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Greetings to all colleagues celebrating Diwali which begins 26 October. Diwali or the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs. For further information see the BBC Faith Calendar

| 21 October 2011 | Issue 540

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


Students gain insight into City careers

More than two hundred students have attended a careers event looking at opportunities in the City of London. Fourteen senior professionals from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital and other financial institutions took part in the event, which was chaired by the President of LUIFS, Andrejs Ozolins. Many of these guest speakers were Lancaster alumni, returning to LUMS to share their experiences and help current students. The event was organised by the Lancaster University Investment and Finance Society (LUIFS) with support from LUMS' Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations team. Full story.

Rich underground life discovered at the poles

Life above-ground is scarce beyond the Arctic Circle, but a new study has shown that underground that isn’t the case. It is generally accepted that above-ground biodiversity is more diverse at the equator than at the poles. But new research by a team of scientists from Lancaster, Colorado and Florida Universities has discovered that the same cannot be said of the microscopic animals that live below ground such as nematodes, mites, and springtails. The study led by Professor Richard Bardgett of Lancaster Environment Centre, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, showed the diversity of soil animals in the tundra of Sweden and Alaska to be very similar to that of grasslands in Kenya in Africa and Kansas in the US. Full story

iLancaster registrations pass 5,000 mark

iLancaster, the University’s mobile application, now has well over 5,000 registered users – with more than 4,500 of these being current Lancaster University students. Although aimed at students, iLancaster is also available for staff to download and use. You can find out more about the features (and link to where you can download the app) here The most recent addition to iLancaster is a bus timetable feature (covering Lancashire and Cumbria services). Users can now locate the nearest bus stop to their location, see when the next bus is due at that stop, search for bus stops close by or within a postcode, and list departures for a specific service or bus stop.


Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has written and presented a short programme that considers poetic treatments of the River Styx and the cadaverous figure of Charon, ferryman to the Underworld, in anticipation of tonight's concert of Haydn's ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ on BBC Radio 3 at 7.45pm. He travels to Merseyside to take two rather different kinds of ferry, in the company of poets Jeffrey Wainwright and Deryn Rees-Jones. Together they explore poetry's fascination with the voyage to Hades and with the handful of mythical characters who've made the return journey.

Dr Don Passey (Educational Research) recently completed a study looking at uses of digital resources in primary schools. His report focused on ways that digital resources enhance teaching and learning as well as supporting management and cost effectiveness. The report was highlighted in the BBC News article Digital textbooks open a new chapter, and was featured in articles in the Borneo Post, Education Executive, Teaching Time, Merlin John On-Line and bee-it.

Professor Cary Cooper (LUMS) has returned from the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, where he is a member of the Global Agenda Council on health and wellbeing which plans worldwide activities on enhancing wellbeing.

Philip Caveney has now replaced Kathleen Jones as the Royal Literary Fund Fellow and he will be on campus every Monday from 10 to 5pm. Please contact him if you would like him to visit a lecture or a seminar and give a brief talk to the students about the role of the RLF Fellow and how he can be of help. Students can contact him by email for an appointment or telephone 92248. Philip is based in the English and Creative Writing Department (County - Room B92).

Norman Rea (Centre for Employability, Enterprise and Careers) retires at the end of the month and his last day on campus will be Friday 21 October. Friends and colleagues wish him all the very best for a very enjoyable retirement. Tara McLaughlin will become Acting Head of the Centre for Employability, Enterprise and Careers until further notice.

Lancaster in the news

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

Research which uncovered rich underground life at the Poles, by a team including Professor Richard Bardgett (LEC), was featured in online media this week including Science Daily, the Earth Times and the National Science Foundation in the US.


Undergraduate migration to Live@edu

During the week starting 24 October, ISS will begin migrating undergraduates from the old webmail system to the new Live@edu undergraduate email system. Undergraduate email addresses will not be changed. The migration is expected to be completed by the end of November and moves will be made by departments within year groups (5th/4th/3rd/2nd). A schedule of moves will be updated on the following page.

Electricity switchover

The University’s new substation (near to Green Lane) is scheduled to be connected to the power supply on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. It is not expected that the University will lose power but it cannot be guaranteed. Please can you contact Peter McMullen in the Facilities Project Delivery team if you have anything taking place on Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 November so arrangements can be put in place. More details will be issued nearer the time.

Improved Bus Services

The University is working closely in partnership with Stagecoach to deliver better bus services for its students, staff and visitors. Extra buses and bus stop improvements have been made, for more information visit the Facilities ‘Travel news’ webpages.

LUSU events calendar

LUSU now has an events calendar that is featured on, and the Pocket Lancaster app. It’s a great way to let students and staff know about your events, from careers events to performances, social events or faculty lectures. To send your event for inclusion on pocket, just complete this short form.

Friends Programme funding

Details and application form are available online.
Please ensure that applications have been submitted for authorisation by 5pm Friday 11 November 2011.
Deadline for all applications to be submitted to the Alumni & Development Office: 5pm Friday 18 November 2011.
Enquiries to Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904 or email.

