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20 September 2013 | Issue 624

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Contents: News| People| Lancaster in the news| Campus Investment| Food & Drink| Training & Courses|


Lancaster University joins FutureLearn

A free online course designed to help those interested in the social sciences and humanities analyse language will be offered as Lancaster University’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in January 2014. Hosted by FutureLearn guided reading and assessments will be available together with support from the online learners’ community.

FutureLearn, owned by the Open University, is the new UK provider of MOOCs with over 20 university partners. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies Dr Gavin Brown attended the launch of FutureLearn and blogs about it here.

LUMS awarded five further years of accreditation by EQUIS

The EQUIS Awarding Body met earlier this week to consider the re-accreditation of LUMS. The Awarding Body unanimously agreed to re-accredit LUMS for a further five years. This is the third consecutive year for LUMS, which places it amongst an elite group of schools with three five years of accreditation. The usual term for accreditation is three years. EQUIS is recognized globally as an accreditation body of quality in management education with established accreditation services for business schools and business school programmes, to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

World Cup football is a risk factor for domestic violence

Domestic abuse increases during England World Cup football matches – especially if the team lose. Researchers analysed figures from Lancashire Constabulary across three tournaments in 2002, 2006, and 2010. After controlling for day of the week, incidents of domestic abuse rose by 38 per cent in Lancashire when the England team played and lost and increased by 26 per cent when the England national team played and won or drew compared with days when there was no England match. There was also a carry-over effect, with incidents of domestic abuse 11% higher the day after an England match. The report was carried out by Dr Stuart Kirby and Professor Brian Francis of Lancaster University with Rosalie O’Flaherty and published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Full story.

Undergraduate Visit Day: Saturday 21 September

Thank you to all staff and students across campus who supported the August Undergraduate Visit Day. Feedback from the event, via social media and the online questionnaire, has been positive with 70 per cent of visitors rating their visit as ‘very good’ and a further 94 per cent stating they will ‘definitely apply/probably apply’ to Lancaster. The next event is on Saturday 21 September (not 22 September as previously stated in LU Text 623), and at present 8,200 students and visitors are booked online to attend. For further information contact Kathryn Lambert in the UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Office x 93724 -

Parking and free minibuses

We are expecting around 3,000 additional cars on campus during the visit Day. The University has put in place a parking management plan, which includes minibus shuttles, parking helpers and extra parking signage. 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 will be no parking charges on the visit day. 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 day, if at all possible, as pressure on parking spaces will be very high.


Professor David Sugarman (Law) is a member of the advisory panel that contributed to the recently published Handbook on European Law Relating to Asylum, Borders and Immigration commissioned by the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights. The handbook (pp. 255) is the first comprehensive guide of its kind and is aimed at judges and lawyers, as well as NGOs, immigrants and asylum-seekers. The guide is published in the principal European languages and is freely available. The UK launch of the Handbook will take place in Doughty Street Chambers, London, probably the largest and most wide-ranging civil liberties legal practice in the world, on 23 September.

Professor Paul Farley (English and Creative Writing) has written and presented a series of three programmes, Techno Odyssey, which combined poetry and documentary to explore and portray different technological environments, including heart valve surgery, a fibre-optic cable landing station, an internet data centre and a cash processing facility. The programmes were broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 4 on 31 July, 7 and 14 August. Paul also recently appeared on Twenty Minutes on BBC Radio 3 on 2 September, talking to Sir Andrew Motion about Louis MacNeice on the fiftieth anniversary of the poet’s death. Earlier this year Paul was named as one of the judges of the 2013 Forward Prizes for Poetry. Paul joined a panel chaired by Jeanette Winterson and including actor Sam West and critic David Mills. The annual Forward Prizes award is for contemporary poets in three categories: best collection, best first collection and best single poem - with prizes of up to £10,000. The winner will be announced on 1 October at the Royal Festival Hall.

Distinguished Professor Keith Beven (LEC) has been awarded the 2013 President’s Prize from the British Hydrological Society, awarded every two years in recognition of work which has advanced hydrology significantly. He will also give a keynote address at GeoMontreal from September 29 to October 3, a Benchmarks in Hydrology seminar at the University of Saskatoon on 4 October, and the European Geophysical Society Leonardo Lecture in Greece on 17 October.

Professor Cooper (LUMS) has been voted second in a list of the top 20 Most Influential UK Thinkers in 2013 by HR Magazine. He has also been invited to be a member of the All Parliamentary Party Commission on the Future of Management and Leadership, to be co chaired by Barry Sheerman MP and Peter Ayliffe, President and CEO of VISA. Others members of the Commission include Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, Jez Frampton, Global CEO of Interbrand, Derek Mapp, Chairman of Informa and Terry Morgan, Chair of CrossRail. The Commission will start its work this autumn.

