Reporter 398, 3 March 1997


Credit deserved

Emeritus Professor Dick Smithells
Paediatrics and Child Health

I was delighted to read that the University has conferred a Visiting Professorship upon Barbara Ansell, and that I am given credit for 'persuading' her to attend the children's arthritis clinic at the LGI each year. She needed no persuasion - just an invitation. One of her outstanding abilities was to remember from one year to the next, not only the clinical details, but the personal and family details, of every child she had seen before. Her contribution to our work was immeasurable.

At the Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (formerly the British Paediatric Association) next April, Professor Ansell will be the recipient of the James Spence gold medal, the highest award the College can confer.

A simple solution

Dr Colin Hendrie
Department of Psychology

As a rapid solution to the pressing shortage of parking space (Reporters 396, 397), I suggest that all our libraries are converted as soon as possible into multi-storey car parks. The concerns of staff and students wishing to use the libraries after this can easily be assuaged by explaining that the British Library is just up the road and that it offers a cheap and convenient service allowing access to up-to-date books and journals cancelled here at Leeds.

Irresponsible subsidy

Matthew Page
Institute for Transport Studies

Alastair Lumsden seems to be arguing that because he, along with many others, chooses to devote some of his spare time to University work, car commuting should be encouraged. He even seems to want to park his car in my office! All of which rather fails to address a serious issue. I would have thought that the University should be financially disinterested in the mode of transport that its employees use to get to work.

The fact that a subsidy is offered to car drivers in the form of a parking permit which is clearly valued more highly than its actual cost seems unfair and environmentally irresponsible.

Cautious approach

Professor John R G Turner
Department of Biology

Possibly any human being can become personally obsessed with another. Certainly, given the incidence of mental illness in the population, there are a number of students in the University at any one time who are going off their trolleys.

Equally certainly, several staff in the University are vulnerable simply from the nature of their work.

The non-issuing of telephone numbers and home addresses should be official University policy, to be contravened only with the positive permission of the member of staff. Failure to observe proper confidentiality could place the University in a position of legal liability for serious negligence.

Welcome change

John Whitley
Porter - English/Education

Could I just add my congratulations to all the staff in the Press Office on publishing a more professional and factual magazine? Keep on the good work.

Why the anonymity?

Dr Roger Boyle
Computer Studies

Occasionally, letters are published in the press from which the name and address of the author is withheld.

When this is done for some reason that is clear and generally accepted to be good, then there is no problem. When it is done simply because a view might be unpopular, then I am not certain the publication is behaving responsibly.

I was therefore disturbed to see that your organ considers the views of car drivers to be sufficiently sensitive or outrageous to warrant the cloak of anonymity. Perhaps an editorial column could explain.

Fair point - Ed

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