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| 2 March 2012 | Issue 557

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


Student inventors seek funds to manufacture new products in China

Student entrepreneurs with bright ideas are being encouraged at Lancaster University, where two new products are being developed for the mass market by undergraduates. Zac Garton from Lancaster University Management School has invented a water bottle which refills with juice and Kitson Broadhurst from the Department of Engineering has redesigned asthma inhalers for a new generation. The two inventors are now seeking funds to manufacture in China, with the help and advice of LUSU Involve and Engineering’s Product Development Unit. Full story

Campus Festival

The Students’ Union invites you and your families to come and join in the free Campus Festival on Saturday 17 March. Last year’s event attracted over 4000 spectators and involved over 50 groups. The action begins at 1pm in Lancaster Square, County College, and will include an array of activities almost entirely run by students. Live entertainment will be on two stages as well as demonstrations, interactive activities, a silent disco, climbing wall and international food court– all run by student groups and volunteers. After 7pm there will be live music and a firework display accompanied by a live performance from the ULMS Big Band.

Global Corporate Challenge 2012

University staff are invited to participate in the GCC for 2012. Sponsors AstraZeneca are keen to attract more Lancaster University staff teams and to encourage this there is a small pot of money available to subsidise entry fees. Expressions of interest from teams of seven participants are to be returned to Helena Moore no later than Friday 23 March. The aim of the Challenge is for each member to aim to walk 10,000 steps per day from 19 May to 6 September. The teams are made up of seven members and the cost will be a maximum of £49 per person. Details of the GCC can be found here.


Dr Karenza Moore (Applied Social Science) has been invited to speak about her research into the role of drugs in club cultures, March 29, at Vibe Bar at the first TEDxBricklane conference in London. The theme is “Redefining the DJ”. TEDx is an organisation dedicated to “ideas worth spreading”. Visit to watch live on 29 March or for more information.

Dr James Summers (Law) was invited to give a paper at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich on Friday, 17 February. The conference was titled ‘After Kosovo: Legal Issues of Autonomy and Secession in the Commonwealth of Independent States’. Dr Summers presented a case study of Kosovo in relation to the post-soviet states.

Jo Hardman has been appointed as Head of Commercial Services for the Facilities Division. Jo joins Facilities from his previous role as Business and Development Manager for the Students’ Union. He will take up his new position full time in May. Jo will be based in the Facilities Office on B Floor of University House.

If you have employed a student this year and feel that the student has successfully combined study with part time work and made an outstanding contribution to your operations you can take this opportunity to nominate them for the Student Employee of the Year Award 2012. This award is run in association with the National Association of Student Employment Services and the LUSU JobShop who will be nominating an Institutional Winner. For more information please visit.

Lancaster in the news

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

Professor Stephen Wildman (Ruskin Library and Research Centre) was interviewed on BBC North West Tonight about Ruskin’s View in Kirkby Lonsdale and Dr Mark Garnett (PPR) was interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live on Labour and the trades unions.


Learning Zone

The purpose of the Learning Zone is to provide relaxed and informal surroundings for social learning and group work, and a place where students can collaborate, discuss and debate. Please assist the team of Student Advisers employed to help maintain the Learning Zone as a learning environment by not using it as a lounge in which to eat your lunch or to take a break from work.

Message from the mailroom

Postage Paid Impression (PPI) envelopes should be used for Lancaster University business mail only, and not for personal use. Lancaster University business mail must be sent out in a PPI printed envelope or a plain envelope with a PPI label attached to it.

Pedestrians and cyclists – Alexandra Park Drive access work

New removable bollards are being installed along the cycle route/footpath that joins Alexandra Park Drive from Hazelrigg Lane on the corner just before the road goes up the hill. The new removable bollards will enable emergency vehicles to enter the campus if other entrances are inaccessible. Access along the cycle route/pedestrian walk way will be maintained at all times however there will be some tarmac resurfacing work taking place early next week. Cyclists may have to dismount while passing, if this is required it will be signposted. If you are in any doubt please ask one of the workmen who will be happy to guide you through. If you have any queries about the work please contact the Facilities Helpdesk, ext 93333.

Staff six-a-side indoor football

The Sports Centre is looking to set up a staff departmental six-a-side indoor football league and knockout cup to run at lunchtimes. It is open to men and women, if your department is interested in taking part please contact

Training and courses

Negotiated Work Based Learning

CETAD’s new Negotiated Work Based Learning programme enables you to top up your qualifications and gain a Masters Degree. The next programme starts 24 April 2012 and offers new innovative, part time flexible progression options leading to postgraduate qualifications. You can:

For more details of the programme visit our website or contact Mary on 593318 or email: CETAD.

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.

  • Introducing Windows7 – Tuesday 6 March, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Introducing Office 2010 – Tuesday 6 March, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Information Security – Thursday 8 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • LUSI - Courses Handbook – Friday 9 March, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • LUSI - Student Records System (Basic) – Thursday 15 March, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • LUSI - Student Records System (Intermediate) – Friday 16 March, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • More information is available on the ISS Staff IT Training pages.

    Organisation and Educational Development

    The Organisation and Educational Development (OED) team are currently producing the next edition of Development opportunities for staff 2012-2013. If you deliver any training for staff, and have not already been contacted by OED, but would like your content included in the guide, please contact Helen Ratcliffe via as soon as possible.


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

    Live at LICA events

    Thursday 15 March at 7.30pm in the Great Hall, pre-concert talk 6.45pm
    Jennifer Pike violin, Kathryn Stott piano, Doric String Quartet
    Chausson - String Quartet in C minor Op.35, Faure Nocturne No.4, Ravel Jeux d’eau, Debussy L’isle Joyeuse, Chausson Concert for violin, piano and quartet

    Ruskin Guest Lecture 2012

    'The Word and the Life: Ruskin and the King James Bible', presented by Clive Wilmer (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Master of the Guild of St George), on 22 March, 5pm in FASS Building Meeting Room 2/3, followed by a wine reception. All Welcome. For further details please contact Lauren Kenwright, Ruskin Library and Research Centre, telephone 510818.

    Budget response event

    Thursday, 22 March, 4.00pm – 7.00pm The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD Speakers: Ian Brinkley, Centre Director, The Work Foundation and Richard Woolhouse, Head of Tax and Fiscal policy, CBI. The March Budget takes place against great uncertainty. Is the UK economy on the verge of recession or a US-style recovery? How high will unemployment go – and what measures can we take to help the most disadvantaged? Will the Chancellor build on the Autumn Statement measures to support investment and innovation? The Work Foundation’s annual post Budget event will analyse and debate these key questions. This event is by invitation only, if you would like to find out more information about this event then please contact Alice Holland.

    Educational Research seminars

    Everyone is welcome to these seminars. For more information contact Dee Daglish, or go to the forthcoming events section on the Department of Educational Research website.

    Law School and Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law seminar series

    '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.

    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.

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


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