Reporter 418, 6 April 1998


Letters

Don’t stop to smell the roses

Dr Richard Morris
School of Computer Studies

It was interesting to see an article on our work appearing in the last issue of Reporter, (‘Thinking’ cameras put focus on car crime, Reporter 417). The article portrays the technology as a ‘good thing’. However, the wider implications are worrying.

It is not hard to imagine how the technology could become ubiquitous with cameras monitoring many public spaces, and identifying anyone who steps out of line, for example, if someone stops to look at a flower or to simply rest their shopping. I am not sure if I want my every action to be monitored, recorded and interpreted.

Straw to speak

Professor Clive Walker
Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Further to the story in Reporter 417, please note that Jack Straw will be a principal speaker at a conference by the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies on September 22 1998. His provisional title is ‘No more excuses for crime.’

Another car question

Richard Bell
R.Bell@leeds.ac.uk

What do other departments think of the service offered by Kennings Car Hire? We at Civil Engineering are not impressed.

Trams ten years late...

Douglas Rusling
School of Chemistry

The article about the student protests of 1968 has an inaccuracy which is made worse by having it quoted and highlighted in green. The two men in raincoats under a tree who were complained about by students could not have been from the trams department. Trams had stopped running in Leeds about ten years before that incident. Perhaps the students involved were justified after all in their suspicions.

I remember that some suspicions about the work of the security service were later found to be true.

... surely?

Alan Slomson
Director of Undergraduate Studies
School of Mathematics

Even eminent historians can err. When Professor Beresford refers to ‘trams’ in his reminiscences of 1968 he must mean ‘buses,’ as trams no longer ran in Leeds in 1968.

Talk to us

Peter Rees Jones
Central Administration

Last week you reported that the pay offer to academic and related staff would again fall behind the rate of inflation. This is reason enough for its rejection by the AUT. There is another important reason.

The employers are refusing to negotiate on terms and conditions of employment. AUT have been pressing for specific improvements, particularly for fixed-term staff. For example, AUT wish to negotiate nationally for the abolition of the waiver clauses by which fixed- term staff have signed away their right to claim a redundancy payment and unfair dismissal, something which Leeds has already done.

Staff expect Vice-Chancellors to recognise their professionalism both by paying an adequate salary and by ending the casual conditions of employment of half of their staff.

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