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| 18 June 2010 | Issue 483

Next 2 editions of LU Text will be published on Thursday 24th June and Thursday 1st July 2010. Deadline for contributions required by 10.00am on the Thursday.

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


Lancaster recognised for league table performance

Lancaster University has been singled out in the THE for being the university to make the ‘most significant jump’ to break into the top 10 of all three national newspaper rankings for the first time. In the THE’s ‘table of tables’ Lancaster comes 8th. The table is designed to show how universities are seen by national newspapers and ranks by combining positions in the Times, Guardian and Independent. This year Lancaster is 10th in the Times University Guide, 6th in the Guardian University Guide and 8th in the Independent’s Complete University Guide. See the table here. For details of all of Lancaster’s rankings, follow the link.

Staff Prizes 2010

The outstanding work carried out by staff has been recognised with the award of the 2010 Staff Prizes. Nineteen members of staff were presented with prizes by the Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington at the award ceremony at LUMS. The award winners included Amanda Harrison from the Department of History ; Drs Marion Walker and Rebecca Whittle from LEC; The Facilities’ Grounds Team; the IDEAS team from LICA and the IEED; Jane O’Brien, the Director of CETAD; Professor Steve Bradley from LUMS ; Dr Jackie Pates from LEC; and Dr David Simm of LUMS. To view full story

Lancaster wins THE award for ‘Outstanding Finance Team’

Congratulations to Lancaster University’s Finance Division which won Outstanding Finance Team at the annual Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, at an awards ceremony last night witnessed by more than 1000 people. Amongst the achievements cited in Lancaster’s winning entry was the successful delivery of a complex deal to refinance the University’s 1995 Debenture Stock and replace the bond with a new facility agreement with the Royal Bank of Scotland, resulting in much better loan terms and flexibility for the University. The Division, led by Sarah Randall-Paley, also secured credit approved terms from RBS for a revolving credit facility to support the ongoing Capital programme which is investing in new projects to improve the student experience, boost research and maintain excellent teaching. Other initiatives include further reviews of financial processes and the introduction of electronic workflow across the University. This year, the credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s, announced an upgrade to Lancaster University’s credit rating to 'A+' from 'A' which recognises Lancaster’s track record of strong financial management.

Other winners included the University of Derby for Outstanding Leadership and Management Team, the University of Exeter, which picked up two awards for Outstanding Marketing and Communications Team and Outstanding University Fundraising Team; and the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, which took home the Outstanding Departmental Administration Team award. The University of Greenwich was the victor in the Outstanding International Strategy category, while The Open University picked up the award for ICT Initiative of the Year. The awards are separate from the annual Times Higher Education Awards for academic achievements held in the autumn. The ceremony coincided with Universities Week, which is being run by Universities UK to highlight the “unsung success stories” of the sector.

PhD in Palliative Care

The International Observatory on End of Life Care ( SHM) launched a new Doctorate in Palliative Care this week, the first of its kind in the world. 16 students from a range of backgrounds and countries, who are working in the field of palliative, hospice and end of life care started with a visit to the campus . The doctorate, directed by Dr Sarah Brearley, will be delivered by distance learning and will equip the professionally qualified students with advanced skills. To view full story

Water power secures future of historic watermill

The future of an 18th Century mill has been put on a more secure footing thanks to a 21st century take on water power. Lancaster University Engineers have helped to devise and install a low head hydro turbine at the Heron Corn Mill, Beetham, Cumbria, providing enough electricity to supply the historic building and, more importantly, a surplus to sell to the neighbours. Around 100 KW of electricity can now be pumped out of the turbine and then shared between the Heron Corn Mill and the Paper Mill on the opposite bank of the river. To view full story

LEC carbon neutral PG Poster Days

Lancaster Environment Centre has organised two carbon-neutral Poster Days - one for Masters research students and one for PhD students. The poster production was off-set by the planting of trees in the LEC picnic area. The standard of posters was exceptional, with numerous posters attracting the attention of the judging panels. This was complemented by a greater variety of posters than had been witnessed before in LEC, ranging from isotope geochemistry to theories of practice.

The winning posters were presented by Matthew Barnes, Tracey Boardman and Gayle Halstead on the Masters day and by Alex Parker (1st year), Ricardo de Lima (2nd year) and Emma Sakamoto Ferranti (3rd year) on the PhD day. Alex Parker and Emma Sakamoto Ferranti with Prof Graham Harris are pictured here. All the winning posters are now on display in the LEC courtyard. The judges included Professor Harry Pinkerton, Dr Jackie Pates and Dr Andy Wilby on the Masters Day and Dr Oliver Wild, Dr Rosa Menendez, Dr Ben Surridge and Dr Gordon Clark on the PhD poster day.

Postgraduate Futures

Lancaster University is now in the top 10 in three league tables and has ambitious targets for increasing its postgraduate student population, but how might this further improvement be achieved and what will the postgraduate landscape at Lancaster look like? On Wednesday 30th June, The Graduate College has invited Professor Paul Wellings, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Geraint Johnes, Dean of the Graduate School and Robin Hughes, LUSU VP Academic Affairs to discuss the future for Postgraduate students at Lancaster. Members of staff and students are invited to join us from 6.00 for refreshments and the discussion will take place at 6.30p.m. in Management School LT1. Please email if you wish to join us for refreshments.

