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| 18 September 2009 | Issue 449

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

Professor Philip Reynolds (15 May 1920 - 11 September 2009)

We regret to report that Professor Philip Alan Reynolds, C.B.E., M.A., F.R.Hist.S., Hon.LL.D, Lancaster's second vice-chancellor, died on Friday 11 September 2009 after a long illness.

The funeral will be held at 2pm at Lancaster Crematorium on Tuesday 22nd September followed by a reception at the Elms Hotel. University staff are welcome. The family are asking for no flowers but donations to Amnesty International.

Professor Reynolds, a political scientist, was appointed as founding head of the Department of Politics and founding pro-vice-chancellor on 1 August 1964, and later as senior pro-vice-chancellor. He was appointed as acting vice-chancellor from 1 October 1978 to 31 1979, and vice-chancellor from 3 January 1980 to 30 September 1985. He was also the first principal of Furness College between 1968 and 1970, prior to being vice-chancellor.
He was fiercely dedicated to the development and success of the new university and, as its head during the time of the deep 1980 cuts in university funding, he acted to stabilise the financial situation and to invest in the university's emerging research profile. He also believed in the finer things of life, helping to build up the wine cellar in Furness College and asking that funds raised to commemorate his period of office as vice-chancellor should fund an annual concert for as long as they lasted. He leaves a widow, Mollie, and three children, Michael, Susan and Anthony. See obituary in the Times.


Royal Guest At University's 45th Anniversary Dinner

Lancaster University’s past and present Chancellors, HRH Princess Alexandra and Sir Christian Bonington CBE DL, were guests of honour at a Lancaster University dinner marking the University’s 45th Anniversary. Honorary Fellows, alumni and honorary graduates came together with other distinguished guests to celebrate 45 years since the signing of the University’s charter on 14 September 1964. The Princess, who was Lancaster’s first Chancellor, returned to see the unveiling of a portrait of the current Chancellor, Sir Christian Bonington, painted by artist Anthony Morris, R.P. N.E.A.C, which will be hung in the Great Hall. Sir Christian Bonington also announced his intention to continue as Chancellor for a further period of 5 years. Plans for a major fundraising campaign leading up to the University’s 50th Anniversary were also announced. To view the full story

Visit day

This Saturday September 19th, Lancaster University will host over 5000 visitors on the second of two annual Visit Days aimed at giving potential students the opportunity to find out more about life on campus before completing their UCAS application this autumn. The format of the day will be the same as in August, which proved to be very popular despite bad weather. Faculties will have subject stands in the George Fox building, LEC and the Management School with talks taking place all over campus.

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 the main campus overflowing to Alexandra Park as necessary, using a large team of student helpers to manage this under the direction of Phil Longton, Environment and Travel Coordinator. For more information

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

Opening of new Learning Zone

Students will be able to benefit from the new Learning Zone which opens for the first time on Saturday September 26th. The 848sqm Learning Zone on Alexandra Square will provide an open plan relaxing space for study. There will be comprehensive WiFi coverage for students to connect their own laptops to the campus network, with a laptop loan service also available from the ISS Service Desk in the Zone. There will be booths for individual learning and a range of informal working spaces for small groups. Pods are bookable for meetings, presentations or group work, and other facilities include Apple Macintosh computers, colour printers, interactive white boards and data projectors. The Zone will initially open from 9am to 5pm but from October 5th, it will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Technology helps banish safety fears

Researchers are harnessing developments in technology to help us feel safer in public. Whether you’re uneasy jogging through your local park or hesitant about crossing a busy road, a team of researchers are working on new ways to help people register their concerns and bring about a change to the way public spaces are designed. Mobile Computing and Artificial Intelligence are just some of the tools researchers are planning to use to capture public opinion during a series of trials in Lancaster, Coventry and Derry over coming years. Professor Jon Whittle of Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 is leading the £855,000 project funded under the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Digital Economy programme. To view the full story

