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26 July 2013 | Issue 620

LU Text will be published once during August on Friday 16 August and the weekly service will resume on Friday 6 September 2013. Please ensure you check the Facilities News website regularly as there is a lot of work taking place across the campus that might affect you. To view previous editions see LU Text Archive.

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Greetings to all Muslim readers for the upcoming festival of Eid-ul-fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. For more information about the festival see here.

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


Former Minister at launch of £4.1m ESRC Centre

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke has welcomed the opening of a Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University, where he is a Visiting Professor. Mr Clarke was among several special guests at the launch event including representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Environment Agency. Watch the video here.

Technology could be “aggravating” factor in sentencing

Existing criminal offences which feature the use of computers could be treated in the same way as offences involving driving suggest researchers. Like the car or gun, technology enables existing crimes to be committed more easily. The report Understanding cyber criminals and measuring their future activity is by Claire Hargreaves and Dr Daniel Prince of Security Lancaster, an EPSRC-GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research at Lancaster University. Full story.

Chancellor’s Medal

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's Chancellor’s Medal. The Medal marks the long service of the former Chancellor HRH Princess Alexandra and was presented by the Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington at the July graduation ceremonies. Full story

Graduation highlights 2013 video

Lancaster University graduation highlights 2013 video

Lancaster wins ‘Best University Halls’ award

Lancaster has won ‘Best University Halls’ in the National Student Housing Survey 2013 - for the fourth year. Grizedale Townhouses took ‘Best Learning Environment’, a prize they last won two years ago. Lancaster has kept the International Student Quality Mark – one of only 8 institutions or private providers to achieve it. Full story.

Meeting the ancestors

The 21st century descendant of a medieval monk has come face to face with his ancestor thanks to researchers from Lancaster University. Two PhD graduates in Medieval History, Dr William Cook and Dr Michele Moatt, are working with staff at Norton Priory Trust to research the backgrounds of key individuals in Norton’s history whose skeletal remains have been excavated at the Priory. Full story.

Flexible Benefits 2013/14

Flexible Benefits annual enrolment is close at hand. This year’s enrolment will run from the week beginning 19 August until Friday 13 September. This year sees the introduction of two new benefits, the Purple Card from LUSU and the EAT Staff Card. In addition, staff will also have the chance to sign up for the Cycle to Work scheme in February with the benefit taking effect in March. Finally, the retail cards and vouchers will be replaced with one, all-inclusive card: the Pure Flex Card. For further information about each of these benefits, please visit

Staff are encouraged to log into employee self-service to check that their details are up to date.

Strategic plan

The new strategic plan is available to read online.


Congratulations to Dr Elaine Taylor (Lancaster Medical School) on her promotion to Grade 8.

Enterprise Team Manager Jonathan Powell (Research and Enterprise) has been voted onto the board for Enterprise Educators UK, the national network and lobbying body for enterprise educators in HE and FE. He is the Lancaster University Enterprise Champion, responsible for entrepreneurship support including Business Start-up Boot Camps, supporting students, graduates and staff.

Bryce Malton and Claire Hilton are both celebrating first class degrees on graduating from Lancaster University where they met. He now plans to study for a PhD at Lancaster Environment Centre while Claire works as a researcher at the University’s Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research. Full story.

As part of a HighWire research project, PhD students Barney Craggs and Myles Scott are looking at how crowd sourcing might be used to improve citizen journalism and make it more accessible to the mainstream news channels. They are asking staff to complete a two minute online study to annotate a short piece of raw news footage.

Peter Stevens (FASS) will be taking part in the 2013 BUPA Great North Run on 15 September on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Peter will be running the race with his wife Claire and is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the charity in recognition of the support given to his family over recent months. To sponsor Peter visit his sponsorship page, or contact him on

The Sports Centre would like to thank all participants, volunteers and supporters who took part or helped us put this year’s Race for Life on. Nearly 1000 women and girls took part, and raised almost £40,000.00 to support Cancer Research UK. Well done.

Job Opportunities

Vacancies which have been released this week include:

Finance Assistant – Cashiers| Research Associate: Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy| Teaching Technician| Research Associate – Psychology |

Lancaster in the news

Both Professor Henning Schomerus (Physics) and Neil Kibble (Law) are quoted in two separate articles in The Guardian this week on the topic of personal statements by applicants.

Emeritus Professor Sol Picciotto (Law) discusses tax avoidance and is reported in the international media including The Washington Post. Research led by Professor Paul Taylor (Psychology) on email language at work is featured in Security Asia.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Communications toolkit

An updated version of the Communications Toolkit is now available on the current staff pages Please refer to these guidelines when producing or commissioning marketing collateral. Over the coming months there will also be new templates available in Word, PowerPoint and LaTeX. If you have any questions about the guidelines, toolkit or future template, please contact

University wireless network

It is essential that everyone using the ‘eduroam’ wireless network uses a login in the format ‘’. ISS is now sending automated emails to anyone using just their username (ie. without ‘’) as their eduroam ID to advise them to update their login settings. If you receive such an email, please do not ignore it. Instructions on how to update your eduroam settings can be found at, or contact the ISS Service Desk for advice.

The LUSU JobShop – did you know we are still open?

We continue to operate the service throughout the summer vacation and can help you fill any part time or temporary vacation positions you have. We have students staying in Lancaster throughout the vacation currently looking for work so if you need an extra pair of hands to help you please feel free to place an advert with us at or contact the team on ext. 93765.

LUSU is moving

From August 29th, LUSU’s service currently located in Slaidburn House and LUSU Involve will move to Bowland West Wing. LUSU shop, Central and LUSU Living are unaffected. Further information.

Work on campus

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

Improvement work to the roads and pathways across campus

Improvement work to the roads and pathways across campus is currently underway. There will be no road or path closures during this work, access will be maintained at all times but it may involve some delays. To view where they will be taking place see here.

Spine Walkway closure outside Furness College

From Monday 5 August the spine walkway between and the steps down to Pizzetta Republic will be closed while work is carried out on the limestone paving. There will be a temporary diversion for pedestrian access via Edward Roberts Court and Tower Avenue from Fylde quad and The Venue. Work is expected to last one week.

Closure of underpass

The underpass is currently closed to enable work to be carried out safely. To view the travel and traffic arrangements during this time see here.

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

Work has started 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 are 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.

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

Information on university run food and drink outlets - Food and drink during the summer vacation

Training & Courses

Organisation and Educational Development

Please find below upcoming staff development opportunities that may be of interest. For further opportunies later in the year please visit the OED website or email directly

  • New professional development opportunity for managers - ILM level 5 award – Management Development Programme

    This new Management Development Programme (MDP) has been developed to match institutional needs, by engaging managers in development activities that encourage strategic thinking and foster business improvement. The MDP is part of a new ‘stepped’ suite of Leadership and Management programmes, which aim to increase the support available to managers and leaders at all levels within the University. See here for further information and deadline for applications.

  • College Advisor Workshops - 19 September, 10.00am - 12.00pm.
  • 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.

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.

What's On

For a full list of all events, please see Events.


All adverts posted by staff.