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12 July 2013 | Issue 618

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


Graduation Ceremonies – 16-19 July

Nearly 2,500 Lancaster University students will visit the campus next week to receive their degrees. The degrees will be conferred by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor in ten ceremonies which take place over four days. They will be accompanied by more than 6,000 guests who will watch the ceremonies in the Great Hall or in a live web link in the Faraday Lecture Theatres. Other major hubs of activity will be the LICA Building - hosting robing, photography and other associated services and Lancaster Square - where group photography will take place after each ceremony. The Colleges will also be hosting celebration events for their graduating students. Over 300 staff will be participating, either by joining academic platforms, or assisting with the smooth-running of the ceremonies. View the full timetable here All the ceremonies can be viewed live via the web

Parking and free minibus during Graduation week

During Graduation week around 3,000 additional cars will arrive on campus. A parking management plan is in place which includes minibus shuttles, parking helpers and extra parking signage. Graduation traffic will be directed into any available parking space on campus, including Staff Parking Zones. Staff unable to find a parking space during the day should follow the directions of the parking marshals, in high-visibility vests. Please co-operate with their directions as they are there to help everyone find a place to park. There are no parking charges on Graduation Days. Staff are also welcome to make use of the free minibus service which will operate around campus with various signed minibus pick-up points around the perimeter road. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the week, if at all possible, as pressure on parking spaces will be very high.

Regional Growth Fund success

Lancaster University has received a conditional offer of funds for a multi-million pound project as part of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. The project bid was prepared by staff from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development and from Research & Enterprise Services. The project will run until March 2015, and will see the University work with up to twenty English city regions. The Wave Two Growth Hubs project will enhance the ability of participating regions to support their local small and medium-sized businesses in order to promote business growth and employment opportunities. Further information.

Research council appointment

Professor Linda Woodhead (PPR) has been appointed by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, as one of four new council members to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The appointment is for three years from August 1. She was Director of the £12m AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme and is co- organiser of the Westminster Faith Debates which engage public figures with the latest research, and which have attracted widespread media interest.

Home Secretary

Dr Stuart Kirby (Law) has been invited to give a presentation before an audience including the Home Secretary Theresa May on July 17 at the Home Office. The talk entitled 'Understanding criminal careers in organised crime' is based on Lancaster University research led by Professor Brian Francis with Dr Les Humphries (Maths and Statistics), Dr Kirby and Emeritus Professor Keith Soothill.

Inaugural Lancaster Writing Awards for school students

Nine sixth formers have won awards at the first ever national writing competition staged by Lancaster University. There were more than 120 entries from Year 12 school students across the UK in the competition, which aims to recognise emerging writers in literary criticism, prose fiction and poetry. The awards were judged by writers including the eminent literary critic and Distinguished Professor Terry Eagleton and poet Professor Paul Farley from the Department of English and Creative Writing. Full story.

Spectrum Centre 5th Anniversary

Actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry has endorsed the work at Lancaster University’s ground-breaking Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this week. Full story.

Islands students visit campus

More than two hundred and fifty students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man have been visiting campus to find out more about life at university. This is the fourth annual residential trip for year 12 students organised as part of the Islands Project, a direct partnership between schools from the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and Lancaster University. Full story.

Green Gown Award finalist

Two Lancaster University projects have made it through to the finals of the Green Gown Awards 2013. The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation has been announced as a finalist in the Green Gown Awards research and development category 2013. Now in their ninth year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK. Full story.

And Lancaster University’s Travel Plan has also seen success as a finalist in the carbon reduction category. The plan, adopted in 2005, has operated for eight years. The measures implemented under the plan have resulted in major changes in student and staff travel mode and dramatic reductions in carbon between 2003 and 2012.

Up up and away

Sixth form students have taken part an experiment to launch a helium-filled high-altitude weather balloon fitted with scientific measuring instruments helped by Lancaster University physicists. See the full story and video here.

Ivan Petkanov

We regret to report the death of first year student Ivan Petkanov. Ivan was studying Computer Science and was a member of Bowland College. The University has offered support to his family and will be sending sincere condolences. Support is available for students or staff members affected by this news. Please contact Student Wellbeing Services in the first instance on 01524 592690 or


Congratulations to staff on their promotion success. The full list of recent promotions is as follows:

Promotion to grade 8: Dr Nicos Pavlidis, Management Science; Dr Nikolaos Kourentzes, Management Science; Dr Laura Machin, Lancaster Medical School; Dr Adam Taylor, Lancaster Medical School; Dr Jason Alexander, Computing and Communications; Dr Paul Levy, Mathematics and Statistics; Dr Tineke Brunfaut, Linguistics and English Language and Linda Piggott, Applied Social Science.

Promotion 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; Dr Thomas Jaki, Mathematics and Statistics, Senior Lecturer; Dr Gavin Hyman, Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Senior Lecturer; Dr Graeme Burt, Engineering, Senior Lecturer and Dr Amit Thakkar, European Languages and Culture, Senior Lecturer.

Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) was invited to participate at an ‘Author Meets Critics’ Session (and an invited panel on critical discourse analysis (CDA) and Conflicts) at the International Policy Analysis Conference in Vienna, 3-5 July. Bob Jessop (Lancaster), Birgit Sauer (Vienna) and Aleta Norval (Essex) commented on the book Rightwing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse (edited by Ruth Wodak, Majid KhosraviNik and Brigitte Mral, 2013). She was also interviewed by the Austrian broadsheet Der Standard about the conference and the impact of social grass roots movements, published on 3 July.

Professor Brady (Cheng) Liu, one of two Directors of the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University, has returned to the South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou after almost two years. He will be replaced by Professor Fengchun Zhang from the School of Foreign Languages, SCUT. The Confucius Institute has offered Chinese credit courses for students on campus since October 2012, as well as part-time, extracurricular language classes open to all and activities for about 350 pupils from local primary schools including on 9 July Cawthorne Endowed School at Abbeystead.

Shehla Arifeen, a LUMS, PhD student, has recently been awarded 'The Best Paper Award of the Doctoral Colloquium' at the European Academy of Management conference at Istanbul, Turkey. The paper was praised for giving voice to a socially marginalized group due to gender, race, or religion during their career paths and for advancing the understanding of a complex phenomenon of women having multiple identities and ways of relating to their feelings and experiences in the UK. Shehla’s supervisors are Dr Caroline Gatrell and Professor John Burgoyne.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

MBA Programmes Manager| Assistant Retail Manager| Faculty Placements Officer| Research Associate: Comparable and Parallel Corpus Approaches to the Third Code: English and Chinese |

Lancaster in the news

Professor Stephen Wilkinson (PPR) is quoted in the Telegraph about why a ban on sex selection of IVF embryos is not justified, also in the Telegraph, is PhD student Mark McGlashan (Linguistics and English Language) discussing why children's books used in primary schools should feature same-sex parents. Dr Hilary Hinds (English and Creative Writing) was quoted in The Guardian about writing a personal statement.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


STEPS – Summer 2013

The latest edition of Steps is now available. 80,000 copies have been printed and mailed worldwide to our alumni. Copies have also been distributed around campus. However, if you have not yet seen a copy and would like one, please email Steps is also available to view online.

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.

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

OED are offering a new certificated Management Development Programme (MDP). Application is now open for the September cohort, please see web site for full details.

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.


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