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Greetings for the New Year to all Chinese readers. This year the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 26 January and following days, with fireworks, dances (such as the famous Lion Dance) and the giving of gifts, flowers and sweets. For more information about the festival see: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/events/chinesenewyear/

| 23 January 2009 | Issue 419

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


£9.2m India-UK Research into Next Generation Networks

Lancaster University is a partner in a new UK-India research programme which will boost the digital revolution. Professor David Hutchison, Dr Andreas Mauthe and Dr Dimitrios Pezaros of Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 are part of a team of UK and Indian scientists and engineers undertaking a £9.2m research project to develop Next Generation Networks which are vital to pushing forward the digital economy. To view the full story

Students compete in carbon footprint competition

Students in the new Eco-Residences at Grizedale and County Colleges are competing to reduce their carbon footprint this term. State-of-the-art technology allows the carbon footprint of each townhouse to be calculated from its water, gas and electricity usage. The system works by sending the utility data from each townhouse to the GreenLancaster website where a calculation based on government figures converts the gas, electricity and water usage into an overall carbon footprint. The residents can log onto the GreenLancaster website www.greenlancaster.org.uk and view their carbon footprint and utility use for their house in real-time, as well as check on who is winning. The competition has been initiated by GreenLancaster which was formed from a partnership between LUSU, Estate Management and property provider, UPP. It is part of a pilot scheme to explore ways of incentivising energy reduction at the university. To view the full story

Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo to give peace studies lecture

The Richardson Institute for Peace Studies is very pleased to host Dr Hajredin Kuci, Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, who will deliver a lecture entitled "Kosovo in International Relations after the Declaration of Independence." The lecture is from 6 pm on Wednesday February 4th in the Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre, Bowland North, and is open to everyone. Contact n.caspersen@lancaster.ac.uk

Climate change expert to speak at LEC

The former Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is to speak at a symposium on “Global change: science and challenges for the 21st century” at the Lancaster Environment Centre on June 10. Professor Bob Watson CMG is now the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He has also been chief scientist for the Office of Mission to Planet Earth at NASA, a science and policy adviser (Associate Director for Environment) in the US Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, and chief scientist at the World Bank. Other speakers include Professor Roy Harrison OBE (University of Birmingham), NERC science theme leader for environment, pollution and human health, Professor Georgina Mace CBE FRS (Imperial College) Director of the NERC Centre for Population Biology and Professor Louise Heathwaite (Lancaster University), NERC science theme leader for sustainable use of natural resources. Further details: n.hewitt@lancaster.ac.uk. Please register as early as possible for the symposium in the Biology Lecture Theatre: t.quilliam@lancaster.ac.uk. There is no charge but seats may be limited.

£77k from small grant scheme to fund research projects

The University Research Committee is pleased to announce that 16 research projects were awarded a total of £77k funding in this year’s small grant scheme. All applicants have been notified of the outcome by letter. As in previous years the scheme was extremely popular and the Committee received 66 proposals totalling £323k. The proposals were reviewed and ranked by the faculty research committees and the top-ranked proposals in each faculty were then further reviewed before a final decision on funding was made. The successful projects covered a diverse range of subject areas across campus. The small grant scheme is seen as an important source of seed-corn funding for research. A list of the successful projects will be available on the RSO website in the next few days.

Oscar Wilde lecture

On Monday January 26th, 6pm, Professor Terry Eagleton (Department of English and Creative Writing) will give his Lent Term Open Lecture. Title: ‘The Doubleness of Oscar Wilde.’ Faraday Lecture Theatre. Free. Wine reception to follow. All welcome


The AHRC have awarded £381,000 to Professor Jeffrey Richards (History) and Professor Kate Newey (Drama department, Birmingham University) for a joint Birmingham University-Lancaster University three year study of the history of Victorian pantomime. The award will commence in October 2009. The grant includes funding for a linked PhD to be supervised in Birmingham, and a post-doctoral research associate to be based in Lancaster. The outcomes will be an annual conference with invited speakers, two single authored monographs and a volume of essays, drawn from the conference papers.

Congratulations to Ruth Mitchell who has won second prize in the Institute of Physics Environmental Physics Group essay competition with her entry 'Magnetic trees and human health' which discusses the impact of traffic pollution on health and new, fast ways to measure and map traffic pollution, using magnetic measurements of roadside tree leaves. Ruth, a 2nd year PhD student in Geography supervised by Professor Barbara Maher, holds a NERC CASE studentship funded by the Environment Agency. Ruth will receive her prize and give a talk on her work in March at the Institute of Physics headquarters in London.

