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| 9 October 2009 | Issue 452

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


Lancaster rises in world top 200

Lancaster University has risen among the world’s best universities in the Times Higher Education/QS World University Rankings 2009. Lancaster is one of only 29 UK universities ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, coming in at number 162 – up eight places from 170. Social Sciences at Lancaster is ranked among the top 100 at 97 and Arts & Humanities were placed at 128. To view the full story

Tropical crop research prompts air pollutant warning

An “environmentally friendly” tropical crop could lead to hazardous increases in levels of the air pollutant ozone according to new research, led by Professor Nick Hewitt(LEC) and to be published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Global production of palm oil now exceeds 35 million tonnes a year, with the average UK supermarket stocking hundreds of products containing it, from processed food like margarine and cakes to cosmetics. Palm oil is also used for biofuel since it is considered to be more “environmentally friendly” than fossil fuels. But an international team of scientists on a £2m joint UK/Malaysian research project led by Lancaster University and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have discovered a downside to the increasing global demand for the crop. To view the full story

Support for Eco-Innovation goes live

Over £3m to help place the region on the world stage for sustainable innovation has been awarded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the Northwest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the Northwest Eco-innovation Programme, which has been designed by Lancaster University. It will help hundreds of businesses exploit fresh market opportunities for more environmentally sound products and services. The launch of the North West Eco-innovation Programme will take place on October 22nd at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, where BBC 2 Dragons’ Den investor Richard Farleigh will speak about innovation as the key to business success. The three-year support programme will be delivered in partnership with C-Tech Innovation Ltd. It is the first of its kind in the UK. To view the full story

CEEC wins wide acclaim from peers

The Centre for Employability, Enterprise and Careers (CEEC) has been recognised for its outstanding work by the professional association for higher education careers practitioners (AGCAS). At an awards dinner last month, CEEC won runner-up prize in the Awards for Excellence for Innovation (Insight to Teaching and Enterprise placement programme), and both 2nd and 3rd place for the Awards for Excellence in the ‘Employer Award for Work-related Learning’ for its UNITE SME placement scheme and work-related learning partnership with PepsiCo International. Wider recognition from the business sector was also received in September through the placing of the Nucleargraduates scheme at 72nd in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2009-10, the highest new entrant ahead of Apple, Environment Agency, HP, Siemens and many other multi-national employers. The wider impact of CEEC and partner activity on the student population is also reflected in the University position of becoming 1st in the North West for ‘most graduate level jobs’ and 13th overall in the UK (Sunday Times University Guide 2010).

Knowledge boosts pain killing drugs

Giving cancer patients information on how to deal with their pain and manage their medicine can result in a 20 per cent improvement in pain control, according to research led by Professor Mike Bennett from the School of Health Medicine and presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference this week. Research shows that explaining how pain-killers work and debunking any fears people had about the drugs reduced the pain cancer patients felt by an additional one point on a scale of one to ten, where average pain scores are about five out of ten. To view the full story

Age Concern and Help The Aged fund research into the causes of ageing

Research into Ageing, the medical research arm of Age Concern and Help the Aged, has announced it is funding research into the basic biology of ageing, which aims to establish exactly what makes us age. The research, led by Dr David Clancy (School of Health and Medicine), could have a huge impact on our understanding of a range of diseases which become more common with age such as dementia and cancer. To view the full story

Faraday Lecture Theatre and County South refurbishment

The newly refurbished Faraday lecture theatres opened its doors for use on Monday 5th October. To view photos of the refurbishment visit

Phase one of the County South refurbishment is now complete, see link. The second phase of the refurbishment works at County South will start w/c 12th October 2009. The fence lines will be relocated around the eastern and northern wings of the building. Thestairs next to the lecture theatre and at the eastern end of the building will be used by the main contractor and access down these stairs for public use will be in the case of emergency only.

