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| 11 September 2009 | Issue 448

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


Lancaster ranked top in the NW by Sunday Times

Lancaster has been ranked 19th in the Sunday Times University Guide 2010, to be published on Sunday 13 September. As well as reporting that Lancaster’s students are ‘happiest in the region’ the ST also ranks Lancaster top in the Northwest. This means that Lancaster is now the top rated university in the Northwest by the latest Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Independent league tables. To view the full story

Dr David Starkey to give public lecture

Historian and TV presenter Dr David Starkey will visit the University on 22 September to celebrate the legacy of one of the most famous monarchs in history. The History Department invited Dr Starkey to give a public lecture to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the coronation of Henry VIII. The free lecture, entitled 'Henry VIII: Five Hundred Years of Fame, 1509-2009', will be held at 6pm in George Fox Lecture Theatre 1, 22 September, 2009. Members of the public, staff and students are welcome to attend. Cumbria-born Dr Starkey, perhaps best known for his TV series The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, has had huge success at bringing history to a mass audience. He has maintained links with the region and in 2004 he was presented with an Honorary Degree. To view the full story

Lancaster research says no change in the link between deprivation and death since 1900s

The link between deprivation and premature death is as strong today as it was in the early 1900s according to research published in the British Medical Journal today. The study, the first of its kind to directly compare modern deprivation and mortality with conditions a century ago in the whole of England and Wales, has been undertaken by Dr Ian Gregory, Senior Lecturer in History, who was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning. Using the census mortality data from 634 districts in the 1900s, Dr Gregory has explored the links between deprivation and mortality in Edwardian England and Wales and premature death and poverty in 2001. To view the full story

IAS research programme spans all faculties

The Institute for Advanced Studies research programme for 2009-10 commences on 15-16 October with a two-day interdisciplinary launch event on campus. The programme, directed by Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski of Sociology, will involve academics from all four faculties and many external collaborators in a year-long exploration of ideas and practices of experimentation in science and technology, the arts, commerce, politics and the wider culture. The programme will include an extensive arts programme in the North West delivered in collaboration with FutureEverything, the Nuffield Theatre, the Lancaster International Concert Series, the Peter Scott Gallery, the Storey Gallery, Lancaster Literature Festival, and CUBE (Manchester). For more information on programme events, see, or email Anne-Marie Mumford at the IAS (

New Grizedale Bar

The new Grizedale bar is now open for use. From Monday 14th September it will be open between 10am – 4pm for tea, coffee, a selection of Paninis and alcoholic beverages. For more information on the new Grizedale Social Complex visit the Facilities projects website. To see a photograph of the new social complex follow the link.

Performance opportunity for local residents

A performance involving 40 local residents has been commissioned by the Nuffield Theatre, part of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, to take place in the Storey Gallery in Lancaster. Performance company A2 is looking for 40 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to take part in workshops that will lead towards two public gallery performances at the Storey Creative Industries Centre on October 23rd and 24th. The workshops will explore the interrelationship between living and dying as the participants work towards creating a performance, entitled “The Future of Death / part 5”, in which people create a large-scale living sculpture by gradually burying each other with earth. A Taster Workshop takes place from 10am to 1pm on the 26th September, and selected participants will be asked to attend workshops from 11th - 22nd October leading up to the two performances on 23rd & 24th October. To view the full story

George Fox landscaping

Enabling works have started to prepare the footpaths and area outside the George Fox building for a new landscaping project. The project is due to start after the University’s Visitor Day on 19th September. More information about the project and visuals of the design will be available soon on the Facilities – Projects website.

Physics summer school gets international backing

A Lancaster University summer school is set to become a regular fixture after physics students from around the world gave it their seal of approval. The Linear Collider Physics School held in the Lake District August 17 to 23 was set up to explore the physics of the next generation of particle colliders – known as linear colliders – which are anticipated to help answer fundamental questions about what the universe is made of. To view the full story

Travel and car parking for 2009/2010

Please read the information below highlighting changes to car parking and how to apply for a permit for 2009/2010. All changes apply from October 1st 2009 when the new permit year commences.

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster in the news - See media coverage for Lancaster University this week, including BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the BBC, CNN and other national and international coverage for research.


Roger Kemp Engineering, has been invited by the UK Minister of Science Lord Drayson and leading entrepreneur James Caan (of Dragon’s Den fame), to chair a panel of judges for the iawards, the first government backed awards initiative to honour and recognise the most innovative minds in the UK. He has been asked to chair the judging panel for the Best Transport Category.Professor Kemp champions more efficient energy use in transport, and has submitted a white paper on sustainable railways to the Department of Transport.

