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| 7 May 2010 | Issue 477

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


Lancaster wins Roses competition

Lancaster University has triumphed in the annual battle of the Roses sporting challenge against York University, winning by 52 points. The overall Score was 157.5 points for Lancaster to York’s 105.5. The result sees the Carter James trophy back at Lancaster after being won by York for the past three years. Thousands of athletes and spectators flocked to the campus for the three-day contest hosted by Lancaster, featuring sports from hockey and cricket to canoeing and American football. The two historic rivals have entered into a sporting contest every year since 1964, alternating between York and Lancaster. Now boasting more than 100 different fixtures, nearly 1,500 athletes and around 5,000 spectators each year, Roses has grown to be one of the most popular sporting events in northern England and one of the biggest inter varsity competitions in the UK. To view full story

Pensions reform

For information about the progress of discussions taking place on proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Please follow link

Update on pay negotiations

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association UCEA and the HE trade unions (EIS, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite) met this week on 5 May for 2010-11 pay negotiations. Discussions continued on the unions’ joint claim for 4% plus other elements and employers invited the trade unions to consider how an improved 0.4% (up from the previous offer of a quarter percent) non consolidated offer might be distributed. The improved offer was made on a ‘without prejudice’ basis against a background of serious funding cuts and uncertainties including the possibility of an emergency budget. Employers were keen to pursue further joint working with the unions on training and development initiatives. This was recognised as an important issue to both staff and employers. It has been agreed that a further meeting will be held on 28 May 2010. For background information relating to the 2010-11 Pay Negotiations see and

Wind turbines

A £7.4 million plan to create green energy for Lancaster University goes before city planners next week (May 10), as part of a major initiative to cut its carbon emissions by at least 38% by 2020. However, the plans have been recommended for refusal by the city council. Planning officers have indicated that although the turbines would go a long way to meeting government energy targets, the main issues weighing against the proposals were landscape and visual impact, ecology and loss of residential amenity. The Vice-Chancellor and the president of LUSU Michael Payne are amongst those who will speak for the project on Monday. The university put forward the plans for the turbines, to be built on farm land between the M6 and Hazelrigg Lane, last year. A number of public consultations were held in and around Lancaster to gauge opinion. The proposal is to build two wind turbines, which will significantly reduce the campus’ reliance on conventional, fossilfuel burning power stations. It is all part of the Lancaster University’s Sustainable Infrastructure Masterplan, a ground-breaking programme to make the University campus one of the most sustainable in Britain. To find out more see

Return Visit for Campus Architects

Sir Richard MacCormac, architect of the University Library extension and the Ruskin Library, paid an informal visit to the University last month. This follows a recent visit by Gabriel Epstein and Peter Hunter, two of the University’s original architects. Sir Richard was delighted to see the atrium and large reading room of the main Library in full use, and stayed to give a talk to the weekly Ruskin Seminar, speaking in the Ruskin Library itself, and illuminating some of the inspiration and design processes behind the appearance and detail of the building. To view full story

Academic Processions at Graduation Ceremonies

12th -15th July 2010

Colleagues are invited to join the Academic Processions at the Bachelor Degree Ceremonies in July. A full platform greatly adds to the sense of occasion for the graduands and their families so your participation will be greatly appreciated. Full information, including the timetable, a booking form and a breakdown of students for each department by ceremony is available on the website. We would be grateful if you could confirm your involvement and robe requirements by Friday 11th June to ensure the correct robes can be provided for you. You can send your form by post or e-mail the details requested to

Honorary Degrees will be conferred as follows:

  • Dame Joan Bakewell DBE, renowned broadcaster and writer, and the Government’s voice for older people (Thursday 15th July, 2.30pm)
  • Edwin Booth DL, Chairman, Booths Supermarkets (Tuesday 13th July, 11am)
  • Professor Averil Mansfield CBE, President, British Medical Association (Wednesday 14th July, 2.30pm)
  • James May, graduate of Lancaster University and well-known broadcaster and journalist (Thursday 15th July, 11am)
  • Professor Kang Shaozhong, Director of the Center for Agricultural Water Research in China, China Agricultural University (Tuesday 13th July, 2.30pm)
  • Professor Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University (Wednesday 14th July, 11am).

Schoolchildren explore flooding and climate change

Imagine your home is being flooded and you have to pack a suitcase in ten minutes – what would you take? That was the question asked of pupils at Morecambe High School who took part in a Lancaster University project to explore the effects of flooding and climate change. The workshop was led by Dr Marion Walker and Dr Beccy Whittle from the Lancaster Environment Centre, who also held the workshops at Central Lancaster High School and Dallam School in Cumbria. They have been conducting research into how children were affected by the Hull floods of 2007, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Environment Agency and Hull City Council. The schoolchildren learned about the experience of leaving home at short notice through workshops based on the experiences of many youngsters across Cumbria and Yorkshire who were affected by the floods of 2007 and 2008. To view full story

Lancaster in top 10 for positive online news

A survey by Portfolio Communications which measures institutions' standing online has concluded that Lancaster University is in the top ten of universities for positive online news, as reported in the Times Higher this week.

