Reporter 398, 3 March 1997

Notice Board

Support group

The Support Staff Advisory Group meets three times a year to discuss matters of concern and acts as a channel of communication for support staff. Chaired by Professor Joyce Hill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff, the group has six members of technical, clerical and ancillary staff. A vacancy exists in the clerical and ancillary areas; anyone interested in joining the group should contact Keiron Broadhead in Personnel on ext. 3962.

Christmas closure

Next Christmas the University will be open up to and including Tuesday 23 December 1997 and will close from 24 December to 4 January inclusive.

Bargain books

World University Service is holding a book sale on 17 and 18 March between 12 and 2pm in the SCR in aid of its Overseas Students' Hardship Fund. Donations of good quality books will be very welcome and can be left with Pat Brooke or Gordon Leedale in the SCR or with any member of the WUS committee.

Speak your mind

Is Britain's current system of higher education a shambles - under-resourced, poorly staffed and overstressed? BBC Radio 3's Night Waves will be asking this question in a debate at 5pm on Thursday 6 March to be broadcast later the same evening. It will be presented by Patrick Wright and include a panel of experts, and academics are invited to make up the participating audience in the programme to be recorded at the Centenary Building, Adelphi Campus, Peru Street, Salford. For further information call Catherine Hoole on 0161 244 4150.

Postage savings

Savings of more than 39 per cent have been made since international mail deliveries were transferred from the Royal Mail Datapost service to DHL, according to Vicky Statler, Head of Corporate Services.

The DHL international courier service has been in use from November 1996, with savings greater than originally predicted. In the three months to the end of January, a saving of £1,336.77 or 39 per cent was made on behalf of departments using this service.

Taxing questions

Do you complete a tax return? Are you in receipt of benefits in kind? Do you have other sources of income? Are you liable to tax at the 40 per cent rate? If you answer 'yes' to any of these, you need to know about self-assessment.

Consultants Pannell Kerr Forster will give free informal presentations in lecture theatre 16 of the Roger Stevens Building from 1pm to 2.30 pm on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 March. To book contact Beryl Stoker ext. 4012 or

Further details from Juliet Edwards ext. 6031 or

Carnival time

A celebration of all things Portuguese will be in full swing this week, from Tuesday to Thursday (4-6 March). Topics covered will include:

A carnival will also be held by the Spanish and Portuguese Student Society. Enquiries to Dr David Frier at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Ext. 3529 or e-mail

All events (except for the Carnival) will be held in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (rooms 229 and 240). Full details on the Reporter web site.

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'Patients' wanted

The Medical School needs volunteers to act as 'simulated' patients in 3rd year medical exams to be held in June. Help is wanted for half a day and training will be provided.

For further details, contact Jane Thompson in the Teaching Support Office at St James's on Leeds 206 5639.

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