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| 23 July 2010 | Issue 488

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

There will be no editions of LU Text during August. The next issue (after the 30th July issue) will be published on Friday 3rd September 2010. Please ensure you check the Facilities campus works website regularly as there is a lot of work taking place across the campus that might affect you.


University names new building after first Vice-Chancellor

The University has named a new Management School (LUMS) building after Sir Charles Carter, who was Lancaster’s first Vice-Chancellor between 1963-79. The name of Sir Charles Carter, who died in 2002, has been given to the building which will house additional academic facilities for LUMS, following a Topping Out Ceremony on the 16th July. The contractors, GallifordTry, joined the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, the Dean and Associate Deans of the Management School and guests in a traditional ceremony to celebrate the completion of the major structural work. The building is due to be completed by Christmas 2010. Sir Charles Carter, a distinguished economist, was instrumental and far-sighted in ensuring that the University included management subjects within its portfolio, at a time when they were still new to most universities. Now LUMS is a leading management school, ranked consistently among the UK's top five. Full story

First Industrial Showcase for Faculty of Science & Technology

Over 100 people attended the first Faculty of Science and Technology Industrial Showcase at Lancaster University this month. The aim of the event (held on 6th July 2010) was to develop links between academics and commercial partners who had an interest in collaborative innovation and commercialisation. The one day event showcased research areas with technologies that are near to market from the Faculty's departments of Computing, Communication Systems, Physics, Engineering and the Lancaster Environmental Centre. Full story

Lancaster exerts heavy research influence in environment and ecology

Lancaster University has been ranked at number 5 in the UK and 32nd globally for citations per paper in the field of environment and ecology according to the Times Higher Education magazine. The Thomson Reuters database looked at a total of 529 UK institutions listed in this field, seeking to reveal what the THE calls "heavy hitters" based not on mere output, but influence per paper. Lancaster scored an average of 20.19 citations per paper, compared with 23.06 for Oxford, which ranked 1st in the UK and 9th globally.

Creative Writing Postgraduate Wins £10,000 Prize for First Novel

A Lancaster postgraduate has won a £10,000 prize for first time novelists and is now in the running to win a slew of literary awards. Ali Shaw’s novel “The Girl with Glass Feet” – which he began writing while at University - won the Desmond Elliott Prize and has since been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for both the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. After gaining a first class degree in English and Creative Writing, Ali Shaw took an MA in Creative Writing in 2004 and has since worked as a bookseller and at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. He is now working on his second novel after spending almost five years writing “The Girl with Glass Feet”, which is inspired by Kafka's Metamorphosis, fairy stories and folklore. The Prize was inaugurated in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in 2003. He stipulated that his estate should be invested in a charitable trust that would fund a literary award for new writers. Full story.

Death notice

The University regrets to report the death of Tom Watkinson O.B.E Q.P.M, on 25th June 2010, aged 91. Tom was a member of the University Council during the periods; May 1989 to July 1991, and March 1992 to July 1998. He was also a member of the Audit Committee, and its vice-chairman from 1992-94. He regularly attended university functions and was often called upon to take part in special reviews, such as of the college bars.

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 Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Bob McKinlay in the Pakistan Daily Times and Professor John Goodacre (SHM) in the Nursing Times.


Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) gave the fourth annual Relate Institute Lecture in London, July 21, before an invited audience of over a hundred people. Professor Cooper, who is the President of Relate, showed how poor management causes stress and other health problems in his lecture entitled “Is Work Ruining Our Lives ?” He said that as the recession continues, employers must prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of their staff. The Relate Institute Lecture series aims to stimulate thinking and debate on key public policy issues and to give prominent public figures the chance to talk about families, emotional health and wellbeing. Last year Nick Clegg gave a keynote speech on the need for Government to provide more support to couple and family relationships during the recession and David Cameron has also delivered the Lecture. Later the same day, Professor Cooper gave a presentation on his Foresight project on “Mental Capital and Wellbeing” to the All Party Group on Wellbeing Economics in the House of Commons.

The scholarship of Professor David Sugarman (Law), and an expert opinion he wrote for the Law Society, were referred to and formed part of the arguments addressed to the Court of Appeal in a recent important case - Prudential PLC v Special Commissioner of Income Tax (14-15 July 2010). The case concerns the efficacy and scope of legal professional privilege (LPP) - which protects all communications between a professional legal adviser and his or her clients from being disclosed without the permission of the client – and whether LPP should be extended to other professional advisors, such as accountants, bankers and architects. The Appeal Court will deliver its decision in October, and it is widely expected that the result will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Robert Hardy and Dr Enrico Rukzio (Computing) came in third place in the NFC Forum Global Competition and won a 1000 Euro cash prize. The MyState system which they developed in the context of the Multitag project funded by DOCOMO Euro-Labs allows the simple and quick posting of Facebook messages that are attached to everyday objects.

Congratulations to Emma Casson from University House Reception on her recent marriage to Paul Knowles at the Lancaster Priory on Friday 9th July.


Advance Notice of work starting - Alexandra Square & Underpass Rejuvenation

Work is due to start on the project to rejuvenate Alexandra Square and the Underpass on Monday 9th August 2010. A dedicated website is being set up to help communicate the project and clarify what will be happening when and where. From Monday 9th August the underpass will be closed to pedestrian access and one way traffic management will be in place until the rejuvenation project is complete in March 2011. More information about the temporary travel arrangements is available on the website.

New car parking policy and subsidised staff bus travel from 1st October 2010

The impact of travel to and from the campus is a key environmental issue. Major changes are being introduced from 1st October 2010 to improve the quality and value for money of alternatives to single-occupancy car travel. The changes are in line with the objectives of the new University Travel Plan (2010 – 2015), which is due to be launched later this year. There will be some significant changes to car parking affecting staff, students, contractors and visitors. Heavily subsidised annual Unirider bus passes will be available for University staff that choose not to purchase a car parking permit next year and travel choices for University staff will be made through the Flexible Benefits system. More information, including full details of the new parking policies and arrangements, can be found on the Facilities Travel website. Click here for information on Bus Services.

Road Works for new Sports Centre

Next week ducts will be placed under the North West Perimeter Road, adjacent to the new LICA Road (Rossendale Avenue). Access will be maintained along the road at all times however part of one lane will be closed and some parking will be closed off. We apologise if this causes you a delay.

ISS failover exercise postponed

On Saturday 24th July ISS were planning a failover exercise on the consolidated resilient infrastructure, which will now be postponed until later in the year. ISS need to keep the service downtime on Saturday 24th as planned. The result will be that some university services are not available for periods during the day and should be considered at risk between 9am and 5pm. Details of the affected services will be made available here:

Windows 7

In preparation for a campus-wide rollout of Windows 7 to Managed PCs during the academic year 2010/11, ISS is deploying Windows 7 to ISS PC Labs. The deployment of Windows 7 to ISS PC Labs is planned to take place between 16/08/2010 and 17/092010. For the full Windows 7 deployment schedule visit:


The latest edition of the alumni magazine – Steps - has been mailed out to approximately 60,000 alumni and distributed around campus last week. Many of you will have received your own copy but if you haven’t and you would like one, please contact Louise Coleman ( It can also be viewed on the website


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