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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 Archive.

| 22 May 2009 | Issue 434

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


Staff prize winners

The University is delighted to announce the 2009 Staff Prize Winners:

Honorary Degrees

The following Honorary Degrees will be conferred at the Degree Ceremonies in July, week beginning 13th – 17th July.

Hull flood children to tell their story

Children who were caught up in the Hull floods of June 2007 are to take part in a study which aims to put their experiences at the heart of decision making. Young people were particularly hard hit by the flooding to homes, schools and community facilities which caused significant disruption to their lives for months and, in some cases, years. But until now, little academic work had been done to record their experiences. A team of Lancaster University researchers in Geography led by Dr Marion Walker, Dr Will Medd and Rebecca Sims, who carried out a two-year study into the impact of the floods have now launched a fresh piece of work which will bridge that gap using story boards, creative writing and informal peer group discussions and interviews. To view the full story

‘Dotty’ idea scoops Royal Society Award

A Lancaster University Physicist has been given a Royal Society award to support his work exploring next-generation computer memory. Dr Manus Hayne is investigating the feasibility of using self-assembled quantum dots as the basis for ultra-fast computer memories. Quantum dots - tiny droplets of semiconductor material - could hold the key to bigger, quicker computer memories. Dr Hayne has been awarded one of nine prestigious Brian Mercer Feasibility Awards to help take his work a step further. The award was presented at the annual Royal Society Labs to Riches event in London. To view the full story

Global Corporate Challenge 2009

An initiative aimed at promoting fitness among employees is to be studied by researchers from the new Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing based in the School of Health and Medicine. The Centre’s Director, Professor Susan Cartwright, is to study survey results from 1,800 employees of Nestle who are involved in the Global Corporate Challenge, a 125 day health and fitness programme for teams of employees. Each team member has a pedometer which enables them to log their step count on the GCC website, which converts this to a kilometre distance and plots the team’s virtual progress around the world. The aim is to walk 10,000 steps in total. The survey will ask them about the physical and psychological benefits of taking part and how this impacts on their work. Professor Cartwright is herself a member of the Dean’s team from the School of Health and Medicine which is taking part in the Challenge. Other team members include Anne Garden, Ruth Hutchison, Julie Pearcy, Howard Lindsay, Euan Lawson and Philip Gibbs. The D floor team from University House includes the Vice Chancellor Prof Paul Wellings, Amanda Chetwynd, Trevor McMillan, Gavin Brown, Annette Wellings, Cary Cooper and Andrew Neal. There are also seven teams of medical students taking part in the event, which began on May 21st and which is being sponsored by Astra Zeneca.

Phone systems

A new and improved voicemail system - Messenger+, is due to be deployed across campus on Thursday 27th May 2009 for those extensions beginning with 9. There may be some short periods of disruption to the voicemail system whilst the new system is being installed. Existing voicemail users will be automatically transferred on to new Messenger+ and the User guide is available via the following link - You will also be able to retrieve messages from the old voicemail system by dialling 94600 for approx 2 weeks from the date of transition. For further details please contact Sue Longfield on 94085.

Pay negotiations

The University is pleased to report that The University and College Union (UCU) has announced the cancellation of the current ballot for industrial action. Under the dispute resolution procedures, UCEA (the employers' representative body) has met on two occasions with UCU. The next stage is for UCEA and UCU to go to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) for assistance in resolving the dispute. At the pay negotiations meeting between UCEA and all the trade unions on 19th May, UCEA tabled a pay offer of 0.4% which has been rejected by the HE unions.

Please see the link for more information

Car parking update on Hazelrigg Lane, Chapel Lane and Collingham Park

Parking restrictions around the bottom of Collingham Park have been approved and the County Council have placed an order for the ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions to be implemented. Parking restrictions on Hazelrigg Lane and Chapel Lane have also now been approved and these ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions should be in place by the end of September.

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.


