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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

| 21 November 2008 | Issue 412

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


"Chernobyl" town goes online

Lancaster University is helping to provide internet connectivity for a town near Chernobyl in a UK Government funded £750,000 project to help regenerate the area devastated by the accident in 1986. Professor Garik Markarian of the Department of Communication Systems at Infolab21 helped to design the wireless broadband system for the town of Slavutych in the Ukraine. The work should be completed by February next year when the newly installed network will be used to broadcast a ‘live’ TV image of the Mayor of Slavutych to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in London. To view the full story

Research finds children exposed to lead pollution

Young children are still being exposed to lead pollution from vehicles according to research from the Lancaster Environment Centre, the University of East Anglia and the Danish Meteorological Institute. Professor Barbara Maher and her colleagues analysed roadside tree leaves and found that concentrations of lead and iron particles were highest at the height of a small child. To view the full story

Lancaster University celebrates Enterprise Week

Lancaster University opened its doors for this year’s Enterprise Week (17-23 November) hosting a range of different activities to get students engaged in entrepreneurial and enterprising careers. Students from across the University came together to enjoy a speed networking event with business professionals from the North West, and hear from Ian Gordon – Entrepreneur in Residence at the Management School’s Institute of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. The event has been organised by the University’s Centre for Employability Enterprise and Careers (CEEC) in collaboration with other enterprise support initiatives on campus including Grow Creative, Create (Student Union), Lancaster Business Creation and Lancaster University Young Entrepreneurs Society. To view the full story

Dinner with America

The Nuffield Theatre is inviting everyone to "Dinner with America" on the weekend of November 29/30. This is the second in a trilogy of visually rich performance installations exploring cultural identity in the 21st century. Performance artist Rajni Shah presents the America of Amazing Grace, the Statue of Liberty and Red, White and Blue. The audience are free to depart and return throughout and the show ends with a feast of nuts, chocolate and fruit which you are invited to share with the artists. To view the full story

90 Local school children visit Aimhigher roadshow on campus

On 20 November the Department of Continuing Education (DCE) arranged for 90 bright 13-14 year old pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in a range of aspiration raising activities on campus. They visited the Aimhigher Roadshow van, which has state-of-the-art facilities that are designed to increase pupils' awareness of and interest in Higher Education, and took part in a variety of workshops led by current undergraduates. This is the first time the Aimhigher Roadshow has come to campus and thanks go to Security for their help in accommodating the van. The widening participation event is part of DCE's year-round programme of engagement with North West schools. For further details contact Kate Haywood, Senior Development Officer: k.haywood@lancaster.ac.uk

Art of CHINA

Peter Scott Gallery, LICA, 11 November – 9 December 2008

This exhibition presents Chinese paintings from the Peter Scott Gallery Trust Collection at Lancaster University, collected by the late Professor Irène Manton F.R.S. (1904 – 1988). This exhibition brings together examples of traditional fan and scroll paintings, alongside a selection of watercolour paintings focussing on the natural world of plants, flowers and insects.

Also on display are works by seven contemporary Chinese printmakers: Chen Qi, Lu Zhiping, He Kun, Zhou Jirong, Su Xinping, Tang Chenghua and Zhang Guanghui. The prints date from the 1990s until 2006, and show various techniques such as woodcut, etching, lithography and screen-printing.

Open during exhibitions: Tues – Fri 11am – 4pm & late Thurs 11am – 9pm Free Admission, Peter Scott Gallery, Great Hall Complex, LICA, Lancaster University, LA1 4YW, Tel: 01524 593057, Peter Scott Gallery


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dorothy Bland. Dorothy came to the University in August 1992 appointed as the first ever female Security Officer. She then took on the role of College Residence Officer in Fylde College in 1993 until her retirement in 2001. However she couldn’t quite take the full retirement plunge and she carried on working part time in the Graduate College Residence Office. Dorothy finally left in March 2004 with plans for a long, active and full retirement and it’s a great sadness to her many friends and colleagues that she did not get to realise her plans instead dealing bravely with a prolonged illness in her typical practical and no nonsense way. The funeral will take place at 3.30pm on Friday 21st Nov at Lancaster Crematorium. No flowers, donations to CancerCare can be left with Sue Summers at Fylde College.


Dr U E Vincent of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria, currently a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany, has been awarded a Newton International Fellowship to join the Department of Physics as a postdoctoral researcher. Over the next two years he will be working in the nonlinear dynamics and biomedical physics group on synchronization and transport control in ensembles of globally-coupled ratchets. 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. 51 NIF awards have been made nationally among 700 applicants. Lancaster has received two - the other being Dr Dariusz Gafijczuk, who will join the Department of History as a postdoctoral researcher.

