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Saturday 17 October marks Diwali the festival of lights which is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

The festival of Diwali extends over five days and celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India.

In Britain, as in India, the festival is a time for thoroughly spring-cleaning the home and for wearing new clothes and most importantly, decorating buildings with lights. more information on Diwali

| 16 October 2009 | Issue 453

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


Lancaster wins THE research project of the year

The contribution of Lancaster University to the challenge of feeding seven billion people against a background of climate change helped it to win the coveted THE Research Project of the Year award held in London last night. The prize went to a team of plant biologists, led by Distinguished Professor Bill Davies in LEC , who have identified a chemical signal that roots in drying soil send to the shoots, helping the plant cope with drought.This has allowed scientists and industry to develop novel irrigation techniques to be used as a component of ‘water saving agriculture’. To view the full story

16.4m to further research into accelerator science and technology

The Cockcroft Institute, a partnership between the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester, has been awarded £16.4million to further research into accelerator science and technology. The funding, awarded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council ( STFC ), will enable the Cockcroft Institute to build upon its academic expertise and strong research base in accelerator research and development over the next eight years and strengthen its position at the forefront of research into the next generation of frontline accelerators. To view the full story

75 percent of youths say they couldn’t live without the internet

Young people have evolved to communicate in more advanced ways than older generations, living 'hybrid lives' where the internet plays a critical role, says a Lancaster University report launched at the House of Commons this week. The report called 'Life Support: Young people's needs in a digital age' was written by Professor Michael Hulme from the Institute for Advanced Studies(IAS), and found that 45% of those surveyed said that they felt happiest when online. To view the full story

£9.2m for 'Advanced Manufacturing'

The Engineering Department is a member of a six institute consortium who have been awarded £9.2M by EPSRC to support the Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre (IeMRC) to February 2015. The project will contribute to the UK’s “Advanced Manufacturing” agenda by delivering new manufacturing technologies to the industrial sector. There will be a strong focus towards 'value-added' manufacturing and high value products together with methods of integrating new technologies and enhanced functionality into today’s electronic systems.

Time capsule marks the construction of Lancaster University’s £20m Sports Centre

A time capsule was buried on the site of the University’s new £20 million Sports Centre on October 12th 2009, to mark the construction which began last month. When complete in 2011, the 6,000 sq metre centre will be open to students, staff, schools and the local community. To view the full story

Lancaster University graduate wins top law award

University of Lancaster history graduate Julia Krier has scooped one of the major law student awards in the country. Julia, a previous Chancellor's medallist, has won the DLA Award, which is presented by leading international law firm DLA Piper. The prize is for the student who obtains the highest combined mark in the Business and Commercial Law parts of The College of Law in York’s Legal Practice Course, which all those intending to become solicitors must pass before they can proceed to the next stage of practice. To view the full story

Thai students meet Lancaster researchers

Gifted students from a specialist Thai academy met Lancaster University researchers this week. Pupils and teachers from Mahidol Wittayanusorn School, Thailand, visited the University as part of an exchange project with Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.Students from both schools came to Lancaster to see teaching, facilities and research activities in the Faculty of Science and Technology, allowing the students to gain some first-hand knowledge of undergraduate life at a leading UK University. To view the full story

Pay negotiations update

The University and College Union has rejected employers' 0.5 per cent pay offer for 2009-10. The union's higher education committee voted to reject the offer on 9 October.

Two other unions, Unite and the Educational Institute of Scotland, have also rejected the offer. GMB's decision is not yet known. The fifth union, Unison, has accepted the offer following a membership ballot. UCEA, the organisation which represents the employers, is already in discussions with Unite through the dispute resolution procedure. Further updates will follow.

Wheel clamping

The University operates wheel clamping to help ensure a more fair and effective parking system. Security will enforce wheel clamping from Monday 19th October for those who fail to clearly display a valid parking permit, scratchcard or pay & display sticker. The release fee for being clamped is £50 per day.

Environmental Association marks Lancaster's 'green' success

Lancaster University has been selected as 'member of the month' by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges. This follows the University’s recent success as a winner of the Green Gown Award for the Eco-residences.Visit EAUC webpage

Underpass closure

In order to carry out work on the ISS network infrastructure the eastbound carriageway of the underpass will be closed to vehicles from Monday 19th October for 2 weeks during contractor hours (approx. 8am-6pm excluding weekends). There will be diversion signs in place during these hours along the northern perimeter road. All buses will continue to stop in the underpass, even though diversions will be in place. A temporary bus stop will be provided on SW Drive near the Pre-School Centre. Further information regarding these diversions will be available soon on the campus work webpage

Closure of car parking for the new LICA Building

From the evening of Friday 16th October the following car parking areas will be completely closed off to enable the construction of the new LICA Building at the northern end of campus:

North Drive Visitor Car Park (permanent loss of 11 spaces, temporary loss of all 24 spaces)

Staff Preference temporary car park on site for the new LICA building (permanent closure)

Staff Preference spaces and 3 x disabled spaces at the end of the Great Hall access road (permanent closure, although disabled bays will be reinstated beside a new access road to be constructed from North-West Drive as part of the LICA project).

