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Research into black squirrels’ genetics gets media attention Full story on page 6 >> LibQUAL library survey 2010 – analysis and response Full story on pages 10–11>> Partnership with Romanian Academy of Economic Studies Full story on page 29 >>

University Sabbatical Scheme Applications invited for semesters 1 or 2 of 2011–12


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• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

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• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Cinderella, 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

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• Playhouse Creatures, 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • The UN Inspector, 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

• Cinderella, 11.00am & 3.00pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

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• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • The UN Inspector, 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

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• Lunchtime Concert, 1.10 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge • A Christmas Carol, 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

• Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • Reconnaissance Series, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge • The UN Inspector, 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

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• A Christmas Carol, 7.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge • Signs of Change/Signs of Life, 9.00am–5.00pm, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

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• The Little Mermaid, 2.30pm & 5.30pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

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NEWS 4–5 University Sabbatical Scheme – apply now for 2011–12 Genetics research attracts national media attention 6 Photography student creates ‘Best Photography spots in Cambridge’ app 7 BA (Hons) Photography graduates beat the odds in employment stakes 8 Eamon Strain appointed as PVC and Dean of Science & Technology 9 LibQUAL™ library survey 2010 – our findings and response 10–11 Input into the Leading the NHS in the 21st Century conference 12 Our virtual learning environment – where we are and future plans 13 Successful work placement for AIBS student with IFDS 14 Photography lecturer’s work accepted for National Portrait Gallery collection 15 MA Printmaking student gains Gainsborough Prize for Graduate Printmakers 15 New environmental chamber will further VERU’s research potential 16 MA Publishing students benefit from two scholarships 17 AIBS students take part in Global Entrepreneurship Week 18 MA Education graduate opted for online tuition 19 Literature and transhistoricism – a colloquium 20 Counselling and Wellbeing Services actions for World Mental Health Day 21 Four online modules on offer to refugee camp students on Thai–Burma border 22 Employability and Careers hold successful teaching jobs fair 23 ‘Most Successful Turks Award’ for Ixion’s Head of Commercial Relations 24 Women’s Network events – 2010–11 25

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LEADING NEWS University Sabbatical Scheme We intend to ‘implement a step change in our capacity to undertake exciting, innovative and, in some areas, world-leading research and scholarship.’ Research and Scholarship Strategy 2008–13 In order to facilitate early module planning and, hopefully, reduce late timetabling changes and resource issues, we are inviting applications now for sabbaticals to be taken in 2011–12. This means that, if you would like to apply for a sabbatical to be taken in either semester 1 or semester 2 of 2011–12, you need to follow the guidance below and meet the deadlines indicated. Our sabbatical scheme provides a great opportunity for you to engage in activities that support our ambitions in research, knowledge transfer and scholarship (as detailed in our Research and Scholarship Strategy). We are aiming to increase the volume and quality of outputs relating to research and scholarly activity, and anticipate that many sabbaticals will be undertaken for the purpose of the achievement of work for submission to the REF or for completion of a PhD/ PrD, or to enable engagement in third-stream initiatives through knowledge transfer. All applications will be considered by the Sabbatical Panel who will endeavour to ensure that, over time, as many individuals as possible are able to benefit from the scheme, and that sabbaticals are awarded to staff from a wide spread of faculties and partner institutions. The panel will also prioritise sabbatical awards according to how they benefit faculty research strategies and the impact on our overall research and income generation objectives.

‘We wish to recruit and retain excellent individuals who are able and willing to support our ambitions in research, knowledge transfer and scholarship.’ Research and Scholarship Strategy 2008–13

– invitation to apply for rounds 19 an Priority areas Three priority areas have been identified: (i) The enhancement of staff research capability and quality, demonstrated through high-quality published outputs, for example, in relation to the REF and/or the ability to generate external research grants. Applicants are required to provide evidence that the sabbatical will help achieve specific, quality published outputs. (ii) The upskilling of staff in order to achieve our target of 35% of academic staff having a PhD/PrD by 2011 and their increased capacity to engage in research and scholarship. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that they are in the final stages of completion of a PhD or PrD. Applicants in this category may request a shorter sabbatical period of leave than one semester, when supported with appropriate justification. (iii) Increasing the capacity for generating third-stream and consultancy income through, for example, short-term secondments into industry. Applicants are required to provide evidence that the sabbatical will demonstrably enable an enhanced capacity for the generation of successful research grants, consultancy income or other third-stream income.

Scheme details Eligibility This scheme is open to all permanent academic and support staff of Anglia Ruskin University and our Joint Venture partners. Duration of leave This is normally of one semester, although shorter or longer periods of leave (up to a full academic year) will be considered. The requested duration must be clearly stated in the application. Application process Please discuss your application with your dean/director of support service before submitting your application, as their clear support is essential for the application to receive serious consideration. Potential applicants in support services in need of additional support in planning their application should contact Human Resource Services in the first instance. Please apply by letter (maximum of 3–4 sides of A4) providing the following information: 1. The proposed dates and duration of the sabbatical.

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d 20 in semester 1 or 2 of 2011–12 2. A brief summary of your career to date, with full details of research and scholarly activity undertaken in the preceding three years. 3. A statement indicating whether you have received any other period of sabbatical leave (through this or another scheme) during the preceding three years. 4. A project proposal, detailing an area of research or other relevant activity to be undertaken during the sabbatical leave. 5. A statement outlining whether the work will be conducted in collaboration with other researchers, within or outside Anglia Ruskin. If the proposal is for a secondment into another organisation, the host organisation and the project must be identified. A supporting statement from the host will be required. Collaboration with other HEIs and/or other organisations is encouraged. A clear and realistic indication of the expected outputs, in terms of publications and/or income generation. Applicants are reminded of the importance of setting clear measurable objectives as we will verify their achievement in a postsabbatical evaluation. In terms of PhD sabbaticals, it is essential that you provide details of which stage of your PhD you expect to achieve, for example, ‘Writing up research findings’. The objectives set against outcomes delivered will be audited at the end of your period of sabbatical by the Sabbatical Panel. Please specify the target journal(s) or other outlet(s). In relevant cases, it is expected that one of the outputs will be a bid for external funding, either during or after the sabbatical. 6. A clear description of the benefits to Anglia Ruskin that will result from your work (these should include your research and scholarly activity plan with clear objectives, milestones and outputs, from your appraisal; the benefits to your faculty or department and university-wide benefits). 7. Details of the financial support (other than time) that the project requires (please note that expense claims for sabbaticals must be sent separately to Human Resource Services at the end of the sabbatical period). 8. A statement indicating from whom advice has been sought in the process of formulating the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their faculty research director and/or Professor Caroline Strange, before submitting their application.

9. Applicants may be required to disseminate their findings at the Learning and Teaching Conference and/or the Research Conference. References Two internal references are required (one of which must be from your dean/director of support service) plus one external reference. Where the sabbatical is for the purpose of PhD completion, an additional reference is required from your research supervisor, providing assurances of completion of the PhD within the sabbatical period. Dean/director of support service reference – to confirm: • the degree of support for the application, commenting on the academic merits of the proposal and indicating whether outputs are realistic and achievable • that the applicant will be relieved of all teaching and administration to ensure a good outcome • the level of contact required whilst on sabbatical leave, including involvement with the planning process associated with their return to work • the costs involved in providing teaching cover and any other associated costs • whether there are any practical problems associated with releasing the applicant for the time identified • that a mentor has been identified who will work with the applicant during their sabbatical period. External reference – to comment on the academic merits of the proposal and the outputs proposed. Please note that it is your responsibility to collect all of these references before submission of your application, and to send them with your application. The referees can submit their reference to the applicant in a sealed envelope if they wish to keep it confidential. Please send your application and references to Human Resource Services, St George House, Cambridge or email by the deadline above. Helen Valentine and Alan Sibbald Deputy Vice Chancellors Sonia Young Assistant Director (OD) Human Resource Services

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NEWS Helen’s squirrel research featured in local and national media Helen McRobie, one of our postgraduate students who is now also a lecturer in our Department of Life Sciences, has found her research into the genetics of black squirrels to be the focus of both local and national media attention in recent months. Helen’s research centres on a single genetic mutation in the DNA of the squirrels, which causes them to have a dramatic black, glossy coat. Black squirrels originate in North America and were introduced to Britain alongside their grey cousins (the same species) in the early nineteenth century. Historical records suggest that a dozen or so of the black variants of the grey squirrel were introduced to Woburn in Bedfordshire, and their range has been spreading ever since.

Her recent appearances on television, radio and in the newspapers have included Newsround, Anglia News, interviews with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Radio 5 Live and Three Counties Radio, as well as an article in Cambridge News. This media attention, which has generated welcome publicity for our research work in Life Sciences, culminated in an appearance on BBC One’s Breakfast programme in October. Helen commented that, although it may seem as if black squirrel numbers are increasing, this may not actually be the case, but the gene that causes the mutation is certainly spreading. ‘The gene for black fur is a bit like a drop of ink in a glass of water – it will gradually spread and fill the glass. When a black squirrel mates with a

grey squirrel, all the offspring are an intermediate dark brown colour. That is because the genetic mutation is incompletely dominant. Brown squirrels are far more common than the pure, jet-black squirrels, which remain a rare sight.’ On Saturday 19 March 2011, Helen will be presenting an

interactive activity on squirrel genetics at the Guildhall in Cambridge as part of Anglia’s participation at the Cambridge Science Festival. John Menzies Marketing Administrator, Faculty of Science & Technology

Funding applications invited for creative arts activities in 2011–12 Our University Arts Council exists to enrich the cultural life of students, staff and our wider community by providing financial support for, and encouraging involvement in, a wide variety of creative arts activities. We’d like to receive funding applications for activities that encourage people to get involved in the creative arts. We support applications for music, photography, drama, visual arts, literature, crafts, film, digital technologies, displays, workshops, performances, exhibits and more. Please note that, when we make funding decisions, highest priority goes to activities that encourage people to get involved. Cross-disciplinary arts projects are also encouraged. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 December. For more information, or an application form, please either visit, email or call me on ext 2114. Geri Wren University Arts Council Secretary

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Photography student creates ‘Best Photography spots in Cambridge’ app for Apple Third-year BA (Hons) Photography student Tony Ellis (pictured above) has created a walking tour for the best photography spots in Cambridge, which is available to buy or ‘gift’ from iTunes. Tony left a busy software sales position in central London in 2008 to fulfil a life-long ambition of becoming a professional photographer. As well as studying full-time at Cambridge School of Art, Tony runs his own business (, and has spent the last two years building up experience as a freelance photographer, undertaking many varied jobs.

A piece of travel writing accompanying his images was spotted by, a company specialising in selfguided walking tours in cities around the world, which then approached him to develop a tour of Cambridge. Based on the strength of the proposal Tony submitted, he was given the green light to start working on the tour. Tony explained how he approached the project, ‘As a photographer, I’m aware of the number of people who walk the streets of Cambridge every day taking pictures. I have spent many long days exploring, and wanted to put my knowledge to

good use. I planned my route, researched and gathered coordinates for each location, then plotted them onto Google maps. I then wrote a description of the sight and included some photography tips: what time of day to visit, where to stand, what to look for to make the pictures communicate a “story” of the city.’ After an editorial process with, Tony recorded the voice narration for each spot, and then the tour (samples shown above) was submitted for approval to Apple. After a nervous wait, the app was finally approved and added to iTunes for sale.

Of his achievement, Tony said, ‘I am very proud of the final product, and have made many sales since its release. I hope the customers are enjoying Cambridge as I much as I do.’ To buy the app visit, best-photography-spotsin/id394632074?mt=8, or simply go to iTunes and search for ‘best photography spots in Cambridge’. Sarah Jones Faculty Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Japanese TV crew film MA students at work A television crew from the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation has spent two days filming Cambridge School of Art’s MA Children’s Book Illustration course in action. Filming for the programme Gatchan, which will be broadcast in December, the crew followed each module of the course, filming individual students preparing for their group ‘crit’ and then following their progress as their artwork was reviewed and discussed by lecturers and fellow students. The programme also includes detailed interviews with staff and a film of Visiting

Professor, John Lawrence, speaking to students about a lifetime of work in children’s publishing. Gatchan gathers an audience of around of 11,000,000 in Japan. Each series features innovative academic courses from a particular part of the world and this series features a handful of courses from the UK. ALSS is also pleased to announce that Martin Salisbury has been awarded a professorship. Martin is known internationally for his excellence as an illustrator, for

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his writing about illustration and for his pioneering work on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration.

