Reporter 400, 21 April 1997

Reporter 400, 21 April 1997

Trust targets new funds

An environment trust has been set up by the University to attract teaching and research funds released by recent government legislation. Landfill operators can now obtain tax relief on contributions to environmental research.

The University of Leeds Environmental Trust has been established to benefit from this potential new source of funding. A seminar will take place on Friday May 2 at 2pm for staff interested in environmental projects. For further details contact John Lillywhite in Finance ext 6060 or email j.c.lillywhite

A question of transport

The Working Group on Car Parking has asked Heads of Departments for information on numbers of staff using bicycles for work, what facilities are available to them or are planned (eg changing rooms or showers), and asking for suggestions for locations for any secure cycle parking racks. Comments from all staff are invited: contact Mrs Michele Troughton by May 9, ext 5937 or by email at

Retirement and mobility call

Late applications for early retirement and severance under the Mobility Incentive Scheme are invited from staff. Applications will be considered against the criteria for eligibility and on the terms publicised last summer (copies of which may be obtained from the Pensions Office on ext 4139). However, the leaving date for any late applicant whose application is approved as being in the managerial interest will now be no later than 31 July 1997.

While PRT and MIS will be offered again in 1997/98, the terms for PRT will be less favourable than those that now obtain.

Fishing for members

The University of Leeds Angling Club is open to staff members and their family and friends. It holds around 13 matches a year and meetings are held at 8.30pm at the Staff Social Club on the third Thursday of every month, starting May 15th. For details contact John Dixon ext 6558.
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Seeking Sub-Wardens

Applications are invited for several posts of Sub-Warden at Bodington Hall for 1997-8. Details are available from the Warden's Secretary, Sue Testo, on 267 0634(afternoons). Sub-Wardens for Devonshire Hall are also required. Details from the Warden s offi office on 275 1265.

UNISON stewards

UNISON is seeking volunteers to act as union representatives in all clerical areas. Potential stewards need not be employment experts; the job requires common sense, the time to help colleagues and a belief in fairness and justice at work. For more info information, contact Phil Booth ext 5900.

Question time

The AUT and the University Union have jointly organised a question time on Higher Education, where awkward questions are encouraged, with parliamentary candidates for the Leeds North West and Leeds Central constituencies. The session forms part of a nationwide campaign by the AUT aiming to make higher education a General Election issue. It will be held in the Riley Smith Hall at 1pm on Thursday April 24.

The CVCP is also aiming to encourage debate between universities and parliamentary candidates. It has produced a leaflet focussing on the economic impact of universities and makes the case for a new funding system.
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The Library has a web page dedicated to the election, with links to useful sources of information. See

Inequality explored

African development and the global north-south divide will be explored in this year's African Studies Unit's public lecture. Michael Barratt, founding principal of Northern College, director of Twin Trading Ltd and author of works on Africa, trade and aid, sees the origins of international inequality in colonisation where indigenous co-operation was suppressed by European competition.

An African road for development: are we really all Romantics? will take place in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre on Wednesday April 30 at 5.30pm.

Take heart give blood

Blood donor sessions will be held at the Riley Smith Hall on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday April 30 and Thursday May 1 between 10.45am and 1pm and from 2.45 to 4.30pm.

Sexual politics

A seminar on The sexual politics of New Woman fiction will be given by Ann Heilmann of Manchester Metropolitan University at Trinity and All Saints College on Monday May 5 at 7.30pm. For details, contact Noreen Hamblin on Leeds 283 7191.

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