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| 21 May 2010 | Issue 479

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


Scientists find clue in matter-antimatter conundrum

Research by a team jointly led by a Lancaster University Physicist has unearthed a new clue which could help solve one of the mysteries of the universe. At the moment of the ‘big bang’ matter and anti matter should have been created in equal measure – in theory they should have cancelled one another out. But somehow that perfect symmetry went askew, more matter was created than antimatter and the universe was born. “What happened to the antimatter?” is one of the central questions of 21st century particle physics, a question which is being explored in high energy particle colliders such as the LHC at CERN in Geneva and the Tevatron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in the USA. To view full story

League table success

The Independent's Complete University Guide 2011 published yesterday, ranks Lancaster 8th overall in the UK, up four places from the year before. Lancaster scored particularly well because of a rise in the student satisfaction score and better graduate prospects. The Independent also ranked universities by subject, with Lancaster scoring highly in several areas.

  • 2nd for Social Work
  • 4th for Art and Design and subjects allied to Medicine
  • 5th for Italian, Iberian languages, Social Policy, Drama, Dance and Film
  • 6th for Accounting and Finance
  • 7th for German
  • 8th for Business Studies, Physics and Astronomy
  • 10th for Linguistics, Geography and Environmental Science
To view full story

University to help SMEs exploit new manufacturing technology

Businesses in the North West could soon be taking advantage of a little-understood technology previously consigned to prototype manufacturing. Lancaster University is leading a £2M project to help the region’s small and medium sized businesses to exploit the use of a technology known as additive manufacturing (AM) which uses digital data to build a product from scratch, layer by layer. To view full story

Emma Thompson Meets Lancaster Researchers

Emma Thompson has met researchers from Lancaster University who led a project about schoolchildren’s experience of the Hull floods. The Oscar-winning actress was visiting the University of Hull where 46 children involved in the project were attending a writing event. Also there were Dr Marion Walker and Dr Beccy Whittle from the Lancaster Environment Centre, who had earlier helped the children communicate their experience of the 2007 floods using storyboards, creative writing and group discussions and interviews. 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.

First Presentation of the Lancaster Award

The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington is to make the first presentation of the Lancaster Award at LUMS on June 15th. The Lancaster Award prepares students for the job market by ensuring they develop the skills employers want, whether through work experience, volunteering or social activities. A hundred students have already completed the Award, with another seven hundred signed up to the scheme, which is administered by the Centre for Enterprise, Employability and Careers (CEEC). The students are first asked to complete a skills audit and job application before appearing before a mock job interview panel of an employer and careers advisor. Employers have been involved from the initial design of the award through to the final assessment panel. Companies which currently endorse the Award include HSBC, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Npower, PepsiCo, KPMG and the Co-operative Group. To view full story

Inaugural Entrepreneurship Lecture

Lancaster University Management School’s annual Public Entrepreneurship Lecture was given an inspirational launch by inaugural speaker and distinguished alumnus Gian Fulgoni on the evening of Thursday 20th May 2010. Gian, Executive Chairman and co-founder of comScore Inc., captivated a packed audience of aspiring entrepreneurs, students, alumni and current business owners with two case studies that demonstrated how entrepreneurial flair and decisiveness had delivered spectacular results. In a stylish presentation Gian drew on substantial personal experience to highlight the opportunities created for talented entrepreneurs by technological dislocations, such as the advent of supermarket scanner technology and the emergence of the internet.

New paintings celebrating Lancaster unveiled at LUMS

On 14th May staff from across the Management School and University joined together with LUMS students to mark the hanging of two canvasses in the Lancaster Leadership Centre. The canvasses are large-scale prints of paintings specially commissioned by LUMS from local artist Chas Jacobs, to reflect student impressions of the Lancaster University campus and of Lancaster itself. Prints of both paintings are now available via Chas’s website or by contacting Libby Packham in LUMS External Relations. A range of prints and other items will be also available for purchase from the University’s Students Union shop in the summer.

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 Physicist Dr Guennadi Borissov who presented research findings which could offer a clue to the origins of the universe at a special seminar at Fermilab. He was quoted in the New York Times Friday, May 14 and news of the discovery has spread quickly throughout media worldwide.


Professor Trevor McMillan (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research) has been appointed to the chair of the 1994 Group’s Research & Enterprise Policy Group. He will be working to enhance the Group's research strength and standing in the run up to the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities – the Research Excellence Framework(REF).

