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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 March 2010 | Issue 471

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


Lancaster University launches Cumbria Flood workshops

Researchers - including Dr Rebecca Whittle, of the Lancaster Environment Centre - are working with Cumbria County Council and NHS Cumbria to run a series of events designed to identify how research can help Cumbria recover from the devastating floods of November 2009. To view full story

Malaysian Students Visit Lancaster

High fliers from one of Lancaster University’s academic partners- Sunway College, Malaysia - were on campus this week. The students were at Lancaster University to get a glimpse of campus life and learn about British culture and heritage. The group, which included three Chancellors’ Scholars, visited departments relevant to their studies and experienced how lectures are conducted at Lancaster. To view full story

Lancaster Graduate Performs at Litfest

Lancaster University Creative Writing graduate Monique Roffey is to give a reading from her latest novel at Litfest - Lancaster’s Literature Festival. Novelist Monique, who has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, will read from her novel ‘The White Woman on the Green Bicycle’ on Wednesday, 17th March at 7.45pm. To view full story

Amoeba genome sheds new light on human evolution

A billion years ago life was more complicated than you might think, according to an international team of researchers including a Lancaster University scientist. Researchers have sequenced the genome of a common soil amoeba called Naegleria gruberi - unlocking a new piece of evidence in the long and complex history of human evolution. To view full story

Physicist writes comedy drama

Bob Jones of the Department of Physics has written a comedy drama about the life of the astronomer Galileo to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his discoveries. The actors are from Lancaster University Theatre Group, Ripley St Thomas High School and the Duke’s Youth Theatre, where the play will be performed on March 19 and 20. It is being staged by the Duke’s Theatre in association with the Lancashire and Cumbria branch of the Institute of Physics. The drama is suitable for all ages from 10 upwards, but is particularly aimed at pupils aged 12-15 studying science subjects or drama. General enquiries about the drama can be sent to There will be talkback sessions after the evening performances. Tickets £4. To book

Student Call Team raise over £100,000 in pledges and gifts from Lancaster University graduates and friends

The Alumni and Development Office run the annual Friends Programme Telephone Campaign which is on target for a record year of fundraising. Each term, 36 current students work in the evenings in University House, making calls to Lancaster University alumni and friends; engaging them with, and raising money for, the University. The sheer hardwork and enthusiasm of our students has allowed us to achieve this year’s ongoing success. The team are: Supervisors - Kieran Seymour, Mark Needham Senior Callers - Ruth Kirby, Gregory Plant, James King, Oliver Sykes Callers - Laura Barrowclough, Abigail Britten, Phil Chadwick, Monica Charlesworth, Chris Cluitt, Chris Davis, Emma Foster, Matt Graham, Hazelle Hill, Peter Holmes, Lucy Howitt, Beth Jewitt, Tania Mahmoud, Laura Marinello, Jonny Marshall, Tom Mortlock, Rebecca Schindler, Ashley Nettleford, Kathryn Newell, Kieran O'Brien, Melissa Opie, Charlotte Paterson, Rebecca Shindler, Emily Spencer-Wyatt, Jade Stevens, Ruvimbo Togara, David Tuthill, Megan Webb, Katie Jamieson, Jo Walker. These students deserve all our congratulations and it is through the funds they raise that the Friends Programme is able to fund important projects across campus. To find out more about the projects funded by the telephone campaign, please go to

You can make your own personal donation to the Friends Programme at: You can access the details on how to apply for a Friends Programme grant at: You can also follow the team’s fundraising efforts on Twitter.

Death notice

Akta Patel

We regret to report the death of Akta Patel. She was a second year student studying for a BA Honours in French Studies and Philosophy at Lancaster, in the Department of European Languages and Cultures. Akta had been in hospital since last Friday when she was involved a road accident, and died on Wednesday. Sympathies go to Akta’s family and she will be sadly missed by her many friends.

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 Paul Kerswill on BBC news online and Dr Caroline Gatrell on BBC 4 TV.


Professor Bob Jessop (Sociology) has been visiting the Pufendorf Institute at Lund University this week. This new institute, modelled in part on the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster, thanks to a visit from its founding committee, was opened last year. Professor Jessop is a member of its international steering committee and advises on the choice of research programmes. He is also cooperating with one of its first two annual research programmes, called After the Crisis, which ties in well with his new ESRC Research Professorship at Lancaster. In addition to research collaboration, he delivered a plenary lecture on "The Global Financial Crisis: Beyond Policy Solutions". He also visited Copenhagen Business School, where he is a visiting professor, and delivered a lecture entitled "Crisis, what Crisis? Contested Readings and the Crisis of Crisis-Management".

Lancaster graduate Martin Orme is raising money for charity through a series of runs culminating in a 10 mile run up and down Snowdon. All proceeds will go to the Prevention of Young Suicide [PAPYRUS] , in memory of Matthew King a student who died in his third year at Lancaster. Martin’s campaign page is and the facebook group is called 'Snowdon challenge for Matt King'.

