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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

LU Text wishes its readers a Happy New Year.

| 9 January 2009 | Issue 417

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


CBE for Pro-Chancellor

Lancaster University Pro Chancellor Bryan Gray, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, in recognition of his services to regeneration. To view the full story

Free theatre tickets for under 26s

Young people under 26 are to be offered free tickets under a new scheme to attract a younger audience to the theatre. The Nuffield Theatre and the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster have been awarded £30,000 to fund the initiative, which will run for two years from this February. To view the full story

Nuffield Theatre Spring Season

The Nuffield Theatre has announced its Spring Season which features a number of Nuffield commissions and co-productions, including exciting new projects from Sonia Hughes (Weeding Cane) and Swen Steinhauser (Deer Park). To view the full story

Graduate's advice pays off for hotel

A LEC graduate consultant has helped a Lake District hotel reduce its carbon footprint and save around £40,000 a year with the installation of a biomass boiler. To view the full story

Guantanamo anniversary

The Chaplaincy Centre and Lancaster University Amnesty International are commemorating the 7th anniversary since the creation of the prison at Guantanamo Bay with an event in Alexandra Square from 11am to 2pm on Tuesday January 13th. Visitors will be able to write messages on paper cups, inspired by the way in which prisoners had only paper cups to write on. There will also be an art installation of a cage incorporating the cups created by Christine Dawson who works at the Chaplaincy Centre. This artwork, along with a second inspired by Guantanamo, will also be exhibited at the Chaplaincy Centre from January 12 to 16.

New publications

The Annual Report & Accounts for 2008 is now available online. To receive a hard copy please contact Laura Mitchell in the Press Office.

Steps – the Lancaster University Alumni magazine has just been published. If you would like to receive a copy please email Louise Johnson. Steps is also available to view online at www.alumni.lancs.ac.uk/content/default.aspx?id=203&pid=40&tabId=38

Access Lancaster Masterclasses

Cumbrian pupils have taken part in Access Lancaster Masterclasses. 60 pupils in Years 12 and 13 at Workington 6th Form Centre in West Cumbria visited Lancaster University on 17th December for a programme of Masterclasses organised by the Department of Continuing Education (DCE) as part of the Access Lancaster project. Access Lancaster is funded by the University from tuition fee income and aims to widen participation at Lancaster University through a variety of outreach and university based activities.

The Masterclasses covered a range of topics including “World War II and Appeasement in Western Europe” and “Research Methods in Psychology.” Colleagues from the Law Department provided sessions on “Causation and Judicial Precedent” and an introduction to studying Law at Lancaster University. In the academic year 2007-08 DCE provided learning opportunities for over 1000 students from local and regional schools and colleges as part of the Access Masterclasses project. For more information please see www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/conted/Access%20Lancaster/masterclasses.htm or contact Rory Daly in DCE, extn. 592622.


Dr Karen Broadhurst and Professor Sue White of the Department of Applied Social Science were invited to write the cover story (Raging against the machine) for the January 2009 issue of the magazine Professional Social Work - this is the monthly magazine of the British Association of Social Workers. There will also be a full article this month in the British Journal of Social Work which will be 'editor's choice' and made freely available internationally.

Professors Mark Easterby-Smith (Management School) and Susan Cartwright (School of Health and Medicine) have been elected by the British Academy of Management (BAM) to serve respectively as Dean and Vice-Dean of the BAM College of Fellows. In these roles they will be responsible for decisions about awarding BAM Fellowships, and for making other nominations to recognise distinguished academics in the management field.

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Rohkramer (History) and Dr Hao Zhang (Environmental Science) who have been awarded Readerships.

Dr Peter Wynn (Geography, LEC) has a paper that has just appeared in Science. Stretching the Envelope of Past Surface Environments: Neoproterozoic Glacial Lakes from Svalbard.

New People

Nigel Beeden has joined the Estate Management project delivery team as Senior Project Manager. Nigel will manage the delivery of major capital projects including the new School of Health and Medicine and the refurbishment of County South. Before joining the University Nigel worked as a Quantity Surveyor for Lancashire County Council Property Group.


Lancaster meeting - Association of University Administrators

The Association of University Administrators is the professional body for higher education managers and administrators, with around 4,000 members in the UK and worldwide. Each year they hold a large conference which takes place this year at the University of Exeter (6-8 April). There will be over 130 working sessions covering a wide range of HE issues, eight keynote presentations and a special programme of events for newcomers. There will be a meeting at Lancaster for anyone who is interested in finding out more on Thursday 15th January at 1pm, in Furness C50. If you would like further information, please contact Doreen Silman, AUA Branch Coordinator (d.silman@lancaster.ac.uk x594652)

Bus passes

The Uni-Rider bus passes are on sale at the LUSU Information Desk. One term £75.00 valid 9th January – 20th March Two terms £131.50 valid 9th January - 26th June. Payment can be made in cash, debit cards and credit cards (1.5% charge for credit cards). You just need a University library card to be able to purchase a bus pass.

CPD workshop

CPD Workshop - Using the drum to develop your team working skills at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CELT) / LUMS 10.30-12.30, Monday 26th Jan 2009. The session leader is John Bowker, Ireland’s leading drum facilitator who teaches the power of finding your own voice in the group setting. Booking is required for this event, enquiries can be addressed to Helen Griffiths: professionalprogrammes@lancaster.ac.uk. For further information on John’s work in the UK email Dr Annmarie Ryan.

Temporary car park for staff preference permit holders

From Monday 12th January the contractor compound previously used by Norwest Holst (next to the Great Hall access road) will become available for Staff Preference car parking. There are 35 marked parking spaces in total and these will be available until approximately July 2009. Entry and exit will be from a single point located off the Great Hall access road, off North Drive. One-day parking scratch cards and pay and display tickets are also valid in this zone, but Staff Standard permits are not. Signs will be erected week commencing Monday 12th January to indicate this area as being Staff Preference parking. The area may be reserved on occasion for visitor parking for some large scale events during the remainder of 2008/09. Please note that the exit from the Great Hall road onto North Drive is by a right turn only. The spaces behind the Great Hall access road are also designated as Staff Preference and the new car park off North Drive is designated as a Visitor & Priority Parking Zone.


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