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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

| 27 February 2009 | Issue 424

There is heavy traffic on the A6 due to Caton Road in Lancaster being closed both ways between Denny Beck Lane and Bulk Road junction, because of a shed load. The M6 Exit slip road is also closed southbound at J34. www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/travel/roads

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Central Services

March 1st marks the start of the new Central Services organisation. The restructuring provides an opportunity to build further on the achievements of the last few years. 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. Andrew Neal will become the new Chief Operating Officer from March 1st working with the divisional directors and Fiona Aiken, as University Secretary, will run the new Secretariat.

1994 Group elects Professor Paul Wellings as new chair

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings has been elected Chair of the 1994 Group of leading research intensive universities for the period 1 August 2009 to 31 July 2012. He will succeed Professor Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter, who has recently been elected as the next president of Universities UK. To view the full story

Stroke study says look to cancer practice to improve care

People who have had a stroke and their families, are not being given to the chance to prepare properly for death, access palliative care or decide whether to die at home, according a new study by Professor Sheila Payne from the University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care. The Stroke Association funded research, which centred around the admissions of stroke sufferers in two district general hospitals in Sheffield, found that none of the 191 admitted were referred to specialists in palliative care. The study found that the care for people who have had a stroke was very much focussed on rehabilitation, which was successful in some cases, but this focus did not take into account that 30% of people with stroke die in the first 28 days. Diagnosing whether someone was likely to die was a problem which could be helped by the adoption of a routine test, the study found. To view the full story

Students take up global challenge

Blackpool Students have been learning how to ‘Cool It’ this week at Lancaster University as part of a climate challenge project. 20 students from Blackpool Sixth Form College visited Lancaster University research scientists as part of the ‘Let’s Cool It’ project - part of an EU / British Council funded project on Climate Change which links students at The Blackpool Sixth Form College with counterparts in a school in Izmir, Turkey. The project focuses on building international links between young people who can work together to help understand Climate Change and take positive action to improve the environment. As part of the scheme, the Sixth Form College ran a competition asking Lancashire schoolchildren to create posters and poems describing something that they find precious about the planet in order to bring the climate change message home. Hundreds of entries were submitted from pupils from 16 different schools across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Prizes were awarded to the winners at a special ceremony at the Lancaster Environment Centre by the Dean of Science and Technology Professor Mary Smyth and Co-Director of LEC Professor Graham Harris. To view the full story

Launch of “Floating Garden” on Lake Carter

An art installation on a bamboo raft is to be launched on Lake Carter on March 9 to help raise awareness of how Bangladesh is being affected by climate change. Christine Dawson, an artist working in the University’s Chaplaincy Centre where the raft is currently on display, has created the Art Installation entitled “The Floating English Garden” to highlight the country's plight. The launch ceremony will begin with a fundraising barbecue at the Chaplaincy Centre at 1230 followed by a procession from the Centre at 2pm down to Lake Carter, where the raft will remain until the end of One Week. Proceeds from the barbecue will go to Practical Action, Bangladesh. To view the full story

Invitation to the Last Supper at the Nuffield Theatre

The end of the Spring Season at the Nuffield Season sees one of the best pieces from the back catalogue of performance company Reckless Sleepers, who invite you to The Last Supper on March 4-6 at 8pm. This intimate and unusual performance serves a startling set of last statements, last meals and last minute scenarios to a limited audience of 39 people. There are a limited number of free tickets available for those aged 16 - 25. To view the full story

Estates news

Emergency repair works - Water supply

Essential emergency repair works are required to be carried out to fix a water leak to the cold water main in the Underpass on Sunday 1st March. The water supply to the main campus will be turned off at 6am to facilitate repairs. All buildings within the perimeter road area and InfoLab21 will be affected. Alexandra Park will not be affected. The supply should be restored by 10.30am on Sunday morning. Once the supply is restored please run the taps until the water runs clear. If you have any queries please contact the Estates helpdesk on ext 93333

Access to Pendle avenue

Due to serious health and safety issues with regard to pedestrians and traffic movement on Pendle Avenue, a decision has been made to restrict access down the side of the LUSU Central Stores. This system will be in place until the completion of the Grizedale Bar project, and during this time pedestrian traffic will be diverted around the end of Pendle.


