University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 2 December 2010 Events

ESI director appointed
Professor Kevin J Gaston has been appointed inaugural Director of the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). At present, he is Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Sheffield. The £30m institute will help put Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at the forefront of environmental and climate change research globally. Professor Gaston graduated in zoology from Sheffield and obtained his doctorate from York. He spent five years as a research fellow at the Natural History Museum, before becoming a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Imperial. He has been at Sheffield since 1995 and plans to move to Cornwall by mid-2011.

Event Exeter award
Event Exeter, one of the University’s commercial arms, scooped the gold award for business tourism at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2010. It now goes through to the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 finals in the spring.

Run for the University
The University is looking for keen and enthusiastic runners to take part in the 2011 Great West Run. The event now entering its 27th year is the South West’s largest and most popular running event. To take part we ask that you pay an entry fee of £27 and that you pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £150. Money raised from the event will support the University’s goal of becoming a truly world-class institution. The 13.1 mile race on Sunday 1st May 2011 will start and finish at Exeter Arena, Athletics Stadium, and follow a two lap course taking in Exeter City Centre. For more information please visit our dedicated Great West Run webpage.

Sculpture in the making
At the Streatham Campus this week, British artist Nigel Ross is creating a sculpture from a lime tree felled to make way for the Forum. He is working behind the Queens Building in the wooded area and hopes people will visit to watch the seat and table emerge from the tree trunk. At Tremough, ‘The Cornish Trembling Sea Mat’ by local artist Kurt Jackson has been installed in front of the entrance to the School of Mines.

Library update
From 13 December, Library staff will start clearing the top floor of the Main Library at Streatham, as part of the refurbishment project. Because this work begins in the last week of term, there will be special arrangements at all library sites to enable students to borrow books early for the holidays. A refurbished first floor will be open by the start of Spring Term, providing a first taste of the transformation of our Main Library as part of the Forum project. For more information, please see the Library News website.

Smokers needed
Researchers at the School of Sport &Health Science are looking for smokers aged 18 to 50 to participate in a physical activity, mood and concentration study. Volunteers should have smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day for two of more years. The study involves three visits to St Luke's, where participants will be asked to complete simple processing and brief physical activity tasks after three hours of abstinence. Participants will receive £20 each. For further information, please contact: Marcela Haasova, PhD researcher, 0791 333 739.

TATA top-seller
Morgen Witzel’s book ‘TATA: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand’ has chalked up more than three months as one of India’s top ten best-selling non-fiction books. The book, published by Penguin, was ranked number 7 in India Today's November list. The first edition sold out within three weeks and has been reprinted. Morgen Witzel is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Business School.

Smart Solutions awards
Projects from helping preserve a moth found only at one Cornish beach and analysing the demographic of the Women’s Running Network through to new biofuel technology and dolphin-monitoring equipment have been short-listed for Smart Solutions awards. The University-run innovation scheme, which teams up academics and entrepreneurs, will announce award winners on 9 December at the Sandy Park Conference & Banqueting Centre.

Women's Network Christmas Social
The Women's Network will hold its Christmas Social on Monday 20 December, 12.30-1.30pm, in the Ted Wragg room, Northcote House. The network aims to provide a forum to all female University staff with a view to raising the profile of women at the University; offering an opportunity to explore some of the important issues facing women in the workplace; and providing informal networking opportunities through its events. There will be a free minibus service to the event from St Luke’s. For more details, please contact: or call Helen Booker on 01392 722037.

Network of Harassment Advisors
Staff may have seen new posters and flyers around the University promoting the Protection of Dignity at Work and Study policy and Network of Harassment Advisors. Anyone can contact the Network in confidence about concerns they may have about harassment or bullying. The full policy document and contact details for Harassment Advisors are available on the Equality and Diversity website.

The art of presenting art
Photographer Hugo Glendinning’s exhibition ‘White Box Performances’ investigates the role of the photographer in performance documentation. The exhibition is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Fellowship programme. This has enabled the Drama department to collaborate with artists of national and international repute. The exhibition will run until 17 December at the Drama Department, Alexander Building, New North Road, Exeter.

Last chance
A final exhibition of photographs, film and interviews, collected from the year long project, ‘Family, Farming and Tradition,’ is on show at the Engine Room, Exchange, Penzance, until 16 December. A joint Cornish Audio Visual Archive and University project, the exhibition focuses on the dramatic shifts in the industry, lifestyle and culture of farming that have occurred in Cornwall since the late 19th century. The project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information, please email Sarah Chapman at

Smallholding success
Ann Pollard, wife of Professor Mick Dumper, was runner-up in the annual Smallholder of the Year awards. Ann Pollard works full-time as a smallholder, managing the family’s eight acre Mid-Devon farm. She concentrates on a herd of 22 goats and makes an award-winning cheese. Mick Dumper, of the Politics department, combines working full-time with growing the vegetables. Both are helped by their two sons.

Professor John Ashford
The funeral of John Ashford, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, will be held at Ide Parish Church on Friday 3 December at 2.30pm. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, for Diabetes UK and Ide Parish Church by retiring collection, or sent to Le-Roy Funeral Service, 10 Alphington Rd, Exeter, EX2 8HH. Professor Ashford's wife, Jo, died in August after a long illness.

Fri 3 December, 9am-12.40pm
Big Dilemmas Symposium: The Future of Renewable Energy in the UK – lessons from the Severn Barrage. To reserve a place, please email:
Locations: Tremough: DuMaurier Lecture A. Streatham: Harrison HAR/004. The symposium will be video-conferenced and will have speakers at both locations.

Mon 6 December, 4pm
VIP event: Sir John Chisholm, Chair of the Medical Research Council, visits the University to discuss our research focus. There is a talk to staff engaged in MRC-facing work, including a Q&A discussion.
Locations: Conference Room 1, Innovation Centre Phase II, with a video-link to WK Norman Conference Room, PCMD, St Luke’s. Please RSVP to by 3 December.

Mon 6 December, 7pm for 7.30pm
Cafe Scientifique: What does Chemistry tell us about the stock market?
Dr Leo Salter from Cornwall College explains. Free entrance - £2 suggested donation. For further information: Louise Hopes at
Location: Penzance Arts Club, Chapel St, Penzance.

Tues, 7 December, 1pm
Seminar: Dr Sheila Trahar, University of Bristol - Fellow Travellers: The Value of Narrative Inquiry in Higher Education Research.
Location: BC114, St Luke’s.

Thurs 9 December, 5.30pm
Film: The Little Town of Bethlehem, shown by EXCEPS (Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies).
Location: Lecture theatre, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

Tues, 11 Jan, 5pm
Seminar: Professor John Bessant on ‘Managing knowledge spaghetti – learning to work with open collective innovation’.
Location: G18, PMS Building, St Luke’s.

Northcott Theatre
Until Fri 3 December, 7.30pm
Vamos Theatre presents ‘Nursing Lives’, a celebration of nurses at work and play during World War II.

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