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March 2012 Volume 9 No 3

In this issue:

Photograph courtesy of Mojca Stojan-Dolar.

Distinctive hoodies make it easy to spot our Student Reps Full story on page 9 >>

Research by Life Scientist shows that dichromat tamarin monkeys have an advantage

Lord Prescott lecture on implications of climate change Full story on page 13 >> Supporting the Cambridge Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK Full story on page 26 >>


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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Performance

Workshop

Concert

Exhibition

Talk

Hands-on activity

Festival/Fair

Film screening

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The Mikado

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Dayglo – CFC event

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7.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

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10.00 am–12.00 noon, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

The above performance repeats

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Black Swan – CFC event

Every evening until

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6.00 pm, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

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11.30 am & 2.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

and also at 2.30 pm on 3 March

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MA Children’s Book Illustration: Graduation exhibition

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Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

The above exhibition continues

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From Monday to Friday until

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+ Private View, 5.00 pm, 1 March

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Lunchtime Concert

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1.10 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

The above event repeats

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Every Friday lunchtime until

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The Trial

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7.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

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Croupier – CFC event

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2.30 pm, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

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The Fens 1927–65: A Lost Way of Life – CFC event

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1.00–2.15 pm, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

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Searle Award for Creativity Exhibition

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Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

The above exhibition continues

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From Monday to Friday until

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+ Private View, 5.00 pm, 22 March

The above performance repeats

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On the evening of

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Mar

Lights. Camera. Dance.

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7.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

The above performance repeats

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At 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm on

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Film Noir Weekend – CFC weekend course

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9.30 am–4.00 pm, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

The above course continues

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On this Sunday

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Jump Cuts – CFC digital film workshops

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11.00 am–4.00 pm, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

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Twelfth Night

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7.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

The above performance repeats

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On the evening of

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The Witches

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7.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

The above performance repeats

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On the evening of

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Spring Concerts from Anglia Orchestra and Chorus

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7.30 pm, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

The above event repeats

May

At 7.30 pm, Emmanuel United

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Reformed Church, Cambridge

The above event repeats

May

The above workshops continue

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At 7.30 pm, Binham Priory,

On Sunday 11 March, and also on

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North Norfolk

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17–18 March, plus film screening at 10.30 am on Saturday 25 March

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Vertigo – CFC event

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9.00 am–1.00 pm, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

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Equus

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7.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

The above performance repeats

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Every evening until

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and also at 2.00 pm on 14 March

Full details of all the events shown above can be found on the Arts pages

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Anglia Singers Passiontide Concert

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7.00 pm, The Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Braintree, Essex

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Electra & The Changeling

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7.30 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

The above performances repeat

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Every evening until

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S&T participates in Cambridge Science Festival 2012

LAIBS staff show off their artistic creativity

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Black Squirrel Project will monitor spread of invading species

Chelmsford celebrates International Women’s Day

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College of West Anglia showcases FdSc Motorsports Engineering

Students start on FdA Professional Practice International Trade LEADING NEWS

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What’s on at the Mumford Cambridgeshire Film Consortium events Exhibitions and music events


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LEADING NEWS Colour blindness gives monkeys a helping hand Anglia Ruskin scientist discovers dichromats are better at catching camouflaged prey

Photograph courtesy of Mojca Stojan-Dolar.

on texture or outline, while for colour-normal humans and primates the target is camouflaged by colour. This means that colour-blind wild primates actually have an advantage in their natural habitat when it comes to detecting both camouflaged prey and predators.’

L Saddleback tamarin feeding on a camouflaged brown cricket.

It was announced in January, that one of our scientists has discovered that colour-blind monkeys are better at catching camouflaged prey than monkeys with ‘normal’ eyesight. Dr Andrew Smith (pictured below right), from our Department of Life Sciences, led the project, which also involved scientists from the University of Stirling, the University of Cambridge and the University of Sussex, and the results have been published in the journal Animal Behaviour. While studying three species of tamarin monkey – saddleback, moustached and red bellied – in the Amazon rainforest in Peru and in captivity at Belfast Zoo, Dr Smith found that levels of colour vision affects the rate and type of insect capture.

Tamarins with normal colour vision (trichromats) catch more prey than colour-blind tamarins (dichromats). However, the colour-blind tamarins were significantly better at catching camouflaged insects, such as crickets. Dr Smith said, ‘Colour blindness has several possible advantages for the tamarins. There is evidence in humans that dichromats see better in dim light than trichromats, it is thought that dichromats may have improved spatial vision and, crucially, dichromats appear to be superior visually at breaking camouflage. ‘Experiments have shown that colour-blind humans and nonhuman primates are better able to detect targets based

Monkeys and apes are thought to have evolved good colour vision to help them find ripe fruit in trees, which is often a red or orange target against a green background. Colour blindness – most commonly the inability to tell red from green – is more common in humans than in other apes, possibly due to the fact that for apes, such as chimpanzees and gorillas, not being able to find ripe fruit is more of a disadvantage than it is for the average man. Unlike Old-World monkeys, apes and humans, New-World monkeys from Central and South America have colour vision that varies between individual members within each species. For most NewWorld monkeys, all males and some females are colour blind, but some females have normal colour vision similar to that of most humans. However, due to a genetic quirk, New-World monkeys such as tamarins routinely have six types of colour vision; three types of colour blindness (dichromacy) and three types of colour-normal vision (trichromacy). The

scientists were able to discover the type of colour vision of an individual wild monkey by examining DNA extracted from faeces collected from the forest floor. ‘It is possible that, in a group of six tamarins, no two members would see the world in the same way,’ added Dr Smith. ‘This could provide greater scope for an individual group member to be relatively better or worse than the other members at particular visual tasks. This could have major advantages for the group as it relieves competition, as they would each be able to specialise on different tasks, such as catching camouflaged prey or finding fruit. It might also help to explain why such a seemingly contradictory system of both colour-blind and colour-normal monkeys is maintained in natural populations.’ For more press information, please contact Dr Andrew Smith (andrew.smith@anglia.ac.uk).


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The Vice Chancellor’s Awards – still time to make a nomination... Full details on page 7

GSI urges review of high carbon investments indices is a systemic risk that needs to be explored by the Financial Policy Committee. ‘The Global Sustainability Institute is investigating the extent to which resource scarcity and environmental loading, such as climate change, can cause economic shocks in the future. This is an increasingly important issue and one that needs to be well understood by the finance sector.’

L Dr Aled Jones, Director of our Global Sustainability Institute.

Our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is supporting calls to monitor and reduce the UK financial sector’s reliance on high carbon and other environmentally unsustainable investments. In an open letter sent to the Bank of England, in late January, Anglia Ruskin joined a coalition of over 20 leading experts, investors, NGOs and universities in urging the Bank of England to investigate how Britain’s exposure to polluting and environmentally damaging investments could pose a systemic risk to the UK financial system and prospects for long-term growth. As technology developments and policy reduce returns in coal, oil, gas, mining and other high-carbon assets, while supporting low-carbon ones, long-term institutional investors – such as pension

funds with 20- to 30-year investment horizons – may find that, if they continue to invest in unsustainable areas, they are left holding stranded assets with poor returns. The signatories want the recently created Financial Policy Committee at the Bank of England to work on these issues, given its mandate ‘to contribute to the Bank’s financial stability objective by identifying, monitoring, and taking action to remove or reduce, systemic risks with a view to protecting and enhancing the resilience of the UK financial system’. Dr Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, said, ‘The “default” investments of institutional investors created by the desire to track the short- to mediumterm stock market movements mean that the high-carbon exposure of the leading

At present, regulators are not monitoring the concentration of high-carbon investments in the financial system and have no view on what level would be too high. The letter cites that five of the top ten FTSE 100 companies – which account for 25% of the index’s entire market capitalisation – are almost exclusively high carbon and that similar levels of exposure are likely in other areas of the financial sector. In addition to the Global Sustainability Institute, the letter’s signatories include: Climate Change Capital, FairPensions, Lord Gummer, Zac Goldsmith MP, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, Carbon Disclosure Project, WWF-UK, Greenpeace UK, The Climate Group, E3G, The Green Alliance, Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Carbon Tracker Initiative and the London School of Economics. For more information, please contact Dr Aled Jones (aled.jones@anglia.ac.uk).

In the News Send your news items to Jon Green, Press Officer, on ext 4717 or at jon.green@anglia.ac.uk. To view our latest news releases, visit www.anglia.ac.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter: visit www.twitter.com/angliaruskin. 1 February, BBC Essex Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Alan Sibbald is interviewed about the increase in UCAS applications to Anglia Ruskin. 31 January, BBC1 Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4, BBC One Show, BBC Look East, ITV Anglia, BBC West Midlands, BBC Kent, BBC Cambridgeshire, BBC Essex, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, i (Independent) and Scotsman Coverage of Helen McRobie’s Black Squirrel Project, which is examining how far the animal has spread in the UK since the first sighting in 1912. 25 January, BBC Cambridgeshire Following a study claiming that British people are become less honest, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Matt Bristow, conducted a lie detector test on a BBC Cambridgeshire reporter. 24 January, The Guardian Admission tutors Pauline Start, Tony Carter and Dr Nigel Ward were all quoted in an article about university open days. 23 January, BBC Essex Market Analyst Xiaorong Liu was interviewed about the Chinese New Year, why the Year of the Dragon is so revered in China, and the significance of celebrating by eating dumplings. 21 January, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Mirror, BBC Manchester, BBC Oxford, BBC Berkshire and BBC Surrey Psychology Lecturer Dr Daragh McDermott was quoted talking about the Cambridgeshire family who have raised their son as gender neutral. 18 January, Daily Mail Dr Peter Brown, Lecturer in Zoology, was interviewed about the number of ladybirds that have come out of hibernation after being tricked by the mild weather. 12 January, BBC Cambridgeshire Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences, Dr Andrew Smith, talked about his research into how colour-blind monkeys have an advantage when it comes to catching camouflaged prey.


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NEWS Cambridge Science Festival 2012 Photograph courtesy of Richard Naylor.

Breaking Boundaries

L Have you got what it takes to be an Olympian?

L Harlequin ladybird in flight.

This year’s Science Festival runs from the 12–25 March with the theme ‘Breaking Boundaries’, to tie in with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This year’s event promises to be the biggest yet, with over 180 mostly free events taking place at venues across Cambridge. Once again, Anglia Ruskin will be an associate sponsor of the festival, and our Faculty of Science & Technology will be taking over the Guildhall as part of the first ‘Science on Saturday’ event on 17 March.

Can we really believe what we see? Visual illusions are not only fun to look at, but can also tell us a great deal about how the brain works. Some illusions create images that aren’t really there (for example, colour aftereffects and Hermann Grids), others simply confuse the visual system (for example, the Ames Room).

On the day, academics and students from our faculty will be running a series of free, fun, hands-on, drop-in activities for all ages between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. These will include: Is there an alien in your garden? There are more ladybird species in your garden than you probably realise – Britain has 26 species! One of them is an alien species – but can you tell which? Learn about the ecology and identification of these fascinating beetles… and how to carry out a ladybird survey. Crime scene science Learn all about the science vital to scenes-of-crime investigation

and get your hands dirty trying forensic techniques such as fingerprinting, bone excavation, scene-of-crime preparation and photography, and find out how scientists detect fake banknotes. Journey to the centre of the eye and the ear Have a play with the latest computerised equipment used to see inside the eye in 3-D and take a journey into the ear. Test how good your 3-D vision is. Learn how the eyes and ears work. Challenge the limit of your colour vision – what colours do you see? In the arts and crafts corner, the younger scientists can personalise their own spectacles frames. Meet the creepy crawlies! Have you ever handled a giant millipede or seen a cockroach hiss? We have a selection of creepy crawlies that you can see, handle and interact with, to investigate how they move… on you! You can meet Giant African Land Snails, Giant African Millipedes as well as Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches! They’re safe and fun to handle for all ages.

