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| 6 May 2011 | Issue 521

Contents: news; funeral of Christine Fletcher; Lancaster in the news; people; notices; what's on; ads


Lancaster in top ten of UK universities in CUG 2012

Lancaster University is in the top ten of UK universities in The Complete University Guide 2012 published this month. The online rankings place Lancaster 9th in the UK out of more than a hundred universities. Lancaster is also ranked top in the North West.

The University also scored highly in the Guide’s individual subject rankings: Linguistics ranked 1st in the UK; Social Work 2nd; Accounting and Finance 4th; Art and Design, Physics and Astronomy and Drama, Dance and Cinematics 6th; Sociology, Business Studies, and Theology and Religious Studies 7th. The next league table to be published should be the Guardian's, due later this month. Full story

The London Review of Books Seminar

The Department of English & Creative Writing is delighted to announce a new and unique collaboration with The London Review of Books. The internationally acclaimed journal of literary, cultural and political comment is to sponsor a termly postgraduate seminar which will launch in Autumn 2011. The LRB Seminar, presented by leading writers from the review and chaired by colleagues in English & Creative Writing, will give MA and PhD students the opportunity to work with a number of major figures in contemporary literature. The first seminar, entitled ‘The Essay’, is scheduled for October. It will feature Chris Tayler, a Contributing Editor at the London Review, as guest speaker.

Physicists to develop 'roadmap' for graphene

Lancaster University is to play a role in a major European Commission funded Flagship Programme called GRAPHENE-CA to develop plans for a 10-year, €1Bn investment for technological innovation and economic exploitation based on graphene and related two-dimensional materials. Lancaster’s role, led by Professor Vladimir Falko (Physics), is to develop the science and technology roadmap for the future investment. These will be the structured plans for what new research on graphene and other two-dimensional materials is needed and the routes for the implementation of graphene in industrially viable technologies. The Lancaster team will determine what new facilities should be built in Europe. Full story.

US Multinational licenses university software

Patented software developed by Lancaster University for use in industry has been licensed by the US multinational Ford. The software – called EST or Evolving Systems Toolbox – is capable of self-learning and so requires minimal human intervention. It is being used to monitor the “health” of vehicles and machines that produce vehicles and to monitor reactions such as how drivers press pedals. The technique is based on the latest academic research and has applications in everything from transport and logistics to defence and the internet. It was developed by Dr Plamen Angelov, Reader in Computational Intelligence at the School of Computing and Communications at InfoLab21 - who is an expert on evolving intelligence systems - and his team of students and researchers.

Further applications which are at the testing stage include: helping medical doctors in dosing Warfarin drugs to patients with DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and classification of spectroscopy data for biomarker identification (jointly with Dr Frank Martin of the Lancaster Environment Centre and funded by Unilever). The Lancaster University spinout company Entelsensys Ltd is developing sensor systems based on applications of this technology in other industrial sectors. Full story

Roses 2011

The annual Roses sporting competition between Lancaster University and the University of York takes place from Friday May 13th to Sunday 15th May. The two historic rivals have entered into a sporting contest every year since 1964, alternating between York and Lancaster, and this year it is the turn of York to host the event and attempt to win back the Carter James trophy from Lancaster who won it in 2010.

Now boasting more than 100 different fixtures, nearly 1,500 athletes and around 5,000 spectators each year, Roses has grown to be one of the most popular sporting events in northern England and one of the biggest inter varsity competitions in the UK. For the first time in the tournament’s history, one fixture – Rugby Men’s 1sts - will be hosted in a local stadium. Other events include netball, American football, judo, fencing, rowing and cycling.

Local artist exhibits at the Peter Scott Gallery

The culmination of ten years’ work by local artist Ann Davidson will be on show at the Peter Scott Gallery from May 9th to June 3rd. The exhibition entitled “North from Sutherland: Paintings-in-Sections of Sutherland, Iceland and Greenland” has been reviewed by The Times freelance art critic Giles Sutherland who called it “a powerful, evocative and fragilely beautiful set of images”. Lying at the northern end of mainland Britain, Sutherland - the “Southern Land” of the Vikings - has a spirit of remoteness that was even greater in the post-war years. At that time all but one of its roads were single track. This sparsely populated, vast land was pristine and undiscovered and when Ann went to art school in London she started to paint it because she wanted to show everyone what it was like. The original artwork is not for sale but there will be signed, limited edition giclée prints for sale. The Peter Scott Gallery, part of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, is open from 11am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 11am – 4pm on Saturdays. Entry is free Full story.

