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| 17 February 2012 | Issue 555

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


Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships for Lancaster University students

Over sixty Lancaster University students have received extra financial support for their studies in science, technology, engineering and maths thanks to a donation from a leading businessman. Dr Naim Dangoor CBE, the head of a successful property company, donated £3 million to set up the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships – in honour of his late father – at Russell Group and 1994 Group universities. This year, thirty students at Lancaster University won the £1,000 awards following on from thirty last year. Full story

Improved health and productivity with the Global Corporate Challenge

A new industry study has shown low-impact daily physical activity can significantly boost employees’ performance. The findings come from a combined Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention in the Workplace (FCDP) and Lancaster University Centre of Organizational Health and Wellbeing study into the physical and psychological impact of the corporate health program - Global Corporate Challenge® (GCC). Full story.

Campus visit day events – Wednesday 22 February

About 300 prospective postgraduate students will come onto campus for a visit day on Wednesday 22 February. The event will take place in the Learning Zone between 11.45am and 4.30 pm. Students can register online to receive more information.

In addition there will be a large campus tour for around 300 prospective 2013 undergraduate students, and the departments of Mathematics and Statistics, Ecology and European Languages will be holding post application open days.

There will be minibuses operating around the campus to transfer prospective students and their parents between car parks and venues. Pickup points will be clearly signed. The day is likely to be very busy and it would be appreciated if, where possible, staff could help by carsharing or by using other transport.

Celebrating community work

LUSU involve, Lancaster University’s Student Union Volunteering and Enterprise Unit, is hosting a celebration of young people's outstanding community achievements in the local area. Sixth Form teams have been working with University volunteers to design and run their own community project such as a charity fundraising event, social enterprise, campaign for change in school or a volunteering opportunity in the local area. They have been making a change that they wish to see in their area, including a campaign to raise money for Westfield Memorial Village and Help The Heroes and working with Alexandra House in Lancaster.

All are welcome to attend the presentation showcase and awards ceremony for the teams who have been doing fantastic work for the local community over the past few months. To be held Friday 23 March at 4.30pm - 7pm in the Great Hall.

Lancaster to host BUCS Northern Finals

A bid by LUSU to host the Northern Conference Cup Finals of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) at Lancaster University on Wednesday 21 March has been successful and will be an opportunity to showcase the new Sports Centre. 44 teams from institutions all around the North will come to the University to compete in sports including badminton, basketball, fencing , football, tennis and rugby union. All students and staff are welcome to watch the matches on that afternoon/evening.

Death notices

Dr Max Lazarus
We regret to report that Dr Max Lazarus, a retired member of the Physics Department, died earlier this week. Max has been a lecturer in Physics since 1968 and has consistently been the favourite of students throughout his many years due to his wonderful eccentricity, his unstoppable enthusiasm for physics, his humour and his kindness. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to have worked with him and our sympathies go to his wife, Lucy. If you would like to contribute to a collection for flowers or donation to charity, please contact Julie Scott.

Bridget O’Connor
Lancaster Graduate Bridget O’Connor, who graduated in 1982 and studied English and Creative Writing won a posthumous BAFTA at last week’s ceremony. She co-wrote the screenplay of the film ‘Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy’ but died in 2010 before it was filmed.


Professor Susan Cartwright, Director of the Centre for Organizational Health and Well Being in SHM, attended a House of Lords event on 8 February, at the invitation of Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE in connection with recent initiatives to put communities at the heart of health and well being. She has also been appointed Dean of the Fellows College of the British Academy of Management.

Dr Anne Grinyer (Health Research), has published a new book ‘Palliative and End of Life Care for Children and Young People’, about the choices and experiences of palliative and end of life care for young people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. The book is the fourth in a series about young people and carers written by Dr Grinyer, funded by the George Easton Memorial Trust.