Dr John Welshman (History) gave a talk about his new book Churchill's Children at the 'Words by the Water' Literary Festival, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 10 March 2010.
Churchill's Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain (Oxford, Oxford University Press, publication date: 25 March 2010)

Phil Tubman (Learning Technology Group) gave a video-conference lecture on Mobile Learning to Hosei University, Japan and Vietnam National University, Vietnam on Monday 8 March 2010.


Online survey of staff experiences of Performance and Development Review (PDR)

An online survey is launched today on how Performance and Development Review (PDR) has been implemented since it began in January 2009. The purpose of the survey is to collect information on how PDR has been operating, from the point of view of individual members of staff. The information will help HR to assess its impact so far, and will also help to improve the scheme where necessary. Individuals are not asked to give their name or department, just the broad areas where they work, their staff group and information that will help equal opportunities monitoring. In this way anonymity will be preserved and individuals should feel able to give honest and considered answers about their experiences. The survey is open from 12th March until 31st March. To access it, click on the link below and follow the

Successful Sustainable Travel Day

The Sustainable Travel Day on Tuesday 9th March was a massive hit, with over 200 cyclists and walkers claiming a FREE sustainable commuters’ breakfast at the Management School Hub breakfast bar. Click here to read more... Thanks for your support – National Bike Week 19th – 27th June 2010.

Register your support for the wind turbine project

Lancaster University is planning to significantly reduce its carbon footprint with the installation of two wind turbines. The University would be the first in England to install two 2.1MW wind turbines, which would produce approximately one third of the University's power requirements, equivalent to the residential power needs of all students on campus.

The University has completed its community consultations and the planning application was submitted to Lancaster City Council on Friday 15th January 2010. The formal planning process has begun and a decision on the application will be announced at the end of April.

If you would like to help support the University’s planning application please submit your comments to the City Council by following the link. More information about the Wind Turbine Project is available on the website.

Facilities - Projects Update

An update on projects being carried out across campus during 2010/2011 is now available on the Facilities Projects website.

Sport Relief Mile

Facilities are hosting a Sport Relief Mile on March 19th and would like to extend the invite 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. Of course if running isn’t your thing, 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.

Easter Break Electricity Shutdowns

In order to carry out some essential electrical safety maintenance the Facilities Infrastructure team needs to shutdown the electricity to parts on the campus over the Easter break. Click here for more information and maps of the affects areas.

Cycle Path Closure

You may be aware that there is an event on campus on Saturday 13th March; Campus Festival is a free outdoor music event taking place on the Lancaster Square in County. The finale of the event is a fireworks and laser show; the fireworks will be set off from a clearing in the woods next to the cycle path. Therefore the cycle path will need to be closed for a period due to safety reasons, it will be closed from approximately 22:15 until 23:15. It is late at night and on a Saturday so hopefully it will not inconvenience many people.

College Dean – Lonsdale College

Lonsdale College is seeking to appoint a College Dean to join the team of College Officers. The appointment would start from the 19 April 2010. Applications are open to all staff of the University. The College Dean is responsible for maintaining discipline within the college residences, social space, the campus and on occasions may deal with misdemeanors committed by college members outside the university where behaviour is ‘deemed to bring the university into disrepute’. The Dean will also supervise and work closely with a team of residential Assistant Deans. The role of Dean provides an opportunity to work with students and make a difference to the quality of the university experience. If you are interested please contact Juli Shorrock (, College Administrator, Lonsdale College - closing date for applications 26 March 2010.

Assistant Deans – Lonsdale College

Lonsdale College is looking for Assistant Deans for the coming academic year. We invite applications from students who will be postgraduates in 2010/11. You must show responsibility and initiative as well as good communication skills, lots of common sense and be prepared to work the odd unsocial hour. The post involves: a few days training in September and then on a rota during term time for attending hearings/ any call outs; investigating incidents and reporting to the Dean. For this work you will get the en-suite rate of a room for 40 weeks of the undergraduate term.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 30 April with the interviews to be confirmed. Applications of CV and covering letter and any queries to be sent to Juli Shorrock, Lonsdale College Office,

Assistant Dean Positions - Cartmel College

Cartmel College invites applications from students who will be postgraduates in 2010/11 to take up Assistant Dean positions. You must be able to show responsibility and initiative as well as good communication skills, lots of common sense and be able to work occasional unsociable hours. For further details and a job description see:

The closing date for applications will be Friday 23 April and interviews will be on Friday 7 May, 2010. Applications and queries to Cath Gorton, Cartmel College Office.

Alumni Postgraduate Studentships

The Alumni & Development Office is offering funding for up to five £1000 Alumni Postgraduate Studentships to anyone who completed their first degree at Lancaster and who wishes to go onto Postgraduate Study at Lancaster. The Studentships have been funded by donations made by Lancaster University Alumni. Please could you circulate this as widely as possible to final year students who you think may be interested. Further information including an application form is available on our website.