Sarah Jones Faculty Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences



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NEWS Against the odds – Photography students’ success ‘Who wants to be a photography student? Now is possibly the worst time to try to break into an industry that offers no safety net to aspiring graduates.’ British Journal of Photography, 26 July 2010. These are the kind of whisperings frequently heard on the grapevine of university photography departments nowadays, but with thousands of photography students graduating every year who can blame the rumours for snowballing? Still, the biggest problem is not the truth from which the rumours stem but rather the everdecreasing morale of the students who are faced with such comments. In hindsight, students are inadvertently being told by headlines and statistics not to bother or follow their dreams. The Telegraph online has published statistics of more than 21,000 unemployed graduates six months after graduation, and the BBC online states that graduate unemployment is ‘at a 17year high’. With all this in mind, however, it is incredibly heartening to report the following for 2010 BA (Hons) Photography graduates at Anglia Ruskin University: • 50% of graduates have employment in photography related fields • 25% have jobs in other sectors • the remaining 25% have been un-contactable. This is no small feat considering the graduation

ceremony was merely two weeks ago [at the time of writing] and from a class of 40 students. Adam Rowney is working as a photography assistant for Milana Bosnic Photography in Tokyo, and Robert Walker has been assisting on jobs in London. Hana Fells now works for animation and visual effects studio Rhythm and Hues, after submitting a final project using CGI techniques, and Richard Blyth works as a Motocross photographer and journalist for the East Anglian Daily Times and Evening Star. Miroslav Zaruba has followed his dream of working in the fashion industry, and has worked for countless shows and designers including London Fashion Week, Cambridge Clothes Show, Lida O’Reilly and Estelle Annabel. As a result of the London and Cambridge degree shows, James Goodall’s work (see While They Sleep, pictured bottom right) has been added to the database of contemporary photography company Millennium Images London. Joy Stacey has shown her work at Cambridge University and an exhibition in Prague, and John Kingsnorth (pictured above right), who built the pathway degree show

website, has been given a web intern post at St John’s College, Cambridge University. The photography graduates of 2010 boasts five alumni working within our University; Emily Jasper in Media Services (pictured above left), Katja Medic with a research post within the European Storytelling Archive, as well Joshua Meyland, Nicola Naylor and Sophie Johnson who are working as Studio Practice Supervisors for first-, second- and third-year students, respectively. This is an incredibly beneficial graduate scheme that not only benefits current ungraduates, but also gives the supervisors, who are all interested in lecturing, much needed experience in teaching. Evie Miller, whose major project documented the development of a newborn, is now working as an art and design technician for the Evelyn Grace Academy, and Marcus Sims is working for professional photography company Canon. Amy Christian and Anntonia Redding have both found photography work in charities Oxfam and the Air Ambulance. And last, but by no means least, Simon Butler and Leo Cinicolo are known to be expanding their commercial businesses, and Shameela Beeloo joins them

in working towards broadening their portfolios for the fine art photography sector. To add to this, there are a large number of alumni who have aspirations to study for an MA or postgraduate qualification, including PGCE. It is often said that graduates are usually unemployed for six months to a year after graduating, but this year’s photography students have flown in the face of this statement. They have demonstrated the amount of options that are available for graduating photography students, and also, quite literally, the genuine level of ‘Ability to Employability’ that adorns our University steps. So, who wants to be a photography student? Sophie Johnson BA (Hons) Photography graduate 2010

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New Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology Nottingham Universities and in the MRC Applied Psychology Unit at the University of Cambridge. He holds a BA and a PhD in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast.

On 4 October, Professor Eamon Strain (pictured above) took up his appointment as Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of our Faculty of Science & Technology, and will oversee the full range of scientific and technological disciplines, including Built Environment, Computing and Technology,

Life Sciences, Psychology and Vision and Hearing Sciences. A champion of world-leading research, Professor Strain had been Head of the Department of Psychology since 1998. Previously, Professor Strain worked at Edinburgh and

His research interests include normal and disordered reading, and he has carried out award-winning research into the effective treatment of dyslexia in collaboration with local schools. He is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the Association of Head of Psychology Departments and is Director of Research for Holme Court School. He received the Lord Stafford Award for ‘Impact Through Innovation’ in 2009 for his work in close collaboration with Dr Daniel Sturdy, Director of Sancton Wood School, for the creation of the ground-breaking Learning Needs Profiler software programme, which helps teachers understand the learning needs of dyslexic children. The project also won

a Research Council’s UK UNICO Impact Award. Speaking of the appointment the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mike Thorne, said, ‘Under Professor Strain’s leadership of the Psychology Department, it became one of several within the Faculty to have world-leading research, and we very much look forward to him further developing our research excellence across the board. ‘We are driven to continue with the development of a truly 21st century learning and teaching environment for students with a passion for science and technology. Students who have the aptitude for scientific and technological disciplines are much in demand in this current global economy, and it is these students who will create new knowledge that will contribute directly to society’s prosperity and well-being.’ Andrea Hilliard Corporate Marketing

Christmas closure We will be closing for the Christmas break at 1.00 pm on Friday 24 December 2010 and will re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2011.

Monthly salaries will be paid on Friday 24 December and pay advice slips will be forwarded for circulation by that date.

The payroll deadline for salaries to be paid on Christmas Eve will be Monday 13 December, and therefore all PTL2 and F15 claim forms must be received by your

faculty administrator no later than 1 December 2010. Denise Thorpe Director of Human Resources



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NEWS LibQUAL library survey 2010 Anglia Ruskin is one of 16 UK libraries in 2010, so far, that is participating in LibQUAL™, the international online survey that aims to define and measure library service quality. To date, more than 1000 libraries worldwide have taken part since the survey started in 2000. Anglia Ruskin previously took part in 2004 and 2007. LibQUAL is managed by the (US) Association of Research Libraries and uses a rigorously tested web-based questionnaire to assess users’ perceptions. It asks respondents what they expect from the library service and how well the library is doing in meeting those expectations. Analyses of the results are used to inform library development. LibQUAL at Anglia Ruskin The survey was carried out in April–May this year, and all undergraduates, postgraduates, academic, research and support staff were encouraged to complete it. In addition to the survey questions, participants were given the opportunity to provide free text comments on any aspect of the service. These comments give us a valuable insight into customer perceptions and priorities. A total of 958 completed the survey, and 427 made a comment. Prize-winners In order to encourage people to do the survey, attractive prizes were offered: a Wii console, an iPod Touch and two £50 Amazon vouchers. The lucky prize-winners were: Christopher BrzezinskiAndersz, Sharon Nightingale, Benjamin Burgess and Samantha Black.

How does LibQUAL work? Respondents were asked to rate the desired, perceived and minimum levels of service of their library for 22 items on nine-point scale. These items cover three dimensions of service: • Affect of service – how responsive or empathetic is the library to its users? • Information control – what resources does the library have and how well does it provide access to them? • Library as place – does the library provide an appropriate environment for provision of its services? The core questions: Affect of service AS-1 Library staff who instil confidence in users AS-2 Giving users individual attention AS-3 Library staff who are consistently courteous AS-4 Readiness to respond to users’ enquiries AS-5 Library staff who have the knowledge to deal with user questions AS-6 Library staff who can deal with users in a caring fashion AS-7 Library staff who understand the needs of their users AS-8 Willingness to help users AS-9 Dependability in handling users’ service problems

Information control IC-1 Making electronic resources accessible from my home or office IC-2 A library website enabling me to locate information IC-3 The printed library materials I need for my work IC-4 The electronic resources I need IC-5 Modern equipment that lets me easily access needed information IC-6 Easy-to-use access tools that allow me to find things on my own IC-7 Making information easily accessible for independent use IC-8 Print and/or electronic journal

collections I require for my work

Library as place LP-1 Library space that inspires study and teaching LP-2 Quiet study space for individual work LP-3 A comfortable and inviting location LP-4 A haven for study, learning or research LP-5 Space for group learning and group study

Participants were asked for their judgements on three scales for each question: the desired level of service they would like to receive, the minimum they are willing to accept and the actual level of service they perceive to have been provided. The desired and minimum scores establish the upper and lower boundaries of a zone of tolerance within which the perceived scores should appear if respondents regard the service as adequate. Those perceived scores that are greater than the minimum appear in blue on the radar chart, but those perceived less

than the minimum appear in red. The chart, above, shows the results from all respondents in the 2010 survey. Each ‘spoke’ represents one of the questions. The main findings based on total Anglia Ruskin University analysis Highest priorities – what do users want? • Making electronic resources accessible from my home or office (IC-1) • A Library website enabling me to locate information on my own (IC-2) • Print and/or electronic journal collections I need for my work (IC-8) • Making information easily accessible for independent use (IC-4) • The electronic resources I need (IC-4) Highest scores – what we do best: • Library staff who instil confidence in users (AS-1) • Giving users individual attention (AS-2)

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In the News • Library staff who deal with users in a caring fashion (AS-6) • Library staff who have the knowledge to answer user questions (AS-5) • Library staff who are consistently courteous (AS-3) • Willingness to help users (AS-8) Areas for improvement • Quiet space for individual work (LP-2) • Library space that inspires study and learning (LP-1) • Print and/or electronic journals I require for my work (LP-4) • A haven for study, learning or research (LP-4) • Making electronic resources accessible from my home or office (IC-1) • The printed library materials I need for my work (IC-3) Free-text comments Of the 427 respondents who made a comment: • 99 thought that staff were helpful, 20 thought that they were not • 81 were complimentary about the library service • 68 were concerned about noise in the library • 66 wanted more books in the library • 61 wanted more PCs • 40 indicated they had problems accessing e-journals • 25 found the library too hot or stuffy (mostly at Cambridge) Branch analysis Further analysis of the survey by location found that students at Cambridge and Peterborough site libraries were most dissatisfied, particularly in the ‘library as place’ and ‘information control’ categories. Some of the space problems should be

alleviated by the new building at Cambridge and the move of the Peterborough Anglia Ruskin Library to Guild House. It will be possible to measure the impact of these longerterm changes by running LibQUAL again in the future.

Send your news stories to Andrea Hilliard (ext 4727, To view our latest news releases visit, you can also follow our latest news on Twitter, visit

University Library response to the survey The University Library has responded to the LibQUAL and the NSS results by formulating a list of key actions, arrived at through consultation with the Student Experience Committee. These include:

6 November, BBC Radio Essex Chris Heron, Associate Lecturer in the Ashcroft International Business School, talks about the High Street of the future.

• an additional £100,000 allocated to the University Library to improve access to resources • the Reading Resources Strategy, designed to improve the student experience by ensuring that library and faculty staff work together to ensure students are fully aware of how to access the reading resources they need • 20 extra PCs installed at Cambridge • PC availability software • new signage to re-enforce the zoning into group, quiet and silent areas in the main libraries • work is under way to improve temperature and airflow in the Cambridge library. More details of the key actions and a summary of the LibQUAL results are available on the library website at back/feedbackustoyou.html. There is more about the LibQUAL survey tool on the LibQUAL website at Karen Ready Faculty Liaison Librarian

8 November, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Professor Mike Thorne, Vice Chancellor, discusses university tuition fees.

