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| 14 May 2010 | Issue 478

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


Wind turbines

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings said he was disappointed with the decision to reject a £7.4 million plan to create green energy for the campus. The University is now considering an appeal against the Lancaster City Council planning committee’s decision to turn down proposals for two wind turbines, which will significantly reduce the campus’ carbon footprint by cutting its reliance on conventional, fossil-fuel-burning power stations. The turbines are a key part of the university’s Sustainable Infrastructure Masterplan, a ground-breaking programme to make the campus one of the most sustainable in Britain. For more information on the project see

Award for Cutting Carbon Emissions

Lancaster University has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by reducing carbon emissions. The University has made an overall reduction of 245 tonnes of carbon or 0.9% averaged over the past three years. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s first carbon award that requires an organisation to measure, manage and reduce its carbon emissions year-on-year. The University has cut carbon emissions by around 1% over the last three years, despite an increase in the number of buildings on campus. Implementation of a number of infrastructure projects in the Carbon Management Plan, together with better monitoring and further improvements in efficiency, are projected to significantly reduce carbon emissions over the next few years. To view full story

Award for best corporate workplace in the North

Lancaster University has received an award for the Best Corporate Workplace in the region. The new Information Systems Services Building (ISS) was praised by the British Council for Offices (BCO) for being a 'bold architectural statement' on campus. The awards ceremony for the BCO Northern Regional Awards was held at the Hilton in Manchester, attended by hundreds of leading architects and designers. The new ISS building houses around a hundred staff as well as providing a new Computer Centre and machine rooms to store equipment. Lancaster and the other regional winners will compete at a national level in the finals of the BCO competition this autumn. To view full story

Sir Bobby Charlton lecture

Sir Bobby Charlton will visit Lancaster University on Monday 24th May to give a talk to University staff and students about ambition, inspiration and achievement. Sir Bobby will also introduce a charitable initiative he founded: "To Find A Better Way". This initiative comes under his "Laureus Sport for Good Foundation" and involves engineers and scientists from Lancaster University and the University of Manchester. The Lecture will start at 4.00 p.m. and is open to all staff and students but all attendees will need a ticket. To request a ticket, please contact Kath Rucastle, Department of Engineering. E-mail or telephone 01524 593093.

Distinguished alumnus to give first Entrepreneurship Lecture

Lancaster University Management School will welcome Gian Fulgoni, distinguished alumnus and successful entrepreneur, to share his expertise by giving the first Entrepreneurship public lecture on Thursday 20th May at 6pm. It is entitled 'Rethink Business As Usual: How Technological Dislocations Create Compelling Opportunities for Entrepreneurs'.

Gian Fulgoni is Executive Chairman and co-founder of comScore Inc., a NASDAQ-listed global leader in measuring the digital world. comScore data are used by more than 1,200 companies worldwide and is cited by the global media approximately 250 times per day. Among his accolades, Mr Fulgoni was twice named Illinois Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1992, he received the Wall Street Transcript Award, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and was named Ernst & Young® Entrepreneur of the Year.

Educated in the UK, Mr Fulgoni holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of Manchester and an MA in Marketing from Lancaster University. There is no charge for the event, but places are limited. For further information or to register please contact Paul Hodges ( or 01524 510702).

Campus walking and cycling map

A new pocket-sized map is now available showing walking and cycling routes on campus. The map also shows the locations of cycle parking and non-residential showering facilities on campus. One side of the publication includes a map of walking and cycling links between campus and the city. Electronic copies are available on the Facilities Cycling webpage. Hard copies are also available at the Green Lancaster Hub, the Library Foyer and LUSU travel information stands and Security Reception.

New Minister for Universities

David Willetts has been appointed as Minister for Universities, Science and Skills. He was the Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills and has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. Mr Willetts was given a tour of campus and viewed a DVD of some of the University's achievements, during his election campaign.

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 Dr Drew Hemment, Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster (LICA) who is featured in Design Week and Dr Mark Garnett (Politics) interviewed on BBC Radio 4 this week about the role of Deputy Prime Minister.


Professor Brian Francis (Mathematics and Statistics) has been appointed to the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) evaluation committee with a specific focus on research methods and data.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) was invited to speak at Durham University’s innovative new Conference for Teachers of English Literature 2010 at St John’s College in Durham on 14th April.

Dr VK Chandrasekar an honorary visiting fellow with Lancaster’s biomedical Physics Group until 2008, has won the Indian National Science Academy 2010 Young Scientist Award. Chandru is among the 30 scientists who have received the award for this year and one of only 3 in Physics. The award was given because Chandru made fundamental contributions in the field of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems . The latter is the work he did in collaboration with Jane Sheeba, Peter McClintock and Aneta Stefanovska while in Lancaster. Chandru is now with the Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics, School of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli.

Drew Hemment (LICA) is the founder of FutureEverything whose festival of art, music and ideas takes place from May 12-15 in Manchester. The festival is attended by 75,000 people and brings together world premieres of cutting edge artworks, a citywide music programme and visionary thinkers. The festival includes major new artworks and presents exhibitions on society, the city, technology and the environment, with a focus on artworks that are participatory and that take over the city streets. The music strand celebrates musical pioneers and unique commissions staged in 30 venues across Manchester, while Showcase enables artist groups and event organisers to present independent events.

