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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

| 6 March 2009 | Issue 425

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

Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Mrs Amelia Caldwell, 1921 - 2009,
at 2 pm on Saturday 21st March 2009, Chaplaincy Centre, Lancaster University.

The University invites you to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Mrs Amelia Caldwell, who died on 29th January 2009, aged 87. The service will take place in the Anglican Chapel in the Chaplaincy Centre at Lancaster University. Refreshments will be served in the Chaplaincy Centre Lounge after the service. Amelia was a devoted supporter of the University, serving on the University Council, where she was instrumental in the founding of the Graduate College, and as an assiduous member of the University Court for many years. It is hoped that as many as possible of her friends and former colleagues from the region and the University will be able to join in marking Amelia's passing and celebrating her life.

If you are able to attend, it would be helpful for catering purposes if you would let Mrs Pamela Holme know (telephone 01524 592535) or email p.holme@lancaster.ac.uk.



The announcement of the funding allocated to universities was made this week, partly based on criteria linked to the performance in the Research Assessment Exercise. Generally, Lancaster has maintained its funding, emerging about 3% up. In three areas, LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, LEC (The Lancaster Environment Centre) and Biomedicine, have received significantly increased funding. See the HEFCE funding tables for 2009/10 http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2009/mar/05/university-funding-research-england-table

Lancaster University in top band of UK universities for 'world leading' research

Lancaster University has emerged in the top band of UK Universities with a high proportion of its research rated ‘world leading’ in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

  • 19 % of Lancaster’s research is ‘world leading’
  • Over 60% of Lancaster’s research is recognised as being of an internationally excellent standard. This places Lancaster in the top 13% of UK universities in terms of world leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Overall, 92% of research at Lancaster is recognised as being of an international standard and all units of assessment included world leading research
  • 13 departments are in the top 20 of UK institutions for their individual disciplines. This equates to 73% of staff.

Lancaster is ranked joint 15th out of 147 UK institutions for the amount of research judged to be of world leading importance. To view the full story

LICA building

An environmentally friendly timber structure for the new LICA building has been given the go ahead. Timber frames use wood from sustainably managed forests, which significantly reduces the CO2 emissions of the project. The CO2 emissions resulting from the construction of a timber frame are just 1.4kg per square metre building areas as opposed to 19.3kg for steel (ore-based) frames (72.5% difference). For more information and visuals of the new development visit http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates/projects/current_projects.htm

Eco-residences carbon competition

Students in the Grizedale and County eco-residences have been competing to reduce their carbon emissions by saving electricity, gas and water. The winners will receive cash prizes. The results will be announced by guest speaker Donnachadh McCarthy, eco-auditor and author, who will also speak about living a low carbon lifestyle. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony on Thursday 12th March in the Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre, Bowland North at 2pm. For more details please visit: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates/latest-news

Fulbright scholar to encourage Lancaster students to apply

Lancaster University's Fulbright Scholar plans to run an information session at CEEC for students considering applying for the exchange programme with the US. Cassandra Farrin was awarded a £20,000 Fulbright Scholarship to study for a one year Masters degree in Religious Studies. She is one of only 13 US citizens out of several hundreds who were accepted for postgraduate scholarships to study in the UK after a rigorous application process through the US-UK Fulbright Commission, founded by Senator J William Fulbright in 1948. To view the full story

Postgraduate finalist in arts contest

A Lancaster University student is a finalist in a national arts competition. Colette Lawlor, who is studying for an MA in Creative Writing, is a finalist in the Poetry category of a competition organised by the arts magazine Aesthetica. The competition is open to entries of fiction, poetry and artwork and the winner of each category will be awarded a prize of £500. Winners and runners up will be published in the 2010 Aesthetica Annual. To view the full story

First webcast of a contemporary opera

Lancaster International Concert Series’ forthcoming event The Lighthouse will be discussed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme tonight, Friday 6 March, at approximately 6.15pm. The performance at the Great Hall on Thursday March 12th is the world premiere of a major new production by one of the UK’s leading contemporary music ensembles Psappha. It will also be the first webcast broadcast of a contemporary opera from Monday 30th March at http://www.lancasterconcerts.co.uk, http://www.psappha.com.

