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LU Text is published by the Press Office on Fridays during term time and aims to keep you regularly informed of the University's news and developments. Editor, Vicky Tyrrell

| 14 November 2008 | Issue 411

Contents: news; people; notices; people in the news; what's on; ads


Distinguished Professors

Congratulations to the three colleagues - Professor Keith Beven, Professor Kevin Glazebrook and Professor David Hutchison - who have been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. They join the 12 other senior academics in this group. All have been placed in the category reserved for a limited number of star academics who are internationally recognised as world leaders in their field. To view the full story

University Entrepreneur Promotes Recycling In Schools

A headteacher has praised the “brilliant concept” behind an environmental teaching aid sold by a young entrepreneur based at Lancaster University. Kenneth Cheung is the founder of BEEcycle Ltd which is one of the environmental start-up companies being incubated at the Lancaster Environment Centre. His company makes products to help people recycle some of the 6.7 tonnes of food waste in the UK and so cut back on the greenhouse gas methane which is produced in landfill. He has invented the OvO, a mini-ecosystem which allows children to observe the decomposition of food into soil in only a week. Two schools – Moorside and Ryelands Primaries in Lancaster – have bought the OvO, which Kenneth aims to sell to schools nationwide. The headteacher of Moorside Primary School, Len Guest, said his school has bought half a dozen OvOs, which come with educational materials. To view the full story

Arts Council award for Nuffield

The Nuffield Theatre has won an award from The Arts Council for an innovative project to allow artists and local residents to choose the programme. The art08 awards ceremony, which was hosted by comedian and writer Dave Spikey, was the region’s fifth annual cultural celebration of the arts, organised by the Arts Council England, North West in partnership with the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). The Nuffield Theatre won in the category Inside/Outside/Online, celebrating where great art has found its way into people’s lives in new and exciting ways. To view the full story

Nuffield Theatre Produces First UK Tour

The Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University has recently produced its first UK tour which has earned a four star review in The Times. The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment” from Chicago-based duo Cupola Bobber mixes basic materials with homespun engineering to convert a confined interior into an expansive nightscape, a universe made out of cardboard. The Nuffield’s Projects and Artist Support Officer Alice Booth produced the tour. The full Times review can be found here To view the full story

Pre-school Centre success

Three members of the Pre-school Centre staff have undertaken extensive personal development and successfully gained Early Years Professional Status. Congratulations to Adele Stewart, Manager, Joanne Daly, Senior Nursery Officer and Ashley Ellis, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. This qualification underpins a commitment to raising standards and good practice in line with the Government's aims to have an EYP in every full day care setting by 2015. Adele also recently accepted the prestigious Lead Practitioner award on behalf of the Centre - a strong indicator of the high regard in which the Pre-School Centre is held by many within the region. A number of staff have also taken on additional training to increase skills and improve Early Years provision in the Centre.


Dr Dariusz Gafijczuk, currently of Trinity College and the University of Alberta, has been awarded a Newton International Fellowship to join the Department of History as a postdoctoral researcher. Over the next two years he will be working on ‘The Ruins of Mitteleuropa: An Investigation into the Cultural Blueprints of the Centre’. The Newton International Fellowships, which are awarded jointly by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, are very prestigious and competitive and the applications are evaluated according to the merits of the project proposed, the applicant’s and their academic sponsor’s achievements, and the standing of the host institution.

Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies , has organised and will take part in the 2008 Europe’s Historical Consciousness Roundtable event ‘Coming to Terms with Europe’s Traumatic past– an international comparison’, held in Vienna, in the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue. Professor Wodak will lead on the session entitled ‘Coming to terms with the past’.


Academic Processions at Higher Degree Ceremonies

The deadline for registering to join an Academic Procession and order your robes for the forthcoming Higher Degree Ceremonies is Wednesday 19 November. A booking form to confirm attendance and book robes can be found at: www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ceremonies/processions.htm Enquiries: Ceremonies and Events Office; Tel: 01524 592190; E: ceremonies@lancaster.ac.uk

Perimeter Road Works

Updating work to two areas of the perimeter road will start on Friday 21st November and over the weekend to finish on Monday 24th November. Traffic management will be in place whilst this essential maintenance work is carried out. The areas affected are:

  • The Western roundabout near to the Pre school Centre
  • The area around County College and LEC workshops.

Friends Programme Funding - Call for applications

Deadline Wednesday 26th November 2008. Departments, colleges and individuals can apply for Friends Programme funding (most grants will be in the £2,000 - £3,000 category). The next round of disbursement of funds will take place in December. Applications for funding will need to tie in with the Unviersity strategy and fall under at least one of the following categories: Priority Fund, Student Support Fund, or Research & Academic Excellence Fund. For further information on these fund areas go to www.alumni.lancs.ac.uk/Funds/ To apply for funding, please download the application form and guidelines from our website www.alumni.lancs.ac.uk/apply/ Please note: If you are making a LUSU application (eg an application from a student sports group, society or JCR) it needs to be submitted via LUSU for authorisation prior to submission to the Friends Programme. For this purpose, applications must be submitted to the LUSU General Manager by Wednesday 12th November. Please see guidelines for further details. For a list of past projects funded go to www.alumni.lancs.ac.uk/projectsfunded/ For further information please call Rachel Davis on ext 94897 or email r.davis@lancaster.ac.uk

Telephone maintenance

During the week beginning Monday 24th November 2008 ISS will be performing scheduled maintenance on the VOIP telephone infrastructure to provide new hardware and software. Most normal calling activity will be unaffected. For more details of the work and to find out how you will be affected, please visit www.lancs.ac.uk/iss/voip/upgrade.htm

Conference Centre refurbishment

Bailrigg Conference Centre is pleased to announce their refurbishment is now complete with a fresh new look and new lunch menus. Staff are invited to a promotional lunch on the 28th November between 12 and 2 to have a look around and to sample new dishes in the centre. If you would like to attend please can you e-mail Helen Holmes by the 25th November (h.holmes@lancaster.ac.uk)

Enterprise week @ Lancaster

Wednesday 19th November, all staff and students welcome! 1:30 – 4:00pm (including free refreshments), George Fox LT1

  • 1:30 – 2-15pm, An audience with Ian Gordon (Lancaster University’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence)
  • 2:15 – 2:30pm, Refreshments and information stands
  • 2:30 – 3:00pm, Meet the people on campus who can help your ideas happen!
  • 3:00 – 4:00pm, Speed Networking – pitch your questions one-to-one to the experts

MP advice surgery

The Conservative MP will be on campus for a Clinical Leadership Action Learning Set with the Health Leadership Centre from 12 noon to 3pm on Friday 21st November 2008. Following this, he will also be holding a drop-in advice surgery which all staff and students are welcome to attend between 3-4pm in Meeting rooms 4 & 5 at LUMS.


People in the news - Media coverage for Lancaster University.


Arts , Lectures & Seminars , Short Courses - University events this week.


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