Reporter 411, 1 December 1997

Notice board

Private matters?

Arguments for and against a privacy law have intensified in the wake of Princess Diana’s death and her brother’s outspoken attack on the ‘evil’ of certain tabloid newspapers. Now the University is to stage an open debate on the issue.

Supporters of a privacy law say ‘enough is enough’, the media should have no right to trawl through people’s private lives in search of scandal or tittle-tattle. But opponents counter that a privacy law would also hamper investigations into matters of legitimate public concern.

Both sides of the argument will be aired on Monday 8 December at a lunchtime debate organised by the Institute of Communications Studies. Putting the case for a privacy law will be Martin Wainwright, northern editor of The Guardian. Opposing him will be Granville Williams of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. The debate will be held in the Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre One from 1pm to 2pm.

Unwelcome email

There is an ever-increasing amount of junk email being sent to many users on the campus and UCS has set up an email address to send junk to so they can get some idea of the extent of the problem.

Their advice is to forward such email to, and then delete it. Do not get cross and reply to the junk, they advise, it only makes matters worse!

Life on the move

Researchers at Leeds are studying the movements of retired people within the EU and are keen to contact and interview people who have returned to the UK from retirement elsewhere in Europe. If you have experience of living in retirement in Europe please contact Dr Guy Patterson or Dr Louise Ackers in the Centre for the Study of Law in Europe ext 5029. Dr Ackers is also exploring the issue of children and migration and would like to hear from EU nationals with children over the age of eleven who have experience of migration within Europe.

Dramatic moments

The Workshop Theatre will this week host a particularly disturbing work, when Theatre Studies MA students tackle John Mackendrick’s Canticle. The subject of the play is Renaissance madrigalist Carlo Gesualdo, who produced some of the most innovative music of the time – before killing his son, his wife and her lover. It will be performed in the Emmanuel Studio, 2-4 December at 7.30pm.

The following week there will be a programme of three one-act plays from the ‘Manchester school’ of writers – Harold Brighouse’s Lonesome-Like, Stanley Houghton’s The Master Of The House, and Allan Monkhouse’s The Grand Cham’s Diamond. The plays will be presented in the Workshop Theatre from 9-11 December by level two Theatre Studies students. Tickets are available free from the automatic box office outside the theatre.

See the world

Applications are invited from administrators for awards from the Joan Balchin Memorial Travel Fund. The awards are intended to further the education and training of administrators. The awards are tenable in the UK or overseas. 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 in the Student Office by 31 March 1998.

Credit check

Salary payments to staff usually paid at the end of the month will be credited to accounts on Tuesday 23 December.

Season’s greetings

This year’s University Christmas card, which illustrates the Brotherton Library dome (above), is now available. The cards, which are printed in claret and green, cost 45p and are available from the Alumni Office ext 4026 or email

¤ The University Chaplaincy carol service will be held at 4pm on Sunday 7 December at the Emmanuel Church. Staff, students and their families are welcome to attend the service which will include brass and choral contributions from around the University. Seasonal refreshments will be provided.

Next term the Archbishop of York will be giving the Chaplaincy Sermon at a service at 6.30pm on Wednesday 4 February.

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