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| 24 October 2008 | Issue 408

Contents: News; notices; people; people in the news; what's on; ads

Diwali greetings to all Sikh and Hindu readers for festivities on 28 October. Diwali, the festival of light, is an occasion where family and friends unite and celebrate with food, fireworks and candles lit around the home. For more information about the festival see: or


Mental Wellbeing study

A Lancaster University Professor is one of the authors of a major new report on mental well being published by a Government think tank this week. Professor Cary Cooper was a lead scientist on the report ‘Mental Capital and Wellbeing' published by Foresight, the Government’s futures think tank on Wednesday, October 22. To view the full story

Police praise college design

New student accommodation at Lancaster University has won an award for its design which aims to deter crime. "Secured By Design" is a flagship crime prevention initiative from the Association of Chief Police Officers awarded to developments which promote safety through everything from layout to landscaping. Research shows that "Secured by Design" can reduce burglary and car crime by 50% and criminal damage by 25%, although Lancaster is already ranked as the safest university town in the country for crime according to The Times. The award was made to both Lancaster University and the developers UPP for the new Eco Residences developments at both County and Grizedale Colleges. To view the full story

Electronic nose can sniff out plant disease

Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University have discovered that ‘electronic noses’ can be used as a tool to diagnose diseased or damaged plants. Electric noses or e-noses, mimic the human sense of smell using sensors that respond to airborne chemicals by producing an electronic signal. E-noses have already been shown to be able to sniff out human diseases such as TB, “off-flavours” in food, and even mouldy books in libraries. But researchers Nick Hewitt, Jullada Laothawornkitkul, Jason Moore, Nigel Paul and Jane Taylor have shown that an electronic nose can tell when crop plants like tomato, cucumber or capsicum pepper plants are being attacked – and even diagnose between different types of damage. To view the full story

InfoLab21 launches jobshop

Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 is launching an online jobshop, which puts computer-savvy students and businesses in touch, keeping much-needed skills in the region. The ICT JobShop aims to help Lancaster ICT students and employers find each other for part-time work, project work, vacation work and graduate positions. To view the full story

Report for new Equality and Human Rights Commission

Lancaster University researchers have produced a research report for the new Equality and Human Rights Commission that reviews measures that can be used to map the extent of inequalities in the UK. The authors of the report are Professor Sylvia Walby OBE who is the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Dr Jo Armstrong from the Department of Sociology and Dr Les Humphreys at the Centre for Applied Statistics. This statistics review will be used by the EHRC in the preparation of its triennial report on the state of equality, human rights and good relations in Britain. The first triennial report will be published in 2010 and repeated every three years, so it will be possible to see how inequalities are changing over time. To view the full story

Regarding War exhibition

Lancaster University has launched a new online exhibition exploring war from the perspective of people in the North West. Regarding War: Image/Text is a research project directed by members of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The web gallery brings together academics, photographers and writers to explore the experience of war in the UK - how it affects the daily lives of UK citizens and impacts upon their relationships and cultural life. The exhibition was commissioned and mounted by Dr Graham Mort, Dr Lee Horsley, Dr Lindsey Moore and Dr Kate Horsley (all from the Department of English & Creative Writing) and by Professor Emma Rose (LICA). To view the images and texts for Regarding War

Innocence Project

The Lancaster University Innocence Project held its official launch on Friday 10 October 2008, one year after it was set up by students in the Law School, with financial assistance from the Lancaster University Alumni Friends Fund. Speakers at the launch included two of the best known victims of miscarriages of justice, Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six and Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four. The launch was well attended and was reported in the Lancaster Guardian last Friday. The Innocence Project (IP) is a student-led educational project which centres upon the study of wrongful criminal convictions. The defining feature of IPs is their investigation role, with students involved in real criminal cases. Through this investigative work - conducted by undergraduate students, supervised by academics and in conjunction with practising solicitors - IPs endeavour to ensure that alleged wrongful convictions are successful in achieving a referral back to the Court of Appeal via the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Pro bono assistance is provided, with priority given to prisoners who both maintain their innocence and have exhausted their legal appeals.

Tony Benn

The veteran political campaigner Tony Benn gave a public lecture at Lancaster University this week before a packed audience. Faraday Lecture Theatre was full to capacity with people sitting on the steps of the auditorium for Mr Benn’s talk entitled “Peace or War: the Choice for Humanity”. He had been invited to deliver the 2008 Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture which is organised by the Institute’s Director Dr Feargal Cochrane. Now 83, Mr Benn said he was an optimist inspired by the younger generation who he said did not believe all they are told by the media and Government. Half the two hour lecture was taken up with questions from the audience, with volunteers wielding microphones so everyone could hear. The lecture was filmed by Lancaster University Television and will be available on the website of the Richardson Institute soon. To view the full story

Workshop for Ripley School

The Management Development Division ran a workshop for the senior staff members of Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School last weekend. The workshop was designed to help Ripley think about how their organisation needs to be structured and managed in the future. Headteacher Liz Nicholls, commented that "working with staff from the Management School gave us the opportunity to think beyond traditional school solutions. MDD’s expert facilitation enabled us to arrive at a new solution for Ripley which is innovative, builds capacity and offers significant professional development for staff."

