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15 November 2013 | Issue 632

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


The Lancaster Students’ Charter 2013 - 14

The Lancaster Students’ Charter 2013 – 2014 is now available to view here.
Full story.

2013/14 Pay increase

After careful consideration and consultation with UCEA (the Universities employers association) Lancaster University has decided to implement a 1% pay award to all eligible staff in December, backdated to 1st August 2013. It is now almost six months since UCEA made their final pay offer, and the University has taken this decision in the interests of the vast majority of staff who are playing no part in the ongoing dispute and who reasonably expect to receive the pay uplift in time for Christmas.

Project Orpheus: Transforming Lancaster University’s web presence

Project Orpheus began in April 2011 with a review of existing content on Lancaster University’s web pages. The project, as part of the University’s web strategy, is redeveloping the website in line with Lancaster's brand and visual identity. Further information.

New Engineering building

Lancaster University is investing in a state-of-the-art building for the Engineering Department to replace existing facilities and provide additional areas for future growth and new specialisms such as Nuclear, Energy and Chemical Engineering. The new building will open at the end of 2014 and will provide a world-class environment with specially-designed workshops, teaching laboratories and office areas. The aim is to achieve the new BREEAM 2011 Outstanding rating for this building to reflect current regulations and industry benchmarks and to raise the bar in terms of building efficiency in line with National Sustainability and Carbon Reduction targets set for 2016 and 2022.

See here for further information about the project. Also follow the link for 3D animation of the new engineering building.

New Wellbeing Support Service for staff

Lancaster University is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for its employees; an environment in which all staff feel supported and inspired to work to the best of their ability. Right Management Workplace Wellness has been appointed to offer employees around the clock access to confidential, independent, professional information and emotional support. This is known as the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). Employee Assistance programmes are not a new idea and many organisations have provided this service for their staff for many years although they are relatively new to the HE sector. The service is free and available to all staff, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days per year. In addition to some of the more routine pathways to advice and guidance, emotional support is also available via a counselling service. See here for further information.


Clare Powne, University Librarian, will be leaving Lancaster at the end of January to take up the post of Head of Library and Culture Services and Assistant Director (Academic Services) at the University of Exeter. Since her appointment as Librarian in October 2009, Clare has led a number of key developments to help shape the Library service to support research and learning effectively in the increasingly digital environment. Arrangements for the leadership of the Library, both immediately following Clare’s departure and for the longer term will be announced once they are confirmed.

Congratulations to the University’s Environment and Sustainability team, Jon Mills and Phil Longton and to Darren Axe and the team at Green Lancaster, on scooping the Green Gown Award for ‘Carbon Reduction’ at an award ceremony held on 12 November. Full story.

Professor John Goodacre (FHM) has been appointed as medical director for the new North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). The North West Coast AHSN is one of 15 which have been set up by NHS England across the whole of the country, to establish and support partnerships between the NHS, universities, industry and local enterprise partnerships.

Many congratulations to Hilary Holt, Head of Procurement, who was recently awarded The Outstanding Contribution to Collaborative Procurement Prize at the National COUP (Procurement) conference held in Liverpool. She was presented with the award by Paul Tomany, Managing Director of the NW Universities Purchasing Consortium who said, “Hilary has been one of the leading lights in HE procurement for over 20 years, not just in the North West but across the wider sector and profession. She is greatly respected by her peers for her knowledge and foresight and her contribution to the development and enhancement of the profession is unparalleled”. Hilary will retire from her post at the University at Easter 2014 and the process of recruitment for her successor is now underway.

Latest blogs:
The UN Human Rights Council: A Springboard without a Spring? | Dr Simon Mabon | 15 November.

Job opportunities

Lancaster in the news

Research by Emeritus Professor Terry Sloan (Physics) and a colleague in Durham which concludes that cosmic rays contribute no more than 10 percent to global warming is covered by the international media including Scientific American and The Times South Africa. Dr Crispin Halsall (LEC) was interviewed by broadcaster Monty Don for BBC Radio 4’s Shared Planet on chemicals in the environment.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Staff Awards 2014 – Celebrating Excellence and Innovation

Nominations are invited for this year’s Staff Awards. There are two award categories: the Pilkington Teaching Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award. Individuals in all types of job can be nominated, covering the full range of staff in manual, clerical/administrative, technical, academic, research and teaching roles. Each Staff Award is worth £1,000 net of tax and NIC.

The Staff Awards help to celebrate and reward the exceptional achievements of our staff. If there is a member of staff that you would like to nominate for a Staff Award, please visit the HR website for a nomination form and further information. Nominations should be sent to Nick Thoume in Human Resources. The closing date for nominations is 24 January 2014.