Psappha’s Elaine Tyler Hall, James Oxley, Damian Thantry, Jonathan Best and Nicholas Kok will take part in a live interview with BBC presenter Sean Rafferty and also perform live in the studio. The programme will also be streamed live on the BBC Radio 3 website and will be available to listen again for seven days after the broadcast. In addition, any production photos taken in the studio will be uploaded to the photo sharing website Flickr where comments can be posted. To view the full story

Honorary Fellowships

Four Honorary Fellowships will be awarded on 26th March to individuals who have given distinguished service to the University and, in some cases, its region. This year’s Honorary Fellows are: Geoffrey Leech, Emeritus Professor, English Linguistics; Mrs Marion McClintock MBE, Honorary Archivist; Professor Malcolm McIllmurray, the consultant oncologist who helped to set up CancerCare and St John’s Hospice and Professor George Pickett FRS, Physics.
They join the group of 10 Honorary Fellows, which were awarded in 2006 and 2007. Further details will be in included in the next edition of LU text.

Degree ceremonies

Congregations for the conferment of Bachelor and Honorary Degrees will take place from 13th – 17th July 2009. The full timetable is available on the website at www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ceremonies/summer.htm. A brochure providing detailed information about the ceremonies has been sent to all finalists at their term-time addresses.

The University will be awarding six Honorary Degrees this year:

  • Lord Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive of the social care enterprise Turning Point;
  • Professor Sir Drummond Bone, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and former Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company;
  • Mary Cadogan, biographer and critic of children’s literature;
  • Fiona Chadwick, ballet dancer of international repute;
  • Edward Milligan, eminent Quaker Historian and former Librarian to the Religious Society of Friends in Britain;
  • Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi and Saatchi.
For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office on 01524 592190.

DCE supporting young parents

A young parents group from Accrington and Rossendale College and their children visited Lancaster University last week for an event organised by the Department of Continuing Education (DCE) as part of the Access Lancaster Masterclasses project. The students were aged between 17 and 24 years and their children’s ages ranged from 8 months to 8 years. They visited the Pre-School Centre, toured campus and attended a workshop on student finance. The group aims to support young parents who wish to continue with their education but face the difficult challenge of juggling this with their parental responsibilities. The majority of the students on this visit have applied to go to University or intend to do so, and the event provided useful information and encouragement. In the academic year 2007-08 DCE provided learning opportunities for over 1,000 students from local and regional schools and colleges as part of the Access Lancaster Masterclasses project. For further information contact Rory Daly, Senior Development Officer for Widening Participation, in DCE: r.daly@lancaster.ac.uk , extn. 92622.

Students to perform at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster

Lancaster University Theatre Group is to perform Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on March 6/7 at 7.30pm at the Dukes Youth Theatre. There are also plans to take the play to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Set in the idyllic region of Messina, the play concerns the ‘merry war’ of Beatrice and Benedick as a wedding takes place. Meanwhile, the deceitful Prince John seeks to disrupt the festivities, with the intrepid constable Dogberry hot on his heels. LUTG produces 9 high quality professional shows in a variety of venues every year to an annual audience of around 10,000 people.


Professor Charles Alderson (Linguistics) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, 4 March, about his research into inadequate English language tests for pilots and air traffic controllers which are putting lives at risk. The Today programme is Radio 4's most popular programme and reaches an average of just over six million listeners every week. Professor Alderson was also interviewed live on BBC TV News, March 4, on the same topic. To view the full story

Emma Casson has joined the team on the switchboard reception in University House. Emma previously worked for the Estate Management cleaning services at the University for 18 months before taking up her new position.


Science Park

Lancaster City have posted a display in the University Library that shows the outline development of the Science Park. This is part of the City’s outline planning application process and similar displays have gone up in Galgate and in Lancaster.

Invitation to apply for grants of up to £3,000

The Joy Welch Educational Charitable Trust has invited Lancaster to submit one-page applications for grants. These should be for science-based projects which show the potential benefits for the UK economy in the fields of medicine, agriculture, engineering or environmental issues. If you are interested in applying or require more details please e-mail Julia Resenterra, Trusts & Foundations Officer, Alumni & Development Office: j.resenterra@lancaster.ac.uk or telephone her on 93676 after 10 March. Applications requested by 31 March 2009 for submission to Trust by 30 April 2009 – funding will be received by 30 June 2009.

Summer programme

The Lancaster University Summer Programme of holiday courses and activities for adults and children will take place over 3 weeks in 2009, from 27 July to 14 August. There are over 100 courses for adults to choose from, including 43 varied and inspiring new courses, and a choice of exciting activities for children aged 5 - 17 years. LU staff are welcome and are offered a 10% discount on course fees. Full details, including on-line booking, are on our website: summerprogramme.lancs.ac.uk. For a brochure contact the Department of Continuing Education on extn 92623 or email summer.programme@lancaster.ac.uk

Steps – Lancaster University Alumni Magazine

The next edition of Steps will be published in June and the editor is seeking articles and information to include. If your department is doing something that may be of interest to alumni, particularly research or projects, profiles of staff/students or other similar things please contact Sally Nelhams – Alumni and Development Officer (s.nelhams@lancaster.ac.uk)