25 October, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Helen McRobie, Lecturer in Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology, talks about black squirrels in Cambridgeshire. 25 October, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Laura Dietz, Senior Lecture in Arts, Law & Social Sciences, discusses the Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade contest. 21 October, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Professor Mike Thorne, Vice Chancellor, talks about the Comprehensive Spending Review. 20 October, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason, Director of the Centre for International Business, talks about the potential impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review. 19 October, BBC Radio Essex Mike Smith, Lecturer in Computing, discusses the pros and cons of modern technology. 15 October, Daily Telegraph Dr Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in History, criticises the ‘absolutely ludicrous system in Britain that requires pupils to choose subject options half-way through secondary education.’ 15 October, BBC Radio Three Counties Helen McRobie, Lecturer in Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology, discusses black squirrels. 12 October, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Professor Mike Thorne, Vice Chancellor, discusses the Lord Browne Review. 12 October, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (Peterborough) Dr Mark Mabey, Executive Director University Centre Peterborough, talks about university fees. 12 October, Guardian Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor, discusses immigration law. 6 October, BBC Radio 3 Dr Rohan McWilliam, Senior Lecturer in History, participates in a 45-minute panel discussing the Victorian social investigator, Mayhew.



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NEWS spiritual intelligence. She also emphasised the importance of spiritual capital – the wealth people hold from their vision and values.

L (L–r) Ewan Kelly, Peter Gilbert, Lynne Sedgmore, Danah Zohar, John Nicholson (conference organiser) and

Jonathan Smith, AIBS.

Leading the NHS in the 21st Century conference Recently, Dr Jonathan Smith from AIBS was involved in helping to organise the above conference, which took place in Cambourne, near Cambridge, on 18 October 2010. This conference was for senior leaders within the NHS in the East of England. It was sponsored by the East of England Strategic Health Authority and was organised by them in partnership with the Spiritual Healthcare Network for NHS organisations in the East of England and Anglia Ruskin University. Lynne Sedgemore CBE, Executive Director of the 157 Group of FE Colleges, leadership adviser to Whitehall, and former Chief Executive of the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, was conference chair and facilitator of the day. With major changes taking place in the NHS – reductions in funding and numbers, and increases in patient and staff expectations – leaders in the NHS are facing immense pressure and challenge. Many are tired of change and are struggling to reconcile the tension of being both a caring

institution and a businessfocused one. There is growing awareness of both the need to support leaders and staff more effectively within the NHS so they are able to provide the highest levels of patient care, and of the need to develop new approaches to leadership. These new leadership approaches are focused on the importance of people, on those values that lie at the root of the NHS – as expressed in its constitution – and on spiritualbased leadership. The conference sought to explore these challenging themes of leadership, re-energising leaders and enabling them to reconnect with the fundamental reasons they do what they do. Keynote address by the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley Mr Lansley spoke about the major changes proposed in the recent NHS White Paper concerned with giving patients more choice and control over their care provision. He emphasised that it was not about treating the NHS as a system, but was about people,

service and caring relationships. He sees the NHS as ‘a symbol of social solidarity’ and emphasised that the measures proposed will fulfil the intention to create a patient-centric NHS that delivers improved outcomes and empowers service users. Mr Lansley emphasised three key points: 1. Patient experience is central – extending control and information to patients 2. The focus will be on outcomes and results – measuring patient experience, not just targets 3. Devolved decision making – empowering GP practices to commission service provision Danah Zohar, author and scientist, on ‘Living by values in the NHS’ Danah, author of Spiritual Quotient and Spiritual Capital, spoke about the value of the NHS as a national institution that offers service and care and is not simply a business. She encouraged all employees and leaders to kindle the spiritual without frightening, and to consider her 12 principles of

Professor Peter Gilbert on ‘Soulful leadership’ Peter emphasised the need to value the soul when considering how someone can be truly ‘well’. He encouraged delegates to read the Health Care Commission report of Staffordshire Hospital, and to be aware of the cost of a soulless organisation. He emphasised the importance of staying connected with the frontline and of developing leadership with integrity. Ewan Kelly, Director for NHS Education for Scotland on ‘Shaping policies from a spiritual care perspective’ Ewan followed by suggesting that both patients and staff are looking for certainties, for answers, although, in truth, we can’t actually fix very much. He argues that the NHS is really there to hold and support people who are in places of transition. He emphasised that the way tasks are performed is as important as what is done. He also suggested that our way of being and relating is as important as competence, and that being human is professional. These inputs were complemented by a series of small group discussions. Groups contained a number of experts in the field, including NHS chaplains, academics, consultants and representatives from other public-sector organisations, including the police and defence academy. More details about the conference and slides of Peter Gilbert’s and Ewan Kelly’s presentations are available from

December 2010 Volume 7 no 11 Bulletin Corporate Christmas cards – printed and e-version – available... Full details on page 17 messages for students and the ease of continuing extended discussions outside the classroom are all important benefits. If both staff and students use the alert system to connect the VLE to their email, the flow of important information between staff and learners is seamless and much quicker.’

VLE goes live for the start of teaching The academic year got off to a flying start this September with the launch of our brandnew Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a key milestone in our University’s Corporate Plan. The successful launch is the culmination of over 18 months of work by colleagues from across the University – from ISMS and Learning Development Services to faculty academic and support staff. Successful completion of this first phase of development means that: • over 2000 modules are now live on the VLE • over 2500 academics and 18,000 students have access • feedback from students and staff has been positive

Customising VLE technology to meet individual faculty needs Inside the Faculty of Education In his role as Learning Technologist for the Faculty of Education, Mark Miller works with the VLE Project Team and INSPIRE to integrate the new technical tools the VLE has to offer into the Faculty’s learning and teaching strategy. For example, Mark has integrated the new email system with the VLE and has linked the navigation to create an improved user experience for the Faculty’s academic staff and a better learning experience for students. Talking about the VLE, Mark explained, ‘Staff find the basic tools in the new VLE really easy to use. The ability to provide materials, set alert

A student’s perspective Gemma Ward is in her final year of the Foundation Degree in Early Years Childcare and Education, and is currently balancing her studies with working part-time as a nursery practitioner in a preschool primary school. This is what she had to say, ‘The new VLE is much better than WebCT because everything is conveniently located in one place and easy to find via the direct link on My.Anglia. You can get straight to your email, modules and the library all in one user-friendly website. ‘I particularly like the fact that I can access module documents sometimes a week in advance, or catch up on any reading I might have missed whenever I need to. The online discussion forums we use as part of the workbased learning module are a great way to get a wide range of perspectives on a particular topic, or to get a quick response to any queries I have – often the same day!’ Looking ahead and future developments… Looking forward, the VLE Project Team is now focusing on enhancing the functionality, developing the tools to support online distance learning, and rolling out the VLE to our University Partners. Alison King Marketing Manager, Learning Development Services

Helping our students develop good academic practice Over the past few months we have been developing our support for students to assist them in developing good academic practice. In May the ‘Guidance on Being Honest in Your Work’ document was made available to all students through the key documents section of My.Anglia. Since then, extracts from the guidance have been included in student handbooks and module guides, and training resources for both students and staff have been developed and made available through the University Library and INSPIRE web pages. From the beginning of semester 2, we shall be rolling out a key aspect of our support for students – the opportunity for them to use TurnitinUK (, an online text-matching service. A few minutes after a student submits a paper to TurnitinUK, he or she will receive an Originality Report (OR), which identifies where their work matches text stored on the extensive TurnitinUK database of student papers, electronic books, papers and journals and web pages. We will also be offering students the opportunity to undertake one formative assignment before their first summative written assignment, which they can submit to TurnitinUK, and discuss the OR with their tutor. Further information on how we are using TurnitinUK is available from the INSPIRE website: To facilitate the roll-out, faculties have appointed TurnitinUK leads and administrators, and have developed strategies to enable the use of Turnitin by their students. For further information on your faculty’s strategy, please contact your faculty lead: AIBS, Sue Stirk; ALSS, Apurba Kundu; FoE, Phil Long; FHSC, Paula Sobiechowska; FST, Jo Bowman. Dr Jaki Lilly INSPIRE



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NEWS communication with many areas across the business. SW: What training and development opps have you been able to take advantage of?

L During their visit in 2009, our students outside IFDS offices: Gary Higgs is fifth from the left.

AIBS students’ work placement success with IFDS In March 2009, Sarah White, from the Employment Bureau in Chelmsford, organised a tour of the International Finance Data Service (IFDS) offices in Chelmsford for a group of Ashcroft International Business School (AIBS) students. IFDS is the UK’s leading supplier of investor record-keeping services and systems to the UK domestic and European ‘offshore’ market. They have three sites in Essex, two in Chelmsford and their HQ in Basildon. IFDS tailored a presentation especially for the students that highlighted the career development opportunities and professional training available for their employees. As a result of this visit, two AIBS students, Gary Higgs and Giles Pearce, both studying for the BA (Hons) Business Studies, secured 48-week placements with IFDS. In September 2010, Gary and Giles returned to university to complete the final year of their

degree. Sarah met with Gary to find out more about his 12month experience in the workplace. SW: After the initial tour, tell me about the recruitment process that led to you securing your placement?

GH: I emailed a covering letter and CV, explaining why I wanted to work for IFDS, to the HR Resourcing Manager. The next stage was to complete literacy and numeracy assessments. I passed these, and was invited to attend an interview with the Head of the Written Enquiries Department. SW: Can you describe your job role and responsibilities? GH: My job title is Customer Service Experience Associate, and I’m responsible for responding to customer enquiries by letter and fax. Over the past 12 months, as I gained experience, I have been given more responsibility and more complex tasks to complete that have involved greater

GH: The induction training was excellent and I was then introduced to the products offered to customers, starting at the basic level and then gradually moving upwards. There was excellent systems training, which made it very easy to understand the software programs used by IFDS. Once I completed the induction training, there were opportunities for me to enrol on specific courses, such as personal development, communication and assertiveness skills. SW: How would you summarise the benefits that spending a year in the workplace has had for you, and how do you think it will impact on the final year of your degree course? GH: I found the placement with IFDS very beneficial. It has given me the opportunity to reflect on the type of career I want to follow once I graduate. I have also developed core skills, such as communication and organisation and I am sure these skills will help me to achieve the best possible grade in my final year at Anglia Ruskin University. SW: Has the placement year helped you to clarify your thinking about managing your career path in the future? GH: Yes, definitely! I have realised how many companies there are out there and how many graduate recruitment schemes! Also, I now have a really good understanding of the financial services industry and know this is the field in which I want to build my career. SW: Do you think your experience with IFDS made a difference to your selfconfidence and employability?

GH: Yes. I highly recommend a placement year to any student. It does add a further year to your degree, but if you work hard and apply yourself then the experience you gain is invaluable. I think the placement with IFDS will enhance my CV and give me the edge over other graduates who do not have my work experience.

Gary is continuing to work for IFDS on a part-time basis during the final year of his degree studies. Sarah commented, ‘Graduate employability is a major issue impacting UK business, the higher education sector and graduate job-seekers. As Gary says, if you make the most of opportunities to engage with employer organisations during the course of your studies, it will give you the edge over graduates lacking exposure to the workplace.’ Jane Murray, Head of the Employability and Careers Service, agreed, ‘By working collaboratively with IFDS, Anglia Ruskin University has presented these students with invaluable employment experience that has measurably impacted on their employability skills, self-confidence and career aspirations. I am meeting with the HR Resourcing Manager at IFDS in November to discuss developing our working relationship to encompass additional programmes that will bring benefit to our students/graduates and to their business.’ Any students, graduates, alumni or academics interested in learning more about how the Employability and Careers Service and Employment Bureau can work with them to engage with employer organisations should contact Sarah at

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L Diana Scarborough from Cambridge School of Art Ancient Morse.

Photography lecturer’s work at the National Portrait Gallery Earlier this year, Photography lecturer Ian (HAG) Hargreaves had another of his photographic portraits accepted for admission into the Permanent Phototgraphs Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, which only accepts portraits of famous British people. The work is of Arabella Churchill, the great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, who died of pancreatic cancer in December 2007, aged 58 (visit ons/search/largerimage.php?m key=mw198647&LinkID=m p71086&role=sit&rNo=1 to see the work).

