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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.

| 19 February 2010 | Issue 468

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


First ever dual degree programme launched between UK and Pakistani universities

A major new higher education opportunity for students in Pakistan was launched yesterday (18th February) in London, at an event attended by the Pakistani Federal Minister of Science and Technology, who is also chancellor of CIIT and Sir Christian Bonington CBE, Chancellor of Lancaster University. From August 2010, 250 Pakistani undergraduate students will start the first dual Lancaster University /Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) degrees delivered in Pakistan. Pakistani students at the CIIT Lahore campus will be given the opportunity to earn a highly regarded international degree from Lancaster, in addition to their degree from CIIT for a fraction of the cost of study in the UK. The Minister also announced a major investment in funding for scholarships for students of the dual degree. To view story and photographs

ImaginationLancaster Nominated for Award

The partnership between ImaginationLancaster and FutureEverything has been shortlisted for The Arts & Business Cultural Branding Award 2010. The nomination is in recognition of the way that ImaginationLancaster and Lancaster University are working creatively with a cultural organisation to extend the university's work into new areas in an innovative way. ImaginationLancaster is a new research centre within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts led by Professor Rachel Cooper and Professor Stuart Walker. The announcement of the winners will take place at a ceremony held at the City Inn in Leeds on 23 March. For more information

University Helps Teenage Social Entrepreneurs

A hundred and forty teenagers have successfully run their own social enterprise with the help of Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU). The pupils from nine colleges and sixth forms in East Lancashire have all taken part in the Voltage project which is funded by v, the youth volunteering charity and supported by LUVU. The social enterprises created included a gardening project, a business selling water bottles to fund new drinking fountains in school and a recycled jewellery enterprise. The 14 teams involved made a total of approximately £1,800 which is being re-invested back into the schools, with some of the profit donated to charities.

Prizes were awarded for outstanding enterprises and presentations at an event at Blackburn Rovers attended by school teams and teachers, as well as LUSU President Michael Payne, LUVU staff and volunteers. Nelson and Colne College’s team “Grass Roots” were the winners of the Outstanding Social Enterprise award, after running a gardening project to raise awareness of healthy living for primary schools. To view story and photographs

Alexandra Square

Staff and student feedback on the final design proposals for the rejuvenation of Alexandra Square have led to design one, with the LED lighting strips and granite paving design linking the nine colleges, being chosen as the preferred option. You can still view the designs on the website The project has now gone out to tender and once a contractor is appointed work is expected to start in spring 2010.

Beta TV Service For ResNet

ResNet.TV is a brand new 'beta' (trial) service at Lancaster University designed to provide students with access to digital television and radio via their computer. Researchers within Computing, in collaboration with ISS, are experimenting with a range of new technologies for distributing TV across ResNet without the need for an individual aerial, satellite dish or digital receiver.

The trial service is entirely free to use, subject to the (TV Licensing) terms specified on the site, and offers the full Freeview digital and radio channel lineup. Please visit the ResNet.TV trial site to find out more information, install the required software and try the 'trial' service. Please note: ResNet.TV is experimental and not currently supported by the ISS service desk. Please direct all enquires using the 'contact us' page found at You can also join our Facebook group or follow us on twitter to provide feedback and receive information and updates.

Pendle College needs a new Principal

Pendle College needs to appoint a Principal to succeed 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 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 ‘bought 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.

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 Rachel Newbury.

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 Distinguished Professor Bill Davies in The Times and Professor Cary Cooper on GMTV.


Professor Bill Davies (LEC), the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington CBE and the Vice-Chancellor were at Buckingham Palace today, to receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. It is the third time the University has received one of these prestigious awards which highlight world-class work taking place in higher and further education. The prize winning research has been developed by a Lancaster team of plant biologists, led by Distinguished Professor Bill Davies in the Lancaster Environment Centre, who have shown how the signals that roots in drying soil send to the shoots can help plants cope more successfully with drought and produce better yield.

Dr John Welshman (History) has signed a contract with Oxford University Press for a book provisionally entitled Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town, to be published in April 2012. His book Churchill's Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain (also with Oxford University Press) will be published on 25 March.