New book celebrates the success of English higher education

A new publication from HEFCE champions the world-class nature and achievements of higher education in England, and steers the public debate about its future. To read this item in full visit www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2009/heineng.htm


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.c.harris@lancaster.ac.uk

Lancaster Postgraduate Statistics Centre Mini-Project Scheme 2009/10

Call for Proposals: Enhancing the Teaching & Learning of Postgraduate Statistics Closing Date: 31st March 2009 The Postgraduate Statistics Centre is offering funding for up to five mini-projects to commence in May 2009. Up to £5,000 is available for each. For more details and an application form see http://www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/psc/miniproject

Handling missing data

Missing data is a common problem encountered by researchers from many disciplines, including medical research, public health, criminology, politics, biological and environmental science, psychology and the applied social sciences to name but a few. This practical workshop will help researchers deal more effectively with missing data. Presented by, Dr James Carpenter. Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April. To be held in the Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Lancaster University (For more info and costs see www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/missing-data)

National Instruments LabVIEW Training

Thursday 26th March. This FREE event, hosted by National Instruments will feature technical sessions and product demonstrations based on National Instruments LabVIEW. For details see www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/physics/wotsnew/LabVIEW/Labview.html


People in the news - Media coverage for Lancaster University.


Touching War: March highlights

The Touching War activities directed by Professor Christine Sylvester, Politics/IR department, under IAS and LU Film Society sponsorship, continue. March’s theme is Women: Armed and Dangerous? Events include a roundtable with a new generation of feminists in international relations to reconsider War and Masculinity (4 pm March 19) and a workshop on the War Question for Feminists (March 20, all day). Events are open to all. For the schedule through April 2009, see the Touching War website.

English Literature & Creative Writing event: Michael Symmons Roberts, 5.45pm in IAS MR2/3 on Tuesday 10th March 2009

A reading, and a conversation (with Professor Paul Farley) on the nature of collaboration with Michael Symmons Roberts, winner of the 2004 Whitbread Award for Poetry, librettist and regular collaborator with the composer James MacMillan, and celebrated novelist.

North West Researchers Futures, Lancaster University Friday, 3rd April.

Early career research staff are invited to the first regional conference in the UK to focus on the career and professional development of research staff. There will be presentations from successful academics and former postdoctoral researchers, and workshops facilitated by the British Academy, The EU Marie Curie Programme and Vox Coaching. For details of the programme see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/hr/development/files/NW-Researcher-Futures-prog.pdf On-line booking via http://www.vitae.ac.uk/nwhub For further information contact Barbara Tigar mailto:b.tigar@lancaster.ac.uk

One World Week

  • Demystifying Islam @ The Chaplaincy Centre, Wednesday 11th March 1.30pm

    In light of the continuing need for inter-faith understanding, the Chaplaincy Centre hosts Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa, a British born Muslim Scholar for an Interactive Q&A session. The event will begin with a talk to introduce the overarching elements of Islam before moving into an interactive Q&A session about any aspects of the Islamic tradition. The event is only open to non-Muslims and new Muslims with the hope that this will encourage an open and frank atmosphere. Contact: Amine on 10205 or a.melaine@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Environmental guru Donnachadh McCarthy visits during One World Week

    As a part of Lancaster University’s One World Week, GreenLancaster has invited environment guru and eco-house dweller Donnachadh McCarthy to give a talk on how to live a low carbon lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the devastating impact of climate change. He will also give out the much coveted cash prizes to the top performing eco-residences in Grizedale and County. The talk is on Thursday 12th of March 2- 3pm in the Elizabeth Livingstone Lecture theatre, Bowland. http://greenlancaster.org.uk/carbon-competition/

  • Free Smarter Driving Simulator on campus and free energy efficient light bulbs – Thursday 12th March

    As part of One World Week’s Green Day, the Energy Saving Trust will be in the George Fox Foyer on Thursday 12th March between 11:00 and 16:00 with their smarter driving simulator. This will be free for anyone to have a go on! The simulator helps to teach drivers how to drive in a more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient way. The Energy Saving Trust will also be promoting choosing vehicles with low carbon emissions and providing tips on domestic energy efficiency, including free energy-efficient light bulbs.

  • University cycle and walk day

    Thursday 12th March 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 that have signed a pledge, a free raffle for cyclists and walkers, a free Dr Bike service and much more. Please aim to cycle or walk to and from work on this day if you possibly can and encourage others to do so too. For further information please visit http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/travel/travel_news.htm. More information on One World Week is available at http://www.oneworld.lusu.co.uk/thursday/

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