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LU text would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

18 December 2009 | Issue 461

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


The changing face of problem drinking in women

Binge drinking amongst young women may be falling but professional women are hitting the bottle at home, according to new research analysing women’s drinking patterns by Dr Fiona Measham at Lancaster University and Dr Jeanette Østergaard at Copenhagen University. The study, published in the Probation Journal and exclusively in the Times today, compares changes in young women’s alcohol consumption in the UK and Denmark - two European countries renowned for their alcohol-related problems. To view the full story

Cannabis could help treat inflammatory bowel disease

Chemicals found in cannabis could prove an effective treatment for the inflammatory bowel diseases Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, say scientists. Dr Karen Wright, Peel Trust Lecturer in Biomedicine, presented her work at The British Pharmacological Society’s Winter Meeting in London this week. Laboratory tests have shown that two compounds found in the cannabis plant – the cannabinoids THC and cannabidiol – interact with the body’s system that controls gut function. To view the full story

Designer Wayne Hemingway inaugurates new £10m arts building

International designer Wayne Hemingway has broken the ground at the start of building work on the new £10m Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. Born in Morecambe, Wayne Hemingway is an honorary graduate of Lancaster University and was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. With his wife Gerardine, he founded the global fashion label Red or Dead which was sold in 1999. The couple then created Hemingway Design, which specializes in affordable and social design and whose projects have won numerous awards. Mr Hemingway said: “ Investing in the arts has always been worthwhile for our “souls “ but it’s now proving to be a worthwhile economic investment as the creative industries sector continues to grow and contribute healthily to employment and economic output.”

He followed the sod cutting ceremony with a Master Class at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED) at Lancaster University Management School. To view the full story

LUMS opens new executive development centre

The newly launched Centre for Personal Development which, led by Dr Sally Watson(LUMS), will coach executives to identify the skills they need to not only manage immediate business issues, but also develop a whole new way of thinking that will allow them to adapt and respond to any future challenge. The customised approach to executive development has been developed by Dr Watson over six years, working with executives from organisations in the private and public sector including SMEs and large multinationals. The centre is part of the Management Development Division. To find out more see Centre for Personal Development

Alexandra Park Drive – temporary road closure

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th January 2010 In order to lay new services under the road where the shared use path comes up from the sports fields to meet Alexandra Park Drive, it is necessary to close part of Alexandra Park Drive (one-way road) on the dates above and possibly also on Thursday 7th January.

Alexandra Park Drive will be closed off to vehicular and cyclist traffic between Collinghome residences (just beyond the top bus stop on AP Drive) and the entrance to Cartmel West Avenue. Two-way traffic flow will be permitted between the perimeter road at Pendle College and Collinghome residences to enable access to car parking and other essential access. This road will effectively become a cul-de-sac for the duration of the closure. Two-way traffic flow will also be permitted between the entrance to Cartmel West Avenue and the southern apron of Alexandra Park Drive to enable access to car parking and other essential access from the south-western corner of Alexandra Park.

Please note that there will be no buses serving Alexandra Park Drive on these dates. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

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 of Dr Fiona Measham's research on binge drinking in the Times, the University’s plans for wind turbines on the BBC news website and Dr Karen Wright (Health and Medicine) in The Daily Telegraph about research into cannabis compounds which may be used to treat bowel disease.


We regret to report the death on 14 December of Dr Caroline Clapham . Dr Clapham was a member of the Linguistics Department for many years, serving as a research fellow, teacher at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and PhD supervisor. Her speciality was language testing and she worked on a number of important test development and research projects, wrote influential articles and books on testing, served as editor of Language Testing Update and as Secretary and President of the International Language Testing Association. She is survived by her husband Christopher (formerly of the Department of Politics and International Relations) and her children, Phoebe and Tom.


