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| 25 September 2009 | Issue 450

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


New Police team on campus

Students at Lancaster University are to benefit from their own dedicated police team. Community beat manager PC Gary Wynne and PCSO Tom Owen will be based at the university from the start of the new term. Both will be providing a reassuring police presence for the students and staff on campus and will be able to listen and act on any concerns they have. The duo will be in attendance at the Freshers' Fayre on September 30 and will be giving introductory talks on October 1. Gary Wynne is a Lancaster Physics garduate. 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 which has moved from the Library 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.

LICA new season

The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) launches a new season of work with a launch evening in the Great Hall on October 6th. The joining together of the Nuffield Theatre, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Lancaster International Concert Series within LICA has enabled a melding of art forms in a cross-cutting programme for the Public Arts which includes major visiting companies and ensembles, new commissions, world premieres and unique projects with local residents. The artistic cross-overs that the merger of the three organisations has enabled include siting Tim Crouch's play England in the Peter Scott Gallery, Mem Morrison and local female performers in Lancaster Town Hall, and A2 Company and forty local residents in a performance installation in the Storey Gallery. The launch night begins at 6pm on October 6 with the first viewing in the Peter Scott Gallery of Environment 2.0 – an exploration of art and sustainability from Manchester’s FutureEverything Festival. There will also be film screenings, music and a free glass of wine before some adult puppetry from audience favourites Faulty Optic at 8pm in the Nuffield Theatre. To view the full story

Times top 100 success

A scheme run by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Lancaster University has entered the Times top 100 graduate employers published last week. Nucleargraduates is a two-year programme backed by more than 20 different companies and government bodies ranging from Sellafield, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems to the MoD and the Environment Agency. Set up in 2008 by The NDA, the programme is part-administered by Lancaster University’s Centre for Employability Enterprise and Careers, by Tara McLaughlin NDA Project and Placement Liaison Officer. The university employs graduates on behalf of the NDA, providing access to secondments across the Nuclear Sector. Up to 60 graduates a year are offered the opportunity to work on key economic, ecological, political and technological projects relating to the UK’s nuclear industry both at home and overseas. Now ranked 72nd on the prestigious Times top 100 employers, nucleargraduates is the second highest new entry on the list and joins the likes of PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM and Sainsbury’s as one of the UK’s favourite graduate employers.

World mental health day

World Mental Health Promotion Day at Lancaster University. To coincide with World Mental Health Day, Student Services and LUSU are organising a Mental Health Promotion Event on Tuesday 6th October, between 10.00 and 16.00. The event will be situated in Alexander Square and along the spine. Organisations and services involved with this event include Mind, Young Addaction, complementary therapists, The Chenrezig Buddhist Centre, The Samaritans, Lancaster and Morecambe Service Users Forum, Rethink and Time to Change. The event will offer the opportunity for students and staff to take part in discussions about available support networks, stress management techniques and maintaining a healthy life-work balance. Refreshments of tea and cakes are planned as part of Rethink’s mental health promotion campaign entitled “Time for Tea”. If you or your department as a whole can donate bought or home-made cakes and biscuits to support this campaign please contact Shelagh Walsh (email: shelagh.walsh@lancaster.ac.uk), Student Services, by Thursday 1st October. All funds raised will go to Rethink (http://www.rethink.org/).

Students given crime prevention packs to beat the burglars

More than 700 university students are being given crime prevention packs in a bid to beat the burglars. The Lancashire Police packs are being given to Lancaster University and University of Cumbria students who live in the 220 off-campus properties managed by Lancaster University Student Union. Housing staff will hand deliver the packs containing crime prevention advice, ultra violet marking pens and timer switches.

InfoLab21 helps fight cyber-crime

A new technology which will help identify the online activities of criminals has been developed at InfoLab21 through the collaboration of an academic and a resident business. Matt Potts, an MSc student from the Computing Department, has been working with Isis Forensics, a Lancaster University spin out company based in InfoLab21, to develop a new technology to help law enforcement agencies identify the digital fingerprint of a device connected to the Internet. This enables law enforcement agencies to build up the digital fingerprint of a device they may be monitoring, even if the IP address changes. The intention is to create a new range of products including this new technology. To view the full story

David Starkey

Dr Starkey was at the University celebrating the legacy of one of the most famous monarchs in history. The History Department invited Dr Starkey to give the 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', was held at 6pm in George Fox Lecture Theatre 1, 22 September, 2009. More than 400 members of the public, staff and students attended. To view the full story

