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| 16 March 2012 | Issue 559

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


Researchers test for cattle disease link in Crohn’s patients

Researchers at Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) are investigating the cause of a debilitating, painful condition which is on the increase, particularly among children in the UK. Professor Roger Pickup, Chair of Biomedical and Life Sciences, is leading research at Lancaster University in collaboration with Dr Glenn Rhodes at CEH and Dr Andrew Higham at Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Full story.

Mephedrone still popular one year after ban

The former ‘legal high’ mephedrone is even more popular than it was shortly after it was banned by the UK government, according to a survey of London club-goers published in the Journal of Substance Use this week. In July 2010, a study led by researchers at Lancaster University and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, showed that the popularity of mephedrone had surpassed other drugs, both legal and illegal, with 27 percent of people surveyed in two gay-friendly South London dance clubs reporting that they had or were going to take it that evening. Full story.

Lancaster University shares in the UK’s highest ever investment in postgraduate training

Lancaster University is to share in the UK’s highest ever investment in postgraduate science training announced by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts. The award of £83m for a total of 42 universities comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through its annual Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs). Full story

New international research and innovation centre planned with Chinese Academy of Sciences

Lancaster University’s partnership with the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has been strengthened with plans to develop an International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment. A letter of intent was signed during Professor Mark E. Smith’s first visit to China as Vice-Chancellor in March. The Centre will focus on innovations in the areas of the environmental sciences, environment and health and environmental technologies. It will also work to promote joint research and to engage with businesses and industrial partners to develop world class research on environmental issues of global concern. Full story.

Campus Festival

All students, staff and their families are invited to the Campus Festival on 17 March from 1pm. The festival is free of charge and celebrates the achievements of Lancaster University students, with live entertainment, demonstrations, interactive activities, a 'silent disco', climbing wall and an international food court. After 7 pm there will be live music from student bands. The event will conclude with a fireworks display accompanied by a live performance from the Lancaster University Music Society Big Band.

Due to the fireworks display, the cycle path and woodland walk from County will be closed off for a short time between 10.30pm and 11.10pm.

New Islamic prayer room

On Monday 19 March hoarding will be erected around Ash House to enable contractors to start work on the refurbishment of part of the ground floor to form a new Islamic prayer room, which is due to open in the summer. If you have any questions about the work please contact Facilities Assistant Project Manager, John Lee via the Facilities Helpdesk 93333.

Campus signage improvements

Work will start on Tuesday 27 March to install new building signage and directions across campus. This is expected to take approximately six weeks, if you have any queries about the work please contact the Facilities helpdesk, 93333.

Professor Bill Potts

We regret to report that Professor William (Bill) Potts, former member of the Biology Department, died in hospital on 13 March. Many people on campus will remember Bill fondly; he was a true polymath, with interests in archaeology and astronomy as well as many aspects of biology. Funeral details will be circulated later.

Adrian Cunningham

The funeral for Adrian Cunningham will be held at 12.15 pm on Tuesday 20 March at the Cathedral. All welcome.


Dr Richard Twine (Cesagen & Sociology) addressed a well- attended public meeting organised by the North Lancashire Green Party around the issue of Green/Ethical Diets at the Friends Meeting House, Lancaster, on Tuesday 13th March. His talk entitled ‘Why are there not more vegans?’ explored different ways of thinking about animal ethics and various social barriers to people reducing or eliminating animal products from their diet. Mike Berners-Lee of Small World Consulting who has also worked with staff from LEC spoke about the carbon footprints of different foods and work conducted with Booths supermarket in relation to their carbon footprint.

Dr Bogdan Costea (LUMS) gave a seminar at Copenhagen Business School last week on Human Resources Management.

Professor Paul Farley (English & Creative Writing) took part in last week’s Saturday Review, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Joined by co-panellists Louise Doughty and Kamila Shamsie, the items under review last week included Andrew Motion’s sequel to Treasure Island, a film adaptation of Maupassant’s Bel Ami, the artist Louise Bourgeois at the Freud Museum and the play Going Dark at the Young Vic in London. Paul’s radio feature ‘Night Visions’ (broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last Friday) also received press and reviews this week, including the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, and BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week on 11th March. Pete Naughton’s ‘The Week in Radio’ column in the Daily Telegraph on 13 March can be read here.

Dr John Welshman gave a talk about his new Titanic book in Fylde College on Wednesday 14 March, and also published a blog for Oxford University Press on crew member Alfred J. Fellowes.

Congratulations to LUSU’s newly elected officers. The results are available to view online.