Apart from her fame as a part of such an illustrious family, she gained public attention for eschewing privilege in the 1970s, and embracing an alternative lifestyle and charity work, which remained her passion until she died. The collection also includes two other works by HAG, of RD Laing, which were accepted for admission some time ago. For more information, please contact

L Barbara Dougan from Norwich University College Groundsel 1.

First Gainsborough Prize for Graduate Printmakers awarded In late October, the Print Workshop at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury announced the first winners of their new annual Gainsborough Prize for Graduate Printmakers. The prize was awarded jointly to Diana Scarborough, who is studying for an MA in Printmaking at our Cambridge School of Art, and to Barbara Dougan, who is studying for an MA in Fine Art at Norwich University College for the Arts. Student artists and designers enrolled in degree or postgraduate courses in East Anglia were invited to apply for the Gainsborough Prize, which aims to promote and reward excellence and talent in contemporary printmaking practice. The winning artists receive one year’s free membership of The Print Workshop at Gainsborough’s

House, and will have their work featured in an exhibition of members’ work at the Edmund Gallery in Bury St Edmunds from 10–15 December 2010. Gainsborough’s House is the birthplace of the great eighteenth-century artist Thomas Gainsborough, and displays more of his work at any one time than any other museum in the world (visit: Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU – 01787 372958 or The house is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm: entry is free on Tuesday afternoons (1.00–5.00 pm). Andrea Hilliard Corporate Marketing



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NEWS Vision and Eye Research Unit takes delivery of new environmental chamber The Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) has taken delivery of a new environmental chamber at its Cambridge research facility. The chamber is the first such unit to be installed in an eye centre in England. One type of study that will be carried out using the chamber will monitor how contact lens wearers react at different temperatures, relative humidities and wind speeds, and will enable VERU to demonstrate how different types of contact lens are suited

to different environments, and also to test lenses for comfort. The unit has already attracted interest from contact lens manufacturers keen to use the research to improve their products. Another important area of research involving the chamber will be tear deficiency. Dry eye affects a large proportion of the population, especially older people, who often need help with special eye drops and devices to conserve tears. The chamber will permit more accurate studies of this condition and its management.

Speaking of the new addition, Professor Roger Buckley, part of the VERU research team and also an eye surgeon and consultant for over 30 years at Addenbrooke’s and Moorfields Hospitals, commented: ‘We are thrilled to have this advanced new facility. With it, we can simulate a wide variety of environmental conditions that we can control accurately, and repeat as necessary. It will vastly improve the scientific validity of our work on the interface between the eye and the outside world.’

VERU, which is part of the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI), carries out groundbreaking research in a number of areas including factors influencing the progression of myopia, visual short-term memory, learning disabilities, glaucoma, keratoconus, low vision and children’s vision. John Menzies Marketing Administrator, Faculty of Science & Technology

History lecturer takes Sport and Exercise Sciences create new internship opportunities for students part in Radio 3 The Faculty of Science & will increase the exposure and These are wonderful discussion Technology’s Department of recognition of our University opportunities for our students to Sports and Exercise Sciences within the sporting community, develop applied sport and programme has created a number of new whilst allowing our students to exercise science skills in an On 6 October, Rohan McWilliam (History) was a guest on the popular Radio 3 programme Nightwaves as part of a special edition to commemorate Henry Mayhew, the great Victorian social investigator. He participated in a 45-minute panel discussion with Iain Sinclair, the leading urban chronicler, Lawrence Goldman, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (and authority on Victorian social science), and Jerry White, historian of London. The occasion for the programme was the publication of a new edition of Mayhew’s great work of social exploration, London Labour and the London Poor (1851–2). For more information, please contact

internship opportunities for students. The internships have been developed in partnership with established elite sporting bodies with the aim of helping to increase their students’ skill base and employability upon graduation. Three programmes have been created in the last nine months.

environment of elite performance. These three internships are focused on the area of strength and conditioning, and have enabled the students to apply their scientific knowledge of training, athlete support and athlete development to applied scenarios.

These internships have been developed in order to allow aspiring undergraduates to gain as much practical work-based experience as possible prior to graduating. At present, these internships are with three of the biggest sporting teams/national governing bodies in elite sport within the UK, namely the Lawn Tennis Association, Leicester Tigers (premiership rugby) and Northampton Saints (premiership rugby). Currently, we offer internship opportunities to six students across our level 2 and 3 cohorts.

The internships, of course, require a commitment from the students in terms of time and dedication, with those involved in the Leicester Tigers’ programme having to travel to both Leicester and a regional hub site in Norwich. Both the Lawn Tennis Association’s and Northampton Saints’ programmes are based at their regional high-performance academies in Cambridge. Sports Science Principal Lecturer, Dan Gordon, commented, ‘These internships

benefit from the opportunity to work in professional environments and apply knowledge and skills from their studies to an applied setting. They’ll also be able to enhance their CVs and skill sets while learning new skills that can be applied directly to their studies.’ The new internships should help to increase further the already impressive record of career progression for our Sports Science graduates. Some of the destinations of the current graduating cohort include Southend United FC, Sussex County Cricket Club, England Basketball, regional schools’ sports coaching and teaching, and postgraduate study. John Menzies Marketing Administrator, Faculty of Science & Technology

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Photograph by Chris Wilding, Photography Technician, ALSS.

Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

L MA Publishing team (l–r): Stationers’ Foundation Award winner, Sophie Bridges, new team member, Dr Leah

Tether, staff member, Will Hill, course convenor, Dr Samantha Rayner and 2010 Hart McLeod Scholar, Sarah Channing-Wright.

MA Publishing: new scholars, staff and freemen Our MA Publishing is pleased to announce its two new scholarships for 2010–11 and to congratulate course convenor Dr Samantha Rayner on her appointment as Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. The 2010 Hart McLeod Scholarship went to Sarah Channing-Wright, a BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate from Cambridge School of Art. The Scholarship is offered annually by local company Hart McLeod Publishing Services in recognition of the skills the MA Publishing teaches and as an

investment in the future of the industry. Graham Hart explained why Sarah stood out for this year’s scholarship: ‘We had a number of very good applicants, but settled on Sarah as she seemed to fulfil our criteria: she wanted to learn more about publishing in the very broadest terms, she possessed a sense of vocation as demonstrated by her work to date, and it appeared that she would benefit most from the extra support that the scholarship offered.’ The scholarship includes a £1000 discount on tuition fees and a 3–4 week work placement.

This year’s Stationers’ Foundation Bursary was awarded to Sophie Bridges following a successful interview at the company in London. Sophie receives a bursary of £6000 and the opportunity to receive mentoring during her studies from an appropriate Stationer in accordance with her specific interests. Sophie described the bursary as ‘an honour and a privilege… an amazing opportunity.’ The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers is a venerable institution dating back to 1403 when the Mayor and Aldermen of the City

of London approved the formation of a fraternity or Guild of Stationers. The modern Company of Stationers has over 800 members from the complete range of trades within the visual and graphic communications industries. Whilst embracing the digital age, the Stationers retains many of its traditions including a process of membership through nomination and interview culminating in a formal Freedom ceremony, where a nominee officially becomes a Freeman. Dr Samantha Rayner joins many other senior publishing industry executives in benefiting from associations with the Company, along with Rupert Murdoch, who is Liveryman of The Stationers’ Company. Also on the MA Publishing team, Will Hill has been involved with the Stationers for many years and is currently proposed for appointment as a Freeman. He has spoken on graphic design at the Stationers’ careers events and is to curate an exhibition of contemporary typography that opens at the Stationers’ Hall in April 2011, before it tours a number of venues across the country. The MA Publishing team would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Dr Leah Tether, who joins them from Durham University. Sarah Jones Faculty Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Corporate Christmas cards Corporate Christmas cards are now available to purchase. The card features the Michael A Ashcroft Building in a wintry, snowy scene, printed on high-quality glossy card, which is similar to the one that can be viewed at The message on the cover and the inside reads ‘Season’s Greetings from Anglia Ruskin University’. The cards cost 0.78p each, including the envelope. If you would like to place an order, please contact Nikki Collen at with the following details:

full name; department/service; location; quantity; cost code The last day for orders will be Friday 10 December. If you prefer to send an electronic Christmas card, this is available at – and there’s no charge for this version.



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NEWS Students fire Newsnight-style questions at risktakers L Jason Lorimer co-founder of

Below Zero Ice Bar.

On 18 November, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we held an ‘Entrepreneurial Newsnight’ event on our Cambridge campus, to enable Ashcroft International Business School students on our BSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management programme to get some high-flying business brains to spill the secrets of their success. The session looked at how significant enterprise and entrepreneurship is to economic growth, how entrepreneurial thinking makes a difference, and how up-andcoming entrepreneurs can learn from their more successful counterparts. The business founders who were lined up for questioning included Beth Derks, founder of No Double Dutch, creative

L Natalie Haywood founder of Leaf Tea Shop.

thinking and change management specialists, Natalie Haywood, founder of Leaf Tea Shop, Liverpool, a tea shop and music bar, Jason Lorimer, co-founder of Below Zero Ice Bar in London, the UK’s only permanent bar made of ice which is kept at minus five degrees all year round, Carl Pihl, founder and MD of Student Box, a student social networking site, and Drinkyz, London, a specialist in private labelled beverage and packaging. Leading the event for AIBS, entrepreneur Lianne Miller said, ‘The entrepreneurs invited to be questioned are all pushing the boundaries of enterprise and initiative. These people have taken the biggest risks in order to find success, and their

experiences of how they have created their business niches will enthuse and motivate the next-generation of entrepreneurs to do the same.’ Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason, from the newly established Centre for Enterprise Development and Research (CEDAR) at AIBS, is looking to encourages universities and business schools to be more courageous in their delivery of enterprise programmes. ‘CEDAR is encouraging business students to shift their thinking in terms of real-life enterprise by giving them privileged access to world-class entrepreneurs who are keen to share their own personal experiences and pass on their acquired skills and expertise.’

For the last two years there have been more events in the East of England during Global Enterprise Week than any other region. Enterprise Lowestoft Community Interest Company (ELcic) wants to ensure that the Eastern region continues to encourage everyone to be enterprising and explore all business opportunities. Hazel Johnson, Chair of ELcic, said,’ This event shows how academia can link with real businesses – there is nothing more inspirational than for students to hear from people who have actually done it to make the theory real’. For more information about the event, please contact Robert Jones on ext 2549 or email

Insect Media: new book examines link between insect behaviour and digital technology Dr Jussi Parikka’s fascinating new book uncovers the insect logic that informs contemporary media technologies and the network society. Out in December, Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology analyses how insect forms of social organisation – swarms, hives, webs and distributed intelligence – have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society, providing a radical new perspective on the

interconnection of biology and technology. Parikka develops an insect theory of media, one that conceptualises modern media as more than the products of individual human actors, social interests, or technological determinants. They are, rather, profoundly non-human phenomena that both draw on and mimic the alien life worlds of insects. Jussi Parikka is Reader in Media Theory and History

and Director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) research institute ( and ArcDigital ( He is the author of Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses. For more information, visit P/parikka_insect.html.

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A unique graduate


Faculty of Education

Denise Binks, MA Education graduate, and Anthony Russell, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education.

The Faculty of Education is proud of our many and varied graduates but, this year, Denise Binks, who received an MA Education, was especially special. Denise is Anglia Ruskin’s first completely online masters’ graduate. Denise received her BA (Hons) Learning Technology Research in 2007. This fully online degree, now entitled

the BA (Hons) Learning Through Technology, was open to all in work, and allowed students to use their work rigorously to conduct inquiries into their own and organisational practices. Denise, who came to higher education without A levels, especially appreciated the support offered in the online communities, where peer learning is an essential and valued ingredient.

For her masters’ award, Denise, despite other offers, chose to continue studying wholly online. With her tutors, Anthony Russell and Ken Allen, she used action research to develop a virtual learning environment for her primary school and to support continuing professional development for all staff. As part of her study, for one semester, Denise was an

‘intern’ facilitator, working online with the BA (Hons) Learning Through Technology team. With the MA Learning Through Technology now validated, Denise will be the first of many wholly online masters’ graduates. Vicky Russell Marketing Co-ordinator, Faculty of Education

Successful Applying with Confidence conference On 23 September, 40 careers teachers and Connexions staff from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk attended the Applying with Confidence conference, run by Corporate Marketing’s External Liaison team. The aim of the day was to help careers staff to be confident that they were helping their students to make the very best university applications.