Counselling Service

Please note that any staff wishing to access the Counselling Service please now use the following link to the self referral form on the Counselling Service website. The direct link is

Call For Participants - The OurTravel Project @ Computing Dept

The Computing Department is looking for volunteers to help test the next generation of travel information systems. If you commute between the University and Morecambe by bus, car, train or bike and you own an iPhone then we’d love to hear from you. We are looking for a total of twenty participants who will use a new iPhone application to enable them to share travel information with other travellers and hopefully lead to a much better travel experience with less congestion and a reduced carbon footprint. We expect the trial to last for one month and participants will be required to use a mobile application and provide feedback on their personal experiences with the system. We will also look to arrange two focus group meetings that will last no longer than 60 minutes and allow participants to offer further feedback. In addition to the chance to experience an entirely new form of travel information system participants will also be eligible for a £50 Amazon voucher on completion of the trial.

This work is being conducted as part of the TSB funded OurTravel project – a collaboration between Lancaster University, Carillion Plc and In Touch Ltd that aims to investigate the concepts of ‘social travel communities’ combined with innovative mobile technologies to provide travellers with better informed context-sensitive and real-time travel information. If you are interested in taking part in this exciting user trial please email Mike Harding (

Charity Fun Run and ‘It’s a Knock-out' challenge

LUSU would like to invite all staff members, friend and colleagues to take part in two fantastic charity events that will be happening on Sunday 2nd May in conjunction with the Roses sporting tournament, which will be hosted by Lancaster this year. The sponsorship money raised will be going to Cancer Care.

The first event is a Fun Run in University grounds over three separate distances 10K, 5K and for those with young families or less interested in running a 1.5k stroll. The tracks have been marked out using the GPS to ensure accuracy if you are interested in posting a competitive time. The second event is the ‘It’s a knock out challenge.’ The event based on the popular television show requires teams of 6 -10 people to compete in a variety of mental and physical challenges across huge inflatables and games all overseen by a highly experienced team of professional entertainers. This would be an event for a department or a group of friend to participate in.

For more information or an application form please contact James Perrin or phone (5)92266.

ISS Services Moving To New Building

The following ISS Services will be moved to the ISS Building on Saturday 20th March 2010:

No other services will be affected. The move is timed during a period of relatively low usage. More Information

Easter vacation information plea

Julie McLoughlin from LUSU is currently compiling information to go onto a LUSU What’s on in the Vacation webpage aimed at everyone who is staying on campus or in Lancaster for the Easter vacation. If you know of any events that would be of interest to students, could you please email the information to Julie at Details needed include date and location of event, start time, cost of tickets and brief description. It doesn’t have to be restricted to the Lancaster area as long as it is easy to get to for students without transport etc. Thank you.


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

LUMS students organise charity band night

Students from LUMS have organised a charity fundraising night as the final event in a series of projects that have so far raised over £1500. Local bands will be playing at the Yorkshire House in Lancaster from 7pm in support of the YMCA. The students on the MSc Project Management course and the MA in Environmental Management and Consultancy have already undertaken projects ranging from live music and sport through to the design and sale of handcrafted T-shirts and the sale of imported items for Chinese New Year. Charities which have benefited include the YMCA, British Heart Foundation, MacMillan Cancer Support, Cancer Care and Save the Children.

Effective PGR Supervision workshop: Making progress

Monday 22 March 2010, 10.15-4.15. This workshop for academic staff with responsibility for PGR supervision may be taken on a stand alone basis, or for accreditation as part of a SEDA course or part of the Certificate or Diploma in Academic Practice (CAP or DAP). The session will be led by Moira Peelo whose next book, ‘Understanding Supervision and the PhD’ is due to be published in November 2010. The day includes: Supervising in a team, Developing student writing, Problem-solving, Understanding the student experience. Bookings are also invited for other Effective PGR Supervision workshops: Exams and vivas (Friday 30th April), Introductory day (Friday 11th June, repeat). To book visit Enquiries may be addressed to Helen Griffiths in CELT

Brass Band Concert

The University of Lancaster Music Society (ULMS) Brass Band will be joined by Cambridge University Brass Band on Friday 12th March in a joint concert to take place at Lancaster University Great Hall. The concert will feature a variety of music with a finale of two joint pieces by the two bands, well known Brass Band classics, The Floral Dance and Clog Dance. Ticket prices have been reduced to only £1 for students and £3 for adults. The Concert will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are available on the door.

The Symphony Orchestra will also play in a concert on the Sunday, playing Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 which will be played by soloist Lucy Herd and Polovetsian Dances by Alexander Borodin. This concert will also start at 7:30pm in the Great Hall with tickets at the usual price of £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

The Cloud Project comes to campus

Imagine if we could engineer the climate so that it snowed ice cream. Next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons (17-19 March), you can catch a glimpse of a possible future when artists Catherine Kramer and Zoe Papadopoulou bring their specially adapted ice cream van to Edward Roberts Court (in front of Spar), serving nano ice-cream, creating strawberry flavoured clouds, and exploring developments in nanotechnology. The event is part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival of new cinema and digital culture, and has been developed in collaboration with the Experimentality programme of the IAS and the Peter Scott Gallery, with the assistance of the Department of Physics and the Sultan of Lancaster. For more information, contact Bronislaw Szerszynski, or see


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