Richard Mills, a postgraduate student in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, has won a prize of $20,000 from the US Macarthur Foundation in the Digital Media and Learning Research Doctoral Student competition. The prize, one of two awarded, was for the most novel and effective work by a doctoral student on exploring and facilitating learning in online communities. The money will be used to extend Richard’s doctoral research into the use of badges and trophies in online learning communities and the behaviour of users in such systems.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Phil Haygarth (LEC) was interviewed on BBC’s Country File on Sunday 5 February as part of a feature about organic farming and water quality across Britain and Professor Bart Lambrecht (LUMS) featured as the Financial Times professor of the week.


New Islamic prayer room

On Monday 20 February work will start on the refurbishment of part of the ground floor of Ash House to form a new Islamic prayer room facility, which is due to open in July 2012. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused while this work is carried out, if you have any questions about the work please contact Facilities Assistant Project Manager, John Lee, 92093.

Training and courses

Short courses at the Postgraduate Statistics Centre

Applied statistics courses:

For more information regarding our courses, please go to our website. Contact: Short Course Administrator, Angela Mercer, tel: 01524 593064. See our e-brochure here.

Staff IT Training

Free IT training sessions run by ISS, in the Library Training suites. If you would like to attend any IT Training sessions please book online

More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.


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

Comedy night

Monday 20 February in the Great Hall. Doors open to the Great Hall at 7pm on for refreshments and the show starts at 8pm. Four Stand Up Comedians as seen on TV (Mock the week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard's Good News) - Chris Ramsey, Radio 1 DJ Tom Deacon, Alun Cochrane & Carl Donnelly will be performing. Tickets £12 and can be bought at Uni-Travel in Alexandra Square or online.

University Brass Band Championship

The University is hosting the second University Brass Band Championship of Great Britain on 18 February. The event is being organised by UniBrass, founded by Lancaster students, in association with the British Federation of Brass Bands. The competition, this year includes 12 entries from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bangor, Southampton, Keele, Huddersfield, Hull and Brass United.

There will also be a world premiere of “Lord Of My Youth” composed specifically for the contest by Marcus Venables from Toronto. See more

Applying Psychology In Education in the 21st Century

LUSU involve and the Department of Educational Research invites you to a free conference delivered by 28 Psychology in Education undergraduates. The presentations will be delivered by students who have spent the last three months volunteering in local educational settings. Monday 27 February, Faculty of Social Science. For more information, or to book a place, please email Joe Bourne.

Law School seminar series

'Regulating Experts: Agency Regulation of Emerging Biotechnologies'. Wednesday 22 February, 2-3.30pm in BN SR 24, Dr Sarah Devaney, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, School of Law, University of Manchester.

'What to do with frozen embryos?' Wednesday 7 March, 2-3.30pm in BN SR 11, Dr Lucy Frith, Department of Health Services Research, University of Liverpool

Educational Research seminar series

'Powerful children and powerless adults': Gendered power relations within a child-centred discourse in an Indonesia kindergarten, presented by Vina Adriany, Department of Educational Research. This seminar will take place on Wednesday 29 February, 12.30 - 2.00 pm, FASS Building, MR1 (formerly IAS Building). Everyone welcome. For more information contact Dee Daglish , or go to the forthcoming events section on the Department of Educational Research website .

Fairtrade Fortnight event- Monday 27 February

Cotton on to Fairtrade, Massatoma Mounkoro – a cotton farmer from Mali, Bruce Crowther – founder of Fairtrade Towns movement. 7.30pm, AFC Chapel

Ruskin Exhibition

Beautiful effects: Ruskin’s Daguerreotypes of Switzerland - 16 January - 5 April
The Whitehouse Collection held by the Ruskin Foundation at the Ruskin Library contains 125 Daguerreotypes – one-off plates using the first popular process of permanent photography. The third display in a series of four, this focuses on the Swiss scenes. John Ruskin travelled to the French and Swiss Alps more often than any other place in Europe, from a childhood visit in 1833, when he was just fourteen, to a few days on the return from his last continental trip in 1888. See the website for further information.


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