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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

| 30 January 2009 | Issue 420

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


Professor appointed to social work taskforce

Lancaster University’s Professor of Social Work is the only academic appointed to a panel of experts chosen by the Government to review frontline social work practice. Professor Sue White from the Department of Applied Social Science has been handpicked to join the Social Work Taskforce announced by the Health Secretary Alan Johnson and the Children’s Secretary Ed Balls. The Taskforce has been asked to identify any barriers social workers face in doing their jobs effectively and has been asked to make recommendations for improvements and long-term reform in social work. To view the full story

Deputy PM of Kosovo visits Lancaster

The Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo will be at Lancaster University next week visiting students who are part of a prestigious EU study scheme. Dr Hajredin Kuci, Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, will visit a group of 19 Kosovan students who are at Lancaster University as part of the EU-funded Young Cell Scholarship Scheme. To view the full story

Cary Cooper honoured by Working Families charity

Professor Cary Cooper of Lancaster University Management School is one of 30 pioneers who have been honoured by the campaigning charity Working Families. He is commended for his “longstanding contribution to work-life research and new thinking and his tireless advocacy” in a ceremony at the House of Lords to mark the 30th anniversary of the charity, which supports working parents and carers whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance. To view the full story

Quaker website at Lancaster University

A three year project tracing the social and religious networks around the Quakers has gone online with a website about the movement and its founder George Fox. Dr Hilary Hinds, Professor Alison Findlay, and Professor Emeritus Meg Twycross from the Department of English and Creative Writing have just released a pilot sample of their website on ‘The Journeys of George Fox 1652–1653’ as he travelled the country preaching. The pilot sample is about one-eighth of the projected final size of the website and has been put online for assessment and feedback. www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/quakers/ To view the full story

GreenLancaster is awarded £120,000

Student volunteering has been given a boost with the award of £120,000 to GreenLancaster, an environmental partnership between LUSU, University Estates and accommodation manager UPP. The grant will be used to fund a 24 month project to increase student participation in environmental initiatives. Beginning in April 2009, GreenLancaster will look to provide over 100 student volunteer opportunities per year, as well as a full-time project manager and part-time student employees. Of the £119,400 awarded to the initiative, £59,700 will come from the youth charity v, which offers volunteering opportunities to 16-25 year olds. The University's Estate Management department is matching this contribution through a combination of cash and in-kind contributions to make up the total project value. To view the full story

Sculpture in progress

A sculpture in progress for seven years is on display at the Peter Scott Gallery, part of the Lancaster Institute For The Contemporary Arts. So far there are 80 components of “What is the Case” by David Gilbert, of which 68 are on display at the Gallery until March 20. To view the full story

New phonemail

A new and improved phonemail system will shortly be deployed across campus to offer more functionality to its users. This will include a voice commanded automatic operator for overnight fielding of calls. The system is being installed next week and will be running in parallel with the present system. It will be introduced department by department. The Estates team will be contacting each department over the next few weeks to make them aware if the plans and any associated training that may be required. While the new system is being installed there may be some short periods of disruption to the existing phonemail system. If you require any further information on this installation please contact Simon Corless on extension 94296.

Car parking

Lancashire County Council has recently painted double yellow lines along both sides of Green Lane, leading to Lancaster House Hotel. The work has included repainting badly faded double yellow lines and painting new double yellow lines around the top of Green Lane. The aim is to prevent parked vehicles from obstructing access to the hotel and enable larger vehicles to use the turning area. Any remaining gaps will be painted over the next few days so that the entire length of Green Lane between the A6 and its head by the Lancaster House Hotel are double yellow lined on both sides. Please note that parking is not permitted on either side of these lines, including on the bend at the bottom. It is very likely that the County Council will also be painting double yellow lines around the bend at the bottom end of Collingham Park by spring 2009. Similar measures are also likely to follow on large stretches of Hazelrigg Lane and Chapel Lane to the south of campus by the end of spring 2009. Co-operation from staff car users is much appreciated and the consistent message is that staff, students, visitors and contractors of the University should park on campus (rather than on roads surrounding the campus), making use of pay and display facilities where the vehicle user has no permit.

Car parking – reminder of temporary car park for Staff Preference permit holders

Since 12th January the contractor compound (previously used by Norwest Holst next to the Great Hall access road) has been available for Staff Preference car parking. There are 35 marked parking spaces in total and these will be available until July 2009. Entry and exit is 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. A sign will be put up 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.

Death notice

Amelia Caldwell

We regret to report that Amelia Caldwell died on Friday 23rd January 2009. She was a great supporter of the University, serving on the Council, where she was instrumental in the founding of the Graduate College, and was an assiduous member of the University Court for many years. She was a lady of decided views, always engaged in fighting one or more of her numerous causes and campaigns, including the proper representation of women in senior posts. She died peacefully after a series of health problems in Fraserburgh, Scotland, where she had been living for the last eighteen months. She leaves her daughter, Lesley, her son John, and a granddaughter Justine. There will be a memorial service for Amelia Caldwell in the Chaplaincy Centre, details will be announced shortly.


Professor Christine Sylvester (Politics and International Relations) has been awarded the Susan S. Northcutt Award by the Women’s Caucus of the International Studies Association, the major professional organization for the discipline of International Relations. She was selected for her contributions to the field of Feminist IR, her dedication to broadening traditional IR frameworks - such as in the current Touching War programme at Lancaster - and her mentoring of women and minorities within academia. In addition, Christine Sylvester is among those listed as ‘50 Key Thinkers in International Relations’, as detailed by the newly released Routledge publication which profiles the work of the most prominent IR theorists http://www.routledgepolitics.com/books/Fifty-Key-Thinkers-in-International-Relations-isbn9780415775717.

