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LU Text is published by the Press Office on Fridays during term time and aims to keep you regularly informed of the University's news and developments. Editor, Vicky Tyrrell. To view previous editions see LU Text Archive.

| 11 December 2009 | Issue 460

The last issue of LU text before the Christmas break will be published on Friday 18th December.

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


New Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research

This week the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced a new investment of £13 million to create three Centres for Doctoral Training at the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Warwick.

At Lancaster, this investment will be accompanied by substantial contributions from the university, business, industry and other organisations. The combined £6.7M award, joint between the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Management Science, builds on Lancaster's long-standing commitment to Statistics and Operational Research and its leading reputation in these fields. It is also testament to the success of recent initiatives such as the EPSRC Science and Innovation award in Operational Research (the LANCS Initiative) and the HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Postgraduate Statistics.

Industrial partners, including Unilever Research, Shell Research and other multinationals, will be involved at every stage in delivering the four-year PhDs, providing real-world projects and experience throughout the course. These links will help to produce a new generation of highly-employable researchers working in diverse fields, ranging from banking and manufacturing to aviation and energy.

The centre, led by Idris Eckley, Kevin Glazebrook and Jonathan Tawn, will train at least 40 students over seven years, and will admit the first of these in October 2010.

Opening of Lancaster Square

The Chancellor, Sir Chris Bonington, has presided over the official naming of “Lancaster Square”. The creation of Lancaster Square, informally known as “County Piazza”, forms part of the development of the North of campus, which has included the refurbishment of County College and the building of the award-winning Eco-residences. The event took place forty years to the day since HRH Princess Alexandra, as Lancaster University’s Founding Chancellor, opened the County College, so named because it was a gift from Lancashire County Council. The event on Wednesday December 9 was attended by staff and students, including the Principal and JCR President of County College, LUSU President Michael Payne and Project Managers from Facilities. To view the full story


On Wednesday 9 December 885 students graduated from Lancaster University with Higher Degrees and Diplomas, accompanied by over 2,000 friends and family. A further 606 graduated “in absentia”. 150 colleagues joined the academic processions to celebrate the graduates’ achievements and another 100 staff worked behind the scenes to support the smooth-running of the ceremonies. The Ceremonies and Events Office would like to thank everyone involved for their contribution to providing a memorable and enjoyable occasion for the graduates and their families.

Astrophysicist and world-leading economist awarded Honorary Degrees

One of Britain's most distinguished female scientists and a high-profile economist have been awarded honorary degrees by Lancaster University. Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell -an astrophysicist who helped discover a new type of star - and Professor Brian Arthur, an economist who was one of the pioneers of complexity theory, were awarded their degrees by Lancaster University's Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington on December 9th.

As a PhD student at Cambridge, Professor Bell Burnell was involved in the discovery of pulsars - highly magnetised dead stars that emit radio waves along their magnetic poles. This discovery opened up a new branch of astrophysics and was later recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She has since received many honours and awards from American and British scientific bodies for her contributions to science. She has been President of the Royal Astronomical Society and in 2008 became the first female President of the Institute of Physics.

Lancaster University Alumnus Professor W. Brian Arthur is one of the most distinguished and creative economists in the world. A pioneer in the science of complexity, he has written extensively about technology and how it evolves. He holds a PhD in Operations Research from Berkeley, an MA in Operational Research at Lancaster University along with other degrees in economics, maths and electrical engineering. In 1990 his work won the Schumpeter Prize in economics and in 2008 he won the Lagrange Prize in complexity science. To view the full story

New Employment Policies

The University would like to modernise a number of its employment policies, in particular those policies which cover:

The current policies for these matters have been in place a long time and are not considered to be reflective of current best practice, and in some instances have not kept pace with changes in employment legislation.

The HR Division will be arranging a number of face to face meetings with groups of staff in the Faculty, non-Faculty and Central Services areas to present and discuss new draft employment policies in order to get your feedback. We would like to get a wide cross-section of views on the adoption of new policies, which will also be subject to negotiation with the campus trade unions.

The discussion process will take place over the next three months and we look forward to hearing your views.

