Reporter 413, 26 January 1998

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Winter warmers

Courses in self-enlightenment are being offered by CCDU to brighten the dark days of winter. A seminar on creative thinking and problem solving will be held from 4 to 6 pm on 24 February, price £12, and workshops to help review your career will be held at the same time on 4, 11 and 18 February, price £36. Bring along a colleague or friend and the cost for one of you will be halved. For details contact Christine Beels or Janice McMillan on ext 4913.

Head for the hills

Bookings for Pennine and Mountain huts for the period up to 20 September can be made from 9.30 am on Friday 30 January for groups of staff and students, at £60 per night, or from Friday 6 February for groups including non-University members, at £80 per night. Contact the Physical Education Centre, ext 5080.

Decision deadline

The closing date for applications from members of staff who wish to leave the University under the current Premature Retirement Terms (PRT) or the Mobility Incentive Scheme (MIS) is 27 February 1998. Both schemes are open to all categories of staff, but applicants for PRT must be over 50 years of age (academic and academic related staff) or over 55 (support staff), and have completed five years’ pensionable service. MIS is open to staff of any age who have at least three years’ service with the University. Applicants granted PRT or MIS will be required to relinquish their posts by 31 July 1998.

Details of these schemes were circulated to all members of staff last August, but further information and application forms may be obtained from the Pensions Office, ext 4138.

Management speak

The deadline for the management jargon of the year competition has been extended to Friday 6 February, so keep listening out for those pearls of management wisdom. The best entry so far comes from Civil Engineering. The person entering the winning sample of management-speak will receive a bottle of champagne.

Heat of the moment

Staff and students with a burning ambition to walk across red hot coals can fulfil their dream as part of this year’s Leeds Rag Week. Anyone interested in taking the short but steamy sponsored walk on Tuesday 10 February should contact the Rag office, tel 231 4248 or email

Support vacancy

The Support Staff Advisory Group meets three times a year to discuss matters of concern and act as a channel of communication for support staff. Chaired by Professor Joyce Hill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff, the group has six members of technical, clerical and ancillary staff. A vacancy currently exists in the ancillary area; anyone interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Chesworth in Human Resources on ext. 4145.

Make a date

Spare copies of the calendar included in the last edition of the Reporter are available from the Press Office, ext 4031. The calendar includes dates of teaching and exams, holidays and Reporter publication dates.

Women wanted

Researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology at the LGI are investigating osteoporosis – a bone disease which affects one in four women in their 60s. They need healthy female volunteers aged between 45 and 65 who have not had a hysterectomy. If you are interested in volunteering please ring 292 3496/3915. The study may involve taking hormone replacement therapy.

Citizens of the world

A new centre with the aim of promoting active citizenship and greater social and political participation at local, national and European levels will be officially opened on 30 January by John Battle MP at its inaugural conference. The Centre for Citizenship Learning and Action is a partnership of three adult education institutions: Ruskin College, Northern College and the School of Continuing Education at Leeds.

The partners have been working together on the development of a new learning programme to be launched in January with the foundation module ‘Thinking about democracy.’ For more information contact Colin Thorne or Cilla Ross, ext 3206 or 3198.

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