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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. To view previous editions see LU Text Achieve.

| 8 May 2009 | Issue 432

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

Greetings to all Buddhist readers for the festival of Vesakh (Wesak). The festival of Vesakh takes place in most Buddhist traditions around or on the full moon day of May or June and celebrates the birth, enlightenment and final passing of the Buddha. For more information see


New Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing

Lancaster University’s new Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing will be launched at the House of Commons next week (12 May) by Minister of State for Health Ben Bradshaw.

Supported by a board of twelve private and public companies which help inform the research by debating the big issues around organisational health and wellbeing and feeding ideas into projects, the Centre aims to research on how to integrate many aspects of mental and physical health into work and the work environment. Current projects are being conducted in the area of employee engagement, absenteeism at work, leadership and health and the effectiveness of health promotion initiatives.

The Director of the Centre is Professor Susan Cartwright, from the School of Health and Medicine.

LEC research in China presented to Climate Change Secretary

Bill Davies, Distinguished Professor in LEC, helped plan the visit of the Government’s Climate Change Secretary Ed Milliband to Minqin in North West China this week. Here a 2,000 year old oasis is disappearing due to a combination of climate change and overuse of water in agriculture.

The British Embassy in Beijing asked for advice from Lancaster on the focus for Mr Milliband’s visit. Minqin provides a depressing example of the extent of environmental degradation and the human impacts that will occur as the climate changes in some of the drier regions of the world where food production is crucial to the survival of a substantial local population. Mr Milliband also saw the work on water saving agriculture being carried by researchers at China Agricultural University in collaboration with the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Lancaster battle York in Roses 2009

Lancaster and York Universities are battling it out this weekend to win the Roses tournament in the 45th year of the annual sports competition. Roses has grown to be one of the most popular sporting events in northern England and is one of the biggest inter varsity competitions in the UK. This year it is the turn of York University to host the event, with three thousand competitors taking part in over 45 sports. The running tally since the tournament began is 22 tournaments to York, 21 to Lancaster University, and one draw in 1974. Named after the historic battle between the royal houses of York and Lancaster, the tournament began in 1965 when the then VC of York, Lord James of Rusholme , proposed a boat race against Lancaster in the style of Oxford and Cambridge, but the original tournament has since grown as more and more events are added each year.

Alexandra Square

As part of the ongoing development of the campus, the University is embarking on an exciting new project to enhance Alexandra Square. This is part of other improvements to the campus as part of the Estate Masterplan. The University is currently in the process of selecting a Landscape Architect to redesign Alexandra Square. Last week three potential architects were shortlisted to go forward to run a design competition for the square and underpass. The process will include a public consultation in the square for staff, students and visitors to contribute to the architect’s ideas and help them understand how the square is used. This will take place on Thursday 14 May 2009 from 10am - 4.30pm in Alexandra Square.

League tables

The Guardian 2010 League tables are due to be published next Tuesday 12 May.

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

Bailrigg Lane

There is growing concern about the number of vehicles parking on Bailrigg Lane to access the University. This has increased over recent months and has resulted in increasing the vulnerability of cyclists and pedestrians, particularly around the two blind corners on the lane where the road space is narrowed due to parked vehicles. Local residents have experienced difficulty in getting in and out of their driveways and some residents have been unable to cut their hedges and grass verges due to them being obstructed or damaged by parked vehicles. A highway engineer from Lancashire County Council visited the area last week to assess how to resolve these issues. In the meantime, cyclists will need to slow down, give way and take extra care whilst joining Bailrigg Lane from the steep driveway of The Croft and whilst cycling along other parts of Bailrigg Lane.

Underpass closure

As part of the work taking place for the new Learning Zone an electrical survey is planned for Saturday 9th May. The underpass will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles from approximately 06:00 – 18:00. Bus services will run as normal but an alternative bus stop will be located on the east side of the Chaplaincy Centre on Bowland Avenue. For more information on the new Learning Zone development visit For more information on the underpass closure please speak to Project Manager, Anna Cockman in Estate Management 93345.

Access closure

The walkway down the side of the Management School from Grizedale Avenue to the Spine will be closed all day on Monday 11th May and Tuesday 12th May due to work being carried out on the electrical infrastructure for the new Grizedale Space project.

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 on the following site.

