Reporter 408, 20 October 1997

Reporter 408, 20 October 1997

Burning issue

Penny Robinson
Sub-Dean of Arts

Congratulations to the University on its welcome and long-awaited ban on smoking in the Parkinson Court and in all areas of multi-occupancy on the campus. I am, however, puzzled as to the reasons behind the decision to retain sections of Red Route as smoking areas; Red Route is one of the University’s main thoroughfares, used by students, staff and visitors going to and from administrative offices, the Senior Common Room and Charles Morris Hall.

I should be interested to know why it has been decided that any parts at all of this corridor are not to be made smoke free. The retention of smoking here will give an extremely negative impression to visitors from the ever-increasing number of institutions who have banned smoking from all public areas. We should also consider the message we are giving, not only to our own students, but to UCAS candidates who visit us for interviews and open days.

I would urge the University to rethink its policy in this respect and, if it is really necessary to provide a smoking area within the campus, to locate it in a more sensitive and appropriate place.

David Shaw

I was delighted to read (Reporter 407) that smoking is to be banned in the Parkinson Court and all areas of multi-occupancy on the campus. Most other universities - and many other large institutions – have now banned smoking from all public areas and it is high time we came into line. It is therefore a great pity that parts of Red Route are to be exempted from this arrangement. Surely we too should be portraying non-smoking as the norm and banning smoking from all public areas. It would be a further step in the right direction if the ban could be extended to cover the corridors linking the Parkinson and Michael Sadler Buildings. Some departments seem to have designated parts of these corridors as their ‘smoking area’, thereby forcing their smoke and accompanying unpleasantness on all who pass through.

The revised smoking policy, which includes stairways, takes effect immediately. Full copies will be sent to departments shortly. Enforcement will rely to a considerable extent on people’s goodwill. The issue of Red Route will be discussed at the next Staff Committee meeting – Personnel.

Popular poplar

Tom Tregenza
School of Biology

I was upset to discover that the enormous poplar which once graced the Mount Preston Street car park has been cut down. It showed no signs of instability and without it the area is left with only an Orwellian forest of security equipment. Could those responsible explain why we have been robbed of such a majestic and attractive tree? I sincerely hope it was not to make room for another metal pole.

The poplar in Purple Zone car park was cut down because it was unsafe, having lost a large branch from the top of the crown some weeks ago when in full leaf. Consistent with Estate Services policy, the work was carried out after approval by the arboriculturists at Leeds City Council. Each year we plant many more trees than we remove and only remove trees after consultation and when unavoidable – John Howe, General Manager, UNISERV

Elusive events

Jim Jackson
Computer Studies

Surely I am not the only person to believe that with the demise of the weekly events sheet sometime ago, we now have an inferior service for disseminating information on events within the University.

For instance, at the start of term I was expecting to find out when the WUS record sales would start, an event regularly reported in the old weekly Events sheets. But there is now no mention in the Reporter. I searched the new on-line information and also found no information.

After two visits to the Senior Common Room, one abortive and one successful, I did eventually find the WUS sale, but how would new staff even know of its existence!

WUS officials tell me that you seem to think you cannot handle events such as theirs. What claptrap! I suggest that the Reporter is of no use unless it provides a service to staff of the University, and that notice of events is a very important part of that service.

Further, I found that the on-line information said there were no concerts or recitals planned, despite evidence to the contrary from a very glossy concert sheet I had received with my Reporter. I thought modern technology was supposed to enable an up-to- date information service!

If University members provide us with information about events we are happy to publicise them, subject to constraints of space. Full details of events are available on the web -Editor

With thanks

Professor David Holdcroft

Could I, through you, thank the many people who worked to make the British Association’s visit to Leeds such a success. At the concluding dinner Sir Derek Roberts, this year’s President, said that no words were adequate to praise the contribution of the University – a message which should be relayed to all those who worked so hard to ensure that the event was a credit to the University. The positive and helpful attitude of our staff and students was much appreciated by all who attended.

Farewell, friends

Building Manager, UNISERV

May I, through your good offices, give my thanks and good wishes for 17 years of help and friendship to anyone whom I managed to miss when saying goodbye prior to retiring at the end of September.

After this time in Works and Services or as it is now called Estate Services I met and (I hope) became friends with many people from all departments. With the change of duties in 1994, I have lost contact with some people and find others have retired. By this means I hope to remedy any deficiency in my farewells.

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