August Kleinzahler Reading

US poet August Kleinzahler is making a rare appearance in the UK this month, and will be reading at the Peter Scott Gallery on Wednesday 11th May at 6pm (FREE - all welcome). Described by Allen Ginsberg as 'A loner, A genius', August has just published a Selected Poems, 'Sleeping It Off In Rapid City', with Faber & Faber. Further details are available on the English & Creative Writing website.

Christine Fletcher

The funeral of Christine Fletcher was held on campus in the University Chaplaincy Centre on Wednesday 4th May. Christine passed away on Thursday 21st April in St. John's Hospice. Christine had worked in the Department of Management Science for 17 years, most recently as Departmental Officer. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.


Professor Andrew Richardson from the Department of Engineering was selected as one of 5 UK delegates for the annual World Micromachine Summit held on the 26th and 27th April 2011. The other delegates were from Imperial Colleague, Southampton University and Birmingham University. This year’s event was hosted by His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr al Qasimi, ruler of Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates and focused on applications in renewable energy. Further details

Dr Robert Appelbaum, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing, reads from his new book, ‘Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience’, before the English Society of Uppsala University, Sweden. ‘Dishing It Out’ (Reaktion, 2011) is the first work ever to examine the culture and history of the restaurant from a literary perspective.

Dr Francois Taiani (School of Computing and Communications) has been invited to deliver a 6-hour lecture on "Cloud Computing in the biogeosciences" at the 2nd Summer School on Biogeodynamics and Earth System Sciences (BESS), that will be held in Venice in June 10-17. The summer school is run by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, a prestigious learned society founded in 1807 by Napoleon, and is supported by NERC and the pilot Environmental Virtual Observatory project, of which Lancaster is a partner. More information here.

Congratulations to Clare Coxhill (PPR) and her husband, David on the arrival of their baby son James on 21 April, weighing 6lb 4ozs.

Lancaster University Consultancy Services Ltd (LUCS) has recently put in place a private consultancy agreement that will enable Dr Keith Cheverst to do several days private consultancy for a US law firm WilmerHale. The firm represents Apple in various, high profile, patent infringement actions against Nokia. Keith will now be able to undertake this work with the backing of University resources and the full protection of the University's indemnity insurance.

If you are interested in undertaking private consultancy work and need the credibility of University backing, the use of University resources, assistance with contract negotiations or expensive insurance cover then LUCS is here to help. For further information, please see the website or contact Máire Nolan on extn 92164.

Lancaster in the news

News of the Vice-Chancellor’s departure to the University of Wollongong was covered by ‘The Australian’ and other Australian media. Broadband and wireless networking research in Computing which helped a village cricket match in Wray broadcast live over the Internet on Easter Monday was blogged by the Guardian. Stephen Bevan (The Work Foundation) was interviewed on BBC 1’s The One Show last night about maternity rights. Follow link to see a list of people in the news.


Alumni Events in the USA

Several alumni events will be held in the USA in June. Academics who may be in the US at the same time are welcome to come along. Please email in the Alumni & Development Office if you would like to attend.

There are over 7,000 US-based Lancaster alumni (including those who attended Lancaster on the Junior Year Abroad scheme), and the University is currently in touch with about 3,000 of them. If you or any member of your department is in touch with US-based alumni please contact Sally to confirm that an invitation has been sent, or to update the Alumni Office on their contact details.

Events are planned as follows:

Steps - Call for Articles

The Summer 2011 edition of Steps is now underway. Circulated to around 65,000 alumni across the world Steps is an ideal way for you to let our graduates know what you and your department are up to. If you have anything you would like to be considered for inclusion (‘hot’ topics/research/profiles of students/staff/photos) please email

University mobile app for students

LUMA (Lancaster University Mobile Application) is due to launch in late May. This free mobile app for students will deliver a wide range of University information, resources and services, including:

LUMA will be available for iPhone, Android and Web; also for Blackberry from July 2011. Although aimed at students, the app will be open for staff to download too.

You can check your office phone number in the staff directory referred to above by visiting If there are any errors in your details, you can correct them on this web page. The directory information will be used by LUMA and other University systems. If you are ex-directory in the online telephone directory, you will remain so in this directory.

