Reporter 417, 23 March 1998

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Anniversary invitation

The oldest learned society in Leeds is seeking new members to support its work. The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, a registered charity which celebrates its 180th birthday next year, makes research grants, supports cultural activities in Leeds and publishes works of scholarship.

In the nineteenth century the Society was in the forefront of the intellectual life of the city, arranging lectures, publishing proceedings, and establishing a museum - the basis of today's City Museum - in its own premises in Park Row, the now-demolished Philosophical Hall.

It has particularly close ties with the University, where (amongst other things) it pays for an annual research scholarship and supports the Department of Music's concert programme. It gave substantial financial backing to last year's British Association festival at the University. The majority of the Society's trustees are members of the University.

The benefits of membership currently include a free copy of all new publications of the Society and invitations to special events. The annual subscription is £12. To join, write to The Secretary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, City Museum, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AA. The President of the Society is Oliver Pickering (

Promotion prospects

Applications are now invited from academic and academic-related staff who wish to be considered for promotion from August 1998. A circular setting out the procedures to be followed and the timetable has been sent to all Heads of Departments; further copies are available from Clare Reynolds in Human Resources, ext 5773, to whom all queries about the exercise should be addressed. Heads of Department will notify staff of the date of the meeting of the Departmental Promotions Committee and will set an appropriate deadline for submission of applications.

Papers will be circulated to individuals from March 23 on the procedure and timetable for the clerical promotions exercise. Further queries should be made to Human Resources.

Spotlight on learning

The Government has produced a summary of The Learning Age, the Government's Green Paper on lifelong learning, and is inviting comments. Copies of The Learning Age are available from the Department for Education and Employment, tel 0345 474747.

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Friends and family

The breakdown of traditional family life and the growth of alternative family units will be discussed at a seminar on March 28 at Trinity and All Saints University College.

Among the speakers is Dr Sasha Roseneil, Director of the University's Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, who will argue that friends are becoming more important as family life breaks down - as reflected in programmes like 'This Life' and 'Frasier'. Lorraine Harding, of the School of Sociology and Social Policy, will explore how we are becoming a society of loners.

For bookings contact Catherine Hill, tel 283 7100 ext 166.

Thinking through history

An international conference of the British Society for the History of Philosophy will be held at the University from Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 2 April.

The aim of the conference is to explore the ways that forms of thinking and writing have developed through time, how 'history' is to be conceptualized and articulated and the question as to what 'thinking historically' might mean.

Details of this conference, including the full programme, abstracts and a registration form are available at

For further information contact Dr Mike Beaney or Dr Adrian Wilson, School of Philosophy, email:

Support staff advisory group

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 exists in the clerical and ancillary areas; anyone interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Chesworth in Human Resource on ext 4145.

Conference on care

A national one-day conference "What Works: Research and Practice in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting," to be held on June 25, will focus on clinical research which investigates the effectiveness of nursing, midwifery and health visiting interventions on the delivery of care.

This is the first annual research conference organised by the Research Support Team, Northern & Yorkshire Region and School of Healthcare Studies at the University of Leeds.

For further information contact Beverley Hearris from the Research Support Team in the School of Healthcare Studies ext 5635.

Language market

The Language Centre is holding a fair for suppliers of hardware, software and publications for foreign language teaching and learning in the Parkinson Court from 10am to 4pm on March 30.

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