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| 20 November 2009 | Issue 457

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


Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The development of water saving techniques for agriculture which have helped farmers in some of the driest regions of the world, has won Lancaster University a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. It is the third time the University has received one of these prestigious awards. The Prizes, announced on the 18th November, highlight world-class work taking place in higher and further education, in Lancaster’s case its contribution to one of the biggest challenges facing humankind - feeding seven billion people against a background of climate change. The prize winning research has been developed by a Lancaster team of plant biologists, led by Distinguished Professor Bill Davies in the Lancaster Environment Centre , who have shown how the signals that roots in drying soil send to the shoots can help plants cope more successfully with drought and produce better yield. To view the full story. To View the submission document

Chinese Embassy visit

Consuls from the Chinese Embassy have visited Lancaster University to find out more about the University’s links with China and meet current Chinese students. The new Consul General of the Chinese Embassy in Manchester, Mr Ni Jian, with his colleagues, Mrs. Zhang Yihua and Mr. Wu Zhaosheng, met with senior University staff to discuss research and higher education collaborations between Lancaster and institutions in China To view the full story

Return visit for campus architects

Professor Gabriel Epstein and Peter Hunter, two of Lancaster University’s original architects, visited the University last week to see the development of the site since building work started over 40 years ago. During the visit they toured the campus with the Director of Facilities and met with the architects John McAslan and Tony Skipper from John McAslan and Partners, who helped produced the current Masterplan. The Vice-Chancellor hosted a dinner in their honour, and amongst the guests was Mrs Marion McClintock, University archivist and author of the official history of Lancaster University, "Quest for Innovation". Shepheard and Epstein of London were appointed architects in 1963 to design the new university. They designed the campus around pedestrian spines with buildings on either side opening out to squares lined with trees. Alexandra Square, which now has the newly opened Learning Zone, was intended to be the focal point of life in the University. To view the full story

International interest in Isis Project

Lancaster University research to develop computer software that can identify paedophiles who pretend to be children on the internet is set to be included in two high-profile international events. The project- known as Isis - was chosen as a UK case study by the British Computer Society for the Internet Governance Forum meeting in Sharm-Al-Sheikh, 15-18 November, 2009. It will also be featured in the 'ICT that makes a difference' conference in Brussels 22-25 November hosted by AALIANCE - funded by the European Commission. Isis has attracted significant media attention since it was launched last year. The project involves researchers from Computing, Applied Social Sciences and Law: Prof. Awais Rashid (lead), Prof. Corinne May-Chahal, Dr. Paul Rayson, Dr. James Walkerdine, Dr. Phil Greenwood, Dr. Suzanne Ost, Dr. Stuart Kirby and Mr. Alistair Baron.

Completion of ISS staff moves to new building

This weekend will see ISS complete the move of the remaining staff from the Computer Centre (TIG Networking); Reception Building (CIS Academic - LUSI Team); Furness College (Learning Technology Group); and InfoLab21 (Rachel Fligelstone and Dave Ingles) to the ISS building.The transfer of the LUSI Team was split over two weekends so as to ensure support for the launch of the new Postgraduate Admissions system. On its first day, 15 applications were uploaded successfully. From December, ISS will begin transferring its systems from the Computer Centre. So as to minimise service disruption, the majority of these moves will be either outside term time or at the weekend.


WinterFest 2009 will be held in Alexandra Square from Wednesday 2nd December to Friday 4th December. Organised by LUSU, supported by Facilities, UPP and the Friends Programme it provides a range of opportunities for staff, students and the local community to celebrate life at Lancaster University. A synthetic ice rink will be the centre piece of the festival, for more details visit the Facilities News webpage.

