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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

| 13 February 2009 | Issue 422

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


Central Services

Following the review set up to establish a new structure for the administration, appointments are being made to the seven directorates that will form the basis of the new Central Services.

Roderick O’Brien and John Gallagher have already been confirmed in post as Directors, respectively, of Enterprise and Research Services and of ISS.

Sarah Randall-Paley has been appointed as Director of Finance. Sarah's appointment will take effect from March 1st 2009.

Mark Swindlehurst has been appointed as Director of Facilities. Mark's appointment will take effect from March 1st 2009.

John McGovern will take up the role of acting Director of Marketing and External Linkages from March 1st. John intends to retire later in the year and further announcements on this will be made in due course.

Fiona Aiken, as University Secretary, will run the new Secretariat and Andrew Neal will become the new Chief Operating Officer from March 1st.

The new organisation is intended to provide greater clarity of role and purpose for those working within the Central Services and it should facilitate close partnerships between the Central Services and the Faculties.

New appointment for the Public Arts

Director of the University's Nuffield Theatre, Matt Fenton, has been appointed to the new post of Director of the Public Arts and takes up the post this week. The Public Arts consist of the Nuffield Theatre, Peter Scott Gallery and Lancaster International Concerts Series.
Matt will develop cross-disciplinary programmes of arts activity, with support for early-career artists at the core. He proposes a much more fluid approach to the spaces within the Great Hall complex, new programming strands in film and digital arts, and a clear strategy for engagement with teaching and research.
He also intends to use the arts as a means of creating spectacle and intimacy in the many piazzas, walkways and open spaces across campus, and for participative engagement with local communities.
Matt will continue to lead on the theatre and dance elements of Public Arts programme. He brings his experience of developing the Nuffield Theatre into an award-winning and nationally important venue for the support of contemporary theatre and dance, which is now annually funded by Arts Council England as a Centre of Excellence, and as Scheme Director of LICA's new MA in Professional Contemporary Arts Practice.
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HighWire Doctoral Training Scheme Launch

Lancaster University’s new Doctoral Training Scheme, HighWire, has begun recruiting students. A collaboration between Computing, Design and Management at Lancaster University, HighWire seeks to create a new breed of PhD student though a post-disciplinary approach to research which places innovation at the heart of its curriculum and ethos. The EPSRC-funded scheme will provide funding (bursary and enhanced stipend) for 50 PhD students over 5 years. A recruitment event for this year’s candidates will take place on the 11th of March. More information on the scheme and the event are available on the HighWire website

First Live Link Up For “Chernobyl” Town

The official handover of a wireless broadband system designed by Lancaster University for a town in the Ukraine takes place on March 27. Children in Slavutych - built to house people following the Chernobyl disaster - are to take part in the first live link up with the outside world as part of a £750,000 Government project to regenerate the area. A UK Government minister will also speak to the Mayor of the town using the internet. To view the full story

PhD student wins international poetry competition

Cath Nichols, a second year PhD student in the Department of English and Creative Writing, has won $1000 prize money for poems entered into the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards. Each year the fund awards prizes to promising poets under the age of 40 writing in the English language. The fund is from a legacy left by Marvin Rosenberg (a professor at Berkeley and Shakespeare scholar) to commemorate his wife Dorothy, who herself wrote poems. www.dorothyprizes.org

High Drama At The Nuffield Theatre

The Nuffield Theatre hosts a brilliant new production from rising stars Weeding Cane with their breathtaking aerial and circus skills. Song of Songs on February 24/25 follows on from last year’s sold out performances by Gravity & Levity and Okham’s Razor whose aerial virtuosity enthralled audiences. To view the full story


Tony Evans (Head of Security) will retire on March 31st. Tony has given 13 years service to the University and has done much to ensure that the campus has a deserved reputation as a safe and secure environment. From March 1st, Mark Salisbury will be appointed as acting Head of Security. He will report directly to the new Director of Facilities.

Non-academic staff members of the Senate - Clive Barker and Haydn Morris have been elected as the two members of Senate appointed by the non-academic staff of the University.

