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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.

| 30 April 2010 | Issue 476

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


Ideas Festival 2010

The Ideas Festival on April 29 has showcased some of the latest ideas and research which has earned Lancaster University an international reputation. The Festival took place at the Lancaster Leadership Centre in LUMS, where recently appointed Professors gave presentations across the disciplines of arts, the social sciences, science and technology, health, medicine, management and leadership. One of the presentations – “A manifesto for soil” by Professor John Quinton from LEC – was attended by Ed Miliband, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. He was greeted by students from the three main political parties, as well as the Green party. He was then given a tour around the Lancaster Environment Centre, where he was met by Professor Graham Harris. The Shadow Universities and Skills Secretary, David Willetts, visited the University last week when he was given a guided tour of campus. To view full story

Roses Competition 2010

The 46th annual Roses Competition is from April 30th to May 2nd, when Lancaster aims to win back the Carter James trophy from York who have held it for the past three years. Events include hockey, swimming, skiing, frisbee, fencing, lacrosse, darts, tennis, basketball, American football, judo, clay pigeon shooting and canoeing. Lancaster already has a twelve point lead going into the weekend; the scores will be updated at roseslive where you can also watch matches as they happen and keep up to date with LUTube's Roses Highlights Shows. Supporters will be able to make use of a food court and bar at the Roses Hub, next to the tennis courts. Anyone is welcome to join one of three Roses Fun Runs - 1.5km, 5km and 10km - or put in a team for the It's A knockout Challenge. Get in touch with James Perrin on or see the website.
The Roses Closing Ceremony will also take pace at the Roses Hub at about 4.30pm on Sunday.

Lancaster Graduate crowned Enterprising Young Brit

A Lancaster University graduate whose company is worth £20 million has been crowned Enterprising Young Brit at a glittering event in London. Antony Chesworth, 29, holds a degree in Computing from the University. In 2002, shortly after graduating, he went £25,000 in debt to set up his shopping business To view full story

Developmental advantage for baby swimmers

Baby swimming is good for developing balance and movement in young children according to researchers. Children taught to swim as babies are better than their peers even at the age of five. The baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping things. The research was carried out by Brian Hopkins, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University and Hermundur Sigmundsson, a professor of psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST). The study is due for publication in the May issue of 'Child Care Health and Development'. To view full story

China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition

LUMS is hosting the semi-final of the 4th China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition on Wednesday 5 May in Lecture theatre 4. This ‘Dragons Den’ style competition has 8 semi-finalists with business plans competing for places in the final. Prize money, introductions to venture capitalists and most importantly, good access to networks in the UK and China are at stake. The same competition is taking place in China and the finalists will meet for a head to head in September. Some of the entrepreneurial ideas are leading-edge in terms of innovation and technology. The event is sponsored by the University of York, UCL, Queen's University Belfast, China Innovation Development Association and LUMS. It is open to the public and free of charge. You are welcome to drop in for part of the day but we ask newcomers to join during the 5-minute handover between presentations. The competition starts at 10.00 on 5 May. Semi-finalists begin presenting at 10.45; each one has a 25 minute slot. For more information contact Colette Webb

Bailrigg House renovation project

The University is investing in a renovation project to restore and refurbish Bailrigg House. The Grade Two listed building at the north of the campus will undergo external fabric refurbishment which will include making good external areas that are damaged or worn through age or erosion and aesthetic improvements to the building to restore the building’s character. The work will be done in two phases, phase one starts in May and is a 15 week external refurbishment programme. For more information visit.

New dining facilities

The Facilities project delivery team has started work on a new dining facility for students, staff and visitors on the ground floor (north and east wings) of County South. The project will be delivered in two phases. The first phase will see the completion of the contemporary dining area in time for this year’s Graduation Ceremonies. Phase two will involve the student dining area for which work will start after Graduation Week and be completed for the new academic year in October 2010. For more information visit.

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 world wide coverage for baby swimming research by Brian Hopkins, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and student Rachel Pickles talking about the Roses Tournament on BBC Radio York.


Dr Nigel Paul (LEC) has been awarded a Personal Chair in Plant Science starting 1 May 2010. Dr Paul’s case for promotion was based on his excellent research, strong teaching, and commitment to his department, and also included an important element of work with industry to improve plant growth and increase crop yields.

Dr Sally Bushell (English and Creative Writing) has been awarded a Readership in British Romanticism starting 1 June 2010.

Dr John Welshman (History) offered a historical critique of the Conservative Party's emphasis on 'Broken Britain' and the 'Big Society' in his monthly Oxford University Press blog.

Lancaster University’s enterprise champion Jon Powell has been invited to give a presentation at the national launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010. The invitation comes after Lancaster University’s successful Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 which attracted hundreds of enterprising students. Enterprise UK also plans to use footage of Lancaster’s successful event in their promotional DVD.

Dr Dita Wickins-Drazilova (Philosophy) has been awarded a prestigious Human-Animal Studies Fellowship by the Animals & Society Institute. She is one of only seven fellows this year, selected out of a field of almost a hundred. She will take part in a six-week residential course based at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA to work on her research topic - "Cloning extinct species of mammals: Ethical and public policy analysis".