Death notice

It is with regret that we report the recent death of Judith Clarke. Judith worked in Careers and then prior to her retirement in 2000 in Student Registry. She was also the SCR Social Secretary and a great supporter of Furness College under the Principalship of Janet Clements. A Memorial Service is being held at Lancaster Priory next Wednesday (12th May) at 2.30pm.

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 comment on the General Election from Dr Mark Garnett (Politics) and Dr Fergal Davis (Law).


Dr Ben Langford (LEC), who works with Professor Nick Hewitt and Dr Rob MacKenzie, is quoted at length in the May issue of "Chemistry World" in an article about making measurements using mass spectrometers in hostile environments. Dr Langford recounts the trials and tribulations of making measurements of the fluxes of volatile organic compounds in the rainforest of Malaysia in an NERC-funded project lead by Lancaster University (see Chemistry World, vol 7, no 5, pp 42-45, May 2010).

Professor Jennie Popay (Health Research)has been elected to a Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health through distinction. She will be formally admitted to the Fellowship of FPH at the Annual General Meeting in July. The awards ceremony will be in October.

Dr Jonathan Munby (Department of Media, Film and Cultural Studies) has been awarded a Resident Fellowship at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research for the Fall Semester (August to December, 2010). Over this period he will be conducting and presenting research for his next book on the African American activist, actor, writer and filmmaker, Julian Mayfield.

Congratulations to Rebecca Killick (PhD student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics) and Michelle Stanton (PhD student joint between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Division of Medicine) who were awarded prizes at this year’s Research Students’ Conference. The annual conference provides a forum for postgraduate students to present their research to the wider statistics and probability community and this year around 140 students gathered to share their research.
Rebecca was awarded the prize for best poster for her description of recent work on changepoint methods. She also scooped third prize for her presentation on detecting changepoints within Gulf of Mexico hurricane data. Michelle was awarded second prize for her presentation on spatio-temporal modelling of Meningitis incidence in sub-Saharan Africa. As a consequence of their success at the RSC, both have been invited to present their work at the Royal Statistical Society’s annual conference in Brighton this September.

Dr Kate Cain's (Psychology) new book entitled "Reading development and difficulties" was published in April 2012 by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, in their BPS Textbooks in Psychology series. The book covers the development of two aspects of reading: word reading and text comprehension, and the specific difficulties experienced by different types of poor reader.

Professor Colin Rogers (Educational Research) has been invited to become a member of the ESRC’s Peer Review College July 2010 – July 2014.

New starters

Pooneh Howbrook joins Marketing and External Linkages later this month as Market Research Manager. Pooneh’s experience includes major brands such as Nokia. She will be assigned to supporting Faculty and University strategic projects.

Paul Winder has joined the Facilities' Security team. He will be working on the Security Lodge reception desk. Paul is an ex-policeman who will be taking over from Karen Coupe on front line reception duties.


Pay & Display Parking Machines

Following vandalism to the pay and display parking machines last week, the majority of the machines are now back in use. If you do not possess a parking permit you must pay and display or purchase a parking scratchcard from the Security Lodge.
The machines in use are:

  • North Drive
  • NW Drive
  • Bowland Avenue (Security Lodge)
  • Farrer Avenue
  • InfoLab21

Lancashire Fire and Rescue training - Saturday 8th May 2010

The Fire Service will be using a number of appliances to simulate an emergency fire situation and the rescue of persons (dummies) from the 6th Floor of Bowland Tower. The simulation will be set up to be as realistic as possible and will involve a number of appliances which will use the area in front of the main boiler house Tower Avenue. The operation will be under the control of a Senior Commander of Lancashire Fire and Rescue. Should you have any queries regarding this issue please contact Peter Scullion 07813038063 or James Halton 07970 732467.

Guidance on the use of E-mail

All staff should be take note of the following: Guidance on the use e-mail which has been issued by the University as a reminder of the major pitfalls and limitations of using email. There are a rising number of incidents where email disclosures have brought reputational damage to universities, including breaches of the eight Principles of the Data Protection Act.

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 female volunteers aged between 30 and 55 years and male volunteers aged between 35 and 60 years, 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.

Art Workshops for children

Three art workshops for 5-10 years olds are taking place this May and June in the Peter Scott Gallery and around campus. All workshops are £5 per child. To request a booking form please call 01524 594151 or email Jo Towers. Booking deadline is 20th May.For further information see attached poster.

Curry night

Curry Night at Graduate Bar - every Friday 5pm-8pm Curry and a pint £4.95, curry and a soft drink £3.95.


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