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25 January 2013 | Issue 596

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Statisticians to give public talks in local schools

Experts from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Lancaster Medical School are to give free public talks in local schools as part of the 2013 International Year of Statistics. They will explain how a knowledge of statistics can help with everything from drug safety to flood defences and renewable energy.

The first talk on 13 February at 7pm is at Lancaster Royal Grammar School where Professor John Whitehead will invite some of the audience to take part in a mock clinical trial for an imaginary new drug to showcase the issues involved in opinion-based medical research. Other talks include: What has statistics got to do with fighting disease in Africa? by Professor Peter Diggle on 13 March at 7pm at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale and Predicting the Unpredictable by Professor Jonathan Tawn on 24 April at 7pm at Lancaster Girls Grammar School. Tickets are free but registration is required at or call 01524 593067.

Undergraduate Post Application Open Days, 2013 entry, Wednesday 30 January

On Wednesday 30 January a large number of prospective undergraduate students, parents and visitors will be on campus attending interviews and post application open days for Medicine, Computing and Communications, Psychology, Biology, and Environmental Science. Students Ambassadors, a car parking team and a minibus shuttle service will be in place to welcome visitors on arrival and help them find the right location for their events. If you have any questions please get in touch with Kathryn Lambert, in UK Student Recruitment and Outreach on x93724.

Care homes and the NHS need to work together

Care homes and NHS healthcare services must work more closely together to improve levels of care for older people, according to researchers. The three year study was led by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with Lancaster University, the University of Surrey, Brunel University and University College London, and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme. Dr Katherine Froggatt with Dr Hazel Morbey from the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University interviewed residents and staff at two residential care homes in North Lancashire. Full story.

New links with Washington for Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics and English Language has received funding from FASS to support the development of links between Lancaster and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., USA. Lancaster's Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak has been awarded the prestigious 2013-14 Davis Chair in interdisciplinary studies by Georgetown University, and she will spend a semester there in Spring, 2014. Dr Jennifer Nycz has been awarded funding by Georgetown University to visit Lancaster University in order to carry out collaborative research with Dr Dan Johnson on Sociophonetics. The FASS funding will support Dr Johnson to visit Georgetown University in order to continue their research agenda and Dr Aubrey Logan-Terry to visit Lancaster University to work on a project on methodology in applied linguistics research with Professor Alison Mackey and Dr Jenefer Philp. Finally, both institutions have provided support for a Georgetown postgraduate student to attend Lancaster University's LAEL Postgraduate student conference in July, 2013.

New distance learning MA course in Diplomacy and International Relations

A new distance learning MA course in Diplomacy and International Relations has been launched to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. For more information see here and here.


Dr Stuart Kirby (Criminology) was invited to speak by the Canadian government at an event called 'Summit on the economics of policing', held on 16-17 January in Ottawa. The event was for government politicians and Canadian police chiefs to establish reform proposals due to the fiscal environment.

A statement about the best ways to teach and acquire necessary German proficiency for school children and pre-school children was drafted by Professor Ruth Wodak (Linguistics) and Heinz Fassmann from the Expertenrat which advises the Austrian Ministry of Interior Affairs on issues concerning integration, migration and citizenship. This statement was widely reported by the Austrian Press Agency (APA) and broadcast by the Austrian Radio and Televison (ORF) on-line, 14/15 January as well as by several national newspapers (including Die Presse, Der Standard, Die Wiener Zeitung).

The Lancaster Student Experience survey is now open to all first and second year undergraduates and all postgraduates. The survey asks students about their experience on the Lancaster campus. Please encourage your students to respond. The link for the survey is here.

On 10 January LUSU trustees, officers and staff were joined by University Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington, Vice Chancellor Mark E. Smith and other senior University staff for the LUSU Awards at the Globe Arena, Morecambe. The awards, now in their third year, recognise the achievements of those involved with LUSU: staff, students and volunteers. Full story.