Lancaster University Sports Centre staff go pink in a bid to sign Lancaster women up to Race for Life. As Mother's Day approaches (18 March) staff at Lancaster University Sports Centre are encouraging women in Lancaster to show how much they care by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life with their mums. Signing up to Race for Life offers the ideal solution to the annual gift dilemma and gives the unique opportunity to help beat cancer at the same time. As well as providing a great excuse for mothers and daughters to spend quality time together as they walk, jog or run the 5k, there’s the added benefit of supporting Cancer Research UK’s vital work. For further information about the race and comments from the Sports Centre staff see the Sports Centre news webpage.

Lancaster in the news

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

Dr Fiona Measham (Applied Social Science) had a full page feature in the Observer about her research into the impact of the banning of mephedrone and Dr Patrick Hagopian (History) was interviewed about the Vietnam War on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show.


Global Corporate Challenge 2012

Medical Students and University staff have been asked to participate in the GGC for 2012. There is a small pot of money donated by AstraZeneca to subsidise entry fees. Expressions of interest from teams of 7 participants, to be returned to Helena Moore no later than Friday 23 March.

Details of the GCC can be found here.

University web access changes

On 20 March, ISS will be replacing the University interface (border gateway routers) to the Internet with new network gateway equipment. This upgrade replaces ageing equipment and creates the conditions to allow the withdrawal of the web caches currently in place and aims to make IT at Lancaster University more secure.

Between 20 March and the end of April, ISS will be making alterations to the way the World Wide Web is accessed from machines on campus. During this time, ISS have a number of contingency plans to mitigate known risks. However, should you find a web site that worked immediately prior to the changes is no longer available then please contact the ISS Service Desk in the first instance. For more information, visit the border security gateway project website.

iLancaster mobile app available for BlackBerry

iLancaster, the free Lancaster University mobile app, is now available as a dedicated app for BlackBerry. It can be downloaded in BlackBerry App World. Although aimed at students, the app is also available for staff to download and use. Features that staff can utilise include bus timetables, personal teaching timetable, library renewals/reservations, and library catalogue search.

Further information on iLancaster for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry is available here.

BUCS Northern Conference Finals

Lancaster University Sports Centre will be hosting the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Northern Conference Cup Finals on Wednesday 21 March 2012. The studio will be used for the event so the following classes will be unavailable in the evening:


The latest edition of STEPS Extra, the Lancaster University Alumni E-newsletter has just been distributed. Please click here for the website link and if you wish to be added to our mailing list, please email

Training and courses

Organisation and Educational Development

Recruiting the best (2 day course) 28 & 29 March 9.15am - 4.30pm
This is an improved module on recruitment and selection. Even if you undertook the training previously you should attend this enhanced programme. It is designed for recruiting managers, admin staff supporting recruitment activities, and any staff sitting on recruitment panels. All staff involved in the recruitment process should attend this course to ensure that they are fully up to date with legal requirements.

To enrol, or for further details, please contact OED team. For further development opportunities, please visit here.

Staff IT Training

Become a Microsoft Office Specialist. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Qualifications are a globally recognised standard demonstrating specialist skills in Microsoft applications. They are available via self study in Office 2007 or Office 2010. Interested? Follow the links below:

If you would like any further advice or information please email.

Remote Password Reset Facility

The ISS password reset facility is designed especially for remote users and is available to both students and staff. To benefit, all users must register here to use the service and ensure all university held contact details are up to date.

Members of staff can check contact details by logging into their payroll account. These contact details form part of the verification process.


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

'All the great books (abridged)', a free performance

Literature’s greatest hits condensed into a 90 minute tongue-in-cheek, slapstick rollercoaster! A whirlwind performance that covers books from Pride and Prejudice and 1984 to Green Eggs and Ham and Harry Potter: this show is enjoyable for any literature lover while also being a great introduction to many of the books.

This play is performed by students from Lancaster University with support from LUSU Involve, who last year wowed audiences with their production of Reduced Shakespeare, and just like last year it is completely free to attend.

The shows will be taking place at the following venues and dates:

The performance is approximately two hours long to one and a half hours with an interval.

MAD4KIDS – Multi-Activity Days for Kids

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

DELC Research Seminar Series 2011-2012

'Are You X-perienced? Rap Music and Black Identities in Contemporary Spain'. Wednesday 21 March, 5pm, Bowland North Seminar Room 17. Stuart Green, University of Leeds.

Ruskin Guest Lecture 2012

'The Word and the Life: Ruskin and the King James Bible', delivered by Clive Wilmer (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Master of the Guild of St George). The lecture will be held on 22 March at 5.00pm in FASS Building Meeting Room 2/3, followed by a wine reception. All are Welcome. For further details please contact: Lauren Kenwright, Ruskin Library and Research Centre, B190 County Main, telephone 510818.

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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