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| 23 November 2012 | Issue 589

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


Homeless health check prototype to be launched

Homeless people who have been working with Lancaster University academics and citizen scientists to dream up new technology have developed a prototype which could improve their lives. Full story.

Student Enterprise Awards 2012

Designer Wayne Hemingway MBE was the guest of honour at the Lancaster University Student Enterprise Awards 2012. The awards evening held at LICA included Placement Student of the Year (Anna Kiukkonen, nominated for her placement with Brightbeck), Student Enterprise of the Year (Avinash Nandwani for Cheeky Promotions Ltd),Social Entrepreneurship Idea of the Year (Elham Kashefi for the Tara Project) and Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year (Paul Hodges for The Grand Old Duke of Pork). Full story.

Lancaster researchers demo 3D screens of the future

From a flat glossy surface today to rippling three dimensional pixels of light tomorrow, the future of your screen time could be changing in surprising new ways. Researchers at Lancaster University, Bristol University, and Nokia Research have built a prototype 3D display which tilts and moves to reflect the shape of objects appearing on screen – whether they be the contours of a mountainous landscape or the petals of a flower. Full story.

Fetuses yawn in the womb according to new research

We know that unborn babies hiccup, swallow and stretch in the womb but new observational research concludes that they also yawn. The 4D scans of 15 healthy fetuses, by Lancaster and Durham Universities, also suggest that yawning is a developmental process which could potentially give doctors another index of a fetus’ health. The study is published in the international academic journal, PLOS ONE, and received international media attention including the homepage of The Guardian. Full story.

Opening of new Santander branch

A new branch of Santander Bank has been opened on campus. This is the latest phase in Lancaster University’s partnership with Santander Universities UK with a three year agreement including scholarships and awards for students and staff to study within the UK and abroad. Full story.

Christmas Market

Friday 7 December sees the return of the Christmas Market from 12noon until 9pm. Stalls, new attractions and Santa and his reindeer will come to Alexandra Square and there will be plenty to get you and your families into the festive spirit. Organised by LUSU, the event is free of charge and open to students, staff and families. See the event page for more information.

Lancaster University Alumni@London - 2012 Welcome Event

Lancaster University’s Alumni@London group held a successful welcome event for graduates of 2012 at The Work Foundation on 15 November. The main aim of the event was to welcome graduates of 2012 into the Lancaster University Alumni@London community and provide an introduction to the benefits of being connected to other Lancaster alumni in London – including socialising and networking opportunities, careers support and professional guest speaker events.

The group, with support from the Alumni and Development Office and from LUMS’ Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations team, is running a series of events in London. The next event on the calendar is the first of a new Management in Action guest speaker series with Ashley Cowen, Operations Director of, on 13 December.

Inaugural FASS Christmas talks

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre is holding a series of talks at Lancaster library which are open to the public. The six half hour talks run from December 11 to 13 and topics range from Edwardian postcards to angels on film.


The University’s Staff Awards for 2013 are now open for nominations. The awards celebrate and reward exceptional achievement. There are two award categories: the Pilkington Teaching Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award. Nominations are invited from all Faculties, Central Services and other non-Faculty areas. Individuals in all types of job can be nominated. This covers the whole range of staff in manual, clerical/administrative, technical, academic, research and teaching roles. Each award is worth £1,000 net of tax and NIC and the winners will be commemorated in the 2013 summer graduation ceremonies. For further information, please visit the HR website. The closing date for nominations is 18 January 2013.

Professor Phil Barker (LEC) is one of the authors of a study published this week in Nature Climate Change showing that some lakes have higher than average concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and consequently higher losses of CO2 to the atmosphere. The analysis, which examined data from 20 Cumbrian lakes collected over 26 years, was led by Professor Stephen Maberly at the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) based at Lancaster.