Esmée Fairbairn Lecture

Tim Besley, Professor of Economics, LSE and Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee 2006-9 will deliver the Esmée Fairbairn Lecture entitled 'Policy Making in the Crisis' in Lecture Theatre 1, Leadership Centre, Management School, Lancaster University at 6pm on Tuesday 26th January 2010. All welcome

Nursing and Midwifery Council appoves CETAD course

CETAD has gained approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council for their Certificate of Achievement in the Assessment of Professional Practice course. This course has been developed in partnership with NHS East Lancashire Community Health Service, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Provider Services Unit. The course will be delivered to qualified nurses so that they can mentor student nurses when they are on placement.

The NMC approval has been granted both to the University as a provider and to the actual course and the first course will begin in January 2010 and will be delivered on site in East Lancs.

Wind Turbine Public Exhibition

Lancaster University is finalising its plans for a proposed wind turbine development on its land opposite the campus near the M6 motorway. The development is expected to consist of two wind turbines. A series of public exhibitions will be held at the University and in the local community for anybody interested in finding out more about the Wind Turbine project to attend.

Monday 14 December 2009, 12:00-15:00 Lancaster University, University House reception
Monday 14 December 2009, 17:30-20:00 Ellel War Memorial Institute, Stoney Lane, Galgate
Tuesday 15 December 2009, 14:00-19:30 St Pauls Parish Hall, Scotforth Road, Lancaster
Wednesday 16 December 2009, 16:00-20:00 Quernmore Methodist Church Hall, Quernmore
Thursday 17 December 2009 10:30-16:00 Lancaster Central Library, Market Street, Lancaster

For more information about the project please visit windturbine 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 which includes:

Professor Paul Kerswill (Linguistics and English Language) on BBC news website talking about slang.Professor Kerswill was initially on the coveted 'front page' spot. BBC online and Professor Padraic Monaghan (Psychology) who is quoted in the Times Higher Education magazine, December 10, on research into children with dyslexia. Timeshighereducation He was also interviewed about the research on BBC Radio Scotland's "Newsdrive" programme.


23 signatories from Lancaster University are among the total of 1700 from across the UK supporting a statement from the UK science community which expresses confidence in the science of global climate change. metofficenews

Professor Michael Bennett (International Observatory on End of Life Care) has been elected as a director of the board of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care IAHPC.

Richard du Feu(ISS Network Services) has been elected to the British Trust for Ornithology's bird ringing committee. The committee is responsible for the scientific process of monitoring the UK's wild bird populations and migration patterns using ringing. Bird ringing involves fitting a numbered metal leg ring to birds so that the survival and movements of individuals can be monitored. Richard is one of about 2000 ringers in the UK who ring birds in their spare time to contribute to knowledge on a whole range of aspects of bird ecology. Dr Ian Hartley (LEC) is also on the committee, having been appointed by BTO council. birdringing

Pro Nobis Singers presents 'O Magnum Mysterium - A Celebration of Christmas in Words and Music' this Sunday December 13th 2009 8pm at St Mark's Church, Natland, near Kendal; Programme to include Motets and Carols by Charpentier, Philip Cooke, Jonathan Dove, Mendelssohn and more, plus Corelli's Christmas Concerto Grosso with invited string orchestra led by Roland Fudge. Admission £9: Children free


Theft of a tractor from campus

The police are appealing for information following the theft of a tractor from outside the barn near Lake Carter between 3pm on the 1st December and 7am on the 3rd. The tractor is red and its registration is pl02 bfk. If anyone has information about or thinks they remember seeing something suspicious, please contact PC Gary Wynne on 07595239512 or 01524 63333.

