Reporter 414, 9 February 1998


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Swedish guests

Students from the University of Umea in Sweden are in need of accommodation during courses at the School of Continuing Education in April. An essential part of the course is for students to stay in an English-speaking home environment and fees of £180 are paid. Anyone who can offer hospitality to one or two students for the last two weeks in April should contact Pauline Neale on Wednesdays or Thursdays on ext 3215 before 26 February.

Pianist on the Liszt

The biennial Charles Whewell Memorial Lecture will take the form of a recital this year. Alexander Mikhailuk, second prize winner in last year’s Franz Liszt Competition, will perform pieces by Schubert, Stravinsky, Wagner and Liszt at 7.30 pm in the Great Hall. Professor Julian Rushton will give a pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm. Admission is by ticket only – £6 or £3 concessions – available from the Parkinson Reception or on the door. The lecture/recital was endowed by Professor Charles Whewell on his retirement.

Arabian aid

Arabic readers are sought by the Recording and Brailling Centre. If you have an hour a week to spare to help put a course book on to cassette for a student learning Arabic please contact Judith Gaites on ext 3929 or email brljfag@leeds.ac.uk. Training in the use of recording equipment will be given.

Building bridges

A Building Bridges Conference exploring student placement schemes will take place on February 25 at the Peter Jost Enterprise Centre in Liverpool. The aim of the day is to identify models of best practise for student placement schemes and will address three key issues: experience of making links between small and medium sized firms and HE, effective marketing to SMEs and accreditation. Full details can be found at the Business Bridge home page http://www.business-bridge.org.uk. For more information, contact Martyn Stacey at m.stacey@livjm.ac.uk or tel 0151 231 3423.

Minor works

The Group on Space Issues will make its final allocation from the minor works fund for 1997/98 in May. The deadline for the second round is 24 March but departments are required to register their intent to apply giving a brief statement and location of works by 20 February. Further information is available from Sue Clarke on ext 6823 or email s.m.clarke@leeds.ac.uk or Jane Freer ext 5955 in Estate Services.

A Fellow’s drawings

A retrospective of the drawings of Alan Davie, Gregory Fellow in Painting at the University of Leeds from 1957 to 1959, will be held at the University Gallery until 27 March. Davie believes “following a brush into a line leads...to a fantastic world of waking dreams,” reflected in the instinctive nature of his work. Drawings 1939 -1996 consists of over 120 works, including rare monotypes from the 1940s.

Looking for jobs

The Universities Advertising Group has created a new national website for vacancies in Higher Education. UAG hopes that all universities will use the site to advertise vacancies as it will reduce the cost of newspaper advertising. The site can be found at www.jobs.ac.uk

Bones project

The Leeds branch of the National Osteoporosis Society needs a slide projector and screen to help in its work. If anyone can donate either or both, or has them to sell at a reasonable price, please contact the NOS local secretary on 225 9113.

Safe talk

How to deal with health and safety hazards such as electricity, manual handling, VDUs and fire, is covered in a new publication from the safety service. It also provides advice on accident reporting and first aid and has sections on safety policy and inspections. An electronic version of the manual is available – log on to the home page, type ‘rps’ after the Leeds address and select the Office Safety Manual icon.

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Awards for women

The search is on for the 1998 Women of Achievement. Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley runs the competition, now in its twelfth year, and submissions are judged by a panel of local women from all walks of life. The awards, which recognise the achievements of local women in the areas of career, community, creativity and challenge for youth, will be held at Leeds Town Hall in April and funds raised go to the Hospice. To obtain a nomination form contact Alyson Wort or Claire Marshall at Wheatfields Hospice on 278 7249. The closing date for nominations is 28 February.

Talking online

An online discussion on the world wide web as an instructional tool is currently being hosted by the NEtLinkS project, a training and awareness project supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The discussion is being led by Ann Scholz-Crane of Rutgers University Libraries who works at the forefront of online teaching and learning. To join the discussion send the message “join nls-forum firstname surname’ to mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk

Welfare on the web

The students’ union will launch a guide to support services on the web on Friday 13 February. Welfare publications covering issues such as study skills, finance and housing will be accessible to current and prospective students. The site is expected to be of particular use to international students. It will also carry news flashes about welfare events. The site is at www.leeds.ac.uk/welfare

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