Three of the five papers in the October issue of IEEE Computer Magazine (a special issue on Dynamic Software Product Lines) are by Lancaster or former Lancaster authors. Two papers are authored or co-authored by people from the School of Computing and Communications - Dr Jaejoon Lee, Dr Gerald Kotonya, Dr Daniel Robinson and Professor Peter Sawyer - and a third paper is authored by Dr Nelly Bencomo, who is a PhD graduate of the school. Also the School of Computing and Communications has secured funding for three new projects worth over €650k through the EU Future Internet Research & Experimentation (FIRE) programme.

Senior scientists from the French scientific Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) will visit Professor Phil Haygarth in LEC and members of Defra's National Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) next week to explore how lessons learned from Lancaster-led research in the Eden Valley can be used to reduce farm pollution of rivers in France. Working closely with the Environment Agency and Defra, the DTC is studying pollutants including nitrates, phosphorus, sediment, faecal indicator organisms, dissolved organic carbon and ammonium in the River Eden in Cumbria.

Mid-sized companies and business schools are compromising growth by not working closer together, according to a report from The Business Schools Task Force chaired by Professor Sue Cox, Dean of Lancaster University Management School. The Government established the Business Schools Task Force last year to report on options for improving access to appropriate courses and promoting links between mid-sized businesses, business schools and students. The report has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry, Association of Business Schools and Institute of Family Business, who are to work with the Task Force and the Government to help implement the recommendations.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Poppy Appeal in the reception of University House. A total of £60.39 was raised.

Lancaster in the news

Lancaster colleagues in the news this week have included, Professor Corinne May-Chahal (Applied Social Science) who was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's PM programme about a new report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner into child sexual exploitation in gang and groups. Also Dr Mark Garnett (PPR) was interviewed twice by BBC Radio Lancashire about the recent elections for police and crime commissioners and Dr Simon Mabon also from PPR was interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria on the Gaza crisis. To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Open access to research

Research Councils UK has awarded Lancaster funds to help implement the UK Policy on Open Access to offer free and open access to publicly-funded research– not just to other researchers, but also to potential users in business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public. The policy will come into effect in April 2013. Lancaster will receive a block grant of £139,788 in 2013/14 and £164,457 in 2014/15 to cover the cost of article processing charges. The University will issue guidelines on how these funds are to be allocated internally. Further information about the RCUK Policy on Open Access and the block grants can be found on the RCUK website.

Lancaster University 2012 Travel Survey

The travel survey is an opportunity to raise concerns and highlight local issues relating to your journey to and from work. The short survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the findings will be used to ensure we continue to provide a range of travel options to support and encourage sustainable travel choices. Anyone who responds to the survey can enter into a prize draw to win up to £150 in high street shopping vouchers of their choice. There are also two sets of £75 high street shopping vouchers of choice to be won. The survey can be found by clicking on the following link or by requesting a paper copy from Philip Longton, the Travel and Environment Coordinator, on 94413. The survey is open until Sunday 9 December and the results will be communicated to staff in the spring next year.

University House staircase

The staircase in University House is due to be repainted this weekend.

Free Bike Security Coding for staff and students

Have your bike registered with Lancaster University and the police on 26 and 27 November in George Fox from 10am – 4pm. Your bike will be marked with a unique code that police can identify if it’s lost or stolen, and return if found.

Biomass boiler delivery

Lancaster University’s new Biomass Boiler will be delivered to the University’s Energy Centre on Tuesday 27th November. Therefore Tower Avenue will be closed between 10am and 5pm, although access will be maintained to the maintenance workshop/stores and Helme Garage. Please arrange any deliveries outside of these times. If you have any queries about this work please contact the Project Manager, Peter McMullen, on 01524 592920.