Mike Berners-Lee, Director of Small World Consulting based in the Lancaster Environment Centre, has published a new book, ‘How Bad Are Bananas?’ explaining the carbon footprint of nearly everything – from a red rose to a long distance flight, from a text message to the Iraq war. Part popular science, part lifestyle guide, it is the first book to provide the facts we need to make carbon-savvy decisions on every scale. To view full story

The Department of English and Creative Writing is pleased to announce that, following an application made by Professor John Schad, it has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to bring Professor Simon Critchley of the New School, New York, to Lancaster for Lent Term 2012. The theme of Professor Critchley’s visit will be ‘Religion-Literature-Politics’ and will add to the Department’s existing strengths in the area of literature and religion. His visit will include a series of open seminars, as well as two public lectures and a public dialogue with Terry Eagleton, the Department’s Distinguished Professor of English Literature. The visit will conclude in a day conference organised in association with Professor Mick Dillon and the Journal of Cultural Research.

Over 70,000 people have visited the FutureEverything festival in Manchester, founded by Drew Hemment (LICA). The three-day celebration of digital culture is now in its 15th year and included a £10,00 prize for the best innovation, which went to the Eyewriter team who developed a pair of glasses which enables people to draw pictures using their eyes. As part of the collaboration between the festival and the Institute for Advanced Studies' Experimentality programme, Drew Hemment and Bronislaw Szerszynski (Sociology) opened a public debate on the future of Manchester at Manchester Business School. The proposition - that Manchester become the first 'experimental city' - was devised with a team of urbanists and urban theorists, including Pragya Agarwal of LICA, Ash Amin and Steven Smith. It was debated by a number of invited representatives from some of the key public and private institutions shaping Manchester's future.

Colleagues of Bob Brown would like to congratulate him on 40 years service in the office. Bob Brown first joined the university in the Undergraduate Admissions Office on the 18th May 1970 aged 19, making this week his 40th anniversary. Bob has stayed in the same Department for the full 40 years working his way up to Deputy Admissions Officer.

U3A groups explore HE partnerships at Lancaster University conference Representatives from 14 different U3A groups were among delegates to a national conference at Lancaster University on 24 March 2010. Delegates heard about a recent government-funded national demonstration project that was run by the Department of Continuing Education in conjunction with Lancaster and Morecambe U3A, and heard how such a programme can work to mutual benefit at low cost. When the Department of Continuing Education closes this July, the programme will transfer to the Centre for Ageing Research ( and will be called the Continuing Learning Group. Further details (

Dr Graeme Gilloch from Sociology is currently on a two month research fellowship at Pusan National University, attached to the Korean Studies Institute, working with them as part of their Government-funded Humanities Korea initiative focusing on the theme of 'localities'. While he is there he will be running a research seminar series, giving a public lecture and presenting a symposium paper.

The final outcome of the AHRC-funded Ruskinian Theatre project has just been published by Palgrave MacMillan. The findings of the research project are embodied in the monograph "John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre", jointly authored by Professor Katherine Newey and Professor Jeffrey Richards (History). The project was rated as ‘outstanding’ following peer review by the AHRC.

Emeritus Professor David Waines (Religious Studies) has published a book entitled "The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta" (I B Tauris) about a 14th century Moroccan traveller who left an account of his journeys in the Middle East, Anatolia, India, Central Asia and China. The book is reviewed in the Daily Telegraph.


Revised Guidelines on Outside Professional Activities and New Lancaster University Consultancy Services Ltd (LUCS)

The University has revised its guidelines on Outside Professional Activities, which include consultancy. The revised guidelines are available on Consultancy work can continue to be carried out by University staff on a private basis. Staff now have the choice to carry out the consultancy via the newly created LUCS or on a wholly private basis, in which neither the University nor LUCS will be involved. LUCS is a not-for-profit wholly owned subsidiary of the University. It was created to protect all staff in the University when they undertake private consultancy and wish to benefit from private insurance cover at the same level as the University provides to staff undertaking university duties. Details of LUCS are available on

EPSRC Challenge Engineering Awards – Call for proposals (internal deadline Friday 23rd July 2010).