Training and courses

Organisation and Educational Development

Development programme for new and prospective Principal Investigators, 3 November 2011 9.30am - 4.00pm.
This course is aimed at Principal Investigators and Researchers expecting to have a Principal Investigator role. Topics covered within the course include: Key responsibilities, and what makes a good PI; working effectively through others to deliver the project; key people skills for PIs - motivating, giving feedback and managing conflict; enhancing the performance of research team members; strategies for handling problems; and using the RDF to plan own development and to contribute to the professional development of research staff.

Chairing and leading meetings effectively, 9 November 2011 9.30am - 12.30pm. (last chance to attend for 2011/12)
If you chair or lead meetings, whether formal or informal, this half-day workshop is ideal. The course covers: types of meeting and why we have them; what makes a ‘good’ meeting; role of the chair as leader; skills used in effective chairing; using the agenda to structure a meeting; and dealing with challenges and common behaviour patterns.

Understanding pensions and making plans for retirement, 7 December 2011, 9.15am - 1.00pm.
This session is aimed at anyone, at any stage of their career who would like to know more about how they can plan for the future. The programme aims to simplify and clarify financial planning and taxation, investments, Local Government/USS pension and Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs). It will answer any questions regarding your pension options and help you put some sound planning in place well in advance of your retirement.

To enrol on any of the above, or, for further details, please contact :

Places for the Survival skills workshops are filling up fast, and with limited availability, we advise you book your place as soon as possible. This one-day induction course is designed to help postgraduates, researchers and others involved in modest amounts of demonstrating or seminar teaching to address some of the basic skills and understanding they will need for their work. It assumes that participants have little or no previous teaching experience. Workshop bookings are being taken here.


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

Cycling Roadshow

Tuesday 25 October between 11.00am - 4.00pm in Alexandra Square with the following on offers:

  • Pedal-powered smoothie maker – FREE smoothies for those willing to pedal to make them!
  • FREE Dr. Bike service – cycle checks and minor adjustments
  • Information and advice on sustainable travel in Lancashire.
  • In conjunction with Lancashire County Council and Pennine Events.

    Improving the experience of international students - workshop on the morning of 2 December

    The University Strategy sets out to increase the 2009 intake of international students by 50% by 2015. Within two to three years, about half of all students resident on campus will be non-EU. Surveys typically show that non-EU students are less happy than others with most aspects of their student experience.

    This interactive workshop aims to review:

    The primary focus is on non-academic student life, but we would welcome input from anyone with an interest in this area. If you would be interested in attending, please contact Geraldine Caldwell.

    Department of European Languages and Cultures Research Seminar and Reading Group
    'Art and Cultural Production within Institutions and on the Margins of Society'
    Michaelmas Term - all sessions in Bowland North, Seminar Room 10

    Week 4 Wednesday 2 November, 5pm
    Research Seminar: Rebecca Braun (DELC), 'Prize Germans? German authorship and literary prizes in the 21st century'

    Week 6 Wednesday 16 November, 5pm
    Reading Group: Jacques Rancičre, The Politics of Aesthetics, introduced by Greg Kerr (DELC)

    Week 7 Wednesday 23 November, 5pm
    Research Seminar: Lizzy Attree (Rhodes University and University of the Western Cape; Administrator of the Caine Prize for African Writing)

    Week 10 Wednesday 14 December, 5pm
    Reading Group: Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, introduced by Robert Crawshaw (DELC)

    Please note that texts for the reading group will be circulated two weeks in advance of each session via departmental email. Both reading group and seminar are open to staff and postgraduates within DELC, and to staff and postgraduate students from across the university. For those seeking copies of the text for the reading group who are not members of DELC, please contact Greg Kerr . The research seminar and reading group are convened this year by Charlotte Baker, Cornelia Gräbner and Greg Kerr.

    This year LUSU and the University Medical Practice are running a co-ordinated campaign in support of Movember

    Movember is where men across the world all grow moustaches for the whole of November to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research. With more and more men being diagnosed with this terrible disease this is a cause worth fighting for, and it's so easy to help make a difference! The Sugarhouse will be opening at 9:30 on Wednesday 30 November for an awards ceremony for those with the best moustaches and there will also be a prize for the woman who can make the best fake moustache out of anything at all so get creative ladies! There are 6 lots of a years’ supply of mens shaving and grooming products for the 6 winners of the mens’ categories as well as other great prizes for runners-up.

    To sign up, go to and set up your own “mospace”. Then join the LUSU Movember Group Team or the King Street & Lancaster University Medical Practice Team. You will then be able to order free materials and a wristband, download sponsorship cards and get your personalised link where people can donate online. Also make sure you click attend on our Facebook Event

    Let’s try and raise as much money as possible. For more information contact or

    Psychology Department seminar

    Professor Aneta Stefanovska will deliver a seminar entitled 'Biological oscillations - from cellular level to cardiovascular and brain dynamics'. To be held on Wednesday 26 October, 4.00pm to 5.15pm in Room D18, Fylde.

    Grad Bar presents

    Tin Pan Alley live - Thursday 27 October at 9pm.

    Curry Night at Grad Bar - every Friday 5pm - 8pm.


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