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Greetings to all colleagues celebrating Diwali which began on 13 November. 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

| 16 November 2012 | Issue 588

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


Lancaster shares in £39 million research investment for UK energy efficiency research

Lancaster University is leading one of only five new research centres in the UK that will look into the complexities of energy use across society. The centres, which were announced this week, will receive over £26 million funding from two research councils, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and a further £13 million from industrial partners. Lancaster’s Centre, DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand, will work on transport and building-related energy use, focusing on how energy demand is made and met. DEMAND will be directed by Professor Elizabeth Shove (Sociology) with Professor Gordon Walker (LEC) as co-director, and will involve researchers at Lancaster across three faculties. Full story.

£3m for particle physics research

The Physics Department has been awarded a £3 million grant by the Science & Technology Funding Council (STFC) to continue its programme of particle physics research over the next five years. The award will enable Lancaster physicists to maintain their strong commitment to CERN's Large Hadron Collider with the ATLAS collaboration and to sustain their interest in investigating the properties of the elusive neutrino with the T2K collaboration in Japan. Both projects have yielded very important and exciting scientific results in the past year - the discovery of the Higgs boson and the first observation of a previously unseen type of neutrino oscillation. Lancaster staff were closely involved in each of these groundbreaking findings. Lancaster particle physicists are now beginning to explore the properties of the Higgs boson and delve deeper into the behaviour of neutrinos. Professor Peter Ratoff is the principal investigator on the grant.

Success for public physics lectures

More than 600 people have attended an inaugural series of free physics lectures in Lancaster city centre from October 9 to November 13. The six weekly lectures at the Storey Institute were full to capacity, with the public audience ranging from schoolchildren to pensioners. The six topics included neutrinos, the Higgs Boson, cosmology, space weather, low-temperature physics and light-shining-through-a-wall experiments and were given by physicists Dr Laura Kormos, Dr Harald Fox, Dr Anupam Mazumdar, Dr Jim Wild, Dr Rich Haley and Dr Ian Bailey.

Faith Interviews

The Faith Interviews are personal reflections on faith and its place in science, politics, and popular culture organised by a team from the Department of Philosophy, Politics and Religion as part of the Religion and Society Research Programme. The video and podcasts from last week’s interview of Nobel prize winner Professor Sir John Sulston FRS by Andrew Brown called ‘Can We Afford Religion?’ are now available here.

The next Faith Interviews are:

Does politics still need religion?
Shirley Williams and Clifford Longley on 21st November
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster

Why not "do God”?
Delia Smith and Alastair Campbell on 5 December
The British Medical Association, Tavistock Square, London

To register for a place please email

Boost for science innovation

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced a £60m investment in UK universities to help the most pioneering scientists and engineers create successful businesses from their research, improve industrial collaboration and foster greater entrepreneurship. The funding comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). EPSRC will award ‘Impact Acceleration Accounts’ to 31 universities across the UK, including Lancaster. The university has been granted £600,000 from 2012-2015. Read more.

Angela Gelston

We regret to report that Angela Gelston died on Thursday 8 November at St John’s Hospice after being diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Angela died peacefully with her family at her side.

Professor Murray Saunders writes this tribute to Angela.

Angela began working in the Department of Educational Research in 1986 in CSET (Centre for the Study of Education and Training) and left the Department at the end of 2011. She was originally a project manager and went on to develop particular expertise in data handling and management as an integral member of the team in countless research and evaluation projects based in CSET and the Department. She was also highly skilled at making statistics an accessible and useful part of the research process for many research students and undergraduates, not to mention her colleagues.

This though, is only part of her story. She was a sparky and irrepressible centre of much that went on. She carried her values on her sleeve and would never be afraid of reminding us of the right way to treat people and carry out our work. She would always side with the underdog and hated all forms of snobbishness and false superiority. This resulted in many acts of kindness and support and she would be the first to go that extra mile to help a colleague.

I have never seen her afraid of saying the unsayable or of taking the strategic way out. She was, in short, a very honourable person and you always knew where you stood with her, although you might not always agree with what she was saying!

She had a wonderfully curious mind and was open to all ideas and possibilities. This is what made her such a great friend and colleague. She, as she often said, could ‘talk the hind legs off a donkey’ on a subject that really engaged her. We will all miss her and will remember her inimitable spirit, her friendship and her capacity to embrace life.

Our thoughts very much go to her family, especially Dan and Mike who recently also lost Matthew, Angela’s eldest son.


On Wednesday 14 November, Dr Paul Iganski, Head of the Department of Applied Social Science, delivered workshops at a Lancashire Constabulary symposium on extremism and radicalisation, under the title: ‘From the extreme to the everyday: understanding racist offenders.’ The workshops drew from his research on offenders in racially and religiously aggravated crimes.

Sir David Tweedie, President of ICAS (the professional body for Chartered Accountants) and Lancaster Honorary Graduate, gave the Lancaster University Management School Chief Finance Officer lecture to a hundred alumni and staff on Monday 5 November at the Ernst & Young head office.

Professor Nigel Paul (LEC) presented at update on progress in understanding of the environmental effects of ozone depletion to the 24th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, being held this week in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting, attended by representatives of all the 197 countries who have ratified the protocol, including ministerial delegations from 50 countries, is considering a wide range of issues relating to the protection of the ozone layer. Professor Paul is attending the Meeting of the Parties in his role as co-chair of the Protocol’s Environmental Effects Assessment Panel. For more information on 24MOP see the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Jamshed Anwar is taking up a Chair in Computational Chemistry at the newly re-established Chemistry Department. Prior to his appointment Professor Anwar held a Chair in Computational Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Bradford, where he was utilising and developing in-silico tools to design and develop drug delivery systems. He will join Professor Peter Fielden who has recently been appointed Head of Chemistry.

