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1 November 2013 | Issue 630

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


Strategy 2020

The University has devised its vision for 2020 with two central strategic goals – to establish Lancaster as a global university and to strengthen its national position, which are reflected in being ranked in the top 100 in the world and in the top 10 in the UK. Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Andrew Atherton outlined how the University will achieve its objectives at a recent Town hall meeting. Watch the video here.

Chemistry graduates meet Freshers to launch the new chemistry department

Over 90 alumni, ex staff, current staff and new students came together on October 18 to celebrate the re-opening of the Chemistry Department at Lancaster. Professor Peter Fielden, Head of Chemistry, took guests on a guided tour of the laboratory and new facilities, whilst former Lancaster Chemistry Professor, John Ebdon, and alumni Bob Rainford and Dr Tony Whitfield shared recollections of times in the old department. Watch the video of alumni here. Graduates travelled from as far as Canada and Egypt to be involved in the reunion and many brought along their treasured photos of university life and, in one case, the original exam papers from 1969. Freshers mingled with graduates who took the opportunity to share their experiences of how to use the subject to pursue a stimulating future career. See the photos of the reunion here.

Universities UK response to Newsnight report on pension scheme shortfall and tuition fees

Universities UK have responded to a report by BBC Newsnight about the shortfall in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The report suggested wrongly that tuition fees would have to be raised to plug the deficit. Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “Employers have already taken significant steps to address the fund deficit and will continue to work on long-term solutions to ensure that USS remains sustainable and affordable. The range of challenges facing the fund are not exclusive to USS and impact on all pension schemes. There is no question that tuition fees will be increased to plug the USS funding shortfall.”


Ana Botin, CEO of Santander UK, visited Lancaster University on October 31 where she met the Vice-Chancellor and gave a lecture to students, staff and alumni, on ‘The Future of the UK Economy and the Role of Entrepreneurs’. Her talk in LUMS was followed by a Q & A session and a visit to the Santander branch on campus. Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, has been funding scholarships, travel grants, awards and entrepreneurial activities at Lancaster University for the past two years. The University is also receiving funding for part-funded internship opportunities with local SMEs through their agreement with Santander.

The Beauty in Science exhibition at The Storey in Lancaster, organised by LEC Research Associate Dr Hannah Newton, welcomed more than 1100 visitors, including at least 200 local A-level students. If you missed the show, which brought together stunning print images of research from across Lancaster University’s science departments, you can view it at Lancaster University Library from 11 November to 6 December. The outreach exhibition also included a series of talks.

Contemporary Arts Practice masters graduate Laura Daglish, who lives in Bowerham, has set up in business as a fitness instructor fusing her passions for performance arts and exercise. Laura, who also works at the university’s Sports Centre, has received guidance and financial support in setting up her business from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre and Research Enterprise Services.

Latest blogs:
The Future of Manufacturing in the UK | Dr Martin Spring | 30 October.
Establishing research-active hospices: new recommendations from Lancaster | Professor Sheila Payne | 22 October.

Lancaster in the news

Dr Jackie Parry and Dr Jane Andre (both FHM) with Stephanie Bryan and Dr Juliane Graham (both LEC) joined BBC Two Autumnwatch this week. Research by Professor Jonathan Culpeper (LAEL) into politeness was widely reported in the media including the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


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.

Bus service alterations

The University has been working closely with Stagecoach to provide feedback with a view to Stagecoach implementing suitable service alterations for the benefit of University staff and students. This follows the service changes implemented by Stagecoach on 29 September. Improvements planned for November include more buses through Greaves at peak times and throughout the day. More details can be found on the Lancaster University Bus Travel webpage.

Bike sale and Dr Bike

Green Lancaster bike and accessory sale and Dr Bike service will take place on Tuesday 5 November in Alexandra Square from 10.00am.

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.

Cycle shelter improvements in LEC quad

In order to replace cycle shelter facilitiues with new aluminium framed shelters, there will be a period of 2 weeks where no cycle storage is available in the LEC Quad area. The proposed dates for this work to take place are Friday 22 November – 6 December inclusive. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would appreciate any bicycles be removed from the existing shelter prior to 22nd November to prevent any delays to the works.

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

Staff IT Training

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

Library training courses

Interested in archives, manuscripts and antique books?

What's On

For a full list of all events, please see Events.

Public Lecture - Professor Andrew Atherton speaks on China’s Entrepreneurial Revolution

Professor Andrew Atherton will examine the boost provided to China’s economy by Chinese entrepreneurs as he considers ‘China's Entrepreneurial Revolution: The Emergence of the Private Entrepreneur as the Driver of the Chinese Economy’ for the Confucius Institute’s 2nd Annual Public Lecture. All are welcome to attend on Thursday 21 November at 4.30pm. Refreshments will be offered afterwards therefore please register here. The location of the lecture will be communicated nearer the time.

Education, Employability and Empowerment summit

On 8-10 November, a two day conference organized by Lancaster University students is taking place, where you will have lunch with the former Prime Minister of Poland, chat with influential journalists, social activists and graduate employers from across Europe, as well as learning from the former tutor of Bill Clinton from the University of Oxford among others. The event promises to be a great opportunity for networking, skills development and learning. Students and staff from various universities across the UK will be attending, including: University of Oxford, LSE, UCL, University of St Andrews, University of Edinburgh among many others and is therefore not only a perfect networking opportunity but also a great social event with an exciting entertainment program planned for the evenings. For more information visit the website. Tickets are on sale now - you can register to book your place here.

Esmée Fairbairn lecture - The Idea of Anti-Poverty Policy

Martin Ravallion, Edmond D. Villani Chair in Economics, Georgetown University; Research Associate NBER; Non-Resident Fellow CGD; Formerly Director of the World Bank’s Research Department will deliver the Esmée Fairbairn Lecture The Idea of Anti-Poverty Policy in Lecture Theatre 1, Leadership Centre, Management School @ 6.00pm Thursday 14 November. All welcome.

Bill McKibben’s Fossil Free Europe: Live Stream Event

On Friday 1 November, at 7.15pm, in the Frankland Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building; Lancaster University will be hosting a live streaming of Climate Leader Bill McKibben’s London show as part of his European Tour. The movement builds on efforts to call upon institutions to freeze new investment in fossil fuel companies, and divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds. This is an open invitation event and all are welcome to attend. See here for further details.

Public reading at the Storey Institute with Holger Ehling DAAD-Writer in Residence at DELC

8 November at 6.00pm in The Storey Institute in Lancaster.

Live at LICA events

Dance: Company Chameleon: Double Bill 6 November.
Theatre/Animation: 1927: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets. 7 - 9 November.
Concert: Clara Mouriz and Joseph Middleton 7 November.