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27 September 2013 | Issue 625

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


Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on Student Retention - 13 November 2013

The next VC Forum is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 13 November 2013 from 2-4pm. The VC Forums are workshop-style sessions which offer staff and students an opportunity to meet with Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith to consider and debate topics that are of strategic importance to Lancaster.

November’s VC Forum will focus on the topic of student retention and will consider the key issues, implications and responses from a Lancaster University perspective in the context of profound change in the higher education sector. Find out more and register your interest here.

Lancaster league table success

Lancaster University has maintained its high position and been named the top university in the North West in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. Full story.

Athena Swan award success for LEC

The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) has been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award, the first department at Lancaster to achieve this. Athena Swan is an awards programme set up to recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia – science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. This award follows the University’s institution-level award, and the Faculty of Health and Medicine’s faculty-level award. The successful bid was submitted by a team consisting of Bitten Brigham, Ann Brookes, Andy Folkard, Kevin Jones, Jane Taylor, Nigel Paul, Hao Zhang, Uli Beisel, Emma Ferranti, Antje Fiebig, Greg Holland, Hannah Newton, Arun Saldanha, Hugh Tuffen and Paul Young.

Flexible benefits

This year’s enrolment saw an unprecedented level of engagement from staff with a record number of benefits selected. These are currently being processed and staff notified. Bus passes are now ready for collection from the Students’ Union Welcome Desk in LUSU who are now based in Bowland College. For staff who have selected a parking permit, these are currently being printed and posted out to home addresses. Sports Centre memberships have been activated, with effect from 1 October.

The economy could be boosted by new start-ups thanks to a research project

A new generation of entrepreneurs could be found thanks to a pioneering new research project led by Lancaster University. The Eliemental Project aims to identify invisible and community barriers that are potentially putting off large numbers of people from setting themselves up in business. Small businesses are often cited as the engine room of the economy and future growth is vitally dependent on entrepreneurs willing to take risks to start new businesses that will in turn create new jobs. Full story.

Friends Programme funding available

Applications for Lancaster University Friends Programme funding can now be made to the Alumni and Development Office. Departments, colleges, and individuals can apply for funding (most grants will be in the £2,000 - £5,000 category). The next round of disbursement of funds will take place in December. The Friends Programme is part of the University's fundraising programme and the funds are made possible by donations from the University’s alumni and friends. For further information see here. The closing date for authorisation for departments, colleges and LUSU applications is 5pm Friday 15 November 2013. All other applications to be submitted to the Alumni & Development Office for 5pm Monday 25 November 2013.


Professor Trevor McMillan will join Health Education England’s Genomics Advisory Board. The Board will contribute to the Government’s agenda on Life Sciences by advising on issues such as how the UK develops a workforce that is receptive to research and innovation, and able to adapt to the changing demands of public health, healthcare and care services. The Board will be specifically tasked with ensuring that around £15-20m of funding for the education and training of the current and future health and healthcare workforce is spent on developing the range of skills needed to respond to this agenda.

Lancaster in the news

An article "Green Conservatism shrivelled after banks went to the wall" by Dr Mark Garnett (PPR) was published in The Conversation. Research by Dr Stuart Kirby (Law) and Professor Brian Francis (Maths and Statistics) into domestic violence and football featured in the Times of India.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Domain migration: to

The University’s web presence has now been successfully migrated from to The migration of subdomains (for example, will follow in due course. Using ‘Lancaster’ instead of ‘Lancs’ reinforces our official name, and will help to avoid confusion with other organisations. Therefore, please ensure that any new external links into the website use the domain, and that this is also used in any printed materials. If there are any technical issues that result from this change please contact the ISS Service Desk.

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.

University House partial re-roof

Part of University House will be re-roofed from next week. The site cabins for the contractor will be located on Bowland Avenue East in the parking bays outside the Chaplaincy Centre, opposite the Security Lodge. The work is expected to take 6 weeks and there will be some noise that will affect the higher levels of University House and possibly Bowland Main.

Bus service changes effective from Sunday 29 September

Stagecoach in Lancaster have made a number of improvements to services as a result of recorded passenger journeys and continued passenger feedback. There are changes to some University bus routes and timetables. To view full details including revised timetables and route maps please see the Stagecoach website here. Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the changes is encouraged to email Philip Longton, the University’s Travel & Environment Co-ordinator, who is liaising closely with Stagecoach regarding the changes they have made.

Food & Drink on Campus

Meet, Eat and Drink on Campus

For information on university food and drinks outlets on campus including new menus and opening hours visit

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.

Identities and the spirit of Lancaster’s colleges - A guest lecture with Marion McClintock, University Archivist

Lancaster University Students’ Union would like to extend an invitation to a special lecture exploring the changing roles, identities and cultures of each of Lancaster University’s nine colleges. Drawing on her vast wealth of knowledge and experience at Lancaster, Marion will discuss each college in turn, addressing everything from their strategic directions to their changing locations as well as her view for where next for Lancaster’s collegiate system. Designed with both staff and students in mind, the lecture intends to engage the entire university community and will be a centre-piece to the Students’ Union’s week of celebration of our colleges.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday 16 October at 1pm in Faraday Lecture Theatre.

Live at LICA

Theatre, Music, Dance and Art listings for Autumn season 2013