Reporter 415, 23 February 1998

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Fifty years of Portuguese

A celebration of all things Portuguese is being staged by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from March 4 to 6. Portuguese Week will celebrate 50 years of teaching the language at Leeds as part of Portuguese-speaking World Week.

All are welcome to the events which include discussions on translation, nineteenth-century Portuguese literature and talks by Professor Frank Sousa, Director of the Centre for Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts. A carnival organised by the Spanish and Luso-Brazilian Society will be held on the evening of March 2.

The celebrations are supported by the Insituto Camoes in Lisbon, a Portuguese government agency. The full programme, which may be subject to alteration due to the planned NUS day of action on March 4, is available on the University’s website.

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Patent courses

Two courses on intellectual property and research contracts are being organised by SDDU. Open to staff and postgraduates, the courses will cover issues surrounding patents and copyright, the University’s policy on intellectual property and how to negotiate a research contract.

The workshops will include case studies and a practical negotiating exercise and a mixture of input from the speakers Adrian Slater, University Legal Adviser, and Dr Walter Lewis, Director of the Research Support Unit Places on the courses on March 5 and 31 are limited. Further details are available from Beryl Stoker in SDDU, email

It makes cents

Business ethics in financial decision making will be discussed at Trinity and All Saints University College on February 28. The forum will explore connections between academic research and professional practice and is chaired by Kamal Bengougam of Ethos: Ethics in Business magazine. Places are limited; the charge is £40. For information about the ‘Business ethics: it makes cents’ forum contact 283 7100 ext 382.

Medical challenge

The challenge of assessment in medicine will be the subject of an international conference to be held at the Medical School on April 2. It will be of value to those involved with medical and health-related education.

Speakers will include Professor Charles George, Chairman of the General Medical Council’s education committee, Dr Brian Jolly, Director of the University’s Medical Education Unit and Professor Cees van der Vleuten of the University of Maastricht.

Contact Mary Lawson in the Medical Education Unit, email, for details about the ‘Core clinical competencies in medicine project: meeting the assessment challenge’ conference.

Book sale

The University bookshop will hold a sale of old and second hand books in the Union’s Doubles Bar on March 3, 4 and 5.

Web design help

Staff and students with experience of designing web sites, images, scripts or anything else associated with the web are being invited to join a web designers ‘guild’ within the University. The guild will put people who require web design work, large or small, in touch with prospective designers. A web site is being set up to provide a keyword search to locate possible designers and examples of their work. For more information contact Jeremy Harmer ( or visit

Czech out this concert

Czech Contrasts will be the theme of a concert in Leeds Town Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturday March 21 by the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Halifax Choral Society and the Brno Philharmonic Choir. John Pryce-Jones will conduct the English Northern Philharmonia Orchestra. Tickets £6 to £15, available from the City Centre Box Office tel 247 6962 or 245 5505.

The theme of this year’s International Medieval Congress, hosted at the University, will be ‘Settlements’ to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Maurice Beresford's research into Wharram Percy which produced some of the most important work on medieval English settlements. Pictured above is a fifteenth century map of Chertsey Abbey and its estates. The congress will run from July 13 to 16 with more than 1,000 speakers and chairs. The full programme is available on the web.

The International Medieval Institute has launched the International Medieval Bibliography, the world's leading bibliography of the European Middle Ages, on CD-ROM. It has been produced in Leeds in printed form since 1967 and the CD-ROM, covering the years 1976 - 95, contains references to nearly 200,000 articles on all aspects of medieval studies. For further information contact Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis, email

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