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18 October 2013 | Issue 628

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


Higher Degree Ceremonies

Congregations for the conferment of Higher and Honorary Degrees will take place on Wednesday 11 December 2013. The full timetable is available on the website. Students have been contacted by the Ceremonies and Events Team to invite them to register to attend their graduation ceremony.

An Honorary Degree will be awarded to Professor Clare Grey FRS, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Alumni Awards will be presented to Dr Nahed Taher, Chief Executive, Gulf One Investment Bank and Hellen Sambili, Member of Parliament for Mogotio, Kenya. For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events team on 01524 592190.

Academic Processions at Higher Degree Ceremonies 11 December 2013

All colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Postgraduate Degree Ceremonies which take place on 11 December 2013. A full platform greatly adds to the sense of occasion for the graduands and their families so your participation will be greatly appreciated. To join an Academic Procession and request robe hire, please register online by Monday 25 November to ensure the correct robes can be provided for you. Further information on this summer’s Graduation Ceremonies can be viewed here. Please direct any enquiries to the Ceremonies and Events Office, on 01524 592190. We look forward to seeing you at graduation. Many thanks in advance for your support.

First insight into the background of organised criminals in the UK

The first ever systematic analysis of the histories of organised criminals in the UK has revealed key differences from general offenders. In 2012 the Home Office commissioned Lancaster University to assist UK law enforcement agencies in further understanding these offenders. The researchers, Professor Brian Francis, Dr Leslie Humphreys, Dr Stuart Kirby and Professor Keith Soothill developed a new approach to identify offenders using the Police National Computer. Full story.

Vibrant Lancaster

Lancaster is one of four non-London centres within the top ten for inner city vibrancy highlighting key pockets of growth and regeneration mainly outside the South East: Manchester, Canterbury, Leeds and Lancaster. The Inner City Vibrancy rankings say they are a measure of how vibrant our cities are in terms of having a young, affluent resident population. Inner city vibrancy report.

VC Forum on Student Retention: register your interest by Friday 25 October

A reminder that the next VC Forum will be held on Wednesday 13 November 2013 from 2 - 4pm. The debate will focus on the topic of student retention and will consider the issues, implications and responses for Lancaster University and for the higher education sector overall. The registration period will continue until close of business on Friday 25 October. Find out more and register your interest here.

InfoLab21 resident company makes national awards final

DemoPad Software Limited based in InfoLab21 have been announced as a finalist in the Prospects Postgraduate Awards, Best Business Partner category, for their collaborative partnership with Lancaster University. Nominated for the award by the University, DemoPad have hosted ten post-graduates on placements, including a graduate researcher on a three-year collaborative research project with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. Lancaster University is also a finalist in the Best International Campaign category.


Student representatives in departments - It has become increasingly difficult for student reps in departments to be trained, supported, and for the system to be effectively administered. This year LUSU decided to create a single emailing that would contain all the information needed by departments; this included best practice guidelines agreed at Senate, information about training, contact details and links for staff and students to use to register their new reps for the academic year. To add names to the mailing list for accurate, up to date information about what LUSU is doing and what the current expectation are around student representation and feedback contact

Training begins in week 3. If you have not yet registered the reps for your department you can do so here. You can also pass on the following link to students so they can register themselves for a training slot. Any questions, concerns or problems can be sent to

Kevin Glazebrook Distinguished Professor in LUMS has been awarded the Beale Medal of the Operational Research Society in recognition of ‘a sustained contribution to the theory, philosophy or practice of Operational Research.’ The award will be presented at the Society’s annual Awards Ceremony, to be held in London on 28 November

Dr Richard Tutton (Sociology) delivered the Catharina Pijls keynote lecture at the Annual Maastricht Symposium on Global and European Health: Global benefit of personalized medicine? held at the University of Maastricht on 10 October 2013. This lecture was given before an international audience of stakeholders, students, and faculty, and included Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands in her capacity as honorary chair of the International Advisory Board for the Masters in Global Health Programme run jointly by Maastricht and McMaster University in Canada. The lecture was also livestreamed to audiences in several other countries.

