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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

| 1 May 2009 | Issue 431

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


Lancaster maintains top league table position

Lancaster is the top university in the North West and in the top 10 in England according to The Independent’s latest league table. The Independent’s Complete University Guide 2010 ranks Lancaster 12th overall in the UK out of 113 institutions, and in the top 20 for student satisfaction. Lancaster University is top in the North West in four national league tables; in The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian 2009 ( the Guardian league table for 2010 will be published this month) and The Independent. To view the full story

LEC research to feature on BBC national news

Professor Barbara Maher of the Lancaster Environment Centre has been interviewed for BBC national news following her novel research using magnetic measurements of roadside tree leaves as a proxy for vehicle-derived particle pollution. The BBC’s environment and science correspondent David Shukman spent two days on location in Lancaster for a feature to be broadcast on the BBC Six O’Clock or Ten O’Clock TV news bulletins later this month. Prof Maher took him to a pollution hotspot at Cable Street in Lancaster before the film crew moved onto Cathedral RC Primary School, where she explained to children from the school’s Environment Club how to monitor levels of fine particles on roadside trees near the playground. The children were later invited back to the University’s internationally known Centre for Environmental Magnetism & Palaeomagnetism at LEC for more information on the research. To view the full story

New Voicemail system

A new and improved voicemail system - Messenger+, is due to be deployed across campus on 27th May 2009. This will offer more functionality to voicemail users and include a voice command automatic operator, for the fielding of calls for out of office hours. Existing voicemail users will automatically be transferred on to Messenger+ and further details and user guides will be available shortly. There may be some short periods of disruption to the existing voicemail system whilst the new system is being installed. If you have any concerns please contact Sue Longfield on 94085.

Pre School opens new sensory room

The Pre-School Centre officially opened its new ‘Rainbow Room’ today, complete with fibre optic island, bubble tube and mirror ball. This new sensory room for children in the centre was made possible from the generosity of users of the Pre-School, both past and present, and a grant of £3,000 which was received from the Friends Programme. Graduate and retired head teacher Carol Williamson was invited to cut the ribbon on the new room, which will support the children's learning and development.

Lancaster Lecturer takes up Government Drugs Advisory appointment

Dr Fiona Measham, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University, is one of two new appointments to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) announced by the Home Secretary on 28 April. Dr Measham was appointed to Lancaster University in 2000 and is now Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Applied Social Science. She is a nationally-renowned researcher with 20 years' experience in the fields of drug and alcohol use, gender, licensed leisure and the relationship between crime and culture. To view the full story

30th Anniversary conference for ICAME

The 30th anniversary conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English (ICAME) will be held at Lancaster University, home of one of the founding fathers of modern corpus linguistics, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Leech. Lancaster University was a pioneer in corpus linguistics when Professor Leech first began to create a million word corpus of British English in 1970, leading to the publication of the Lancaster-Oslo/Bergen Corpus in 1978. In 1991-1995 he was leader of the Lancaster team as part of the consortium which built the British National Corpus (1991-1995), a 100,000,000-word corpus of modern English written texts and spoken transcriptions (see http://info.ox.ac.uk/bnc/). Lancaster was responsible for the word-class tagging of the whole British National Corpus. He is organising the conference along with Dr Paul Rayson, Director of the University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language (UCREL) in the Department of Computing, Dr Sebastian Hoffmann from the Department of Linguistics and English Language as well as two colleagues from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). The conference, entitled “Looking back—moving forward”, will be held at the Lancaster House Hotel from 27-31 May. To view the full story

University helps teenage social entrepreneurs

A hundred and forty teenagers have successfully run their own social enterprise with the help of Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU). The pupils from nine colleges and sixth forms in Lancaster, Blackpool and Preston have all taken part in the Voltage project funded by v, the youth volunteering charity. Young people identified a need in their school or community before creating a social enterprise, where the profits are ploughed back into the community. Social enterprises ranged from a cultural fashion show to a smoothie making business to promote healthy eating. About £3000 was raised which is being re-invested back into the schools, with some of the profit going towards charities chosen by the teams. To view the full story

First book published from Lancaster's AHRC grant

The first book to be published from Lancaster’s AHRC grant on “John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre” is published today (May 1). The collection of essays entitled “Ruskin, the theatre and Victorian visual culture” (Palgrave) is edited by Professor Jeffrey Richards of the Department of History and by Kate Newey and Anselm Heinrich, both formerly at Lancaster and now at Birmingham and Glasgow respectively. The book contains essays by all three editors in addition to Dr Andrew Tate, deputy director of the Ruskin Research Centre at Lancaster.