Changes to Outside Professional Activities

The University has revised its guidelines on Outside Professional Activities, which include consultancy. The revised guidelines are available on Consultancy work can continue to be carried out by University staff on a private basis. Staff now have the choice to carry out the consultancy via the newly created LUCS or on a wholly private basis, in which neither the University nor LUCS will be involved. LUCS is a not-for-profit wholly owned subsidiary of the University. It was created to protect all staff in the University when they undertake private consultancy and wish to benefit from private insurance cover at the same level as the University provides to staff undertaking university duties. Details of LUCS are available on

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 Stephen Constantine on the BBC 6 o’clock news and Lancaster University’s links with the GD Goenka World Institute in the Business Standard in India.


Dr Paul Oldham (Cesagen) is contributing to the development of a new international protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Last week Dr. Oldham gave a series of presentations on open source approaches at the Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing in Montreal. With support from the Africa Group a set of Cesagen proposals relating to licensing, non-commercial research and ICT tools passed through three readings by 112 participating governments. The proposals have now been incorporated into the negotiating text for the new protocol to be adopted in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010. The proposals are reported in the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and background information is available on SSRN.

A rapid response to the Queen's Speech, by Dr John Welshman (History), was published on the History & Policy website on Wednesday 18 November:

Student Olive Su will be giving people the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Chinese painting, especially water ink painting. Olive learned Chinese painting from her father, a famous artist in China. She has exhibited in the UK and China and was visiting Art lecturer to Manchester Met Uni. Lessons will take place at the Gregson Centre – price £35 per person per workshop (10 - 4). Price includes all materials. For more info go to: Or email Olive on


Staff recruitment - closing dates for advertised posts

Implementation of the new e-Recruitment system (Stonefish) is underway and all advertised posts from 1 January 2010, will be processed using the new system. To ensure a managed transfer to the Stonefish system, it will be necessary for all posts advertised in 2009, to have closing dates for the receipt applications no later than 31 December 2009. For further information please contact Ruth Fielding ( or David Owen ( in HR.

Fill in a simple survey and win a luxury hamper

Lancaster City Council is asking for just a few minutes of your time for a chance to win a luxury Christmas hamper of delicious food and drink worth £125. The council's Cycling Town Team are carrying out their annual district Travel Survey to find out what modes of transport residents most often use to get themselves to work and what prevents them from using others. The results of the survey will help the team develop more ways in which it can encourage more people to travel by bike. Completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a number of prizes including a hamper filled with a wide selection of gastronomic delights provided by Booths, Scotforth and an iPod Shuffle. The simple questionnaire is available online at or you can request a paper copy by contacting them on 01524 582616 / 582392 or by email to Completed surveys must be in by Monday December 14th.

Security staff

During the refurbishment of the Security Reception Lodge the following staff will be temporarily re-located to the Computer Centre for approx one month starting from Monday 23rd November 2009.

Access to the Nurses Unit and main reception will also be affected by the work and diversions will be in place according to the work on a day to day basis.

Bowland refurbishment

Work starts this week on the refurbishment of Bowland administration offices. The contractors will use the same compound used for the Learning Zone project which is outside the conference centre. If you have any enquiries about the project please contact the Project Manager, Anna Cockman via the Facilities helpdesk 93333.

Window cleaning underpass disruption On Friday 27th November 2009 one lane of the underpass will be disrupted and traffic management will be in place from approximately 6am for window cleaning to take place. Traffic will still be able to use the underpass and the bus services won’t be affected.

Psychology Department fundraising day

The staff in the Centre for Research in Human Development, Department of Psychology are hosting a Fundraising Day on 1st December between 11am-5pm at Whewell Building. They are 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.

Centre for Sport - December Sports Camps

For children aged 8 - 14yrs



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

Postgraduate Statistics Centre Teaching and Learning Seminar Programme

Dr Carl Scarrott (Mathematics and Statistics Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand) "Interactive Activities for Large Service Courses"
Tuesday 24th of November, 1.00 to 2.00 pm with lunch starting at 12.30.
Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Lecture Theatre A54. Seminar webpage

Lectures & Seminars


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