Making sense of a situation involves the perception and comprehension of a vast amount of information. Humans try and make sense of a situation as quickly as possible to get a sense of what is going on. Only when we concentrate on specific features in more detail do we identify specific inconsistencies. This eyetracker task involves looking at images and assessing what information our eyes are attending to and how long it takes us to notice apparent differences. Have you got what it takes to be an Olympian? Sheeting power: Want to experience the demands of being an Olympic Sailor? This test assesses how well you can ‘sheet’. This is the technique of pulling on the ropes and

controlling the sails. Have a go and compare your scores with athletes competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Cycling power: Experience the demands of track cycling. This test is designed to see how much instantaneous power you can produce. How quickly can you get the cycle up to race speed? Compare your scores with Olympians and Paralympians. Feeling flexible: Have a go at a test that is used with gymnasts, designed to assess how flexible your lower back and legs are by removing the advantages gained from having different limb lengths. Compare your scores with those of Olympic athletes. Reactive strength: This test assesses the ability of your muscles to act like a spring and generate instantaneous power through the functioning of the central nervous system, and is used in the assessment of tennis through to middledistance running performance. Jump as high and as rapidly as possible. Compare your score with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.


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Digital Performance Laboratory holds inaugural concert... Full story on page 12

Animal and human locomotion: measuring stride length and range of motion Measure your walk stride length or elbow joint range of motion by using a video camera and computer software. You can compare these with those of a horse or a dog with footage previously captured. Or, guess how fast different animals move with our interactive quiz! In addition to our participation in the Science on Saturday event, the Faculty of Science & Technology will also be hosting two evening lectures as part of the Festival programme: Monday 19 March (7.30–8.30 pm, LAB002) Dr Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, will be giving a lecture, entitled ‘Resource constraints, ecomomic growth and the future of society’.

Ixion wins contract to deliver NHS Armed Forces contract in North West We are pleased to announce, on behalf of NHS North West, that Ixion has been appointed to deliver the contract to improve the range of services offered to the Armed Forces Community (veterans and service families) in the North West. Andy Bacon, Programme Director for Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trusts, said, ‘As an exserviceman myself, I am conscious that the range of public and charitable services available to veterans and their families can seem like a jungle. Ixion have beaten off strong competition to offer the best guidance and support to our Armed Forces Community. We look forward to working with them.’

John Govett, Ixion Group CEO, said, ‘Ixion is delighted to be supporting the armed forces community in the North West of England. We aim to provide a wrap-around service that pulls together a range of charities and thirdsector organisations – both local and national – that are pivotal to improving the lives, work opportunities and skills development of veterans and their families.’ This announcement follows a number of significant new business wins from Ixion, including: • The delivery of the New Enterprise Allowance in Essex, East Anglia and South London • The European Social Fund Families Programme, both as a main provider through the Paragon Concord Ltd consortium in the South West, and as a subcontractor in the South East • The Single Work Programme in London, South East, and the East of England.

These are in addition to our existing contract to deliver skills, apprenticeships and adult learning programmes on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency. Our continued growth sees Ixion delivering contracts from as far afield as County Durham, as part of the Regional Growth Fund, to Milton Keynes, as part of the Department of Work and Pensions’ European Social Fund Family Support programme, and across Europe helping businesses access funding as part of the Seventh Framework Programme, demonstrating the extensive range of services we provide to deliver government-funded support programmes for businesses, individuals and the partners we work with.

Wednesday 21 March (7.30–8.30 pm, LAB002) Dan Gordon, Principle Lecturer in Sports Science and former Paralympic athlete will be giving a lecture entitled ‘The final push: Preparing an athlete for the Olympic or Paralympic Games’.

The service will be piloted from April 2012 and aims to provide guidance and support to veterans and the service families to facilitate access to the range of public and charitable services available.

These talks are free to attend but have a limited capacity, so places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Make a nomination for this year’s Vice Chancellor’s Awards!

More information on the full programme of Science Festival events can be found via the festival website (http://comms.group.cam.ac.uk/ sciencefestival/). John Menzies Marketing Co-ordinator, Faculty of Science & Technology

Don’t miss your chance! There is still time to make a nomination for this year’s round of the Vice Chancellor’s Annual Award Scheme. The awards seek to publicly recognise and reward outstanding contributions made to the life of Anglia Ruskin University and have been designed for implementation in the

broadest of ways in order to include all who work here. The awards are open to all Anglia Ruskin staff who are employed on a full-time or part-time basis and can be made to individuals, or to teams. Nominations must be submitted by 5.00 pm on Friday 23 March 2012.

Caron Scott Marketing Manager, Ixion Holdings Ltd

Anglia Learning and Teaching is running workshops for colleagues who would like help in constructing a nomination. For details of these, further information and nomination forms, please see our website (www.anglia.ac.uk/lta). Dr Jaki Lilly Anglia Learning and Teaching


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NEWS Prestigious appointment

Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union elections It’s election season for us here at Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union and you can help! Nominations have now closed for full-time Executive Officer positions and all students – no matter which campus, faculty or mode of study – can vote. I’m the current Communications Officer for the Union and have found the role of the Executive Officers a revelation with the influence we can have effecting positive change within Anglia Ruskin.

Clarissa Campbell Orr, Reader in Enlightenment, Gender and Court Studies (pictured above), has recently been chosen by its organising committee as President of the Society for Court Studies. She succeeds Simon Thurley, CBE, Chief Executive of English Heritage. The Society exists to promote the interdisciplinary study of royal and princely courts from the Middle Ages to the present day. Its scope is mainly in Western Europe, but conferences more recently have included papers on areas from Thailand to Turkey. Its most recent conference on 16 December 2011, for which Clarissa was on the organising committee, was on the role of the male consort, and took place at the Institute for Historical Research, London, co-sponsor of the conference. It was timed to celebrate the 90th birthday of HRH Prince Philip and the death 150 years ago of Queen

Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. Clarissa is known in the field of Court Studies for her work on George III’s consort, Queen Charlotte, and as the editor of two seminal collections of essays, Queenship in Britain 1660–1837 (Manchester 2002) and Queenship in Europe, 1660–1815 (Cambridge 2004). She has contributed an essay to the catalogue of an exhibition on the painter Johann Zoffany, (1735–1810) discussing his role at five royal courts, including the British one. This opens on 10 March at the Royal Academy, London. She will also be contributing to a conference from 6–8 June on ‘The Making of Monarchy for the Modern World’. This takes place at Kensington Palace to mark its reopening and refurbishment. For more information, please contact Clarissa Campbell Orr (clarissa.campbell@anglia.ac.uk).

As Communications Officer, my focus is on how we can better connect with the students, and the executive team as a whole spend much of their time in university meetings, in conjunction with our Student Representatives, acting as the voice of the Anglia Ruskin University student body. The SU’s role here at Anglia Ruskin is complex; with a diverse range of services and support offered to students, it is sometimes difficult for students

to know at which point to engage the Union. Simply put, we’re here to make the university experience of all students the best it can be. The five elected Executive Officers, supported by 25 permanent staff, work to ensure that the SU remains relevant, engaging and effective. Ensuring the right students are elected to lead the union is an important job undertaken by the student body. We have high hopes for this year’s election, our voter turnout has increased year on year, and although staff can’t vote you can help us by reminding students that they should, encouraging them to make their voice heard. Further information on Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union and elections can be found on www.angliastudent.com. Emma Nibbs Full-time Executive Officer – Communications, Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union


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Chelmsford Physiotherapy offers discount to staff and students... Full details on page 16

Recognising our Student Reps! his faculty, the SU supported the iniative wholeheartedly. Lord Ashcroft International Business School swiftly followed suit in semester one, and by the end of the semester all four faculties were raising the profile of Reps through the hoody iniatitive. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Mike Thorne, explained, ‘Student Reps are so important, and it is tremendous that, thanks to the “hoodies”, we can all – staff and students – now so easily recognise them. ‘This is an inspired initiative.’ The SU would like to thank the Deans and the Vice Chancellor (proudly sporting his hoody in the photo) – and special thanks also go to Student Services, who have donated generously towards the SU’s first formal Rep award ceremony that will be taking place in May.

L Some of our Student Reps wearing their distinctive hoodies with the VC (centre), wearing his in support, and Liz Dobson-Mckitrick (bottom right) in her bright blue hoody.

L Student Reps give the thumbs

Over the last few years, the Student Rep system has developed considerably. As well as the meetings Reps are already invited to attend, they now have the opportunity to be accredited in their role, join a Student Rep society and be trained virtually through the VLE. The growth

This is a great year to be a Rep!

of the system has rewarded Anglia Ruskin and the SU with passionate and committed Reps, and last year two of our Reps were recognised nationally for their work by achieving the National Union of Students’ Course Rep of the Year award.

Currently, we have over 550 Reps across all four campuses – although it is apparent that not all students and staff know who they are. So, when David Humber (Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education) offered to buy Rep hoodies to raise visibility in

up to their hoodies.

Liz Dobson-Mckitrick Academic Affairs Officer (Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education Representative)


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NEWS New Music Therapy book collaboration

Liam shows his passion for photography with self-published book

L At the book launch (l–r): Jo Tomlinson, Amelia Oldfield and Philippa

Derrington.

A jointly edited book, Music Therapy in Schools – Working with Children of All Ages in Mainstream and Special Education, published by Jessica Kingsley, shows how our Music Therapy Department continues to lead the field in Music Therapy. The book demonstrates the variety of work taking place in different educational settings across the UK, helping children and young people of all abilities. The book has been edited by a team comprising an Anglia Ruskin lecturer, a graduate and a current student. Amelia Oldfield works at the Croft Unit for Child and Family Psychiatry in Cambridge and is senior lecturer on the MA Music Therapy. Jo Tomlinson trained on our first Music Therapy course and has been working as a music therapist

and developing work in schools in Cambridge ever since. Philippa Derrington is a music therapist in a secondary school and is a doctoral student at Anglia Ruskin, undertaking a research investigation into the effectiveness of music therapy with youth at risk. The foreword by former General Inspector for Music and Culture in Cambridgeshire, Dr Frankie Williams, concludes: ‘I can recommend this book wholeheartedly; we can all learn from it – all who are connected with children and young people in education, music, health and social care’. For more information about the book, please contact Amelia Oldfield (amelia.oldfield@anglia.ac.uk).

L From Liam’s book: a male Greater Kudu.

