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| 24 February 2012 | Issue 556

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


Lancaster celebrates brass band success

Lancaster has finished third at this year’s University Brass Band Championship of Great Britain held at the Great Hall on campus. The event was organised by UniBrass, founded by Lancaster University students in association with the British Federation of Brass Bands. The live streaming of the competition on their website was one of the most successful ever in terms of audience for a Lancaster University event. Full story

Festival brings the tropics to town

Researchers from the Lancaster Environment Centre are bringing a flavour of the tropics to town this month. A two-week long festival of lectures, exhibitions, film, music and dance is taking place at The Gregson Centre, Lancaster. Launching at 7.30pm on February 24, with a concert featuring tropical tunes from Brazilian drumming to a Bossa Nova band, the event is designed to demystify the tropical rainforest and give Lancaster University’s 15 researchers working in the tropics a chance to discuss their field work in places from Africa to the Amazon. Full story

Scientists from China visit Lancaster

A team of distinguished scientists from China Agricultural University in Beijing has visited the Lancaster Environment Centre as part of an RCUK-funded three-year collaboration between the UK and China. Lancaster University was awarded a £1.33m grant by Research Councils UK to work with researchers in China to address food and water. This funding has since been augmented by support from several funding agencies in China. The project team led by Distinguished Professor Bill Davies of LEC has been working in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Agricultural University and a growing number of UK businesses to provide new knowledge, products and services. Full story

Your face our future: anti-racism exhibition

An exhibition of banners with anti-racism and anti-hate crime messages and images is on display in the corridors of the Department of Applied Social Science. The exhibition has been on display in public libraries, town halls and other public buildings in the region. A promotional clip can be viewed here. The exhibition has been produced by Lancashire United Against Hate - and organised by the Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council. Lancaster University colleagues are cordially invited to walk the corridors of the Department of Applied Social Science to view the exhibition. Enquiries to Paul Iganski. The banners will remain in place until 4pm next Wednesday 29 February when the exhibition will be closed at the 'Losing the Race' seminar that day.

Registration is now open for 50 new industry-based funded PhDs

The new Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, a collaborative partnership with Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Ltd, is now recruiting 50 science, technology and engineering graduates and 50 high growth Small and Medium Enterprises to work collaboratively on intensive three year R&D projects. Projects will form the basis of a funded PhD programme of study and create new products, processes and services for the global marketplace that have positive environmental benefits. More information here.

Max Lazarus

The funeral of Dr Max Lazarus will be held on Wednesday, 29 February, 2pm at St Paul’s in Scotforth followed by internment at Scotforth Cemetery at 2.45pm. All welcome.


Dr Thomas Lynch, a Research Associate with the International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC) in the Division of Health Research, FHM, has been appointed an Honorary/Visiting Professor of Palliative Care at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health in February 2012. Dr Lynch has been working in Kazakhstan since 2009 on an Open Society Foundation project (in collaboration with Soros Foundation Kazakhstan) to develop palliative care standards in the country. Dr Lynch will provide support to staff and students in the development of hospice and palliative care research proposals and continue to foster developing palliative care standards in Kazakhstan.

Professor Colin Ockleford of Lancaster Medical School has been appointed to the Council of the Anatomical Society. He has also recently taken up a role as an independent scientific expert member of an external review working group that will quality assure the output of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) over the next three years.

A study by Dr Don Passey (Educational Research) looking at the uses of digital resources in primacy schools has been launched in the House of Commons. The reception and presentation were attended by MPs, policymakers and headteachers as well as educational suppliers and publishers.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) has had a new edition of his book Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness published in paperback by Vintage. The book was heavily cited in an article in the Guardian on 3 February by Xan Brooks, on the strange allure of broken-down deserted places; and in an essay by Brian Dillon in the Guardian on 18 February on the cultural fascination with ruins. It was reviewed in the Independent on 17 February, where it was described as ‘a grumpy, deadpan, lyrical triumph.’

John Ball, Business Support Officer, Facilities will be retiring from the University on Wednesday 29 February after 42 years service. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues across many areas of the university, in particular Facilities and Finance. We would like to wish him all the best for his retirement. If you would like to join him for a farewell drink you are welcome to come along to Grizedale bar on Tuesday 28 February from 12 noon – 2pm.

Lancaster in the news

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

Dr Stuart Kirby (Applied Social Science) is interviewed for The Financial Times on working in academia after the police and there is widespread media coverage of the Westminster Faith Debates, organised as part of the Religion and Society programme led by Professor Linda Woodhead with Rebecca Catto (PPR).


Alumni Postgraduate Studentships

Applications are invited for Alumni Postgraduate Studentships. This initiative is funded by donations made by Lancaster Alumni. Up to five studentships of £1000 each will be awarded. Applications are invited from any student who has completed a degree at Lancaster and wishes to go on to postgraduate study here. Further information, including an application form is available here or by contacting Tel: 01524 594109. Closing date is 27 July 2012.

Physics Avenue closure

On Monday 27 February, Physics Avenue will be closed to all vehicles due to a crane lift for the Physics building. Pedestrian access will be available by marked routes. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions please contact the Facilities helpdesk, 93333.

