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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.

| 19 June 2009 | Issue 438

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


Staff Prize Awards 2009

The achievements of staff at Lancaster University have been celebrated before an audience of friends and family at the annual Staff Prize Awards presented by the Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington CBE at Barker House Farm. Each prize includes a certificate and £1,000. Categories ranged from Teaching and Research to Commercialisation and Community and College. To view the full story or read the full citations here.

Engineering marks 40 years at the cutting edge

Lancaster University is turning the clock back to the 60s this month as part of a week of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of its Engineering Department. The mud from Woodstock was barely dry when the newest engineering department in the UK opened its doors for the first time in October 1969. Lancaster’s first intake of Engineering students enrolled to take part in a new style of course, taking its lead from the demands of industry. The vision was to give graduates a head start in the workplace by providing them with a broad base in civil, mechanical and electrical Engineering coupled with industrial links and experience. To view the full story

Lancaster arts graduate wins national portrait prize

An arts graduate has won the £25,000 first prize in the BP Portrait Award 2009. Peter Monkman, who did a BA in Visual Arts in 1985, was awarded the prize for a portrait of his 12 year old daughter Anna. Currently director of art at Charterhouse School in Surrey, he also wins a commission worth £4,000. The painting will now go on display from 18 June to 20 September at the National Portrait Gallery, where the winners were announced by the novelist Sebastian Faulks. It is the first time Peter’s work has been shortlisted for the award, which saw a record number of entries this year. The winning portrait – “Changeling 2” – is part of a series of portraits of his daughter at different ages. To view the full story

Hull flood diaries hold lessons for the future

Residents hit by the Hull floods have joined Lancaster University researchers in a call for a rethink of flood recovery management. On 25 June 2009 – the second anniversary of floods which devastated the city - residents will discuss their experiences with representatives from organisations including the Cabinet Office, DEFRA, the Environment Agency and Hull City Council at the Hull Truck Theatre in Hull. To view the full story

From generation to generation: spotlight on new Centre for Family Business

Lancaster University Management School is building on its strong international reputation for research into family-run businesses with the launch of the new Centre for Family Business, led by Professor Carole Howorth. “Family businesses are particularly interesting because they combine the social values of families with the performance values of business,” says Professor Howorth. “Their diversity and behaviour make them an important multidisciplinary field of study.” To view the full story

County College 40th Anniversary

On Saturday 20th June 2009 County College will be holding an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of its most iconic building, County Main. The event will feature food and drink, music, fairground stalls for children of all ages, and a display of County material from the University’s archives. You will also be able to tour County’s new and refurbished buildings. The event will be held in the new ‘piazza’ outside County Main (with alternative arrangements in the unlikely event of really wet weather), and later in the College bar. Proceedings will start at around 4 p.m., and continue until late in the evening. County alumni are cordially invited, along with current County members and friends and colleagues from sister colleges.
If you are coming please email the College Administrator, Bette Nichols Tickets ( £5 each) for the hog roast/vegetarian food also available from Bette.

32nd Annual Physics round campus relay

Congratulations to this year’s teamprize winners who ran the 3 miles:

Follow link for all results.

Faraday complex refurbishment

The Faraday Complex is being refurbished this summer. The contractor will be on site from next week (Monday 22nd June) and will take control of the lecture theatre complex. The site compound will be situated on the temporary car park at the rear of the Faraday Building between Physics Avenue and John Creed Avenue. The compound will take over the southern half of the car park (the half nearest to Physics Ave), but in order for the site boundary to be set up, staff are asked not to park anywhere on this car park between Friday 19th and Friday 26th June. Once the site is in situ, staff will be able to park on the northern half of the car park. Please contact the Project Manager, Anna Cockman on 93345 with any questions. For more information on the project please visit


Emeritus Professor John Rodwell (Biology) has been awarded the 2009 President's Medal from the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM). This is awarded in recognition of a distinguished contribution to the development, profile or influence of ecology and environmental management. Previous recipients include Sir David Attenborough, Professor Anthony Bradshaw and Professor Charles Gimingham. Professor Rodwell will receive his award on 25th June.

The cover of the journal Physical Review Letters is to feature a cover image from a paper by Lancaster University scientists. Drs Pablo San-Jose, Elsa Prada, Ed McCann, and Henning Schomerus are the authors of “Graphene pseudospintronics: A new twist on spin-based electronics”. The cover image for the issue June 19th, Volume 102, Issue 24, is due to appear on the PRL and American Physical Society journals websites in the next few days.

Professor Rachel Cooper (LICA) has recently returned from Finland where she chaired a panel of seven international academics in a research assessment exercise of Architecture, Design, Media and Art Research, as part of RAE2009 at Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and University of Art and Design Helsinki.