Solar wind streams bring NASA space scientists to the Lakes

Scientists from Lancaster University have joined experts from NASA and other international institutions at a workshop on solar wind streams. The High-Speed Solar-Wind Streams and Geospace Interactions Workshop, held in Ambleside over five days, was convened by Dr Mick Denton of the Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group from the Department of Communication Systems at InfoLab21. Other attendees from Lancaster were Professors Farideh Honary and Mick Kosch, Drs Jim Wild, Andrew Kavanagh and Bjorn Gustavsson and PhD students Scott Hilditch and Paul Wild. They were joined by scientists from several organisations including the British Antarctic Survey, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA and the NASA Langley Research Center. Participants at the workshop heard new evidence that high-speed solar-wind streams affect many regions of near-Earth space, from the solar wind, to the aurora borealis, and even aspects of the upper-atmosphere that may link solar activity to changes in the Earth's climate. To view the full story

Funding to support work with older learners

The Department of Continuing Education (DCE) has been awarded funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills' Transformation Fund to support its widening participation work. The new funding will enable DCE to strengthen links with the Lancaster and Morecambe University of the Third Age. Older learners will be able to participate in a range of activities, including a Monday lunchtime lecture programme and the University's long-standing Open Lecture scheme. See the website:

Work begins on Sports Centre

The contract has been signed for the new £20m sports centre to be built near the rugby pitches. Work has already started on the 6,000 sq metre centre, which is due to be finished in 2011. The state of the art facility will offer a 25 metre Swimming Pool with 8 lanes, Climbing Wall & Bouldering Cave, Health & Fitness Suites, Sauna & Steam Room, Multi-functional Space, Sports Hall with 8 badminton Courts, 4 Squash Courts and Outdoor Changing Facilities. The building has been designed to achieve the BREEAM 'Excellent' rating, which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design. When complete, it will be 30 percent bigger than the University’s existing sports facility which was opened in 1967. The eight lane pool will include a ‘floating floor’ which can vary the depth of the pool and the new climbing wall has been specially designed with input from renowned mountaineer and Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington. To view the full story

Innovation at the edge: Lancaster social researchers collaborating with arts and industry

Lancaster University researchers will be collaborating with arts, industry and local government representatives from Orkney this week in a series of events that are a culmination of their exploration of innovation on the islands. On 22nd September, researchers from the University’s Department of Sociology will host a one-day workshop in Stromness to discuss work to date on their research project, ‘Relocating Innovation’. This international project questions our assumptions about innovation through studies based in Orkney, Silicon Valley, and Budapest. 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.

Swine Flu

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 Dr Hugh Tuffen in Nature and the Vice-Chancellor in the Guardian.


Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics and English Language has been elected president of the Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE), the main linguistic association in Europe, from 2010. For more info of the SLE, see

A Lancaster University Alumnus will join Apple as general counsel and senior vice president. Bruce Sewell, who received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University in 1979 will join Apple reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Mr Sewell was formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Intel Corporation. He is currently President of the Board of Friends of Lancaster University in America, Inc. - an organization which raises the profile of Lancaster University amongst alumni, parents, current students, other stakeholders and friends of the University in North America. It also facilitates fundraising for Lancaster University projects of its choosing. To view the full story

Congratulations to Professor Paul Sparrow, director of the Centre for Performance Led HR (LUMS) and to Distinguished Professor Bill Davies (LEC) whose entries to this year's THE awards have been shortlisted in the categories 'Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative'and 'Research Project of the Year' respectively. The results will be announced at an awards dinner in October.

Professor David Sugarman (Law) delivered one of the four keynote lectures at the Centenary Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), the principal association of legal academics in Britain, which is celebrating its centenary in 2009. Other keynote speakers included Lord Bingham (the former Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls and Senior Law Lord) and Professor Dame Hazel Genn. The Conference, which took place during 7th-10th September, attracted over 450 participants, including legal practitioners, judges and government representatives.