Campus Bars - Christmas Opening Hours
County Bar: 12th-18th and 21st to 23rd Dec 12:00-18:00
Graduate Bar: 12th 17:00-23:00; 13th to 18th Dec 20:00 to 23:00;
                 5th to 7th Jan 20:00-23:00
Grizedale Bar: 5th to 7th Jan 10:00 – 18:00

Centre for Sport
Christmas Opening Times
Thursday 24th Dec 10.00 - 3.00pm (pool closes 2.30pm)
Christmas Day 25th Dec - Monday 28th Dec inc Closed
Tuesday 29th Dec 10.00 - 5.00pm (pool closes 4.30pm)
Wednesday 30th Dec 10.00 - 5.00pm (pool closes 4.30pm
Thursday 31st Dec 10.00 - 3.00pm (pool closes 2.30pm)
Open as normal Saturday 2nd January 2010

Learning Zone Lift Installation

The platform lift serving the Learning Zone will be installed next week (w/c 14th December). The lift will be located between University House and Bowland Main in the corridor leading up to the Learning Zone. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this installation if you have any queries please contact the Project Manager Anna Cockman via the Facilities helpdesk 93333.

Bus Service Changes from 14th December 2009 New timetables for services 2, 2A, X2, 3,

3A and 4 will commence on Monday 14th December. In particular, there will be some changes to these services between Lancaster and Morecambe during University term times and vacation periods and between Lancaster and the University during University vacation periods. For further information and to download copies of the new bus timetables please see the Stagecoach website: Stagecoach

Relocation of underpass bus stops during the Christmas Vacation

In order to carry out some essential survey work ahead of the renovations to Alexandra Square and the underpass it is necessary to erect scaffolding along the entire length of the bus stop layby in the underpass during the Christmas Vacation period. From Monday 14th December there will be no pedestrian access to the underpass for 4 weeks. The bus stops will be relocated to Bowland Avenue outside the Chaplaincy Centre for the duration of the works. This will inevitably involve the temporary loss of some visitor parking spaces in Bowland Avenue.

Temporary closure of motorcycle parking in the underpass - It will also be necessary to close the motorcycle parking area in the underpass to safely enable these works. Alternative motorcycle parking is available in the marked area outside the Reception Lodge in Bowland Avenue.

Cycle Path Closure for resurfacing

Re-surfacing and drainage improvement works are being made to the cycle track that comes onto campus from Bailrigg Lane. This stretch will be closed from 07.30 Monday 14th December until 17.30 Friday 18th December at all times. Cyclists and those on foot will have to use an alternative route, eg the A6 and then onto campus.

Christmas Electricity Shutdowns

More information about the Christmas electricity shutdowns is available on the Facilities website campusworks.

Working at the University over Christmas?

If you are intending to come onto the campus to work over the Christmas holidays (25th December – 4th January) if you haven’t already, please ensure you notify your Head of Department/Faculty who will contact Security to make them aware you are in the building for fire/emergency procedures. Or if you prefer email Mark Salisbury directly with the times, dates and building you will be in. Thank you – Security 94541

Temporary closure of motorcycle parking in the underpass It will also be necessary to close the motorcycle parking area in the underpass to safely enable these works. Alternative motorcycle parking is available in the marked area outside the Reception Lodge in Bowland Avenue.


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

College Wii Challenge

The 9 Colleges would like to invite members of staff to participate in a lunchtime “Wii Challenge” in Grizedale Bar, on Monday 14th December, 2009. This is a light-hearted event to celebrate the start of the winter vacation, and so there will be a winter theme to the competition. This will be a good chance to mix with members of other colleges and to find out more about the colleges if you are not already involved.

The first three members to sign up at Furness College will receive a free Panini courtesy of Fylde College and free drink courtesy of Furness College. There will be a chance for the losing colleges to gain revenge at the end of the holidays with another lunchtime challenge on the 8th January.

Lancaster University Staff Association Events

Children’s Xmas Party, Sunday 20th December Barker House Farm 1pm – 4pm Children’s Party Food, Disco and Games, Face painter, Goody bag and Father Christmas All Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration A limited number of tickets available, members Children or Grandchildren cost £2.50 per child (max 2) Extra tickets cost £5.00 per child New Year Dance Saturday 9th January 2010 Barker House Farm, Cartmel College, 7.30pm, Late bar Hotpot Supper, Festive Quiz, Raffle, and Dancing to Big K DJ Two free tickets to members, Guest tickets available at £6.50 per person. For tickets and more information please contact: Jayne Corless – Ext. 10107 – e-mail , Val Bramhall – Ext. 92167 – e-mail Tracy Taylor – c/o Cartmel College, Alexandra Park

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