Emeritus Professor of Music Denis McCaldin and the Haydn Society of Great Britain are issuing a 2 CD set this February on the Divine Art label of neglected chamber works from the first and last decades of the composer’s life. Further details, including price concessions for ISM members, can be obtained via or

Lancaster in the news

PhD student Raana Bokhari gave five interviews for BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought on various topics while Dr Carolyn Downs will appear on a BBC 4 documentary on the history of bingo to be broadcast on January 30.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link


Flexible Benefits – survey for new benefits

Human Resources are conducting a survey to canvass staff opinion on the current Flexible Benefits package and to explore the level of interest in new, additional benefits. This will help to inform the new Flexible Benefits year, October 2013 - September 2014. To help shape the future of Flexible Benefits, please visit here.

Exhibition at the Ruskin Library and Research Centre
‘A Noble Invention’: Ruskin’s Daguerreotypes of Venice and Verona

The 125 daguerreotype plates in the Whitehouse Collection (now in the Ruskin Library, under the care of the Ruskin Foundation) form one of the most important surviving groups of early photographs in the world. This display focuses on the 28 plates of Venetian subjects and 16 of Verona made between 1845 and 1852. Drawings by Ruskin, contemporary engravings published by him, and manuscript material relating to The Stones of Venice accompany this rich display. Opening times are 10am-4pm Monday-Friday until March 28.

Brandrigg Barn

Work starts on Monday on Brandrigg Barn (between Alexandra Park and the Hotel). Essential maintenance is taking place to the structure of the building to enable it to be used for storage. The roof will be replaced, repairs will be made to the floor and walls and new doors will be fitted to the east elevation of the building. The building is considered as ‘listed’ so all work will be carried out in close liaison with the conservation officer. If you have any queries about the work please contact the Project Manager John Lee via the Facilities Helpdesk, 01524 593333.

Lecture Capture Project

During the Michaelmas term, ISS commenced a pilot project to capture lecture content. A total of over 250 lectures across 12 venues and 27 courses was captured. The captured content is, once approved by the lecturer, made available to students via the university VLE. Feedback from participating staff and students has been positive and we would therefore like to extend the trial during the Lent term. If you are interested and require more information, please follow this link.

Sports news

New family climb time session

The climbing wall is also now running a brand new ‘Family Climb Time’ session. Bring along your children and you can climb with our experienced, fully qualified instructors. Children must be accompanied by their parents or an adult. Ask at reception for available slots in the late afternoon, or at the weekend.

Additional car parking behind the Sports Centre

For customers who are not already aware additional car parking is now available to the rear, as well as to the front, of the Centre. Customers are asked to make use of the new parking, particularly during busy times. The same car parking policy applies to the parking at the rear of the Centre. For more information see here.

New climbing social night

If you’re a climber, but you’re struggling to find a climbing partner, come down to the new climbing social night on a Wednesday evenings. Just pick up a free wristband from reception to show your interest to other climbers. For more information on climbing at the Sports Centre visit the website.

Bouldering League

The Sports Centre’s Bouldering League is continuing throughout January. There are 25 new routes featuring interesting and fun low-mid grade problems, as well as some harder routes. To take part buy a scorecard from the Sports Centre reception for £2. You must be a registered climber to climb unsupervised. So if you’ve never done it but fancy a go, sign up for Beginners session. For more information, or to book a place on a course or climbing session, ring the Sports Centre reception on (01524) 5-10600, or visit for more information.

Food & Drink on Campus

The Lounge – new evening opening times

In addition to its usual opening hours Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4pm (serving food from 12noon-2pm), The Lounge Restaurant in County South is also serving food from 5pm-9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first 20 people to reserve their place can also take advantage of a special discount – 2 courses for just £6.95 and 3 courses for £8.95 including tea or coffee. The menu can also be viewed here. Places can be booked by visiting The Lounge or calling 93260 or emailing If you don’t have time to book in advance you are also welcome but tables will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Curry night at The Herdwick (Graduate College Bar)

Weekly curry night each Friday during term time, served from 5pm to 8pm. A curry and a pint is only £5.49 or with a soft drink only £3.99.

Special Offer at the Winning Post at Cartmel College

Thursday evenings during January & February from 5pm – 8pm you can choose from a selection of main dishes for just £5.95 including a drink from the bar. Details can be viewed here and are limited to 20 people. Places can be booked by visiting The Winning Post or emailing

The Trough of Bowland Bar

To treat those who love pie, The Trough of Bowland bar now has an exclusive I Love Pie loyalty card, where every 7th pie is free. You can pick up a loyalty card when you next visit and if you want to plan ahead, the menu can be viewed here.