Caine Prize 10th Anniversary Tour - Dr Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing) is to chair an event at Lancaster Lit Fest as part of the Caine Prize African Literature 10th Anniversary Tour. The UK-wide tour celebrates a decade of the prestigious short story prize which has helped further the careers of many of the continent’s best young writers. The event will feature writers Chika Unigwe (shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2004) and EC Osondu (winner 2009) and is on Monday 19th October at 8pm at Lancaster Lit Fest at the Storey Auditorium in Lancaster. Tickets are £7.50 / £6. Box Office: 01524 582 394 :

Distinguished Professor Cary Cooper was presented with the Richard Whipp Life Time Achievement Award by the British Academy of Management at their annual conference in Brighton on 15th September.

Professor Cooper has also been appointed Co Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease and Mental Health for the World Economic Forum, planning the Davos conference in 2010 and beyond.

Building work on campus

Waterside Update

A newsletter about the latest work taking place for the new Waterside building is now available on the Facilities – Current Projects website. This also features the design visual for the re-landscaping of the area outside the George Fox building.

Campus Heating System

The campus heating system has been switched back on following the summer shutdown. It will now take until the end of September for the heating to refill and for it to be fully operational again. The temperature of each building across the University Campus is monitored by the Building Management System (BMS) which provides daily readings for each building both internally and externally. The heating systems are controlled according to these temperatures to maintain an internal space temperature of approx. 18-20°C. The core hours for the heating are 7am – 11pm, 7 days a week. However should the outside air temperature drop and approach freezing the heating systems will remain on between 11pm and 7am to avoid cold temperatures in the buildings. The use of localised electric convector heaters to supplement the building’s normal heating systems are not normally allowed and unauthorised heaters found in offices, seminar spaces, common areas etc. will be removed. Please click here for more information.

Campus Window Survey

All the windows on campus (apart from new buildings) will need to be accessed by Lustalux to carry out at health and safety survey between 22nd September and 7th October. It will only take a few minutes for them to check the windows, we would appreciate your help in allowing them to access the windows and apologise for any inconvenience it may cause you. For more information please contact Mike Harris, Building Surveyor for Facilities via the helpdesk on 93333.


Language courses on campus this term

Lancashire County Council (The Adult College) in association with Lancaster University are offering a range of language courses on campus starting 5th October. Courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian and British Sign Language, at various levels from beginners to advanced. All courses run for 16 weeks (apart from BSL) and cost £73.00 (payable in instalments) with concessions of £5.00. You must be aged 19yrs or over to take part. To enrol, or for more information, visit us at the desk in the ground floor in the IAS building on Thursday 1st October between 11am and 3pm. A range of extensive language courses are also available in the Adult College in Lancaster city centre, please see for more details or for a free brochure call 01524 581269.


Several bursaries are still available 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, computing, communications, digital & media, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and advanced manufacturing). Bursaries are worth £1250 each. The deadline for applications has been extended to 30th September. Further details on eligibility, qualifying courses and the application form can be found here:

Speakers wanted

The Department of Continuing Education is seeking speakers from every department in the University to contribute to its programme of Monday lunchtime campus-based lectures for older people. The department has had an extremely positive response but there are still some slots available throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms. The idea of the programme is to bring to the attention of older people in the 'travel-to-learn' area of the University, the whole range of research, teaching, contribution to national policy, and wide range of subjects the University is involved with. For more information or to volunteer (there is a small payment available for staff not on the University payroll) please contact Fiona Frank at the Department of Continuing Education, or tel extension 92543


The Uni-rider bus passes will be available at the LUSU Information Desk from Thursday 24th September. A one term costs £79.00 and is valid from 27th September – 11th December, two terms costs £139.00 and is valid from 27th September – 19th March, three terms £199.00 and is valid from 27th September – 25th June 2010. There is also a full annual pass available at a cost of £284.00 valid from 27th September – 7th October 2010. You will need a Lancaster University library card to purchase one. Payment can be made by cash, debit or credit cards (1.5% charge on credit card transactions). Please note that lost/stolen bus passes will not be replaced by Stagecoach.


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