Congratulations to all our students and staff who received degrees this week. More than 2, 500 degrees were conferred by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor in ten ceremonies which took place over four days. Students were accompanied by more than 6,000 guests who watched the ceremonies in the Great Hall or in a live web link in the Faraday Lecture Theatres.
The Vice-Chancellor paid tribute to Pro-Chancellor Bryan Gray, who is leaving this year, at the Graduation Dinner held in recognition of the honorary graduates.
This year is also the first time that Alumni Awards have been presented, to Clare Amsel, Gary Foxcroft and Andrew Leaitherland.
LUSU President Joel Pullan graduated with his twin brother Laurence, LUSU Vice President Union Development, following in the footsteps of their father Tim who graduated from Lancaster in 1987. Full story.
Almost 300 staff from across the University took part in the ceremonies and the Ceremonies and Events Office would like to thank everyone involved for their support.
Podcast of the Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on MOOCs
The VC Forums provide opportunities for staff and students to meet with Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith to consider and debate topics that are of strategic importance to Lancaster. June’s VC Forum focused on the strategic implications of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Lancaster University, and the broader impact on the higher education sector. Learn more.
Listen to the audio podcast and join the debate. An audio podcast is now available to listen to online, offering some reflections on the first VC Forum. As there was so much interest in the topic of MOOCs, we hope that you will share your views with us.
Email us with topic suggestions for future forums. Topics will be short-listed for selection by the Vice-Chancellor. Students and staff members whose proposal is selected will automatically be given the opportunity to attend that session.
“One of the greatest mysteries in the Universe” nearer solution
An international experiment investigating one of the biggest mysteries in fundamental physics – why the amount of matter greatly exceeds the amount of antimatter in the Universe - has made a leap forward.
Lancaster University is one of eight UK partners involved in a global scientific collaboration called the T2K experiment based in Japan.Full story.
Email traffic gives clues to workplace threats
Employees carrying out an insider attack at work can be identified from the language they use in emails according to Lancaster psychologists. These attacks include everything from workplace theft to fraud, hacking and sabotage, resulting in the loss of millions of pounds to companies. Full story.
The British Academy to support Mandarin project
The British Academy has announced its support for a research project designed to improve the teaching and learning of Mandarin as a foreign language. The three-year initiative, which presents a pioneering approach to Chinese language teaching and learning, will further develop and strengthen the recently established partnership between Lancaster University and the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS).
The joint bid was submitted by Dr Richard Xiao, Director of Lancaster University Confucius Institute and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, and Professor Hai Xu, from GDUFS
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Flexible Benefits 2013/14
Annual enrolment for Flexible Benefits is approaching. This year sees several new changes to the scheme, including the introduction of two new benefits:
- The Purple Card from LUSU, it entitles holders to discounts at retailers in and around Lancaster and further afield.
- The EAT Staff Card, a pre-credited dining card that also offers holders a discount at University catering outlets.
- In addition, following enthusiastic feedback from staff, a second enrolment window will be offered in February for the Cycle to Work scheme, to take effect in March.
Staff are encouraged to log into employee self-service to check that their contact details are up to date.
The University is pleased to announce that it has agreed terms with WH Smith who will provide a newsagents service for students, staff and visitors. The new outlet will be located in the corner of Alexandra Square and will open in a few weeks’ time.