Next Generation child protection for mobile social networking

Isis Forensics, a Lancaster University spin out company based in InfoLab21, with the support of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and InfoLab21’s Knowledge Business Centre, has launched a £54,000 Research and Development project to develop next generation child protection technologies that can be run on mobile phones. To view full story. As part of the project, researchers at InfoLab21 are seeking parents of children aged 8-16 who use social networking sites to take part in a focus group mid July. The aim is to find out from parents their concerns about how their children use (mobile) social networking in order to help develop the next generation of online child protection solutions. For parents it’s a chance to share their views and concerns about this sensitive area with other parents and help shape the online child protection technology of the future. The focus groups will take place at InfoLab21 and refreshments will be provided. Visit to register your interest.

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 including Dr John Welshman in the Times Higher Education magazine and Dr Feargal Cochrane on Irish radio.


The Chancellor of Lancaster University Sir Chris Bonington has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sir Chris has been appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) for his services as Deputy Patron of the Outward Bound Trust, an international, non-profit, outdoor education organisation which aims to foster personal growth through challenging expeditions. This is the latest in a series of honours for the Chancellor. He was appointed a CBE in 1976 in recognition of his successful ascent of Everest the previous year and he was knighted in 1996 for his services to mountaineering.

Two other people with connections to Lancaster University have also been honoured. Professor Barbara Monroe, who is an honorary professor at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at the School of Health and Medicine, receives a DBE for services to palliative care. As the Chief Executive of the flagship St Christopher’s Hospice in London, she has written extensively about bereavement and is an internationally recognised leader in promoting services for families and for children. Pauline Waterhouse, the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Blackpool and the Fylde College, receives the OBE for services to Further Education. Blackpool and the Fylde College, which has 16,000 students, is an associate college of Lancaster University.

The Railway Station: a social history by Jeffrey Richards and John MacKenzie (History) has been reissued by Faber in their Faber Finds series. First published in 1986 by Oxford University Press, it has since then come to be regarded as the definitive account of its subject.

Professor Sigrun Skogly (Law) presented the 4th volume of a book series on Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right (UNESCO, 2010) at a book launch during the UN Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva on 9 June. The book series covers philosophical, economic, political and legal aspects of the relationship between poverty and human rights. Sigrun co-authored a contribution to volume 4 with Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley (Honorary Fellow at the Law School) on the Right to Adequate Food and to Clean and Sufficient Water.


Publication dates for LU Text

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Academic Processions at Graduation Ceremonies – Last call

Thank you to everyone who has already confirmed participation at graduation ceremonies in July. Unfortunately two of the ceremonies have very poor platforms:

  • Tuesday 13th July at 4.30 p.m. – Bowland College
  • Wednesday 13th July at 4.30 p.m. – Furness College

A full platform greatly adds to the sense of occasion for the graduands and their families so we would be grateful for any additional support colleagues can offer. Full information, including the timetable and a booking form is available on the website: You can send your form by post or e-mail the details requested to The deadline for booking has been extended to Tuesday 22nd June.

Uni-rider bus passess

The Summer Vacation Uni-rider bus passes will be on sale from the LUSU Information Desk from Thursday 24th June. The pass will commence from the 26th June and expire 7th October at a cost of £99. You need a university library card to purchase a pass. Payment can be made by cash, debit or credit cards (there is a 1.5% charge for using a credit card). Please note the bus company will not replace lost or stolen bus passes so it may be in your interest to ask your insurance company to cover it under your own personal possessions policy. If you have any queries please phone ext. 93765.

Sports Centre Newsletter

For the latest construction news on the new sports centre click here to view the latest newsletter.

Footpath Improvement Works

Work is due to start on Monday 21st June refurbishing some of the footpaths across campus. The work will continue throughout the summer. The contractors (William Pye) will be using half of the car park behind Bigforth Barn as their compound for the duration of the works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the work. For more information on campus works over the summer visit

Watch The World Cup

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

National Bike Week at Lancaster University and the local area – Prizes and free food

Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th June is National Bike Week with plenty of events and promotions taking place around the area: 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 between 10:30 and 14:00. Running throughout Bike Week and into July is the ever-popular Commuter Challenge. There are some fantastic prizes on offer including £300 worth of gift vouchers for a local cycle shop, cinema tickets, massages, wine, meals and even cake! To be in with a chance of winning these prizes all you need to do is log your commuting miles. Entry is simple and made via For more information please see the Facilities cycling webpage.

Change in Key Cutting Requests

It is no longer possible to raise an Internal Requisition (IR) to have a key cut. All requests are now to be created using the Facilities Online Helpdesk, Planon. To do this visit and click on ‘Building Fabric’ – ‘Key Cutting’ and fill in the relevant information ensuring you include a contact phone number. Alternatively you can contact the Facilities help desk – ext. 93333.

