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| 23 October 2009 | Issue 454

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


Academic Processions at Higher Degree Ceremonies

All colleagues (academic and non-academic) are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Higher Degree Ceremonies on Wednesday 9 December 2009. Honorary Degrees will be conferred upon:

The full timetable and a booking form to confirm attendance and book your academic robes can be found at: To ensure the correct robes can be provided, please return the form by post or e-mail by Wednesday 18 November. Enquiries: Ceremonies and Events Office; Tel: 01524 592190; E:

Weekend drug use increases across the UK night-time economy

Weekend use of drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine is more popular than ten years ago whilst young adults are taking a greater variety of drugs than ever, according to new research by Lancaster University, featured in Times2 and on the BBC this week. In the first study of its kind, Dr Fiona Measham and Dr Karenza Moore ( Applied Social Science) carried out surveys in three popular drinking destinations and five nightclubs in Manchester city centre to find out more about illegal drug use in a wide range of venues across the UK night-time economy. To view the full story

Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor celebrates success of Lancaster/Sunway graduates in Malaysia

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings attended the degree ceremonies at Sunway University College, Malaysia on October 9th, where the Chancellor of Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO, conferred degrees on 86 students who made up the first full cohort on the dual Lancaster/Sunway degree. The students graduated with degrees in Computing, Psychology and Business. 80% of the cohort have received a higher second or first class degree.Lancaster and Sunway have also launched a number of jointly delivered postgraduate degrees starting this year. To view the full story

£2 billion needed for science to help feed the world

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, is calling for a £2 billion “Grand Challenge” research programme on global food security. Distinguished Professor Bill Davies (LEC)was one of the authors of the report, published on 21 October 2009 which says that the UK should lead international research efforts if to achieve the 50 per cent increase in food crop production required by 2050. To view the full story

800 visitors expected for campus tours next week

Almost 800 prospective students and their families are expected on campus on Wednesday 28th October to tour the campus and departments. Car parking arrangements are in place to accommodate vehicles for this event. The overflow car parks and tennis courts will be accessed via Green Lane and also part of the LICA construction site will be opened for event parking. Parking marshalls will be on duty and minibus shuttles will operate 11-1 and 3-5 to transport visitors between their vehicles and the event. A coned layby will be in place at the bottom of Bigforth Drive exit carriageway to provide a place for minibus loading and unloading of passengers. Please bear this in mind if you are travelling down Bigforth Drive next Wednesday. For more information.

Record intake of doctoral researchers in LEC

A record number of 33 full-time and part-time doctoral researchers started at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) in October 2009, a more than 20 per cent increase from the previous two years. This year’s intake are funded from a range of sources including UK Research Councils (such as the Natural Environment Research Council or NERC), and government agencies such as DEFRA. Research is also funded by the British Commonwealth and overseas government scholarships with nearly a quarter of doctoral researchers coming from outside of the EU.

Temporary electricity shutdown this weekend

In order to carry out emergency repairs to the power cables feeding the George Fox building the electricity supply on campus will be briefly shut down this weekend between Saturday 24th October from 07:00 - 08:00 and Sunday 25th October 13:00 - 14:00 For more information please contact Peter Lawson, Energy Manager, Facilities – Infrastructure via the Facilities helpdesk 93333.

ISS is on the move

From November, ISS will be moving staff and equipment from the Computer Centre, the Library, Furness and the Reception building. The staff moves will be phased over three weeks in November. The ISS Service Desk has already been relocated to the Learning Zone. Telephone numbers will remain unchanged for all ISS staff except for the Learning Technology Group (LTG). Their new numbers are currently operational and have been published in the latest edition of the telephone directory. LTG’s old phone numbers will remain operational for the next 6 months. Equipment moves will begin in December and are scheduled to complete in April. ISS will be contacting service owners to finalise the timing of their service's relocation. Service outages will be minimised and publicised in advance on Message of the Day and on our website.

Underpass closure

In order to carry out work on the ISS network infrastructure the eastbound carriageway of the underpass will be closed to vehicles until Friday 30th October. 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 has been provided on SW Drive near the Pre-School Centre. Further information regarding these diversions will be available soon on the campus work webpage.

Early career small grant scheme – 2009/2010 Closing date: Friday 6th November 2009

The Research Committee invites applications to the Early Career Small Grant Scheme for a grant up to a maximum of £7,000 in support of individual or collaborative research. Any member of early career staff of the University may apply for a grant. Details of the scheme are available from the Research Support Office website.

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 coverage for a major study into clubbing and drugs culture by Drs Karenza Moore and Fiona Measham which was the subject of a special report by the Times.


