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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.

| 22 January 2010 | Issue 464

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


Chinese Academy of Sciences to collaborate with Lancaster

Lancaster University’s links with China have been strengthened with a formal collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) based on the environmental sciences. A delegation from CAS visited Lancaster this week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining areas of joint interest and agreeing a timeframe for developing priority areas. Opportunities for collaboration include postgraduate and staff training, summer schools, exchange programmes, business and enterprise, and research. The five visitors were welcomed at the Lancaster Environment Centre, where they viewed presentations by senior staff on the University’s environmental portfolio before the signing of the Memorandum. They also met colleagues from the University’s China Bridge project as well as Chinese visitors and researchers. To view the full story

Researchers Developing Mobile Mind Games

Lancaster University researchers have created one of the world’s first mobile phone games to be driven by brain power. Mobile games researcher Dr Paul Coulton and PhD student Will Bamford of InfoLab21 have recently unveiled their new game ‘Brain Maze’ in which players use both ‘tilt’ controls and a brain wave reading headset to progress a marble around a course. At key checkpoints round the maze, the accelerometer-equipped phone picks up electromagnetic waves from the player’s brain – ‘Brain Maze’ uses Alpha waves which are associated with a meditative state and Beta waves which are associated with an attentive state to control access through the ‘mind gates’ which form part of the game. If players want to get through the mind gates then they literally have to think about it. Learning to adjust your mental state during the game can take some practice and people often find one state easier to control than others.

The game, which has been designed for Nokia's N97 phone coupled with NeuroSky's MindSet brainwave interface headset, is one of the first of its kind and has been attracting attention in both the mobile and the gaming world. To view the full story

Pendle College needs a new Principal

Pendle College needs to appoint a Principal in succession to Peter Scullion, whose term of office finishes on 31 July 2010. The Colleges are regarded as one of Lancaster’s distinctive features, of value for students and staff alike. As a Principal, you would play a vital role in leading the College team and shaping the life of the Pendle College. The role is both challenging and rewarding and you would be ably supported by the existing team of officers. You would need:

The appointment will normally be for a period of 3 years. A quarter of your time will be ‘brought out’ from your department, subject to discussion with your Head of Department. Further particulars, including a statement of duties and responsibilities, can be obtained from Hilary Simmons. For an informal discussion about what is involved, you are welcome to get in touch with Amanda Chetwynd (extension 92088) or Hilary Simmons (extension 92020). Applications or nominations should reach Hilary Simmons in the College and Residence Office by 26 February 2010.

Colleges not just for students
The colleges are not just for students - they have plenty to offer the University's staff as well. You can find out more by viewing the College Staff Flier and the latest newsletter available on the colleges website.

Friends Programme Funding Available

Application forms can now be obtained from the Alumni and Development Office for funding available under the Lancaster University Friends Programme. Departments, colleges, and individuals can apply for funding (most grants will be in the £2,000 - £5,000 category). The next round of disbursement of funds will take place in April. Applications for funding will need to tie in with the University strategy and fall under at least one of the following categories: Priority Fund, Student Support Fund, or Research & Academic Excellence Fund. Please note: applications from individuals (academic or student) seeking support for tuition, other course fees or personal maintenance costs do not fall into the criteria for Friends Programme funding. Unfortunately we can only allow one application per college and a maximum of five applications per faculty.

The Friends Programme is part of the University's fundraising programme and the funds are made possible by donations from Lancaster alumni. Deadline for applications: 12 noon Monday 22nd March 2010. Please note: Department, College and LUSU applications MUST be authorised before submission. Please ensure that applications have been submitted for authorisation by Monday 15th March at the latest. Please see the Guidance Notes for Applicants for more details. For further information and an application form, please download the details from or call Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904, email

Alexandra Square Rejuvenation Designs

The final designs for the rejuvenation of Alexandra Square will be on display in University House reception area from 9am – 4pm on Friday 29th January. You are invited to come and view the designs and leave your feedback. If you are unable to attend, the display boards showing the final designs will also be available on the website from Friday 29th January at 9am. This also gives you the chance to submit any feedback using the online form.


All University parking permit holders are reminded that parking is on a first come first served basis; if an appropriate space is not available within the desired zone on main campus then you will need to park in another zone such as the Student Standard Zone on Alexandra Park. ALL staff permits are valid in both the Staff Standard and Student Standard zones. Staff Standard permits are not valid in Staff Preference Zones. The only staff permit valid in the Visitor & Priority Parking Zone is the Staff Car Share permit. Inappropriate parking, including that on the more informal temporary car parks, will not be tolerated and offenders will have their vehicles wheelclamped if found to be contravening one of the University’s Car Parking Regulations. More information about the University’s car share scheme and parking policy is available on the Facilities 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.

The Science Media Centre will run its Introduction to the News Media event on Friday 12 March 2010 at the University of Edinburgh from 1pm to 5pm. Places are available for scientists and engineers. The event is a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works. You will get a whistle-stop tour of some of the key issues, hearing from journalists, press officers and other scientists about:

Please contact Beth Broomby in the Press Office to register your interest.


Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has appointed Chris Saunders, former MBA student and teaching fellow, as its new MBA Director. Chris replaces Oliver Westall who has retired after 40 years service at Lancaster University. Chris previously directed Executive Education programmes for Lancaster’s corporate and non-profit clients. He was Lancaster’s Deputy MBA Director between 2003 and 2005. As Director of the MBA programme at LUMS, Chris will be responsible for ensuring that the Lancaster MBA continues to be one of the leading MBA programmes in the world. To view the full story

Furness College Porter, Fayez Boutros, retires at end of the month. He has worked at Lancaster University for five years and was a highly regarded porter for Furness College. Originally from Cairo in Egypt, Fayez now lives in Heysham where he will spend his retirement with his wife. Fayez intends to make full use of his retirement time by working on a Vintage Motor Cycle he has always put off repairing until now. We would like to thank him for his hard work at the University and wish him all the best for the future.


The Cashier’s Office in University House will be closed Thursday 28th January 2010 until 2pm for staff training. Apologies for any inconvenience.

LUSU Housing are seeking good quality properties in South Lancaster to meet the increasing demand of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. LUSU Headlease Scheme offers property owners a guaranteed rent and a full marketing, letting and management service. The majority of our leases also include a FREE day to day repairs service and FREE Gas, Electric, Plumbing and Drainage cover – to include a Landlords Annual Gas Certificate, An annual boiler service and a bi-annual visual electrical inspection. LUSU Housing are Lancaster’s largest landlord currently managing over 200 properties in the city. For further information interested property owners should email the LUSU Housing office, or call them on 01524 592170.

Wellbeing Promotion – 27 January, Alexandra Square, 12pm to 2pm. All staff and managers are invited to drop in to this Wellbeing event. There will be a range of promotional activities as well as information about staff wellbeing, managing stress and related information.

Road Closure
The University main entrance (Bigforth Drive) will be closed this Sunday 24th January from 8am till 12 noon to enable maintenance to repair the street lights. Please use the Alexandra Park entrance/exit during these times. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

County South Refurbishment – Heating shutdown
The heating will be temporarily switched off to County South, ICR and IAS on Saturday 23rd January 2010 while essential maintenance work is carried out. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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 220 staff members have signed up.

Large events on campus during term-time
If you are arranging any events on campus that are likely to attract more than around 20 vehicles on a weekday during term-time please can you send details to Philip Longton, Travel & Environment Co-ordinator, to help ensure that your guests are given the most appropriate advice and support in finding somewhere to park on campus. Please send details of date, times and location of the event along with an estimate of the numbers of vehicles that you are expecting. Thanks to all those that have provided this information already.


For a full list of all items submitted for What's On, please see Events.

Change of date - Public Lecture: What is a Novel?
Terry Eagleton. Distinguished Professor of English Literature.
New date is Monday 1 February 2010. Management School Lecture Theatre 1, 6.00 pm. To be followed by wine reception.

The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) announces a new monthly Seminar Series. The first seminar will be given by Miranda Kavanagh, Director of Evidence, Environment Agency, Thursday 28 January, 2.30-3.30pm, Lecture Theatre 8, Management School. The title of the seminar is: ‘Environmental Evidence for 2010-15: Needs, Skills and Partnerships’. Seminars usually take place the third Wednesday of the month at 4pm in the Biology Large Lecture Theatre (LEC). All welcome. More information about the seminar programme can be found on

Audio Conference Training
ISS are running a short training session demonstrating the benefits of the Audio Conferencing facilities available on telephones in use across campus. Audio Conferencing can help you to reduce travel costs and improve business communications. All members of staff are welcome to attend the session which forms part of the overall Green Awareness drive. The session is being run on Thursday 28th January in the LT 2 of the Management School between 1 and 2pm.

Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL)
The Adult College will be starting an Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) course on Tuesday 2nd February, 6.30-9.30 pm. The course will run for 5 weeks and will take place on campus in Bowland North – Seminar Room 4. Fee: £39.75; Assisted Fee: £5 (subject to eligibility). Participants have to be 19 years or over to take part in this course. For more details, please contact the Adult College on (01524) 581269 or email Sue Smith, Curriculum Coordinator

Lancaster China Management Centre Seminar: ‘Prospects for China’s environmental industries’
Professor Alasdair MacBean. Emeritus Professor of Economics at Lancaster University Management School.
Friday 29 January 2010, Management School Lecture Theatre 11, 4.00 pm. All welcome.

Adapting social practice theory for use in evaluating cultural change
Presented by Dr Neil Lent, CSET, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University. Wednesday 17th February 2010, 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.

Curry Night in Grad Bar every Friday
5-8pm. Curry and a Pint £4.95, Curry and a soft drink £3.95, Meat and Veg options available. The first Grad Bar Quiz of 2010 Sunday 24th January at 9pm. Win Grad Bar drinks vouchers, Morecambe FC tickets and more! £3 entry per team of up to 5 people.


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