Professor Mercedes Camino (DELC) delivered a keynote address at a symposium in Perth's University of Western Australia, on the subject of Terra Australis Incognita. The Symposium, entitled 'Perceptions of Terra Australis' has been organised by the Australian Research Council Network and the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group. As well as her address, 'Mapping Terra Australis Incognita: The Spanish Pacific 1529-1794', Professor Camino gave a Master Class to History students on Wednesday on the subject of 'Memory, Film and the Legacy of the Spanish Civil War'. This follows the publication of her latest books, both of which focus on Pacific exploration.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has been awarded a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship for 2009. The Travelling Scholarships were established in 1944 to enable British creative writers to keep in touch with their colleagues abroad. Paul received his award at a reception this week at the Cavalry & Guards Club in London. Past winners of this award have included C. Day Lewis, V.S. Pritchett, Dylan Thomas, Laurie Lee, William Golding, Margaret Drabble, Stevie Smith, Ronald Blythe, William Trevor, Maureen Duffy, Fay Weldon, Hilary Spurling, Adrian Mitchell, Jenny Diski, Jim Crace, Robert Macfarlane and Helen Simpson.

Dr. Nayanika Mookherjee (Sociology) was invited to speak at a seminar in the House of Lords on 19th June titled: “Let Justice Prevail: Law and War Crimes in Bangladesh”. This seminar is supported by the UK Parliamentary Human Rights Group, Baroness Uddin and Bangla Carta 21. This is linked to the recent announcement of the attempt to set up a war crimes tribunal for the Bangladesh War of 1971.

On 24th August, Dr Jackie Abell (Psychology) will be setting off for Africa to climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity The Railway Children, which looks after homeless and abandoned children living off railways in India, Africa and the UK. She is hoping to reach the summit on 1st September. If anyone would be kind enough to sponsor her, she has a sponsor page at Thanks for any support you can give.


Academic processions at graduation ceremonies

Many thanks to colleagues who have already confirmed their participation in the forthcoming graduation ceremonies. For those who have not yet booked, please submit your booking form by Wednesday 24 June to ensure we can provide you with the correct robes. For more details, please visit: The following ceremonies (Tuesday 14 July at 12 noon and Thursday 16 July at 5 p.m.) have particularly small platform parties (23 and 14 respectively) so your participation would be particularly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support - we look forward to seeing you during Graduation Week.

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.

Campus Power Washing

Next week a power washing programme will commence across the campus. Please visit the Estate Management website to view which areas will be affected on which days.

County townhouses temporary power shutdown

As part of the work for the refurbishment of County South, the County Field townhouses will be without power on Monday 29th June for a maximum of 8 hours. Estate Management will be in touch with the building users regarding specific times. For more information please contact Senior Project Manager Nigel Beeden, 92902.

Grad Ball

The Grad Ball is taking place in the Great Hall this Monday evening, June 22nd. From Sunday, the following areas will be coned off until Tuesday morning.

Free bus services

Uni-rider Summer Vacation Bus Pass

Summer’s here and so is the Uni-rider Summer Vacation Bus Pass! On sale from Thursday 25th June at the LUSU Information Desk. The pass will be valid for use from 27th June until the 1st October and cost £94.50. We take cash/debit and credit cards (1.5% charge for credit cards) Don’t forget you need is a University library card to purchase one. If you have any questions please phone ext. 93765.


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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.

GradFest 2009

Date: Saturday 4th July - Time: 2pm – midnight - Location: Graduate Square and SW campus boulevard (South West campus, in front of The Herdwick bar) Summer Entertainment and Music - A full day of summer events for graduate students, staff and their families. Come down during the day for gyroscopes, bucking bronco, laser quest and lots more. Bring your children along for an afternoon of entertainment, ice cream, face painting, bouncy castle and ball pool Celebrate in the evening with Live Music, DJs and drinks in the Graduate College bar, The Herdwick, famed for its live music Thursdays, beer and cider festival. Food available all day Everyone welcome! Organised by the GSA and Graduate College

IAS Lecture Series

The final talks of this term in the IAS Lecture series - Crisis? What Crisis? are to be given by Franz Schultheis (St. Gallen/Geneva) on 24 June “Labour in Crisis”, and Michael Krätke (IAS, Lancaster) on 25 June, “The longer view: The Great Crises compared”. Both lectures start at 6.30pm in MR2/3 of the IAS Building. See for further details.
To round up this term’s lectures there will be a seminar on 3 July on the theme of “Understanding the Current Crisis”. The programme and details on how to register are available at

Wild . . . An evening with Jay Griffiths

Thursday 16 July 2009, 7.30 pm The Auditorium, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster This event is organised jointly by the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Litfest.
A reading and question and answer session with Jay Griffiths, the author of Wild: An Elemental Journey.
In Wild, Jay Griffiths describes an extraordinary odyssey, courageous and sometimes dangerous, to wildernesses of earth and ice, water and fire.Jay Griffiths is keenly interested in indigenous thought, and writes to challenge the intellectual apartheid of the dominant global culture. The book argues that wild land is intrinsic to the health of the human mind. Above all Wild is a manifesto for the essential wildness of the human spirit.

Tickets: £3.00. Get your copy of Wild - RRP £8.99 with £3.00 off on the night with your ticket. Event website. Check out Litfest's literary events and workshops:

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