Teaching room survey

For the next two terms a team of students will be checking the usage levels in centrally booked teaching rooms. The data is to supplement the existing booking information available through the timetabling system with actual usage data. The students will be wearing black sweatshirts marked ‘Space Survey Team’. They will check the rooms in the least obtrusive manner using viewing panels and windows where possible to try and avoid entering the rooms while they are in use. The project is being led by the Facilities space planning manager, Helen Storey. For more information about the survey please contact Helen on 93047.

LICA Public Arts ‘Curate The Campus’

“Curate the Campus” is a new initiative from the Public Arts at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) which combines the Nuffield Theatre, Peter Scott Gallery and the Lancaster International Concert Series. It aims to extend artistic activity out of the Great Hall complex and across campus through interactive artworks, installations, sound sculptures, listening stations and live performance interventions. The first of these is The Soldier’s Song by Renny O’Shea from Quarantine, which offers visitors the chance to enter a karaoke booth and choose a video of a currently serving British soldier singing his favourite song. Performances are from 11am to 5pm on 13/14 October at LUMS and on 16/17 October in Victoria Court, Penny Street, Lancaster.

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 Dr Caroline Gatrell (LUMS) on BBC Radio 4 and Dr Dave Horton (LEC) on BBC News online.


Professor Harry Pinkerton and colleagues from Environmental Science (LEC) have appeared on Volcano Alert one of the Naked Science series for National Geographic, which was broadcast for the first time in the UK this month. The film, on the prediction of volcanic eruptions, which also included other colleagues in the department has been shown world-wide.

Lancaster University Alumnus Dr Nahed Taher has been listed amongst the Top 50 Women in Business by the Financial Times. Dr Taher, who gained a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University in 2001, is co-founder and chief executive of Gulf One Investment Bank and a member of the steering committee of the Gulf One Lancaster Centre for Economic Research (GOLCER). To view the full story


Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

The University has an obligation to ensure the safe evacuation of all building occupants in the case of a fire or other emergency. Lifts cannot be used during an evacuation in case there is a power failure. If you are a member of staff who might not be able to evacuate a building within 3 minutes, the Safety Office can assist by writing a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for you. Please contact the Safety Office on extension 92017 or email If you are responsible for the management of staff, who do not have routine access to email, please would you draw this message to their attention.

Colleges host welcome for new senior members

On behalf of all the colleges, Lonsdale is hosting a college dinner for all new senior members of staff who have started in post from January '09. You will meet other senior members of all the 8 undergraduate colleges. The dinner will take place at Barker House Farm, Cartmel College on Wednesday 4 November- 7:00pm for 7:30pm. Please could you RSVP to Juli Shorrock in Lonsdale College by Friday 23 October as to whether you can attend.

Staff Development Opportunities Guide – PDF now available

The guide should be an excellent resource for all staff planning their development as part of PDR. An electronic version detailing training and development opportunities for all staff is available at: The guide is produced by the professional and leadership development team in Human Resources, on behalf of the many groups who offer development across the campus.

Declaration of philanthropic income

The University’s HEFCE matched funding claim is currently being prepared. The matched funding scheme allows the University to receive £1 for every £3 donated, up to a maximum of £2.75m over the 3-year period of the scheme – the matched funds are being used to finance the new PhD studentships being introduced this academic year.

In order to ensure that the HEFCE claim is correct, please could you ensure that the Alumni & Development Office has been informed of any income your area has received in the financial year 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009, that you believe may be philanthropic (e.g. grants or donations). If you are unsure as to whether some income can be classed as philanthropic, please let us know and we can review the details to determine if it can be included in the claim. More details about the matched funding scheme are available here. Deadline for receipt of this information is Friday 16 October 2009 in order that we can process the claim in time. Please contact either: Rachel Newbury / ext.92904 or Julia Resenterra, / ext.93676 in the Alumni & Development Office or Katharine Robinson in Finance / ext. 93424.

Phone Book 09/10

The 09/10 phone book will be distributed from Friday 9th October. Additional copies can be requested from switchboard. Please recycle the 08/09 edition and any previous editions at the following recycling points :

The recycling collection period will be from 9th October until 26th October.

