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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.

| 5 March 2010 | Issue 470

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


Bachelor and Honorary Degrees

The presenter of BBC Top Gear James May and renowned broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell DBE are among six people distinguished in their field who are to be awarded honorary degrees at the July degree ceremonies. The others include the President of the British Medical Association Professor Averil Mansfield CBE, distinguished scientist Professor Kang Shaozhong, paleoclimatologist Professor Lonnie Thompson and Edwin Booth, the head of Booths supermarket chain. Most of them have connections with the North West: James May is an alumnus of Lancaster University while Dame Joan, Professor Mansfield and Edwin Booth are all from the region. To view full story and biographies

Congregations for the conferment of Bachelor and Honorary Degrees will take place from 12th – 15th July 2010. The full timetable is available on the website at For more information, please contact the Ceremonies and Events Office on 01524 592190.

Lancaster University study shows outstanding benefits of exercise to employees

A study by Lancaster University’s Centre of Organizational Health & Wellbeing (SHM), led by Professor Sue Cartwright into the effects of exercise on Nestlé UK employees, has shown that it results in outstanding physical and psychological benefits to the individual and to the employer. 1800 Nestle UK employees (36% of its UK workforce) took part in the 2009 Global Corporate Challenge, Nestle UK’s largest ever corporate health initiative. Researchers studying a representative sample of 260 Nestlé employees found that participants reported an increase in energy levels, better sleep, increased concentration and productivity when asked a series of psychological indicators about their feelings in the workplace To view the full story

Campus Festival

On Saturday 13th March there will be a Campus Festival for staff and students in Lancaster Square. The event runs from 1pm until 11pm and there will be a number of activities taking place including getting a henna tattoo, an international food court, live acts, bands, fireworks and laser show in the evening. The event is run by the student groups at Lancaster University. All activities are constantly being updated so you can keep a track of what’s going on by visiting the website or joining the Facebook group.

Vote for GreenLancaster video

Lancaster University is in the running for The NUS/Ecologist Communications Challenge Award which offers students the chance to promote environmental campaigns through a short video which you can view or vote for below. Lancaster’s video looks at the Carbon Competition, which encourages students in the Eco-Residences to cut back on energy usage. The winners will receive their award at the Sound Environmental Impact Awards ceremony in Liverpool on Wednesday 31 March. The Awards aim to encourage, reward and celebrate best environmental practice at students’ unions. To view and/or vote for the video

The Staff Prizes

Further information and Nomination Form on the HR website. 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 straight forward. Contact Rob Kemp (5)92810 or Shelley Watson (5)92154 in HR Division for further information. Closing date for nominations: 19 March 2010.

Faculty of Science and Technology Lecture

The second faculty lecture in the 2009/10 series will take place on Wednesday 10 March, 1600-1730, Lecture Theatre 4, Management School Building. This will be given by Christopher Frith, FRS, who is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuro-imaging at University College, London. Professor Chris Frith is one of the pioneers of the application of brain imaging to the study of mind and brain. He was a founder member of the Functional Imaging Laboratory at the Institute of Neurology in 1994. He is known for his work on the cognitive basis of schizophrenia, especially hallucinations and delusions. The lecture will address the theme of the social brain, see here for the abstract and further details. The talk should be of interest to scientists from a wide range of backgrounds and colleagues from across the university. All are welcome.

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 the Vice Chancellor and Professor Bob McKinlay in The Independent.


The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11, a new book co-authored by Drs Arthur Bradley and Andrew Tate in the Department of English and Creative Writing, has been reviewed in the Times Higher Education Supplement of 25 February. The reviewer describes the book as ‘paradigm-shifting’.


Fire Service – simulated rescue
On Saturday 6th March Lancaster Fire Service will carry out a simulated rescue from the north spine service duct. It will be held between 9am - 12.00pm. It involves the use of three fire engines on Physics Avenue. Entry to north spine will be via the Central Services Plant room. The training will involve the lifting of access hatches in the north spine. The Fire Service will ‘rescue’ a number of dummy casualties. It is intended that this will test our current procedures for working in this confined space. Should you require any further information please contact Facilities-Infrastructure, Health & Safety Manager, Peter Scullion 07813038063 or 01524 592092.

