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| 11 June 2010 | Issue 482

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


Lancaster rated top university in the North and 6th overall in The Guardian University Guide 2011

The Guardian University Guide 2011 published on June 8th 2010 ranks Lancaster 6th out of 118 universities , and top university in the North. The tables are designed to help students who are trying to pick a course for 2011. It concentrates on teaching quality and includes a new measure of overall satisfaction by students . This latest ranking comes after high scores for student satisfaction and graduate prospects saw Lancaster break into the Times Good University Guide top 10 for the first time ( a rise of 13 places), and also rise to 8th in the Independent’s Complete University Guide. To view full story


Congratulations to the following colleagues receiving Personal Chairs; Dr Kirk Semple (LEC), Dr Mike Chiasson (Management Science), Dr Deborah Mawer (LICA), Dr Aneta Stefanovska (Physics), and a Readership to Dr Stefanos Mouzas (Marketing).

Honorary Degrees 2010

The presenter of Top Gear James May and renowned broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell DBE are among six people distinguished in their field who are to be awarded honorary degrees at the July ceremonies. The others include the President of the British Medical Association Professor Averil Mansfield CBE, distinguished scientist Professor Kang Shaozhong, paleoclimatologist Professor Lonnie Thompson and Edwin Booth, the head of the regional supermarket chain. Most of them have connections with the North West: James May is an alumnus of Lancaster University while Dame Joan Bakewell, Professor Mansfield and Edwin Booth are all from the region. To view full story

Researchers join EU project on subprime crisis

The Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at the Institute for Advanced Studies, co-directed by Professor Bob Jessop and Dr Ngai-Ling Sum, has been invited to join a four-year, 8 million euro, EU-funded project on the topic of "Systemic Risks, Financial Crisis and Credit - the Roots, Dynamics and Consequences of the Subprime Crisis". The COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) project covers three working groups, with Lancaster University contributing on the cultural dimensions of finance in Europe and Asia and on systemic aspects of crisis and crisis management. The lead partners in Lancaster’s working group are Muenster University and Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. Other participants are Copenhagen Business School, Marburg in Germany, and the Universities of Manchester and Warwick. The overall cooperation project involves many more partners. The first meeting is in Stockholm in September.

Lancaster University Fine Art Degree Show 2010

This year's Fine Art Degree show 'Twenty Ten' begins on Wednesday 16th June. Named after the decade, the exhibition is the culmination of 3 years dedicated hard work by Lancaster University's Fine Art graduates. The exhibition brings together practices ranging from painting and drawing to textiles and installation. The exhibition runs from 16th - 23rd June at the Peter Scott Gallery and Bowland Annexe. For further details see the Peter Scott Gallery web page.

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 John Goodacre interviewed for BBC TV news and Professor Ruth Wodak in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard.


Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has taken part in a new BBC4 TV series called Rude Britannia, Part One of which is broadcast next week. This opening episode looks at the beginning of Rude Britannia in the early eighteenth century and finds in Georgian Britain a nation openly, gloriously and often shockingly rude, examining the graphic art of Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson and George Cruikshank, the theatrical world of John Gay and Henry Fielding, and the poetry of Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Lord Byron and Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.

Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics and English Language) has taken part in a panel discussion about the changes in research and university cultures in the past five years, during a conference on “Risky entanglements – Contemporary research cultures imagined and practiced’, together with the President of the European Research Council, Helga Nowotny, the chief-editor of Nature, Phil Campbell, and Ulrike Felt, Professor of the Sociology of Science, at the University of Vienna

Dr Agata Fijalkowski (Law) recently travelled to Albania, as part of an initial investigation into available archival materials on political repression (1945-1991) and measures to address human rights abuses carried out by former Communist officials. This is part of an ongoing project on transitional justice in the Balkans. Agata’s work on Polish developments appears in her recently published book with Ashgate, From Old Times to New Europe.

Ashley Coidan (Marketing & External Linkages) has won the Chartered Institute of Marketing Northwest Student of the Year 2009-10 award, for his performance on the CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma. An awards ceremony took place at Epernay in Manchester on 10th June.


Alexandra Square window replacement project

From Friday 10th June scaffolding will be erected in Alexandra Square, which will require the area in front of the Learning Zone and a portion of the steps to be fenced off. Access will be maintained throughout the works.

From Saturday June 12th the eastern stairwell between the underpass and Alexandra Square will be closed but the western stairwell will remain open. Signage and arrangements will be in place near to the library to allow for safe access into Alexandra Square.

The project is expected to be completed during October 2010. Facilities apologise for any disruption caused during this work.

Please note: This is a separate project to the Alexandra Square Rejuvenation Project, updates will be available on the start date and programme of works for the Rejuvenation work as soon as it is confirmed.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Susan Palmer, Assistant Project Manager, Facilities – Project Delivery, t: 01524 592438 m: 07968469443 For more information on Facilities Projects visit the Facilities website.

Monthly PACT (Police and Communities Together) meetings

Police drop in surgeries

Held in the University Police Office, (next to CETAD) every other Sunday at 4pm. The next few dates are as follows:

Watch The World Cup

The World Cup will be shown at College Bars to view the poster of the times and bars click here.