Dr Fiona Measham (Applied Social Science) will give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on cocaine next Tuesday. Dr Measham was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) as the social scientist advisor earlier this year.

Professor Roger Kemp (Engineering) has been invited to be part of the iawards Judging Academy for the category of Transport. The iawards in association with QinetiQ are the first government led awards initiative to recognise and celebrate the best of British science, technology and innovation. Leading entrepreneur James Caan, who launched the iawards with Lord Drayson in July, will serve as chair of the Academy.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has contributed work to the Poetry Society's centenary celebrations. Using Dylan Thomas's 'In My Craft Or Sullen Art' as point of departure, he was one of several writers invited to respond to the poem. The results can be found at

Professor Peter Rowe (Law) was a panellist at a public meeting in the Imperial War Museum North on 19 October. The panellists debated the issue of ‘how useful is the current definition of Prisoner of War in terms of 21st century conflict’ and other issues relating to prisoners of war.



Lancaster City Council will be holding its annual fireworks display in Lancaster on 7th November. Due to the popularity of the event new arrangements have been put in place so people can watch the fireworks from official alternative viewing areas at Giant Axe field (next to Lancaster City football ground) and Williamson Park. People will still be able to watch the display from Castle Hill but numbers will be limited and the site will close once it has reached capacity or at 7.30pm, whichever is the earliest. People attending the fireworks are urged to choose a venue before attending and are encouraged to use Giant Axe or Williamson Park. A press release detailing the new arrangements is available by following this link.

People who live in Lancaster are being encouraged to walk to their chosen venue or, if travelling by car, to use one of the city centre car parks. There will be no parking facilities at any of the venues.

Churches Trust for Cumbria

The Churches Trust for Cumbria is seeking to appoint a part time Associate Director (approx 1 day a week) to work with a small team. The role is likely to appeal to somone living in Cumbria who recognises the role of faith communities. See for details.

Notice to organisers of large scale visitor events on campus

If you are organising any events this academic year which are likely to attract more than around 40 visiting vehicles or one or more coaches then please could you contact Philip Longton, Travel & Environment Co-ordinator, X94413.


The latest issue of Futures, Lancaster University’s magazine dedicated to careers and employability, is now available. Contents include: the launch of the Lancaster Award; a preview of the Career Opportunities Fair; Awards won by CEEC over the Summer; Insight to Teaching and the Insight to Enterprise and Employability programmes and a guide to events for this term.

Surplus Furniture Transfer / Removal Days – Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October 2009

Do you or your department have unwanted or surplus furniture such as chairs, desks, tables or shelves? Furniture Matters will be collecting surplus furniture from any department across campus on 29th and 30th October. The unwanted furniture will be refurbished for reuse and sale or recycled. In order to coordinate the collection please could you forward an inventory of the furniture you would like to be removed to Philip Longton (Travel and Environment Co-ordinator) at by Monday 19th October. Please state the following:

If your department has a requirement for specific furniture items, please forward the details using the format above (but labelling the request ‘REQUEST FOR SURPLUS FURNITURE’). We will do our best to match up offers and requests and be in touch if we have got a match. If you have any queries please contact Philip Longton on X94413.

College Officers

The list of College Officers including their contact details is now available, if you would like a copy of this please email: Geraldine Caldwell at the following email address:

Car Parking Update

  • Staff Preference and Staff Standard permits have now sold out. Staff without a permit will need to pay and display if bringing a vehicle onto campus.
  • Staff Car Share permits are still available at £90 each (cost shared between its users).
  • Save money, park more easily and make new friends by car sharing to work- Sharedwheels car sharing website:
  • If you cannot find somewhere to park on main campus you should find spaces available on Alexandra Park. All University parking permits, scratchcards and pay & display tickets are valid here. Please only park in marked car parking bays or designated temporary car parks. Inappropriate parking will not be tolerated.
  • For more information visit Car parking website
  • Do you cycle to work?

    If so, do you know about the University Cyclist’s Email Information List? To subscribe to the University's information list for cyclists please send an e-mail to with "subscribe cyclists" in the body of the e-mail. You should leave the subject field blank. Over 200 staff members have signed up.

    Cycling on Bailrigg Lane – please could cyclists take extra care when cycling down the driveway of The Croft and entering Bailrigg Lane. This is a public highway and cars are often parked here narrowing the road. This request has been made by a one of the residents on Bailrigg Lane.


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

    Educational research seminar

    How important is the local when thinking global? Internationalisation at a research led University.
    Ian Willis, Educational Development Division, University of Liverpool. Wednesday 28th October 2009, 12.30-2.00 p.m., IAS MR1. Department of Educational Research Seminar Series. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Dee Daglish, or go to the events section on the Department of Educational Research website.

    Lectures & Seminars


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