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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

| 20 February 2009 | Issue 423

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

NEWS

"Reputation and ranking" brings Lancaster courses to Delhi's GD Goenka Education City

Lancaster University has entered into an exciting partnership with GD Goenka Educational Trust to become the first and only university to deliver higher education qualifications at the GD Goenka Education City in India. The Education City, part of the new GD Goenka World Institute of Higher Education, is a 60-acre site located 30km from Delhi International Airport. Goenka previously offered courses from Nursery up to International Baccalaureate level, and with Lancaster’s involvement from August 2009 will run selected undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the World Institute. A two-year Global MBA will also begin in 2010. To view the full story

InfoLab21 is a key player in new Digital Network

Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 is playing a key role in the drive to promote innovation in the UK digital communications sector. Lancaster University is one of only two Universities on the board of the government-funded national Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network (DC-KTN). The Network aims to create a competitive advantage for the UK by encouraging idea sharing, collaboration and knowledge-exchange between users and providers of digital communications. To view the full story

Trust funds nuclear decommissioning scholarships

A team of Lancaster University Engineers are exploring the use of robots in Cumbria’s nuclear decommissioning process thanks to funding from a charitable trust. The Sir John Fisher Foundation has provided £97,000 to support four postgraduate engineering students on the joint research project. Established in 1980 by Sir John and Lady Maria Fisher, The Sir John Fisher Foundation is a charitable trust, which supports causes throughout the UK but with special regard to Barrow-in-Furness. To view the full story

Airline safety compromised by poor communication

Inadequate English language tests for pilots and air traffic controllers are putting lives at risk according to a Lancaster University researcher. Professor Charles Alderson of the Department of Linguistics and English Language says that poor communication is implicated in several crashes. He has little confidence in the current standard of aviation language tests, which assess the competence of ground control and pilots to communicate in English, the international language of aviation. To view the full story

Sir Gus O'Donnell speaks at Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO lecture

Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, was the distinguished speaker at Lancaster University Management School's Fourth Annual Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture on the 18 February. More than 120 senior delegates from the worlds of business and academia joined civil servants at the RSA in London to hear “Leading Change in Complex Organisations: The 21st Century Civil Service”. The audience included newly-appointed Football Association Chief Executive Ian Watmore, currently permanent secretary for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). To view the full story

PhD Studentships for entry from October 2009

To celebrate Lancaster’s strong performance in the 2008 RAE, UMAG has announced the release of 27 new, fully-funded Lancaster University Research Studentships for entry in 2009/10. The awards, worth up to £2.6M in total, are open to all student fee categories and will support new Doctoral students for up to four years of study. Allocation between faculties has already taken place and selection processes will run within each faculty/school. More information may be found at: www.lancaster.ac.uk/pgfunding

Death notices

It is with great regret that we report the death of student Matthew Paul King, 22. Matthew was found dead in his room at Chancellor’s Wharf on Sunday, February 15. He was a student of Fylde College and was in his final year of a BA in Music Technology. Matthew was originally from the Halifax area and was a very popular member of the university who will be sadly missed. Police are investigating but no other persons are being sought in connection with the enquiry. His family and the coroner have been informed.

The death has been announced of honorary graduate and award-winning Irish author Christopher Nolan, 43. Christopher, who suffered from cerebral palsy due to being deprived of oxygen during his birth, used a pointer attached to his head to write three books, one of which won the Whitbread Prize in 1988. In 1999, his novel The Banyan Tree, which chronicles the life of Westmeath woman Minnie O'Brien, was published to critical acclaim. His talent earned him a number of other honours during his lifetime, including the Medal of Excellence from the United Nation’s Society of Writers and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Lancaster University, which was conferred in 1991.

People

Professor Paul Farley, English & Creative Writing, took part in a Poet in the City event at the new King’s Place building in London this week. The event – North and South – brought together northern and southern poets Wendy Cope, Jackie Kay, Sophie Hannah, Kit Wright and Paul. Paul was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday about the idea of a north/south divide in literature, and one of his poems was featured on the BBC News website.

Dr Stuart Kirby, Applied Social Science, is to become a regular columnist on Police Review magazine. Dr Kirby, who joined the University following a high-flying career with Lancashire Constabulary, will write a monthly piece on the practical application of criminology. His first piece published today, February 20, is titled ‘The Predictability of Crime’.

University groundsman Trevor Westby retired on the 31st January after 22 years of service. Trevor made a significant input into the maintenance of the grounds, particularly the Vice Chancellor’s garden. All in the Estates department wish Trevor good health and a happy retirement.