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 a Daily Telegraph feature on Professor Harry Pinkerton (LEC) and Professor Padraic Monaghan (Psychology) who was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s science programme Leading Edge where he was interviewed about how computers can give an insight into how the mind works.


Dr Gavin Brown has been appointed as Deputy Dean of the School of Health and Medicine and Associate Dean for Marketing and Communications. Gavin continues in his University role as Director of Undergraduate Studies and will maintain an academic position in the Division of Biomedical & Life Sciences.

Professor Paul Wellings has been appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Rt Hon The Lord Shuttleworth.Also appointed are Professor Christopher Carr, Mrs Hazel Harding CBE and Alan Whittaker Esq . Deputy Lieutenants support the Lord-Lieutenant in their duties as the Queen’s representatives in their County. Modern duties could include arranging visits of members of the royal family and escorting royal visitors and participating in civic, voluntary and social activities within the County. London Gazette.

Student Samantha Wilkinson has won the highly prestigious Experimental Psychology Society / British Science Association prize for best experimental psychology project, 2010. Her project,"The effects of biasing story contexts on 7- and 11-year-olds' true and false recognition compared to recognition on standard DRM lists", was supervised by Professor Mark Howe.

Professor Peter Rowe (Law) gave a paper at the UNESCO Seminar on Protecting Education from Attack : an International Expert Seminar, in Paris, 29 September. His paper considered the position in relation to non-international armed conflicts.


Recycle your 08/09 Phonebook

The new 09/10 phonebook is currently being distributed. Please recycle your 08/09 phonebook and any previous editions at the recycling points around campus.The collection will run until 26th October.

ISS Services fit out

The electrical and mechanical installation of the High End Computing Data Centre in ISS is starting on site on Monday 19th October and will take until 5th February 2010 to complete. An area of the car park in front of substation 11 (adjacent to the prayer room) will be taken over as the site compound. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information visit campus work

Agresso Upgrade

To enable the Agresso upgrade to version 55 SP3 to be implemented, Agresso will be unavailable from 12 noon on Monday 19th October and should be available by 12 noon on Tuesday 20th October. During this period you will not be able to log into either Agresso Self Service (web version) or Agresso Smart Client (back office version). We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Details about the upgrade and extra functionality is available on the Finance Agresso Web Pages

Conference offers

During October-January the Conference Office are offering discounted bed & breakfast for groups of 10+. This is for any groups – not just conference delegates. The discounted rate is £35.00 per person per night. For more information please contact Emma Parker – One Stop Shop Coordinator – Tel: 5-92444 –

Catering bookings

There will be changes to the way Catering bookings are managed. Trials of a new centralised booking scheme will start with the County main, County South and IAS areas. Any bookings in this area should be made emailing or by calling Katherine on x93260. On completion of this trial, the system will go campus wide.


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

Lunchtime organ recital on Tuesday 27th October at 1.10 p.m.

To celebrate the installation of the organ in the Great Hall 30 years ago,there will be a Lunchtime Organ Recital on Tuesday 27th October at 1.10 p.m. This has been arranged by University of Lancaster Music Society, and will be given by Ian Hare, who has been the University Organist since that post was created in 1983. The organ was designed by Ralph Downes, who was responsible for the organ in the Royal Festival Hall, London. The programme will include music by J. S. Bach, Purcell, Mendelssohn and Alain, and admission is free.

Chaplaincy Coffee Bar

The Chaplaincy Coffee Bar is now open from 11 am to 2.00 pm weekdays during term time. The Coffee Bar offers a range of Fair Trade hot and cold drinks and snacks, as well as soup. Enjoy a relaxing break in a warm, peaceful and friendly environment. Wireless Internet access is available in the Coffee Bar. We also provide a free book exchange scheme.

Bowland Bar – Revised Opening Hours

From Monday 19th October 2009 Bowland bar will open at the following times: 4pm to 11pm Monday to Friday 6pm to 11pm Saturdays 7pm to 10.30pm Sundays

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