Professor Paul Farley, English & Creative Writing, is one of the subjects of an exhibition of poets’ portrait photographs marking the centenary of the Poetry Society, currently on display at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden until 28th February. The photographs, part of a larger project by photographer Jemimah Kuhfeld, can also be viewed at www.jemimahkuhfeld.co.uk/

New people

The Alumni & Development team has a new Director. Nick Fragel, formerly Development Director of Canford School in Dorset, has worked in academic fundraising for over eleven years, including seven within the Oxford collegiate system at Lincoln College and St Anne’s College. Prior to this, he was an officer in the RAF, specialising in press and public relations.

Anthony Emmess has joined the Estate Management department as new facilities co-ordinator. Anthony will be the focal point for all facilities management related issues within the Science and Technology faculty. He will report directly to Karen Peake, Operations Manager, and also liaise closely with other departments within Estates on behalf of the faculty. Prior to working for the University Anthony served in the Royal Marines reaching the rank of Warrant Officer 1.


Notice of InfoLab21 cold water supply shut off

InfoLab21 cold water supply will be shut off on Saturday 14 February to allow for the new ISS building to be connected to the mains. Contractors will be accessing the building on Sunday 15 February via security to carry out chlorination testing on all cold water taps within the building to enable normal use on Monday 16 February.

Road maintenance

Road repairs across campus will continue this weekend (14 & 15 February) to the perimeter road and avenues.

Islam Awareness Week

To mark Islam Awareness Week 2009 (week 6) Lancaster University Islamic Society presents a week of events starting on Monday 16th February.

Alexandra’s Lap Sunday 1st March 2009

The annual Alexandra’s Lap organised by the University Running Club as a fun day around Alexandra Park will take place between 1 - 2pm, Sunday 1st March this year. They will have exclusive use of the roadway around Alexandra Park on the day. The Committee members of the club will be responsible for marshalling on the day and also for preventing purely local traffic (i.e. from Alex Park itself) to intrude onto the roadway for the hour long duration of the event. Security will assist by providing a number of cones and barrier tape to assist the club to comply with their marshalling duties at junctions and to ensure safety by keeping the roads closed. Security will also block off the access to Alexandra Park across the junction with the South West Perimeter Road outside Pendle College both on the access side and on the exit side to prevent anyone trying to drive the wrong way down Green Lane. This will be put in place around 1245. At the same time the gate across the road leading into Alexandra Park from the A6 link road will be locked off to prevent vehicular access. The bus company will be aware of this closure. Ambulance and other emergency access will be available for the duration through the access road opposite Pendle so any such attendance via 999 requests should be directed to be met as usual at the top roundabout for escort through. The cycle only route up Green Lane will remain available but this will be manned by two Marshals who will be present there at all times.

Touching War: February Highlights

The Touching War activities directed by Professor Christine Sylvester, Politics/IR department, under IAS and LU Film Society sponsorship, continue. February’s theme is Wars on “Terror.” Events are open to all unless otherwise noted. For the schedule through April 2009, see the Touching War website.

University cycle day

The next university cycle day will be during One World Week on Thursday 12 March 2009. There will be free breakfasts for staff cyclists, a free raffle for cyclists, a free Dr. Bike service and more. Please aim to cycle to and from work on this day and encourage others to do so also. More details to follow soon visit www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/travel/travel_news.htm

Cycling feedback

Interested in cycling to work but you have yet to make the step to doing it regularly? Perhaps you’ve tried it but it’s not been enjoyable or successful? If so, we want to hear from you! Please come along to one of the following sessions – Saturday 21st February at 10:00 – 11:30 in Bowland North SR1 OR Tuesday 24th February at 15:00 – 16:30 in B24 Conference Room, University House OR Tuesday 24th February 18:00 – 19:30 in B24 Conference Room, University House. Please contact: Victoria Lepper, Traffic Engineer, Capita Symonds, victoria.lepper@capita.co.uk or 01539 773056. Visit the Estate Management travel news page for more information


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