Liam Kite, Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader for Ophthalmic Dispensing with our Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences, is well known within the Faculty of Science & Technology for his passion for amateur photography. Liam has recently collected some of his favourite photographs into a selfpublished book, entitled Here are a few of my favourite

things. The images in the book focus on themes of nature, animals and family. The book can be found at http://www.blurb.com/books/2 399906 and Liam welcomes comments and insights from photographers and nonphotographers alike. John Menzies Marketing Co-ordinator, Faculty of Science & Technology


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Children engage with electronics via .NET Gadgeteer... Full story on page 17

Another book for the Early Childhood Research Group! Hot off the press, CrossCultural Perspectives on Early Childhood is edited by Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles and published by Sage. The idea for the book came from an international early years conference, organised by Theodora and the members of the Early Childhood Research Group at Anglia Ruskin University, in March 2010. We had secured funding from the British Academy for the event, which attracted participants from around the world. Fifteen of the papers became adapted, modified and developed to become the chapters in the book. Ten of the members of the Early Childhood Research Group have contributed to the chapters. As well as the editors themselves, Hazel Wright drew on her PhD thesis for a chapter about the journey that mature students take when embarking on the Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education. Julia Druce, Christine Such and Hazel Jennings also wrote a chapter based on their work using reflection on and in practice with undergraduate practitioners. Paulette Luff’s chapter challenges the amount of assessment in English settings by comparing practice embedded in the Early Years

Foundation Stage with that in the Reggio Emilia approach and the New Zealand curriculum, Te Whariki. Mallika Kanyal and Linda Cooper reported on their project listening to the voices of 5–6-year-olds in English and Indian schools, enabling them to tell the researchers about their favourite school spaces. I was pleased to read how many of them chose the outdoor places in their schools! My own chapter was, naturally, about the value of such outdoor spaces in Early Years Education. Janet and Theodora wove the book together with commentaries on each section and an introduction to the whole book, and our good friend Lilian Katz pulled the whole book together with an end piece that echoes the end piece she contributed to the conference. Other contributors to the conference and the book work in – and draw on their experiences from – Israel, South Africa, Canada, Switzerland, USA, Norway, Greece and Holland. All over the world, Early Years practitioners are thinking

Newly qualified teachers welcomed back to Anglia Ruskin!

about similar issues, and the conference was a chance to share our concerns. The book takes up the task and carries it on to give other practitioners and academics an opportunity to reflect on these concerns, taking our ideas and adding their own. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hold another conference and see where we had taken them, and whether we have managed to move practice on? There will be a book launch to celebrate the publication of Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood at lunchtime on 12 March on the Chelmsford campus, to which all are invited. Please contact Paulette Luff (paulette.luff@anglia.ac.uk) for further details. Sara Knight Senior Lecturer in Early Years, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

The Department of Education held a networking event on Thursday 19 January for the secondary PGCE trainees who had graduated last summer. The trainees are now working as newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in schools all over East Anglia. This social event gave the NQTs the opportunity to meet with their former colleagues and their lecturers and exchange tips and news. In addition, there was a ‘suggestions box’ for the NQTs to give us some ideas as to how we can support them. First teaching jobs can be overwhelming, so we are hoping that running events such as these will make the transition from trainee to teacher an easier one. Sue Sentance Senior Lecturer in Education, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Farewell thanks I would like to say thank you to all the lovely folk who signed my leaving card and contributed to the collection. I joined the Media Production Department in 1996 and worked with a fantastic bunch of people. I loved the happy encouraging atmosphere in MPD alongside the contact with staff and students. In life, change happens and not always for the better. My best wishes to you all. Joan Watson Former Loans Administrator, Media Services, IT Services


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NEWS Digital Performance Laboratory inaugural residency and concert

Photograph by Julio d’Escriván.

quality headphone amplifier, with a volume controller and choice of two independent audio tracks. The equipment was developed in response to a technical and creative brief by Dr Tom Hall, one of whose research interests is immersive audio.

L Till Bovermann and Tom Hall performing ‘Chip Interpretations’ at Anglia Ruskin University.

The Digital Performance Laboratory (DPL), part of CoDE (Cultures of Digital Economy Research Institute), held a concert in December to mark two events – the culmination of a two-week inaugural residency by Dr Till Bovermann, a post-doctoral researcher on tangible and auditory interfaces at Media Lab Helsinki, and the public unveiling of the DPL’s innovative custom headphone concert system. The concert, given by Dr Bovermann and Dr Tom Hall (Department of Music and Performing Arts), was entitled ‘Chip Interpretations’, and utilised both a multichannel conventional speaker

arrangement, as well as headphones for each audience member. The theme of the concert, and part of Dr Bovermann’s current research, questioned the notion of discrete information in relation to the very nature of digital material and its representation in sound. Dr Bovermann said of his time in Cambridge, ‘The fortnight’s residency in the Digital Performance Laboratory was an invaluable opportunity to focus on my research in a lively research environment. It was particularly fruitful to have the opportunity to combine my artistic research in digital materiality with the DPL’s

unique headphone system, and a highlight of my stay was combining these elements in a performance with Tom Hall in a concert at Anglia Ruskin. We hope to extend this research further in the near future.’ Dr Bovermann’s residency was sponsored by the Media Lab Helsinki. The starting point for the concert was to combine the results of Dr Bovermann’s innovative research with the Digital Performance Laboratory’s headphone concert system. This equipment, one of its kind and custom made by DACS Audio, equips each audience member with a personal high-

Douglas Doherty, CEO of DACS Audio, said of the brief given to him, ‘My background is in the field of academic music, so this project was interesting to me in a number of ways. As a technical challenge, the provision of multiple high-quality headphone amplification was right up our street. After a couple of conversations with Dr Hall, we knew what we were aiming for, both performance and cost wise. Ray Lee, then our Technical Manager, managed the technical development, and the result has proved more than satisfactory. Here’s to the next successful and unique concert with the system!’ The Digital Performance Laboratory is concerned with digital performance and its representations, with an emphasis on digital sound production and human computer interaction. For further information about this research or the Digital Performance Laboratory, please contact Dr Tom Hall, tom.hall@anglia.ac.uk or visit www.anglia.ac.uk/code, www.mlab.taik.fi, http://taistudio.org and www.dacsaudio.com/.


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Lord Prescott shares insight into the implications of climate change Renminbi as a global currency. Their keynote addresses were followed by a panel discussion, and panelists included Professor Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; Hugh Davies CMG, Chairman of the China Association; and Dr Aled Jones FRSA, Director of our Global Sustainability Institute.

L Outside the Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus: Pro Vice Chancellor, Corporate and International Development, Sandra Hollis, with Lord Prescott.

On 8 February, our Lord Ashcroft Building on the Cambridge campus was the venue for a lecture and discussion, organised by March Publishing, focusing on climate change – a timely topic in the light of the recent COP17 climate change talks in Durban. As the guest speaker, Lord Prescott shared his unique

insight into the implications of climate change from a global perspective, and in particular from the Chinese viewpoint. Lord Prescott is one of the world’s most qualified people to speak on this subject, having been involved in climate change negotiations both formally while in government and as a vocal critic and ambassador. He has also been an annual visitor to

China over the last 14 years – more frequently that any other politician. In addition to Lord Prescott, Dr Pan, Chairman of China Agriculture Bank International and Vice President of China Agriculture Bank, also delivered a keynote speech discussing the latest updates on the banking Industry in China and the role of the

Talking about the event, Dr Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, said, ‘In 2010, China consolidated its position as the world’s largest investor in clean energy with over $50 billion of new investments. At the same time, global negotiations on climate change almost ground to a halt, with Lord Prescott saying that it almost amounted to a “conspiracy against the poor”. It was a pleasure to take part in this panel discussion, which brought to life a small part of this global challenge that we still need to tackle.’ For more information, please contact Andrea Hilliard (andrea.hilliard@anglia.ac.uk).

The end of the USSR 20 years on More than 60 people came to a lively Labour History Research Unit event commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Dr Jonathan Davis (Anglia Ruskin) spoke

about how Mikhail Gorbachev changed Soviet socialism, Dr Edwin Bacon (Birkbeck) discussed why no-one foresaw the collapse of the USSR and Professor Christopher Read (Warwick)

questioned whether the USSR could have survived. Opinions on the causes of the USSR’s downfall were divided and this led to a fascinating debate, which was continued with great interest in the pub.

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NEWS Olympic inspiration The highlight of the course was the visit to BBC Cambridgeshire, where the aspiring sports journalists were given a guided tour, while taking the opportunity to interview a broad range of journalists and others working in radio and TV. The journalists all said how strange it was to be on the other side of the microphone! They also readily gave the pupils advice on how to get into TV and radio. When asked if they thought languages were important, they all felt that they definitely were and had interesting stories to illustrate the point. On day four of the course, the young reporters attended an international football tournament organised by Routes East, with players from Anglia Ruskin University and The Girton Academy of English. The exciting match, Europe v the Rest of the World, ended 6–4 to Europe, with the pupils taking the opportunity to commentate and interview players and spectators. They then edited all the footage, and put together their stories and articles with the video and audio from the two days on the Supporter 2 Reporter website (www.radiowaves/s2rroutesintola nguages).

L Some of the young Supporters 2 Reporters who took part in the course.

Earlier this year, we held the launch of the first Supporter 2 Reporter language project. This latest Routes into Languages East project involved the training of five local secondary school pupils as sports journalists in Spanish, German and French preparing for the 2012 Olympics. The Year 10 pupils, Ruby and Aneesh from Comberton Village College, Shoaib and Jordan from Netherhall, and Ben from Parkside were trained by Supporter 2 Reporter trainer, Sarah Birchall, in reporting skills,

such as interviewing, video and audio recording, and editing. They received language support throughout the course from Routes East Student Language Ambassadors, Ines Navarro, a Spanish tutor from Anglia Ruskin, Lisa Sumaski, an MA student at Anglia Ruskin, and Lea le Cloarec, an intern student from France on a three-month work placement with Alliance Française in Cambridge. They provided invaluable help, as well as being excellent language role models.

The project began when Sarah Schechter, Routes into Languages East Project Manager saw an inspirational presentation by young Supporter 2 Reporters (trainee sports reporters) at a 2012 Olympics Inspire Mark networking event (Routes East was awarded an Inspire Mark for its Language and Sport activities). She was so impressed by what she saw that she contacted the Director, Damian Payton, to discuss the possibility of developing a language-orientated course. The pilot project was launched a few months later.

Anglia Ruskin University media students, Mo and Nuvia, filmed the training, so that it will be available to others from Routes into Languages East in the future. The Supporter 2 Reporter language reporters now join the rest of the Supporter 2 Reporter team in the run-up to the Olympics. Sarah Schechter Project Manager, Routes into Languages East, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences


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LAIBS supports artistically creative staff

L Jewellery created by Vanessa Acton.

L Three paintings by Beatriz

Acevedo.

L Painting by Steve McDonald.

‘Life without industry is guilt. Industry without art is brutality.’ John Ruskin: Lecture III on Art (1870)

Cambridge, in 1858, which laid the foundation for our modern Anglia Ruskin University.

outlet and was a great way to relief the stress of the demands of modern living and of the daily job.

On 9 December 2011, Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS) launched an exhibition showcasing art and craftwork produced by LAIBS staff in LAB 313 in the new Lord Ashcroft Building, Cambridge campus. A £5-million gift from Lord Ashcroft had funded the state-of-the-art facility for the business school, and staff moved into the building in July 2011. Prior to this, both academic and support team members had been meeting informally and discovered that there were many artistically creative staff within the faculty. The move into the open-plan office area – with walls crying out to be filled – prompted an idea to create a shared space to enjoy mutual interests in art and craft, and to use the work of LAIBS staff to enhance the new work environment.

‘All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.’ John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice 1 (1851)

Dr Trevor Bolton, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Lord Ashcroft International Business School, said, ‘I didn’t realise we had so many gifted artists and craftspeople in the Business School. It is an excellent idea to display it for the enjoyment of all.’

Art within our institution has had a strong base, ever since John Ruskin, a Victorian art critic and artists’ mentor, instigated the Cambridge School of Art in Sidney Street,

In September 2011, an open invitation was circulated to LAIBS staff to submit art and craftwork, with any standard, medium or technique welcome, and we were delighted with the response. The nine staff, below, submitted work in semester 1: • • • •

Beatriz Acevedo – painter Catherine Foottit – painter Helen Brooks – jeweller Jonathan Knowles – photographer • Kim Maya Sutton – photographer • Laura Kyffin – textile designer • Lin Yan – textile designer • Steve McDonald – painter • Vanessa Acton – jeweller

The artists were asked to provide background information and the inspiration for their work, and a common theme that emerged was that the process of producing art and craft provided a creative

Dr Phillipa Towlson, Head of Operations and Administration said, ‘My original intention was to provide an opportunity for staff to take ownership of our new facilities and to generate character and individuality. The end result has far exceeded my early expectations and it is wonderful to see such variety and quality in artistic talent.’ The art and craftwork is on permanent display and it is planned that this will be refreshed once per semester. Everyone at Anglia Ruskin University is invited to come and have a look. Catherine Foottit Manager of the Dean’s Office, Lord Ashcroft International Business School


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NEWS Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

enjoyed helping with the poster and gained more information about spirituality in palliative care.’ Physiotherapy service for staff and students Chelmsford Physiotherapy is a professional service located within the William Harvey building at our Chelmsford campus. We are committed to the delivery of a high-quality service to meet the needs of our clients. This service is provided by experienced Chartered Physiotherapists who are registered with the Health Professions Council. We specialise in: back and neck pain, sports injuries, joint problems and postoperative rehabilitation.