Residential conferences special offer

A 24 hour rate is available for £69.90 per person for bookings made before 31 December 2012. The offer includes a 3 course evening meal with one complementary glass of wine per delegate, single en-suite accommodation, full English breakfast, tea & coffee with orange juice and biscuits in the morning, two course hot & cold buffet lunch, tea & coffee with orange juice and homemade cake in the afternoon, parking, and a complementary accommodation upgrade for the conference organiser to Lancaster House Hotel. For more information, contact the Conference and Events team on 92444, or e-mail

Sports Centre - Basic Referee course

The Sports Centre is now offering a Basic Referee course; ideally suited to those interested in becoming a referee in 11-a-side Youth and Adult football. The course will run on 8 December to 9 December, 9am – 4.30pm, in the Sports Centre Meeting Room. The course costs £100.00 per candidate. If you would like to book onto the course, contact Steve Stewart at the Lancashire Football Association on 01772 624000.

Food and Drink on Campus

The Trough of Bowland Pie - Available in week 8 for an introductory offer in The Trough of Bowland (Bowland Bar). From Monday – Friday, 12.00-2.00pm a pie, new potatoes and vegetables is £2.95.

The Venue - From 26 November, The Venue will be serving a new takeaway breakfast special; £1.95 Bacon Sandwich & an Atkinson’s filter coffee or tea. This will be available Monday-Friday from 8.30am until 10.00am. For a lunchtime warmer The Venue will also be serving ‘Soup of the Day & a Roll’ to eat in or grab-and-go for £1.95 from Midday onwards.

Mezze & More - Grizedale Cafe Bar is now serving a Mediterranean inspired Mezze & More menu. Served daily Monday – Friday from 12.00pm onwards. You can now choose any of your 3 favourite dishes to create a sharing platter for just £5 with your Purple card*. (*Available to staff from LUSU).

Christmas at The Lounge - 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 information on where to meet, eat and drink on campus visit the website, and 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.

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.

Lancaster Priory Organ recital

On Sunday 2 December at 8.00pm there will be an organ recital in Lancaster Priory, given by University Organist and Honorary Fellow, Ian Hare. This will be one of a series of concerts, recitals and services to celebrate the installation of the new pipe organ in the Priory, built by David Wells of Liverpool, who also cares for the organs in the Great Hall and Chaplaincy Centre. The programme will include music for Advent and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as a composition by Ian Hare. Tickets, price £5.00, are available online from Lancaster Priory or at the door.

2012 Chinese film screening sessions

Love is not blind - Running on Tuesdays (Weeks 1-10), 6.00pm -7.30pm or 8.00pm, Frankland Colloquium Room.

The Comedy Barn at Barker House Farm

The Comedy Barn’s final event of the term will host Tom Deacon, BBC Radio 1 presenter and stand-up comedian, with his special guest – Ahir Shah on Wednesday 5 December, doors 8.00pm. Tickets are £3 and will be on sale from Monday 9.00am in LUSU shop and The Mill (Bar) at Fylde College. A limited number will also be available on the door. For more information, please See here.

The Herdwick at Graduate College weekly specials

  • Friday night is Curry night where you can enjoy a curry and a pint for just £5.49 or a curry & a soft drink for £3.99. This is served every Friday night from 5.00 - 8.00pm.
  • Open Mic Night, an opportunity for you to take the stage, is on Thursday 29 November starting at 9.00pm. Entry is free and all ages are welcome.
  • Green Party talk

    Natalie Bennett, the newly-elected leader of the Green Party of England & Wales, will be be speaking at the University from 1-2pm in Furness LT2 on Tuesday 27 November. Everyone is welcome.

    Library talk

    The Library programme of talks for staff and postgraduate students continues next Wednesday, 28th November with a session on Copyright for Teaching and Research. It starts at 4pm and lasts for about an hour. Please book your place. More information on the Library website.

    Forthcoming Live at LICA events

    Opera north with Howard Shelley, 29 November, 7.30pm.

    Rajni Shah Projects: Glorious, 1 December, 8.00pm.
    The Paper Cinema: Odyssey, 27 and 28 November, 7.30pm.


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