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| 15 April 2011 | Issue 520

Greetings to our Jewish readers who celebrate Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar, on April 19th.

The next edition will be published on Friday 6th May 2011. Happy Easter to all.

Contents: news; Lancaster in the news; people (memorial reunion for Dr Zara Zaddy); notices; what's on; ads


HRH Princess Alexandra opens the £10m Charles Carter building

The Founding Chancellor of Lancaster University HRH Princess Alexandra said she was “immensely proud” of her connection with the University as she unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the £10m Charles Carter building. The 4,000sq m building, named after the founding Vice-Chancellor, provides additional academic facilities for Lancaster University Management School. The opening ceremony was attended by the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington, the Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, the Dean of Lancaster University Management School Professor Sue Cox as well as Charles Carter’s son Peter and his nephew Emeritus Professor Richard Carter. Full story

Honorary Fellowships 2011

Lancaster University has awarded five Honorary Fellowships to people who have given distinguished service to the University or region. The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington presented the fellowships at a dinner attended by HRH Princess Alexandra, Founding Chancellor from 1964 to 2004. The five recipients for 2011 include the former University Librarian Jacqueline Whiteside, the University’s first Deputy Secretary and Academic Registrar Michael Forster, the former Clerk and Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council Gordon Johnson, the former head of Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Pamela Barker and current University supporter Lady Smith. Full story.

Village cricket match to broadcast live over the Internet

Computing researchers at Lancaster University have helped a village community achieve what could be a world first for cricket fans. The thwack of leather on willow from a village cricket match will be broadcast live over the Internet on Easter Monday thanks to superfast broadband provided by Lancaster University as part of a long term research project looking at providing broadband and wireless networks to remote places.

University researchers and engineers have provided a 100Mbps fibre connection into the Village Institute at Wray, Lancashire, and supplied special boxes to homes across the village to create a ‘mesh ’network providing Internet access to hundreds of homes. The community has campaigned hard for internet access to support their village and the University was happy to help as computing researchers are using the network for research purposes. Video footage from the village cricket match can be uploaded thanks to the fact the new network can upload and download content equally quickly and the idea has caught the imagination of media, bloggers and tweeters including Stephen Fry.

Dr Nicholas Race leads the Wray research from InfoLab21. Full story.

Plaque unveiled at Lancaster home of wartime hero and philosopher

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at the Lancaster birthplace of the philosopher John Langshaw Austin, who played a key role in British intelligence during the Second World War. The centenary of his birth in 1911 was marked with a conference on his work at Lancaster University attended by academics from all over the world. The University and Lancaster Civic Society organised the plaque on the wall of the house at 4 Hillside near Lancaster Castle, where the unveiling was attended by visitors to the conference along with members of his family and Dr Brian Garvey of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. JL Austin, who died in 1960, was awarded several honours for his work in military intelligence, including the OBE (military), the French Croix de Guerre and the U.S. Legion of Merit. Full story.

BRIDGE project

Lancaster University has won almost half a million Euros as part of an EU project to improve the collaborative response to disasters like the London bombings and the Japanese earthquake. Part of the four-year project called “Bridging resources and agencies in large scale emergency management” is led by the University’s Mobilities.lab.

Dr Monika Buscher of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Mobilities.lab will work with Professor Lucas Introna, an expert in IT ethics from LUMS, and Professor Peter Wahlgren, an expert in IT law from Stockholm University. Their studies will inform experimental information technology design for multi-agency emergency collaboration. Scenarios focus on multi-modal transport hubs such as the Madrid subway system and the Øresund bridge between Copenhagen airport and the Swedish city of Malmö.

Other partners in the BRIDGE project include SINTEF Norway, Saab and the University of Salzburg.

