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| 6 November 2009 | Issue 455

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


Lancaster University opens new campus in India

Lancaster University has formally launched a new campus in India which admitted its first cohort of 300 students in August this year. Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings visited the campus this week to celebrate the launch with the GD Goenka Chairman, meet the High Commissioner and give a public lecture. Professor Wellings also met with Lancaster Alumni in India. Lancaster is committed to bringing high quality higher education to India with its international partnership with Goenka and is the first and only university to deliver higher educational qualifications at the GD Education City in India, a 60 acre site located near Delhi. The Education City is part of the new GD Goenka World Institute of Higher Education.

Lancaster safest city to study

Lancaster has been ranked first out of 21 university cities for safety according to The Independent’s Complete University Guide. This lists the crime statistics which are most relevant to students for cities with two or more universities. For the second year running, Lancaster, Canterbury and Bath are the safest three cities out a total of 21 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Manchester comes bottom of the table at 21. Lancaster is also known for its safe campus - a tribute to the security team and the porters who are often the first port of call if a student has a problem. To view the full story

Sculpture donation marks 10 year partnership between Lancaster University and NWCRF

The 10 year relationship between the North West Cancer Research Fund (NWCRF) and Lancaster University has been marked by the donation of a glass sculpture to the University by the Northwest artist Charles Bray. Charles Bray was guest of honour at an event at the School of Health and Medicine this week and unveiled the 5ft sculpture entitled ’Seeking the Light’ which is displayed in the foyer of the school. Anne Jackson, Chief Executive of NWCRF and Professor Tony Gatrell, Dean of the School of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University were joined by the local volunteers from the charity’s Lunesdale branch and members of the University to celebrate the partnership. Over the past 10 years NWCRF has funded about £1m worth of research at Lancaster University, which has helped boost the understanding of leukaemia, prostate cancer and skin cancer by funding equipment, studentships and post doctoral researchers to work with leading cancer biologists at Lancaster. Most recently the NWCRF has funded work into DNA damage induced by UV light and its links to skin cancer at the University. To view the full story

Women in Self-Employment

Dozens of women who want to be their own boss have attended a business workshop at Lancaster University this week. Lancaster University Student Union Enterprise Unit Create held an event called ‘Enterprise in Heels’ for women considering self-employment. The event included talks and workshops from extremely successful female entrepreneurs and business women. Elizabeth Whatley, Create Student Enterprise Supporter, organised the event after realising that female students had a strong desire to set up their own businesses, but often lacked the confidence needed. To view the full story

ISS staff move to their new building

This weekend, ISS staff will begin a phased move to the new ISS Building. To minimise the disruption to services, the move will be phased over three weekends.
The new ISS building has access control. If you need to visit staff at the new building, please use the telephone in the Building’s lobby and call the member of ISS staff that you are visiting – they can then meet you at the inner door.
The ISS Service Desk (for those visiting in person) has already moved to the Learning Zone, so will be unaffected by these staff moves. Service Desk staff responding to e-mail and telephone enquiries will be involved in the move, but will attempt to maintain levels of service where possible. Telephone numbers will remain unchanged, but where possible, please would you postpone non-urgent enquiries from Friday afternoon and Monday morning to permit staff to complete the move to their new locations. Moves have been planned to minimise disruption to services, but it may take a little longer than usual to get in touch with staff over this period.

Management Development Division wins Government IT Academy

After some fierce competition from other leading business schools, the Management Development Division of Lancaster University Management School has won a contract from the Cabinet Office IT Academy, the organisation responsible for the training and development of IT professionals across Government and the wider public sector. The contract is to design and deliver two change management programmes in order to increase Senior IT professionals’ understanding of how to engage collaboratively with, manage and successfully deliver IT contributions to high-risk, large scale business change projects and to understand the impacts of decisions made. For more information please contact Neil Ralph or Chris Saunders.

LICA Presentation

Morgan Ashurst, the contractor for the new LICA building, would like to invite you to a presentation to inform you on the design, explain the programme of work and answer any questions you may have about the development. The presentation will be held on Wednesday 11th November at 5pm in the Cavendish Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building, Room LA11. If you would like to attend please RSVP by Monday 9th November at 5.30pm to Louisa Duff, Communications Officer, Facilities, ext 93436. Further information on the LICA building is also available on the Facilities – Projects 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 Professor Cary Cooper in the Daily Telegraph, Dr Joern Meissner in one of Germany’s leading daily newspapers and Dr David Lucy in the New Scientist magazine.

Death notice

We regret to report that honorary graduate Russell L. Ackoff has died aged 90. See


Professor Cary Cooper has been appointed a Co-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease and Mental Health of the World Economic Forum. He will plan a session at the World Economic Forum at Davos 2010, as well as develop a programme of work in this field over 2010. The WEF conference takes place in Davos, Switzerland at the end of January 2010 where Presidents, Prime Ministers, Finance Ministers and CEOs attend.

Dr Agata Fijalowski (Law) was in Bucharest, Romania recently, to interview officials at the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS) as part of an ongoing project on transitional justice. The CNSAS is the official authority which administers the archives of the former security intelligence archives - access to these archives and disclosure of past activities on the part of the former intelligence service is a significant part of transitional justice in Romania and post-Communist Europe.

