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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

The next issue of LU text published on Friday 3 April will be the last edition before the Easter break. LU Text will be published again on Friday April 24th

| 27 March 2009 | Issue 428

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



The eight students with suspected mumps are recovering at home, and there have been no new cases reported. The Medical Centre on campus vaccinated over 100 people in special clinics last week. Activities on campus over the Easter vacation are going ahead as planned.

InfoLab21 enables live telecast from “Chernobyl” town

The first ever live telecast from the Chernobyl area has taken place to mark the culmination of an InfoLab21 project to install wireless broadband in the town of Slavutych in the Ukraine. Representatives from the Ukrainian and UK Governments along with schoolchildren from Lancaster all took part in the webcast to mark the official launch of the Slavutych Town Information Network, which will enable the whole town to benefit from wireless broadband, installed as part of a UK Government scheme to regenerate the area following the nuclear disaster in 1986. Professor Garik Markarian of the Department of Communication Systems at Infolab21 led the project. To view the full story

Students and schoolchildren in pioneering project

Student volunteers have helped over 150 schoolchildren from four primary schools to set up their own social enterprise in the first project of its kind in the UK. Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU) set up the Voltage primary school initiative to enable pupils to work with student volunteers to create their own socially responsible businesses. One school in Lancaster managed to raise more than £1,500 in under a month for the Olivia Project, a school for streetchildren in Uganda. The Voltage pilot project was funded by Lancaster University Friends Programme and will now be rolled out to primary schools across the North West. So far this year, LUVU’s School Partnership has involved over 320 University students with 49 primary and secondary schools. To view the full story

First Lancaster University Management School CFO lecture

In the first Lancaster University Management School CFO lecture on the 23 March, Alumnus Jon Moulton, Managing Partner of private equity firm Alchemy, delivered a compelling summary of the recent economic turbulence and offered a grim vision of the future. More than 140 senior delegates from the finance sector and academia joined partners and directors of Ernst & Young at their offices in London to hear “Reasons to be Cheerful: a short speech”. Guests at the CFO lecture included Lancaster University alumni, many of whom have followed careers in the finance professions. Ernst & Young partner, Les Clifford, who has recently taken on responsibility for managing their CFO Programme, welcomed guests. Mr Clifford delivered high praise for the Lancaster undergraduates he had encountered on the Ernst & Young placement. The event was organised by LUMS and the Alumni and Development Office. To view the full story

Life after Lancaster

Former students currently working in the media or related business sectors attended a media networking event organised by the Alumni and Development Office. 60 people attended the event which took place at the LEWIS Media Centre at Millbank Tower, London last night (26th March), which is owned by Lancaster Alumni, Chris Lewis. Pro Vice-Chancellor Cary Cooper acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and introduced the two speakers. Warren Nettleford, (BA Politics & International Relations, 2003), the former LUSU President , who gave an insight into his life after Lancaster and his current role as Home Affairs Producer for BBC London News. Dan Hogan, current Scan Editor also gave a talk about the University’s Media Community Project which has been funded through the Alumni Friends’ programme. Chris Lewis also spoke about the importance of supporting Lancaster after graduation.

Excellent review for "The Lighthouse"

The Sunday Times praises the world premiere of a new production of The Lighthouse at Lancaster University. The production in the Great Hall by the leading contemporary music ensemble Psappha was in celebration of the 75th birthday of their patron and Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Part ghost story, part psychological drama, The Lighthouse tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers in the Hebrides. It was the final concert in Lancaster International Concert Series 40th Anniversary Season, and will become the first webcast broadcast of a contemporary opera from Monday 30th March at http:www.lancasterconcerts.co.uk / http://www.psappha.com. The Lighthouse will also tour to the St Magnus Festival, Orkney on 19 June and Buxton Festival on 17th and 25th July.

Learning Zone refurbishment

The main contractor for the Learning Zone, (Alexandra Square) refurbishment has been appointed and will be starting on site on Monday 30th March. Bowland Avenue North will become the site compound and will be closed off to staff and student vehicles and only open to pedestrians, deliveries and emergency vehicles. The bins at the top of the avenue will be relocated to Bowland Avenue East next week. The hoarding in the courtyard will be reinstated and access to and from the West end of the college will only be allowed through the new ramped area. Please contact the Project Manager, Anna Cockman (x93345) if you have any questions. More information and visuals of all the projects taking place are available on the Estates website http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/projects/current_projects.htm

County South

As part of the County South Refurbishment project, County Avenue will be closed to non-construction / catering / refuse traffic from Easter 2009 until further notice. Pedestrian access along County Avenue will be unaffected. More information on the refurb is available http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates.

University Cycle Day

The sun shone brightly on a classic early Spring day for the University’s Green Day as part of One World Week 2009 last Thursday. Click here to visit the University’s Cycle news webpage for more information. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/estates/travel/travel_news.htm

Death notice

We regret to report the death of Simon Woods, an MA student in the Politics Department. Simon died on 20th March 2009 and was staying in Yorkshire at the time.


A note from Mrs Jean Johnson, wife of Professor Jim Johnson, follows:

Following the sudden death of my husband Professor Jim Johnson I would like to thank all those members of the university who joined us at the funeral service last Friday or who sent letters, cards or e-mails with such wonderful tributes to an obviously well-loved man. I will of course be writing to many of you individually of course but that will take time. Thank you again.