Lancaster University gives academic masterclasses on the Islands

More than 500 sixth form students on Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have been given a series of master classes by Lancaster University academics. The lectures in subjects including Law, English Literature and Film, Education Research, Psychology, Mathematics, ICT, and Biomedicine were designed to give students the opportunity to engage with University-level study. Organised by Lancaster UK Student Recruitment & Outreach office, the masterclasses are part of a larger partnership project between Lancaster and the Islands. The Lancaster University Islands Partnership has been designed to help students make the best choices as they move on to Higher Education and to encourage more students to consider Lancaster University as an option. Activities include taster sessions, specialist Higher Education advice and free residential visits to Lancaster’s campus.

In June, 125 students will be visiting the Lancaster campus for 3 days from the Islands to get an insight into life at a top 10 UK university. Full story


There will be a memorial reunion for Dr Zara Zaddy who died in January this year. It will be held on Wednesday 25 May at 2pm in the Private Dining Room (County South). There will be readings, music and personal appreciations from colleagues and friends. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. All welcome.

Lancaster in the news

Contributions to the media this week include Dr Andrew Quick from the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts(LICA) who is to take part in a live Q&A session for The Guardian online's careers section called Can I still get a job in the arts? The session is from 1pm to 4pm on Friday 15th April and aims to offer live careers advice to readers trying to find a job in the arts. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Road works outside the Pre-School Centre – Sunday 17th and Monday 18th April

Work will be carried out between 09:00 and 17:00. The road will remain open although traffic will be restricted to single flow with traffic management in place.

IT Services during the Easter closure

Please note that the ISS Service Desk will be closed from 5.30pm on Monday 18th April until 9am on Tuesday 26th April. During this time, core IT Services will be monitored and ISS staff will be on-hand to deal with any issues should they arise. The Learning Zone will open as usual during the Easter vacation, although entry will be restricted to card access via the doors adjacent to University House.


For a full list of all events, please see Events.

Recruiting the Best?

Are you planning to recruit staff between now and September? Are you confident that you will make the correct appointment decisions? Whether you are a recruiting manager or likely to be asked to serve on an appointment panel, the development Programme Recruiting the Best gives advice on guidance on how to approach recruitment activities to ensure high quality recruitment decisions’ are made. The 2 day programme is next running on 3rd and 4th May. Please contact to book your place or for more information.

Design PhD Conference 2011

Date: 30 June – 1 July 2011 Time: 18.00-20.30 (Day 1); 10.00-16.00 (Day 2) Keynote: Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi Location: LICA Building, Lancaster University

The Design PhD Conference 2011 at ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University is a collaborative event between ImaginationLancaster and the School of Design's Centre for Design Research at Northumbria University. The conference offers an opportunity for PhD students, Masters students, recent graduates and businesses to meet, exchange knowledge and ideas, and learn about the latest developments in design thinking, methods and research projects. Kevin Roberts will provide the keynote presentation to launch the conference entitled 'MAKING THINGS HAPPEN: Designing a Better World for Everyone.' For further details and registration, please visit. Please note: spaces are limited.

China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition 2011

Lancaster University Management School is hosting the semi-final of the China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition on Thursday May 12th from 930am to 4pm in LUMS lecture theatre 3. Eight teams of students will compete for prize money, introductions to venture capitalists and access to network in the UK and China. The competition is coordinated by LUMS through the Lancaster China Management Centre, the University of York, UCL, Queens University Belfast and the China Innovation Development Association (CIDA). The same competition is taking place in China and the finalists will meet in at the University of York later this year.

The Dream of Gerontius

On the 16th April the Lancaster and District Choral Society returns to the Great Hall to perform "The Dream of Gerontius", the great choral work by Sir Edward Elgar. The Choral Society has been performing major concerts at the Great Hall for almost two years and it was deemed appropriate on the eve of their 175th anniversary to produce the outstanding choral work at their spring concert for 2011. The Choral Society is supported by a full orchestra led by Julian Cann and professional soloists: Robert Anthony Gardiner – Tenor as Gerontius, Anthony Cunningham - Bass as Priest, Angel of Agony and Lise Christensen - Soprano, Angel.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m The web site is For ticket enquiries use the Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, Meeting House Lane - 01524 - 582394 (as the Great Hall box office is closed now) £12 (£13 at the door) Students £6.


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