Alexandra Square Window Replacement - Update

The Alexandra Square window replacement project is progressing well. The hoarding will be moved next week as the scaffolding will be erected over the Learning zone. Please note the Learning Zone will remain open during these works. The majority of the steps will be out of use to allow for safe movement and erecting of the scaffold. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 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.

Faraday Window Replacement Project

From Monday 21st June scaffolding will be erected along the Faraday Building (to the North Spine and Courtyard elevations). It will take a week to put up and will stay up until later in the summer. In order to put the scaffolding up the cycle racks in front of the porter’s lodge will be taken out of use. The nearest alternative cycle parking is at the end of John Creed Avenue going into County South quad and also in the quads in Bowland North. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but it is necessary to carry out survey work prior to the replacement of the windows after Graduation Week. For more information about this project please contact Dave Glynn in the Facilities team. For more information on projects taking place across campus visit

ICT Focus becomes approved VMware IT Academy member

ICT Focus, the education & training arm of ISS, is now able to deliver VMware programmes to University staff and students. VMware is the global leader in IT virtualisation solutions from the desktop to the datacentre. Virtualisation allows multiple systems to run on one machine. This reduces the amount of hardware required to run a group of services. The ICT Focus short course programme includes EC Council Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures, Microsoft Windows 7 & Server 2008 courses, and Prince2 Project Management. Discounts available for University staff and students. Contact for further information.

ISS offers advice for new iPad

For information about using the New Apple iPad in the University context, please follow the link to The ISS iPad Web Page.

EPSRC Challenge Engineering Awards – Call for proposals – Second notification of 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 only 2 applications are allowed, 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:


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

Annual Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture

The President of the CBI is to be the distinguished speaker at Lancaster University’s fifth Annual Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture in London on June 29. Helen Alexander CBE will speak on “The Future Shape of Business:the Leadership Challenge Ahead”, looking at leadership and reputation, how to address change and the challenge of achieving diversity. She became President of the CBI in 2009 following a successful career in publishing, most recently as Chief Executive of The Economist Group. The Professor Sir Roland Smith Lecture Series commemorates his significant contribution to the UK’s academic and business communities. His widow, Lady Joan Smith, made a donation to LUMS to fund a Chair in Strategic Management, now held by Professor Julia Balogun.

Locally Sourced Event

On Tuesday the 22nd of June GreenLancaster is presenting Locally Sourced: An environmental themed celebration with music and art. The event will run from 12-5pm in Alexandra Square. The event aims to promote a more environmentally friendly way of living and we are tying in a power down hour between 12-1pm on the day. So walk to work, turn off your computer and come down to claim your free lunch and enjoy the entertainment as you relax in the comfort of Alexandra Square. For more info and to download a poster for the event, see the Facebook group.

Physics Relay

The 33rd annual Physics Relay will take place this year on Monday 21st June. Rules unchanged since the year dot. For more information and to enter a team go to Minor route changes this year to avoid building site on leg 4. This annual fun run is open to teams of four. The course consists of four unequal length legs making up a circuit of campus. It is open to all. There are four prizes on offer, Mens, Womens, Mixed and "Age Corrected". Enter a team now! Alex Finch, and Rob Henderson (aka The Physics Relay Committee).

Graduate College Summer Fete call for stalls

Graduate College and the Graduate Students Association are organising their Summer 'Fete' which will be on Saturday 3rd of July. Please contact Maureen on if you are interested in a stall.

Launch of the Centre for Biophotonics, Faculty of Science and Technology

The Centre for Biophotonics will be launched with a one-day symposium taking place on the 7th July in TR1/TR2 Gordon Manley Building. This meeting is open to interested colleagues across FST and SHM. For catering purposes, it would be much appreciated if you were to contact Dr Frank Martin if you are going to attend. See link for full programme.

Postgraduate Statistics Centre Teaching and Learning Seminar Programme Speaker: Dr Leslie Humphreys (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Lancaster University) "Developing numeracy in criminology students through crime data" Time: Tuesday 22nd of June, 1.00 to 2.00 pm with lunch starting at 12.30 Venue: Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Computer Lab 1 (A42/A45)

Meeting of the Royal Statistical Society Primary Health Care Study Group.

Thursday 1st July 2010, Lancaster University Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Dept of Maths and Statistics (building 41a on campus map found at Lecture theatre ground floor A54, 2-5pm. All welcome. No pre-registration is necessary Title: "What Statistics do GP's really need to know?" Speakers: Mark Shapley (Primary Care Sciences, Keele University & G.P.). Further details from Meeting organiser: Maurice Marchant (

The 9th Grad Bar Summer Beer and Cider Festival

Bars open 12pm to 1130pm all weekend.Special Bar Quiz today (friday) at 5pm,live reggae and ska tonight from Reggiemental and live rockabilly/rock n roll tomorrow (Sat) from Rockitt 88.BBQ each evening from 6pm.

Pendle Live

Pendle JCR are currently running a weekly live music night on campus ‘Pendle Live’. The event has been running since the end of December last year and has seen unparalleled popularity amongst students. A CD is now available with 13 tracks, featuring some of the bands and artists who have played ‘Pendle Live’, for £3, contact Andy Barnett or Claire Povah in Student Registry, University House.


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