Reporter 404, 16 June 1997


A new democracy

This year's Convocation Lecture, A New Democracy, will be given by businessman and musician Sir Ernest Hall OBE in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre at 11.30 am on Saturday June 28. Admission is free. The Lecture will be followed by the Convocation Annual Summer Luncheon at 12.45 for 1.15 pm in the Little and Great Woodhouse Rooms. Tickets, £15, are available from room 12.72, level 12, E C Stoner Building, ext 4026. Cheques should be made payable to 'The University of Leeds Convocation' and arrive no later than June 23. Further details from Jane Freer ext 4026 or email

Last dance

Third year students at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance will give their farewell performances on July 9 and 10 in the College's Riley Theatre. Most of the students have taken the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree course which is validated by the University. The performances will consist of the best dance pieces of the year and some pieces choreographed by the students themselves. Tickets are £4 or £1.50 (concs.) For details tel 262 5359.

Summer school

Short courses in philosophy, history of art and computing, among others, are being held by the School of Continuing Education to give people around the city a taste of higher education. The summer schools will run from June 9 to 27 in Chapeltown, Chapel Allerton, Beeston, Middleton, Allerton Bywater, Kippax and Crossgates. The courses are open to all. For further information contact Janet Barton of the Widening Provision Project ext 3219.

Get equipped

The Research Councils and the Funding Councils have £21M to distribute through the Joint Equipment Initiative (closing date 31 July 1997) to support the purchase of equipment for research in universities. Applications can be made for up to 50% of the cost of equipment. There are no limits on the value that can be applied for – last year awards ranged from £5,000 to £1.6m. Applicants from this University were very successful and raised over £700,000. To take advantage of this opportunity researchers need to be able to find matching support – from industry, Government departments, charities, or others. The Research Support Unit can advise on imaginative ways of presenting matching funding and can help in identifying potential external sponsors. To find out more e-mail or view details of the Joint Equipment Initiative at schemes/jei-guid.htm

July opening

Chief Medical Officer Sir Kenneth Calman will open the new building for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education on July 11. The Department is responsible for the training of all doctors and dentists in Yorkshire.

Looking for something?

Members of the sensors research group, which has interests in biosensors, ultrasound, millimetre wave, optical fibre, chemical and piezo electric sensors, would like to make contact with anyone who uses sensors in their work. If you need to measure/analyse/quantify or detect anything – and you'd like to be able to do it better – please contact Michelle Double in the Research Support Unit, email

Financial matters

Contributions towards implementing a new finance system are invited by the Finance Office. The University is to replace the existing financial records system by April 1998. The payroll and personnel systems will also be replaced as will the student system in 1999. Selection of potential suppliers has begun and participation in the project by members of the University is seen as essential. Consultation sessions are being held this month with finance contacts and heads of departments, but to contribute to the process contact John Lillywhite ext 6060 or email

Works of art

The fourth year Fine Art students' degree show runs until June 19 in the University Gallery and the Baines Wing, with separate screenings of work at the Hyde Park picture house and the Faversham. The group of students aim to produce a show which is "both serious and humorous, complex and accessible". It will involve a wide range of work, including two films and three videos. Further details from the Fine Art studios ext 5260.

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