Reporter 416, 9 March 1998

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Library friends

Friends of Leeds University Library group has been established to promote goodwill towards the Library, increase its resources and promote greater use of its collections and services. Membership is open to all and benefits include a twice-yearly newsletter, invitations to special events and the opportunity to buy Library publications at a discount. Subscription rates are £20 a year or £25 for two people living at the same address. Details from Carol Walder in the Brotherton Library, email or on ext 5564.

Elvis in England

As part of the Harold Orton Centenary Conference (see Reporter pages 4-5), the award-winning Yorkshire-born novelist and script-writer Barry Hines will be reading and discussing his work at Devonshire Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 25 March. His first novel, The Blinder, was published in 1966, followed by A Kestrel for a Knave in 1968. His latest novel, Elvis in England, which he will also be discussing, is due out in April. All University members are welcome. Admission is £2, to include a glass of wine.

Bug’s web site

The University web page giving information on the ‘millennium bug’ for those who deal with computer systems is at

Women race for life

The Imperial Cancer Research Fund is looking for women to participate in its annual Race for Life. The 5km sponsored run, walk or stroll will take place in Roundhay Park on Sunday 10 May. The event aims to raise funds for and awareness of the vital research programmes into cancers which affect women.

Last year more than 1,300 women in Leeds helped raise over £58,000 for the charity as part of a series of 50 races across the UK. The entry hotline number is 0990 134314.

From Leeds round the world on a cycle

Leeds graduate Helen Meekings has just set off on a 5,500 mile round the world cycling trip to raise money for Oxfam. She recently completed her PhD in Civil Engineering and Pure and Applied Biology.

Helen will start in New Zealand where she will spend two months pedalling down North and South Island before flying to San Francisco where she will begin her tour across North America. Passing through the Rocky mountains, the Kansas and Missouri plains and the Great Lakes she will cross the border into Canada.

Helen will fly back to Britain and spend the last few weeks cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Scotland. She will spend around seven months in the saddle and hopes to raise one pound for every mile cycled. If you would like to make a donation contact Professor Ed Stentiford in Civil Engineering on ext 2298.

Planning a child?

Researchers at the LGI are looking for volunteers to help in a study of thyroid disease and pregnancy. The disease is very common in women of childbearing age and is ten times more common in women than men. The team is looking for women who are thinking of pregnancy in the near future to collect data before, during and just after pregnancy. One urine sample will be needed every month. If you think you can help please contact the researchers on 292 2781.

Get the massage

Due to popular demand, massage therapist Karen McDonald is now at the University one Tuesday every fortnight to soothe away aches, pains and stress. Bookings should be made through Occupational Health on ext 2997.

Islamic awareness week

As part of the forthcoming Islamic Awareness Week a student union exhibition will run in the Riley Smith Hall between 10am and 7pm from March 16 to 20.

There will also be a talk and seminar, both to be held at the Conference Auditorium at 7.30pm. ‘Why we chose Islam’ will be given on Wednesday 18 March by Abdul Raheem Green, Abdul Haq Baker, Imran Golding and ‘Islam and the West – A Panel Session’ on Thursday 19 March will be given by Green, Baker and Alyas Karmani.

Guests welcome

Bookings for the University’s Rosehurst Guest House can be made through Devonshire Hall. The guest house is situated on Grosvenor Road near the University. All seven rooms are en suite and rates include bed and breakfast. Single rooms cost £35 plus VAT, doubles £52 plus VAT. Bookings made by University departments are not subject to VAT. For details contact 275 2593.

In training

New courses organised by SDDU for senior support staff supervisors and administrative staff can help identify your career goals at the University and become a more effective manager.

‘How to get the most out of your career’ will teach tools and techniques to manage change and help participants improve their effectiveness. The course will be useful for staff finding themselves in a new role. Steve Walker, an experienced HE trainer, will tutor the linked workshops over three days, beginning on April 27.

‘Managing in the middle’ will help those with supervisory skills to develop them further. The workshop will cover planning, mentoring, team development and what makes a supervisor highly effective. The workshop runs over two days, on May 14 and June 23.

For further details contact Mandy Ellis in SDDU on ext 4148.

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