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| 2 September 2011 | Issue 533

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


Lancaster to lead £4m consortium for the creative economy

Lancaster University in partnership with Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art has been awarded £4m to lead a regional consortium aimed at boosting the UK economy through the growth of the digital and creative industries. Lancaster is one of four universities in the UK chosen by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to lead a Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy for the next four years. Each will lead consortia that will include other universities, creative businesses, arts and culture organisations and other agencies.

This Lancaster led hub called 'The Creative Exchange' will include collaboration with the BBC, Microsoft, MediaCityUK, FutureEverything, Tate Liverpool, Opera North, Storey Creative Industries Centre, The Sharp Project, Lancaster City Council, NESTA, National Media Museum, Manchester Digital, Arts Council England and over 30 small and medium sized companies working in the sector, such as Stardotstar and Mudlark. Full story

Deprivation link to low vaccination take up for young children

Research carried out by Lancaster University and NHS Central Lancashire has shown that deprivation is central to understanding why some children arrive at school without having completed all their routine vaccinations. Health experts in central Lancashire are concerned that not enough children have received their pre-school booster vaccination and two doses of MMR by the time they reach their fifth birthday. Complications from diseases like measles mumps and rubella can leave children blind, deaf and even lead to death. Full story.

Mummy's boys exist in bird families too

Mummy's boys may not be solely confined to human families. Instead, a new study suggests birds have the same prejudices. Scientists have discovered that zebra finch mothers favour their sons over their daughters, so male chicks end up getting fed more than their sisters. But fathers don't appear to be as biased. The end result is that male chicks get more food than females. Full story.

Climate change forecasts flawed says new research

Climate change forecasts used to set policy and billions of pounds in investment are flawed, according to new research from Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). A new study by Robert Fildes and Nikolaos Kourentzes at the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting applies the latest thinking on forecasting to the work of climate change scientists, in a bid to make 10 and 20 year ahead climate predictions more accurate and trustworthy for policy-makers, and help address growing doubts over the realities of climate change. Such decadal forecasts have the most relevance to current thinking and policy plans and if they are to be credible and useful, they need to demonstrate their accuracy. But the forecasts produced by the current models do not achieve this. Full story

Undergraduate Visit Day

Thank you to all staff and students who took part in the first of the two Annual Undergraduate Visit Days last week. On Wednesday 24th August 2011 we welcomed 7,656 students and parents to campus. Of the students attending 99% were for October 2012 entry. There was unprecedented demand to visit Lancaster with a 21.6% increase in online bookings compared to the previous year. The visitors were asked to submit online feedback and rate their experiences. 94.9% rated their visit very good or good; 64.2% stated they will definitely apply to Lancaster having visited; 29.2% indicated they will probably apply to Lancaster having visited. The next Undergraduate Visit Day is Saturday 17th September 2011 and so far 7928 visitors have booked.

Professor Anna Siewierska

We regret to report that Professor Anna Siewierska, who worked in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, was killed in a car accident on 6 August 2011 whilst on holiday in Vietnam. A memorial service will be held for Anna in the autumn, details to follow.


Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research and Distinguished Professor of Sociology has been appointed to the Board of The UK National Commission (UKNC) for UNESCO. Professor Walby joins the team, following an announcement by Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan on August 2nd. Full story

Colleagues said goodbye to University House porter Brian Barlow who retired after 37 years service in August. Brian started at the University as porter in Cartmel College and after 21 years in that role transferred to University House.

Emeritus Professor Ian Bellany’s obituary has appeared in The Times (pg 70, 26 August 2011).

A book called Truth machine: The contentious history of DNA fingerprinting, co-written by Dr Ruth McNally(CESAGen, Department of Sociology) and colleagues Michael Lynch(Cornell University), Simon A. Cole (Cornell University) and Kathleen Jordan (Boston University), was awarded the Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Section of the American Sociological Association for its 2011 Distinguished Publication Award on 20th August.

A review of Dr Robert Appelbaum's ( English and Creative Writing) new book, Dishing It Out, appears in the August 13 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) is featured as Author of the Month on the Chartered Management Institute website, where he will be answering questions during a live session at a date to be announced later this month.

Lancaster in the news

Follow link to see a list of people in the news.

Contributions to the media during August include Dr Fiona Measham(Applied Social Science) on Radio 4 on August 27 talking about the club and drugs culture in Ibiza listen again and international coverage for Alzheimer's research featuring Professor David Allsop.


Professor Philip Levy - Members of the university are welcome to attend an event on Wednesday 21st September 2011, from 11.00am to 1.00pm, in the Masters Training Suite, Engineering Building. Ex-colleagues from the Department of Psychology (including Paul Harris of Harvard University and Harvey Goldstein of Bristol University) will discuss Philip's contributions to social science research in the UK, his work at Lancaster and his contributions to the RAE and ESRC. Please contact Charlie Lewis, if you intend to come. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Researchers in the Centre for Research in Human Development are currently working on projects involving visual development in babies between 3 and 12 months old. They would like to recruit families with young children to participate in the research. If you would like to find out more about taking part in baby research at Lancaster University, please give a member of the research team a call on 01524 593860/07900265375 or email

Pure - Research Information System

Pure, the University’s new research information system will go live online as a research portal in October and will significantly improve the visibility of our research.

Over the last few weeks academic staff have received information from faculties about how to access Pure and they have been asked to check that the information held about them in Pure is correct and up-to-date before the portal goes live in October. Please visit the website to find out more. Introductory workshops on how to use Pure have been scheduled on the following dates throughout September – details can be found here To ensure that we have enough PCs available we would be grateful if you could email if you intend to drop in.

