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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

| 16 January 2009 | Issue 418

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


Students rate Lancaster highly

Lancaster University has shot up 10 places in the Times Higher Education’s annual rankings of student satisfaction, based on criteria chosen by students themselves. Lancaster now ranks 20th out of a total of 101 institutions assessed in the survey which aims to show which universities offer the best student experience. To view the full story

Medical student to work in New Orleans

A medical student from Lancaster University is to spend work experience at a hospital in New Orleans as part of the Centre for Medical Education's work placements available in the third year. To view the full story

Quadruple amputee mountaineer inspires business leaders

An inspirational mountaineer who overcame tragedy and severe injury is set to address Lancashire’s business community next week. Climber Jamie Andrew had to have his hands and feet amputated after he and his climbing partner were involved in a horrific accident in the French Alps. To view the full story

Student wins poetry prize

A Lancaster University student who is following in the footsteps of Wordsworth has won a prestigious national poetry prize. As part of her PhD in English and Sociology Grasmere-based writer Polly Atkin is exploring the creative and cultural past of Dove Cottage - the one-time Lakeland home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth and opium-addicted writer Thomas de Quincey. To view the full story

Competition to reduce carbon footprint of eco-residences

A carbon competition for Grizedale and County townhouse eco-residences was launched on Monday 15 January to give students the chance to win big cash prizes by reducing their carbon footprint during Lent term. The carbon footprint of each of the eco-residence townhouses is calculated from water, gas and electricity use, details of which are downloaded daily from the meters. The usage is then converted into an overall carbon footprint. The residents can log onto this information and view their carbon footprint for all of the Grizedale and County eco-residence townhouses on the Green Lancaster website via this link: http://greenlancaster.org.uk/carbon-competition/ and see who is winning. The competition will run until the end of February and the winners will be announced before the end of the Lent term. There are six cash prizes for the competition. The eco-residence townhouse with the lowest carbon footprint will win the top prize of £600, second and third will win £300 and fourth, fifth and sixth will win £200. For more information click here

CEEC in work experience awards

A work experience programme delivered by the University’s Centre for Employability Enterprise and Careers (CEEC) has been shortlisted for a national award. There were over 200 entries for the National Council For Work Experience awards for Best Work Experience Provider: Public Sector, which will be announced in London on March 5th.

The CEEC-delivered element of the UNITE programme, funded by the ERDF, offers students help with finding paid placements in the North West. The aim is to equip Lancaster students with the work experience necessary to gain an advantage in the jobs market.


Dr Ngai-Ling Sum (Politics and International Relations) will be giving a talk at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) on 'Wal-Martization and Negotiations of CSR in China' organized by the ESRC, Retail Industry Business Engagement Network (RIBEN) and Newcastle University on 20th January 2009. The research reported in her paper is based in part on her British Academy BARDA Award 2008-2010. The RGS event aims to initiate a discussion amongst researchers, practitioners and corporate social responibility experts to gain an appreciation of the scope and effects of global retailers' ethical commitments and programmes.

Dr Nayanika Mookherjee (Sociology) has been invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to take up a residency fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy) between March 12th-April 9th , to work on her project: “Arts of Reconciliation and the Bangladesh War of 1971".

Dr Karenza Moore and Dr Fiona Measham, of the Department of Applied Social Science, are to undertake a year-long project on the contexts, meanings, motivations and consequences of GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and GBL (Gamma-butyrolactone) use amongst British young people following a successful bid to the British Academy's Small Grants Fund.


Support for students

The writer John Murray is Royal Literary Fellow at Lancaster University with a brief to offer confidential help to anyone in the university who would like to improve their writing skills; everything from grammar and punctuation to developing an argument and structuring an essay. The RLF scheme has been going since 1999 and John became Lancaster’s inaugural Fellow in 2007. Students may contact him at j.r.murray@lancaster.ac.uk. Last term he gave 55 one hour tutorials to a whole range of undergraduates, MAs and PhDs studying everything from Latin American literature to Computing. John is based in the English and Creative Writing Department and all teaching staff can direct any students who have academic writing problems his way. County B205, Tel.01524-594875. John Murray is a novelist whose ninth novel The Legend of Liz and Joe is published by Flambard in July 2009.

