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25 October 2013 | Issue 629

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


End of Life Care teams play major role in UK hospice future

The International Observatory on End of Life Care has contributed significantly to proposals to reform the UK hospice movement over the next decade. They recommend a complete hospice culture change to ‘truly include’ family carers and a greater openness towards research.

Lancaster University to exploit its global reach for the benefit of UK SMEs

The £5.1 million Lancaster China Catalyst Programme - created by Lancaster University and part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council’s Catalyst Fund, the University and Lancashire County Council - will help small and medium sized UK firms compete in increasingly competitive global markets by helping them to become established in the world’s fastest growing economy – China. The project involves experienced staff from our faculties of Science and Technology, Arts and Social Sciences and the Management School. Full story.

Alan Milburn visit

Lancaster University’s efforts to open up higher education to all were praised by alumnus and former Government Minister Alan Milburn when he returned to campus to deliver a Public Lecture on Social Mobility this week. Watch the video here.

Lancaster University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IT and business services giant IBM

The agreement, which was signed on Monday, 21 October by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith and Professor Bill Payne, Vice President of IBM Global Process Services, outlines how the two organisations could work together in the future in areas such as collaborative research, knowledge exchange, jointly organising events, curriculum developments and staff secondments. IBM could help with the development of courses at Lancaster University in areas such as Smarter Planet, Smarter Cities and Architecture & Enterprise Systems. There could also be opportunities for student placements within IBM, as well as coaching to prepare students for applying for jobs at companies like IBM. Full story.

Be inspired by science this autumn

Lancaster University researchers working at the coalface of scientific discovery are set to share their knowledge with the public this autumn in a free series of Science and Technology talks in Lancaster. Full story.

Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2012-13

An Equality and Diversity Annual Report has been produced for the year 2012-13, which is a celebration of a wide range of achievements, good practice and inclusive activity from all parts of the University. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Report. The Report also sets out our plans, responsibilities and priorities for the year ahead. We would welcome news of additional equality and diversity related activity during the course of the current year, which might be included in our next report. Contact equality and diversity. A small number of printed copies of the Report are being distributed, and it is available on-line at: Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2012-13.


Lancaster Environment Centre’s Professor Barbara Maher’s ‘world-leading’ work on climate change has been awarded the Mineralogical Society-Schlumberger Award (2014), for ‘scientific excellence in mineralogy and its applications’.

A celebration of the life of Professor Richard Tredgold, the former head of the Physics Department, who died on Saturday 28 September 2013, will take place on Saturday 2 November from 2.00 to 4.00 pm at the Ship Inn, Caton (telephone 01524 770265). All are welcome to attend. Marion McClintock (ext. 594672, e-mail has agreed to collect numbers for catering purposes, so please contact her by no later than Wednesday 30 October if you expect to be there.

Would you be interested in a part-time role as a College Principal, with your department receiving a buy-out for the loss of your time? We are seeking new Principals for several Colleges from 1 August 2013.

The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features. As a Principal, you would play a role in leading the College team and shaping the life of your College for both staff and students. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers. You would need:

  • A strong interest in people
  • The ability to listen to College members
  • The ability to represent your College’s views, and conversely to explain University policy to College members
  • a willingness to participate in University policy-making
  • a creative approach to trouble shooting

If you would like more information about the these appointments or about the colleges, please contact Hilary Simmons. A formal call for applications will be issued at the end of November.

Lancaster in the news

Professor Barbara Maher (LEC) has appeared on BBC 2’s Trust me I’m a doctor talking about her research on air pollution. Professor Amanda Chetwynd writes in The Independent on postgraduate funding.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


University Bus Services

A number of issues remain following the service changes recently implemented by Stagecoach. The University is in close contact with senior management at Stagecoach to resolve these issues as promptly as possible. Feedback from staff is highly valued and is proving to be useful. Any staff submitting a written complaint to Stagecoach are encouraged to copy in the University’s Travel and Environment Co-ordinator, Philip Longton.

Car Parking Office – Change of opening hours

Now the bulk of the parking permits have been issued the Car Parking Office in the Security Lodge will open from Monday – Friday 8.00am - 12.30pm only. Please note it will be closed all day on Thursday 31 October. More information on parking at Lancaster University can be found on the Facilities webpages You can contact the Car Parking Office by emailing or telephoning 01524 592179.

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.

Food & Drink on Campus

Meet, Eat and Drink on Campus

If you want to keep up to date on new menus and special events in the University restaurants, cafes and bars, sign up to the Meet I Eat I Drink enewsletter here. For opening hours and other information visit the website To find out more about ‘Lancaster Campus Life’ and some of the events planned for students in the bars this term like the Facebook page.

Training & Courses

Library talks

Do you need information about UK and international companies? Or market research? The Library is continuing its series of talks on information skills with a session on Finding company data and marketing information. It will cover sources on UK and international companies, and market research. This talk takes place on Wednesday 30 October at 9.00am. Please book your place. More details and the full programme is on the Library website.

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 on the above training and other courses currently scheduled are 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. Each module includes e-book, access to GMetrix practice exam software and one attempt at the exam. Please see our MOS webpage for more details.

Organisation and Educational Development

Upcoming forums and seminars

Please find below information regarding upcoming courses. For more information please click the links below or to book a place please email

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.

Go seasonal for Halloween with LUSU

On Tuesday 29 October, there will be a range of autumnal festivities taking place in Alexandra Square between 12.00pm and 3.00pm. All events are part of the Green Lancaster campaign and aim to highlight local, seasonal and sustainable cooking through a fun event open to students, staff and families.

  • Pumpkin carving with prizes for the best carving.
  • Free seasonal warmers; pumpkin soup and spiced apple juice
  • Join in with the live pumpkin soup cooking demonstrations with LU Chef at 12pm and 1.00pm.

Book Art

An exhibition of work by Fine Art 1st Year studio practice students 2012 – 2013, at Lancaster University Library exhibition area, available during library opening hours.

Live at LICA

Family Theatre: with Helios Theater H20. Saturday 26 October
Classical Concert: Lawrence Power (Viola) and Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano). Thursday 31 October.
Exhibitions: Transformed Double Bill and SeaBreeze until 6 December.

Light Up Lancaster

Light up the Waterways (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Light up the Streets (Friday)
Light up the Skies (Saturday)

All details via the City Council website.