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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.

| 29 January 2010 | Issue 465

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


Meeting of University Court

The meeting of University Court will take place tomorrow, 30 January 2010. The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington CBE will preside and open the meeting. He will then request Mr Gordon Johnson, Deputy Pro-Chancellor, to take the chair on his behalf. As Mr Johnson retires as Deputy Pro-Chancellor on 9 February 2010, it will be the last time he chairs Court. Court will receive an Annual Report on the working of the Council from the Pro-Chancellor; the Annual Report on the working of the University from the Vice-Chancellor; the audited Accounts presented by the Director of Finance and the LUSU Annual Report and Accounts from the President of the Students’ Union. The students have submitted a motion to Court about higher education funding and fees.

Lancaster 24th in world in FT 2010 MBA ranking

The 2010 Financial Times Global MBA ranking, published this week, places the Lancaster MBA 24th in the world, 10th in Europe and 4th in the UK. This position confirms the consistent and reliable quality that has placed Lancaster in the top 30 in the world over the last four years. The 2010 FT ranking keeps Lancaster in a cluster of world-class business schools, such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK; NYU, Dartmouth, Yale, Northwestern, Duke and UCLA in the USA; the Indian School of Business and CEIBS in Asia; and HEC, IMD, IESE, ESADE, Rotterdam and Bocconi in Europe. To view the full story

Launch of New Postgraduate Newsletter

At a Research Student workshop earlier in the year organised by Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Colleges and The Student Experience, a number of ideas for improvements to the PGR experience were brought forward. One idea was for there to be a regular newsletter for PGR students: the pilot issue went out this week and staff are invited to forward events, notices or news that may be of interest to PGR students for future issues. Please send information to

Paperclip Competition Open to Staff and Students

Lancaster University Young Entrepreneurs’ Society is to distribute a thousand paperclips across campus as part of a charity competition inspired by a Canadian blogger who swapped one for a house. Kyle McDonald from Montreal achieved worldwide fame in 2006 when he swapped a red paperclip online for a house in just 14 swaps, including a part in a Hollywood movie and an afternoon with rock star Alice Cooper. The students’ first swap – for an hour’s session with Louise Briggs, Employability, Enterprise and Careers Manager at LUMS – was traded for a night’s entertainment worth £200 with a magician, while another paperclip has already been traded for a TV.

The final trade will be sold at a LUYES charity auction, with all money raised donated to the NSPCC. The item which fetches the highest price at auction will win a cash prize equal to the value of its final sale price, up to the value of £250. Any staff or students at Lancaster University interested in taking part should pick up a paperclip from the Porter’s lodge or download a digital version from Register by sending a blank email to To view the full story

New Exhibition at Storey Gallery opens tonight

Tonight sees the official opening by Professor Tony McEnery, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, of an exciting new exhibition at the Storey Gallery, Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane at 7.30pm. 'What happens if ... ?' has been curated by Storey Gallery and is presented in collaboration with the Experimentality programme of the Institute for Advanced Studies. It shows experimental objects and actions by a number of UK and international artists and designers. They conduct witty low-tech experiments that uncover the enchantment hidden within everyday utilitarian objects, and subject familiar objects to unexpected treatments. The exhibition continues until 3 April (Tuesdays-Saturdays 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-8.30pm). A number of events associated with the exhibition will also take place at the Storey Creative Industries Centre: an interdisciplinary IAS workshop on Experimental Objects on 18-19 February with historians and designers, a series of Tuesday evening Talks on Art, and a series of Litfest writing workshops on Thursday evenings. For news of other Experimentality events, go to

LICA Access Road

The new access road being built as part of the LICA development will be tarmacked on Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th February. To allow sufficient space for the equipment involved, 12 parking spaces directly opposite the entrance to the new access road joining north west drive will be coned off (see road marked in orange by number 4 on map).

Important reminder for car parking permit holders

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, including Professor Linda Woodhead on BBC TV’s Newsnight and Dr Pragya Agarwal on Granada TV news, The Independent’s website - which has just under 10m users a month - and on Yahoo and MSN.


Professor Richard Bardgett (LEC) is listed among Europe’s most cited plant and animal ecologists in a publication analysis (1996-2007) in the online magazine Labtimes.