Union Ballot

A web site has been established to provide information for staff and students on the background to, and updates on, the pay negotiations and the UCU ballot. Please see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/facilities/pay-negotiations.htm

Swine flu update

The University is currently monitoring the situation on Swine flu. The NHS has issued an information number 0800 1 513 513. Information will be updated below, where there are links to the websites of the Health Protection Agency and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/facilities/swineflu.htm


We regret to report that the forthcoming early retirement, on medical advice, of Jacqueline Whiteside, the university's Librarian and Director of the Centre for North-West Regional Studies, has been announced. Jacqueline joined Lancaster on 1 September 1994, formally taking up post as Librarian on 1 October 2004, in time for critical stages in the design and building of the Library Extension and the Ruskin Library, and has initiated many improvements and innovations in the Library's service, including the loan of the rare and valuable Hesketh Collection at Lancaster. She has had responsibility for the management of the Ruskin Library, and for the support of its ever-expanding links with regional, national and international museums, galleries and collections. Between 1996 and 2006, she was also responsible for line-management of the Careers Service (CEEC), promoting greater visibility of its services and the need for integration of employability into curricula. She became Director of the Centre for North-West Regional Studies in 1999, and has promoted regional networks and events that address current issues, such as tourism, rural issues, and cultural landscapes, as well as the development of its highly successful publications programme. She has also been active in moving the university's regional agenda forward more generally, including in her work with the Office for the Associated Institutions. Jacqueline has been Chair of North West Academic Libraries, has served on the Executive Board of the Society of College, National and University Libraries, and has chaired several national and regional professional initiatives and projects. David Summers will continue to be Acting University Librarian until the post of University Librarian is filled later this year.

Nayanika Mookherjee (Sociology) has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010 to work on: ‘Arts of Reconciliation and the Bangladesh War of 1971’. The recent declaration on 25th March 2009 of the attempt to set up a war-crimes tribunal in Bangladesh relating to the genocidal events of 1971 makes it an apposite time for this research.

The inaugural lecture of Stephen Wildman Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre will take place on Thursday 14th May 2009, entitled “It cannot be better done: John Ruskin and Albrecht Dürer” For more details contact ruskin.library@lancaster.ac.uk Thursday, 23 April, The Ruskin Centre will be opening its latest exhibition, ‘Victorian Artists in Photographs’, from 6 – 7.30 pm in the Ruskin Library. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/ruskinlib/

International Officer Adrian Thomas and Linguistics PhD student Chihiro Inoue have been helping Lancashire school children learn Japanese. They spent the day at St Hilda’s C of E Primary School in Oldham following a request for help from the Japan Foundation in London for volunteers to work in schools. Adrian is a registered Japanese language teaching volunteer with the Japan Foundation, and lived in Japan for three years as well as having an MA in Advanced Japanese. He and Chihiro, who is herself Japanese, provided the pupils with lessons introducing Japanese language and culture using materials provided by the Japanese Embassy. A highlight of the visit was when the children tried on Japanese kimonos. To view the full story

Dr Katy Mason, Lecturer in Marketing in LUMS has been appointed as a new AIM Fellow by the Advanced Institute of Management Research to work on improving management practice. She is one of seven new fellows who will join the existing cohorts researching productivity, innovation and services. AIM fellows are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council(ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Dr Mason's research interests include market orientation, supply chain, and the processes that cross organisational boundaries as firms attempt to co-ordinate and manage their business networks.


Payroll notice

The payroll office has this week sent out the year end pay and tax statements (P60 form) to your normal payslip address. For the first time you will also be able to view your P60 details on-line, at the Employee self-service address. https://hr.lancs.ac.uk:8643/concerto/Portal/ If you no longer wish to receive a paper copy of your payslip, or have any questions on viewing your payslips and P60s, please contact Terry Hallam, Payroll & Pensions Manager X92045

Power Shutdown

There will be an electrical shutdown to energise the new high voltage substation being constructed as part of the Grizedale Project. Revised schedule for shutdowns of electrical supplies is as follows:

  • Saturday 9th May Pendle College (including Grizedale 16, 17 & 18) 06:00 to 16:00 initial interruption to supply for 1.5hrs & then 14:30 for 1.5hrs
  • Sunday 10th May George Fox, 06:00 to 16:00
  • Monday 11th May Whewell Building, 17:00 to 20:00 Management School Extension, 20:00 to 02:00
  • Sunday 17th May Management School, Swimming Pool, Squash Courts & Fitness Room, 06:00 to 18:00
    Grizedale Residences will lose power for 3-4 hours from 8am for morning shutdowns and 12noon for afternoon work.