Swinging sixties at the Nuffield Theatre

In their first visit to Lancaster University’s Nuffield Theatre, the Berlin-based Gob Squad deliver a stunning new live “film” based on Andy Warhol’s seminal 1960s film Kitchen. The Nuffield Theatre, part of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, presents: Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve never had it so good) 8pm Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th November £10 / £7, Tel: 01524 594151


Dr Agata Fijalkowski (Law) was in Bucharest recently carrying out the first set of interviews with military prosecutors about cases relating to the Romanian revolution of 1989. The ongoing project is funded by the British Academy's Small Research Grant Scheme.

Dr Robert Crawshaw (DELC) was one of twenty delegates from thirteen countries invited to take part in a special colloquium organised on behalf of the European Science Foundation by the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, London (see quotation in article about the colloquium in THE, 16th October, p.9). The aim of the three-day colloquium, entitled ‘Literary and Cultural Studies: the Future’ was to formulate a strategy for literary and cultural studies as a field of research in order to enhance the quality of bids to the ESF in the humanities and social sciences. The wide-ranging debate considered the relationship between literature and other forms of creative art as objects of academic investigation and the potential of research in the humanities to demonstrate ‘societal value’ at a time when it was seen by many as being under threat. The group is due to report to the ESF within the next month.

Next Director of IAS appointed. A new Director has been appointed to the Institute of Advanced Studies. Professor Michael Kraetke will take over from the current, founding Director, Bob Jessop, on 1 January 2009. Professor Kraetke is currently Professor of Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam and often advises governments and the European Commission on economic and social policy issues. He will also take up a Chair in Political Economy in the Department of Sociology. Professor Jessop and Dr Ngai-Ling Sum are to become co-directors of a new research centre, the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre, from January 1.

A Lecturer in Music Technology at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts has been awarded first prize at the Seventh International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine" in Italy. Dr Felipe Otondo‘s electronic composition Ciguri took the Prize ex aequo in the "electro-acoustic, analogical and digital music" section. He wins 500 Euros, a public performance and a CD of the concert.



This week a meeting took place on Hazelrigg Lane to discuss solutions to the car parking problem. The University’s Travel & Environment Co-ordinator attended the meeting on behalf of the University, which was also attended by two Lancashire County Council highway engineers and two police officers from the Road Policing Unit. The following actions were agreed:

• LCC plan to install double yellow lines on the entire southern side of Hazelrigg Lane from where the national speed limit commences to the A6, including the roundabout itself.

• LCC plan to install double yellow lines on the northern side of Hazelrigg Lane from the commencement of the national speed limit to approx. 10m west of the Chapel Lane junction. The proposals are to then keep the northern side of Hazelrigg Lane unlined to around 15m east of the roundabout, apart from 2 x12m stretches of double yellow lines to provide passing places. This is considered sufficient and visibility should be acceptable. From approx. 15m east of the roundabout the northern side of Hazelrigg Lane will be double yellow lined as far as the A6. It was agreed that permitting some parking on the northern side of Hazelrigg Lane helps to reduce traffic speeds and avoids a potential parking displacement onto other areas of highway.

• LCC plan to install double yellow lines on both side of Chapel Lane from the junction of Hazelrigg Lane for a distance of around 70m.

• To allow the double yellow lines to be legally enforceable, they need to be backed up by a TRO – Traffic Regulation Order. Here’s the bad news – this is a lengthy legal process involving consultation and LCC have a backlog of TROs to process. IT WILL BE AT LEAST 7 MONTHS UNTIL INSTALLATION OF THE ABOVE MEASURES OCCUR.

• All students will be emailed again regarding what is not acceptable practice for car parking on local highways.

• In the meantime, police will continue enforcement where an obstruction is being caused by any vehicle.

• LCC recognise the University’s need to charge for car parking and provide parking enforcement on its campus, in support of its Travel Plan.

Lancaster University can do little more now until the County Council introduce preventative parking measures on Hazelrigg Lane. If you have any further questions then please contact Phil Longton, Travel & Environment Co-ordinator X94413.

Design of the LICA building The architects who are designing the new Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA) Building intend to hold a presentation on Monday 27th October in the Management School, Lecture Theatre 4, starting at 12.30. Tea and Coffee’s will be provided. There will be a 40 minute presentation and 20 minutes allocated for question and answers. Anyone who is interested in this building is invited to attend to learn more about the developing design.

Group discounts for Staff The Lancaster International Concerts Series at the Great Hall is making a special offer on tickets for its 40th anniversary. Group bookings of 8 will receive 2 free tickets for any concert apart from Steve Reich on February 21st. The same discount also applied to group bookings for any play in the autumn season at the Nuffield Theatre.


Ducting works and street lights to County Avenue - Work to supply ducts and cabling for street lighting to County Avenue will take place from Monday 27th October. Although the works will primarily be in the grassed areas, some car parking bays will have to be temporarily withdrawn for access. Works should conclude within 10 working days.

Advanced Notice of works to Library Avenue - From Monday 3rd November Estates plan to complete the footpaths to Library Avenue and to install the last outstanding street light to complete the Library Avenue Scheme. Work should be finished in 10 working days. While this work is taking place the car parking bays to the east end of Library Avenue will have to be temporarily withdrawn for access.


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