Bowland Main Refurbishment
An £8.8m refurbishment project to upgrade and reconfigure the internal layout of Bowland Main is due to start in July 2010 following the Graduation ceremonies. The refurbishment will replicate the quality and standard of the recently refurbished County South building. It will include all office space, the porters lodge, Bowland college space – including bar and JCR, retail space, student residences and family flats. The refurbishment will be completed by September 2011.
More information on other new projects taking place across the campus and at Chancellor’s Wharf will be available on the Facilities Current Projects website next week.

Easter Break Electricity Shutdowns
In order to carry out some essential electrical safety maintenance the Facilities Infrastructure team need to shutdown the electricity to parts on the campus over the Easter break. More information and maps of the affected areas

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.

LUVU Dragon sculpture
LUVU is appealing for donations of carrier bags to be used by local schoolchildren to create a large sculpture of a dragon. Please bring any bags into LUVU’s office on the corner of Alexandra Square.

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.


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

Sport Relief Mile
Facilities are hosting a Sport Relief Mile on Friday 19 March and would like to extend the invitation to staff campus wide. The event begins at 2pm with the course starting and ending in Alexandra Square tackling a route mapped around the north of campus. Sponsorship is more than welcome and supporters on the day would be fabulous. For more information or to join the run please contact Louisa Duff 93436 or Sooz Palmer 92902, who will provide you with event info and of course sponsorship forms. Places are limited and we ask that you have a minimum sponsorship of £10 per runner.

One World Week – Sustainable Travel Day
As part of One World Week the University will be holding a Sustainable Travel Day on Tuesday 9 March 2010. To find out more, including how to claim your free breakfast, visit the Facilities travel website For more information on One World Week visit

IT User Forum
All Welcome: Thursday 11th March, 3-4pm, Management School LT8. Come along to find out more about what ISS is working on. There will be presentations on the following, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions:

If your department has any Green ICT innovations, come along and share them with the forum. Future forums will feature technical innovations from departments.

Effective PGR Supervision workshop 2
Making progress - Monday 22 March 2010, 10.15-4.00. Workshop for academic staff with responsibility for PGR supervision. The session will be led by Moira Peelo whose next book, ‘Understanding Supervision and the PhD’ is due to be published in November 2010. Includes: Supervising in a team; Developing student writing; Problem-solving; Understanding the student experience. Book online: CELT web calendar. Enquiries to Helen Griffiths at Further supervision workshops in 2010 - workshop 3: Exams and vivas (Friday 30th April); workshop 1: Introductory day (Friday 11th June, repeat).

Divers Voyces perform in the Chaplaincy Centre
Thursday 11 March, 1.15 – 1.45 at the Chaplaincy Centre. The choral music of Dufay, Lassus, Josquin and others, which has become hugely popular in recent years through the work of the early-music movement, is recognised to be among the finest of its kind. The capella group, Divers Voyces, will perform nine items, ranging from sacred motets to love songs. Free, with a retiring collection for BASIK (Build a School in Kenya).

Conference - Exploring Partnership between the U3A and Higher Education
On Wednesday 24 March 2010 at Lancaster University Conference Centre. Free places, including lunch, are offered to LU staff and postgraduate students. You can find details here. This national conference presents a project led by the Department of Continuing Education which explored the benefits of a learning partnership with Lancaster and Morecambe University of the Third Age (U3A). Several academic departments, the library, ISS and LUSU were involved.

Grad Bar presents a live music double header
Thursday 11th March. Reggiemental Band, 10 piece reggae/ska band.
Friday 12th March. Tantrum supported by The Nick Dow Blues Band.
In addition, Grad Bar will have organic ales and cider on sale throughout week 9 as part of One World Week.

Coffee morning in the Great Hall foyer
Monday 8th March from 10-1pm. All welcome. Cakes and savoury snacks as well as a raffle and a quiz with prizes and more. Raffle tickets are available at £1/strip from Claire Boak or Leanne Bates Leanne Bates in the Department of Continuing Education is trekking the Great Wall of China in May for charities Help The Aged/ Age Concern and all funds raised will contribute towards her sponsorship total for the charity (not towards her costs in going which she has covered herself).

CeMoRe Research day 2010
The annual CeMoRe research day will this year be held on Wednesday May 26th. The research day is designed to encourage Lancaster staff and postgraduates to give short presentations on all types of mobilities research. Papers can report work in progress, may float new ideas or give a summary of completed work. If you are interested in participating please send a title and short abstract (200 words max) to Colin Pooley by Friday 19th March.


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