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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.

| 05 February 2010 | Issue 466

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


Lancaster Scientists share their knowhow with the BBC

Researchers at the Lancaster Environment Centre have been sharing their knowledge of crop production with BBC producers working on a spin off series of the reality TV programme Jimmy’s Farm. Distinguished Professor Bill Davies gave a briefing to the BBC team, helping to explain the background science behind new water saving farming techniques being used in Australian vineyards. To view the full story

Lancaster Links Up With New College

Lancaster University is to work with pupils from a new £26m sixth form college to offer advice on applying to university. Rochdale Sixth Form College will offer 34 different A and AS Level courses for around a thousand pupils when it opens in September 2010. The new college will offer a study centre, fitness suite, theatre and drama studio, a music recording studio, science laboratories and specialist art and design studios. Staff from the Undergraduate Recruitment Office will offer presentations and workshops for students at Rochdale who need advice on courses, what to expect from the university lifestyle and how to apply. To view the full story

Lancaster leads £3.24 million creativity project

Computer Scientists at InfoLab21 are leading a £3.24 million project investigating the role of creativity in science and technology. Computer scientists, psychologists, artists and designers from across Europe have embarked on the four-year project which aims to advance the current understanding of the creative design process applied in scientific and technological problem solving. Poetry, art and music will all come under the microscope of the research network which brings together seven institutions from the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal and benefits from the participation of Philips Research as an industrial partner. The project – called DESIRE – is led by Dr Corina Sas from the Computing Department in Lancaster University’s InfoLab21. To view the full story

Ruskin and the banking crisis

The work of Victorian thinker and critic John Ruskin makes perfect reading in today’s economic climate, according to researchers at Lancaster University. Writing 150 years ago the writer who is more often associated with art criticism and architecture launched a stinging attack on the flaws of capitalist economies and even predicted the banking crisis. In an event to be held on 6 Feb to mark the 150th anniversary of Ruskin’s all but forgotten work in this field, academics, journalists and economists are set to revisit Ruskin’s thoughts on economics in an attempt to find answers to some very contemporary questions.

High profile participants and speakers include: Frank Field MP; Andrew Hill of the Financial Times; David Barrie, former Director of The Art Fund; Jonathan Glancey of The Guardian, Howard Hull, Director of The Ruskin Foundation; Clive Wilmer from the University of Cambridge and Chris May and Stephen Wildman from Lancaster University. Professor May’s paper on Ruskin’s political economy will be published in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations - Volume 12 Issue 2 (May 2010). To view the full story

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. Deadline for applications: 12 noon Monday 22nd March 2010. 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 10am – 4pm on Wednesday 10th February. 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 Wednesday 10th February at 10am and you can submit any feedback using the online form.

LICA Access Road

The new access road to the LICA building is nearly complete and from Wednesday the original access road from North Road to the Great Hall and other nearby buildings will be closed and access will be acquired through the new road running east from North West Road. This is marked in orange on the map next to building 4.

Fylde Bar

Work will commence on Fylde Bar on Monday 15 February to extend the servery counter to merge the bar and coffee bar services. The bar will remain open throughout the works apart from Saturday 27 February until Wednesday 3 March am. Fylde Coffee Bar will remain open until the alterations are completed.

New Car Parking Spaces

This Saturday, 6 Feb, about 35 extra parking spaces will be installed on Alexandra Park and approximately 14 extra spaces on the main campus. Some spaces will be temporarily unavailable from Friday evening to allow these works to take place. All the spaces will be back in use in time for Monday morning on February 8th. Zebra crossing markings will also be reinstated on Saturday with traffic management in operation.

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 research at LICA into satnavs receiving global coverage from North America to Brunei, and Lancaster University's collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in the Hong Kong publication China Economic Review.

Death Notices

We regret to report that Dr Robert Moffitt, who was responsible for setting up the University Health Service in 1964, died on Wednesday 3rd February, aged 82. Dr Moffitt retired in 1990.


