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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.

| 12 February 2010 | Issue 467

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

Greetings for the New Year to all Chinese readers. This year the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 14 February and following days, with fireworks, dances (such as the famous Lion Dance) and the giving of gifts, flowers and sweets. For more information about the festival see:


Lancaster Researchers Developing Parkinson's Blood Test

More than 200 Lancashire residents have volunteered to help researchers at Lancaster University in their quest to develop a blood test for Parkinson’s Disease. Dr Penny Foulds, School of Health and Medicine, is working towards developing a blood test to detect the onset of the disease and map its progression. The test will measure the levels of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the blood. Researchers believe that this protein – found in human plasma – could be a useful marker for the diagnosis and progression of Parkinson’s disease. In order to test their theory, they have called upon volunteers from across the region that have been recently diagnosed with the disease and are willing to have a series of blood tests over a two to three year period. The study is funded by the Medical Research Council. To view the full story

University Funds £40,000 Worth of Internships

Lancaster University has won £40,000 to fund 25 job placements for graduates as part of a Government drive to get young people into work. The graduate internship programme will support small businesses to take on a graduate intern. Research shows that one in four graduates are offered full-time employment in the business at the end of a placement. The funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England will fund each internship by a recent graduate for up to 6 weeks at a rate of £6 an hour for a 35 hour week. The scheme is being administered by the Centre for Employability Enterprise and Careers (CEEC), which is also is offering graduates practical assistance before, during and after their internship, including mentoring, pre-employment and interview training, and CV workshops. To view the full story

Female Entrepreneurs Get Ahead at Lancaster

Women considering self-employment are invited to two events at Lancaster University designed to give them a head start in business. Following on from the success of an event called ‘Enterprise in Heels’ in October, Lancaster University Student Union enterprise unit Create is laying on two workshops targeting ambitious female students who want to be their own boss. The first of these events ‘Network Training’ is designed to give students the skills and confidence to ‘work a room’ and will be held on Wednesday, 17th February, in the Conference Centre MR4 at 3pm. The second event ‘Speed Networking’ offers people the chance to meet some of the region’s top female entrepreneurs from a range of sectors and industries. It will be held on Wednesday 3rd March between 6-8pm at the Management School’s Hub Café. To view the full story

New Research Archive at Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research

A grant from the FASS Research and Enterprise fund with additional support from the Department of English and Creative Writing has helped to secure a new research archive at Lancaster's Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. The websites of the 'Crossing Borders' and 'Radiophonics' projects in Africa carried out by Dr. Graham Mort from 2002-2009 have been archived with the permission of the British Council, who funded the work. They contain extensive information about participating African writers, the projects themselves, and 20 podcasts from the Ugandan and Nigerian radio series 'Under the Sun'. Collaboration with the BBC World Service has added podcasts of over 30 interviews carried out by Catherine Fellows with writers and publishers at the 2005 'Beyond Borders' literature festival in Kampala. The archive has been designed and installed by Dr. Kate Horsley. For more information

Changes to Staff Prizes

Further information and nomination form on the HR website Staff Prizes. Each prize is worth £1,000 and a certificate of achievement will be presented at a special awards ceremony in June. Anyone can make a nomination for themselves or others and the process is very straightforward. Contact Rob Kemp phone 92810 or Shelley Watson phone 92154 in HR Division for further information. Closing date for nominations is 19 March 2010.

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

Waterside Building Update

To view the newsletter with progress updates on the new Waterside building and George Fox Landscaping project please visit the Facilities Current Project website.

New Sports Centre

To view the newsletter with progress updates on the new Sports Centre please visit the Facilities Current Project website.

Departmental Open Day Parking

Please note that Wednesday 17 February will be the busiest day this term for the Departmental Open Days with an estimated additional 500 vehicles to park on campus for 15 separate open days. Parking on this day will be seriously affected. It would be appreciated if you could car share, cycle, walk or use public transport where possible. Open Days are crucial to ensure Lancaster University continues to recruit the best possible students.

Open day parking will be provided in the overflow car park off Green Lane, the tennis courts off the main driveway and the bottom car park on Alexandra Park. Parking marshals will be operating between 10:30 and 14:00 to help direct and park visitors in these areas and three minibuses will be shuttling guests between the parking areas and University House. The parking marshals are there to help not only open day guests but also anyone wishing to park on the campus so please follow their directions if you are struggling to find a space to park. Anyone can make use of the free minibus shuttle services operating 11:00 – 14:00 and 16:00 – 17:30 to get to University House from the outlying parking areas. Programme of visitor days.