L Second-year Nursing students, and best poster award-winners, Helena Ploszaj, Nicola Anglum and Brian Douglas.

FHSCE news round-up Readership awarded Many Congratulations to Dr Debbie Holley, who has been awarded a Readership. Well done Debbie, we are all extremely proud of you within the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education. Student success A group of second-year Nursing students, based at Guild House, Peterborough, have been awarded best poster, as voted by participants on the day, for their poster on spiritual care at the recent ‘It’s not just about cancer’ conference, held at the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Peterborough. The students, Helena Ploszaj, Brian Douglas and Nicola

Anglum, are currently on their second-year medical placement at Thorpe Hall. Maggie Horne, (Educational Lead) had invited them to participate in the conference to broaden their knowledge base. The poster focuses on the spiritual side of care and covers elements of spirituality, the make-up of spirituality and the role it plays in patient care and care planning. The students also had to complete an abstract for the poster when submitting to the conference organisers. Several attendees from within the health and education realm requested further details for inclusion within their own work and projects.

Commenting on the event, Brian said, ‘It was an enlightening day, giving the opportunity to network with a broad range of health professionals and policy makers. The workshop on having difficult conversations was fab!’ Helena added, ‘I enjoyed every minute of the conference, the lectures as well as the workshop. I gained a better understanding of different aspects of a holistic approach in palliative care. It was very rewarding to see the interest in our poster and to win the competition!’ Nicola was unable to attend the conference, but said, ‘I

In collaboration with the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, physiotherapy clinics are being offered in the evenings from 5.00 pm in WHB 113. This service is available to all our staff and students at a 50% reduction in cost, so please do take advantage. Our Chelmsford physio clinic currently provides physiotherapy for Ipswich Town Football Club, Writtle Wanderers Rugby Club, London Swimming and many more professional sporting clubs and organisations. For further information, visit http://www.chelmsfordphysio. co.uk/, email contact@chelmsfordphysio.co .uk, or phone 07966 231878. Jonathan Secker Recruitment and Communications Lead, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education


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Mumford Theatre offers staff standby tickets on selected performances... Full details on page 24 Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Call for nominations Representative of ‘teachers of the university’ on the Cambridge campus to serve on the Board of Governors I hereby call for nominations for a representative of ‘teachers of Anglia Ruskin University’ to serve on the Board of Governors as follows: • There is one vacancy at the Cambridge campus and the term of office for this vacancy is two years until 31 August 2013.

L Jo Start from Saffron Walden County High School demonstrates to the audience the gadget she has built.

.NET Gadgeteer stirs up excitement in local secondary schools Children love gadgets. And, wouldn’t it be great if they could build their own – and at school! This is exactly what over 70 schoolchildren aged between 11 and 18 years from around Cambridgeshire and Essex are doing using .NET Gadgeteer. On 30 January, they descended on Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab to celebrate the end of the first .NET Gadgeteer school pilot in the UK. Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is a rapid-prototyping platform for small electronic gadgets and embedded hardware devices. It combines the advantages of object-orientated programming, solderless assembly of electronics using a kit of hardware modules, and quick physical-enclosure fabrication using computer-aided design. The fact that .NET Gadgeteer is multi-faceted and has a low threshold, but a high ceiling, makes it especially suitable for school education.

The pilot involved eight secondary schools from Cambridgeshire and Essex. After initial training, schools used .NET Gadgeteer GHI FEZ Spider Starter kits and worked through eight lesson plans that I had created. Lessons included constructions of a digital camera, a stop-watch and a game. The courses were taught in class or during lunchtime- or after-school-clubs over a 10week period. The final weeks of the course were spent on individual and group .NET Gadgeteer projects that were then presented at the event. The celebration event on 30 January included talks by Professor Christopher Bishop on ‘Secrets of the Web’ and Dr Andrew Fitzgibbon on ‘Kinect: solving an impossible problem’, a lunchtime demo session consisting of .NET Gadgeteer school and research demos, as well as demos of cutting-edge MSR technologies, such as

KinectFusion, HoloDesk and SecondLight and a schools’ show-and-tell. The enthusiasm and dedication shown by the students and teachers during the school pilot shows the hunger for hands-on computer science in schools. This is now a major priority in the UK, as spelt out by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove in his speech at the BETT Show in January. I am looking forward to working with more schools during the second pilot with .NET Gadgeteer. In addition, I will be travelling with the .NET Gadgeteer team to the USA in March to showcase the students’ work and promote the potential of .NET Gadgeteer in high-school education. Dr Sue Sentance Department of Education, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Members of academic staff whose role includes the full range of academic duties including research, and who are not members of the Vice Chancellor’s Group, wishing to stand for election to the Board of Governors are required to complete a nomination form – available from the Academic Office, ext 4911, or email debbie.cutmore@anglia.ac.uk. Further information on the Board of Governors can be found on My.Anglia at http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/staf f/sec_clerk/board.phtml. The completed nomination form should be signed by two members of academic staff based on the nominee’s campus and returned to the Secretary to Senate by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 13 March 2012. A supporting statement of no more than 250 words may accompany the nomination form. In the event of more than one nomination being received for this vacancy, the Secretary to Senate will arrange for an election by members of Senate. Rachel Ryan Secretary to Senate


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NEWS Mumford actor returns to local school Caroline Walshe, Marketing Officer at St Faith’s, said, ‘Thank you very much for arranging for Henry to visit St Faith’s… It was lovely to meet Henry, and he enjoyed his return visit, the first time he had been back in 20 years! He met our headmaster, Nigel Helliwell, and then spent time in a couple of Drama lessons. The children had all sorts of interesting questions for him, and they ended the session with some group games.’ Links like this will, hopefully, encourage a new generation of theatre-goers to explore what the Mumford Theatre has to offer – right on their doorstep! L Henry Douthwaite (centre) and a group of St Faith’s school children.

On Friday 27 January, Henry Douthwaite, an actor performing at the Mumford Theatre in The Secret Garden, visited a local school, St

Faith’s, in Cambridge. Henry had attended the school himself during his childhood spent in Cambridge and was really pleased to showcase

what the Mumford Theatre had to offer. He had a tour of the school and spent the afternoon interacting with several classes of enthusiastic children!

Verity Sanderson Box Office and Marketing Administrator, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Summer conferences programme for sixth-form students The Outreach & Recruitment team are preparing for summer with the launch of the summer conferences’ 2012 programme, aimed at sixthform students. Eleven conferences are being held across the Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses in June and July, which gives an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of Anglia Ruskin among schools and colleges in the region. With the tag line of ‘Informing your Future,’ sixthform students have been invited to attend to gain firsthand experience of what we can offer, and also develop skills that will improve their UCAS application.

ALSS will encourage students to get creative by offering two conferences. The first, on 19 June, will focus on contemporary issues in publishing, English literature and creative writing. On 3 July, participants will have the opportunity to produce a piece of artwork for their portfolios using the School of Art’s facilities in drawing, print, digital media and photography.

All faculties are involved in the conference programme. Students will be encouraged to

Business is the theme for the two conferences being organised by LAIBS. In

‘Examine your Future’ by FHSCE at the Fulbourn and Chelmsford campuses, with attendees being offered interactive sessions from nursing to education, midwifery to social work.

Cambridge, students will participate in a business competition to develop their skills in marketing and entrepreneurship, whilst in Chelmsford, workshops in business ethics, tax and leadership will be on offer to provide students with an insight into studying business. A day of discovery is being offered by Science & Technology as they open their doors to sixth-form students. Using their state-of-the-art equipment, the ‘Science of Competition’ will be investigated across a range of disciplines and will include a session on hand–eye coordination in sport. Finally, the Outreach & Recruitment team will be

holding four ‘Applying to Uni’ conferences, providing students with practical advice on making a successful application to university. Workshops will include the UCAS process, student finance and writing a successful personal statement. Close to 350 schools and colleges in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk have been targeted, and one ‘Applying to Uni’ conference is already fully booked! For further information on the 2012 summer conferences, please contact Paul Dunton, Outreach & Recruitment Officer, on ext 4706.


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UTFA and the LTPF 2012 – still time to apply University Teaching Fellowship Awards These awards are for staff who have made exceptional contributions to our learning and teaching practice and to that of the higher education community. Anglia Learning and Teaching is holding surgeries to assist colleagues in developing their applications. Dates are: Chelmsford 28 February 5 March 14 March Cambridge 2 March 6 March 13 March

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Please note that surgeries may be cancelled if numbers are too low. Please book through LTA@anglia.ac.uk. Alternatively, please call Dr Jaki Lilly (ext 2783) or Steve Wilson (ext 2062) to arrange a confidential meeting or telephone conversation about your application.

Learning and Teaching Project Fund For the academic year 2012–13, Anglia Learning and Teaching will be allocating a maximum of 14 awards of up to £3500 each to support colleagues in learning and teaching development and research projects. Project development surgeries will be held on the dates below: Chelmsford 1 March 5 March 21 March

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Please email LTA@anglia.ac.uk to book. The closing date for submissions to both the above is 5.00 pm on 25 May. For further information and application forms, please see the Award pages on our website (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/lta). Dr Jaki Lilly Anglia Learning and Teaching

New look Anglia Learning and Teaching website – www.anglia.ac.uk/lta growing bank of information, guidance and resources, as well as events and staff development opportunities to support learning, teaching and assessment practice at Anglia Ruskin. New resources include guidance on the use of new media technologies to enhance student learning and our developing collection of good teaching practice examples.

Anglia Learning and Teaching’s website has been given a ‘makeover’ in keeping with Anglia Ruskin’s online presence.

Designed with our learning, teaching and assessment community’s needs in mind, navigation via key topic areas provides easy access to a

New features include the dynamic presentation of RSS news feeds from the Higher Education Academy and JISC, the opportunity to subscribe to our monthly update and the use of Twitter to communicate items of interest in a brief but timely fashion as they emerge.

In addition to providing at-aglance details about internal LTA activities and initiatives, the website aims to draw in news and up-to-date information about events, funding and research opportunities from across the HE sector likely to be of interest to our LTA community. To help us develop the website further to meet your needs, please take the time to explore it and let us know what you think, together with any suggestions for improvements. Visit www.anglia.ac.uk/lta. Sharon Waller Deputy Director, Anglia Learning and Teaching


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NEWS Employability goes Swap ‘til you drop without spending a penny! to Asia This year, 12–16 March will be our second National Student Money Week – a week devoted to providing useful advice to students (and staff!) on how to be financially capable. This means having the skills to keep track of your money, make ends meet, being able to choose products wisely, planning ahead and staying informed of changes and rights.

L Yasmin Andrews, PhD graduate in International Business, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Cambridge.

From Cambridge to Kuala Lumpur, our Employability team does the business for our students. This January, fresh from finishing her PhD in International Business, Yasmin Andrews started her career as a university lecturer – securing her position with one of our associate universities, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (www.limkokwing.net) via Anglia Ruskin’s Employability team.

We have also found positions for our new graduates, including Holly Burgess, who graduated last summer with a Psychology BSc (Hons) and has now been teaching in HUHST University in China for over four months.

To mark the week, the Student Money Advice Service, within our Student Services, is hosting events that take a light-hearted approach. These will cover saving money on food shopping, updating your wardrobe and book collection without spending a penny! We will also offer advice on saving money on socialising, mobile phones and other life essentials! And, we will also be asking students for their best money-saving tips via a giant ‘Money Tree’. Swap Shop Do you have clothes, DVDs, CDs and other things that you are bored with, or that you just don’t like?

To find out more about opportunities for your students, please contact Jane Murray employability@anglia.ac.uk.

Well, we have just the thing for you! Student Services’ first-ever Swap Shop! This gives you the chance to swap items that you don’t want for some new (to you), free stuff! It’s that simple – no money involved! This event is open to all staff and students.