Professor Alan Sibbald gave a general introduction about our current provision, and the visitors were informed of the latest UCAS admissions and student finance processes. They also learnt about the work of our Employment Bureau and Careers Guidance team, and were impressed by our Student Ambassadors, who shared their own experiences of applying and

studying at Anglia Ruskin, and gave tours of the Chelmsford campus. Feedback was very positive, with 100% of the visitors leaving with a better knowledge of Anglia Ruskin University. One teacher said that this was ‘a very informative event – well worth taking the time out to come’, stating that she will ‘send a

report to colleagues so the information will go further’. Jenny Webster Events Administrator, External Liaison, Corporate Marketing



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NEWS Literature and transhistoricism a colloquium This colloquium, which took place on Saturday 30 October, was co-organised by Professor Sarah Brown, from the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media, and Dr Berit Åström, from Umeä University in Sweden. Both researchers wanted to discuss the advantages – and challenges – of conducting transhistorical research in the field of English literature. Whereas most researchers focus on a single period within literature, transhistorical researchers work on projects that cross period boundaries, exploring the way in which ideas and stories change (or, indeed, stay the same) over time. We were delighted that Helen Cooper, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge, was able to give the keynote lecture, ‘Medieval Shakespeare’. She demonstrated how readers have underestimated Shakespeare’s debts to medieval texts and iconography, overlooking the traces of a pre-Reformation culture as well as allusions to romances, now little read, once highly popular, in his plays. Helen Cooper reminded us that we are often more aware of, and more influenced by, our predecessors than our precise contemporaries. The next panel session opened with a paper by Daniel Ogden from Uppsala University, ‘Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, Ursula Le Guin’s Always Coming Home and hypertext’. A number of intriguing parallels between these two ambiguous depictions of a ‘perfect’ society were discovered. Daniel suggested that the scholarly Le Guin may well have consciously drawn on More as a model. But the paper also raised important, larger questions about the reasons why certain literary motifs seem to persist, albeit sometimes in mutated forms, through the centuries.

Sarah Annes Brown’s paper, ‘Tracking Eliot’s Familiar Compound Ghost: Sources and Successors’, used the famous encounter with the compound ghost in the Four Quartets as an example of the way in which a transhistorical approach can enrich our understanding of individual texts. She argued that the compound ghost episode should be seen as one moment within a sequence of such encounters, beginning with the journeys taken by Odysseus, Aeneas and Dante to the lands of the dead, and continuing in the later twentieth century, when Eliot himself becomes part of the ‘compound ghost’ in recent allusions to his poetry in the works of Norman Loftis and Derek Walcott. Mick Gowar, who is based in the Cambridge School of Art, discussed the way in which his own work as an adapter mirrored, albeit within a much shorter time frame, some of the processes we see at work when we track the transhistorical transformations of a narrative. ‘Yallery Brown: A Case Study of the Dynamics of Story Changes and Story Telling’ offered a suggestive array of reasons for some of the changes that stories undergo. A switch of genre, of audience, the influence of other stories – these are just some of the factors that can trigger mutations.

Whereas most researchers focus on a single period within literature, transhistorical researchers work on projects that cross period boundaries, exploring the way in which ideas and stories change (or, indeed, stay the same) over time.

In ‘Euphues is dead: the nineteenth-century rejection of John Lyly’, Andy Kesson (University of Kent) introduced a further possible tension between transhistoricism and historicism. His lively paper on Lyly’s dramatic decline in popularity and status in the nineteenth century revealed an important possible flaw in the methodology of many ‘historicists’. Although such scholars aim to recuperate the past they often fail to escape modern prejudices about who is worthy of study. To be truly historicist, one should pay as much attention to Lyly as to Shakespeare.

Some of the same questions informed the final paper by Berit Åström, ‘Disney’s War on Mothers and its Historical Antecedents’. She discussed the way in which dead and absent mothers persist through different periods and genres. Although it is possible to identify ‘rational’ reasons for their popularity, such as demographic statistics on maternal mortality, or a later twentieth-century backlash against assertive mature women, Berit convincingly argued that this did not seem to be the whole story. The persistence of the topic again invites the reader to ask whether such texts are more dependent on their predecessors than on the social conditions of each writer’s age – the same conclusion reached by Helen Cooper in the opening paper.

For more information on the colloquium, please contact Sarah Annes Brown at

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World Mental Health Day

L Cambridge colleagues from Student Services staffing information

stands for World Mental Health Day.

In late October, World Mental Health Day was promoted and celebrated by staff from the Counselling and Wellbeing Service on both the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses. We provided students with information on a range of mental health issues, and a number of local branches of national mental health organisations joined us with educational material to dispel some of the myths surrounding mental illness. The truth is that one in four of us suffer mental illness at

some point in our lives and the issues affect us all. It is also true that most people fully recover to lead wellfunctioning lives – but we need to know how to recognise symptoms and how to get help, free from feeling stigmatised or weak. Many celebrities, such as Stephen Fry, Woody Allen, JK Rowling and Gwyneth Paltrow, have publicised their bouts of depression in the hope of dispelling embarrassment and putting mental health and wellbeing on everyone’s agenda.

L Chelmsford colleagues from Student Services staffing information stands for World Mental Health Day.

Our publicity material successfully aroused debate and interest. We also promoted healthy lifestyles and wellbeing. The wellbeing products on promotion from places like the Body Shop and Lush were particularly popular! Our Counselling and Wellbeing team is here to support students in times of need. We are part of Student Services and are counsellors and mental health advisers.

We offer one-to-one counselling or group work. We are also here for staff if you want to discuss any student concerns. Our service is easy to access, confidential and free. Contact us on or phone (Cambridge) ext 2598 or (Chelmsford) ext 4240. Bev Gold Counselling and Wellbeing Manager, Student Services

Student photographer invited to gypsy/traveller symposium During the summer, I was invited to attend a symposium, entitled ‘Exclusive Education – Marginalisation: Gypsy/Travellers’, at De Montfort University. The symposium was of particular interest to me because of my work photographing gypsies and travellers over the past two years, the results of which I was invited to display as a visual complement to the content of the symposium.

The focus of the symposium was to identify the reasons why children from these communities are marginalised. From these findings, educators will be able to implement best practices in order to provide safe and practical environments for the children to attend and remain in school. A lot of discussion ensued on how far gypsy and traveller children should be assimilated within local

communities without the risk of their loss of culture. Gypsies and travellers are fiercely proud of their heritage and their culture, but collaboration has to be established so that future generations are no longer placed at a disadvantage because of lack of formal education. This is a systemic problem that has to be tackled from government levels to the ground roots.

A lot of interest was shown in my photographic exhibition of gypsy and travellers by presenters and attendees. I now face an interesting challenge, having been invited to photograph Roma in Transylvania. Mary Humphrey Third-year Photography Student, Cambridge School of Art



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NEWS Anglia Ruskin University modules being studied on the Thai–Burma border On the Thai–Burma border, in the Nu Poe Karen refugee camp (pictured above right), higher education is being offered, centred on four online modules (one in study skills and three in geography), all written by an Anglia Ruskin academic. Anthony Russell, a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Education, is the academic adviser to Dundalk Institute of Technology’s (DKiT) Global Borders initiative.

The course, entitled Peopling the Globe, deals with study skills, migration, population, culture and ethnic issues. This work grew out of Anthony’s involvement with DkiT and Ulster University in the European Union-funded Borderlands project, which looked at the history, geography, literature, cinema, politics and archaeology of borderlands. However, the study skills module also drew upon Anthony’s work on reflection and skill acquisition in Anglia Ruskin University’s

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online BA (Hons) and MA Learning Through Technology programmes. In addition to writing the modules, Anthony has weekly, synchronous, online sessions (Skype and Moodle) with Catherine Daly, the volunteer teacher from DkIT, in Nu Poe. They discuss progress, and Anthony advises on teaching strategies, next steps and assessment. Global Borders is offered in conjunction with World

Education, which is seeking to help the 1.4 million peoples displaced from Burma. Anthony works closely with both Niamh De Loughry, of World Education, and Margaret Clarke, the project leader from DkIT. In February, he will go to the Nu Poe camp to teach and to discuss the future direction and development of the project. For further information, contact Anthony Russell at

TACTYC award to successful MA Early Years Professional Practice student Elizabeth Appleton, a Children’s Centre Teacher in Colchester and student on the MA in Early Years Professional Practice with the Faculty of Education, has just been awarded the prestigious TACTYC award: An Innovative Learning Journey, in November 2010. TACTYC, the Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children, hosts an annual award that recognises the success of any member who demonstrates ‘innovation, imagination or originality in stimulating learning for children, or practitioners’.

Elizabeth and her colleague, Carol Middleton, are using Forest School to support children’s transition into school. Young children often lose confidence when they move into school, which can lead to low self-esteem and children not managing tasks at which they were once proficient. The Forest School projects they run aim to build children’s resilience by strengthening their inner core of self-esteem and increasing communication skills. Around 150 children in nine settings have already been part of the project, which will continue with more children in the New Year.

Elizabeth and Carol received the award in November at the TACTYC conference in Birmingham. Elizabeth said, ‘The project has highlighted the importance of children leading their own learning in rich, natural environments. The teachers are telling us that children involved are more confident and able to participate fully in classroom activities. We are now piloting training with the practitioners in order that they understand the theory and pedagogy, and can connect it with what they see the children doing when they play. This links right into the professional practice aspect of the MA.’

The MA Early Years Professional Practice programme aims to develop individual practitioners practice and, through collaboration, establish a sustainable community of practice in the Essex region. To find out details of the TACTYC award, go to; or to find out more about the project from Elizabeth, email, For more information on the MA Early Years Professional Practice commencing in January 2011, please contact Dr Geraldine Davis by emailing

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Teaching jobs fair – success Comments from the students included: ‘Keep it up!’ ‘Give more time to Barry’s talk.’ ‘Different music.’ ‘More sweets.’ Thanks to the staff of the Department Educational Studies who encouraged the students to attend – over 200 were seen over the lunchtime period.

Student Services (Employability and Careers) organised a very successful teaching jobs fair (pictured above) in conjunction with the Faculty of Education on 28 October. Over 20 teaching employers took the opportunity to get together with PGCE and final-year teaching students to recruit newly qualified teachers (NQTs) from the Chelmsford campus at our

university. For the first time, the event was held in Mildmay Sports Hall. This proved to be a popular venue for both the exhibitors and students, despite the fact that there was some competition from the music from the legs, bums and tums lunchtime exercise class! Barry Hancock, a recruitment consultant from Redbridge,

gave two entertaining and informative lectures and fired the students with enthusiasm to obtain their first teaching post. The teaching employers are always very impressed by the quality of our students, the organisation, and the campus itself, and many return year after year to recruit our NQTs.

Thanks to my colleagues in the Employability and Careers Service who staffed a very busy stand full of information on applying for teaching jobs, on how to produce CVs and that all-important supporting statement, and generally answered any queries from both employers and students. Jo Boyton Employability and Careers Adviser

Growing the postgraduate community, an event at a time Tuesday 19 October saw the second outing of our Postgraduate Information Evening, a cross-campus event to promote our postgraduate courses (taught and research). In response to our University Strategic Plan, the External Liaison Team has diversified its function to lead on crossUniversity events promoting our postgraduate provision. This began with a pilot activity in February, and our latest event in October was open to both our internal and external customers. Led by the External Liaison Team and supported by colleagues from across all five of our faculties, and Student Support Services, it was great to

see a solid turn-out at both sites, with nearly 100 guests in Cambridge and just over 40 in Chelmsford. Corporate Marketing’s Publications, Advertising and eMarketing team provided a strong campaign prior to the event, including newspaper adverts (in the Essex and Cambridge local press), posters, banners and emails (to all our year-2 and -3 students, including those at our regional partner colleges) and also to subscribers of the website Totaljobs. We kept our internal staff networks up to date with ‘allstaff’ emails, and provided lecturers with a Powerpoint slide to promote the event to current undergraduate students.