As part of the continual road improvement programme, Estate Management would like to hear from you about any potholes you have noticed while travelling on the campus roads. Please bring them to the attention of Mike Harris, Estates Building Surveyor on 07817 837181, email m.harris@lancaster.ac.uk

High voltage network infrastructure

Sub stations have been tested for any potential issues as a preventative measure to ensure supplies remain as robust as possible. This has raised some issues that require further exploratory works requiring shutdowns to areas of the campus. The periods of shutdown will be kept to a minimum. All works will be carried out over the Easter Vacation and kept to weekend working or over the staff holiday period. Details and times of the associated shutdowns will be available shortly but for any immediate information please contact Simon Corless on 94296.

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


Professor Paul Farley, English & Creative Writing has been appointed as Selector for the Poetry Book Society. Founded in 1953 by T S Eliot and friends, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry society providing information and guidance on a wide range of the best contemporary poetry, for a wide community of readers. The Selectors choose the best poetry collection of each annual quarter, together with recommendations, and help form the shortlist of the T S Eliot Prize.


University cycle and walk 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 and staff walkers, a free raffle for cyclists and walkers, a free Dr Bike service and more. Please aim to cycle or walk 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 where you can also download the Cycle/Walk to Work Pledge Form needed to qualify for the free breakfast. More information on One World Week is available at www.oneworld.lusu.co.uk/thursday/

Half price standard memberships at the Sports Centre

From Monday the 2nd of March you can get a standard membership for half price. Student Standard = £14 Staff standard = £20 This membership entitles you to reduced prices on all activities in the Sports Centre. Memberships can be purchased at reception or the membership office, one passport photo and ID required. This offer is not applicable to Premier Memberships.

Easter sports camps for children at the sports centre

Age 8-14 years 9.30-4.30pm

  • Week One – Monday 6th April to Thursday 9th April
  • Week Two – Tuesday 14th April to Friday 17th April
Multi activity days including football, badminton, swimming, aeroball, table tennis and many more Places are limited, please book early. Contact (01524) 594716 for more information www.sportscentrelancaster.co.uk

Running club notice - South West Campus perimeter road closed - Sunday 1st March

Please be aware that the South West (Alexandra Park) perimeter road will be closed to traffic between 12pm - 2pm this Sunday 1st March to hold a charity running event. During this time all access roads, entrances and exits will be closed off by marshals for the event, and no traffic will be allowed onto the perimeter road. All buses normally using the South West perimeter road have been diverted. If you have visitors or are planning to use the road during this time, please make alternative arrangements.


People in the news - Media coverage for Lancaster University.


Department of European Languages and Cultures - German author, journalist and short film director Maike Wetzel reads from her award-winning collection of short stories “Lange Tage”. The event will be followed by a Question & Answer Session as well as wine and a bookstall. Reading in German and English Tuesday, 17th March 2009, 6 p.m. on Lancaster University Campus Fylde College, Lecture Theatre 1 RSVP by 9th March 2009 j.menzel@lancaster.ac.uk

The University of Later Life takes place on Weds 1 April and is organised by the Department of Continuing Education. A morning of lectures from senior Lancaster academics will be complemented by an afternoon finding out about a selection of the research, teaching and enterprise in which Lancaster is involved. There is no charge for the day, which is open to all and is planned with older adults in mind. For details see here or contact Jan Petersen on extn. 92621. The day precedes an international conference - see below.

An international conference 'Reaffirming Teaching and Learning in Later Life' takes place on Thurs 2 and Fri 3rd April 2009. Organised jointly by the Association for Education and Ageing and The Department of Continuing Education, the keynote speakers are: Professor Ron Manheimer, University of North Carolina and Center for Creative Retirement; Dr Elizabeth Mestheneos, President of AGE - the European Older People’s Platform, and 50+ Hellas, Athens; and John Gibson, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. For details see here: www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/conted/AEA_conference.htm or contact Jan Petersen on extn. 92621.

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