Conferences and Events

Lancaster University Conferences and Events held its promotional lunch event on Wednesday 22 February, which featured food tasting stations, a live string quartet and an illusionist. The Conferences and Events team would like to thank everyone that attended, it was a great success and some really positive feedback was received. Well done to John Windsor, Gayle Bentley and Jane Quinn, who were the winners of the prize draw. For more information about holding conferences and events on campus, please contact the One Stop Shop on 92444, or e-mail

Lancaster University visitor rooms

Lancaster University has 80 visitor rooms located in the John Creed building. Available all year around, guests have the option to stay B&B or opt for self catering which is available from £125 a week. If you are a commuter, you can email Benjamin Milby or call 92899 and ask about the Commuter Reward Programme. If you have friends, family or colleagues coming to visit over the weekend, you can take advantage of the visitor rooms weekend deal – stay two nights, room only, for only £40 in a single room or £60 in a twin room. To book email Benjamin.

Folio – open for print and photography

The University’s printing and photography service would like to remind all its customers, old and new, that it is open for business as usual. With no VAT charge you can save a massive 20 percent compared with using an external company. Contact Folio and get a quote to keep your business on campus. Folio is based on County Avenue, you can call in to speak to a member of the team, email or phone.

Print enquiries: - 92071. Photography enquiries: - 92811.

Training and courses

Forthcoming courses on Library and Information skills

More information and booking instructions here. The Library also provides courses on EndNote and EndNoteWeb. For more information contact Lorna Pimperton

Organisation and Educational Development

Please book your place now by emailing **IMPORTANT** please state which college you are from.

Moodle - The New VLE

Following overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and staff on the Moodle VLE pilot, it has been decided by the project board that Moodle will be the standard ISS supported VLE from Michaelmas term 2012. You can have a look at an example of a Moodle module space (in Example Course Designs category). Questions about the pilot or the transition process should be directed to the Service Desk in the first instance. See the blog at Lancaster eLearning or follow us @LU_eLearning on Twitter for updates and further information.

University ICT Strategy

The University ICT Strategy 2011-2014 has been available since its approval by Council in May 2011. It's worth taking the time to read the Strategy to get a picture of the strategic ICT objectives for the University, and the developments and circumstances which drive them. Objectives include enabling the increased use of ICT to support teaching and learning, delivering mobile access to online services, extending ICT systems and infrastructure to support our international sites, and developments to support research. You can access the ICT Strategy 2011-2014 on the ISS website.

Staff IT Training

Upcoming 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.

Authors meet critics. Losing the Race. Thinking psychologically about racially motivated crime - seminar on 29 February

Bill Dixon (Head of School of Sociology & Criminology, Keele University) and David Gadd (Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester School of Law) Critics: Paul Iganski & David Smith, Department of Applied Social Science. A seminar to celebrate the contribution to scholarship of our colleague in the Department of Applied Social Science, Professor David Smith. Bowland North seminar room 20. 4.00pm tea, 4.30 - 6.00pm seminar, followed by a drinks reception. Please RSVP to by 12pm Monday 27 February.

The Big Jubilee Lunch

The “Big Jubilee Lunch” is one of the official celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations over the Jubilee Weekend 2- 5 June 2012. The day for the “Big Jubilee Lunch” is Sunday 3 June 2012 and groups from all over Lancashire are taking part. Rotary International, amongst many others, is a key supporter. For all further information, visit or call 08458508181. The “Big Jubilee Lunch” is also on Facebook and Twitter. Free Big Jubilee Lunch Packs, full of hints, tips and information are available through the website.

Information about all of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Lancashire can be found on the following website:

Fairtrade Fortnight at Lancaster University

A cotton farmer from Africa is to visit Lancaster University for the start of Fairtrade Fortnight from February 27 to March 11. Fairtrade aims to ensure that some of the most disadvantaged people in the developing world are getting a better deal from trade, through fair prices, sustainable farming practices and community investment. Farmer Massatoma Mounkoro from Mali will talk about the difference Fairtrade has made to his life at a public meeting in the Chaplaincy Centre on February 27 at 730pm, where he will joined by Bruce Crowther, the founder of the Fairtrade Towns movement. Full story

Live at LICA events

Silencio Tango Orchestra
Thursday 1 March at 7.30pm in the Great Hall

Art exhibition

Student Anya Rasaiah (LUMS) is to have her artwork exhibited at the Sultan of Lancaster restaurant on Brock Street in the city centre. Anya is studying for a BA in Advertising and Marketing and is taking modules in Design. The official opening night of the show is on February 29 at 6pm and the exhibition runs until April 29.

Sport Relief Zumbathon party

The Sports Centre will be holding a Zumbathon party on Saturday 24 March between 1pm and 4pm to raise money for Sport Relief. For more information including how to take part click here.

MAD4KIDS – Multi-Activity Days for Kids

The Sports Centre has just started taking bookings for its children’s Easter holiday Multi Activity Days, for more information and to book click here.


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