Reporter 395, 20 January 1997

Facelift for new fortnightly Reporter

The Reporter, the University's staff newsletter, has been updated following a survey of staff. Over 1,300 replied - a response rate of 25 percent - and the clear consensus was in favour of a more lively, modern Reporter extending beyond the academic community to all categories of staff.

The Reporter has a fresh new eight-page design - incorporating the Events sheet - and is to be published more regularly, every fortnight in term-time. Circulation has been increased so that every member of staff will receive an individual copy although production costs overall will be lower following the introduction of Desk Top Publishing.

A Reporter web site will provide an electronic version of the publication - with search facilities - and extended versions of many stories (those marked with a ). This has effectively created a permanent, searchable electronic archive of the publication.

"The Reporter is the place to go for news, views and information about people and events in the University. It's an important forum for debate, generating a sense of unity and common purpose" says Reporter editor Vanessa Bridge. "Now it will have something for everyone, from porters to professors, right across the campus."

The staff survey revealed that the most popular items are news about the University (95% in favour of inclusion) and departments (87%). Letters are also well read (84%). The least favoured are crosswords and competitions. New ideas are listings for Student Union concerts, news about staff clubs and stories about staff achievements outside work. Full results and a preliminary analysis of the survey are available on the Reporter web site.

The winner of the £50 questionnaire prize was Mr J Whitely, a porter in Education.

What do you think of the new Reporter? Send comments to Room 12./67, EC Stoner Building.


Two members of Leeds University were placed in the New Year Honours List, gaining recognition for their work in the fields of child health and communication with deaf people.Professor Samuel (Roy) Meadow receives a Knighthood for services to Paediatrics and to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He joined the University in 1970, and went on to perform the first kidney dialysis for children in Yorkshire.

In 1977 Professor Meadow described a new form of child abuse - Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy - where children have illnesses invented or caused by their parents.

Professor Dennis Child has been awarded an OBE for services to deaf people. On his appointment as Professor of Educational Psychology at the University in 1981, Professor Child persuaded the University to begin courses for teachers of deaf people with a compulsory commitment to sign language. He took up a voluntary position as Chairman of the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People in 1989.

Two members of the University staff have joined the great, the good and the famous in the 149th edition of "Who's Who" - "the recognised source book of information of people of influence and interest in all fields" (according to its publishers).

Sir Thomas Shakespeare, known in Sociology and Social Policy as Dr Tom Shakespeare, includes 'flirting' as one of his hobbies.

Professor Richard Taylor, Director of the University's School of Continuing Education, lists mountain walking and climbing and loyally describes his club membership as 'Yorkshire County Cricket.'

[Main news stories | University home page | Events]