Rajiv Ramdhany, a research associate in the Computing Department at InfoLab21, was presented with the best paper award at the recent conference in the US. His paper, (MANETKit: Supporting the Dynamic Deployment and Reconfiguration of Ad-Hoc Routing Protocols) was co-authored by Geoff Coulson, David Hutchison and Paul Grace. Meanwhile, at the same conference - ACM/IFIP USENIX International Middleware Conference (Middleware '09) held in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - a paper by InfoLab21's Gordon Blair, Geoff Coulson, Philippe Robin and Michael Papathomas (An Architecture for Next Generation Middleware) was also awarded a prize for the most influential paper from the first ever Middleware conference, held in 1998.


Revised Guidelines on Outside Professional Activities and New Lancaster University Consultancy Services Ltd (LUCS)
The University has revised its guidelines on Outside Professional Activities, which include consultancy. The revised guidelines are available on the consultancy page of the HR website. 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 the LUCS webpage.

Bowland College seeks Assistant Dean(s) for 2010/2011
Those who wish to be considered for the Assistant Deanship, should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of application to the Dean of Bowland College, Mr. Simon Corless, c/o Bowland College Office by Friday, 5 March 2010. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. The post is open to all postgraduates/potential postgraduates/research students. A job description is available upon request from Pat Brown, College Administrator, Bowland College Office.

Alexandra Square Rejuvenation Designs – Display Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances today’s display of the final designs for the rejuvenation of Alexandra Square today has been cancelled. Apologies for the late notice in cancelling. A new date will be advertised in LU Text soon.

UCU currently has a vacancy for a part time Recruitment/Organisation assistant. The post is based at Lancaster University. Salary: grade 6, point 28, £27,999pa pro rata (£15.325 per hour) 8-10 hours a week in the first instance, may increase by mutual agreement. Closing date: Monday 15th February. Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 24th February. For an application pack, please call June Rye on 01524 592497 or email June Rye.

Lancaster Gardeners Launches Online Forum
Staff gardening enthusiasts are launching an online community to discuss gardening matters, swap excess seeds and seedlings or give away items that are no longer useful. It is also hoped that if enough people want to join they may be able to negotiate discounts with local gardening centres. It is not restricted to LU people so please send the link to family and friends. If you would like to join Lancaster Gardeners please click on the following link to begin registration. You will be sent, via email, your login details and instructions on how to access the discussion area. Any questions? Contact Alastair Robertson, email,


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

Relax – it’s Friday!
The Counselling Service is running a relaxation workshop for staff on Fridays, weeks 5-10 of Lent term, from 5.15pm to 6pm. Each session will begin with completion of a short questionnaire (tick box and results to be made anonymous) followed by a guided relaxation. If you would like further information or would like to join the workshop, please email Shelagh Walsh at by 5th February. Please note that numbers will be limited and that participants will be expected to attend all 6 sessions.

Concert – Cole Stacey
Following the success of concerts by Show of Hands and Martyn Joseph, The Chaplaincy Centre is pleased to be hosting a concert by Cole Stacey on 27 February 2010 at 8pm in the Anglican and Free Church Chapel. With two released EP’s bringing airplay and acclaim, Cole’s debut album ‘Changing Faces’ will be hitting the market on January 28 2010 and he will be accompanied on a UK tour by multi-instrumentalist Scott Ward. Cole was recently described by Steve Knightley (Show Of Hands) as “An Impassioned & Ambitious Young Songwriter”. Cole Stacey is a singer/songwriter from Devon. His rapidly growing reputation has led him to have continued airplay on BBC Radio & stations across the world, perform at many venues and festivals nationwide, support acts such as ‘Lau’ (Radio2 Folk Award Winners 08 & 09), Steve Knightley & ‘Megson’ . More details and links to some of his music at Ticket prices yet to be confirmed but we think £7/£5. Contact Kevin Huggett on 94071 or for more details.

Lancaster Alumni Theatre Trip & Reception – ‘Tartuffe’ at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster
26 February 2010 at 6pm. There are spaces available for University staff, including non-alumni, at this event. Carol Williamson, Lancaster Alumna and Footlights Member is hosting a theatre evening at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster for the Roger McGough adaptation of Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’. The evening will include a cheese & wine reception, a short talk by producer Alan Mathews, a programme and entry to the play. The cost is £13.00 per person and the reception will take place between 6pm and 7pm with the performance at 7.30pm. If you wish to reserve a place, please contact

Sustainability and Consumerism, Special Event
Three short talks followed by discussion on Wed 3 Feb, 2:00-3:45, Cavendish LT:

To download a free edited copy of the Worldwatch book State of the World 2010 please go to:


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