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| 17 July 2009 | Issue 442

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


Honorary Degrees 2009

The head of the global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi and a leading ballerina – both with Lancashire connections - were among six distinguished names awarded honorary degrees this week. To view the full story.

News of other Lancaster Graduates

A student suffering from the debilitating illness Myalgic Encephalopathy - also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - has graduated with a first in Religious Studies. Rhiannon Connor said the support she received from the Department and the Disability Office was "fantastic". She will now go onto a Masters in Islamic Studies at Exeter University. To view the full story

Three school friends have graduated together from Pendle College – all in the same subject. Robert Lawrenson, Alice Harpley and Samantha Bradley all celebrated graduating with a degree in Geography. All three studied at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale. Samantha, who gained a first, is going on to do an MA at Manchester, Alice - whose mother Jill is the college administrator - is planning to do a PGCE and Robert is taking a year out.

Two mature students who graduated this week are going on to take PhDs. Joanne Thistlewaite, 35, who gained a first in English Language and Literature is to do a PhD in sociolinguistics in the Irish language and Richard Leadbeater, 43, who gained a first in Musicology, is also to do a PhD. Henry Hicks, 68, who co-founded Pagefast Ltd in Lancaster, said he was delighted that his French degree meant he would no longer have to call in the services of a translator when dealing with French companies. View photo of Richard, Joanne and Henry.

National pay negotiations

The employers have put forward their final pay offer of 0.5% for the year 1 August 2009 to 31 July 2010. This final offer, improves on the 0.4% offer made on 19 May. The revised pay offer is in addition to the incremental payments equal to 3% that approximately two-thirds of HE staff will receive. The increased offer was made following an extensive consultation exercise with HE institutions, all of which are operating in an increasingly difficult economic environment. Unions will now reflect on the offer and proposals and consult with their members. Please see the webpage for full information and links

£10m Arts Building Gets Go Ahead

Planning permission has been granted for a new £10m building which will provide performance space for the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA). Work is due to begin over the summer of 2009 and the facility will be open for the academic year in September 2010. The timber framed building set in woodland on the north campus will be the public face of LICA, with a stage for the nationally and internationally recognised work produced at Lancaster University. The 3000 square metre environmentally-friendly timber building will be wrapped in translucent cladding which will filter varying degrees of light into the interior. The main accommodation includes three interlinked social spaces, with open plan offices upstairs. The building, in a woodland setting on the north campus, is designed to encourage visitors into LICA and be the base for the redevelopment of the entire arts sector on the north campus. To view the full story

Opening of GreenLancaster Hub

GreenLancaster’s Hub has been officially opened, with plans to involve hundreds of students and young people in environmental volunteering projects over the next two years. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the centre for GreenLancaster, a LUSU initiative aimed at promoting environmental awareness. The new premises were donated and furnished by Facilities, which together with the youth volunteering charity v has donated £200,000 over two years to GreenLancaster. Students are already working on the Green Living Project, where they tend an organic garden on campus, and there are plans for a Ground Force-style team of students to help Facilities work in the woodland areas. There are also volunteering opportunities with local groups like the RSPB and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, and the chance for students to be Green Champions in schools. To view the full story

Freshers’ Week 2009

Arrivals Weekend 2009 will fall on 26-27 September, with Freshers’ Week following on from it. The College & Residences office co-ordinate the timetable and produce a guide for undergraduates. There is also a separate version for new postgraduates. You can now view these online in PDF format via the following links:

The Guide (2009 Undergraduate Edition). The Guide (2009 Postgraduate Edition)

Please be aware that there are many other events run by departments and colleges during the week that are not publicised here, and that if you are organising an event you should check availability with Room Bookings online after 27 July. Printed copies are still issued to all new students by post prior to arrival. If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the project manager for the guides, Andrew Gibson, via College & Residences in University House.

Pre-School Centre opens £40,000 outdoor area

A Teddy Bears’ picnic is to mark the opening on July 31st of a new outdoor area at Lancaster University’s Pre-School Centre. Both the University and Lancashire County Council provided £20,000 each to create the landscaped area which aims to provide a unique and natural outdoor learning environment. There are two Norwegian wooden lodges with living grass roofs, four willow wigwams as well as a dry river bed. There is also a wooden boardwalk through the area, paved pathways and trees and shrubs. Over the last two years the centre has also installed a new security system and a Rainbow Sensory Room which was funded by Alumni.