Transforming Social Science: ESRC Transformative Research Call 2013/14 – notice of internal competition

The ESRC have published a call for “Transformative” research proposals and have specified that there can be only one candidate nominated from Lancaster. The Research Support Office therefore gives notice of an internal competition to select Lancaster University’s candidate. Full details of the ESRC call and internal competition:

Potential applicants should send a two-page proposal and two-page CV to by 5pm on Friday 29 November 2013. Applicants should also include confirmation that they are able to attend the “Pitch-to-Peers” workshop on the 26-27 March 2014. The submitted proposals will be reviewed and the selected applicant will be informed by 06 December 2013 so that they have time to complete their proposal by the official ESRC deadline of 15 January 2014.

Professorial Pay Review 2013/14 - Cycle A

This year's round is now open for the consideration of cases for movement within Bands 1, 2 and 3. Guidance and pro formas are available on the HR website. The deadline for the submission of cases to the Faculty Office is Friday 6 December.

Business reply and Freepost envelopes

Royal Mail are making changes to the licence design used on Business Reply and Freepost envelopes. If you use a reply service, you have from 4th November 2013 until 7th November 2014 to use up your stock of old style envelopes. See link for details.

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.

Bigforth Drive Tree Felling

On Sunday 17 November, two large trees on the outbound side of Bigforth Drive will be felled due to their dangerous condition. Stop and go boards will be used to control the traffic flow and limit delays as much as possible. The work is estimated to last approximately 3 hours.

North Campus Footpath/Cycle Track Work

From Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November, the footpath/cycle track at the north of campus into Bailrigg village will be narrowed to allow for drainage works to be undertaken. Access will be maintained at all times but cyclists are advised to dismount while the area is restricted.

Cycle Shelter Improvements in LEC Quad

To replace cycle shelter facilities 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. Please remove any bicycles from the existing shelter prior to 22 November to prevent any delays to the work.

Food & Drink on Campus

New Meetings and Functions Menu

The new Meet, Eat & Drink ‘Meetings and Functions’ menu is available now at with some great new additions to the menu, including a range of soups, new platters and Lancashire Hot Pot. There’s something different to suit every budget.

Food and Wine Quiz

So you think you you’re a foodie? Do you fancy the opportunity to put your taste buds to the test? Can you identify flavours, herbs, spices and ingredients? Bring your friends and come along to our Food and Wine quiz evening at The Lounge Restaurant. Wednesday 20 November at 7pm. £20 per person including a 3 course meal and 2 glasses of wine (or 2 soft drinks). Teams of 4 – 6. More info at

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.

Organisation and Educational Development

New courses

Creative Thinking and Problem Solving – 5 December, 9.30am - 4.30pm. Provides a range of skills for colleagues who need quick decisions and immediate solutions in everyday occurrences.

Successful Communication (for managers) – 5 December – 1.30 - 4.30pm. Develops effective communication including choosing the most effective method of communication and communication plans.

Updated sessions

The PDR Conversation: Setting Meaningful Objectives – 20 November – 9.30am - 11.30am. For the reviewee in the process to help maximise the PDR conversation and develop meaningful objectives.

Library training courses

Planning a thorough literature search?

What's On

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

At the Ruskin Library until 13 December 2013 'Fragments of Nature'

Carrying on from the successful ‘natural world’ themed exhibitions, ‘Ruskin’s Flora’ (2011) and ‘Sketching from Nature’ (2008) we return once again to this rich and wonderful theme. ‘Fragments of Nature’ revisits elements of drawing from the natural world, looking at the joy of landscape as well as detailed studies of flora and fauna.

The Beauty in Science

The print images from The Beauty in Science exhibition are now on display in Lancaster University library. So head on over if you didn’t get down to The Storey or if you just didn’t get enough of it. 11 November - 6 December.

A joint LCMC/Confucius Institute Seminar - 2 December

Founder Expertise, Strategic Choices, Formation and Survival of High-tech SMEs in China: A Resource-substitution Approach - Dr Li Xiao, Instititute for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development, Lancaster University Management School

Live at LICA events

Theatre: Stan's Cafe: The Anatomy of Melancholy. Stan's Cafe bring The Anatomy Of Melancholy, perhaps the world's most extraordinary self-help manual, to the stage.

Live Jazz: Julian Joseph Trio. Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge this side of the Atlantic, for over two decades, Julian Joseph has been a towering figure in contemporary jazz.