The Queen has approved the appointment of the Reverend Canon Giles Fraser, who did a PhD at Lancaster, to a Residentiary Canonry of St Paul's Cathedral. As Canon Chancellor, the Reverend Dr Fraser will oversee the work of the St Paul’s Institute for ethics. He is currently the Vicar of Putney in the Diocese of Southwark and Honorary Canon of Sefwi-Wiawso in Ghana. He trained for the ministry at Ripon College before being ordained into the Oxford Diocese where he worked as a parish priest and chaplain at Wadham College. He moved to his current parish in Southwark in 2000, a year after taking his PhD in Religious Studies at Lancaster. He has a weekly column in the Church Times and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. He is also the author and co-author of several books.

Congratulations to Dr Christine Milligan (Division of Health Research) who has been awarded a Personal Chair with effect from 1 July.

Professor Andrew Sayer (Sociology) will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Lund University, Sweden, on 29th May.

Lancaster Creative Writing alumnus Martin Goodman has just been appointed from his lectureship at Plymouth to a Chair in Creative Writing at Hull University. Martin completed his PhD with Graham Mort and Lee Horsley in 2007 and part of his new duties will be to direct the Philip Larkin Centre at Hull. See:

New people

Duncan Lambert has joined Estate Management as a CAD Co-ordinator. Duncan previously worked for MCK Partnership Architects and has a degree in Architectural Technology from the University of Northumbria.


Boris (Maurice) Howarth, artist and theatre director, born 5 August 1941; died 11 April 2009

In 1965 Boris Howarth arrived at Lancaster University to study English. In 1968 he co-founded the Lancaster Street Theatre with his wife Maggy. A lifelong friendship with the poet Adrian Mitchell started at the university, where Mitchell was Granada fellow (1968-69) and Boris worked with him on The Hot Pot Saga show (1968). In 1969, with Maggy, Boris became involved in the birth of Welfare State International. WSI was a collective, bringing together, for four decades, radical artists. It put on outdoor spectaculars, touring Britain and the world. Boris died at the age of 67 and is survived by his wife Maggy and son George. To read the full obituary in the Guardian follow link.


Academic Processions

Staff are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Bachelor Degree Ceremonies in July, week beginning 13th – 17th July. A full platform greatly adds to the sense of occasion for the graduands and their families so your participation will be greatly appreciated. Full information, including the timetable, a booking form and a breakdown of students for each department by ceremony is available on the website: We would be grateful if you could confirm your involvement and robe requirements by Friday 19th June to ensure the correct robes can be provided for you. You can send your form by post or e-mail (to

    Would you like to participate in graduation ceremonies but don’t want to join an Academic Procession? - Join in the graduation celebrations and help our graduating students and their guests enjoy their special day. The Ceremonies and Events Team recruits a large number of volunteer staff helpers to assist in delivering graduation ceremonies. Roles include ushering guests to their seats, putting students into the correct processional order for their ceremony, or for the more extrovert, acting as Marshals to assist in directing proceedings during the ceremonies. To find out more or register your interest, please contact Jane Purcell, Ceremonies and Events Co-ordinator (

The Science Behind A Hollywood Film

The science behind the film “Angels and Demons” is the subject of a public lecture by the Department of Physics on May 28. The film, based on a book by bestselling author Dan Brown, is a detective story involving a secret society which wants to destroy the Vatican using a bomb made from antimatter. The material is stolen from CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, and the actor Tom Hanks plays a Harvard academic in a race against time to recover the antimatter and prevent catastrophe. Physicists at Lancaster are closely involved with CERN in Geneva, where they are involved in experiments to determine the ultimate structure of matter and the forces of nature using high energy beams from large accelerators. The public lecture is at 6pm on May 28 in Lecture Theatre One at LUMS.