Professor Steven Jones from the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research delivered the annual Gillian Birrell Memorial Lecture hosted by the departments of psychology and clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh on the 19th January. The title of this endowed lecture was ‘Psychological Treatment of Bipolar Disorder –Past, Present and Future’ and it explored the progress of research into psychosocial treatments for the common severe and recurrent mental health problem, bipolar disorder . Professor Jones also spoke about future challenges facing research in this area and noted some recent initial data in new psychological interventions in bipolar disorder.

Dr Ruth Alcock and Dr Jerry Busby (Management Science) are undertaking a new project exploring how various regulatory agencies in the UK are managing synergistic risks and how their approaches are likely to develop in the future following a successful bid to the British Academy's Small Grant Fund.

Dr Israel Butler (Law School) has been granted leave in response to a request for secondment from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna. The Agency is the EU's principal source of assistance and expertise relating to human rights. As a Seconded National Expert he joins the research team generating studies and policy advice for the institutions of the EU and the Member States.


Progress of negotiations about pay - UCEA Website Update

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association, UCEA, have opened a new part of their website to inform staff about the 2009 pay negotiations. www.ucea.ac.uk/en/2009_Pay_Negotiations/. The site includes access to the full set of relevant correspondence between UCU, UCEA, and the HE trade unions concerning New JNCHES (Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff) that have been issued over the past two years.

Advance warning of power shutdown

The University’s high voltage electrical infrastructure is now 44 years old and over the Christmas period essential maintenance was carried out on substations 2 and 4. It is now necessary for maintenance to take place on substation 5 which will mean the following buildings will be without power on the following dates. More detailed information will be provided nearer the time. If anyone has any questions about the work please contact Simon Corless on 94296.

Thursday 9th April – Wednesday 15th April (Easter University Staff Holiday Period) - Substation 5

Buildings without power: Timeframe 4 hours (tbc)

  • Management School
  • Swimming Pool
  • Whewell Building
  • Grizedale College
  • Pendle College
  • George Fox Building
  • Notice of ground investigation works

    As part of the planning stage for the new Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) building, Listers Geotechnical consultants will be on campus next week carrying out some ground investigation works to the area north of Bowland Hall, the existing footpath adjacent to the woodland. For more information on the new LICA building visit http://news.lancs.ac.uk/Web/News/Pages/8767966792777EA480257536003BFE13.aspx

    Access closure

    From Monday 26th January the walkway between Alexandra Square and the Bowland Quad will be closed. This will be a permanent change as part of the design for the new Learning Zone. The staircase between A & B floors (in the middle of the south elevation of Bowland College) will also be closed for up to two weeks while the demolition at the bottom of this stairway takes place. Until the staircase is re-opened, staff and students are encouraged to use the exit from B floor (via the sliding door) which will take them across the roof and down the external staircase into Bowland Quad. To access the Bowland Quad please use the entrance off the north spine by the Porter’s Lodge. A new access point to Bowland in the North West corner from Bowland Avenue (between Bowland College and Bowland North) will also be opening on Monday 26th January. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information on the New Learning Zone development please visit www.lancs.ac.uk/estates

    Continuing Professional Development launch

    The School of Health and Medicine is hosting an event on campus on Monday 26th January to discuss the Continuous Professional Development programme provided by the School and how staff from the NHS can access these teaching and learning opportunities here at Lancaster on Monday 26th. The day will be attended by colleagues from NHS NorthWest along with representatives from a wide range of Trusts from the North West.

    Conference centre

    The Conference Centre at Lancaster House have released their new Spring/Summer tariff offers. Available throughout April, July & August, discounted Day Delegate Rates and 24 Hour Rates are available to groups of 15-30, 30-50 & 50+ delegates, and are ideal for budgets being affected by the credit crunch. For details of prices or for any other conference enquiries, please contact: Ros Malcolm (Mon & Tues) Emma Parker (Wed-Fri) On 92444.

    The Gradbar quiz

    Sunday 25th January from 8pm. Open to all students and staff. Exercise your brain, drink great beer, win loads of prizes.


    Thursday 5th February 8.00pm in Central Lounge, Chaplaincy Centre. People from all faith traditions are invited to discuss: ‘How does my faith affect my relationship with other faiths?’, followed by light refreshments. All welcome.


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