Manchester writing exhibition launched

An exhibition celebrating Manchester writers will be launched on October 2 at the Manchester Central Library. Covering fifty years of writing in Greater Manchester, the exhibition profiles the city’s most influential writers, publishers and writing organisations. Featuring writers such as Val McDermid, John Lyons, Lemn Sissay, SuAndi and Shamshad Khan, the exhibition is part of a major four year research project run by Lancaster University called ‘Moving Manchester’. From gritty crime writing to slam poetry, the city is buzzing with literary activity and the exhibition sets out to capture some of the key figures and organisations on the writing scene. Professor Lynne Pearce of Lancaster University, director of the ‘Moving Manchester’ project, expressed herself delighted with the exhibition, which was conceived and curated by Dr Kate Horsley (who produced the art work) and Dr Corinne Fowler (researcher on the ‘Moving Manchester’ project) who wrote the text. To view the full story

Visit day

Last Saturday, 19th September, the last of two annual visit days took place. Over 6,000 visitors were warmly welcomed to the University and thankfully the rain held off this time. The UK Student Recruitment Office would like to thank everyone involved including all academic staff and support staff, with special thanks going to Facilities, Colleges, Central Services, Porters, Security, Cleaners and all who volunteered to help at what were overwhelmingly successful recruitment events.

Facilities roadshow

The new Facilities division will be holding a roadshow during Fresher’s Week for staff and students to come along and find out more about the services it offers. The roadshow will be based in the new Learning Zone from 10am-4pm on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd October. Refreshments, giveaways and competition prizes will also be available.

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. The online car parking permit application can be accessed using the following link: Further information: follow the link

New contractor’s car park on old hockey pitch

In an effort to reduce contractor parking on main campus and to free up more spaces for other users, from Monday 28th September GallifordTry (main contractor for the Waterside and new Sports Centre) will be able to park on the new car park next to the tennis courts, accessed from Green Lane. The access will be gated and initially controlled by GallifordTry. This new facility will be available for GallifordTry and their sub-contractors only until a more secure access control system is installed at the entrance from Green Lane. The facility will then become available for other contractors working on campus to use for parking.

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster in the news - The Press Office monitors all media coverage and this is a selection of stories from the past week including Professor Malcolm Tight on academic workloads in the Times Higher Education magazine and Lancaster graduate Gary Wynne on BBC news online.....


Professor Keith Beven (LEC) has been presented with the IAHS/World Meteorological Organisation/UNESCO International Prize for 2009. The presentation was made at the International Association Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) 8th Scientific Assembly in Hyderabad, India. The prize is a silver medal and is awarded to "a person who has made an outstanding contribution to hydrology such as confers on the candidate universal recognition of his or her international stature" (see http://www.iahs.info/awards.htm#The%20International%20Hydrology%20Prize). A previous winner (in 1997) was Professor Terence O'Donnell, the first hydrology professor in Environmental Sciences at Lancaster. Professor Beven was appointed to replace Professor O’Donnell before his retirement in 1987. http://www.iahs.info/IHPrize/IHPWinners.htm.

Michael Payne, LUSU president, has been elected Chair of Unions 94 for 2009-2010. This is the sister organisation of the 1994 Group, representing all of the Students’ Unions of 94 Group institutions. Lancaster now has representation at a senior level on the institutional side of the 1994 Group of research intensive universities (chaired by Professor Paul Wellings) and now also on the Students’ Union side.

Professor Gavin Bremner, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Human Development, Psychology, has been appointed to the steering group for the RCUK International Benchmarking Review of UK Psychology.

Debbie Mayes from the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research has been invited to 11 Downing Street on October 14th for the launch of a declaration on mental health research. She will join Professor Til Wykes from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London and Andrew McCulloch, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation. The London Declaration 2009 asks for more investment into mental health research, which is underfunded by comparison with cancer and heart disease even though mental ill health is a leading cause of social problems and mortality.


Lancaster Award

The Lancaster Award recognises students' extra-curricular achievements and can be completed alongside their degree programme. It will help them develop their skills and make them more employable to graduate recruiters. To achieve the award students must undertake activities in four areas:

  • Employability/career development
  • Campus, community and social development
  • Work experience
  • Additional skills

Many major graduate employers have endorsed the Lancaster Award including Co-operative Group, Crowberry Consulting, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Furness Enterprise, HSBC, KPMG, Npower, NuBlue, NDA, Pepsico International and Price Waterhouse Coopers. The award will be launched in Intro week 2009. To find out more about the award, staff and students can visit http://www.lancs.ac.uk/careers/award

Steps Extra – latest alumni e-newsletter

A new edition of the alumni e-newsletter is now available and has been distributed to over 27,000 former students. To view a copy please click here. This is distributed twice a year in addition to the two copies of STEPS, the alumni magazine. If you wish to forward information for inclusion in the next copy, please contact Jane Silvester j.silvester1@lancaster.ac.uk.