Professor Padraic Monaghan, Psychology, organised a session at this year's British Science Festival about language, the mind and computers and presented his research which has found that the brain has to join visual information from both hemispheres when reading, and when this ability is impaired then dyslexic behaviour results.

Ian Mercer, Physics, has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award for all the charity work he has done on behalf of the RLI’s Coronary Care unit. He was filmed by Granada Reports last week for reaching the semi final of the awards which recognise outstanding services to the community . Last year, Ian cycled coast-to-coast in just two days with a team of 45 cyclists for the unit and before that, along with colleague John Statter, Ian completed an extreme three peaks challenge which raised more than £5000 for Coronary Care, by climbing the 3 highest peaks in the UK and cycling the 460 miles between them, earning praise and sponsorship from Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington. Ian began raising funds for the Coronary Care Appeal at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after a number of close family members were cared for by the unit.

Dr Robert Appelbaum English and Creative Writing, has been awarded funding to complete a study of writing about restaurants, from guidebooks to novels. The Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Leave Fellowship will enable Dr Appelbaum to complete work on a book Restaurants for the Rest of Us, to be published by Reaktion Books. To view the full story

The Channel Five television series, ‘The Gadget Show’ has been assisted by Dr Paul Coulton from the Department of Communication Systems at Infolab21. The TV team are working on an episode where they are filming at Tamworth Castle. Dr Coulton prepared a 3D map of the Castle which let them ‘flash’ rooms highlighting the progress around the castle.

Building work, fire alarms and electrical shutdown this weekend

Annual fire alarm device testing

Please visit the Facilities Campus Work Update webpage for more information on when and where the device taking will take place.

Electrical shutdown

In order to carry out essential work in the substations and install energy meters part of the university’s electricity supply will be shut down this weekend.

Landscape improvement works

Until Friday 18th September the exit, (A6-bound) carriageway of Bigforth Drive (main University driveway) will be CLOSED to all traffic between 7:30am - 6pm Monday – Friday. This is to construct a new footpath between Bigforth Barn and the western roundabout as part of the landscape improvement project.

Road works

Resurfacing work will be carried out on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Thursday 17th & Friday 18th September on the SE section of the perimeter road, this will reduce the amount of parking available in this area. All work will be complete before the visitor day on Saturday 19th September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this work. If you have any queries please contact the Facilities helpdesk 93333.


Celt 2009/10 Professional Development Programmes - Cap Module 1: Developing Higher Education Practice

Places are being allocated now for the Certificate In Academic Practice (CAP) Module 1 starting on Tuesday 22nd September 2009. Another Module 1 course will start on Tuesday 5th January 2010. Staff who wish to apply for one of these courses should apply as soon as possible. CAP is designed to address the needs and interests of both academic staff who are new to university teaching, and more established members of staff who have been teaching for longer, both in the UK and elsewhere. For more experienced colleagues who are eligible for apply for an accelerated route to CAP Module 2, the next cohort will start in May 2010. Application form and FAQs: Enquiries can be addressed to Helen Griffiths, Teaching Development Administrator at: / ext 94704 / C62 Furness.

New departmental rep system

The Students' Union has changed the current course rep system into a new departmental system. At the moment, the new system only covers undergraduate students. Research into postgraduate representation is taking place to work out the best way to represent their differing needs. The principles are the same as the current system, with elections taking place ‘in-house’ amongst students and their peers, but the number of reps will decrease as they will now be representing their department (within their year) instead of different courses. The full details of the changes will be passed to departments via their administrators. If you look after reps and haven't heard from LUSU by Friday 11th September , please contact Danny Ovens, Vice President Academic Affairs,LUSU. Phone: (01524) (5)92202.

Steps magazine call for content

The Alumni and Development Office is currently in the process of getting articles together for the winter ’09 edition of ‘Steps’ – the alumni magazine. They are especially interested in research/projects , especially those that may link to some current 'hot topics' that you read about in the press. Profiles of staff/students are also welcome as is anything else that you may think to be of general interest. Please contact Sally Nelhams if you have something you think would be of interest to alumni.

Bus services

Convector heaters

Due to health and safety issues associated with portable electric heaters the use of unauthorised heaters is prohibited throughout ALL university buildings.
Please remove all privately owned heaters from offices, departments and communal areas before Friday 18th September.

On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September the Facilities maintenance team will be removing all fan and convector heaters (including heaters brought in from home) across campus. They will be taken to the stores and used for emergencies only. Any privately owned heaters can be reclaimed to take home between 13:00 and 15:00 from 21st September – 25th September.
Please visit the Facilities website for more information on the policy Facilities website.

Sports centre membership

From Monday 14th September you can renew or buy your Standard Sports Centre membership.


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