The Mill at Fylde College

The Mill now opens at 10am and has many new additions to the menu including mid-morning toast, crumpets or pikelets and lunch-time burgers, pizza and pasta dishes in addition to toasties, burrito wraps and more. Food is served daily until 9.30pm; to view the menu, please visit

The Venue

A Deli Bar is now available in The Venue where you can choose from a selection of meats, homemade tartlets or cheese with salad items to be enjoyed either there and then or boxed up and taken away. The Deli menu is available from Midday onwards, priced from £3.95.

The Venue January Breakfast menu

The Venue’s new breakfast menu is available daily from 8.30am until mid-morning. A basic breakfast of bacon or sausage in a floured bap is £1.75 or you can choose a bagel or floured bap and any of the following five items:

    Plumgarth Sausage / Vegetarian Sausages / Giant Flat Mushrooms / Bacon / Fried Egg
    2 items £2.25, 3 items £2.50

For more information on food and drink on campus visit

Training & Courses

Staff IT training

Upcoming FREE IT training sessions run by ISS. All training sessions take place in the Library Training suites and require booking online, unless otherwise stated.

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

Organisation and Educational Development

Please find below information on a number of Teaching and Learning Forums. Follow the links to find out more about the courses.

Please find below a list of upcoming staff development opportunities. For more opportunities please visit the OED Website or email us directly.

What's On

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

Chinese relations with the UK over the next ten years

Mark Hendrick MP, Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Deputy Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group, will present a seminar on Friday 1 February at 4pm-5pm in Bowland North Seminar Room 6. He will give a political and policy review of the relationship between the UK and China focusing on our current relationship and will then look at the opportunities for collaboration over the next ten years. The talk will look at the key areas for business opportunities, as well as key sectors for UK-Chinese collaboration in the forthcoming decade. He will also consider the challenges in terms of cultural understanding, media, human rights and the environment. All are welcome to attend. Please register here for refreshment purposes.

One Billion Rising

The author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, will be visiting Lancaster to celebrate One Billion Rising. Join us in Market Square from 1pm on Sunday 3 February for what is sure to be an amazing event and the chance to meet Eve Ensler. The Mayor of Lancaster will also be in attendance. See the Facebook event for more details.

Applying Psychology in Education in the 21st Century: 2nd annual conference

This is the 2nd Annual Conference that is led and delivered by Lancaster University students, from the Department of Educational Research and LUSU involve. With a range of exciting and thought-provoking topics, including "Male Teachers: Are they really needed as role models?" and "U.G.L.Y. you ain't got no alibi you ugly! : The role of cheerleading in the fight against bullying", students will be presenting their thoughts based on their experiences of volunteering in an educational setting for the last three months. To be held on Monday 28 January, 1pm-4pm. The conference is open to all, and you can RSVP here. or just come along.

Design PhD Conference 2013 - 20-21 June

The Design PhD Conference 2013 at ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University is a collaborative event between ImaginationLancaster and the School of Design's Centre for Design Research at Northumbria University. The conference offers an opportunity for PhD students, Masters students, recent graduates and businesses to meet, exchange knowledge and ideas, and learn about the latest developments in design thinking, methods and research projects. For further details and registration, please visit the website.

Study Mandarin Chinese with Lancaster University Confucius Institute

Classes began on week commencing 14 January. Ten week courses cost £30 for students, £40 for staff and £45 for others. For further information on Beginners’ Levels 1, 2 and 3 please see here. If you are interested in other levels please email Also Taichi Classes at the Round House, Lancaster University, on Fridays, 1-2pm £16.00 per session for 9 sessions from 18 January to 15 March inclusive.

Chinese Film Screenings Tuesdays during term

Tuesday 29 January – Shanghai (104 min), Chinese audio, English subtitle, 6.00pm -7.30pm or 8.00pm, Cavendish Colloquium room.

Forthcoming Live at LICA events


    Forsyth & Pollard 25 January - 22 March.

    Free public exhibition launch at 6.30pm Thursday 24 January in the Peter Scott Gallery (all welcome). The launch will be followed by a music performance in the Great Hall by the Chroma Ensemble.
    Free artists talk - at 1pm-2pm on Thursday 24 January in the Nuffield Theatre (no booking required).

    In residence 25 January - 22 March.


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