David Lomas, Head of User Services in ISS, retired at the end of last month. David joined the University in November 2002 as Head of the newly created User Services Group and has played a key role in the subsequent development of ISS. Over the last seven years, he has delivered a highly visible user focus to our core strategies and services, creating strong links with colleagues across the institution as he did so. Recently, the new Learning Zone and the new ISS Building have appeared during David’s watch and their qualities reflect the key contributions he made in helping get their designs finalised. Less visibly but just as importantly David was key in helping to reform the way ISS works internally and leaves a legacy of improved communication and consultation. Everyone who knows him will miss him. We all wish him a long and happy retirement.

Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Örebro University, Sweden, on 6 February 2010. In the morning, Ruth will be giving a public lecture on “Rightwing populist rhetoric – a European 'glocal' phenomenon?”.

George Aggidis (Director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group & Fluid Machinery Group, Engineering) was invited to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry yesterday where HRH Prince Charles arrived with the Royal Train and the steam locomotive TORNADO to launch his new initiative ‘START’ to help people across the UK lead more sustainable lives. George had the opportunity to talk with the Prince about renewable energy and energy research in Lancaster.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) who is Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences has organised a national meeting entitled "Making the case for the social sciences" in Whitehall on Wednesday February 10. Two hundred senior figures will attend and Professor Cooper will chair a panel discussion with David Willetts MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Dr Tony Wright MP, Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee , Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Work and Pensions in the House of Lords, Andrew Haldenby, Director of the thinktank Reform and Sunder Katwala, General Secretary of The Fabian Society.

InfoLab21 has issued the 50th edition of InfoTextX, an e-newsletter sent out every month from the Knowledge Business Centre to Associate Companies and Collaborators. Over the 5 years that InfoTextX has been running it has built up a readership of over 1000 subscribers from the North West region and beyond. As part of a range of knowledge transfer activities, it has helped to build relationships between the University and the wider community.

Dr David M. Seymour (Law) spoke at Sheffield Hallam University's Multifaith Chaplaincy Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations on 1 February 2010.


ISS Video Conferencing Suite Upgraded To High Definition
ISS have upgraded the Video Conference suite in the Library to include a high definition camera and dual 40" LCD monitors. This upgrade provides a true high definition video conferencing experience in a room that accommodates up to 20 people. The room is suitable for multi-site meetings, presentations and research group discussions. The High Definition Video Conference suite can be booked through the Library Enquiries Desk, and is available during Library opening hours. For more information please visit

New menu
Following feedback on the University Hospitality menu a new menu has been launched with an improved offering. You can book all your catering needs by emailing or calling ext. 93260. To view the new Hospitality on Campus Menu

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.

Completion of ISS Services Fit Out
The electrical and mechanical installation of the High End Computing Data Centre in ISS is now complete and the area of the car park in front of substation 11 (adjacent the prayer room) will be reopened from Monday 8 February.


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

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching - 'Student attendance and student performance'
Session leaders: Gordon Clark and Nick Gill. 12 February 2010 13:00-13:50 Friday All welcome - please book online at Enquiries can be addressed to the Teaching Development Administrator, Helen Griffiths, email

The Lancaster Food Security Seminar Series
Everyone is welcome all to the first seminar given by Geoff Tansey on Tuesday 9 February, 4pm, Training Room 1 and 2, Gordon Manley Building, The Lancaster Environment Centre. The title of the seminar is: “Our Food Future - Reflections on Changing Paradigms, Shifting Power and Rewriting Rules”. This is the first in a University-wide seminar series addressing the factors contributing to global food insecurity.

Ash Wednesday Service in the Chaplaincy Centre
There will be a short united Christian service on Ash Wednesday, 17th February at 5.30 pm in the AFC Chapel at the Chaplaincy Centre.

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 4pm Wednesday 17th February 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 discuss 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.

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

Talk on the Royal Society’s Grants and Schemes
Open to all researchers and staff supporting research. Booking essential, via email quoting the course title. An opportunity to hear about all grants and funding schemes aimed at researchers in the sciences from Charles Malinak, Senior Manager and Alexa Doman, Scheme Manager for the Royal Society. There are contributions by a University Research Fellow and the RSO, and a question and answer session. 12.00 to 14.20 on 24 February 2010 (approx.) with lunch and refreshments provided. For details see


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