Reporter 406, 22 September 1997


Notice Board

Campus clean-up

Hard-working staff from the Estate Services teams are appealing for help in keeping the campus clean following a summer campaign to prepare it for the beginning of term. A special tidying effort was made for the Sunday Funday and the Area Maintenance Teams decided to refill the pond outside the Roger Stevens Building – left empty last year due to the water shortage. The fountain has also been brought back into action.

The E C Stoner Building is undergoing repairs to prevent water penetration, the extension to the Edward Boyle Library is almost complete, and more litter and cigarette bins have been installed across the campus. UNISERV’s grounds and gardens staff have started work in preparation for the autumn landscaping around the newly completed Biological Sciences Building

Watch your language

The self-access area in the Language Centre on Floor 2 of the Parkinson Building is open to all staff at no cost. You can come and obtain a user card which entitles you to use audio-cassettes, books, watch satellite channels, watch videos and use computer-assisted language learning software.

A French course for staff (post GCSE/ rusty O-Level standard) is being offered at £100 for 20 weeks, one hour tuition per week. German, Spanish and Italian are also available if there is a demand. Classes start 6 October. Details from Julia Nowosilyc ext 3245.

City and Guilds for clerical staff

Clerical staff can take the City and Guilds Licentiateship award offered by the Staff and Departmental Development Unit in conjunction with the School of Continuing Education. The Licentiateship is equivalent to an NVQ at level 4 but is more flexible in its requirements which focus on work-based personal skills and professional practice. Clerical staff with an Administration NVQ at level 3 or an equivalent qualification (such as A levels or RSA certificates) plus five years relevant work experience may be entitled to enrol.

The programme is due to start in January 1998 and finish by the end of summer 1998. Contact Debbie Greenwood at the SDDU (ext 4098, email d.l.greenwood@leeds. ac.uk) for further information and an application form, for return by 17 October.

Promotion to Senior Lectureship

Submissions for promotion to Senior Lectureship are now being invited. Any lecturer may apply; both the applicant and his or her head of department are required to make an input to the submission.

Forms for use in this year’s exercise, together with a circular detailing the timetable for the exercise, the procedures to be followed and guidance on the completion of the forms may be obtained from Clare Reynolds in the Personnel Office, ext 5773.

Application forms must be returned by 14 November 1997 and the Head of Department notified that this has been done. Late submissions will not be accepted. Any queries should be addressed to Clare Reynolds.

A working image

A major international conference exploring the history of work and its representations will be held at the University from 17 to 19 April 1998. Papers for the ‘Work and the Image’ conference should be submitted to Dr Valerie Mainz or Professor Griselda Pollock in the Department of Fine Art by 13 October.

Early retirement and mobility schemes

Applications are now invited from academic and related staff for early retirement under the Premature Retirement Scheme (PRT) or voluntary severance under the Mobility Incentive Scheme (MIS). Applicants must be in a permanent superannuable post financed from HEFCE funds, be over 50 and have completed five years’ pensionable service recognised by USS. Applications will only be approved if they are judged to be in the University’s managerial interest. The MIS scheme is open to permanent staff members who have completed at least three years’ service and have not resigned or accepted a post elsewhere at the time of application. Further details are available from ext 4138.

Autumn landscapes

An exhibition of Judith Cain’s paintings will be on show in the University Gallery from 1 October. Judith teaches painting at Leeds Metropolitan University and exhibits regularly at the Thackeray Gallery in London. Recently she was a major prize-winner at the Laing National Exhibition and in the Harewood Landscape Open, and her work has been included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

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