Guests were treated to a welcome talk by Derrik Ferney (in Cambridge) and David Humber (in Chelmsford), they then had an opportunity to browse some of the fantastic faculty research and to speak with academics and research staff. The presence of our support services also meant that visitors could discuss career options, finance opportunities and admission processes. Feedback from our guests suggests that, as a university, we are perceived as very friendly, open and helpful, which is excellent to hear. The External Liaison Team has collated a report of visitor data and feedback that will be circulated and used to ensure

we continue to provide what our visitors want at future events. The next event is scheduled for 22 March 2011. If you’d like to promote your postgraduate course, or show off your research, please contact your faculty marketing coordinator and s/he will give you all the information you need. If you have ideas, suggestions or recommendations regarding recruitment activity for postgraduate courses, please get in touch as we would love to hear from you. Marc Rothera Education Liaison Officer (Cambs), Corporate Marketing



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NEWS Turkish Delight at Ixion Holdings learning; skills and education; migration and citizenship; health issues; deprivation; and, business start-up and enterprise. She has experience of building relationships with international, UK and, particularly, Turkish private, public and third-sector organisations to remove barriers for those that are mostdisadvantaged. Examples of these are: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Chelsea FC, Bank of Rome, Aydin University, Italia Lavoro, MUSIAD (Independent Industrialists’ and Business Association, Turkey), local councillors, GP surgeries, local authorities and MPs.

L Aisha Izzet, pictured at the Most Successful Turks Award ceremony.

Aisha Izzet, Head of Commercial Relations and Development at Ixion Holdings has been recognised as The Most Successful Professional Executive at the prestigious Most Successful Turks Award, in recognition of her success, innovation and ethics in business in the UK. This is the first year of the awards from The Business Network (BIZNET), an organisation that aims to enhance British–Turkish business and social relations, and acknowledged nominees

for being the best of the best in their field. Aisha’s award was announced at a ceremony on 27 October at Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, where she was joined by other nominees and winners, including Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, who won the Most Supportive British Award, and Vodaphone, which won the award for being the Best British Investor in Turkey. Aisha was thrilled to receive her award: ‘Being nominated for this award was a complete

surprise, and to be recognised globally for the work I have done is such an honour. It was a fabulous evening at Whitehall, and an ideal opportunity to meet and talk with a number of key people from across the globe who are currently involved in shaping up and responding to welfare reform, austerity and economic exclusion.’ Aisha has worked in the social public reform industry for over a decade, providing governments with global and local solutions for dealing with: long-term unemployment; offender

During her career, Aisha has developed key working relationships to secure £235 million of government-funded provision for thousands of the hardest-to-help individuals. Aisha joined Ixion Holdings earlier this year and is currently focusing on supporting Ixion and Anglia Ruskin University to deliver employment-related services as part of the Department of Work and Pensions Work Programme. To find out more about the Work Programme or Ixion Holdings, visit

Recent recognition for the work of the EAST Group Tribology is the scientific study of wear and lubrication in reducing friction, which, in turn, is crucial in designing engineering solutions to reduce our carbon footprint. The Engineering Simulation Analysis & Tribology (EAST) Group, which is headed up by Professor Hassan Shirvani, has recently heard that their last paper (An analytical approach for analysis and optimisation of slider bearings with infinite

width parallel textures), which was published in the journal Tribology International (Volume 43, Issue 8, August 2010, pp 1551–65), appears among the SciVerse website’s ( ‘top 25 hottest articles’, alongside pieces from both redbrick and international centres of excellence. Added to this, the group has also contributed two chapters

to the book Tribology and dynamics of engine and powertrain: Fundamentals, applications and future trends, which was edited by H Rahnejat of Loughborough University. The book was recently published by Woodhead Publishing (see /en/book.aspx?bookID=1384) and has received excellent reviews from respected experts in the field, such as Duncan

Dowson, Leeds University and Visiting Professor, Loughborough University, and Professor Richard Parry-Jones, former Vice President of Ford Global Development and Chairman of the Premier Automotive Group. For more information, please contact Professor Hassan Shirvani at

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Women’s Network events, 2010–11 The first Women’s Network events of the year are taking place on Wednesday 1 December in Cambridge, and on Monday 6 December in Essex (room numbers to be confirmed). Both events will take place from 12 noon–2.00 pm. Coffee/tea will be provided, but please bring your own lunch. The purpose of the December events is to capture your views on how you think the Network should develop in future. This is an opportunity to influence the direction of the Women’s Network for the next few years, so please make every effort to attend. If

you are not already a member, you are also welcome to come along and let us know what might tempt you. In particular, we would appreciate input from academic colleagues, who are currently under-represented on our Steering Group. This is a situation we would like to correct, so if you would like to join this group, please get in touch. As always, these events provide a chance to network with colleagues whom you might not normally meet in your day-to-day work. If you would like to attend either of the December events, please email with your full contact details, stating which event you are attending. Looking ahead to 2011, the annual Women’s Conference will take place at the Essex Regiment Way Centre on Tuesday 5 April 2011, so please save the date. We are planning to focus on such topical themes as the Browne Review and the Comprehensive Spending Review, placing a particular emphasis on women, and we also plan to mark the 100th birthday of International Women’s Day, which takes place on 8 March.

We are also planning some events in and around International Women’s Day itself, in partnership with Cambridge University and other Cambridge organisations. Look out for further news in Bulletin, on My.Anglia, and the usual sources. Emma Brett, Dawn Hopper, Sue Jacobs, Niki Jones, Paula Langton and Faith Marchal The Women’s Network Steering Group

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Festival of Ideas 2010 – a great success

L Participants learning new skills and techniques during one of the printmaking workshops.

L At the Recycled Fashion show, JJ Fox modelling ‘Reconstruction’ by

Francesca Haynes.

Anglia Ruskin University sponsored this autumn’s Festival of Ideas, organised by University of Cambridge. We successfully hosted 31 out of the 170 events. Workshops, talks, taster sessions, shows and performances took place between 20 and 31 October, to celebrate the arts, humanities and social sciences. This year’s celebrations have been the most successful Festival of Ideas to date: University of Cambridge announced that 9000 people attended (up 10% on last year). Around 1000 participants took part in our events alone. Participants of two fully booked printmaking workshops were invited to try out various printmaking techniques in the fabulous

facilities of the print studios at Anglia Ruskin. Everyone involved was impressed with the sessions and the lecturer, Mark Shaw, was highly praised for his supportive teaching style. ‘I found the experimental printing workshop fun and informative. The teaching was clear and encouraging and I felt confident to use the techniques that I was being taught. I was pleased with the day and with what I was able to produce, and I would definitely do it again next year. It would be great if you offered longer workshops and courses.’ Printmaking participant. The Recycled Fashion Show, auction and raffle, in aid of the charity Village Outreach

Society, took centre stage on Thursday 28 October. Secondyear Fashion Design students had created clothes based on a recycling theme, bringing old and unused clothes to new life. A men’s blazer was transformed into a stylish and contemporary dress and even pieces of plastics and old suitcases formed part of students’ designs. The whole event was a collaboration between a charity (run by Anglia Ruskin alumna, Audrie Reed), Business and Fashion Design students, our Students’ Union, Cambridge School of Art and Community Development, as well as small local businesses. Together we created a fantastic and entertaining show as well as raising an amazing £1800

from ticket sales, the auction and raffle. This year we repeated a talk on ‘What renewable energy options for homes are hot!’ This event seems everpopular, and well over 60 people attended. Quite a lively discussion evolved with many ideas and data incorporated into the talk. Some comments from the participants: ‘A comprehensive coverage of the subject at an understandable, layman’s level’ ‘The second speaker was very good, practical and knowledgeable. Good at presentation and taking questions.’

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L Part of the Big Draw trail map, designed by Anna Betts, third-year BA (Hons) Illustration student. L A family getting fully engaged in the Big Draw event.

‘The best part was the question-and-answer session at the end.’ Another popular event was the Music Department’s performance, Riprap poetry and music, featuring Grevel Lindop and Chuck Perkins. This event was well attended by many jazz enthusiasts. The Mumford Theatre hosted a talk by the well-known author Kevin CrossleyHolland. Kevin is a poet and prize-winning author. His books include the awardwinning Arthur novels and an acclaimed translation of Beowulf. His retellings of traditional tales include The Penguin Book of Norse Myths and British Folk Tales (reissued as The Magic Lands) and The Old Stories. Kevin is patron of the European Storytelling Archive, based at Anglia Ruskin University. Seventy people attended the talk and they all had an opportunity to buy signed copies of Kevin’s books afterwards.

A Big Draw event, called Lord Fitzwilliam and the Cambridge Quest, saw around 100 families take part on Saturday 23 October at the Cambridge Central Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Fifteen Illustration students from the Cambridge School of Art volunteered to help, and participants engaged in drawing, stories and crafts activities. A trail, designed by Anna Betts, a third-year BA (Hons) Illustration student, was widely available at both locations, and many participants got their seal of approval from Lord Fitzwilliam on their maps. Credits for the Light, Camera, Action! workshop go mainly to our film students at Cambridge School of Art. They made the event an exciting and fun activity for children, families and a few semiprofessional actors/musicians. Participants showed off their acting skills in front of the experienced film crew. Acts included a performance of Mariah Carrie’s Hero, a scene from The Gruffalo’s Child,

Hallowe’en fun – and a participant brought his percussion instruments to perform a musical version of an Urdu/Hindi poem by Mirza Ghalib (1797–1869). After each performance, the actors could see their act on the big screen and they were given a copy of it on DVD. A participant with four children had this to say: ‘Please, thank Bryony for such a great service, sorting out our time slot and our booking, and especially the team who made the time at Anglia Ruskin really exciting for our group of young people.’ And the main organiser, Tina Winning, Film Student at Anglia Ruskin, expressed her gratitude: ‘Thank you, Miriam, for this great opportunity to take part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and for your help and support. Doing this event has given us a better understanding of working practices. We have gained vital tools and experience,

giving us the confidence to pursue our chosen careers.’ A last-minute addition to the festival was a talk, Life After Capitalism: Imagining a Humane, Efficient and Sustainable Economy, by Michael Albert. Michael Albert, author of Parecon: Life After Capitalism, visited the UK in October for a speaking tour on vision, strategy and participatory economies; a type of democratic economy proposed as an alternative to capitalism. He visited Cambridge during the festival. Over 80 people attended the event. The talk was supported by David Skinner, Reader in Sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Justice and Communities Research Unit. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the Festival of Ideas 2010 for making it such a fantastic experience. Bryony Vickers and Miriam Schoneberg Community Development



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ALUMNI NEWS Together, making a difference Under the government’s matched funding scheme for higher education insitutions, Anglia Ruskin is receiving £1 for every £3 donated up until 31 July 2011. At the time of going to press, we have raised over £3m, which means we will receive and additional £1 million from the government. We’re very grateful to all our supporters for helping us to reach this fantastic amount! The donations are from a mix of sources, including: alumni, friends of the University, staff and trusts and foundations. Projects supported include our University Library, scholarships, the Music Therapy Appeal and our Postgraduate Medical Institute. The Development Office has been working with departments to identify sources of funding that may be eligible for the match funding scheme. If you have received funding for a project, get in touch and we will be happy to help you identify whether the project is eligible, thus increasing your funding by a third. We would also like to ask you for your support to help us take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. You can give to a variety of projects as mentioned earlier, and we are always happy to discuss this with you. Any amount helps make a difference – just £3 a

month buys a couple of key texts or an annual subscription to a journal for the University Library. You can make a gift by filling out a donation form available on our website (currently, /alumassoc/fundraising.html – shortform coming soon!), and sending it to us in the Development & Alumni Office with your cheque, payable to Anglia Ruskin University. Alternatively, you can make a gift securely online, by credit card or debit card. If you are a UK taxpayer, with gift aid your gift can be worth 70% more at no extra cost to you. You can also make a contribution through the Give As You Earn scheme, a simple and flexible way to support Anglia Ruskin on a regular basis. Regular giving enables Anglia Ruskin to plan future, long-term, sustainable projects. If you would like more information about giving at Anglia Ruskin and the invaluable difference your donation could make, please contact the Development Office by telephone on (0845 196) ext 4722, or by emailing:

Customer Service

EXCELLENCE CSE accreditation – results

To be recognised as achieving Customer Service Excellence (CSE), we are required to provide evidence against the criteria of the standard. The criteria, and their relevant elements, can be found in the Customer Excellence standard on the Cabinet Office website,

Following a three-day programme involving visits to Chelmsford and Cambridge, our CSE assessor, Dennis Molyneux, recommended Anglia Ruskin University for full CSE accreditation. This has since been approved formally by an accredited certifier, meaning that Anglia Ruskin University now holds CSE accreditation.

