Reporter 405, 30 June 1997

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More than a roof

A homeless centre in Leeds which has supported disadvantaged and marginalised members of society for nearly 70 years urgently needs to raise £1m to comply with health and fire regulations. St George's Crypt offered help – in the form of food, clothing. warmth, accommodation, friendship, advice and spiritual hope – to more than 35,000 visitors last year. For information on how to make a donation to the 'More than a Roof' appeal contact Professor David Goldspink of the Muscle Research Unit at the Medical School tel 245 9061.

Stress management

Therapist Karen McDonald will be available from July 15 for massages and to demonstrate stress management and relaxation techniques. She can be found in the Occupational Health department between 11am and 6pm. Bookings must be made in advance through Occupational Health, ext 2997 Monday to Thursday mornings only. The service is open to all staff for a charge of £12 for half an hour or £22 for a full hour.

Promotion prospect

Applications are invited from members of the academic staff who wish to be considered for a Promotional Chair or Readership with effect from 1 August 1998. Details and circulars setting out details of the procedures and timetables are available from Clare Reynolds ext 5773.

Science for the public

Applications are invited for Public Understanding of Science Awards to fund activities during the 1998 National Week of Science, Engineering and Technology (March 13–22). This is an ideal opportunity to obtain publicity for your research centre and its achievements. Each grant of £1,000 may be used to fund an entire activity, or as part funding for a larger project. Examples have included exhibitions in shopping centres and laboratory open days. Joint applications with university public relations officers are welcome. Contact Vanessa Bridge in the Press Office ext 4030.

Re-run awards is a new scheme to support the repetition and development of successful initiatives for promoting public awareness, appreciation and understanding of science. Around 20 awards of up to £1,000 are available which may be used to repeat or develop sucessful activities such as displays, open days, school links – regardless of how the earlier events were funded.

The closing date for both schemes is 31 August 1997. These schemes are only open to researchers and postgraduate students who are funded by the BBSRC. Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the BBSRC World Wide Web Page at then select "Public Understanding of Science."

Volunteers needed

The new International Students' Centre – due to open beginning of October in Parkinson Court – is looking for volunteers. The Centre will be used as a resource for international students and their families. Volunteers are needed to help with conversation classes, giving talks of interest to international students and other projects. For details contact Betty Vaughan, Adviser to International Students Office, ext 3931.

Ethnicity explored

A conference on The Ethnic in Music will include papers on The Native American in Popular Music, Culture, Identity and the Music of the Notting Hill Carnival, and the work of Robert Burns. Organised by the Department of Music, the conference will run from July 11 to 12 in the Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall. Further details from Dr Steve Sweeney-Turner, ext 2582 email

Take a break

The Student Union newsagent will be open for all University staff throughout the summer from 8.45am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Disabilities Officer

Judith Russell, currently Education Adviser on Disability at Sheffield Hallam University, has been appointed as the new Disabilities Officer and is expected to take up the appointment on 1 September 1997. She has both an academic background in the field of disability issues and in the development of services to disabled students

In July the University will once again host the largest gathering of medievalists in Europe. Organised by the International Medieval Institute, the fourth International Medieval Congress takes place from July 14 – 17, with over 1,100 scholars representing 30 nations attending. This year's special theme is Conversion, to mark the 1,400th anniversary of St. Augustine's arrival in Kent. 850 papers will be presented on all aspects of Medieval Studies. Further details are available from the Institute ext 3614 or at

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