Conference centre

This year Lancaster University Conference tariffs have remained unchanged, and now offer a 5% discount for all internal bookings. Bailrigg Conference Centre day delegate rate £20.95 / 24 hour rate £77.80. Lancaster House day delegate rate £39.46 / 24 hour rate £135.70. The department is also offering ½ price room hire at both centres Mondays & Fridays until December, and highly discounted package rates at Lancaster House during October half term with day delegate rates from £27.95 & 24 hour rates from £109.10. For a full breakdown of these rates or a copy of our full tariff please contact The One Stop Shop – Emma Parker on 92444 or e.l.parker@lancaster.ac.uk.

Power shutdowns

As part of the utility metering programme the power will be isolated temporarily to the following buildings at the following times.

  • Engineering Building – Saturday 3rd October 08:30 until 10:30 – Please note they will not require access to the building as the meter is in the plant room which is accessible externally.
  • Furness College – Saturday 3rd October 10:45 until 12:45
    This shutdown will also affect the roof flats in Furness College but none of the Furness Residences. The Venue will also be affected.
  • Fylde College – Sunday 4th October 09:30 until 11:30
    This shutdown will also affect the roof flats in Fylde College but none of the Fylde Residences
  • Sports Centre - Sunday 4th October 07:15 until 09:15
    For more information on the energy metering project and to keep up to date on the work taking place around the campus please visit http://www.lancs.ac.uk/facilities/campuswork/index.htm

Bus services

  • Fares – please note that the return bus fare between the city and campus has increased from £2.00 to £2.15. This is the first increase in this fare for three years and results from increasing costs for Stagecoach at a much higher rate than inflation. There is no change to the price any of the Dayrider or Megarider tickets.
  • X1 service – The University continues to subsidise this bus service to provide a link between Lancaster Railway Station and areas west of the city centre with the campus. If you encounter any serious delays or problems using this service please let Philip Longton (Travel-Co-ordinator) know by email who will feedback issues to Stagecoach: p.longton@lancaster.ac.uk. If you wish to make a complaint direct to Stagecoach please see here: http://www.stagecoachbus.com/northwest/contact.html
  • A new early morning bus service to campus now arrives at the underpass at 6.51am. The No. 3 bus service departs from Torrisholme at 06.15am, travels to the University via Lancaster city centre (bus station departing 06:35) and arrives at the University underpass at 06:51.
  • Women’s-only bus (X66): please note that this service is no longer running.

Cycle Maintenance Courses

Brush up on your bike maintenance skills or learn something new. Courses take place at Pedal Power HQ, Ridge Square, Lancaster (unless stated otherwise).

  • Sunday 27th September – Planet Bike @ Williamson Park: M1 (Beginner) Family, 11:30am – 2:30
  • Saturday 31st October: M3 (Advanced) Mixed, 10.30am -1pm
  • Saturday 28th November: M2 (intermediate) Mixed, 10.30am – 1pm
  • Saturday 19th December: Xmas Special – “Set up your child’s bike for Xmas” / M1 Family, 10-1 Call to book your FREE place or to register your interest in forthcoming courses - Pedal Power 01524 65328


For a full list of all items submitted for What's On, please see the Arts and Seminars & Lectures LU News web pages.


Sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy - Monday 28th September, 11am - 4pm - Institute for Advanced Studies Building, Meeting Room 2.

This workshop is free and open to all but places are limited. Please email r.v.cooper@lancaster.ac.uk r.v.cooper@lancaster.ac.uk to reserve a place.

  • 11-12 Professor Anthony O'Hear (Education, Buckingham University) The Idea of a University
  • 12-1 Dr Sam Clark (Philosophy, Lancaster University) No new sense was ever developed without pains: Universities and the Cultivation of Pleasure
  • 1-2 Lunch - own arrangements
  • 2-3 Professor Michael Luntley (Philosophy, Warwick University) Apprentices in academia
  • 3-4 Dr Bob Brecher (University of Brighton) Is critical education still possible in UK universities today?

Lectures & Seminars


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