Katie Morris Employability Adviser, Careers and Employability Service, Student Services

The events will take place on 13 March (Chelmsford) and 16 March (Cambridge). In the lead-up to these dates, staff

and students can drop off items to Student Services on both the Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses, and in return for every item donated they will receive a token that they can then swap on the day for other donated items. We are looking for goodquality items such as clothes, shoes, accessories (no earrings), books, DVDs and CDs. Anything that we think is not suitable will be rejected when you drop them off – no electrical items. Any items left after the event will be donated to a local charity shop. Chelmsford Items can be dropped off at Student Money Advice Service, Student Services, 2nd Floor Tindal, between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm, 6–12 March. Cambridge Items can be dropped off at the Student Money Advice Service, Student Services, 3rd Floor Helmore, between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm, 11–15 March. The events’ locations will be announced shortly. If you have any questions relating to any of the above, or would like to promote this event to your students, please contact the Student Money Advice Service on ext 6700 or at moneyadvice@anglia.ac.uk.


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Image reproduced courtesy of David Walsh MD of Frontier Developments.

James makes Kinections in gaming world

James Avery is already making a name for himself in the gaming industry, despite being only two-thirds of the way through his BA (Hons) Computer Games and Visual Effects degree at Cambridge School of Art. Having been head-hunted by Cambridge-based gaming company Frontier Developments (www. frontier.co.uk) last year, James has just seen the release of his first video game, ‘Kinect Disneyland Adventures’, a

collaboration with Microsoft Game Studios and Disney. James describes how his dream career was launched, ‘I always attend the game jams that my tutor organises for us. Game jams are gaming events where teams are given a brief and compete to make the best game in a short amount of time. Afterwards, industry professionals usually come and check out the results, and Frontier saw my work on display. Next thing I know, I’m opening up an email from

Frontier’s Director of Production, and being offered an interview for the role of Visual Effects Artist within the company! I couldn’t believe my eyes!’ Kinect Disneyland Adventures, which is out now, is the first game featuring ‘open-world’ navigation on Kinect and features over 100 hours of game play. James’s role as Visual Effects Artist is to create all the elements that bring the game to life and add magic, such as fireworks, fire, smoke,

moving water and spell trails. He is also responsible for creating realistic lighting effects to give the ‘world’ depth and realism. The only visual effects artist working on the project, James’s flair for visual effects has secured him a promising future in the industry. As David Walsh, Managing Director at Frontier, explains, ‘Jay came to our attention through Brains Eden where his work was on display. Frontier is always looking for new, talented individuals who demonstrate particularly strong visual effects skills. Jay‘s skills in this area, as well as particle simulations and real-time lighting, really stood out. He has a great career ahead of him with us!’ To see James’s work, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/willneedtose ndoncepagelive. For more information about Kinect Disneyland Adventures, visit: www.anglia.ac.uk/disney. Sarah Jones Faculty Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

John Burnside wins TS Eliot and Forward Poetry Prizes for ‘Black Cat Bone’ Anglia Ruskin University Hon D Litt, was named winner of this year’s TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for his collection Black Cat Bone – just three months on from winning the Forward Prize for the same work. John is only the second poet to have achieved this double accolade for the same book, the first being Sean O’Brien in 2007.

In January, John Burnside, former CCAT student and

The TS Eliot Prize for Poetry was initiated in 1993 by the Poetry Book Society to

celebrate its 40th birthday, and was described by Sir Andrew Motion (then Poet Laureate) as ‘the prize most poets want to win’. Each year, a prize of £15,000 is donated by Valerie Eliot (TS Eliot’s widow) and is presented to the poet considered, by a panel of their peers, to have published the best new collection of poetry in the UK or Ireland. The shortlist this year included Sean O’Brien and Carol Ann Duffy.

John’s Forward Prize win in October 2011 represented a great personal accomplishment for him. He had already been shortlisted on three previous occasions and was up against a field considered by many to be the strongest since the prize began in 1991. Gareth Long Web and Digital Communications Coordinator, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences


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NEWS Admissions Tutor attends education expo in Pakistan

L Pauline Start and Raza Shirazi (both on the left) interviewing students in Lahore, Pakistan.

The expo was aimed at undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, and was very well attended. It had been organised with the specific objective of helping UK HE institutes reach a national cross-section of Pakistani students who have the qualifications and the means to complete further education abroad. This exhibition was attended by prospective students and their parents, and provided an opportunity not only to recruit potential students, but also to make Anglia Ruskin University even more popular in Pakistan.

Last autumn I attended the 4th Falcon International Education Expo, in Pakistan, organised by Falcon Education and Consultancy Services (Pvt) Ltd. The expo was held nationwide in the cities of Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi, and an effective marketing campaign had taken place prior to the event. To announce the exhibition, email shots were sent to local institutions and

A total of 25 students were identified as good potential applicants, some for the January 2012 intake. The courses of interest included MSc in Computer Science, Finance and Management, BSc/BEng in Civil Engineering and BSc Architecture. I was ably assisted by Raza Shirazi, the manager of Anglia Ruskin’s regional office in Pakistan, who explained all the process of

their students. Posters were also displayed within Falcon offices and in prominent educational institutions. Press advertisements were placed in Pakistan’s prominent daily newspapers. And, special scrolls were also aired on TV channels and cable networks in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi announcing the event and venue details.

admission, visa support and the new UK Border Agency visa rules to the prospective students. The students were particularly interested in the scholarships and bursaries available for 2012 and asked questions concerning university location, accommodation, fee structure, study hours and job prospects after the completion of the degree. Potential students were issued with application forms on the spot. Overall, the 4th Falcon International Education Expo not only provided a much better and deeper understanding of the market in Pakistan, but also raised the profile of Anglia Ruskin University, reaching the student population of the leading educational institutions of Pakistan. Pauline Start Senior Lecturer, Department of the Built Environment, Faculty of Science & Technology

Anglia Law School alumni event In October 2011, The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kuala Lumpur played host to the first Anglia Law School alumni gathering. Attending the event were students from across Malaysia who had studied with Anglia Law School at its campuses in both Chelmsford and Cambridge. The event was attended on behalf of Anglia Law School by Dr Rhidian Lewis (far right of picture), and by Raymond Lee of Anglia Ruskin

University’s International Office (far left). Those alumni who attended the event were thrilled at the opportunity to catch up with old friends and remember the times and tutors that continue to make such a positive impression upon them. Dr Lewis would like to thank not only those who made the event such a pleasure, but also Eddie Law (Alumni Ambassador) for his support and co-ordination in Malaysia.

For more information, please contact Dr Lewis

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Fall in Love with Theatre A work experience opportunity facilitated by the Mumford Theatre has led to new relationships and renewed passion. Three BA (Hons) Drama students’ dream of starting their own children’s theatre company became one step closer to a reality when they were offered the opportunity to get involved in a theatre workshop by the Mumford Theatre’s Richard Purkiss. As Megan Bennett explains, ‘We were lucky enough to be asked to get involved with Fall In Love With Theatre in October, a two-day event with 60 8–14-year-olds. It was a fantastic opportunity and we were able to lead games and a workshop with the kids, and also perform with them on day-two alongside two professional West-End actors.

‘A few weeks later we were approached again by one of the leaders of this event, Mhari Gallagher (a freelance theatre practitioner), who asked if we could help her with an all-day anti-bullying workshop at Castle School. This was an extremely eye-opening experience and it was brilliant to work so closely with the kids there. Due to the severity of some of their disabilities, it made it incredibly rewarding to see them respond so well, and we are excited to have been asked to go back there again. ‘These events have made us even more passionate to make our company work and we now have plans in place to get paid work in schools within the next couple of months, with the support from our lecturers and those we met during Fall In Love With Theatre.’

L Yasmin Lamrhari, Megan Bennett (middle) and Ryan Trenter.

To find out more about the students’ work and how their company grows, please visit www.aryouth.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/aryouth1.

Sarah Jones Faculty Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Sports Science welcomes pro cyclist for testing

L Oliver Caddy testing David

Mclean in our sports labs.

Sports Science Research Assistant, Oliver Caddy, recently welcomed Cambridgeshire-based professional cyclist, David Mclean, to our Cambridge campus to undergo a series of rigorous tests designed to assess his fitness levels ahead of the pro season.

returned to the UK from an intensive winter training camp on Gran Canaria.

David undertook testing for VO²max (maximum oxygen uptake) and setting of his training zones from the measurement of lactic acid at various work rates. He is signed up to Italian Continental Level Professional team Meridiana for the first half of upcoming season, and had just

David, who expects to be racing against top riders across Europe in the coming months, commented, ‘It’s really important for me to be tested regularly and accurately, so I can train as efficiently as possible. Anglia Ruskin has always provided me with an extremely professional service,

Oliver commented on David’s performance in the testing, ‘These tests are extremely demanding, but David always steps up to the plate and gives his all.’

using the best and most reliable equipment available. This year, 2012, is going to be a big season for me, as I will ride my most difficult and most full calendar to date, so any advantage I can get from Anglia Ruskin is crucial.’ David is also fundraising to allow him to compete for the second half of the season. Further information can be found on his website (www.davidmcleancyclist.com). John Menzies Marketing Co-ordinator, Faculty of Science & Technology


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NEWS Midwifery conferences – success

L Professionals and students networking around a sponsor’s stand

during a break period.

In September 2011, the Faculty of Health Social Care & Education, in collaboration with Judy Evans, Practice Development Midwife at Broomfield Hospital, ran the first of three extremely successful midwifery conferences. Hosted by the Postgraduate Medical Institute, the conferences attracted in excess of 350 midwives, student midwives, GPs and paediatricians from across the UK. In September, the ‘Back to the Future – Normal Childbirth’ conference, was described as

‘inspiring and fantastic – an amazing conference’. We were delighted to receive support from the Royal College of Midwives, with Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, General Secretary of the RCM, and Liz Stephens, RCM President, as chair and guest speaker. In October, the ‘Newborn Infant – from the Outside In’ conference, attracted a multidisciplinary audience and multi-professional speakers. Chair, Dr Aloke Agrawal, Consultant Paediatrician at Broomfield Hospital, a visiting lecturer on the Examination of

the Newborn course at Anglia Ruskin and an advocate for midwives undertaking the discharge examination of the newborn, encouraged delegates to, ‘consider the baby as part of the bigger picture when caring for mothers and families’. Key speakers emphasised the importance of historygathering, observation, a thorough examination and detection in addition to the midwives’ statutory role and responsibility, and ‘the way forward for pre-registration midwifery education’. In her presentation, ‘You can see better with the light on’, Susan Barton, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for the East of England Cleft Lip and Palate Network, emphasised the need to use a light source and tongue depressor to improve the examination and detection of cleft palate. Speakers emphasised the importance of evidence-based information to facilitate change in practice. Feedback included, ‘excellent, informative, fantastic update’, with many delegates asking if it could it be an annual event.

