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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.

The next edition of LU Text will be published on Monday 31st August 2009

| 21 August 2009 | Issue 445

Contents: news; Lancaster in the news; people; building work on campus; notices; what's on; ads


Student recruitment update

A-level students received their results this week and Clearing commenced yesterday. Lancaster’s target of just under 2500 UK/EU students for the 2009/10 academic year was quickly achieved. The University went into Clearing for a small number of students in a few subject areas and was able to withdraw from Clearing by the end of the day.

Wind turbines

Following the development proposal to construct two wind turbines on the Hazelrigg site, the University is submitting a planning application to Lancaster City Council for the erection of a temporary anemometry mast. The mast will be used to measure the wind speed and direction at varying heights above ground level, close to the proposed wind turbine site. This data will be used to produce wind flow models and energy generation predictions. It is proposed to install the temporary mast for a maximum period of 12 months after which they will be removed. Wind turbines will make a significant contribution to towards Lancaster University meeting the UK Governments targets of reducing carbon emissions by 26% by the year 2020 and 80% by 2050. further details are available here

Research shows multiculturism is working in the UK

Watching soaps, reading tabloids and turned off by politics – the children of international migrants in Britain show a high degree of cultural assimilation compared to their European neighbours, according to a new study by Professor Roger Penn (Maths and Statistics/Sociology).
In his new book, Children of International Migrants in Europe, he presents the results of an international project that examined the situation of the children of international migrants in Britain, France and Germany. The Daily Mail and many Asian networks reported the research which not only provides new evidence but also challenges some of the popular assumptions made about children of international migrants living in Europe today. To view the full story

Lancaster research shows McDonald’s customers prefer older workers

Employees over 60 are a significant benefit to business according to research from the Centre for Performance-led HR at Lancaster University Management School. Researchers examined the performance of more than 400 McDonald’s restaurants across the UK, revealing that levels of customer satisfaction were on average 20 per cent higher in restaurants that employ staff aged 60 and over. The study compared the performance data of 178 McDonald’s restaurants where one or more members of staff aged over 60 years of age is employed with the performance data of 239 McDonald’s restaurants where nobody over 50 years of age is employed. To view the full story

Language courses

In October 2010 the Department of European Languages and Cultures is planning to launch an additional programme of language classes to cater for the language-learning needs of undergraduates and postgraduates in every department and faculty across campus.

There will be a fundamental rethink of the ‘Languages for All’ programme run for several years by the University’s Department of Continuing Education. Transferred to FASS, this programme will be suspended for a year while thorough consultation and planning for the successor venture takes place. This is already underway: during Summer Term 2009, focus groups were used to identify key issues around languages at Lancaster. All participants expressed their firm belief that language learning has to be part of the overall education that the University provides to its student community.

In October the consultation process will be expanded to include all members of the university, who will receive a questionnaire asking them for their views on the future provision of language learning opportunities across campus.

The latest statistics from Lancaster’s Centre for Enterprise, Employability and Careers (CEEC) show that students who graduated in 2008 from the Department of European Languages and Cultures have the highest percentage (95%) of their number in employment (6 months after graduating) of any department in the university.

A key aim of the new programme is to offer the opportunity of acquiring or improving knowledge of a foreign language, to anyone who missed out on language learning at school, or who wants to develop their language skills further. The emphasis will be on enhancing the employability of Lancaster’s undergraduate and postgraduate students, by offering language modules that are tailored to workplace and professional needs and that can be taken either as part of a degree programme or towards an extra certificated qualification.

Visit days

Next Wednesday (26th) Lancaster University will host over 5000 visitors on the first of two Visit Days aimed at giving potential students the opportunity to find out more about life on campus before completing their UCAS forms this autumn.
Faculties will staff subject stands in the George Fox Building, Management School and LEC buildings with various talks taking place all over campus. There will also be information available in the George Fox building on everthing from Colleges to LUSU. Visiting students will also be able to see computing facilities, visit accommodation, tour the library and call in at the sports centre. More information can be found in the programme on this link.

Parking on the day - The day runs from 9.30am until 3.30pm with a free shuttle bus service provided between Lancaster train station and the University until 4.00pm. Parking has been arranged on Alexandra Park overflowing to the main campus as necessary, involving parking marshalls. An extra effort to car share, walk, cycle or travel to the University by public transport on that day would be appreciated, as it will enable prospective students and their families to park on campus more easily. Three minibuses will be operating a free minibus shuttle service around the campus throughout the day. Staff are very welcome to use these to travel around the campus.