Leanne Bates (DCE) flies out to China on Saturday to trek part of the Great Wall to raise money for Age UK (formally Help the Aged and Age Concern).If anyone would like to make a donation see her giving page

Dr Justin Williams (Sociology and Centre for Mobilities Research) will publish his new book with the University of Michigan Press provisionally titled Rhymin' and Stealin': Musical Borrowing in Hip-hop.

Ray Gaskell (Facilities) is due to retire at the end of May following 35 years at Lancaster University. Ray has been the Electrical Supervisor for the Facilities – Maintenance team for the past 10 years. We wish him all the best for his retirement. If you would like to join him for a celebratory drink on Thursday 27th May please contact Jane Quinn 01524 593123 for more details.

Through the World Vision charity, Lancaster MBA students have sponsored a child from Albania. This initiative is funded entirely by the students themselves, and the intention is that future MBA classes will take up the challenge and fund the sponsorship of this child during their own year at Lancaster. To view full story

Third year Fine Art student Shona Harrison from LICA, has won the prestigious North West Young Arts Bursary Award. The bursary is offered annually by The National Association of Design and Fine Art societies to an undergraduate student studying in the North West who wishes to continue their study at Masters level in the North West region. With an overall value of £6,000 the bursary is divided into £1,000 for completion of undergrad study, £2,500 toward the Masters and the remaining £2,500 for start up costs as a professional practitioner. To view full story


Pensions Updated pension information for staff

JISC Regional Support Centre

The RSC based within Information Systems Services (ISS), offers support and advice on the use of technology within teaching and learning to post-16 educational institutions throughout the Northwest. Although the current climate for funding remains uncertain, the outgoing Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), highlighted the value of the work of the RSCs and confirmed extended funding until March 2011.
Lancaster staff who are interested in the work of the RSC should contact Hilary Thomas in the first instance. Staff are also welcome to attend the RSC Annual Conference Technology Enhanced Assessment

Grizedale College Dean

Grizedale College is seeking to appoint a new Dean . The Dean’s role involves the enforcement of College rules and discipline, but the post also provides an opportunity to be part of the Principal’s management group and to lead a team of three Assistant Deans.

The post involves a responsibility allowance paid at three points in the year. The post does not involve any “buy-out” of time from an existing contract. Any appropriate training and induction for the appointment will be arranged by the University Dean.

If you are interested in applying, please provide a CV along with a covering note setting out your motivation and relevant experience and send it to Barbara Glass, College Administrator, Grizedale College. (Ext 92631). Please note that applicants must hold a substantive contract with the university. For further information regarding this position please contact Julian Collins (present Dean) on

Deadline for applications will be Friday 16th June 2010. Interviews are planned for the 25th June and the new Dean will begin his/her duties on the 1st August 2010 for a three year period.

LUTubeTV and ISS Broadcast ROSES

ISS was pleased to assist LUSU, LUTubeTV and others in the smooth running of an extremely successful Roses event. ISS provided network connectivity to the sports field as well as equipment and assistance to LUTubeTV who covered action from all major areas as well as providing multiple live web streams and live programming from the studios of LUTV. Congratulations to all concerned on both the winning back of the Carter James trophy as well as providing such excellent coverage of the event. ISS offers its digital broadcast services to other departments, if you want more information then please get in touch with ISS.

One-Day Parking Scratchcards

From Monday 17th May the sale of one-day parking scratchcards at Security will be restricted to a maximum of 15 cards per person per visit. Departments will still be able to purchase larger quantities for prospective visitors using an internal requisition. Scratchcards allow one full day’s visitor parking for £3.


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

The new Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) based in the School of Health and Medicine brings together a cross-disciplinary group of researchers working in Biomedical and Life Sciences, Health Research and Medicine. Directed by Professor Christine Milligan, this new venture provides a home for the vast range of high quality interdisciplinary research around ageing, older people and age-related disease that takes place across the University. C4AR is also supporting the University's widening participation agenda by providing a new home for the University's Older Learners' Group.

The Centre is holding its regional launch on Friday June 18th 1.00 - 5.00 p.m. Anyone with an interest in issues of ageing and older people are welcome to attend. The event is free but places are limited - for further details or to register attendance please see the News and Events page on the new C4AR webpages at:

Rethink Business As Usual: How Technological Dislocations Create Compelling Opportunities for Entrepreneurs. 20th May at 6pm at Lancaster University Management School for further information please follow the link.

Week of Accompanied Prayer at the Chaplaincy Centre - June 6th-12th 2010 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)

LTG e-Learning Conference Different Contexts for Learning: Environmental, Temporal, Social, 26th May 2010. There will be presentations and discussions about the physical context and the new classroom AV, including the Ask the Audience Devices; the virtual context, asynchronous and synchronous like Adobe Connect and the video-conferencing facilities; the social context and new technologies that support groupwork and peer support. See for programme of events and sign up at - email for further details.

2010 Guest Lecture Series: Reciprocal Gazes on CataloniaThe Spanish Civil War and the Catalan Origins of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-fourby Prof Miquel Berga (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). 20th May, 7:30 pm, at the Storey Gallery (Meeting House Lane). This is a Joint event organised by Litfest and 'Peripheral Identities' (DELC). Free event, all welcome. Berga is author of Orwell and Spain and Langdon-Davies, an Anglo-Catalan Biography.


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