Research completed by Professor David Sugarman (Law) was submitted to the UK Supreme Court as part of the Law Society’s submission in a case heard last week. The case concerns whether legal advice privilege (LAP) – which protects the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and their clients – should be extended to accountants and their clients.

Ian Mercer (Physics) is one of the finalists in the Health Heroes Awards 2012 run by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The technician is one of three finalists in the Fundraiser of the Year category after raising more than £50,000 over ten years for coronary care at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with the help of his wife, Angela Mercer from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The winner will be selected on 16 November.

Alan Crossman has recently been appointed as a Facilities Building Porter and Damien Glenn, currently part of the Grounds Team, has been appointed as a Security Officer. Both Alan and Damien will take up their new positions on Monday 19 November.

A bespoke Pudsey Bear cookie cutter was manufactured by the Engineering Department for the UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Office who needed one for their Pudsey shaped biscuits as part of a cake sale for BBC Children in Need. The sale has so far raised £130.The outline of the bear was converted into a virtual 3D model which was then built using Additive Manufacturing technology in the Lancaster Product Development Unit.

Lancaster in the news

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Dr Ian Fletcher (FHM) was interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester this week about the findings of his research study 'Pathways to health among Chinese populations in Liverpool and Manchester'. Dr Caroline Gatrell (LUMS) was quoted in HR Magazine discussing changes to maternity and paternity leave legislation.


Road works rescheduled

Road works planned for Saturday 17 November and Sunday 18 November to adjust speed reduction structures located at the junction between Alexandra Park, the Perimeter Road and Green Lane, have been rescheduled for Monday 19 November after 9am. This is to prevent noisy works taking place before 9am near residential areas. Work will be completed before ‘rush hour’ in the evening whilst keeping single lane traffic open all day. For further information please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 93333. Facilities apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Furness work

Create Construction are undertaking some 'snagging works' to the external areas surrounding Furness during the week commencing the 19th November. Their subcontractor will be on site for the whole week and will be working on the Spine, the courtyard and the rear steps on Tower Avenue.

University House staircase

The staircase in University House will be repainted over the weekend of 24 November.

Christmas at The Lounge

If you haven’t done so already, why not book a Christmas meal at The Lounge, County South? The menu can be viewed here and bookings can be made by emailing For more information on where to meet, eat and drink on campus visit the website.

For the latest information on news and events taking place on campus in the cafes, restaurants and bars like the Facebook page Lancaster Campus Life.

Training and courses

Staff IT training

IT training sessions run by ISS, in the Library Training suites (unless otherwise stated) are listed here. All training sessions require booking, unless otherwise stated. Please book online.

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

Organisation and Educational Development

Please find below a list of upcoming staff development opportunities that may be of interest to you. For more opportunities please visit the OED Website or email us directly on

There are also a couple of CPD events that will be happening in the next few weeks that might be of interest. Please click on the links to find out more about the courses.


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

CeDR research seminar - Psychosis and pharmaceutical profits

With Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic Lancaster University Management School Lecture Theatre 1, 6 - 7.30 pm, 3 December. For further information please contact Bob Sapey, CeDR, Dept. of Applied Social Science.

Book launch

Authors Steven Rose and Hilary Rose are to mark the launch of their new book Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology (Verso) with an event at Lancaster University Management School entitled “Critical Perspectives on the New Biology”. This also marks research during the second phase of Cesagen, a collaborative research centre funded as part of the ESRC Genomics Network and based at Lancaster and Cardiff universities. Cesagen researchers will make brief presentations linking their research to the analysis offered in the book. They will also take part in an exchange with the authors Steven Rose, Professor of Biology at the Open University and University of London, and Professor Hilary Rose who is a sociologist. The event is on November 29 from 4.15 to 6pm in LUMS Lecture Theatre 4 followed by a wine reception. For further information and to register please contact:

Library talk

The Library’s series of talks for staff and postgrads continues next Wednesday 21 November at 4pm with a talk on literature searching. The focus is on the more advanced skills needed for doing a systematic review. Please book in advance. More information on the Library website.

Ruskin and the Sacred

The Ruskin Library's exhibition Ruskin and the Sacred explores a variety of ways in which the sacred plays a part in John Ruskin's life and work. The exhibition brings together work by Ruskin, including examples of his drawings and studies, letters and books from his library, alongside the work of friends and family and paintings that he commissioned. It demonstrates Ruskin's approach to both art and nature and looks to his wider social concerns, with his belief that “there is no Wealth but Life”. The exhibition runs from 15 October – 14 December.

Haffner Orchestra concert

The Lancaster Haffner Orchestra are performing on 17 November, 7.30pm in the Great Hall, Lancaster University. Pre-concert talk by Raphael Wallfisch at 6:30pm. Booking and pricing information here.

Forthcoming Live at LICA events

Fitkin Band, 22 November, 7.30pm
Opera north with Howard Shelley, 29 November, 7.30pm.

Spring Awakening, 18, 19 and 20 November, 7.30pm.
12 Degrees North: Triple Bill, 22 November, 8pm.
The Paper Cinema: Odyssey, 27 and 28 November, 7.30pm.

Ben Turnbull: Truth, Justice and the American Way, 1 October - 24 November.


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