LICA Access Road

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

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 Sue White on BBC One's Panorama programme, with 2.6m viewers, Dr Ian Dodd from LEC in Science and Professor David Denver on The Independent website which has 30million global users a month.


Rob Kemp (HR) has been appointed as Manager – Wellbeing, Equality & Diversity effective from 15th February 2010. This is a new role and function within the HR Division that will be responsible for leading and co-ordinating equality & diversity activities for the University, developing and implementing an integrated approach to staff and student wellbeing, equality and diversity. In this role Rob will work closely with the Safety Office team. Rob has been with the University for 8 years, working in areas of job evaluation, promotions, pay and rewards and also more recently on equality & diversity and wellbeing issues. Prior to Lancaster, he worked with local authorities where he gained experience of a wide range of organisational development activities.

Professor Lucy Suchman (Sociology) is to receive a Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Lifetime Research Award for 2010 in recognition of the major impact her work has had on the field of Human-Computer Interaction. CHI is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). The Award will be presented at the annual CHI conference in Atlanta, Georgia in April, attended by 2,000 people from 38 countries. Professor Suchman, who is co-director of the Centre for Science Studies in the Sociology Department, was a principal scientist and manager of the Work Practice and Technology group at Xerox PARC for 20 years. Her 1987 book Plans and Situated Actions, republished in expanded edition in 2007 as Human-Machine Reconfigurations, is one of the most influential publications in the field.

Dr Jim Wild (Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group, Communication Systems) was invited to speak at Astrofest 2010 in Kensington on February 6. Astrofest is the UK's biggest astronomy show with over 2000 visitors attending over the two day event. Dr Wild opened proceedings on the second day of the event with a talk entitled Weather Solar Storms in a programme that also included an audience with the Sky at Night's Sir Patrick Moore and Queen guitarist and astronomer Dr Brian May.


Dynamics of cardiovascular ageing study
Volunteers are invited to participate in a research study to investigate the effect of ageing on the function of the human cardiovascular system, that is, on the heart and circulatory system. The investigation is done by making a variety of non-invasive measurements while the subject lies comfortably on a bed in the Physics Department at Lancaster University. We seek healthy volunteers aged 50 years or more without history of cardiovascular diseases. If you think you belong in this group and if you would be interested in contributing to research aimed at better general wellbeing, especially in old age please contact Alan on 01524 592269, or mobile 078968882851, or email: We will be very grateful for your contribution.

Fylde Bar
Work will start on Fylde Bar on Monday 15th 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 27th Feb until Wednesday 3rd March AM. Fylde Coffee Bar will remain open until the alterations are completed.

Vote for Lancaster University’s Carbon Competition in NUS Awards
The Carbon Competition is a unique new project at Lancaster University which encourages energy saving in student residences. Utility use is metered at an individual flat level, and the equivalent carbon emissions are displayed online. Winning flats, with the lowest carbon footprint, are not only reducing their energy footprint, but also receive exciting prizes ranging from a trolley dash to cash prizes at the end of term. A team of student volunteers the ‘Carbon Crusaders’ visit the flats on a regular basis to keep residents up to date with their position and give them tips on how to improve. To vote for Lancaster University in the Ecologist Communications Award in the NUS Sound Impact Awards visit the Ecologist website.


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

Faithshare Meeting
The next Faithshare meeting will take place on Thursday 25 February at 8.00pm in the Chaplaincy Centre (Central Lounge). The title we’ve chosen is ‘Sacred texts: how I use them in following my faith’. We shall follow the usual format, namely a series of short (up to five minutes) presentations by a representative member from each of the participating faith communities setting out her/his views on the topic and explaining how those views reflect her/his faith perspective. There will then be an open discussion on the topic, addressing the common elements and the different angles which have emerged, after which we shall round off the evening with light refreshments and time for informal discussion and socialising. For further details, contact Jim Wood, Catholic Chaplains’ Team, at the Chaplaincy Centre.

Workshop: Imaginaries of Modernity - Modernization, Globalization and Alterglobalization in Latin America
Wednesday, 24th February 2010, Bowland North SR18. Organised by The Latin America Research Group with the support of the IAS. For further details see or contact Cornelia Graebner, DELC, at

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 £7/£5. Contact Kevin Huggett on 94082 or for more details.

Departmental Litfest at DELC
The Department of European Languages and Cultures presents the first Departmental Litfest. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - do join us at any time from 2.15 onwards as students and staff in modern languages read their favourite pieces of foreign literature (in the original and English translation). Wednesday, 24 February 2010 Time: 2.15-6.00 pm in Bowland North, Resource Centre (B 83). Free entry. All welcome!


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