Of the 57 sub-elements that make up the CSE framework, 51 were classed as meeting the standard and, of those 51, six subelements were classed as ‘Best Practice’ or ‘Compliance Plus’. These are behaviours that exceed the requirements of the standard, and are viewed as exceptional or an exemplar for others – either within the organisation or in the wider public service area.

The CSE team would like formally to thank all members of staff who were involved in the assessment, in addition to the students and university partners who also very kindly gave up their time to be interviewed by our assessor. In particular, Dennis made the following comments in the formal report: ‘All staff spoken with during the assessment were “on-board” and committed to improving services, all partners were complimentary about the competence, commitment and responsiveness of Anglia Ruskin University staff, and customers (students, internal customers and employers) were very positive about services provided.’

While we are obviously delighted with the outcome, we are very keen to ensure that we do not lose the momentum we have built up. Numerous commitments have been made in the assessment submission, which we will all be expected to deliver on. We will be visited again next year by an assessor, who will be meeting staff, students and partners during another on-site visit. More information on the ‘rolling programme’ will be available in due course. The full assessment summary review comments can be found on our CSE microsite. Once again, thank you to all those who were involved in the recent assessment. For information concerning the CSE initiative, please go to our CSE microsite ( or contact Rumnique Gill (

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INTERNATIONAL FOCUS Partnership with Romanian academy We have recently entered into a partnership with the Romanian Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest to help Romanian business students enhance their studies through collaboration with business winners from the economy. Ashcroft International Business School (AIBS) signed a contract worth £3.5m that will see the Business School work with the Academy to develop a new School of Entrepreneurial and Management Studies. The new faculty will use the BA (Hons) Enterprise and Entrepreneurial degree programme as a template for the development of a suite of academic programmes and research activities designed to help highflying degree-level business students to fast track themselves into the fastdeveloping Romanian economy. The School of Entrepreneurial and Management Studies will cultivate relationships with leading academics, practitioners and world-class entrepreneurs who will be embedded in the work of the faculty, mirroring the model developed through the BA (Hons) Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management, which has been a big success within the UK. The objective is to unlock the potential of young business minds to help with the ongoing growth and development of the European Union’s most recent member country (Romania joined the EU in 2007). An ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ scheme will be developed for the course, spearheaded by Professor Ovidiu Nicolescu (pictured above right) who is President of the National Council of SMEs in Romania. He is a professor, management trainer and international enterprise consultant at the

Academy of Economic Studies. This network will be explicitly involved in all stages in the development and management of the new school. The new degree was developed in response to the criticism that some entrepreneurial degree programmes were out of date and did not fit with the increasingly challenging economic conditions across Europe. Professor Lester LloydReason, from the Centre for Enterprise Development and Research (CEDAR) at AIBS, said, ‘The programme we are setting up in Romania is the same formula as we are using in the UK. It is encouraging business students to shift their thinking in terms of real-life enterprise by giving them privileged access to world-class entrepreneurs who are keen to share their own personal experiences and pass on their acquired skills and expertise. This new partnership is an absolute vote of confidence for the work we are undertaking within AIBS that has embedded enterprise at its very heart.’ The new school will provide students with conceptual and theoretical insights into enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial management, as well as developing the practical abilities and skills students need to apply this understanding within a range of different business, community and organisational contexts. The students will be exposed to real-life business challenges through mentoring and shadowing to produce graduates who are highly motivated, have high selfesteem and self-confidence. The mix of undergraduate and postgraduate academic

programmes will be supported through the establishment of a research and development agenda to include cutting-edge international research projects, an international PhD programme and a stimulating post-doc research environment. Vice Chancellor Professor Mike Thorne signed the new partnership agreement on behalf of AIBS with the Romanian Academy of Economic Studies. He said, ‘Romania has been labelled the “Tiger of the East” for its considerable economic potential. It is a country rich in agriculture, with diverse energy sources and a substantial manufacturing base. As an economy with high growth rates, it will stand to benefit

greatly from this investment in its future business leaders.’ CEDAR was launched in the UK in November, and the Chair of The Technology Partnership, Peter Taylor, has agreed to become Chair of CEDAR. The mission of CEDAR is to set the benchmark for university enterprise centres by blending theory and practice. This will be achieved through building a suite of innovative academic programmes, research and development activities and consulting and management training initiatives through CEDAR’s mix of leading academics, practitioners and world-class entrepreneurs. Andrea Hilliard Corporate Marketing



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PARTNER INSTITUTIONS Students get a taste of life in the fast lane

L Members of the College of West Anglia team, plus the car, at Brands Hatch prior to racing.

Motorsport students at the College of West Anglia are given the chance to do much more than get their hands dirty. The college runs its own racing team, based at the Isle campus, Wisbech – complete with a single-seater racing car that competes at tracks, including the world-famous Brands Hatch. Students and staff work hard to ensure the car is competitive – and their efforts have paid off, as this year saw the team win the SEMSEC (South East Motor Sports Enthusiast Club) 1600

Class Championship. They also took second place in the SEMSEC Open Single Seater Championship, so the season ended in October on a tremendous high for everyone involved. ‘The vital experience the students have gained this year has helped the college to illustrate how “real-life” racing and the motorsport industry operates,’ said programme manager Tony Williams. The success of the team on the track has also been reflected in the achievements

of the students, who achieved a 97 per cent success rate. The team’s success was helped in no small way by a number of sponsors, including Anglia Ruskin University, who all contribute to the continued development of both the team and the students. The car was fitted with a new engine prior to the final race, and other modifications designed to keep the engine coolant at a lower temperature really made the difference.

‘We improved our best lap by over two seconds, which is a great step forward and mirrors the work that has been put into the car by all concerned,’ said driver Innes Hickman. The college offers a National Diploma in Motorsport at level 3, and from next year will, in conjunction with the Anglia Ruskin University, offer a foundation degree in motorsport engineering. Donna Semmens Marketing Co-ordinator, College of West Anglia

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Estates &

FACILITIES ENGAGEMENT Latest projects and news

Business Services website launched

• Faculty information and links to the faculty websites. • A resources and links page, for downloads and useful web links.

L New design scheme for the Helmore Refectory.

Helmore Refectory refurbishment From 13 December, the Helmore refectory will be closed for refurbishment, and will reopen on 17 January 2011. These works are designed to enhance the social space available to our students, creating an environment that is suitable for the variety of uses for which it is required. The space will be fully redecorated, including the installation of digital artwork, the floor covering will be replaced and new furniture installed when the works are complete. Road straightening works From January 2011, Estates & Facilities Services will be undertaking a project on the Chelmsford campus to straighten the road as it joins the junction with the Ransomes Way roundabout. These works are necessary to allow access for Park and Ride buses through the site, and will provide controls and barriers for access by authorised vehicles. Further details about the scheme will be published on the

My.Anglia Newspaces website as soon as they are available. New Estates & Facilities Services team members Chris McClurg has joined E&FS as our new Sustainability Engineer. For the past two years she has been working in building commissioning and energy audits for university campuses in the USA, focusing on energy efficiency. Previously, she was a mechanical design engineer specialising in sustainable buildings. After moving from the USA two months ago, she is now enjoying Cambridge and taking the chance to experience everything she can about British culture. Simon Chubb joined E&FS on 1 November as our new Environmental Manager (please see Green Issues, page 32 for full details). Paula Langton Estates & Facilities

As part of our University’s mission to become champions of employer engagement and to help over 2000 organisations innovate, develop and grow, Higher Skills @ Work and Research, Development & Commercial Services have joined forces to launch the newly integrated Business Services website (home page pictured above). For the first time, our new website offers a one-stop-shop for business customers to access the broad range of knowledge, expertise and facilities our University has to offer. The website features: • Latest news from our University, aimed at the business audience. • Upcoming events to promote business-related exhibitions, seminars and workshops that we are hosting. • Adverts for marketing campaigns and special offers. • New content on consultancy, research, staff training and development placements, facilities hire, business support. • Customer testimonials and case studies throughout the website, including a growing suite of video testimonials.

The response-handling process has also been streamlined to improve customer service to interested parties, with a dedicated business-enquiry phone number and email address. All enquiries will receive a response within two working days, and are tracked in the Onyx CRM system, for measuring and reporting against key performance indicators (KPIs). The website is accessible now at services, or you can click on the ‘Business Services’ link from the Anglia Ruskin homepage. If you work with businesses, why not add this link to your external email signature to help promote our range of services? Supporting business in today’s changing market: vices Looking forward: we’re planning a monthly e-newsletter to businesses. If your faculty or service has news, events, special offers, case studies or report summaries aimed at a business audience, please send your story (maximum 500 words) to Alison King Marketing Manager, Higher Skills @ Work



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GREEN ISSUES Green is the new white! – how to have rainforest. As well as all things environmental, Simon enjoys a range of sports as well as cycling and walking, preferably in remote, upland countryside. ‘Universities are where the leaders of tomorrow are produced, and figuring out how society can thrive without damaging the environment is one of the more urgent challenges requiring leadership. I’m delighted to have joined Anglia Ruskin, and look forward to working with staff and students to strengthen its reputation for robust and innovative environmental management.’

The Carbon Trust estimates that businesses in the UK stand collectively to cut their costs by up to £70m by turning off office equipment over the Christmas period! Implementing simple energysaving measures, such as turning off lights, equipment and heating when the office is empty during the holidays could also cut around 450,000 tonnes of CO² from the UK’s carbon footprint. Around 26% of Anglia Ruskin’s energy use is consumed between the hours of midnight and 7.00 am. This can be due to essential kit that needs to be left on, such as servers, but a large proportion is due to lights and equipment being left on in offices that need not be so. On your last day before the Christmas holidays, please use our Christmas shutdown checklist when you leave to ensure no equipment is left on unnecessarily.

Christmas shutdown checklist • Log out and turn off PCs • Turn off monitors • Turn off printers • Turn off photocopiers • Turn off laminators • Unplug laptop and mobile phone chargers • Turn lights off

The best way to have a green Christmas at home is to follow the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Here are our three top tips: 1. Reduce – It is estimated over 1 billion Christmas cards are sent every year: this year try sending e-cards or a group email. 2. Reuse – For recipes and tips on how to use your leftovers at Christmas, visit and don’t forget to turn your peelings and scraps into compost.