Older learners seek links with LU academics

After its closure in July, one aspect of the Department of Continuing Education's work - on learning in later life - will continue, as the Senior Learners' Programme, including its recent BIS funded partnership with Lancaster and Morecambe U3A (University of the Third Age), transfers this week to the Centre for Ageing Research in the School of Health and Medicine. This programme is being renamed the Continuing Learning Group, and is being run by a voluntary steering group made up of older learners. The Continuing Learning Group is now inviting LU staff to contribute to its lecture programme for 2010/2011. If you would like to give a Monday lunchtime talk on an area of your research, teaching or Third Sector work to an group of well-informed older people who are keen to discuss all kinds of topics, please email and one of the steering group will get back to you to arrange dates. In the past University staff have not only enjoyed the experience of speaking to this group, but also several recent successful Lancaster research proposals have included focus groups and/or individual interviews with some of these older learners.

Passport to Higher Education, 4 – 24 July 2010

The Passport to Higher Education summer school takes place next month, and will give 50 Lancaster applicants the opportunity to acclimatise to the demands of University study prior to the start of their course. All of the students are from non-traditional or non-A level routes. In previous years 25% of students were aged over 20, 25% were from minority ethnic backgrounds, and 20% of students declared some form of disability. The Passport programme will support them in making the transition to a top University and in achieving their full potential at Lancaster. This programme will end with the closure of the Department of Continuing Education at the end of July 2010. For further information about Passport please contact Rory Daly on extn. 92622.

Nomination now open for the LUSU Awards

LUSU (Lancaster University Students’ Union) launched the LUSU Awards at this year’s Annual Gala Dinner with the help of the University Chancellor, Sir Christian Bonington. The Awards have been created to recognise the work, dedication, campaigns and initiatives of elected students, LUSU staff and student staff who work to continually help improve the student experience at Lancaster. The majority of the award categories are for individuals, but there are some categories that can also be awarded to groups such as JCR Executives or LUSU committees. Nominations are now open for the LUSU Awards. If you know of a great individual, event, group or initiative that you think deserves recognition then we want to hear from you. More information, details of categories and criteria as well as electronic nomination forms can be found at:

Early Career Researcher Award for Public Engagement

The Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement and Vitae North West Hub have launched an opportunity for Research Staff and Postgraduate Research Students to apply for funding for outreach work in collaboration with a regional public engagement organization. This is an opportunity for Early Career researchers to:

To take part in the funding application you must first tender an expression of interest, deadline 25th June 2010. and attend "The Engaging Researcher" in Manchester on 6th July where you will learn how to develop the skills needed for effective public engagement and meet potential collaborators for your bid. For further details see:

New Waterside Building Newsletter

To read the latest building progress newsletter for the new Waterside building and view photos click here.

IT Account Developments

ISS has completed a major upgrade to a number of systems that are responsible for creating and managing IT accounts as part of an ongoing “User Identity Management” project. In future users who have multiple University roles, such as a member of staff who is also a student, will find that their access to services is improved. Amongst other improvements, ISS has also enhanced the way that new IT accounts are created in order to speed up the process for new starters.

Conference Offers

The Conference Office are currently offering the following as part of their ‘Keep It On Campus Campaign’:-

Lancaster House Conference Centre

Bailrigg Conference Centre

These offers are available for meetings or events booked before 1st September 2010. Please contact the One Stop Shop on x92444 or To view the latest offers on the Keep it on Campus website click here.

National Bike Week at Lancaster University

Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th June is National Bike Week with plenty of events and promotions taking place around the area including a Commuter Challenge: National Bike to Work Day is Wednesday 23rd June with a free cyclists’ breakfast available on Millennium Bridge followed by a Bike Festival in Edward Roberts Court outside LUSU. For more information please see the Facilities cycling webpage.


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

IT User Forum - featuring ISS Question Time

Next Tuesday, 15th June, 3-4pm, Management School LT8

And finally ... if there’s something you’ve always wanted to ask about IT services, then now is your chance! Your questions about IT services will be answered by a panel of ISS staff. E-mail your questions to

26th Duncan Memorial lecture A joint Faculty of Health & Life Sciences/Liverpool Primary Care Trust annual event in collaboration with the Duncan Society.

Are conditional welfare systems compatible with the pursuit of greater social justice and health equity? Delivered by Professor Jennie Popay Professor of Sociology and Public Health, Lancaster University. Wednesday 7th July 2010, 6.00 – 7.00 pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Sherrington Buildings, Liverpool (Exit via Ashton Street, off London Road). Refreshments in the Foyer from 5.30 pm. All welcome. Further information.

Food security & safety symposium

13 – 15th September 2010, Lancaster University. Early Bird registration deadline - Tuesday 15th June.
Preferential rates for Lancaster staff and students. This interdisciplinary international Symposium is a unique opportunity for bioscientists, social scientists, specialists in ethics, economics and policy to come together to share their research information and expertise. Talks will be followed by discussion with plenty of opportunity for delegates to network, identify potential inter- and cross-disciplinary collaborations and build on current knowledge.
Main Themes: Sustainable intensification; Food Quality & Safety; The Food Security Challenges: Europe, Africa, China; Food Utilisation, Access & Availability; Resourcing the Research For more information and a list of speakers go to:

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching (CELT)

15th June - The Third LUMS Teaching forum: Peer Assessment with undergraduates and postgraduates, a tale of two case studies, James Taylor, Department of History and Kiran Trehan, Department of Management, Learning and Leadership, 12:30-1:30. Please sign up for this event on the CELT calendar or email


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