Gothic conference pulls in the crowds

Lancaster University is hosting the world’s largest ever conference on Gothic literature, film and popular culture next week. Teachers, academics, students, artists, writers and performers from around the world will be at the conference (21-24 July) to share their interest in all things Gothic from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Dante’s Divine Comedy. To view the full story

International research summer school

The International Observatory on End of life Care has just completed its two week International Research Summer School, involving 18 participants (pictured)from Uganda, Kenya, Albania, Spain, China and the USA as well as the UK. David Clark, Director of the Observatory, said that it had been among the most successful of the five summer schools held to date. Godfrey Agupio, of Hospice Africa Uganda commented that 'the course not only equipped me with research skills and confidence but also included leadership, communication, philosophical reflection and a sense of value for self and others which was really a special strength'. Whilst Eva Eggenberger, a medical student from Vienna said: 'The Observatory Summer School was just like an international dream come true. It substantially broadened my mind in terms of research methodology and I was able to make new friends in the field of palliative care'.

Swine flu update

A number of cases of Swine Flu have been identified in the Lancaster and Morecambe district as well as across Lancashire. The University is in close contact with the Health Protection Agency and the local Health Authority and is monitoring the situation on campus.

The NHS is currently asking that people follow advice on:

Weblinks to information on Flu friends and the NHS basic hygiene campaign can be found on the University Swine Flu webpage. For the latest information and advice please check the University Swine Flu webpage.

Please ensure that HR hold details of your current emergency contact information by checking your details (via campus PC or VPN) on “employee self-service” which can be accessed from the HR home page or


Dr John Welshman (History) is one of six national experts who have been commissioned by the Beatrice Webb Memorial Trust to make proposals on what single action by Government would do most to reduce poverty. The proposals will be discussed at a seminar on 24-25 October, and will be published by the think-tank Centris in December.

A paper authored by Anna Zvikhachevskaya and Dr Lyudmila Mihaylova (Communication Systems) won the best student paper award in the IET conference in London, UK. This is great achievement, considering that competition was tough with very good papers from Southampton, UCL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds. The title of the paper is listed below. A. Zvikhachevskaya, and L. Mihaylova, Self-organisation in Wireless Sensor Networks for Assisted Living , Proc. of the IET Assisted Living Conf., 24-25 March, London, UK, 2009 % Conference in London, Best student paper award at the IET's Assisted Living Conference 2009, ISBN 978-1-84919-121-0, ISSN 0537-9989 Reference PEP0

On Friday 10th July, Professor Christopher May (Politics and IR, and author of the first independent account of the World Intellectual Property Organisation) joined Marcelo Di Pietro (Deputy Director of the WIPO), Daren Smith (Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva, Maxamilliano Santa Cruz (Permanent Mission of Chile in to the World Trade Organisation) as a panellist for a seminar on Implementing the WIPO’s Development Agenda, at the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva. The audience of policy makers, advocates and officials from various international organisations spent three hours discussing the future of the WIPO and how the new Development Agenda was impacted by the changing economic circumstances of the last two years. See also:

Emeritus Professor Alexander Stewart, FRHistS (Philosophy) received a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society on 3rd July at the Society's annual conference, which was this year held at his alma mater, the University of St Andrews. He also presented a panel paper on 'David Hume and the History of Ireland'. Professor Stewart is a former head of the Philosophy Department, and taught at Lancaster from 1965 to 2000.

A report on antisemitic discourse – ‘Understanding and addressing the ‘Nazi card’’ - jointly written by Dr Paul Iganski and PhD student Abe Sweiry from the Department of Applied Social Science was launched at a reception in the House of Commons on Tuesday this week hosted by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Shahid Malik, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who spoke at the launch, observed that the report “proposes new antidotes for keeping in check not only antisemitism, but by extension, other forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as well.” He described the report as a “critical contribution towards helping Britain become a more cohesive - and civil - society.” The report can be accessed at:


Estates notices

Global Enterprise Week 2009

Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place between 16 – 22 November 2009. It’s a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people, with millions unleashing their enterprising talents and turning their ideas into reality. For more information please see
If you or your department are planning any events for Global Enterprise Week 2009 then please contact Jon Powell, Through the Enterprise Champion project an Action group has been formed to coordinate a programme of events at Lancaster University. If you have any ideas for events or would like support with event planning then please contact us.

Bursaries for Taught Masters courses

On behalf of the North West Development Agency, the University has several bursaries to offer to prospective students applying to study a taught Masters course at Lancaster relating to the North West region’s growth sectors (including low carbon products and services, digital & media, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and advanced manufacturing). Bursaries are worth £1250 each. The deadline for the first round of applications is 4th September. Further details on eligibility, qualifying courses and the application form can be found here:

Cashiers Office

The Cashiers Office will be closed at lunchtime, between 12.30 until 14.00, every Friday in August.

Sports Centre Summer Holiday Activities and Sports Camps


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