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8 November 2013 | Issue 631

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


Unique sighting of lava solves mystery

Scientists have made the first ever observations of how a rare type of lava continues moving almost a year after a volcanic eruption. Researchers visiting the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano in Chile in January this year found the obsidian lava flow was still moving, even though the volcano stopped erupting in April 2012. The research by an international team of scientists, led by Dr Hugh Tuffen and Dr Mike James from the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University, is published in Nature Communications. Full story. Dr Tuffen also blogs about his trip to the volcano.

Double Award Success for Green Initiatives

Lancaster University and LUSU recently celebrated a third consecutive year of success at the annual Royal Horticultural Society ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards, with recognition for the campus eco hub and the landscaping works on campus. More information.


We are pleased to announce the Beta launch of a new staff web page called In LU that represents our first step in developing a staff intranet. This enables us to provide valuable news in a timely way to all colleagues at a single, online location. We have purposely designed the page to contain key information and services. This new resource was created for you, the users, and we need your help in developing it further. Your feedback is crucial to us as we work to grow and expand the Intranet to meet your needs. Your feedback can be made directly on the In LU web page by clicking on the Internal Communications mailbox link on the bottom of the page.


The retired Senior Vice President of Rolls Royce Roy Quipp was among several engineering alumni to attend a reunion at Lancaster University 40 years after graduation. The graduates of 1973 came from as far away as the US and Canada to meet old friends and discuss their diverse careers including accountancy, software development, property investment and the water industry.

A long poem “Electricity” written by Professor Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing) has been performed by the Helictite Orchestra at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle on November 1. The orchestra was directed by Yassen Roussev in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Bethany Peacock, actor and singer Gabriele Heller, and writer and actor James Ryland.

Dr Fiona Lobban (FHM) has had her research into an intervention for relatives of people with recent-onset psychosis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Latest blogs:
Watching an obsidian lava flow: a glacier of hot volcanic glass | Hugh Tuffen | 7 November.
The Year Abroad – More than just a gap year | Birgit Smith | 31 October.

Job opportunities

Lancaster in the news

The lead anchor on BBC World TV news, Jon Sopel, interviewed Dr Hugh Tuffen (LEC) live on TV about his research into lava flows on 7 November. Dr Tuffen also narrated a video about his work for an article on BBC news online which reaches 38m people a week. The BBC’s global news services reach a quarter of a billion people each week. The research is also due to be featured on the Discovery Channel in North America.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Office moves in Professional Services

  • The Credit Control team have now relocated to the Cashiers Office, A Floor University House, phone numbers remain unchanged. Additionally, the Staff Expenses team are now located in B24, University House, phone numbers remain unchanged.
  • Admissions, undergraduate and postgraduate, have moved to the CETAD building. The move is temporary whilst refurbishment of the exisitng offices is carried out. Most telephone numbers have remained unchanged, although it is advisable to check the staff directory before telephoning.

Parking on Campus – Permit display reminder

Any vehicle not clearly displaying a valid permit/scratch card or pay and display ticket is liable to be issued with a Civil Parking Notice (CPN) regardless of whether you have bought a permit through the system or not. Penalty fee: £75, reduced to £45 if payment is received within 14 days. This is enforced by Lancaster University Security staff supported by an external facilitator, Liberty Services. Photographic evidence is taken and sent directly to Liberty Services for processing. University Security staff are not involved in the administration of taking payment of the CPNs.

If you do genuinely forget your parking permit you must call security on 94541 at the time of parking with your registration number to enable them to note it.

Netball League

LUSU are delighted to announce a new and exciting opportunity for female students and staff at Lancaster University to compete in a Netball league on campus, registration takes place later this month. More information.

Remembrance Service

At 10.50am on Monday 11 November the Music Society Brass Band will hold a short remembrance service in memory of those who have died in conflict. The event will take place in Alexandra Square. Several hymns will be played before the 2 minutes silence at 11am.

'How To Week' from 18 to 21 November

‘How To’ is a week of evening events focusing students on being more and doing more – developing, skills, ideas and ambitions. This is an annual event run in collaboration with LUSU, Careers and various members of the faculties around enterprise and employability. See here for further information.

Events listing

Do you have an upcoming event that you’d like to promote to students? If so, just complete this short form and your event can be considered for publication on the LUSU website, iLancaster app and Pocket Lancaster app.

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

Food and wine quiz

Wednesday 20 November at The Lounge, 7pm £10 per person, teams of 4-6. A fun evening of feasting, flavours and food facts. Can your team identify herbs, spices and favours to win a bottle of champagne? For more information and to book click here.

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 training sessions run by ISS take place in the Library Training suites and require booking online, unless otherwise stated. For all sessions that are available please visit the ISS Staff IT Training web pages.

Mandatory: Information Security TrainingFor all staff, attend a taught session or take the online version.

Interested in gaining Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications? Fees apply. The current discounted fee for staff is £25.00 per module. Each module includes an 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

For information on upcoming courses please follow the link.

Library training courses

Open Access publishing – how it affects you and your research

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

Michaelmas term

  • 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 follow this link. See the website for more courses running after Christmas.

What's On

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

Visiting Professors from Lancaster’s partner South China University of Technology speak on research progress in China

13 November – Bowland North Seminar Room 2 – 2pm-4.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Three seminars:

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 at here. The location of the lecture will be communicated nearer the time.

A joint LCMC/Confucius Institute Seminar - 11 November

'Authenticity revisited: The teaching and learning of Chinese in the era of globalization' - Professor Zhu Hua, Birkbeck College, University of London.

The Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture 2013 - Ruskin Among the Giants

The Mikimoto Memorial Lecture 2013 will be held on Thursday 14 November at 6pm, in the Cavendish Lecture Theatre, delivered by Professor John Batchelor (Emeritus Professor, University of Newcastle) and will be followed by a drinks reception. All Welcome. Further information.

Live at LICA events

Theatre/Animation: 1927: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets.
Theatre: Testimonium responding to the American poet Charles Reznikoff’s unfinished Testimony.
Music: Serious Cabaret with Manchester Camerata.

Haffner Orchestra Concert - Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm

Conductor: Justin Doyle
6.30pm pre-concert talk by Justin Doyle
Great Hall, Lancaster University
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite
Bizet - Carmen Suite
Dvorak - Symphony no.9 (from the New World)

Buy tickets online at Lancaster University box office (01524 594151) or at the door. Credit card sales 01524 582394. Adults £13, Concessions £12, 18 and under free, subject to availability.