Dr Paul Oldham (Cesagen) was an invited speaker at the inaugural ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2009 in Singapore last week. The conference was held in preparation for a meeting of Environment Ministers from ten Southeast Asian countries this week. Dr Oldham spoke on the role of ICT and open source in access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing.

Dr Nina Caspersen (Politics) gave a paper at the NATO Workshop on ‘Non-Traditional Security Threats and Regional Cooperation in Southern Caucasus‘ in Istanbul, 22-24 October. Her paper focused on third party conflict resolution in the Caucasus.

Palgrave/MacMillan has published Jeffrey Richards’ The Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian Stage - the first systematic study of the depictions of the Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian stage. The book analyses plays set in and dramatizing the history of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Babylon and the Holy Land.

Professor Jon Whittle (Computing) was a panellist at a Manchester Science Festival Event. “Comixed: A Networked Conversation” brought together four experts from the fields of digital economy, food security, climate change and synthetic biology to discuss some of the scientific challenges of our time. Professor Whittle was invited to lead a discussion with the public on a future vision of the digital economy., Wed Oct 28, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester

The staff in the Centre for Research in Human Development Department of Psychology are hosting a fundraising day for children on 1st December between 11am-5pm. The dya will take place at the Whewell Building. They will be raising money for Akany Avoko, a children's home in Madagascar ( and RLI Special Care Baby Unit. There will be cake stalls, books, music, guessing games, prizes, raffles and other activities.


Academic Journals

To profile some of the research outputs from the University we would like to collect copies of prestigious journals that have specifically highlighted work from Lancaster on their covers. The intention is to frame the covers and hang them in meeting rooms around campus, starting with the John Welsh Room in University House. If your research has been highlighted on the cover of an international journal in the last few years, please contact Anna Cockman in Facilities with the relevant information.

Important 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 with the details. This is so that appropriate parking arrangements can be put in place to ensure that your visitors can be accommodated on campus as easily as possible.

ICT Focus becomes first UK LPI AATP

ICT Focus has been approved to deliver Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Certification courses and has become the first UK Academic Approved Training Partner. The first LINUX course, LPIC-1: Level 1 Linux Professional will be running 16-20th November 2009. Places are still available click here for further information The course is aimed at existing IT professionals who have little or no Linux/Unix experience. If you wish to reserve your place or need any further information, please email or call 01524 510425/7

Harassment Network

The Harassment Network provides confidential support for any student or staff member who feels they are being harassed or bullied. Contact the network by e-mail at or see the website for a list of network members who can be contacted by phone.


Lancaster University Conferences are pleased to offer a new hourly room hire rate. This is available for syndicate rooms at Lancaster House and Meeting Rooms 5 & 6 at Bailrigg Conference Centre. The rate is £20.00 per hour and offers more flexibility for your meetings. For more information or for details of our other offers, please contact:- Emma Parker – One Stop Shop Coordinator – ext 92444 .

Car Parking Update

Staff Preference and Staff Standard permits have all sold out. The limited allocation of Student Standard permits for staff (Alexandra Park parking only) have also sold out. Staff who would still like a parking permit, including all new starters, will need to visit the Car Parking Office between 10:00 and 12:45 Monday – Friday to be placed on the waiting list for a Student Standard permit. Staff without a permit will need to pay and display if bringing a vehicle onto campus.

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 at the bottom of Alexandra Park. All University parking permits, scratchcards and pay & display tickets are valid there. Please only park in marked car parking bays or designated temporary car parks. Inappropriate parking will not be tolerated.

For more information visit the car parking website:

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. Please STOP at the junction onto Bailrigg Lane. This request is made by Scotforth Parish Council and residents of Bailrigg Lane who are concerned about the safety of cyclists. Lights must be used in dark conditions at all times, including on on-road cycle paths. Please use your bell to warn others of your presence, particularly on blind corners.


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

University Carol Service

6pm on 6th December 2009, Chaplaincy Centre, a service of nine lessons and carols, refreshments will be served after the service, and a retiring offering will be taken for the work amongst the homeless in Lancaster and for ‘Stop the Traffick’ If you would like to join the choir for the service please come to the Anglican and Free Church Chapel in the Chaplaincy Centre on Mondays from 6-7pm leading up to the service.

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching workshops

CELT CPD workshops this term include Podcasting (Tues 10th Nov) and a Voice workshop (Thurs 19th Nov). All welcome – please see the CELT web calendar for more details and to book your place. Enquiries can be addressed to Helen Griffiths at

Documentary screening

Local filmmaker Ian Hawkins will visit the Department of European Languages and Cultures to show his documentary "My DDR T-Shirt" on 10th November 2009 to commemorate 20 years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.The screening will be at 7:30 p.m. at Bowland North, Elizabeth Livingston LT and is followed by a Q & A with the director. Everyone welcome The film was inspired by a trip to Berlin in 2005 when Ian bought a souvenir t-shirt with the old East German communist symbol on it and realised he needed to learn about life in East Germany (the DDR, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik) before he could wear it. And so, he returned to Berlin with his camcorder and set about gathering stories from both the East and West. These stories and the people that tell them help Ian on his quest to understand what life was like in East Germany.

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