Lancaster Fine Art graduate Jordan Rodgers was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious award for drawing. Around 70 works, selected from 3,000 entries, are now on show at the Jerwood Space in London until 27 October, when the exhibition starts a UK tour. Jordan, who graduated from Lancaster University with a first class degree in Fine Art in 2012, is successfully developing his own drawing and digital art practice and has just enrolled for a part-time MA in architecture at Liverpool University.

Dr Plamen Angelov (School of Computing and Communications) has received an award for Outstanding Service by IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and INNS (International Neural Network Society), the two leading international professional organisations for researchers working in neural networks.

Professor Claudio Paoloni (Engineering Department) has chaired and organised the 6th UK, Europe, China Millimetre Waves and THz Technology Workshop, UCMMT 2013, held at the National Roman Museum in Rome, Italy, on 9-11 September 2013, with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Italy Section, and the support of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Cockcroft Institute.

Lancaster in the news

Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) who gave the keynote address at the Bruckner Festival in Germany is quoted widely in the German and Austrian media; and the appointment of the new Live at LICA Director Jamie Eastman was reported in the British Theatre Guide.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Fire Service strike action

It has been confirmed that Fire Services in England and Wales will be on strike between 12- 4pm on Wednesday 25 September. During strike periods the response times from the contingency Fire Service will be increased and their resource capability will be reduced. All fire precaution measures and fire safety systems installed at the University will not be affected. Therefore occupants on campus will not be at an increased risk provided that evacuations of premises are carried out in an orderly manner when the alarms are raised. During these hours staff should be more vigilant with regards to fire safety within their premises.

Radical futures in social science: internal call for proposals

The University has been awarded Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for a number of £10,000 grants to support the ESRCs Transforming Social Science programme. We are therefore inviting bids for projects that are consistent with the ESRCs priority areas and also stress one or more of:

  • Methodological development
  • Technology development
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to major global issues
  • Impact of research in novel outlets in society
  • Public engagement with social science research

Applications should be no more than two A4 pages in length. Full details are available on the RSO website. Closing date is 1 November 2013.

University wireless network

On Wednesday 25 September at 9.00am the EDUROAM wireless network on campus will be changing. From that time onward it will be necessary to login to the EDUROAM wireless network with your username in the following format:, where username is your university IT account username. For example, if your university IT username is newtoni, then the EDUROAM username would be For further details please see

Bus Improvements for 2013/14

Stagecoach will be making some significant service changes to University bus services from 29 September. Full details will be available soon but those considering whether to apply for a subsidised bus pass next year may wish to consider the bus improvements information on the Buses webpage. New timetables will be available on the Stagecoach website shortly.

Campus Investment

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.

Re-opening of underpass

The underpass will reopen at midnight Friday 20 September ready for the Visit Day on Saturday 21 September. Information about travel and traffic arrangements are available on the Facilities news page.

Road marking maintenance

Road marking maintenance will begin on Tuesday 24 September with the following roads coned off for that day to enable the work to be carried out.

Food & Drink on Campus

Meet, Eat and Drink on Campus

From next week the Facilities team will be launching a range of new menus and exciting events for staff and students in the University cafes, restaurants and bars.

If you want to keep up to date sign up to the Meet I Eat I Drink enewsletter subscribe here. To find out more about ‘Lancaster Campus Life’ and some of the events planned for students in the bars this term you can view a copy of the newspaper going to all students when they arrive on the Facebook page.

Training & Courses

Organisation and Educational Development

Please find below forthcoming 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.

UKRO Information day – EU Projects

Dr Sobia Aslam, of UKRO (the UK Research Councils’ jointly funded office in Brussels), will visit Lancaster University on Thursday 26 September. Sobia will be giving a presentation to provide detailed information about the European Commission’s new research funding programme Horizon 2020 and how it differs from FP7, followed by a presentation on how to write proposals for European funding.

The presentations will be between 10.00am 12.30pm (H2020) and 2.00 - 3.00pm (European proposal writing) in Conference Centre Meeting Room 2. If you are interested in taking part in this visit, please contact the Research Support Office. Please advise if you intend to attend both presentations.

Public Engagement – what’s in it for older adults and higher education?

Free workshop: Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TX, 12 November, 1-4pm

By using case studies of existing engagement activities involving older adults and Lancaster University staff, this workshop will aim to generate ideas and new partnerships that will help stimulate the development of new resources and research in this field.

The workshop is for local organisations, community groups or members of the public with some experience of engagement with a university. A number of the spaces are also open for Lancaster university staff. We are keen to involve members of staff across the university already involved in engagement activities with older adults or with interests in public engagement in more generally.

A light sandwich lunch will be available from 12.15pm before the workshop commences at 1pm. If demand exceeds space, places will be allocated according to representation, locality and activity range. The workshop is free of charge.

For future information or to register interest, please contact Emma Halliday on 01524 592980, please register your interest by 14 October.