Masters student Sabrina Ihaddaden has been crowned the winner of the Young Achiever of the Year at the CMI National Management and Leadership Awards ceremony in central London. The prestigious annual Awards celebrate the achievements and expertise of the UK’s best managers and management teams. French-born Sabrina, who has gone on to work as an engineer for planes and trains manufacturer Bombardier, was chosen to receive the accolade from a strong field across the UK. The Awards judge organisations, teams and individual managers by looking at issues including financial success, governance, people management, communications, ethics, sustainability and learning.

Linguistics and English language alumnus Damian Barr has been named on the Independent’s Pink List of 101 LGBT influential people in the UK.

Lancaster in the news

Researchers, students and staff from across Lancaster University took part in BBC Radio Lancashire’s focus on China this week. Interviewees included Professor Bill Davies (LEC), Bailrigg FM, the Confucius Institute and LEC-associate company Stopford Energy and Environment Ltd. Dr Ben Herbert (LEC) was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire, 17 October, about links with China.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Network security improvements in University House

On Tuesday 22 October, ISS will be making some improvements to the network security to University house. This will improve protection of Pcs in university house from external activity and is inline with changes made to other areas of the university. Work will begin at 8.00am and be completed by 8.30am. No disruption to service is expected during this time. If you have concerns or questions please contact the ISS Service Desk on extension 10987.

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 and Development Office for 5pm Monday 25 November 2013.

New Campus Map

An updated campus map with the revised accessible route past the Engineering building is now available here.

Statistical Advisory Service

If you have a query about aspects of experimental design or statistical analysis relating to your research, the Statistical Advisory Service is here to help any Lancaster PhD student or member of staff, from any department. We run drop-in sessions from 10am to 12 noon on Tuesdays during term time in B77 of the Postgraduate Statistics Centre. There is no need to book in advance and follow up appointments can be made. For further details of what the advisory service has to offer staff and students of Lancaster University, and how to contact us see here.

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.

Temporary road closure for installation of new pedestrian crossing

From Saturday 19 October until Tuesday 22 October, a section of Tower Avenue from outside Slaidburn House to Furness College will be closed while a new pedestrian crossing is installed across to Furness residences. This will not affect deliveries to the back of the Spar shop or LUSU Shop but will restrict vehicles from delivering directly to Edward Roberts Court. The bins at Furness College will be temporarily moved to the head of Fylde Avenue with the cardboard recycling facilities remaining where they are. If you have any queries about the work please contact the Project Manager John Lee via the Facilities helpdesk 01524 593333,

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

Short courses in quantitative methods at Lancaster University for Scientists, Social Scientists and Health Researchers

Michaelmas term

    22-23 October - Statistical Inference
    31 Oct-1 November - Using R software
    6-8 November - Generalized Linear Models
    14-15 November - Introduction to Statistics (SPSS I)
    28 November - Secondary Data Analysis
    2 December - Questionnaire Design, Validity and reliability
    3 December - Sampling Design

To book a place please visit here. See our website for more courses running after Christmas

Staff IT Training

The following FREE IT taught training sessions run by ISS are taking place next week. All training sessions take place in the Library Training suites and require booking online, unless otherwise stated.

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.

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.

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.

Head of Santander UK to give lecture

The CEO of Santander UK Ana Botin is to give a public lecture on the future of banking at Lancaster University Management School on October 31. The lecture is entitled “The Future of the UK Economy and the Role of Entrepreneurs” and will be followed by a Q & session. Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, funds scholarships, travel grants, awards and entrepreneurial activities at Lancaster as well as part-funded internships with local SMEs.

Visit of the new Bishop of Blackburn to the Chaplaincy Centre

The Rt Revd Julian Henderson will be visiting the Chaplaincy Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 October, as part of a tour of the Lancaster Deanery. There will be a question and answer session with the Bishop follwed by the licensing of the new Area Dean, and the evening will end with a short service of Compline. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact the Anglican Chaplain for more details.

Live at LICA

Shakespearean Theatre with Tim Crouch: I, Malvolio
Theatre exploring the balance between motherhood and work: Zoo Indigo (Double Bill).
Music: Celebrity Recital with Pascal Rogé.