At our final conference, in October, ‘Making High Risk Birth Normal’, Meredith Deane, Head of Midwifery at Broomfield Hospital, asked delegates to consider ‘Reducing Risks – What do Women Want?’ Speakers gave talks on, for example, electronic fetal monitoring, urogynaecology, sepsis, diabetes and obesity in pregnancy. Paula Hollis, Senior Clinical Midwife at Broomfield, encouraged practitioners to ‘normalise care for complex women’. The thoughtprovoking day was again evaluated as ‘excellent, informative and stimulating’. The interest and impact of the conferences is palpable around the units we work with. My thanks to all those who attended: to the speakers, the stand providers, and particularly to Judy Evans and Katherine Maloney. Sharon McDonald Director Continuing Professional Development & Postgraduate Portfolio, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Great Mumford Theatre ticket prices for our staff! The Mumford Theatre’s Staff Standby Ticket Scheme continues this semester. Standby Tickets can be purchased on the day of a performance for the reduced price of £5.00 (subject to availability). Each staff member will be entitled to purchase two tickets at this price on presentation of their Anglia Ruskin University staff card. Please bear in mind that performances sometimes sell out in advance, in which case Standby Tickets will not be available. The following performances are included in the Standby scheme this semester: • • • •

The Trial Equus What Would Helen Mirren Do? Cambridge Drama Festival

5 and 6 March 13–15 March 10–14 April 17–21 April

• • • • •

Italia ‘n’ Caledonia Backgammon for Beginners Egusi Soup Great Expectations Lifer – A Woman of Principle

11 and 12 May 13 May 18 and 19 May 31 May 7–9 June

Standby Tickets will be available to book online, over the phone, or at the counter on the day of a performance. Online, the ticket-type ‘ARU Staff Standby’ won’t be visible until the day of the performance. For more information, go to www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre or phone the Box Office on 0845 196 2320. Verity Sanderson Box Office and Marketing Administrator, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences


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Focus on

RESEARCH British public urged to track black squirrels Study by Anglia Ruskin scientist aims to monitor spread of invading species

‘…we know that the black squirrel gene has travelled approximately 50 miles in the last 100 years, which equates to half a mile a year.’ It’s exactly 100 years since the first black squirrel was recorded in the UK, and one of our scientists is aiming to discover precisely how far they have spread since the first sighting in Woburn, Bedfordshire, in 1912. The Black Squirrel Project is part of a study being undertaken by Helen McRobie (pictured top right), Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, to gather data on the geographical range of the black squirrel within the UK. Members of the British public are being encouraged to submit their squirrel sightings at the Black Squirrel Project’s website – www.blacksquirrelproject.org – to help map the population

of this invading species. It is believed that the black squirrels living in the UK all came from a dozen that were released from a private collection in Bedfordshire.

British Isles. Between 1876 and 1929, over 100 grey squirrels were introduced to more than 30 different sites across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. There are now more than two million grey squirrels in the British Isles, where they continue to spread and their numbers continue to rise.

Black squirrels, which originate from North America, are the same species as grey squirrels, and our scientists have discovered that they have a piece of DNA missing on a gene that produces pigment, meaning they can only produce black fur. So far, this is the only known difference between black and grey squirrels.

Helen McRobie said, ‘Black squirrel numbers seem to have risen steadily over the years and they have been spotted in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, as well as in Bedfordshire.

The grey squirrel is also a native of North America but has become a wellestablished invader in the

‘Although we know black squirrels are spreading, as yet we don’t have evidence that they are living elsewhere in

the British Isles. As it stands, we know that the black squirrel gene has travelled approximately 50 miles in the last 100 years, which equates to half a mile a year. ‘The aim of the Black Squirrel Project is to gather data on the geographical range of the grey and black squirrel in the British Isles, and the data may help explain why the grey squirrel has proved to be such a successful invader in the UK. Therefore, it would be great if as many people as possible can visit the website and submit their sightings.’ For more information, please contact Helen McRobie at helen.mcrobie@anglia.ac.uk.


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THE COMMUNITY Cambridge Half Marathon 2012 in support of Cancer Research UK We are sponsoring the Cambridge Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 11 March. The event is being organised by One Step Beyond and has a charity partnership with Cancer Research UK, and is fully supported by Cambridge City Council, local sports organisations and leisure retailers. The half marathon will begin at 9.00 am on Victoria Avenue, taking runners past some of Cambridge’s most famous locations, including the River Cam, The Backs, King’s College, Market Square and the Round Church, before finishing on Midsummer Common. Five of our students are taking part: • Jamie Cooper – third-year BA (Hons) Criminology • Grant Matsell – third-year Psychology • Dan Lawson – second-year BA Marketing • Sacha Wills – second-year BA Social Work (part-time) at Peterborough • Augusta Mckie – third-year BA English Literature Please come along to support the runners and enjoy the entertainment that will take place along the 13.1-mile route. Speaking about the event, Professor Mike Thorne, Vice Chancellor, said, ‘I’m delighted that Anglia Ruskin University will be sponsoring the first Cambridge Half Marathon. It promises to be an inspirational event, full of endeavour,

fantastic stories and is fundraising for a great cause – which is why we wanted to be part of it from the beginning.’ For more information, please visit www.onestepbeyond.org.uk or http://running.cancerresearchuk.org/. Miriam Berg Community Engagement Officer, Corporate Marketing, International & Development Services

Moving Mountains – a talk by Claire Bertshinger, who inspired Live Aid

L Claire Bertschinger with

children in Ethiopia, when she revisited the country in 2008.

On the evening of Friday 20 January, Dr Dame Claire Bertschinger, the nurse who inspired Live Aid, presented her inspirational talk ‘Moving Mountains’ at our Postgraduate

Medical Institute building on our Chelmsford campus.

decided to establish Band Aid and Live Aid.

Dame Bertschinger talked about her work with the International Committee of the Red Cross as a nurse in over a dozen war zones across the world, including Ethiopia, Lebanon and Afghanistan. She cared for starving children during the 1984–5 famine in Ethiopia, with limited food available. She shared her experience of how she was forced to decide which children to feed and which to let die. It was at this time that she was featured in Michael Buerk’s first BBC news report of the famine, which was seen by Bob Geldof. After watching the interview with Claire, he

In her talk, Claire explained her belief: that one person’s action can change a community, which can change the world. Her presentation ended with the quote, ‘If you don’t believe one person can make change, you have never shared a room with a mosquito!’ Claire is driven by the belief that child mortality of the under-fives can be reduced by two-thirds by 2015, in line with the aims of the Millennium Development Goals – and that this can be achieved by the empowerment and education of women worldwide.

After her presentation, she answered questions from the audience and took time to speak to those attendees who wanted to speak to her personally. A member of the audience said, ‘This was a very inspirational talk. It has been a privilege to have been able to hear Claire’s story.’ For further details about our community events, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/communitye ngagement. Rachel Moss Community Engagement Officer, Corporate marketing, International and Development Services


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Chelmsford celebrates International Women’s Day 2012 Women in research: ‘The problem is women have families!’ Our speakers include Professor Carol Munn-Giddings and Niamh O’Brien, both of the Department of Family and Community Studies (FHSE), and Linda Cooper, research student for Education (FHSE). Faith Marchal, HR Manager for Diversity, will chair the event in which the researchers will draw on examples of their own specific research and personal experiences: they picture a journey influenced by an array of challenges. The event will be followed by a Q&A sesssion and will end with tea and cakes to celebrate the day. To book your place, please visit www.angliaruskincommunity.eventbrite.com or contact Rachel Moss (ext 4723, rachel.moss@anglia.ac.uk). And don’t forget Cambridge… No Going Back! What next for women today? Saturday 10 March, 9.30 am–2.30 pm, Cambridge campus Professor Helen Valentine will chair the event, which will feature a keynote speech by recent appointee to our Board of Governors, Julie Spence, OBE, who will give a talk entitled ‘These ladies are not for turning: but are we too complacent about our progress?’. As well as the talks and debate, there will be a number of workshops and exhibitions. For more information or to book a place, please contact Miriam Berg (ext 5060, miriam.berg@anglia.ac.uk). For futher details about our community events, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/communityengagement and click on the Community Events tab, on the left-hand side. On Thursday 8 March we are hosting a presentation by a panel of women who will be talking about their lives as researchers and women in higher education. The event will take place from 7.00–9.00 pm at our Chelmsford campus.

Rachel Moss Community Engagement Officer, Corporate marketing, International and Development Services

This month’s Community Engagement events in brief 8 March

IWD – The problem is women have families!

7.00–9.00 pm

Chelmsford campus

10 March

IWD – No Going Back!

9.30 am–2.30 pm

Cambridge campus

11 March

Cambridge half-marathon

starts at 9.00 am

Victoria Avenue, Cambridge

12 March

Bashing the Baby Boomers

6.00–7.30 pm

Cambridge campus

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UK and international

PARTNER INSTITUTIONS Tomorrow’s motorsport engineers experience national Automotive Show The students were involved in setting up and staffing the stand, with the help of college and Anglia Ruskin University staff. The experience gave them a fantastic opportunity to meet industry professionals face to face, enquire about career opportunities and see the latest developments in the industry, all in one place.

L The College of West Anglia stand at the Automotive Show: Rob Sykes, CWA Motorsport Technician looks on while a potential student considers motorsports options. Rob competed his Level 3 qualification last year and is waiting to go onto the Motorsport Foundation Degree next year.

Motorsport students and staff from the College of West Anglia, Isle campus, Wisbech, took to the road for a national motorsport show. Europe’s

largest motorsport trade show, Autosport International, opened on 12 January at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

John Paul Latham, Lecturer, said, ‘Autosport International is the best place for us to meet people from both the motorsport engineering industry and from the general public. Attending this year’s show was a real achievement for our motorsports department. Our primary aim for the show was to showcase our new Foundation Degree in Motorsports Engineering, starting in September 2012, developed in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin University, as well as promoting our race

team activities. During the four-day exhibition we were able to develop new student interest and relationships with industry specialists. Our main sponsors, Engineering and Factory Supplies, based in Wisbech, assisted us during the exhibition and have so far supplied us with new bodywork for our Formula Ford Swift as well as team clothing for 2012.’ Chris Middleton, Lecturer, commented, ‘We had a lot of interest over the four days; people were looking to speak to us about our motorsports qualifications and we managed to help a number of prospective new students choose courses that best suit their needs and interests.’ Tessa Batlle Marketing Department – PR and Advertising, The College of West Anglia

University Centre Peterborough offers Passport to Uni programme University Centre Peterborough has recently launched a new programme that has been developed to raise the aspirations of students to go into higher education, and also to provide them with the extra skills they will need once there. The Passport to Uni programme is aimed at those aged 19 and under who are considering going to university, and runs throughout the year

offering a range of study skills. Attending these sessions, along with other activities, will earn students up to 40 UCAS points towards a place at University Centre Peterborough. Each study skills course runs for seven consecutive weeks, taking place on Mondays 4.30–6.00 pm at University Centre Peterborough, and once completed, 15 points will be allocated. Other points can be

awarded for completion of other courses that students might complete whilst at school or college, such as The Duke of Edinburgh Award, Community Sports Leaders Award, ASDAN Peer Mentoring Award, Young Enterprise Company Programme or Attendance at an HE Summer School. The scheme also allows students to become familiar

with the HE environment, understand course content and build confidence in their learning styles. Additionally, the students will also have the opportunity to start to build relationships with academic and support staff. Louise Price Recruitment and Events Coordinator, University Centre Peterborough

Forthcoming open days at the College of West Anglia Isle Campus, Wisbech Cambridge Campus, Milton

Saturday 3 March Saturday 10 March

For full information about these events and our courses, please visit www.cwa.ac.uk.

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Employer

ENGAGEMENT Students from DHL and Siemens start International Trade course

The first cohort on the Foundation Degree in Professional Practice International Trade has started, with staff from companies such as DHL, Siemens and Emerson among the students. Higher Skills @ Work has partnered with the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE) to deliver this unique work-based learning course to those in industries who deal with import and export. Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the IOE said, ‘We are proud that our partnership with Anglia Ruskin University has made it possible to bring to industry practitioners a learning pathway that is unique, and combines industry knowledge and practice with academic theory and concepts. This is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the Institute of Export and International Trade and its members, who should rightly be proud of this achievement.’

Tony Howard, Head of Higher Skills @ Work, said, ‘We are delighted that all the hard work and effort between the Institute and Anglia Ruskin to develop and validate this award has paid off with the start of the first group of learners studying for this award. The award will help support companies in the way they trade and settle their business, both here and overseas. It marks one of the first times we have worked with professional institutions in offering awards.’ The course is being delivered through a mixture of online tutorials via the Virtual Learning Environment, and work-related assignments that have been specifically designed to be practical, flexible and fit easily around jobs. You can find out more about the course at www.anglia.ac.uk/IOE. Liz Priestley Marketing Co-ordinator, Learning Development Services


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GREEN ISSUES This month’s activities and events March dates for your diary… World Water Day International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating the sustainable management of fresh-water resources – and we are asking you to help us support World Water Day. What have we been doing to conserve water at Anglia Ruskin? We have installed waterless urinals and dual flush toilets.