    Grizedale Residences
    A = 107, 108, 109, 110, 111   Saturday 16th May am
    B = 112                                   Thursday 14th May am
    C = 113                                   Thursday 14th May pm
    D = 114                                   Friday 15th May pm
    E = 115                                   Wednesday 13th May pm
    F = 116                                    Friday 15th May am
    G = 117, 118, 119, 120           Tuesday 12th May am
    H = 121, 122, 123, 124           Tuesday 12th May am
    J = 125, 126, 127, 128, 129    Wednesday 13th May am

    Estate Management would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused & thank you in anticipation for your co-operation. Please contact Senior Project Manager, Peter McMullen if you have any enquiries on 93646.

    Free high-visibility reflective vests available for cyclists - Sizes M, XL and XXL only!!! Available from Philip Longton in Estates Facilities office, B Floor, University House after 3pm weekdays.

    Careers in research online survey (cros 2009) for research staff

    Early Career Researchers, Postdoctoral Research Staff and Research Fellows are invited to participate in CROS 2009. PIs and Research Leaders are asked to encourage their researchers to complete the survey, as response rate is an important benchmarking tool for Lancaster. CROS submissions are anonymous and researchers can register their opinions via the survey until 31st May 2009 from: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/lancaster/research-careers-2009 For further information contact Barbara Tigar mailto:b.tigar@lancaster.ac.uk


People in the news - Media coverage for Lancaster University.


For a full list of all items submitted for What's On, please see the Arts and Seminars & Lectures LU News web pages. For some event highlights see below.

Lectures & Seminars

Baby and toddler show

InfoLab21 Associate companies Quay Creative and The Babymaze are collaborating to stage a baby and toddler show on Sunday 10th May 2009 at Lancaster and Morecambe College. The event is the first of its kind in the area and will include approximately 30 exhibitors, fashion shows and a range of activities including dance demonstrations, story time, baby yoga and essential information and advice from health professionals. Both successful businesses are Lancaster-based and owned and managed by local mums. View full story

Lancaster University Maths and Quantitative Skills Group and Postgraduate Statistics Centre Joint Teaching and Learning Seminar

What does GCSE Maths Grade C look like with Kirsti Ashworth, LEC, Wednesday 6th May at 1pm Maths Senior Common Room, B floor Fylde College All welcome. Lunch provided.
Have you ever looked at your students and wondered what on earth they spent 11 years of compulsory mathematics education doing? Have you ever despaired that the school mathematics curriculum has been gradually “dumbing down”? If so, you may want to come along and quiz one of the culprits! Kirsti Ashworth taught Maths to secondary age pupils for a number of years until starting a PhD in Atmospheric Science in October 2008. Further information

‘Crisis? What Crisis?’

The Institute for Advanced Studies launches its new Lecture Series ‘The Multiple World Crisis – The Great Crises of our Day and their Aftermath’ in May. The series kicks off with a talk by Michael Krätke, Director of the IAS, ‘The Meaning of Crisis – How to make sense of a world in turmoil’ on 14 May 2009 at 6.30pm in Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 of the IAS Building. The talk will be followed by a reception in the the IAS foyer. All welcome. For further information on this talk or the series, see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/ias/lectureseries/lectureseries.htm

Summer of Security - The Heat is On. Hackers are everywhere. Where are you?

ICT Focus< ISS, together with leading security organisations, bring you a unique blend of seminar and educational events to help you navigate the many security challenges we all face today. The programme opens with a FREE Security Seminar on 22nd May in Infolab21, Lancaster University . We are delighted to welcome Dave Winpenny, VP Worldwide Customer Support at GFi Software, to join our speakers from ICT Focus and Lancaster University. The day will also include plenty of opportunities for networking over a buffet lunch. The schedule continues with a series of courses covering key qualifications for IT Security professionals; Further information, prices & booking forms can be found on our website or by calling 01524 510425/7. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment http://www.lancs.ac.uk/ictfocus/sos/courses/index.php

Passport to Higher Education, 9 - 30 July 2009

Colleagues are reminded that the Passport to Higher Education programme provides preparation, study skills and an additional academic qualification for university applicants. Referrals from LU admissions tutors are welcome. You will find full details here: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/conted/passport/index.htm

Summer languages courses on campus, June and July 2009

Lancaster University staff and students are invited to immerse themselves in a language for 4 or 5 days this June or July. Seven different languages are offered, at beginners and more advanced levels, as well as an introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language. The courses take place on campus and are organised by the Department of Continuing Education. The courses are open to all and are taught in an informal, workshop style. You will find full details here: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/conted/openstudies/2008-09/languages/LanguagesSummerProgramme.htm


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