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


Professor Richard Carter of Lancaster University’s Department of Engineering has been presented with a lifetime achievement award. Professor Carter, a member of The Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology, was given the IVEC 2009 Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics at the Tenth International Vacuum Electronics Conference on 28th April in Rome. To view the full story

A new book of poems by Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) was published this week. ‘Field Recordings: BBC Poems 1998–2008’ gathers together a decade’s worth of Paul’s writing for national radio. The book is published by independent London-based poetry specialists Donut Press, and is available from the usual outlets.

Correction - Last week, we reported that Jacqueline Whiteside, formally took up post as Librarian on 1 October 2004. This should have read 1 October 1994.


Staff mental health awareness drop in/support group

Support is available for staff who have to deal with students who have mental health problems. The student mental health advisor Sue Crookall RMHN, is running a weekly support group on a Thursday between 12 .00and 13.00 in B104, Furness College. The group aims to reduce work related stress and potential burnout whilst improving the students’ experience. If you have any questions regarding this group or any mental health issues please feel free to contact Sue on

Alumni postgraduate studentships

The Alumni & Development Office is offering funding for up to five £1000 Alumni Postgraduate Studentships to anyone who completed their first degree at Lancaster. Please could you circulate this as widely as possible to final year students who you think may be interested. Further information including an application form is available on our website or from Louise Johnson

Your emergency contact details

Please ensure that up to date information is lodged with HR by accessing the “self service” module at Self Service provides a secure method to review and amend your personal details. It can be accessed from any campus PC or off campus via VPN, using your university log on and password. Please ensure that you click the “submit” button. Please address any queries to David Owen.

Friends programme funding available

Application forms can now be obtained from the Alumni and Development Office for funding available under the Lancaster University Friends Programme. Departments, colleges, and individuals can apply for funding (most grants will be in the £2,000 - £5,000 category). The next round of disbursement of funds will take place in September. Applications for funding will need to tie in with the University strategy and fall under at least one of the following categories: Priority Fund, Student Support Fund, or Research & Academic Excellence Fund. Please note: applications from individuals (academic or student) seeking support for tuition, other course fees or personal maintenance costs do not fall into the criteria for Friends Programme funding. Unfortunately we can only allow one application per college. The Friends Programme is part of the University's fundraising programme and the funds are made possible by donations from Lancaster alumni.

Please note: If you are making a LUSU application (e.g. an application from a student sports group, society or JCR) it needs to be submitted via LUSU for authorisation prior to submission to the Friends Programme. For this purpose, applications must be submitted to the LUSU General Manager by Friday 31st July 2009. Please see guidelines for further details. For further information and an application form, please download the details from or call Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904 / email Deadline for applications: Friday 31st July 2009

Power Shutdowns

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:

East Lancashire Lift Share Scheme is launched linked to Sharedwheels

A new car sharing scheme has been launched this term for students and staff living in the East Lancashire area. This initiative succeeds the East Lancashire Bus, which no longer operates. The East Lancashire Lift Share Scheme offers a cheaper, speedier and more flexible alternate to the previous University-operated East Lancashire Bus for staff and students commuting from East Lancashire by encouraging car sharing. The scheme utilises the University’s existing car sharing system on and allows participants to specify whether they are offering a lift, seeking a lift or both. Passengers are asked to contribute to the driver for the cost of the journey so that the journey becomes cheaper for driver and passenger as they share the costs involved. Car sharing is an integral part of our Travel Plan, and involves two or more people sharing their journey and travelling together. It allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car whilst saving money by reducing mileage and petrol costs, alleviating parking problems, congestion and pollution. For more information on car sharing at Lancaster University and the new East Lancs Lift Share Scheme please see the travel website:


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.

Internet Security for Parents

Talk by Rhian Davies, Microsoft Corporation. A one hour presentation which focuses on how you as a parent can protect your child when they use the internet. It introduces a range of personal security issues that are pertinent to children’s use of the internet, but relevant to all. Monday 18th May in Infolab21 C60b/c at 10am - 11am and repeated at 11:30am - 12:30pm. To book please email

Divers Voyces

A short lunchtime concert by this small choir, of mainly staff members. Tuesday 19th May, 1:15pm (30 minutes), Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre. Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium, Byrd – Mass for Four Voices and some surprises… Free entry (collection in aid of Lancaster Homeless Action). Contact us on

Lectures & Seminars


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