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LU Text is published by the Press Office on Fridays during term time and aims to keep you regularly informed of the University's news and developments. To view previous editions see LU Text Archive.

| 24 June 2010 | Issue 484

Next edition of LU Text will be published on 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


Scientists Dig Deep for Carbon Solution

Lake District grasslands could be playing an important role in the fight against global warming. Grasslands cover a vast area of the UK, forming the backbone of the livestock industry. However, they also play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle, storing vast amounts of carbon beneath them in their soils. New research is being carried out by scientists from the Lancaster Environment Centre to work out how much carbon is being stored in UK grasslands and find out if it could potentially store even more. This would contribute to climate change mitigation, because carbon locked in soils isn’t being released into the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming. To view full story

Scottish football fans more patriotic than English

Scots are more likely than the English to see supporting their national football team as a patriotic duty. This is one of the findings of a study by Dr Jackie Abell from Lancaster University published online this week, Monday 21st June 2010, in the British Psychological Society’s Journal of Social Psychology. The study set out to understand the differences between how the Scottish and the English demonstrate their nationalism via support for the national football team. To view full story

Pupils to experience world-leading Science and Technology at Lancaster

More than 180 students from schools across the region will be at Lancaster University next week (July 1) for a Science and Technology taster day. The year 12s will be meeting scientists, attending lectures and getting hands on in sessions across campus designed to give students a flavour of some of the current research and teaching happening at Lancaster. To view full story

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 Richard Bardgett, (LEC), on the Science Daily website about grasslands and the global carbon cycle.


Professor David Sugarman, Law, gave the Keynote Lecture at an International Conference on "Critique du droit et la question de l'enseignement juridique: regards croisés” at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, École Normale Supérieure, Paris on June 11 and the Inaugural Lecture launching the Centre for Legal History, University of Exeter on June 23. This follows a recent period at Boston University Law School as Visiting Professor and at Harvard Law School, where he delivered lectures on the globalisation of the legal profession, responses to massive violations of human rights and on legal history.


Energy Lancaster

A new research centre, Energy Lancaster , will be launched in September directed by Professor Colin Boxall. Energy Lancaster, based in the Faculty of Science & Technology but with a remit to reach out across the institution, aims to bring together existing strengths in energy research at Lancaster and promote interdisciplinary links across the University. Energy Lancaster's steering committee would like the centre launch event and the centre itself to be as inclusive as possible. If you are currently researching in or have intentions to be researching in the broad area of energy, and would like to be part of the centre, please email ENERGY@LANCASTER.AC.UK with your name and a few words about your areas of interest. We will then add you to the mailing list to keep you informed of the centre's activities.

Parents required for Online Child Protection Focus Group

Isis Forensics, a university spinout based in InfoLab21, is 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.

Updated information on University Working Groups now available

The new website providing information on University working groups (UWG) has been updated to include outcomes, proposals and other information useful to University staff. The UWG site can be found here. The site is intended as an information point for all staff and provides an online working space for group members. The Sharepoint service is accessible on and off campus – when accessing off-campus, a VPN connection will be necessary (details at For any questions, on the site or any working groups, contact Jackie Hughes in the Secretariat on tel 92987 or email

Temporary car parking space closures - Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd July 2010

Road improvement works will be carried out on the North-West Drive, South-East Drive, South Drive and outside the Pre-School Centre. Car parking spaces on North-West Drive (Staff Preference Zone up to Bailrigg Lane) and South-East Drive (Staff Standard Zone outside the new ISS Building and Infolab21) will be closed on Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd July. Traffic management will be in place to ensure a safe flow of traffic can continue in these areas throughout the duration of the works. There are sufficient car parking spaces on campus to cope with this temporary loss of parking. In some cases it may mean parking on Alexandra Park. Parking will be reinstated as soon as it is possible to do so. If you have any questions about the work please contact John Lee, Assistant Project Manager on 01524 593333.

Sports Centre – service on field

As part of the construction for the new sports centre the services to connect it to the university infrastructure need to be added. From next week (28th June) a 10m wide trench will be dug in the field behind the sports centre to the edge of the wooded area on North West drive (opposite LICA road). This will be cordoned off to enable the work to be carried out safely. Access will be maintained throughout and it will not disrupt any services. For more information about the construction of the new sports centre visit the Facilities Projects website.

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. If you have any questions or queries, please contact Susan Palmer, Assistant Project Manager, Facilities – Project Delivery, t: 01524 592438 m: 07968469443 For more information on Facilities Projects visit the Facilities website.

Power Washing

Power washing started today across the campus and will be completed by 7th July ready for Graduation. They will be working 7 days a week with the route leading from Pendle residencies and finishing at the Great Hall. Interference to walkways and entrances to buildings will kept to a minimum. Some noise will be generated from the equipment but this will be minimised as much as possible. For any questions about the work please contact Ian Sturzaker on 01524 93333.

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.

Survey Works

An internal visual maintenance inspection survey is being carried out across the campus to update maintenance records. The work is being conducted by a company called AEC and only requires the team to access each room for 5 minutes. Facilities apologise if the survey causes you any inconvenience but it is crucial it is carried out to maintain high health and safety standards at the University. You will be contacted by a member of the Facilities maintenance team in advance of the work being carried out to arrange access. If you have any questions about the work please contact one of the following depending on your campus location: Anthony Emmess – Facilities Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Science and Technology 01524 594388 or Alastair Brock - Facilities Co-ordinator the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences 01524 510863. All other parts of campus - Gordon Chapman-Fox Planned Maintenance Co-ordinator, Facilities Maintenance 01524 593510.

Physics Relay

The 33rd annual Physics Relay took place on Monday 21st June. The results can be seen here


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

GRAD STOCK - Graduate College Summer Fete

Saturday 3rd July, 12 noon - 5pm (leading onto Smooth Running Music event – 7pm-12am) A Fun Day Out for all students, staff and their families. The day includes lots of stalls, a flea market, children’s area, face painting, henna tattoos, bouncy castles and other amusements. There will also be an ice cream parlour and bagel bar. Free Admission.

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


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