Fairtrade fortnight continues! We are now in Fairtrade fortnight and it will continue until Sunday 11 March. We hope you have enjoyed the activities around campus to support the fortnight, and if you have yet to take your step or get involved, visit www.anglia.ac.uk/fairtrade to find out how. Don’t forget, as part of the fortnight, you can take a lunchtime walk around the Chelmer Valley nature reserve on Thursday 8 March – there will be a limited number of free goodie bags, first come first served!

Anglia Ruskin University e-waste recycling event Anglia Ruskin University is hosting an e-waste amnesty at its Chelmsford campus. Over three days we will be accepting broken or no-longer-wanted electrical and electronic items from staff, students and the local community. The event will take place on 22, 23 and 24 March. Please keep your eye on My.Anglia, the Environment team’s Facebook page, ‘Anglia Ruskin Green Love’, or contact us for more details. Recycling is provided courtesy of Apple. All electronics will be sorted and treated within the UK.

How can you help conserve water at Anglia Ruskin? • Report dripping taps to the facilities helpdesk on ext 6464 – a dripping tap can waste up to 5000 litres of water a year, which is the equivalent of having 47 baths! • Avoid leaving taps running • Use half-load and energy-saving settings on dishwashers • Don’t overfill kettles • Don’t overwater plants • Use jugs of water, when available, for events and meetings instead of bottled water – jugs are available in certain areas (please check with the Restaurant Manager). Green Impacters, don’t forget to pick up your points for conserving water in Bronze criteria 015 and Bonus criteria C047! Climate Week Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society. The first Climate Week in March 2011 saw half a million people attending 3000 events in Britain’s biggest-ever environmental occasion. Events were run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others. To find an event near you, visit www.climateweek.com, and to keep up to date with all events we are holding, see our events page at www.anglia.ac.uk/environment. Contact us As always, we welcome any comments, compliments or suggestions – email us at environment@anglia.ac.uk.


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Customer Service

EXCELLENCE

Progress with mystery shopping, Back to the Floor and the Student Charter To be recognised as achieving Customer Service Excellence (CSE), we are required to provide evidence against the criteria of the standard. The criteria, and their relevant elements, can be found in the Customer Excellence standard on the Cabinet Office website, www.cse.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/aboutTheStandardCSE.do.

There have been five mystery shopping rounds carried out in key customer-facing service areas to date. A further round is being undertaken in Student Services, Financial Services and the Administration Centre within Arts, Law & Social Sciences. As before, mystery shopping will take place via telephone calls and face-to-face visits. For the face-to-face mystery shopping visits, we will be inviting our own students to participate again. It is important to state that staff will be made aware that mystery shopping is occurring in their respective service areas and exercises are only carried out following agreement with each respective service area. The data collected previously has offered unique frontline intelligence that can lead to targeted remedial service improvements for the benefit of customers. Each of the areas mystery shopped in 2011 have recently provided an update on their progress against actions agreed following the 2011 exercises. In support of our commitment to customer service, managers have been undertaking Back to the Floor activities. This involved spending a period of time doing a different job role and, therefore, experiencing first-hand issues impacting their

area. The feedback received so far has been positive. A list of Back to the Floor activities is now available on the CSE microsite. As you will be aware, our significantly revised Student Charter was launched at the start of the 2011–12 academic year. We are in the process of reviewing the promises set out in the Student Charter to assess how well we are meeting our commitments. The results of this will be available shortly. To raise awareness further among students and staff, we will be promoting our Student Charter during a designated ‘Student Charter Week’. We are keen to make clear that the Student Charter is important to the smooth running of Anglia Ruskin as well as enhancing the student experience. The Student Charter Week will occur during the week commencing 5 March. A number of activities are planned to raise the profile and stress the importance of our Student Charter within our community. For information concerning the CSE initiative, please go to our CSE microsite (www.anglia.ac.uk/excellence) or contact Rumnique Gill (rumnique.gill@anglia.ac.uk).

ESTATES & FACILITIES Space management Estates & Facilities Services are responsible for managing how space is used in Anglia Ruskin. This includes keeping track of how many square metres are used for which purposes, such as staff space, teaching space, communal and storage, and giving guidance on the most effective ways to use the space we have. If you are considering an office move, or a change to the way that you use a room, it is important that you work together with Estates & Facilities, and it is easy to let us know what you’d like to do, via Estates Online on My.Anglia.

On Estates Online, you will find two online forms, ‘Office move’ and ‘Change of room use’ – they do exactly what it says on the tin. Once you have filled in your request, we will send you a form that needs to be authorised by your dean or head of service. We can also help people to find you easily through directional signage. Just go to Estates Online and submit a ‘Signage’ request. You can find Estates Online at www.anglia.ac.uk/estatesonline. Office moves and changes of room use are not allowed

unless approved by the Space Management Working Group. We track all temporary and permanent changes in room use so that we meet guidelines for space use – including planning the number of staff and students per square metre. Each faculty and service pays a fee for the total space they use, and each time they book a meeting room. So, if you need to cancel a meeting, please always remember to cancel the room you have booked. This not only frees it up for colleagues, it means your faculty or service will not pay for the room unnecessarily. If you made the initial booking

via web room booking, you can log in and cancel it. Alternatively, please email bookaroom@anglia.ac.uk. Space management also includes classroom auditing. We employ students to carry out audits. The statistics are collated and reported to the Corporate Management Team and the Board of Governors, and help us to plan future use of space. For more information, please go to www.anglia.ac.uk/space or contact Lorraine Bewers, Space Management Coordinator in Estates & Facilities Services.


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STAFF DEVELOPMENT If you would like to book a place on a staff development session, you will need to email the following information to training@anglia.ac.uk: your name; job title; faculty or support service; location; telephone extension number and email address; the title of the workshop; the date of the workshop; your line manager’s name and email address. Please note, before placing your booking, you must secure your line manager’s agreement for this training. If a session is fully booked, you can register your interest by emailing training@anglia.ac.uk.

For the most up-to-date information about training and development opportunities, please see HR Online, at www.anglia.ac.uk/hr. If you have any queries regarding any staff development sessions, please do not hesitate to contact the training team at training@anglia.ac.uk.

March and April’s development sessions 1 Mar

Excellence: Serving You Right! – Student Complaints

Rivermead

9.30 am–4.30 pm

2 Mar

Excellence: Serving You Right! – Student Complaints

St George House, Cambridge

9.30 am–4.30 pm

12 Mar

Introduction to SITS

Rivermead

10.30 am–12.30 pm

12 Mar

Extracting Data from SITS

Rivermead

1.00–3.00 pm

13 Mar

Introduction to SITS

Cambridge

10.30 am–12.30 pm

13 Mar

Extracting Data from SITS

Cambridge

1.00–3.00 pm

14 Mar

Extracting Data from SITS

Cambridge

10.30 am–12.30 pm

15 Mar

Retirement: Opportunity & Choice

St George House, Cambridge

15 Mar

Briefing: On issues affecting HE Admissions Policy and Supporting Processes Rivermead

16 Mar

Management Development Programme (Part 3) FULLY BOOKED

19 Mar

Financial Awareness

St George House, Cambridge

20 Mar

Open Forum: Our International Collaborative Partnerships FULLY BOOKED

Rivermead

29 Mar

Management Development Programme (Part 4) FULLY BOOKED

St George House, Cambridge

9.30 am–4.30 pm

20 Apr

Stress: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

Rivermead

9.30 am–4.30 pm

30 Apr

Cultural Awareness

Rivermead

9.30 am–12.30 pm

9.30 am–4.45 pm 12.30–1.30 pm

St George House, Cambridge

9.30 am–4.30 pm 9.30 am–4.30 pm 12.00 noon–2.00 pm

Appraisal 2012 Further to the item in the January issue of Bulletin, 1 April marks the beginning of this year’s appraisal period. Many colleagues will have already attended appraisal training, which – using interactive theatre – focuses on the interpersonal skills needed to ensure appraisal is a constructive experience for all concerned. All staff will be required to attend one of the sessions offered by our training providers, 3C. At the time of writing, places are still currently available for those who have not yet been able to attend.

Self-appraisal continues to be an important aspect of the appraisal process. The main change for 2012 is the introduction of a four-point scale with which to rate overall performance. You will be asked to give yourself the rating that most closely resembles your overall performance, taking into account the performance descriptors provided on the Appraisal Form. You will then need to discuss this fully with your appraiser to arrive at the ratings for recording in the Summary section. Your appraiser will need to explain any differences of opinion.

Another change is that the use of the Personal Qualities (PQs), appropriate to the role, is now more deeply embedded in the Appraisal Form. The PQs are provided as a tool to aid reflection on overall performance, and to identify strengths as well as areas for further development. We have also developed some Supplementary Guidance about the appraisal process. This Guidance is available on the staff area of HR Online, http://web.anglia.ac.uk/hr/staff area, together with the Appraisal Form, Personal

Qualities, and other supporting publications. The Corporate Management Team will be reviewing summary data as a ‘reality check’ alongside the NSS, our in-house Student Experience Survey, Customer Service surveys and other measures of organisational performance. It will also enable us to report on progress towards our Corporate Plan appraisal targets (Goals 4 and 6). Faith Marchal HR Manager – Diversity


For full information, pick up a programme at the theatre. To book, phone the box office on 0845 196 2320 or call ext 2320

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What’s on at the Mumford?

The Mikado • Tickets: £10.00 (£8.00 concessions) • Wednesday 29 February – Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm + 2.30pm Saturday Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents a tale of love, satirical social commentary and effervescent humour, together with some of the finest

songs that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote together. The Mikado is Gilbert & Sullivan at the height of their powers. Set in a topsy-turvy vision of Japan, it combines a tale

of love with satirical social commentary and effervescent humour.

The Trial • Tickets: £11.50 (£8.50 concessions) • Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 March, 7.30 pm Kafka’s universal parable about the human condition is retold in Berkoff’s startlingly original, fresh and endlessly surprising play, which Blackeyed Theatre brings to the stage in their inimitable way.

Kafka’s nightmare vision and Berkoff’s crackling script meet Blackeyed Theatre’s trademark ensemble-style physical theatre and live music to create an inspiring and unforgettable piece of theatre.

‘One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre.’ The Stage Suitable for ages 13+.

Lights. Camera. Dance. • Tickets: £10.00 (£5.00 concessions) • Friday 9 March, 7.30pm & Saturday 10 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Cambridge University Tap and Jazz Society showcases the talents of the whole society;

featuring dance styles ranging from jazz and street to lyrical and tap, with music from the ’70s to

the present day.

Equus • Tickets: £11.50 (£8.50 concessions) • Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm + 2.00pm on Wednesday In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, 17-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart, the child

psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand his motives.

thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality.

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological

Contains strong language, adult themes and nudity.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark • Tickets: £7.00 • Saturday 17 March, 11.30 am & 2.30 pm With an irresistible blend of live music, puppetry and storytelling, this beautiful new show introduces an old friend to a new

generation of theatre-goers. Join Plop, the baby barn owl, as he journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks, starry

nights and moonlit adventures. Suitable for ages 3–7.

Twelfth Night • Tickets: £9.00 (£7.00 concessions) • Wednesday 21 & Friday 23 March, 7.30 pm Twelfth Night is the tale of a brother and sister, Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in

a shipwreck and think the other dead.

Suitable for ages 5+.

The Witches • Tickets: £9.00 (£7.00 concessions) • Thursday 22 & Saturday 24 March, 7.30 pm When a recently orphaned young scamp happens upon a secret witches’ convention at an English

hotel, he discovers they are plotting to rid the world of children.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Electra & The Changeling • Tickets: £9.00 (£7.00 concessions) • Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 March, 7.30 pm These two classical tragedies explore the depths to which mankind will plummet in the

pursuit of vengeance, passion, love and lust.