Online pay advice

You can reduce the need for paper resources and help the University save time and money by choosing the environmentally friendly way of viewing your pay advice. To view your pay advice online visit the ‘My-View’ Employee Self Service Portal at the following link- All staff can currently access their pay advice via this portal, so please think whether it is necessary for you to also receive a paper version from Payroll. If you really need a copy of your pay advice on paper , you can print out the electronic version. The Employee Self Service Portal provides secure access to your data as it can only be accessed using your university username and password. If you would like to help by opting out from receiving a paper pay advice or have any questions about it then please contact the Payroll and Pensions Manager on ext 92045 or e-mail –


Do you deal with alumni on a regular basis? Would you like to find out how we can help you keep in touch with your alumni? The Alumni & Development department is holding an ‘open lunch’ on Tuesday 9th June in the John Welch Room, C Floor University House. Please join us for a bite to eat/glass of wine after which there will be an opportunity to meet our team and find out more about what we do and how to communicate effectively with your alumni. Places are limited so if you would like to attend please email

Electrical power shutdown - Saturday 30th May 2009

As part of the work for the new Grizedale Social building there will be a short electrical power shutdown on Saturday 30th May 2009 between the hours of 19:30 and 20:30.

All electrical supplies to these buildings will be affected for an hour at the most:

  • Furness Main including flats
  • Furness Residences
  • Fylde Main including flats
  • Fylde Residences
  • Postgraduate Statistics Centre
  • Sports Centre (Including Swimming Pool)
  • IENS (Including LEC Nerc and LEC 3)
  • The Library
  • Engineering
  • The Pre-School Centre
  • Ruskin Library
  • If you have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on 93333 with any general enquiries before the 30th May. If you have any problems while the power is off please contact security 94541. Further information relating to the works can be found on the Estate Management website page.

Fire device annual safety testing

In addition to testing to the monthly alarm and door release testing Cooks Fire will be conducting annual fire alarm device safety testing over the next few months. All work will be listed on the Estate Management website.

Whilst Estate Management will try and contact all building users affected in advance of the work being carried out please visit the website to keep up to date on the timings.

ISS New Build

As part of the landscaping works around the new building the site compound is to be extended onto the perimeter road pavement. The pedestrian route will not be affected as safety barriers will be in place to divert around the fencing.

Essential Lift Maintenance

In order to maintain the safety and working order of the lifts OTIS Ltd. will be taking some of the lifts out of service to carry out works. This is a 6 monthly statutory inspection which must be completed to avoid the lifts being isolated and taken out of service. For a detailed timetable of which lifts are affected when please visit Estate Management website

Cycling skills training

Do you lack confidence riding a bicycle in heavy traffic, on roundabouts or turning right at busy junctions? If so, FREE help is available in the form of free cycle skills training to your suited level. You could regard it as the ‘Pass Plus’ of cycling and it’s completely FREE to do. Training is done by local trainers who are accredited to training to the national standards. Training can be arranged as 1-2-1 with an instructor, as a group from a department or a group of friends or as part of a larger course. If you are interested please call 01524 582392 or email

Spring Bank Holiday Bus Services – Monday 25th May 2009.

A SUNDAY service will operate on all Stagecoach in Lancashire and Cumbria. In Lancaster, extra Service 3 journeys will operate between Lancaster University and Lancaster Bus Station along the A6 through Greaves. Timetables can be viewed here:


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.

Eddie Izzard at the Nuffield Theatre

The award-winning comedian and actor Eddie Izzard is to appear at the Nuffield Theatre on Tuesday May 26 at 5pm as a guest of the University's Labour Club in an event entitled "Eddie Izzard and Friends- Talking Politics". The event ahead of the European elections on June 4 will also include a cabinet minister and Euro MP who have yet to be announced, and who will both take part in a discussion with Mr Izzard before questions from the audience. Doors open at 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start. Tickets are £3 each, and will be on sale via Facebook from 10pm on Tuesday 21st May. Places strictly limited.

The Pro Nobis Singers

Saturday 13th June 2009 – The Pro Nobis Singers, who include Lancaster University staff, Allyson Fiddler, Sarah Wroe, Helen Grant and conducted by Clive Walkley , celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a concert in Kendal Parish Church. The programme includes Alessandro Striggio’s 40 part motet “Ecce beatem lucem”, Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu Nostri” and Francisco Valls’ “Missa Scalla Aretina”. For more information, visit:

The choir are featured in the Westmorland Gazette, 22 May, along with a telephone number for ticket reservations.

Lectures & Seminars


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