The UG Admissions Project aims to enhance applicants’ interactions with the University by providing a responsive and fast turnaround time for applications.
To achieve this, the UG Admissions team has been expanded for the start of the new admissions cycle with the addition of three Admissions Officers and three part-time seconded Admissions Officers. Each Admissions Officer will be partnered with a number of academic departments and will be responsible for making ‘offer’ decisions for those departments (with the exception of the Management and Medical Schools).
In addition, in September 2014, a new web-based IT system will enable paperless processing of applications. The new system will draw its data from LUSI and its introduction will coincide with UCAS’ withdrawal of paper copies of application forms.
The project will also deliver tools and support to strengthen recruitment and conversion activities across the Institution.
More details about the project and the partnership of departments and Admissions Officers can be found here.
Agenda and papers for Senate
As part of the outcomes of the Senate Effectiveness Review last year, it was agreed to make the papers for Senate meetings available to all staff in advance of the meetings. This will mean staff will have greater opportunities, not only to be informed about the business and decisions of the University, but to play an active part in shaping them. We have created a SharePoint site for Senate, which members of staff can access using their University user name and password, which can be found here
In addition, the membership of Senate can be found here.
The agenda and papers for the first annual strategy meeting of Senate, to be held on 24 September 2013, are now on the Senate site.
Fiona Aiken, University Secretary
LU win an extended contract with the National Institute for Health Research
The National Institute for Health Research’s Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is hosted by Lancaster University in the Division of Health Research. It has now won an extended contract with the National Institute for Health Research until October 2018. In the past year alone the service has advised on over 250 new research ideas and helped people with over 150 submissions to a range of funding schemes in applied health and social care research. RDS NW welcomes people working across the NHS, higher education, social care and the third sector. For more information and to request advice visit the RDS NW website.
Lancaster Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) pump priming funding
As one of the Lancaster University Research Centres, the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) is pleased to invite applications for pump priming funding up to the value of £1,000. Applications for smaller sums are particularly encouraged. We expect to make several awards in the region of £500 each. Further details are available here.
LUSU has moved
All Students’ Union services located in Slaidburn house and those temporarily in Ash House have moved into Bowland West Wing, accessible through Bowland Main quad or at the University House end of the Learning Zone. There is also a new fax number (01524) 594029
LUSU Shops and LUSU Living are unaffected by the move.
Contact details for all LUSU staff can be found at lusu.co.uk/contact.
Lecture Capture Pilot
During the last academic year, more than 800 lectures across 14 venues and 100 courses were captured by ISS in a pilot project over the preceding two terms. Once approved by the lecturer, the captured content is made available to students via Moodle. Feedback has been positive and the trial is to be extended during the new academic year. Lecture capture equipment has now been added to all centrally bookable teaching spaces on campus. Further information is available here.
Training courses are also available during September to provide more information on the technology and how to use the system to assist and enhance the student experience. Visit here to book.