Research by Dr Enrico Rukzio and PhD Student Andrew Greaves from the Department of Computing, has been featured on the popular BBC Newsround programme. Andrew Greaves was filmed with children from a local secondary school demonstrating mobile phones with an integrated projector together with Newsround presenter Adam Fleming. To view the interview follow the link http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_7950000/newsid_7959000/7959006.stm

Dr Deborah Mawer (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts) can be heard on BBC Radio 3 in ‘R3 Music Feature’ on 28 March, 12.15-1.00pm, talking about one of the most original and enigmatic works in music literature, Ravel’s La valse. For further information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jdhvk. Final bookings are also being taken for: ‘Nostalgia and Innovation in Twentieth-Century French Music’, (8 - 9 May 2009), a Royal Musical Association sponsored symposium led by Deborah Mawer, and offered free to all Lancaster students and staff! (Deadline 31 March 2009.) For more information: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/nostalgia/


Reconstruction of the Boxing Day tsunami (2004), Khao Lak, Thailand

A joint lecture between the Royal Geographical Society (NW Region) and the Lancaster Environment Centre by Professor Alasdair Skelton (Dept. of Geology & Geochemistry, Stockholm University). Working together with survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami, and with the help of tourist photos and video footage, Professor Alasdair Skelton and team have reconstructed the minutes which transformed the tranquility of Khao Lak, Thailand to a scene of utter devastation. The talk will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 28th April in the Biology Lecture Theatre, LEC. The talk is free to everyone. Please reserve your seat by contacting Tracy Quilliam on 01524 593891 or t.quilliam@lancs.ac.uk. Places available on the day but are subject to availability.

Green ICT policies

Webpages for staff and students which set out the University’s aims around reducing its carbon footprint through Information Communications Technology (ICT) and reducing the footprint of ICT have gone live. The policies, Reducing ICT’s Carbon Footprint and Reducing the University’s Carbon Footprint through the Use of ICT support the University’s Energy and Carbon Management Policy.

Chancellor's Wharf car parking

The University Security Department and Transport Co-Coordinator are in the process of re-establishing parking controls and regulations at Chancellor’s Wharf, Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster.

Staff are reminded that a campus permit does not allow parking of vehicles at Chancellor’s Wharf and a Chancellor’s permit does not allow parking on campus. Parking is still possible at Chancellor’s Wharf by displaying one of the scratch cards which are available at Reception Lodge or Chancellor’s Wharf Manager’s Office. Staff parking at Chancellor’s Wharf is limited to business use only.

School of Health and Medicine Colloquium

Theme: Environment and Health Friday, 17 April 2009, 2.00pm – 5.00pm Elizabeth Livingstone Lecture Theatre (Bowland North)- All Welcome For details see Link to what's on

Estate Notices

    Conference Centre Bin Store

    The Bin store adjacent to the Conference Centre (Bin store No. 4) will be moving temporarily for the duration of the works on the Learning Zone. The bins will be relocated onto Bowland Avenue South.

    Shoe Recycling Bins

    Shoe Recycling bins are have been located in two bin stores on campus on a trial basis. The shoe bins are clearly labelled and are located in the Tower Avenue and Haverthwaite (SW Campus) bin stores. If you have any clean pairs of shoes you don’t need please recycle them in one of the bins.

    Fire Alarm Tests

    In order to test the link between the fire alarms and the automatic door release, the fire alarms will be tested on the first Thursday of each month in the following buildings, at the given times. There is no need to evacuate.

    1. The Library 8:15am
    2. Physics 9:10am
    3. The Great Hall 9:20am
    4. Slaidburn House 9:50am
    5. Furness College 10:05am
    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. Chancellors Wharf 2:15 pm
    12. Info Lab 2:30 pm

    The following buildings will be tested for the same purpose, on the first Saturday of each month, at the given times, again there is no need to evacuate.

    1. Biology/Environmental Sciences/CEH/LEC3 8am till 11 am.
    2. University House 11am till 1pm
    3. County South 1:30pm till 2:30pm
    4. Post Graduate Stats 2:30 till 3:30pm.


    Work to the electricity sub stations on campus will be carried out over the Easter Vacation , weekends or over the staff holiday period. This will require shutdowns to areas of the campus which will be kept to a minimum. Details and times of the associated shutdowns will be available shortly but for any immediate information please contact Simon Corless on 94296.

Unite card

Lancaster House Hotel has launched the "Unite" card which is a permanent discount card for all staff and students at Lancaster University. All year round, guests with a Unite Card, will get a minimum of 10% off food in both the restaurant and bar, also see monthly offers on Unite website. (http://www.elh.co.uk/unite).


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Bodies of War

The Touching War activities in conjunction with the Politics/IR department, under IAS and LU Film Society sponsorship, formally concludes this month with the theme Bodies of War. A workshop will be held on Friday April 3, 9:45-5:30 in IAS room 2/3, with a wine reception following. A keynote address will be given by Dr. Brigitte Holzner, Director of Gender and Development at the Austrian Development Agency. Other participants include Athina Karatzogianni (Media, Culture and Society, Hull), Adi Kuntsman (Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, Manchester), Pat Noxolo (Geography, Loughborough), Cami Rowe (Politics/IR Lancaster) Open to all. For further information contact Professor Christine Sylvester, Politics/IR (c.sylvester@lancaster.ac.uk). For information on this event: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/touchingwar/ c.sylvester@lancaster.ac.uk

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