This call is suitable for academics with a permanent position at an eligible UK organisation who have been awarded their PhD within the last 10 years. As an institution we are only allowed to submit 2 applications to this call and therefore an internal competition will decide which two will be approved for submission. Potential applicants should inform the RSO as soon as possible if they are intending to develop a bid. The deadline for submission to the RSO is the 23rd July and should include the pFACT costing, the case for support and a draft letter of support approved by the faculty. A sub-panel of the research committee will undertake peer review to prioritise the proposals. For further details see:

Three Peaks Extreme Challenge

Staff from Lancaster University are taking part in a record-breaking Extreme Challenge to climb the three highest peaks in the UK and cycle the 450 miles in between. The three peaks are Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland. The Challenge on June 10 is in aid of the Coronary Care unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The challenge participants include Physics technician Ian Mercer and plumber Chris Adams. The service team includes Physics PhD student Nathan Davies, plumbers Dave Whalley and Tim Middleton plus Angela Mercer from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. For sponsorship or donations, please contact the challenge organiser, Ian Mercer at, 01524 811558.

Help to support ‘greatest discoveries of all time’ survey

UUK would like publish a poll on the top 20 most important discoveries made by our country’s universities, as voted for by academics to demonstrate the impact of university research. This will be published during Universities Week next month. The list of discoveries for academics to choose from will be based on UUK’s Eureka UK publication, which celebrated 50 years of life-changing research, highlighting 100 major discoveries: The survey will mostly be conducted online. Please consider taking part and email with your contact details. The deadline to take part is Monday 24 May and the survey will be conducted shortly afterwards.

New Guidelines For Small Ads

Small Ads is a facility hosted by ISS through the Exchange email system. It may be used by all University staff for private sales, wanted ads or for the advertisement of local events that may be of interest to other members of staff. It is intended to run with minimal regulation and intervention, but staff are requested to adhere to a set of guidelines. The Small Ads acceptable use guidelines have recently been updated and it is requested that anyone who uses Small Ads should read them.

Instructions for setting up Small Ads on your office PC and the guidelines for its use can be found on the following web page:

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

IT Question Time special

IT User Forum – 15th June 2010 – LUMS LT8. Been inspired by political debates? Got a question that you’ve always wanted to ask about university IT? Want to know something about ISS but never had the opportunity to ask? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we’ve got good news for you. In our next IT User Forum we’re holding a Question Time special. A panel of experts will be on hand to answer your questions, highlight IT developments, and there will be time for audience follow up too! Submit your questions by email to by 31st May. There will be a prize for the best question.

One-Day Parking Scratchcards

The sale of one-day parking scratchcards at Security is now 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.

Temporary Closure of Underpass on Sunday 23rd May 2010

The underpass will be closed to all traffic, including buses, on Sunday 23rd May until around 16:00 in order to carry out some essential lighting repairs. A temporary bus stop will be set up for the day in Bowland Avenue outside the Chaplaincy Centre until the underpass reopens in the afternoon. Some visitor parking in Bowland Avenue will be out of use over the weekend.

Bigforth Drive (University main access road) traffic management w/c Tuesday 1st June 2010

In order to lay new services under the road for the new sports centre there will be temporary traffic lights in operation on Bigforth Drive in the vicinity of Bigforth Barn 24 hours a day starting on Tuesday 1st June. The works should hopefully be completed by the following weekend at which point the temporary traffic lights will be removed. We apologise for any delays this may cause.

Annual district heating shutdown

As from Monday 24th May 2010, the district heating system will be switched off and shutdown for the duration of the summer period to allow the annual inspection and maintenance of the central boiler plant to take place. During this period no heating will be available within any University managed buildings. The heating provision within the Graduate Residences at Alexandra Park will not be affected by the shutdown of the central boiler plant. Dependent on external weather conditions, the boilers will only become available for heating again as from mid September 2010.

Cashiers opening times on Monday 24th May

Cashiers will be closed until 10.00am due to staff training.


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

Farmers Market

This market will be coming to campus fortnightly with the next on 27th of May in Alexandra Square If any staff have any suggestions of what else they would like to see at please email with any suggestions. The market has been organised by S.I.F.E. (students in free enterprise).

Film festival

Short films by Lancaster University students are to be screened at a film festival in Lancaster. The Dukes Theatre has teamed up with Lancaster University Independent Film Society to present the collection of student-made shorts on June 1 at 8.45pm. For more information go to

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Follow the link for the CELT calendar which includes a full list of events. or email

The 9th Grad Bar Real Ale and Cider Festival

Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th June.35 ales,15 ciders and perries,live music on thu,fri and sat evenings,special bar quiz on the friday at 5pm and BBQ every day.All World Cup matches shown live,open daily from 12pm-1130pm.


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