Reporter 410, 17 November 1997

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Pick up your paintbrush

University staff and their friends and relatives are invited to submit their creations for the annual Fairbairn House art exhibition which will run from 5 to 19 December. Contact Maureen Timm for details on ext 6912.

Musical moments

The University is delighted to welcome the Sorrel String Quartet as its new Quartet in Residence. The Quartet will present three concerts, each one including work by Shostakovich. The first Sorrel concert is on 26 November at 7.30pm in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall and coincides with a visit by the Russian composer Elena Firsova. Her Quartet No.9 The door is closed will be featured along with works by Mozart and Brahms. Julian Rushton will give a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm. Details of the season’s concerts are available from Susan Wheater on or ext 2584.

Does Dearing matter?

Alice Frost, who has joined the University for two years as Research Strategy Adviser on secondment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, will hold a seminar on the process of national policy-making for research and higher education. She will outline the role of a Funding Council and the nature of policy-making in HEFCE, drawing particular attention to the differences between the funding and research councils. She will also look at the on-going implementation of the Dearing Report as a case study in how national policy is made.

The seminar will take place at 4pm on Thursday 4 December at University House. To reserve a place ring Alison Moore on ext 4656/4541 or email a.w.moore@education.

¤ Quality Assurance after Dearing will be the first of a series of seminars organised by the Centre for Policy Studies in Education. John Randall, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education will lead the discussion on Thursday 27 November and on Thursday 11 December Mollie Temple, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, will address the subject of The University, The Region and 16+ Education. Both seminars will be at 5.00pm in University House.

Use the Union

The Union is taking part in a Leeds-wide trial of the new Visa cash facility where card-holders are able to load up to £50 from their account onto the card which can be used to pay for small items on sale in Union shops or in selected shops in town. There are two loading machines in the Union building and all of the retail outlets except the bar and the bookshop will accept the card.

The University Union card and gift shop can provide personalised Christmas cards to staff. Departments can be invoiced directly.

A taste of the Orient

After the successful photographic exhibition Eastern Eye last year, students in East Asian Studies have decided to make the exhibition an annual project which highlights their experiences in East Asia. Eastern Eye will run from 19 November to 3 December in the East Asian Studies Department. The picture above of chillies drying in the sun was taken by Natasha Moore during her travels in China.

Festive fayre

Lutoslawski’s Polish Christmas Carols, Symphony No.10 by Shostakovich and Weill’s Suite from the Threepenny Opera form part of a festive programme sponsored by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. The University of Leeds Department of Music Orchestra will perform in the Great Hall on Saturday 29 November at 7.30 pm.

Refreshments for members will be provided at 6.15 and there will be a pre-concert talk in the Great Hall by Dr David Fanning of the University of Manchester for members of the Society and their guests at 6.45pm.

Tickets are £6 (£3 concessions) available from the University Reception Office in the Parkinson Building ext 4082 or at the door.

Paper chase

Mountains of waste office paper are to be a thing of the past thanks to a recycling scheme being introduced in the University.

A staggered introduction will be made to enable Cleaning Services to co-ordinate the introduction of the collection containers and facilities, liaise with departments and help train staff, students and cleaners. The scheme is already in operation in the E C Stoner Building and Physics and Astronomy Department. Dave Crombie, supervisor of the cleaning maintenance team, will be contacting departments.

Talking transport

Research for an Integrated Transport Policy, is the subject of a one-day seminar to be held at Bodington Hall on Thursday 4 December. The seminar will be organised by the Inland Surface Transport (IST) LINK Programme, a body supporting research into the development of an efficient and socially and environmentally friendly transport system.

Attendance is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided. To reserve a place contact Liz Dell at the Institute for Transport Studies. Tel: 267 2701; fax: 233 5334; email

Taste test

Wine lovers are invited to join in a tasting evening on Thursday 4 December at 8.00pm in the main dining-room of the SCR. A heady selection of wines will be on offer including full-bodied reds from Oregon and Australia, and a mature Burgundy. Mince pies will be served. Tickets are available from Pat Brooke at the SCR Club Office, price £8.

Calling all Centres

A forum has been established to allow Heads of interdisciplinary research centres to meet informally and exchange ideas. The first meeting is on Wednesday 3 December from 2 to 4pm in CR1 of the E C Stoner Building. Any Heads of Centres, approved by Senate, who have not received information should contact Alice Frost on ext 4785 or email

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