Creative owner managers needed to join their creative sector leadership programme

Grow Creative, Lancaster’s Creative business support team and Lancaster University Management School (the developers of the LEAD programme)are currently looking for 25 creative owner managers to join their creative sector leadership programme that is due to start late November. The NWDA are subsidising 80% of the cost of the programme making a £10,000 place currently available at £2000. In addition there are social enterprise places at £1000 available.

LEAD is a ten month programme designed for owner/managers of small businesses with up to 20 employees. The programme concentrates on two areas of the business; the business itself and the personal development of the owner/manager, providing a framework to increase profitability, diversify and grow the business. The free preview sessions in LUMS will provide an opportunity to find out more about the programme, meet the LEAD team and ask any questions. Preview Sessions:

If you know of any creative companies that would benefit from this offer, could you please forward this information onto them. For further information or to register on one of the preview days please contact Kim Ashby, Outreach Communications Officer on 01524 510713 or

Estates notices


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

Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture

Ruskin and Rossetti: a queer friendship, Professor Barrie Bullen, University of Reading
Wednesday 4th November 2009 at 6.00 p.m.
Management School Lecture Theatre 1
Followed by refreshments at 7.00 p.m. in The Hub, Management School

For further details please contact: Lauren Proctor, Ruskin Library and Research Centre, IAS Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster. LA1 4YD Tel: +44 (0)1524 510818, Email:

Comedy Club nights in Barker House Farm

Social and Events Group present the first in a series of Comedy Club nights in Barker House Farm on Thursday 15th October presenting up and coming Comedy Central Live acts Joe Bor, Matt Blaize and Pete Johansson. Doors 8.30. Tickets are available in advance from LUSU shop, £5/£3 for purple card holders.

Curry Night in Gradbar

Starting Friday 16th October and continuing throughout term
Curry+Pint £4.95
Curry+Soft Drink £3.95
Meat and Veg options available

Gradbar’s weekly live music night

Starts Thursday 15th October with Tantrum @9pm Followed by Thursday 22nd October Open-mic night

Elfriede Jelinek's Early Feminist Plays

Date: 21 October 2009 Time: 4.00 pm; Venue: Library Video Conference Suite. Lancaster colleagues Allyson Fiddler (DELC) and Karen Juers-Munby (LICA) will discuss Nobel-prize winning writer Elfriede Jelinek with colleagues from Salzburg (Christa Gürtler) and Arizona State (Gita Honegger).

Living and Learning, Learning and Teaching: Mental health in higher education - Call for papers

This conference will take place at Lancaster University from 30-31 March 2010, organised by the Mental Health in Higher Education project. Keynote speakers will include Professor Glynis Cousin on 'threshold concepts and mental health'; Professor Gail Hornstein, author of 'Agnes' Jacket: a psychologist's search for the meaning of madness' and Professor Ann Davis on 'learning and teaching about mental health in higher education: looking to the future'. Abstract submissions of papers, workshops and performances are invited. Deadline for submissions is Monday 16 November 2009. For further details see


The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) promotes international academic relations and co-operation, particularly through exchange programmes for students and academic staff. DAAD grants are available to academic staff and students in the UK for participating in a wide variety of academic programmes. To find out more about funding possibilities and programmes, come to the DAAD info session on Monday, 12th October 2009, 5.15 p.m. in Bowland North SR 2 or contact Judith Menzel ( at DELC.

British Council lectures

The British Council’s 75th anniversary is being marked with a series of lectures from distinguished speakers. The Talking Without Borders series features a lecture from the political theorist, author and playwright Benjamin Barber on November 4 at the Barbican Centre, looking at the role of the arts in democratic change. This is followed by scientist E.O Wilson leading a debate on the impact of evolutionary theory on November 24 at the Royal Institution ,and Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, speaking about public diplomacy on December 17 in Derry/Londonderry.

Lectures & Seminars


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