An interdisciplinary project led by Professor Sue White with Dr Karen Broadhurst (Applied Social Science) has been graded as "outstanding" by the ESRC. Following the tragic death of baby Peter, the two year study entitled 'Error blame and responsibility in child welfare: problematics of governance, an invisible trade' looked at how errors affecting child safety can be used as practical examples for improving practice and learning from mistakes. Referees were particularly impressed with the development of a "micro-world" simulation, which enables managers to create practical simulations of cases in order to develop better practice.

The project has already had considerable impact on national policy with respect to safeguarding children. The other members of the research team included Dave Wastell (Nottingham University), Chris Hall (University of Durham), Sue Peckover (University of Huddersfield) and Andy Pithouse (Cardiff University).


VAT Notice
Two important VAT changes become effective on 1 January 2010. The first change is the reversion of the standard rate of VAT to 17.5% and the second change (referred to as the ‘VAT package’) introduces:

Departmental Officers have attended VAT workshops to describe the changes during December and full details are available at VAT changes

Financial Regulations and Delegations
At its last meeting, University Council approved updated Financial Regulations and new Primary Delegations of Authority from Council. Secondary Delegations of Authority from the Vice Chancellor have also been updated together with revised delegations for Research and Non-Research Project approvals. All documents are operational with immediate effect and staff should make themselves aware of the areas that affect their roles. The documents can be found at the Finance webpages and the Research Support webpages The changes have been designed to clarify responsibilities and to streamline operational matters where possible. This is part of the ongoing process to ensure that our working practices are effective and efficient.

More ISS Services Moving To The New ISS Building
Staff in ISS have been working to move services to the new ISS Building and have already successfully completed moves of several services including the wireless network. The following ISS Services will be moved to the ISS Building on Wednesday 6th January 2010:

No other services will be affected. The move is timed during a period of relatively low usage. Further details are available here: projects decant

Upgrades of Campus Lecture Theatres
Between 12th December 2009 - 10th January 2010, ISS and Facilities are working together to upgrade Audio Visual (AV) equipment in 9 campus lecture spaces. This upgrade is part of a programme to update all campus Lecture Theatres to a consistent standard of equipment specification and usability. The spaces which are to be upgraded over the Christmas period are as follows; these spaces will not be available for booking during this time.

Further upgrades will be taking place at Easter 2010. If you have any general questions about the new AV systems, please contact Chris Dixon or Naomi Stewart in ISS. All AV equipment in Seminar Rooms, Lecture Theatres & teaching spaces are now supported by ISS. If you wish to report a fault or other 'user issue' with AV equipment please contact the ISS Service Desk on x10987 or

New Room Booking Website
The Timetable and Room Booking Team are pleased to announce the launch of the new look room booking website which can be found here Timetabling Please use this page to make online room bookings and to keep up to date with the latest timetable and room booking information.

Centre for Sport December Sports Camp
8 - 14yrs - 3 days of fun, multi sport activity days including swimming Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December 2009 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Children can be dropped off from 9.15 and collected up to 4.45pm
£30 for a fun packed 3 day course or £10 per single day
For more information on the Centre for Sport and its opening hours over Christmas please visit Sports Centre or email

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 and 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

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.

Christmas Electricity Shutdowns
More information about the Christmas electricity shutdowns is available on the Facilities website

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.


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

Police and Communities together
Anybody from the University community is welcome to attend the PACT meetings. The next meeting will be held in the Meeting Room of the LUSU Offices in Slaidburn House, at 2pm Wednesday 20th January 2010. PC Gary Wynne also holds surgeries in his office on campus(next to the CETAD building). The surgeries are an opportunity for people to discus any concerns they have in confidence and are held every other Sunday. The time and dates are advertised and updated on the Lancashire Constabulary website

Introduction to Project Management
14 & 28 January 2010 - CETAD’s 2 day lively, highly participative module is aimed at those who wish to gain a basic understanding of the concept of project management and its function as a practical approach to organising and achieving results. This is one of the modules in the Certificate in Professional & Personal Development and it is partially funded by the Professional & Leadership Development Team. For further details email:


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