3. Recycle – It is estimated we use an extra 750 million bottles and 500 million drink cans over the Christmas period. Make sure your empties find their way to a recycling bin. Don’t forget, Green Impacters can pick up extra points for sending e-cards this Christmas! New Environment Manager The Environment Team has welcomed new Environment Manager, Simon Chubb, to the team. Simon joined Estates & Facilities on 1 November, and came to Anglia Ruskin after having spent over four years as Sustainability Manager at Cambridge City Council and three years promoting environmental sustainability in European funding programmes at the Environment Agency. Prior to this, he spent two years working in Uganda with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), advising a UN project to protect a high-altitude bamboo

Student Switch Off! In September we launched the Student Switch Off competition in our halls of residence, where students sign up and pledge to use their energy carefully in exchange for prizes, such as Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and tickets to local night clubs. We have had a great uptake this year, and have had a 58% increase to those signed up on the Facebook group. We will be collating the first lot of data after Christmas and will work out if the students have managed to decrease their electricity demand. (Go to to find out more.) Winter travel Want to keep walking or cycling to work but are put off by the cold? We can’t make it warmer but, with help from the Walking Works organisation, we have some handy tips to help make your commute a bit easier and safer in the winter months: 1. Layer up – Wear multiple layers to ensure you start off warm. 2. Keep the pace up – A brisk walk will get your blood

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an eco-friendly Christmas! Also, it is much drier than you may think: if you cycle all year round, then you are only likely to get caught in rain eight times. February and March are two of the driest months ( Remember, too, that we have secured discounts with local cycle shops, and many around Chelmsford offer Anglia Ruskin staff up to 10% off bicycles and equipment, including clothing and lighting to help you in the winter months. Visit for details. Contact us As always, we welcome any compliments, comments or suggestions to the Environment Team; email us at M

moving making you warmer quicker. 3. Keep the volume low – Make sure you stay aware of your surroundings by keeping the volume low on your music. 4. See and be seen – Stick to well-lit paths in the darker months. You’ll be able to see where you’re going and be visible to car drivers and cyclists. NB: the Environment Team has a small number of slap wraps to give to staff who cycle or walk during the winter months – contact 5. Be a hothead – Keep your head warm with a hat, as this is where you lose much of the heat from your body.

New Environment Manager, Simon Chubb

STAFF DEVELOPMENT If you would like to book a place on a staff development session, you will need to email the following information to your name; job title; faculty or support service; location; telephone extension number and email address; the title of the workshop; the date of the workshop; your line manager’s name and email address. Please note, before placing your booking, you must secure your line manager’s agreement for this training. If a session is fully booked, you can register your interest by emailing

For the most up-to-date information about training and development opportunities please see HR Online, at If you have any queries regarding any staff development sessions, please do not hesitate to contact the training team at

Also, look out for our pull-out in January’s Bulletin, detailing all of our staff development opportunities for semester 2.

December’s development sessions 1 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 6 Dec 14 Dec

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For full information, pick up a programme at the theatre. To book, phone the box office on 0845 196 2320 or call ext 2320

What’s on at the Mumford?

Playhouse Creatures • Tickets: £12.00 (£10.00 concessions) • Wednesday 1 December, 7.30 pm ‘Lines are hard to learn but easy to cross.’

Set shortly after the restoration of the monarchy in the 1660s, Playhouse Creatures examines the plight of the first actresses to appear on stage legally. Mrs Betterton is getting old and losing her looks. She seeks to pass on her acting ‘knowledge’ to the younger Mrs Farley and Mrs Marshall while their dresser and servant, Doll

Common, wryly observes, ‘Never underestimate the power of the open mouth – one may go a long way in the theatre with an open mouth.’ The pushy youngster, Nell Gwynne, comes crashing into their world, determined to work her way up from orange-seller to actress. But ‘actress’ to most 17th-century gentlemen is just a synonym for ‘whore’ and the audience come more to gawp than to appreciate dramatic talent.

A bawdy tale of a time when it was considered that women had no business in show business. April De Angelis focuses on the earthy underbelly of 17th-century actresses’ lives, the short journey from prostitute to actress and back: as Mrs Betterton would say, ‘Heavenly abandonment at midday. Death at a quarter to three.’ Contains adult themes.

A Christmas Carol • Tickets: £11.00 (£6.00 children, £8.50 other concessions) • Friday 3 & Saturday 4 December, 7.30pm From the same team that delighted audiences with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, mesmeric storyteller Mike Maran and magical mandolinist Ali Stephens bring you a sparkling new production of the Charles Dickens’ seasonal favourite.

Oh what delightful music – it makes the narrative sing and dance! Oh what a good story – how Scrooge looked into the past, the present, and the future, turned away from his miserly pursuit of wealth and learned to love his neighbour! Oh what a wonderful transformation in

Scrooge, such marvellous entertainment and such a fabulous treat for the whole family! God Bless Us, Everyone! May not be suitable for younger children and anyone afraid of ghosts.

The UN Inspector • Tickets: £9.00 (£7.00 concessions) • Wednesday 15–Friday 17 December, 7.30 pm ‘He’s UN all over. On the surface, completely ineffective. But one slip and he’ll tear you apart.’ Spotted at the Marriot by government aides in search of a decent cappuccino, a British businessman nonentity is mistaken for the dreaded UN

inspector. While he exploits the situation for all it’s worth, presidential panic ensues as exSoviet Ministers make farcical attempts to cover up the corruption that lies at the State’s core.

Inspector, we explore human greed and immorality in the highest places.

A riotous satire based on Gogol’s masterpiece, The Government

Contains strong language and one violent scene.

Suitable for ages 14+.

The Little Mermaid • Tickets: £8.50 (£6.50 children) • Sunday 19 December, 2.30 pm & 5.30 pm ‘Far out to sea the water is as blue as the petals on the loveliest cornflower and as clear as the purest glass. But it is very deep, deeper than any anchor rope can reach. Down there live the mermen…’

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale is brought to life by Proteus in their unique style, fusing physical

theatre, circus, music and film. Beautiful, poignant, funny and full of fishy fun, this production is a brandnew version of this beloved classic, suitable for the whole family.

Proteus follow their previous successes here – Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen, The Princess and the Pea – with another classic tale.

In what has become a regular traditional slot for the company,

Family fun from 5 years old+.

Cinderella • Tickets: £6.50 • Tuesday 21 December, 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Wednesday 22 December, 11.00am & 3.00pm Slip on your glass slippers and let us transport you to the home of Baron Hardup to meet Cinderella and all the other characters in this classic tale.

Packed with comedy and adventure, children will love to cheer their hero Prince Charming and boo the horrible stepsisters, Fifi and Lala, as they try to keep Cinderella from going to the ball. They’ll roar with laughter at the

antics of Buttons and shout as they’ve never shouted before when they tell Prince Charming who owns the glass slipper. Suitable for ages 4+.

Full details of all exhibitions at the Ruskin Gallery can be found at:

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Exhibitions and music events Signs of Change/Signs of Life – 4–21 December

Cambridge Young Musician of the Year recital

9.00 am–5.00 pm, Saturday 4 December, thereafter 9.00 am–5.00 pm, Monday–Friday Private View: Thursday 9 December, 5.00 pm vernaculars and ideas of cultural identity. Previous work has drawn upon the architechtural typography and street graphics of Budapest, Porto, Barcelona, Lisbon and Cambridge. The forthcoming series includes material from photographs taken in Kracow, Lodz and New York.

A series of typographical prints by Cambridge School of Art’s Jim Butler and Will Hill. Will’s prints continue the themes explored in his 2008 exhibition at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in the use of found typographical material to explore local

Jim’s work is a series of new typographical screenprints based upon on-going drawings of shop signs in Budapest, Cadiz, Rome, Nice, Porto, Cambridge and other cities. Considered and developed alphabetically, these screenprints form the basis of a new series of bookworks.

Reconnaissance Series – 6–21 December 9.00 am–5.00 pm, Monday–Friday Private View: Thursday 9 December, 5.00 pm Reconnaissance Series is an ongoing search for knowledge. The quest for intellectual advancement through research and exploration, is both the theme and methodology of the work. Contributing artist Mikhak Mirmahmoudi uses cultural norms and traditions, borrowing the visual language of different cultures, to create hybrid responses. These sometimes disparate factors are homogenised and unified by the print medium. The playful nature of the process allows these subjects to be seen in a renewed, fresh way. The result is familiar yet foreign, a

position from which new ideas emerge. Working in series, the artist is guided by the working process, constantly experimenting and reflecting. This interest extends itself into the way in which prints are experienced and how this can be an interactive, physical and more engaging experience, for example, by folding the prints, pulling them out of a twodimensional state into three dimensions. For more information, please visit

L Alan Rochford (Director, Anglia Ruskin Lunchtime Concert Series), Poppy Beddoe (clarinet), Victoria Nicoll (cello), Damian Thompson (piano) and Clare Gilmour (Competition Administrator).

Finalists of the 2010 Cambridge Young Musician of the Year gave a memorable half-term recital as part of the University’s popular Friday lunchtime concert series. A capacity audience in the Mumford Theatre were treated to an astonishing display of technical and musical virtuosity from the stars of the future. Pianist Damian Thompson (15) gave a sensitive interpretation of preludes by Debussy and Chopin, whilst Poppy Beddoe (17) brilliantly negotiated the fiendishly taxing solo part of Poulenc’s clarinet sonata. To end the recital, Victoria Nicoll, aged just 12 and the overall competition winner, delivered a commanding performance of the last movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Alan Rochford, series director commented, ‘The musical maturity of these young performers was awesome. The biannual competition attracts the finest talent from the region and we are delighted that these exceptional players were able to be part of our own concert series.’ Anglia Ruskin’s Department of Music and Performing Arts already hosts the workshops for the annual Cambridge Young Composers Competition. For more information, please contact Alan Rochford on ext 2363 or email

Lunchtime concert series – Mumford Theatre Fridays commencing at 1.10 pm – admission free Dec 3 Hazard Chase celebrity concert Matthew Trusler (violin), Guy Johnston (cello) A concert by two of Britain’s most distinguished international artists Kodaly: Duo for violin and cello Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello (There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Anglia Ruskin Music Therapy Appeal.)

Further details are available from Alan Rochford (Series Director):, ext 2353.



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This monthly listing is to help keep readers up to date with who’s joined and who’s left recently. The entries are organised alphabetically by faculty or support service, followed by the joiner’s or leaver’s name, job title and, if relevant, department or unit. Movers are listed alphabetically by name. • Arts, Law & Social Sciences: Ditty Dokter, Senior Lecturer, Music and Performing Arts; Leah Tether, Research Fellow, Cambridge School of Art • Ashcroft International Business School: Rebecca Bowerman, KTP Associate; Helen Brooks, Resources Administrator; Sam Garbutt, Administrator; Cilie Lennartz-Nuttall, KTP Associate; Michael Thomas, Administrator • Education: Deirdre Edey, Senior Lecturer, Dean’s Office; Tara Jakes, Senior Lecturer; Tam Sanger, Research Fellow; Darren Sharpe, Research Fellow, Dean’s Office; Rebecca Smart, Senior Lecturer, Initial Professional Studies

• Arts, Law & Social Sciences: Jo Moore, Clerical Assistant, Music and Performing Arts • Ashcroft International Business School: Ronald Klingebiel, Senior Lecturer • Estates & Facilities: Christopher Kemp, Catering Manager • Health & Social Care: Maria Barquin Arce, Senior Lecturer, Mental Health & Learning Disabilities • Information Systems & Media Services: Fran Paterson, Senior Projects Manager, Programme Management/Projects Office

• Estates & Facilities: Francesca Barnes, Residential Assistant, UAS; Julian Tucker, Residential Assistant, UAS

• Learning Development Services: Emma Bird, Personal Assistant, INSPIRE; Joanne Clark, Technician, Digital Copy Services; Mark Doggett, Digital Copy Services Delivery Driver

• Health & Social Care: Sharon Andrew, Professor of Nursing/Midwifery, Acute Care; Lizzie Hamilton, Research Fellow; Pauline Lane, Reader, Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

• Student Services: Michael Aheirwe, Learning Support Assistant; Natalie Amps, Administrative Assistant, Nursery

• Information Systems & Media Services: Tim Kitchener, Applications Architect/Developer; Jon Lane, Business Relationship Manager • International Office: Austin Brown, Regional Development Manager – South Asia • Science & Technology: Grahame Bell, Lecturer, Life Sciences • Student Services: Evis Bakiri Read, International Student Adviser; Karen Burton, Study Support Services Manager; Greg Scott, International Student Adviser • University Library: Kelly Burnham, Library Assistant

MOVERS • Mary Harvey: from Health & Social Care to Corporate Marketing as Administrator

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