Professor Cary L. Cooper, CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, will deliver the James Smiley Distinguished Lecture in Occupational Health to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland on Friday 21 Nov. He then will be awarded with an Honorary Fellowship.

Professor Sigrun Skogly, Law School, will give a lecture on Friday 21 November at the seminar series on “Democracy and the Rule of Law” at University of Bergen, Norway. The seminar series is interdisciplinary, co-hosted by University of Bergen and the Christian Michelsen’s Institute. Skogly will address the “Right to Health in a Global Perspective”

Professor Chris Park, Graduate School is chairing a conference in London on Monday 24 November, about the changing UK doctorate. Coverage in the Times Higer includes an interview and some results from the national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) that Professor Park led through the Higher Education Academy.



Please note the following reminders regarding car parking zoning changes since last year:

  • BOWLAND AVENUE – this is now all Visitor & Priority Parking and is marked and signed accordingly. Staff Preference permits not allowed.
  • NORTH-WEST DRIVE – this is now all Staff Preference permit parking. The ‘2+’ car sharing spaces are phased out for this year.
  • NORTH DRIVE (NEW VISITORS’ CAR PARK) – Visitor & Priority Parking only. No Staff Preference or Standard permits allowed.
  • PARKING COMPOUND ACCESSED FROM JOHN CREED AVENUE – Staff Standard zone. Both Staff Preference and Staff Standard permits allowed.
  • PARKING COMPOUND BESIDE GEORGE FOX AVENUE – Staff Standard zone. Both Staff Preference and Staff Standard permits allowed.
  • SW DRIVE (PENDLE AVE TO GRIZEDALE AVENUE) – Staff Preference Zone. Staff Standard permits are not allowed here like they were last year.
  • SW DRIVE (EAST SIDE BETWEEN LUMS MAIN ENTRANCE AND GILLOW AVE) – this is now Visitor & Priority Parking only and is marked and signed accordingly. No Staff Permits allowed with the exception of Staff Car Share permits.

Visitors (and any staff using a one-day parking scratchcard) can use the pay and display facilities in any car parking zone, i.e. Visitor & Priority, Staff Preference, Staff Standard and Student Standard. This includes any student not eligible for a Student Standard permit. Pay and display / scratchcard facilities must be used during the applicable hours.

All staff permits are valid on Alexandra Park (Student Standard Zone).

Additional parking signage has recently been erected with some further signage on order to ensure reasonable cover across all parking areas on campus.

Seven additional pay and display machines have been installed around the campus and these will shortly become operational once the software is installed. These facilities will help support visitors parking in areas not specifically designated as Visitor & Priority Parking. A map of the car parking zones can be accessed here: www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/documents/Parking%20Zones_Proposal%201_Jun08-Layout1.pdf

Senate appointments

Appointment to the University Senate by the non-academic staff of the University: call for nominations

The membership of the University Senate includes two members of the non-academic staff of the University (which in this context is defined as the Clerical, Secretarial, Technical, Manual and other allied staff groups), elected by employees in the same category. Both positions are currently vacant.

Nominations are therefore invited from members of the non-academic staff for candidates to fill these vacancies on the Senate. The terms of office would be until July 2011.

Nominations, signed by a nominator and seconder and stating in writing that the nominee is prepared to stand, should reach Paul Graves (Secretariat Office, University House) not later than: 5.00 pm on Friday 12 December

Anyone who is interested in serving in this capacity is invited to contact Fiona Aiken or ext. 92021 or Paul Graves or ext. 92145 for further information. You can also see further information about the role of the University Senate at: https://gap.lancs.ac.uk/Committees/senate/Pages/default.aspx

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 UnIversity 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

Campus Bus Services this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday (22nd and 23rd November) all Stagecoach bus services at the University will be stopping at the underpass only. There will be no bus services this weekend around the southern perimeter road or Alexandra Park. This is due to essential highway improvement works taking place on the south western perimeter road between the western roundabout and the Pre-School Centre meaning that the passage of buses through this area will not be possible.

New Chief Executive for HEFCE

Sir Alan Langlands, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee has been appointed Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He takes up the post on 1 April 2009, succeeding Professor David Eastwood. www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2008/ceo.htm

Conference Centre

Bailrigg Conference Centre is pleased to announce their refurbishment is now complete with a fresh new look and exciting new lunch menus. You are invited to a promotional lunch on the 28th November between 12 and 2 to have a look around and to sample food. If you would like to attend please can you e-mail Helen Holmes by the 25th November.

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, however there will be some changes to the service once the work is complete. 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


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