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| 1 July 2010 | Issue 485

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


Research shows that Cockney will disappear from London’s streets within a generation

Data and research by Professor Paul Kerswill and Dr Eivind Torgersen (Linguistics) – due to be published in early 2011 in an ESRC funded study called 'Multicultural London English: the emergence, acquisition and diffusion of a new variety' – suggests that the traditional Cockney speech form (a distinct accent and dialect) will disappear from London’s streets within the next 30 years, moving to areas outside of the Capital and being replaced by Multicultural London English. See story.

The Friends Programme Telephone Campaign call team raise a record breaking £160,000

Over the past academic year, 25 students have been working incredibly hard, calling alumni and friends of Lancaster University and raising money for the Friends Programme which funds a vast range of projects across campus, including project relating to research and our student experience. You can find more information on the projects funded on the website. To apply for a grant, contact Rachel Davis x94897 for more information or go to The deadline for the next round of disbursement is 1st September 2010.

CBI President calls on employers to collaborate with higher education

The President of the CBI has called for businesses to work more closely with universities in order to boost the economy. Helen Alexander CBE was the distinguished speaker at Lancaster University’s fifth Annual Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO Lecture in London on June 29. She became President of the CBI in 2009 following a successful career in publishing, most recently as Chief Executive of The Economist Group. She stressed the CBI’s commitment to collaborating with the higher education sector, recommending the economic benefits of a more highly skilled workforce in a global marketplace. And she called on businesses to play a bigger role in providing work experience, internships and student placements. Her lecture, entitled “The Future Shape of Business: the Leadership Challenge Ahead”, focused on the future shape of business, and how the world of work is changing after the financial crisis. more.

Success for 47 CELT graduates

Congratulations to the following colleagues for their achievement in passing the certificate in academic practice (CAP) and the associate teacher programme (ATP). Both of these programmes are accredited with the Higher Education Academy and recognised by the Staff and Educational Development Association. Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • ATP: Richard Floyd (Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy), Abe Sweiry (Applied Social Science), Lauren Watson (English & Creative Writing), Christopher Kay (Applied Social Science)
  • CAP: John Strachan (History), Charlotte Baker (DELC), Rebecca Catto (Religious Studies), Beckie Coleman (Media, Film & Cultural Studies), Felipe Otondo (Music), Robert Stansfield (History)
  • CAP Module 1: Christos Boukalas (Politics & International Relations), Paula Doherty (Applied Social Science), Daniela Sangiorgi (LICA), Kellie Thompson (Applied Social Science), Sarah Rose (History), Tony Sparkes (Applied Social Science)

Graduates from the Faculty of Science and Technology

  • ATP: Elspeth Oppermann (LEC: Geography), Melanie Pitchford (Psychology), Ruth Mitchell (LEC: Geography), Anna Tarrant (LEC: Geography)
  • CAP: Jaejoon Lee (Computing),
  • CAP Module 1: Ian Bailey (Physics), Ben Surridge (LEC: Environmental Science), Jason Wargent (LEC: Biomedical Sciences), Rebecca Ellis (LEC: Geography)

Graduates from Lancaster University Management School

  • ATP: Gabriel Mandujano (Management Sciences), Michele Ryan (Management Learning & Leadership), Alison Stowell (Organisation, Work & Technology)
  • CAP: Richard Meek (Marketing), Jim Freund (Marketing), Marian Iszatt White (Management Development Division), Laura Salciuvienne (Marketing)
  • CAP Module 1: Lorraine Johnston (IEED), Dan Black (Management Science), Deborah Gefang (Economics), Ronika Chakrabarti (Marketing), Ian Cammack (Management Development Division), Markus Vanharanta (Marketing), Martin Friesl (Centre for Strategic Management)

Graduates from the School of Health and Medicine

  • CAP Module 1: Sue Broughton (Biomedical & Life Sciences)

Graduates from Lancaster University services

  • CAP ELT Module: Lyndsey Sterritt (CEEC)

Graduates from Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

  • CAP EAP Module: Tony Luxon, Moira Peelo

Graduates from Sunway University College

  • CAP: Janet Sau Kuan Cheong, Marie-Aimee Tourres
  • CAP Module 1: Terence Le Grange, Shailaja Prakash Chandran

Catchment Change Network

From devastating floods to hose pipe bans and drought – this year the North West has been hit by some of the most extreme weather in generations. Climate Change scientists argue that such events are increasingly likely and that in the short term there is no quick fix solution. Over 100 experts from The Catchment Change Network – a national network managed by LEC which brings together some of the UK’s leading thinkers, regulatory agencies and businesses will meet next week (Tuesday, 6th July), to share ideas and explore the options available to the UK to manage a more extreme and uncertain future in relation to water inputs.

Mobile phone game goes global

Mobile phone designers from Lancashire’s two universities have worked together for the first time to create a game which is now being sold worldwide by the computer giant Apple. The students from Lancaster University and UCLAN have developed an innovative mobile phone game for the iPhone and iPod handsets, which is now on sale on Apple’s itunes website. Industry analysts predict a huge growth in downloads for mobile applications, up from £7bn now to £22bn by 2015. The game – called “Cabbin’ Frenzy” – involves players trying to dominate the chaotic city streets of New York, Paris or London as the boss of a taxi company. Using “touch and drag”, players direct up to five cabs at once across a 3D map of the city. The challenge is to choose the best route to collect and deliver passengers, earning the most money while avoiding collisions. The students’ invention has been backed with £16,000 worth of investment from Lancashire County Council, North West Vision & Media, UCLAN and Preston City Council, while Lancaster University contributed equipment and mentoring. To view the full story.