The Grounds team in Facilities have worked to produce the spectacular display of tulips on the roundabout and other flowers around campus. View more photos of the campus in bloom from the Grounds website


Message for all members of staff who sit on or support Recruitment Panels

To ensure we continue to recruit top calibre staff, improve the candidate experience & adhere to employment legislation, we expect that staff involved in recruitment (including those appointing research staff) will have undergone appropriate training. As a result of the Recruitment Process Review project undertaken in 2009, the University introduced a two-day training programme (titled Recruiting the Best) for those who have not undertaken any training on Recruitment & Selection at Lancaster. For those people who attended the earlier two half-day sessions, there is a Recruitment & Selection Top Up which will cover changes in the legislation, using Stonefish (the University recruitment system), specific advice on writing job descriptions/person specifications & interview techniques. This is next running on Friday 7th May. Book your place by emailing, or contact one of the Professional & Development team if you have queries.

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 networkmembers who can be contacted by phone.

Dealing with spam in Outlook

Recently ISS has been able to reduce the amount of Spam that reaches Outlook, but some ‘ISS-Detected Spam’ will continue to arrive in inboxes. It is recommended to use an Outlook ‘rule’ to move ISS marked Spam to your ‘Junk E-mail’ or ‘Deleted Items’ folders. If you use a mobile device e.g. Smart Phone to read your University email, it is especially important to use a well crafted Outlook rule to move detected Spam. To set up or check your Outlook Spam rule follow MovingSpaminOutlook

Easter ISS upgrades completed

ISS continues to upgrade computer equipment in PC Labs and Teaching Spaces. Over the Easter Break almost 100 new PCs were deployed in the Library on B and C floors replacing 4 year old hardware, and in the Management School, ISS upgraded the ‘A1 PC lab’ with 40 new all-in-one machines. LUMS Lecture Theatres 4,9,10,11 and 12 as well as Biology, Elizabeth Livingstone and Marcus Merriman theatres were upgraded with new AV equipment.

All works were completed and spaces made fully available before the start of the new term. ISS are now focusing on upgrade work for the Summer break, which will include further lab replacements and more teaching space upgrades.

Colleges and Residences newsletter

The latest CollegeNewsletter has been produced and is now available.

Roses – Road closures this weekend

The northern perimeter road on campus, between the Chaplaincy Centre and the eastern roundabout, will be closed to all traffic between 10:00 and 12:30 on Sunday 2nd May. This is to provide a safe route for a series of fun runs taking place as part of the Roses Weekend. The main University access road will also be closed to traffic between 06:00 on Saturday 1st May and 19:00 on Sunday 2nd May for Roses. Diversion signs will be in place with the only vehicular access and egress over the weekend being at Alexandra Park from Hazelrigg Lane. For more information about these arrangements please contact Philip Longton, Facilities – Operations, Travel & Environment Co-ordinator 93333.

Rising cost of fuel

Beat the fuel duty increases and sign up (for free) at sharedwheels and click on the University’s logo. To find out more about the benefits of Car Sharing you can view a short video here. Information on car sharing and the University’s initiatives to help support car sharing can be found on the Facilities Travel website.

Bank Holiday Monday – bus services

Please note that Stagecoach will be operating a normal SUNDAY service on all its routes on bank holiday Monday. However, extra Service 3s will operate along the A6 between the city centre and the underpass throughout the day.

Cashiers opening times

Thursday 7th May, cashiers will be open from 09.30 – 13.45 and from 15.15 - 16.30.


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

Looking to brush up on your Developer Skills?

ICT Focus, InfoLab21 are offering Microsoft Introduction to Programming with C# running 17-21st May at half price exclusively to LU staff/students. This course usually retails at over £1200.00 and has been reduced from £750.00 to £375.00 (no VAT payable). The fee includes official Microsoft courseware and lunch/refreshments. If you'd like to make a booking or need further information, please email

Week of Accompanied Prayer at the Chaplaincy Centre - June 6th-12th

A week to develop our personal Spirituality. Opportunities to meet one-to-one with a 'Prayer Guide' each day to reflect upon prayer and seek additional guidance and direction. Also there are workshops such as Praying with the Bible and Discernment & Decision making. The week takes place here on campus and is a very good chance to learn more about prayer, to seek God's guidance for our lives and develop our own approach to prayer. Cost: £20 for staff; £10 for students. Stephen Hoyland (former Catholic Chaplain) is the person running the week. To find out more or to book a place contact Sister Ella (Catholic Chaplain)

Babymaze Baby and Toddler Show, Sunday 2nd May, The Platform, Morecambe

InfoLab21 Associate Companies Quay Creative and The Baby Maze Ltd have collaborated to stage their second Baby and Toddler Show. The event takes place at The Platform in Morecambe on Sunday 2nd May between 10am and 3pm. It’s sure to be a fun day out with exhibitors offering everything from books to bras, gifts to maternity wear and prams to 4D scans. There will be mini spa treatments, a professional photographer, craft area, activity sessions and a café to name just a few. There’s a free prize draw open to everyone who visits the show and a limited number of free goodie bags available for the first 200 families through the door. The last show attracted more than 600 visitors and entry is free. The Baby Maze Ltd is run by Lancaster University Alumna Claire Walker. For more information visit

International Summer School: Models of Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology. Aveiro University, Portugal. September 19-25, 2010

This summer school is aimed at young researchers, PhD students, or professionals in the fields of Human Computer Interaction, Interaction design, Experience design and Industrial design. It consists of a cycle of lectures, assisted learning and training. The applications will be evaluated as soon as they are submitted on the basis of their application date and the applicants’ curricula vitae (two-page résumé including reasons for participating in the school). The school is partially funded by the DESIRE network. Application Deadline: 3 May 2010. For more information please see


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