Language and learning support is available at the Student Learning Development Centre at CELT whose tutors work in departments, providing courses as well as drop-in sessions, writing and study tutorials. Details of SLDC work and study support materials can be found on the Effective Learning website. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/celt/sldc/home.html. International students can currently register online for courses designed to help them manage their studies and to develop English for academic purposes. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/celt/sldc/courses/Elis.html.

Flexible benefits - life events, professional fees and childcare vouchers

If you experience a "life-event" (e.g. marriage, divorce, birth/adoption of a child), the following flexible benefits may be amended:

  • Childcare Salary Sacrifice (Pre-School Centre) - limitations apply
  • Health Care Cash Plan
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Retail Vouchers

The following flexible benefits can be amended or requested without the need for a "life event":

  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Professional Fees

Details of how to request a "life event" or other change are set out at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/hr/total-reward/lifeevents.html

New publications

The Lent issue of ‘Futures’, Lancaster University’s magazine for careers and employability is now available online. Hard copies can picked up in CEEC. http://careers-main.lancs.ac.uk/futures/FuturesEdition8.pdf

Vivid Arts launch event

Vivid Arts and Friends of Lancaster Library launch a new series of eclectic art events on Sat Jan 17, 2009 (1-10pm), www.vividarts.org.uk. Saturday's launch event is free and open to all. It includes a children's event in the afternoon and a family-friendly event in the evening, all hosted at Lancaster Library. Events will include: music from local band Dose, award-winning author Carys Davies, dance from Turning Point Theatre Arts, storytelling from Dominic Kelly and singing from Kriss Foster, and much more! Lancaster University Computing Department Professor Jon Whittle will perform indian classical dance at 2pm. See the website for full details.

Evolution of the Himalaya

Geologist and mountaineer Professor Mike Searle will provide an illustrated talk explaining the evolution of the Himalaya. The talk will be held at 7.30 pm on Friday 6th Feb in the Biology Lecture Theatre, Lancaster Environment Centre. The talk is free to everyone. However, it is a very popular lecture, so advance reservations are recommended. Please reserve your seat by contacting Tracy Quilliam on 01524 593891 or t.quilliam@lancs.ac.uk. Places available on the day subject to availability. This is a joint lecture between the Royal Geographical Society (NW Region) and the Lancaster Environment Centre (Lancaster University)


The LUSU JobShop will be happy to advertise any part time, casual or short notice vacancies you or your department may have. Take a look at our new website www.lusu.co.uk/jobshop As employers you can now submit vacancies directly onto the website. All Lancaster students with a LUSU card can view the vacancies online but will still be sent email alerts about new opportunities. If you have any questions you can phone the JobShop on ext. 93765 or email jobshop@lancs.ac.uk.

CPD workshop

Using the drum to develop your team working skills. CELT / LUMS, 10.30-12.30, Monday 26th Jan 2009. Session leader: John Bowker, Ireland’s leading drum facilitator who teaches the power of finding your own voice in the group setting. How we support effective group working is a central question in academic work. During the workshop the skills and capacities for effective group working will be explored, in particular the role of the relationship between the individual and the group. Book online at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/celt/celtweb/booking. Enquiries to Helen Griffiths: professionalprogrammes@lancaster.ac.uk. For more information: www.lancs.ac.uk/celt/celtweb/cpd_workshops

Touching War: January schedule

The Touching War activities directed by Professor Christine Sylvester (Politics/IR) with IAS and LU Film Society sponsorship, continue with the theme for January ‘Words, Wounds and Memories’. Events are open to all. For the schedule of events running through April 2009, see the . Touching War website. For further information on all the events, contact c.sylvester@lancaster.ac.uk


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