Contains scenes of a graphic nature, Suitable for ages 12+.


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For full information on all Cambridgeshire Film Consortium events, visit www.cambridgeshirefilmconsortium.org. For enquiries, call 01223 579127 or email trish.s@picturehouses.co.uk. To book, phone 0871 902 5720 or visit www.picturehouses.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Film Consortium events

Events for schools and colleges – National Science and Engineering Week/Cambridge Science Festival Vertigo (PG) • Tuesday, 13 March, 9.00 am–1.00 pm Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. USA 1958, 128 minutes. beautiful wife, Madeleine (Kim Introduction: Dr Tim Dalgleish on the Vertigo follows John ‘Scottie’ Novak). Will Scottie be able to neuroscience and psychology of phobia. Ferguson (James Stewart), a determine the cause of retired and acrophobic detective, Cost: £3.50, accompanying teachers free. Madeleine’s odd behaviour? as he is hired to follow his friend’s Dayglo • Thursday 15 March, 10.00 am–12.00 noon AY Touring Theatre Company, in partnership with Royal Albert Hall Learning and Participation’s Theatre of Debate production looks at the debate around the ethical questions posed by advances in neuroscience and the future of brain research. It provides

schools with a tried-and-tested resource, specially designed to support the achievement of attainment targets outlined in Key Stage 3 and 4 in Science, English, Drama, Citizenship,

PSHE and RS and is supported by online resources available at www.theatreofdebate.com. Cost: £2.50.

Black Swan (15) • Thursday, 15 March, 6.00 pm Director: Darren Aronofsky. Starring: Nathalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel USA 2010, 108 minutes. Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a talented ballerina who pushes herself into dangerous physical and mental territory with a quest for balletic perfection.

Black Swan portrays the fine line between intense discipline and psycho obsessive-compulsivedisorder-inspired eating disorders.

Introduction: Dr Sigal Spigel will discuss the complex causes of anorexia.

Croupier (15) • Sunday, 18 March, 2.30 pm Director: Mike Hodges. Starring: Clive Owen, Nick Reding and Nicholas Ball. France/UK 1999, 94 minutes. Jack Mansfield (Clive Owen) is an aspiring writer who takes a job as a croupier to make ends meet. As

the job begins to take over his life, Jack realises that he may have found the subject of his novel.

Introductions: Dr Luke Clark on the science behind pathological gambling. Trish Sheil on Croupier as a British Neo-Noir film.

Digital Film Workshops Spring 2012 Jump Cuts for 14–18 years • March weekends: 10, 11, 17 and 18, 11.00 am–4.00 pm, plus film screening Saturday 25 March 10.30 am Calling young filmmakers aged 14 to 18! Interested in learning more about documentary filmmaking? Jump Cuts is a film club aimed at

training you to plan, shoot and edit films. Then watch your films on the big screen at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.

Tutor: Ryd Cook Cost: £85. Maximum 12 places.

Lunchtime Archive Shows At The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse The Fens 1927–65 – A Lost Way of Life • Wednesday 21 March 1.00–2.15 pm Enjoy scenes of old Fen life and see 1965. These films from the knapping, mole-trapping, sowing, how the face of East Anglia’s collection of the East Anglian Film ploughing, ditch clearing and landscape, farming and traditional Archive show the life of the farmer drainage of fens. skills changed between1935 and and the skills of flint mining and An East Anglian Film Archive event.

Evening Film Courses For Adults At The Arts Picturehouse Film Noir Weekend • Saturday 10–Sunday 11 March, 9.30 am–4.00 pm Study film noirs of the Forties such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity with their Expressionist stylistics, low-key lighting, alienated anti-heroes and seductive femmes fatale. Look also

at contemporary neo-noirs such as Blade Runner, Kill Me Again and Croupier. Join us for a relaxed and informal course. Tutor: Trish Sheil

Cost: £80, members £75, concessions £60. Includes a comprehensive study pack, complimentary tea/coffee on arrival each day and discounted food in the Arts Picturehouse café bar.


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Exhibitions and music events Exhibitions at the Ruskin Gallery MA Children’s Book Illustration: Graduation exhibition

Searle Award for Creativity Exhibition

Wednesday 29 February–Thursday 15 March, Ruskin Gallery Private View: Thursday 1 March, 5.00 pm

Wednesday 21 March–Thursday 12 April, Ruskin Gallery Private View: Thursday 22 March, 5.00 pm

Cambridge School of Art’s MA programme in Children’s Book Illustration has developed an international reputation since it was validated as the first specialist course of its kind in 2001. Numerous graduates have gone on to achieve international acclaim as author–illustrators for children, winning esteemed prizes and awards around the world.

The annual Searle Award for Creativity recognises excellence in any artistic discipline and is open to all students in Cambridge School of Art. The theme for 2011 is ‘Migration’. The exhibition will feature the shortlisted artists’ work with the winner announced at the Private View.

Music events Lunchtime concert series

Anglia Singers launch new season

Fridays, 1.10 pm, Mumford Theatre, free admission 2 Mar

Performing the Film Mechanical and Electronic Music Experience (MEME), Director: Julio d’Escriván A presentation of works that accompany film, video and photography produced by Anglia Ruskin students currently on the Creative Music Technology degree pathway. (This concert takes place in the Recital Hall.)

9 Mar

Mifune Tsuji (violin) and Paul Jackson (piano) The popular Japanese violin virtuoso presents a recital featuring music by Prokofiev, Messiaen, Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman and Gershwin.

16 Mar Ian Pace A specialist in contemporary piano music, Ian Pace plays music by Anglia Ruskin music lecturer Paul Rhys (Not I and Five Preludes) plus works by Chopin and Debussy. www.anglia.ac.uk/mpaevents

Following a successful visit by some members of the Anglia Singers (pictured left) to the Netherlands in the autumn 2011, followed by the 20th Anniversary concert in November and a packed audience to hear the Singers in the lunchtime concert at Chelmsford Cathedral, the chamber choir starts its 2012 season with the annual Passiontide concert on Sunday 25 March at 7.00 pm in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Braintree. The programme of choral and instrumental music includes the concert suite of Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man and John Rutter’s setting of the Requiem. Tickets for the concert are now on sale from a number of outlets, including the Anglia Singers ticketline (01245 350988) as well as The Braintree Museum and The Presbytery (01376 350988). For more information, please contact Sylvia Lester (01371 850211). Chris Green (Professor Emeritus)

Orchestra and Birdsong – three spring concerts from Anglia Orchestra and Chorus Anglia Orchestra and Chorus is giving three concerts this spring that include pieces by Xenakis, Mozart, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov. One of the most interesting pieces they will also perform is Rautavaara’s 1972 Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds and Orchestra). Dr Paul Rhys (pictured above), Senior Lecturer in Music and Music Technology, and Alan Rochford, Pathway Leader for Music, will conduct the concerts. Paul has composed two pieces using recorded birdsong – Dialogue for Clarinet and Birdsong (2001) and Dialogue for Alto Recorder and Birdsong (2011). Each of these invites an imaginary conversation between a solo wind instrument and the recording of an individual birdsong slowed down to a quarter speed, to hear the rich melodic invention in the songs that would pass one by at normal speed! The romantic sound of the orchestra along with the other-worldliness of the birdsong has led to Rautavaara becoming one of Finland’s best-

known composers working today. Paul Rhys sees Cantus Arcticus as a plea for humanity to safeguard the natural environment, given all the concerns for global warming and the fragility of the polar regions. For your chance to hear Anglia Orchestra play with recorded birdsong, purchase tickets (£10.00; concessions, £7.00; Anglia Ruskin students, £5.00) for the following concerts: Friday 23 March, 7.30 pm, West Road Concert Hall tickets available from the Mumford Theatre Box Office (0845 196 2320) Thursday 17 May, 7.30 pm, Emmanuel United Reformed Church tickets available from the Mumford Theatre Box Office (0845 196 2320) Sunday 20 May, 7.30 pm, Binham Priory, North Norfolk tickets available from Mr David Frost (01328 830362) Verity Sanderson Box Office and Marketing Administrator, Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences


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LEAVERS

This monthly listing is to help keep readers up to date with who’s joined and who’s left recently. The entries are organised alphabetically by faculty or support service, followed by the joiner’s or leaver’s name, job title and, if relevant, department or unit. • Arts, Law & Social Sciences: Sarah Whitfield, Senior Lecturer, Music & Performing Arts • Estates & Facilities: Louisa Godfrey, Housing Assistant, University Accommodation Services • Health, Social Care & Education: Jane Scott, Partnership Administrator, Education; Mandy Wood, Helpdesk Administrator, Education • Learning Development Services: Tracy Armstrong, Skills Development Consultant, Higher Skills@Work; Clare Fazackerley, Business Sales Consultant, Higher Skills@Work; Elizabeth Priestley, Marketing Co-ordinator, Digital Copy Services • Lord Ashcroft International Business School: Maria Karafyllia, Senior Lecturer; Christine Menges, Senior Lecturer • Science & Technology: Mehrdad Asadi, Senior Lecturer, Computing & Technology; Thomas Carrington, Administrator, Faculty Office; Helen Gibbons, Clinical Trials Co-ordinator, Vision & Eye Research Unit; Clare Merritt, KEEP Associate, Global Sustainability Institute; Silvia Perez-Espona, Lecturer, Life Sciences; Phillip Warburton, Senior Lecturer, Life Sciences • Student Services: Kate Baker, Employment Engagement Co-ordinator, Employment Bureau; Paul Christie, Study Support Assistant, Study Support Service; Mary Gallacher, Study Support Assistant, Study Support Service; Pat Valian, Mental Health Adviser, Counselling & Wellbeing • University Library: Matthew Rix, Library Assistant

• Arts, Law & Social Sciences: Kerstin Bueschges, Senior Lecturer, Music & Performing Arts; Bronwen Walter, Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences • Health, Social Care & Education: Ken Allen, Senior Lecturer, Education; Shirlene Badger, Research Fellow, Family & Community Studies; Woody Caan, Professor of Health, Primary & Public Health; Elspeth Corrie, Senior Lecturer, Education; Jayne Crow, Senior Lecturer, Allied Health & Medicine; Samantha Gillatt, Administrator, mPowerNet; Margaret Hutt, Principal Lecturer/Director of Studies, Education; Caroline Mayes, Receptionist, Education; Sue Mitchell, Senior Lecturer, Education; Anthony Russell, Senior Lecturer, Education; Margaret Thomas, Senior Lecturer, Education; Mark Vertue, Head of Department, Primary & Public Health; Steven Walker, Principal Lecturer/Programme Leader, Mental Health; Janet Warren, Senior Lecturer, Family & Community Studies; Austin Wiehahn, Senior Lecturer, Allied Health & Medicine; Tim Williams, Principal Lecturer/Programme Leader, Education • HR Services: Tricia Allan, Recruitment Manager • IT Services: Donna Bee, Project Manager, Programme Management & Project Office • Lord Ashcroft International Business School: John McCullough, Senior Lecturer; John Mullen, Senior Lecturer • Research, Development & Commercial Services: Bala Gadde, KTP Associate • Science & Technology: Joanne Denny, Technician, Life Sciences; Susan Henstock, Administrator, Faculty Office; Robin Jennings, Principal Lecturer/Director of Studies, Computing & Technology; Phillip Mellow, Principal Lecturer/Programme Leader, Built Environment; Siddhant Raval, Technician, Life Sciences; John Ross, Senior Lecturer, Vision & Hearing Sciences; Sue Southgate, Senior Lecturer, Vision & Hearing Sciences; Andy Stevens, Principal Lecturer, Computing & Technology; Alison Thomas, Senior Lecturer, Life Sciences; Peter Wynn, Senior Lecturer, Built Environment


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