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4 October 2013 | Issue 626

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


Lancaster University rises in world top 200

Lancaster University has climbed eight places to 137th in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, one of the world’s most comprehensive and carefully calibrated global rankings. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 are the only global university performance tables to judge research-led universities across all their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Full story.


Lancaster will open the first British university branch campus in Ghana this month. Students enrolled on the foundation programme will be taught from 7 October 2013. On 27 September, Ghana’s National Accreditation Board awarded accreditation to Lancaster and its partner Trans National Education Ghana Limited to operate the campus. The Accra-based branch campus, called Lancaster University Ghana, is the only one of its kind in West Africa and is committed to producing graduates who have the skills and knowledge to meet Ghana’s industrial, societal and governmental needs. The Vice-Chancellor and other senior colleagues will visit the campus at the end of the month for the official launch of Lancaster University Ghana.

Staff ‘Town Hall’ meeting

Earlier this year the University held a series of staff assemblies, where staff were consulted with in order to define a new strategy which will take the University forward to 2020. All staff are now invited to discuss next steps around the implementation of the new strategy with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Atherton.

An ‘all staff’ Town Hall meeting will be held on Monday 14 October at 1 – 2pm in the Great Hall. We appreciate you taking the time to register your attendance here. (Live at LICA are kindly assisting with online registration, but unfortunately this means that there are certain things that can't be turned off in the booking tool such as the donation pop-up or the auto registration email, please ignore these whilst completing your registration).

Metaphor study involves department trio

A journey or a battle? A crossroads or a fight? A stolen life or a gift? How people talk about dying in terms of metaphors, or verbal imagery, is being analysed by researchers at Lancaster University. The ‘Metaphor in End of Life Care’ project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, brings together expertise from linguists, computer scientists and a health psychologist from the University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care.

Public Lecture by Alan Milburn – Wednesday 23 October

Former Government Minister and Lancaster alumnus Alan Milburn returns to his stamping ground at Lancaster University in October to deliver a Public Lecture. Entitled ‘What would make Britain more socially mobile?’ the talk, on 23 October at 2.15pm, is open to all University staff, students, alumni, members of the public, schools and civic representatives. To book free places at the Public Lecture please visit here. The venue location will be confirmed via email two days prior.

New survey examines faith school issue

Most people polled in a new survey disapprove of state funding for faith schools but most participants did not object to faith schools discriminating on religious grounds. The survey, designed by Lancaster University’s Professor of the Sociology of Religion Linda Woodhead (PPR), was carried out online this summer by YouGov and polled 4018 people.


Professor David Sugarman (Law) delivered a public lecture at the State Parliament of Berlin on 30 September to mark the 15th anniversary of General Pinochet’s arrest in London, and its contemporary relevance. He shared the platform with Baltasar Garzón, the judge who arrested Pinochet. More than 300 attended the event, which was broadcast on German radio (Deutsche welle). The proceedings were filmed, and can be viewed here.

Lancaster Maths and Stats research student Tomasz Kania has attended the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum as one of a small number of UK-based early-career researchers. The Heidelberg Laureates are international prize winners in mathematics and computer science and the Forum aims to inspire the next generation of researchers by bringing them together with the leaders in their fields.

The University regrets to announce the death of Professor Richard Tredgold, the former head of the Physics Department, who died on Saturday 28 September. Professor Tredgold joined the University in 1974 and continued his active teaching and research until his retirement in 1990. The arrangements for his funeral are not yet known.

Lancaster in the news

Professor Ian Walker (LUMS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme and BBC Five Live about the national lottery.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


HE Academy National Teaching Fellowship Awards scheme

Each year Lancaster nominates up to three colleagues for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS). Worth £10,000 to each winner, the NTFS aims to raise the profile of learning and teaching, recognise and celebrate individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes. There is an internal selection process – the means by which institutional nominees are identified. The deadline for internal submissions is Friday 1 November 2013. For further details and any queries please see here.

Please advise the panel as soon as possible via Susan Armitage in Organisation and Educational Development if you would like to suggest the name of a colleague or are intending to submit an application yourself for the NTFS.

Staff and Postgraduate email quota increase

Over the summer, ISS increased the storage capacity on the Exchange servers. Consequently, ISS have increased the quota on staff and postgraduate email accounts from 2GB to 10GB. This continues to be accessible via desktop computers, Outlook web access (OWA), and mobile devices.

Cycle marking

Security are running a cycle marking event, to assist in the prevention or possible detection of cycles which may be the subject of theft from the University. The system used is a unique number which is marked on your cycle and the details then entered on a University database. This event is free and is on Monday 28 October and will be done at the University Police office in conjunction with University Security and the Police. The office is adjacent to the Bowland residence halls. All are welcome, students and staff. The event runs from 9am to 3pm.

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.

Bus service - 17:10 Service 12 Bus

The 17:10 service 12 bus departure from the underpass is still running daily Monday to Friday. Stagecoach made a timetabling error so it does not appear on the current timetable, for which they apologise but confirm that the service is still running.

University Cycle Day

On Tuesday 8 October the following cycle events and promotions for staff and students will take place in Alexandra Square 11am-3pm:

  • Colin Stones – reconditioned used cycle sales. All bicycles priced under £100.
  • GreenLancaster – cycle accessory sales
  • Cycles Recycled – Dr. Bike service, novelty bikes to try, cycle commuter planner, sale of bike parts.

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

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? Fees apply. The current discounted fee for staff is £25.00 per module. This includes ebook, access to Gmetrix practice exam software and one attempt at the exam. Please see our MOS webpage for details. More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.

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.

Annual Chaplaincy Centre Lecture

Jesus the Red: Professor Terry Eagleton (Distinguished Professor of English Literature), Monday 28 October 6.00pm, Chaplaincy Centre, AFC Chapel. All welcome.

Live at LICA

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