Reporter 412, 15 December 1997

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Revamped events

The Reporter will include a two-page insert listing University events from next term in recognition of the concerns that have been voiced about the current format. The sheet, which will also be produced fortnightly during term, will be distributed with the Reporter. At times of the year when there are fewer events the page will be incorporated into the Reporter. Details of events are welcomed and they should continue to be sent to Julie Hanss in the Publications Office, EC Stoner Building, ext 4028 or email The deadline will be the morning of the Wednesday before publication.

Bubbly on offer for words signifying nothing

Are you fed-up with reading multiple management interchange indicators – memos to you and me – which could have been written by Gus ‘Communication is my middle name’ Hedges from Drop the Dead Donkey?

If so, you can now vent your spleen and give us all a good laugh by forwarding examples of management jargon to the Reporter. The School of Mechanical Engineering is prepared to award a bottle of champagne to the person submitting the most obfuscating entry.

An early contender is this, from the School of Mechanical Engineering itself: “Planning is important in a people centred context.” Hmm...

Jargon-junkies send your entries to: Management Jargon Of the Year c/o the Reporter by Friday 30 January.

Festive fayre

In the run-up to Christmas Catering Services will be providing festive food across the campus. Refectory will serve Christmas lunches until 19 December, as will the Senior Common Room waitress restaurant. Bookings for the SCR are advisable through ext 4166. Banqueting rooms and catering for office parties are available. Contact ext 3675 for details.

The Staff User Group monitors the standards of the Catering Service. If you have comments on any aspects of the Service which you would like to see addressed contact the Chairman, Dick Killington, who will ensure the issue is raised at one of the group’s regular meetings.

Musical moments

Riches of the Baroque 2, the first in a series of four concerts, will take place in the Clothworkers’ Concert Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 16 December. Oboist Michael Niesemann will join the performances including pieces by Bertali, Vivaldi, Bach and Soler. Tickets are available from the Parkinson reception, ext 4082, price £8.50 and £6.50 concessions. Season tickets are also available at £29 or £22 concessions.

Setting standards

The Occupational Standards Research Group is inviting colleagues with interests in occupational standards to join the group to share ideas, problems and successes. The group is based in the School of Healthcare Studies. Information is available from Ian Grigor tel 01943 876151 ext 6395 or email i.e.grigor@leeds or Julie Sowter tel 292 6737.

Bench for grabs

Up to 300 metres of good quality laboratory benching will become available after Christmas when work begins on the conversion of the former Leeds Grammar School site. The construction is timber frame with hardwood (Iroko) tops complete with gas taps, electric sockets and lab sinks. Anyone interested in these benches, for which there will be a charge, should contact Stuart Bravender in Estate Services email

Supportive staff

Courses on student welfare issues are being offered by the Student Support Network through SDDU for any members of staff who come into contact with students. The courses will run between January and June and cover issues such as exam stress, disability discrimination, cross-cultural awareness and drug abuse. Suggestions for other sessions are also welcomed. For further details contact SDDU on ext 4148.

Key issue

From 1 January all keys issued by the Security Service, to staff and postgraduates, will be subject to a refundable deposit of £10.

Mapping the past

Reproductions of Ordnance Survey maps of Leeds in the early 1890s are available from the School of Geography at £1. For details contact Ann Tillotson ext 3303.

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