Development opportunities for staff
The Spring/Summer edition of the publication Development opportunities for staff is now available. The guide gives details of training programmes offered across the University by groups such as Professional and Leadership Development, CELT, the Safety Office, ISS, CETAD and others. Copies will be sent to individuals via their departments. To view the brochure online

Power Management
All users are required to power down their PCs and monitors at the end of the working day. There is no longer an ISS recommendation to leave staff PCs running overnight for application of software updates. The use of power management equipment that turns off peripherals when PC is powered off is recommended - for further information see the Green IT page of the ISS website.
ISS will roll-out systems management software that will power up PCs overnight, apply patches and updates and power down. This may offer the opportunity for PCs to be powered up 30 minutes before planned arrival at work.

The JobShop and the Student Employee of the Year Award
If you have employed a student using the JobShop service this year and feel that the student has successfully combined study with part time work, and made an outstanding contribution to your operations you can take this opportunity to nominate them for the SEOTY 2010. There are several categories this year and nominations are made online at the SEOTY nomination page. Please consider submitting entries as it will give the student a prestigious award to have on their CV and demonstrate what a student friendly department/organisation you are. The closing date for nominations is 26 March. The LUSU JobShop will be nominating an Institutional Winner. This award is run in association with NASES (National Association of Student Employment Services).

The Harassment Network
The Harassment Network provides confidential support for any student or staff member who feels they are being harassed or bullied. Contact the network by e-mail at or see for a list of network members who can be contacted by phone.

New Campus Developments Leaflet 2009/10
A new campus development leaflet is available with details of all the projects and refurbishment projects taking place across the campus. Hard copies are available from Louisa Duff, Communications Officer, Facilities, or view the online version here. To view the campus development leaflet

Cycling Demonstration Town - Attitude Survey 2010
As part of the ongoing monitoring of the C(D)T project we have to carry out an annual attitude survey. The purpose of this is to find out more about people's attitude to cycling. We are interested in the opinions of non-cyclists as well as cyclists. Please take a few minutes to complete the following questionnaire at

Proposed Easter Break Electricity Shutdowns
In order to carry out some essential electrical safety maintenance the Facilities Maintenance team need to shutdown the electricity to parts of the campus over the Easter break. To view more information and maps of the affected areas


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

Motivating yourself and others
Discover how to motivate yourself to fulfil your potential and how to get the best out of others on this two day Professional & Personal Development course being held on 9 March 2010 & 23 March 2010. This is one of the lively, interactive courses that can lead to the Certificate in Professional & Personal Development which is partially funded by the Professional & Leadership Development Team. For further details email Kerry Armstrong.

THE pre-election debate
Times Higher Education magazine is hosting a pre-election debate at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wed 24 February entitled Teaching and research in UK universities are among the best in the world. How will the next government maintain our leading edge? Speaking at the debate, to be chaired by THE editor Ann Mroz, are:

Entry is open to all those employed by UK universities and is by (free) ticket only, which can be obtained by visiting

Fairtrade Fortnight
Lancaster University Fairtrade Group is asking people to switch to Fairtrade for everything from bananas to sugar during Fairtrade Fortnight beginning on February 22. Events on campus include the screening of Black Gold, a film about the Fairtrade coffee industry, at 7.30pm on February 22 in the Chaplaincy Centre and GreenLancaster’s Fair Trade Talk from Cosmas Ochieng about the ethics of international trade in the Hub cafe from 6pm on on March 2nd. Fairtrade Tea tasting sessions will be held in Alexandra Square throughout the fortnight, while cafes and the LUSU shop will have Fairtrade offers. For more information visit

Statistics Master Class
The Postgraduate Statistics Centre (CETL), Department of Mathematics and Statistics are hosting a Master Class on New Bayesian Methods for Model Comparison, to be held on 29th March 2010. For full details and booking information, please go to: or contact Deborah Stewart, PSC Secretary at

Charity Concert by Music Society
The ULMS Wind Band will perform a concert in the Great Hall on Saturday 27 February in aid of the charity Help for Heroes, which supports soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. The concert will feature music from medleys of Disney Films and West End Musicals to arrangements of classical works, played by a band of over fifty musicians. There will also be some military themed pieces, such as the ‘Dam Busters March’ and ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ from the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Tickets for the performance at 7.30pm will be available on the door and cost £3 for students, with full price tickets at £5. This is one of many concerts by the Music Society, culminating in a Proms concert on Saturday 19th June.
Forthcoming concerts include:
Sunday 21st February - ULMS Brass Band
Saturday 27th February - ULMS Wind Band Charity Concert for Help for Heroes
Sunday 7th March - ULMS Choir
Friday 12th March - ULMS Brass Band and Cambridge University Brass Band
Sunday 14th March - ULMS Orchestra
All concerts are in the Great Hall, at 7:30pm. For more information contact


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