Grand opening of Grizedale College and bar

There will be an official opening of the new Grizedale College buildings and bar on October 16th at 6 p.m. Special guest Dr. Robert M. Bliss, Dean, Pierre Laclede Honors College and former principal of Grizedale College, will officially open the new premises followed by a traditional Grizedale Hog Roast and live music. If you would like to join in the celebrations please contact: Barbara Glass, Administrator, Grizedale College,, ext 92631, for your free ticket.

Physics summer school

Physicists from around the world will be in the Lake District this week at an international school for scientists keen to discover more about the building blocks of the universe. Around 60 participants from 16 different countries will be at the event which runs from August 17 to 23 in Ambleside. The Linear Collider Physics School is primarily organised by Lancaster University’s Physics Department and follows earlier successful schools in 2003 and 2006. To view the full story

Swine Flu update

For the latest information and advice please check the University Swine Flu webpage on

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster in the news - See media coverage for Lancaster University this week, including Professor Roger Penn in the Daily Mail and Professor Cary Cooper on BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme.


The Vice-Chancellor is pleased to announce that Professor Geraint Johnes has been appointed as the new Dean of Graduate Studies for an initial 4 year term of office, with effect from 1 August 2009. Our thanks go to Professor Chris Park for all his hard work and endeavours throughout his terms of office. Professor Johnes will be contactable via the Vice-Chancellor's Office on 01524 592862.

A book, Designing Sustainable Cities, edited by Rachel Cooper and Chris Boyko from LICA with Graeme Evans will be launched on the 15th September 2009 from 6-9pm at Fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 3HN. Designing Sustainable Cities offers practical solutions to achieving sustainable urban design and development, and helps designers communicate these solutions to planners, developers and policy-makers. The book is based on the work of the VivaCity2020 project (, a five-year study into urban sustainability funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). If you would like to attend, please contact Nicky Sarjent on (01524) 5 92982 or email

Building work on campus

Facilities – Campus work updates

To help keep people updated on all the work being carried out on the campus there is a new webpage on the Facilities website.

Learning Zone

As part of the Learning Zone project, a cut through between Bowland College and University House will be created in the location of the existing ground floor men’s toilets. This work is due to start tomorrow (Saturday 22nd August). A hoarding has been erected inside the University House cut through. The existing men’s toilets have been demolished and will be relocated at the higher ground level in Bowland College. Whilst these works are ongoing, please use the disabled WCs or alternative toilet facilities at the west end of University House (near Student Registry). There will be high levels of noise from 22nd August while the interconnecting wall is demolished and we apologise for the disruption this may cause. If you have any queries, please contact the Project Manager, Anna Cockman in the Facilities - Project team.

Cycle path around The Croft gardens

Cyclists – please take extra care and slow down whilst passing around the sharp bend in the cycle path around the garden of The Croft, particularly when the path is wet. There have been a number of falls here lately and the risk can be reduced by slowing down to a walking pace whilst cycling around this bend. Measures will be taken to improve the path and reduce the risk of accidents occurring. Please report any incidents or near misses to the Safety Office.

Bigforth Drive closure update

Replacement of the main gas supply meter by National Gas

Thursday 27th August 2009, 09:00 – 16:00. The work requires the interruption of the main gas supply to Alexandra Park. All gas appliances will be out of action causing:

We would like to apologise for any disruption this causes. If you have any further queries please contact Mark Woodhouse, Mechanical Engineer in the Facilities – Infrastructure team, 94246.


New early bus service New service bus to arrive at the underpass at 06:51 especially for those who need to be at work for 7am. From Tuesday 1st September 2009, a new No. 3 bus service departing from Torrisholme and travelling to the University via Lancaster city centre will arrive at the underpass at 06:51. Stagecoach have yet to confirm the times for departure.

Increase in direct bus services

From Tuesday 1st September 2009 the X1 bus service linking the University with Lancaster Railway Station and areas west of the city centre will be rerouted via the A6 through Greaves, rather than along its current route through Bowerham. This will increase the number of direct buses between Greaves and the underpass from 3 to 6 buses per hour during daytime Monday – Friday. A slightly revised timetable will be published shortly and made available in a future issue of LU Text.

Harassment Network

The Harassment Network provides confidential support for any student or staff member who feels they are being harassed or bullied. Contact the network by e-mail at or see for a list of network members who can be contacted by phone.

University fleet vehicles

Please note that University fleet vehicles can park in any parking zone with a valid Staff Preference Permit marked with a ‘U’ for University fleet vehicle. This includes being permitted to park in the Visitor & Priority Parking Zone as well as at Chancellors Wharf.

University rules

The University rules for 2009 have now been published on the Student Services website, for further information please see:


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