Reporter 407, 6 October 1997


Notice board

Early retirement and mobility schemes

Applications are invited from all University staff for early retirement under the Premature Retirement Scheme (PRT) or voluntary severance under the Mobility Incentive Scheme (MIS).

Applicants for PRT must be in a permanent superannuable post, be over 50 (USS members) or over 55 (PAS members) and have completed five years’ pensionable service.

MIS is open to permanent members of staff who have completed at least three years’ service and have not resigned or accepted a post elsewhere at the time of application. Applications will only be approved if they are judged to be in the University’s managerial interest. Further details are available from the Pensions Office ext 4138.

The big picture

The 11th Leeds International Film Festival opens its doors soon to present a unique mix of classic movies, premieres and previews. The world premiere of Girls’ Night, starring Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn and Julie Walters, will open the Festival on 16 October.

Each year the Festival looks at the work of a particular country and this year the focus is on Quebec, Canada. There is also a programme of science fiction films, featuring the work of George Lucas, John Carpenter, James Cameron and Ridley Scott.

For full details of the Festival, which runs from 16 to 31 October, ring 247 8398.

Dearing discussed

The on-line think-tank Nexus has set up a forum to discuss the implications of the Dearing Report. HEDU-UK will provide the forum for the discussion which will guide Dearing’s implementation. Nexus is also organising a seminar at Westminster this autumn where the threads of the discussions will be drawn together. Nexus wish to engage as many members of the HE community in the debate as possible.

You can join the debate by sending a request to nexus-core@netnexus.org to be added to the forum, subscribing automatically at: http://www.netnexus.org/theme/hedu/subscribe.htm or sending an e-mail message to majordomo@netnexus.org. In the body of the message, write “subscribe hedu-uk”

Books for the blind – can you help?

Accurate typists are needed to help transcribe books into Braille for blind students. No knowledge of Braille is required. A basic computer literacy is very helpful, and a willingness and ability to offer a regular commitment of a few hours per week. Please ring Vibi Rothnie on ext 3929 if you think you could help.

Volunteers are also needed for other tasks, such as reading onto tape and proofreading. Please ring ext 3929 or email BRLATM@ leeds. ac.uk

Eggs wanted

Female members of staff are being asked to think about becoming an egg donor. If you are healthy, under 35, have completed your own family, can spare some time for clinic visits and wish to help couples suffering from infertility by donating some of your eggs please contact the Assisted Conception Unit in the Clarendon Wing of the LGI, tel 292 6136, quoting reference ED/3174. Egg donation is non-commercial, voluntary and anonymous.

Euro conference

The UK and the social dimension of the European Union following the Treaty of Amsterdam is the theme for a one-day conference to be held on Friday 7 November. Aimed at those working in universities, trades unions, business and government, the conference has been organised by the Centre for the Study of Law in Europe, and the Centre for Business Law in the Department of Law. For details or to reserve a place contact Jaishree Parmar, Department of Law ext 5034 or email: lawjp @leeds.ac.uk

Bygone era

A day school – Imperialism and the Victorians – will be held by Tom Nossiter on Saturday 18 October from 10am to 5.30pm at Trinity and All Saints College. Entrance fee is either £15 or £19 which includes buffet lunch, coffee and tea. Booking forms are available from Noreen Hamblin, tel 283 7191, e-mail: n.hamblin@tasc.ac.uk

Nights on a mountain

Bookings for Pennine and mountain huts for the period up to and including Sunday 19 April 1998 can be made from Friday 10 October or from Friday 17 October for groups including non-University people. Prices are £60 or £80 per night. Bookings will take place at the Physical Education Centre. For details ring ext 5080.

Showstoppers

Song and dance group Showstoppers present a new show called “Footlights”. This variety show for all ages runs from Tuesday 21 October to Saturday 25 October at the Civic Theatre in Leeds. Tickets are £5 – all proceeds to charity. For tickets please contact Jill Robinson tel: 270 2600 evenings or the Civic Theatre Box Office.

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