The first 30 minutes will be set aside for a demonstration of Pure showing you how to login and use some basic features – or you can just drop in at a later time and members of the Project Team will be on hand to help you.

Campus road refurbishment update

Work to the perimeter road has now started – so far we have been replacing kerbs in isolated areas and excavating for new drainage gulleys in areas that have suffered from ponding due to heavy rainfall.

To renew the road and parking bays we first need to plane off the existing tarmac and then lay the new surface. For both these processes we will need to isolate areas of car parking. Please see this parking plan that shows the areas (indicated by colour) and dates for when parking will be unavailable.

Please note that traffic in both directions will be maintained Mon-Fri throughout the duration of the works.

Over weekends however there will be some road closures: - Saturday 3rd-Sunday 4th the yellow area of road will be closed. - Saturday 10th-Sunday 11th the green area on the perimeter road and Bigforth Drive (after the sports centre) will be closed. For access to campus from the A6 you will need to use the Alex Park entrance – access to the sports centre from the A6 will not be affected. - Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th Bigforth drive and the roundabout will be closed. For access to campus from the A6 you will need to use the Alex Park entrance – access to the sports centre from the A6 will not be affected.

Please note that no work will take place on Saturday 17th September and all car parking bays will be made available for the Visit day. If you have any questions please contact: helpdesk or 01524 5-93333

New Sports Centre

If you are thinking of joining the New Sports Centre via the flexible benefits, but aren’t sure if you will use it and want to try it out first then why not have a free taster session first and see what you think. For more details and to pick up a free session leaflet then please see a sports centre member of staff.

Bus Improvements for 2011/12

Staff bus use at the University has doubled since the Travel Plan was introduced in 2005. 19% of staff now commute to campus by bus. As the University continues to heavily subsidise staff annual bus travel for next year, a fleet of 12 brand new buses are now operating on routes 3 and 4 as part of the partnership between Lancaster University and Stagecoach. Also, the bus-stops outside the new Sports Centre are now open, and there are low-floor fully accessible vehicles operating on the X1 service. See the Buses webpage on the University’s Commuting website for further information on service improvements. New timetables are available on the Stagecoach website and paper copies are now available at the travel information stands in the Library, LUSU and the LICA building.

Improved express bus service from Morecambe & Heysham via the bypass and Morecambe Road Bus Lane. Stagecoach have launched a new express bus service between Morecambe, Heysham and Lancaster known as Service 12. In partnership with Lancaster University, service ‘Baylink’ 12 continues onto the University in the morning peak (arriving 08:37) and departs from the University in the evening peak at 17:10. The service replaces the X22 that speeds up bus journey times between campus, Morecambe and Heysham. To view the new timetable for the 12 service and obtain your free money-saving 12 service bus vouchers please click here .

LICA pods now open

The LICA Pods are now open for bookings. The pods can be booking using the online meeting room booking system. Entry is gained using a valid staff library card.

Electric car hook ups

There are 6 electric car hook ups now available in the car park adjacent to the LICA building. These operate on the standard electrical card system provided with all electric cars purchased.

35mm slide projection hire

ISS currently hires out and supports 35mm slide projection for academic staff using slides in their lectures. After monitoring the use of this facility ISS have decided to stop offering this service from January 2012.

If lecturing staff have 35mm slides that are used for academic teaching, they will be able to have these converted to digital image files free of charge up until 9th December 2011. Staff wishing to use this service should take their 35mm slides to Folio, who will handle the conversion process on behalf of ISS.

ISS failover exercise

On Saturday 10th September ISS are planning to run a failover exercise on the central virtual server. A number of University services will not be available for periods during the day and should therefore be considered 'at risk' between 9am and 5pm.

Details of the affected services are available here

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Sept - Microsoft Sharepoint Maintenance

Microsoft SharePoint will be unavailable over this weekend while essential maintenance is carried out.

All external SharePoint services will be unavailable between 10am and 6pm on Saturday and all internal SharePoint services will be unavailable between 10am and 6pm on Sunday. All SharePoint related queries should be directed to the ISS Service Desk in the first instance.


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

Former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke will be giving the keynote address at the 2011 Conflict Research Society Annual Conference (in association with the Richardson Institute). ‘Why Conflict Prevention is Better Value for Money than War’ will be held at 9.10am-10.30am 6 September, Lancaster University, Management School LT2 Admission is Free

The lecture will be open to everyone For full details see here or here

Autumn Season at Live at LICA

Live at LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts) brings a wealth of UK and international artists of the highest calibre to Lancaster every year in public programmes of professional theatre, dance, exhibitions and concerts. Highlights of the autumn season include Proto-type Theater’s awardwinning project Fortnight, which invites people to secret locations and events across Lancaster; the final tour from the acclaimed dance company The Featherstonehaughs; the return of the popular Reckless Sleepers; Lancashire-born soprano Amanda Roocroft; and the culmination of the Steinway Piano Campaign to replace the piano in the Great Hall. For ticket information on all Live at LICA events, and to book, visit or contact the box office on 01524 594151,email boxoffice. Autumn Season

Dr Lyudmila Mihaylova and Professor Garik Markarian(Computing and Communications) are organising a training school in the area of Sequential Monte Carlo methods. More information is available here

Participants are welcome to join the opening day, on the 16th of September. Please feel free to, and


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