Staff prizes

Every year the University celebrates the achievements of our staff by awarding prizes. Do you know someone whose contribution deserves public recognition? Are you one of those people? The 2009 Staff Prize categories are: Community & College; Commercialisation; Doctoral Supervision; Media & Communications; Research (3 categories); Teaching (UG, PG and CPD) Anyone can make a nomination and the process is very straightforward. Each prize is for £1,000 and winners also receive a certificate of achievement. In June the awards will be presented at a special ceremony with about 100 guests invited to celebrate together their colleagues' successes. This event always receives very positive reviews. More information at: www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/hr/total-reward/recognition.html Closing date for all nominations is 31 March 2009.

Notices

ISS Relocation

ISS will be moving to new, purpose built office later in the year. It is envisaged the new building will be handed over the University in mid June with ISS moving in August. The IT equipment currently located in the Computer Centre will be moved in phases between August 2009 and February 2010. There are no plans to move the ISS Service Desk and ResNet workshop and normal service will be provided throughout. More details can be read on this webpage.

Bailrigg House Basement

Estate Management intend to carry out remedial works and redecoration of Bailrigg House Basement over the Easter Vacation. They would be interested to hear from any departments who use this area for storage, prior to carrying out any works. Please contact Peter Scullion, Estate Management 92092.

Fire Alarm Testing

Estate Management will be carrying out a short test of the fire alarms in the following buildings on Thursday 5th March. There is no need to evacuate.

  1. The Library 8:15 am
  2. Physics 9:10 am
  3. The Great Hall 9:20 am
  4. Slaidburn House 9:50 am
  5. Furness College 10:05 am
  6. Management School 10:25 am
  7. Engineering 10:25 am
  8. Pendle College 11:20 am
  9. Graduate College 12:00 noon
  10. Reception Lodge/Press office 12:55 pm
  11. Chancellor’s Wharf 2:10 pm
  12. Info Lab 2:30 pm

One World Week - Lancaster University Week 9 - 9th-13th March

A wide variety of activities and events organised by various groups on campus, to celebrate the global community and work for a more peaceful and just world. Looking at issues such as Diversity, Global Warming, Conflict, Sustainable Living, Justice, People Trafficking. For more information see SCAN, LUSU, OWW website or contact Steve Charman (Methodist Chaplain) s.charman@lancaster.ac.uk

University Cycle Day

The next University Cycle Day will be during One World Week on Thursday 12th 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. For further information please 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, to inform her of your attendance, victoria.lepper@capita.co.uk or 01539 773056. Visit the Estate Management travel news page for more information.

Fairtrade

In August 2007, Lancaster University received Fairtrade status to recognise the positive impact that Fairtrade can have upon lives in poorer parts of the world and signal a commitment to supporting, using and promoting Fairtrade across the campus. Fairtrade fortnight is 23rd Feb-9th March and the Fairtrade Steering Group would like to invite members of staff to complete a short survey to both raise awareness of the many products that are available on campus, and to provide the Steering Group with information of consumption across campus. To complete the short survey, please follow the link.

University environmental website launched

The Estate Management website has been re-designed to feature detailed information on environmental management at Lancaster University. The website will be a particularly helpful resource for information on waste management and recycling. The website can be accessed at the following address: www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/environment/index.htm

Road Maintenance

William Pye Ltd will be undertaking a series of road repairs across campus this weekend (21st & 22nd February). This will affect the perimeter road and avenues.

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

People in the news - Media coverage for Lancaster University.

WHAT'S ON

Arts , Lectures & Seminars

Digital literacies workshop

A digital literacies workshop is being held at the Lancaster House Hotel on March 12th – 13th as part of the ESRC/EPSRC funded Teaching and Learning Research Programme– Technology Enhanced Learning. The workshop has been organised by Lancaster University’s Literacy Research Centre, which aims to understand the role of literacy in all areas of social life and to improve communication and collaboration between researchers and educational practice. The centre acts at the intersection of the Department of Linguistics & English Language and the Department of Educational Research and works closely with other specialists in digital literacies. For this workshop Dr Julia Gillen and Prof David Barton of the LRC will be joined by Dr Monika Buscher of the Centre for Mobilities Research and Sociology, Dr Paul Coulton from Communication Systems and Don Passey of the Dept. of Educational Research. www.tlrp.org/tel/

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.

Sir Geoffrey Bindman lecture

The Centre for Law & Society, in association with the Human Rights Forum, presents a lecture by Sir Geoffrey Bindman on February 23rd, followed by questions and discussion. The distinguished lawyer will talk about his career spanning half a century during which he has represented the International Commission of Jurists, the International Bar Association, Amnesty International, and other bodies in human rights missions across the world. He has won awards for a lifetime's achievement in human rights from Liberty (1999) and the Law Society's Gazette (2003). He was knighted in the New Year Honours 2007 list for his services to human rights and civil liberties. The lecture is from 4.30 to 6pm in the George Fox Lecture Theatre B56.

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