climbing Lessons, Intensive Swimming Lessons, or Mad4Kids Multi-Activity Days and weeks then visit the Sports Centre website.

Food & Drink on Campus

Food and drink during the summer vacation

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

Researcher Day – Research in a Difficult Climate: How to Thrive and Survive as a Researcher in the 21st Century. 26 September 9.30am - 4.30pm – Management School.

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.

Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) – Conference 2013: Wed 10th July 2013

The conference is designed to help Lancashire's business leaders from all sectors to think differently about business growth and explore ways of growing businesses through exploiting new technologies and conquering new markets. Speakers include: Clive Grinyer: Cisco, John Ashcroft: The Economist, Martin Higginson: IDE Group, Phil Jones: Brother, Wayne Hemingway MBE and Dr Rachel Cooper - Imagination Lab LICA. The event starts at 12.00-5.45pm (followed by reception 6-8pm). Further details and registration here.

Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny who will receive an honorary degree from Lancaster in July will give a seminar on Thursday 18 July 4.30 - 5 30 pm, in Bowland North SR4, called "Identifying blind spots in our knowledge - seen from a European Research Council perspective".

Helga Nowotny has been chair and member of the scientific advisory boards of research institutions and policy-related committees throughout Europe. She has been awarded the J.D. Bernal Prize for lifelong achievements in social studies of science. Further information see event website, or contact: r.verrall@lancaster.ac.uk.

LUMS Faculty Research Conference 2013

LUMS will be holding its annual faculty research conference on Friday 20 September. Further details are available here. A full list of talks and the conference programme will be available on the LUMS website in September. All are welcome to attend. Contact Dr Bev Abram for information.

LUMS Horizon 2020 EU funding event

LUMS would like to extend an invitation to colleagues in all faculties to attend an EU funding workshop on Horizon 2020 on Friday 20 September . The number of places available is limited, therefore registration for this event is essential. Please contact Dr Bev Abram for more information. A full programme will be sent to registered participants circulated in September.


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