Reporter 409, 3 November 1997


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Minor works funds

There will be two allocations from the minor works fund during 1997/98 in February and May. The deadline for the first round is January 26 but departments are required to register their application (intent to apply) giving a brief statement and location of works by November 24 to enable adequate preparation of bids and costs estimates. Information and assistance is available from the Estates and Projects Office. Contact Sue Clarke (ext 6823 or s.m.clarke@leeds.ac.uk) or Michele Troughton (ext 5937 or m.m.troughton@ leeds.ac.uk).

Management matters

Procedures for dealing with sickness, dismissal, misconduct and other issues have been updated. SDDU is holding two workshops to explain the new procedures for staff with management and supervision responsibilities. Handling sickness, a half-day workshop on the afternoon of November 7, will cover the scope of the agreement, how to handle short- and long-term sickness absence, sick pay entitlement, health and safety considerations and the Disability Discrimination Act. A half-day workshop on conduct and capability on December 15 will cover the concept of discipline and the required skills, the reasons for dismissal, examples of misconduct and incapability and how to implement the formal procedure in a skilled, fair and effective manner. For details contact Mandy Ellis in SDDU.

Sell yourself

Sir Tim Bell, the man who steered Margaret Thatcher to three General Election victories, will speak at Trinity and All Saints College on 20 November. He helped to form the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi, and in 1990 received a knighthood. As Chairman of Lowe Bell Communications he advises many of Britain’s most successful companies and foreign heads of state. Branding, Reputations and the Media, will be held at 6.30pm. Admission is by ticket only – enquiries to Margaret Hampton, 283 7317.

Telling tales

Prizewinners in the STAND International Short Story Competition will be reading in the School of English on Thursday 13 November at 7.30 pm. All welcome – admission is free. STAND is one of the country’s foremost literary magazines. Its editor, Jon Silkin, has a long-standing connection with the School of English; he was a Gregory Fellow in the 1960s, and is currently a Senior Fellow in Poetry in the School.

Revolutionary talk

A public lecture, Russia: From revolution to revolution, will mark the opening of the Leeds University Centre for Russian, Eurasian and Central European Studies. Professor Peter Frank, former Leeds lecturer in Russian and now at the University of Essex and Channel Four News, will give his lecture at 5.15pm on 11 November in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre.

A rhetorical question

A one-day seminar exploring changing perspectives on the relationship between politics, rhetoric and the media through the ages will be held at the School of English on January 17. Abstracts for papers must be submitted by 14 November to Professor Katie Wales or Dr Lynette Hunter. To attend the Politics, Rhetoric and the Media seminar send an SAE and a cheque, payable to the University of Leeds (Rhetoric), for £15 to the School of English.

On a safe course

Health and safety courses are being offered by the Radiation Protection and Safety Service, including chemical safety on November 6, fire safety on November 17, microbiological safety on November 21, inspections and risk assessment on January 19 and manual handling/electrical safety on January 26. Further details are available on ext 4201/6

Christmas cracker

Fairbairn House is taking bookings for Christmas lunches, available from December 1 to 19. Details are available on ext 6633.

Travel plans

Applications are invited from university administrators for awards from the Joan Balchin Memorial Travel Fund. The awards are intended to further the education and training of administrators with particular emphasis on assisting with travel expenses. The value of awards will be based on the plans of each successful candidate and any other available financial assistance. The awards are tenable in the UK or overseas and may be held with other awards. Applicants must be eligible for AUA membership and should submit detailed proposals of travel plans, indicating how their education or training will benefit, to the Joan Balchin Memorial Travel Fund Committee, c/o Lynne Bailey, Student Office, by 31 March.

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