Professor Peter Rowe (Law) was an invited speaker at a public hearing of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the European Parliament in Brussels on 22 January. He spoke on 'Illegal Orders and the Rights of Soldiers'.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) took part in the British Council’s Guest of Honour at the Cairo International Book Fair in Egypt (23rd –26th January), reading and taking part in discussions alongside well-known Arabic writers such as Bahaa Jaheen and Sohair Metwali (with some of Paul’s poems translated into Arabic); other international guests included Deborah Moggach, Ben Okri, Sebastian Faulks, Marina Warner and James Meek. The Cairo Book Fair, held every January, attracts thousands of visitors from across the Arab world and beyond.


Finance support officer required for UCU (University and Colleges Union)

Lancaster UCU is seeking to recruit a Finance Support Officer for approx 2-4 hours per month, at an hourly rate of £12.835 per hour (based on grade 4 point 22). Main duties will be account reconciliation, processing expenses claims, and checking subscription payment information. The post will be employed by UCU Head Office but managed by the Lancaster UCU treasurer. For job description and an application form please contact Fiona Frank, UCU treasurer, email f.frank@lancaster.ac.uk, or for an informal discussion call Fiona Frank on 07778 737681. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms will be Monday 23rd February.

British Science Association - Media Fellowships scheme 2009

Communicating the latest research developments to a broad audience is a special skill. Journalists sift through an avalanche of information, distilling out what’s news and turning it into readable copy. Spend 3-8 weeks with a media host on a summer placement, working with them to produce the news. Return to work understanding the media world, with more confidence about future forays into it. Develop your writing skills. Imagine producing funding applications and journal articles that are more concise, more readable and completed quicker! For details about the Media Fellowships scheme, including an online application form, visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/mediafellows. Application deadline: 10 March 2009 Sponsored by BBSRC, EPRSC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society.

University challenge

Could you help Lancaster to put forward a winning team? LUSU is currently recruiting for the University Challenge Team for the 2009/10 series and are looking for academics to help.

  • Could you or your department write a set of bonus questions on a specialist subject?
  • Do you teach or supervise a student who you think should be on the team?
  • Would you be willing to mentor and support a team once we have one?

Deadlines are tight, so any help would be appreciated. Our last strong performance was in 2004 and with effort we’re sure we can do better. Anyone who will be a student here in 2009/10 is eligible to play (as longer as they have not appeared on the show previously). The intention is to hold the first set of team trials on Wednesday Wk 6 2-5pm in the County South Lecture theatre. If you are interested please get in touch with c.geddes@lancaster.ac.uk.

Campus electricity

The University’s Estate Management team is currently testing all sub stations for any potential issues as a preventative measure to ensure supplies remain as robust as possible. This may require further exploratory works which may require shutting down other areas of the campus. This work would be carried out over the Easter Vacation and kept to weekend working or over the staff holiday period. Estates will notify you beforehand of any shutdowns that may affect you.


  • On yer bike - Week Four - Want to shape up, save cash - and feel fantastic? There’s one very simple solution: start pedalling. Journalist for the Independent, Simon Usborne, explains why now is the time to get cycling, while Olympian Victoria Pendleton reveals her training tips. Visit the Estate Management Travel section each week for their top tips. www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/travel/cycling.htm
  • FREE bicycle postcoding by the police – Monday 2nd February 2009 Police officers will be in Edward Roberts Court on Monday morning between 08:30 and 11ish to provide free postcode stamps for staff and student bicycles. This security measure helps to prevent bike theft and helps identify the owner should the bike be stolen or lost. They will also be offering bike security advice. Please pop down to Edward Roberts Court outside LUSU on Monday morning with your bicycle. This is a free service provided by Lancashire Constabulary Crime Prevention.
  • FREE M2 Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course – Friday 6th March 2009 Local bicycle training providers, Pedal Power, will be on campus on Friday 6th March to conduct a FREE M2 Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course for cyclists wishing to increase their knowledge and skills of basic bicycle maintenance. The course will take place between 10:30 and 13:00 in the Brandrigg Room, Barker House Farm, Alexandra Park and prior booking is essential.
  • The course covers such things as basic rebuilding, fitting brake and gear wires, indexing and straightening buckles. There are only 12 spaces available. Please download a booking form from the University’s Cycling webpage - and email your completed booking form to Phil Longton – p.longton@lancaster.ac.uk. Please type your name on the signature line to indicate acceptance of the disclaimer. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • FREE M3 Advanced Bicycle Maintenance Course – Saturday 7th March 2009 On Saturday 7th March Pedal Power will be conducting a FREE M3 Advanced Bicycle Maintenance Course for cyclists wishing to increase their knowledge and skills of advanced bicycle maintenance. The course will take place between 2:00pm and 4:30pm at the Pedal Power Training Centre, Ridge Square, Ridge, Lancaster. Prior booking is essential. The course covers such things as wheel truing, headsets, hubs and bottom brackets. There are only 6 spaces available for Lancaster University staff/students. Please download a booking form from the University’s Cycling webpage - and email your completed booking form to Phil Longton – . Please type your name on the signature line to indicate acceptance of the disclaimer. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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