Experimentality at the Royal Society

This week saw a high-profile debate with policymakers and scientists at the South Bank Centre, London, forming part of the Institute for Advanced Studies’ Experimentality programme. The debate, ‘The Experimental Society: What Happens when Evidence, Uncertainty and Politics Collide?’, was organised by the Royal Society in collaboration with the Science and Democracy Network, Sciencewise-ERC and Experimentality, and featured Lord Martin Rees (President, The Royal Society), Lord John Krebs (former Chair of the Food Standards Agency), Professor Sheila Jasanoff (Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard University), Professor David Nutt (Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs), and Professor Michael Hulme (Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia). The panel and around 300 other participants discussed recent controversies such as Professor Nutt’s dismissal from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the hacking of climate scientists’ emails at the University of East Anglia. The event is linked to next week’s closing Experimentality conference and art event, The Experimental Society.

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 Paul Kerswill (Linguistics) in the London Evening Standard and on BBC London news online and BBC 1 London Tonight about research into the Cockney dialect.


Professor Cary Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at LUMS, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society. The award recognises the contribution which Professor Cooper has made to the discipline of psychology. He was invited to the Society’s AGM in London where he was presented with a framed certificate following a eulogy from the Honorary General Secretary Professor Pam Maras. Honorary Fellows are elected on the basis of being “persons of distinction who have contributed to the advancement of psychology”.

The International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC), in collaboration with the Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) and the Division of Health Research (DHR) in the School of Health and Medicine, is hosting a Fulbright Senior Specialist for 3 weeks. Dr Gary L. Stein, J.D., M.S.W. Associate Professor at Yeshiva University in New York, is a social worker and a lawyer whose areas of expertise are palliative and end of life care, disabilities, and ethics. Dr. Stein will be speaking at the Observatory's International Research Summer School, presenting a CeDR/IOELC Seminar on palliative care for disabled people, meeting with academic staff and students, and collaborating with Dr Iris Cohen Fineberg at the International Observatory on End of Life Care.

A Team including Physics technician Ian Mercer have successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge which involves climbing the three highest peaks in the UK and cycling the 450 miles inbetween. The team climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales in only 49 hours and 28 minutes. Money raised will go towards the Coronary Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The team also included Chris Adams, Karl Fisher, Adam Wilcox, Mike Wong, Russell Stephenson and Jeff Stobbart.

The winner of the recent 'Re-design a Learning Zone Pod' competition was LICA postgraduate studentSarah Taylor who won £200 in Amazon Vouchers for her 'Quiet Pod' entry. Sarah's winning entry just pipped that of Abigail Brown who also produced an excellent design. Callum King won the Judges Discretionary Award. Follow 'more' for details of the winning entries.

Graduate Julie Noble is a finalist in the first ever Brit Awards 2010 for the top seven unpublished novelists in the UK. Her novel “Talli’s Secret” has won her an invitation to attend a gala night at the O2 Arena in London on July 15 where the winners will be announced in the finals of the Brit Awards Unpublished. This is the largest creative writing contest in the UK, with a prize of £10,000 for the overall winner, selected from 21,000 entries in nine categories.


Election of Clerk in Holy Orders

The University has been asked to provide to the Church of England with a list of names and addresses of priests or deacons of the Church of England who are academic staff employed full-time by the University. This is because clergy of the universities in the Province of York are entitled to elect one clerk in Holy Orders to the Lower House of the Convocation of York and the General Synod of the Church of England. If you fall into this category and wish to participate in the election, please let the University Secretary have your name and address no later than 7 July 2010.

Road improvement works cancelled

The road improvement works due to commence today (1st July) as mentioned in LU Text 484 have been cancelled. A rescheduled date for these works will be released at a later date. If you have any questions about the work please contact John Lee, Assistant Project Manager on 01524 593333.

Vacation Parking Reminder

Please remember that all parking regulations and parking enforcement on campus continues as normal during University vacation periods.

Any Questions IT User Forum Podcast

Those unable to get along to the recent 'Question Time' edition of 'IT User Forum' can view the event from the link below. Topics included LUVLE 10, Windows 7 and an interesting presentation by LUSU's Adam Bardsley entitled 'Web APIs'. The presentations were followed a 'Question Time' session featuring, among others, "Do we really need the Webcache" and "What next for Student Email". There is a call for contributions for the next Open IT Forum on Wednesday 10th November 2010 (venue TBC) Video presentation link.

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.

Cashiers office

The Cashiers Office will be closed between 12.15 and 14.00 on Wednesday 7th July due to staff training.


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

10th Annual World Family Business Research Conference

Lancaster University Management School’s Centre for Family Business is the proud host of the IFERA 2010, the 10th Annual World Family Business Research Conference. Over 150 delegates, from as far apart as China and Chile, will come to Lancaster from 6th to 9th July, celebrating 10 years of IFERA, the International Family Enterprise Research Academy. This year’s IFERA is offering value to all members and stakeholders with doctoral and faculty development consortiums, professional development workshops and research forums, in addition to presentation of high quality academic papers. The impact of research will be under the spotlight at the Knowledge Exchange day on 9th July, which is one of the highlights bringing together local family businesses, researchers, advisers and policy makers. The focus of the Knowledge Exchange Day will be Innovation in Family Businesses. Professor Carole Howorth, Dr Martin Spring and Dr Ellie Hamilton will be providing an academic perspective whilst Edwin Booth (who will be receiving an honorary degree in July from Lancaster) will speak about the realities of innovation at Booths, his fifth generation family business. Find more information about the conference here.

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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