Organisation, Work and Technology (OWT) relocation

OWT will relocate to the Charles Carter Building from Monday 11th April. Please follow the link to see the new room numbers and telephone extensions for OWT staff.

IT training for staff development

There are still places left on some Staff Development IT Training. Please book online if you wish to attend.

Starting this coming week:

For more courses and further information, please visit the ISS Training webpage.

Using Audio Visual equipment in lecture theatres

Come have a look at the AV equipment in the Faraday Lecture Theatre and learn how to use it for your lectures: Wednesday 11 May, 2pm – 3pm, Faraday Lecture Theatre. Book your place now.


The University's policy to use wheelclamping as parking enforcement continues during both term time and vacation time. Any future changes to this policy will be communicated in advance.

Open fires on campus

Staff and students are requested to familiarise themselves with the barbeque policy, details of which can be found at the following link. It should be noted that open fires and bonfires are not permitted on campus without permission from a Safety Officer at least one week in advance.

Bowland refurbishment

The access around Bowland will be changing slightly. To view the new access please click here.

Vandalism on Hazelrigg lane

There has been some vandalism to cars parked on Hazelrigg lane. Staff are reminded not to park on roads around the University but to always park on the main campus.


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

LEC Seminar

Friday 13th May at 1pm in the Cavendish Lecture Theatre. Professor Phil Jones from the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, will present a seminar entitled, 'The Measurement of Global Temperature'. All are welcome to attend.

Lancaster University Offer - FutureEverything 2011 Festival, Conference, Award

FutureEverything is offering staff and students at Lancaster University 30% discount off the current delegate pass rate, which includes access to the conference, art, exhibitions, music performances and everything in between. To buy a pass, go to the website, and enter the promotional code LUFE11 select one pass and follow the instructions. Members of staff who are involved in FutureEverything projects qualify for a free delegate pass, contact Jane Crosbie.

FutureEverything, 11 - 14 May 2011, Manchester

Featuring live music, art premieres, inspiring talks, club nights and events, FutureEverything is the UK’s leading festival of digital culture. Now in its sixteenth year, the festival in 2011 is in Manchester city centre, transforming Four Piccadilly Place into the Conference and Art Hub. Meanwhile Umbro Design Studio in the Northern Quarter becomes the ‘living lab’, mixing up live music DJs, workshops and music events. Saturday’s weekend activities see Victoria Baths in the south of the city presenting the ‘Handmade’ digital crafts fair. The music programme takes in venues across the city, from concert halls to backstreet gems.

Download the Programme Brochure here

Faculty of Science and Technology Lecture: Scanning Probe Microscopy Technologies past, present and future

Professor Christoph Gerber, one of the inventors of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), will deliver a lecture next week describing the history of AFM, its range of applications and the recent development and use of novel, cutting edge AFM-based material characterisation techniques.

All are welcome to attend this lecture, part of the Science and Technology Lecture Series, on Thursday 12th May at 1pm to be followed by refreshments at 2.30pm. The venue is Lecture Theatre 2 in the Management School Building. More details Add to your calendar

Staff workshop: Explore your personality with MBTI

Are you interested in finding out more about what makes you tick? Would you like to understand why you relate to some people better than others?

CEEC are running a workshop for staff on ‘Exploring your personality with MBTI’ on Tuesday 14 June from 13.00-15.00 in Bowland North SR6. The workshop uses the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality questionnaire to help you to understand your preferred style of working and how you relate to others. This can enhance team interactions and is also useful if you are facing a career change and would like to identify career options to suit your personality. For more information see the ‘Staff’ section of the CEEC web-site. You will need to complete the questionnaire before the workshop.

To secure a place you will need to book online and leave a refundable £20 deposit at reception in the Base, University House by Friday 27 May.

Development opportunities

Do you have responsibility for staff members? Have you attended the Managing Staff Wellbeing workshop recently? If not, then the next session takes place on 25th May.

‘Equality and diversity’ is language that we use on a daily basis, however are you really aware of the legal requirements? If not, then the next Managing the equality and diversity agenda takes place on 20th May.

An additional Planning and managing a project session has been scheduled for 3rd June. If you would like to Understand project management further and are interested in a pragmatic look at this topic then contact to book your place.

For further information or to book a place on any of these programmes please visit or email


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