Reporter 419, 27 April 1998

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Room for everyone

Membership of the Senior Common Room Club is being offered to all staff and all postgraduate students following overwhelming support for the move in a recent SCR survey. The subscription for 1997/98 is £15 for full members and £8 for retired staff and postgraduates. Club privileges include a reading room, a free CD lending library, a TV lounge and exclusive membership of the club’s associated groups.

¤ Record sales will be held in the SCR on May 7/8 and 21/22 and June 4/5 and 18/19.

On the right line

‘Learning Direct’ is a new telephone helpline to help people who have learning and career queries. It was launched by David Blunkett, Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in February with the Government’s paper on lifelong learning.

‘Learning Direct’ will provide free, confidential and impartial information and advice about learning opportunities in the UK It can, for example, help people who want a change in direction, are looking for a new career, need further training, are worried about childcare while they learn, want to do something but don’t know what, or are looking for training for their staff. Lines are open from 9am-9pm Mon-Fri and 9-12 noon on Saturdays. The number is 0800 100 900.

Keep in touch

The team implementing the University’s new management information system would like to remind colleagues that any queries about the project can be sent to them on ext 6010 or via the email address and further information is available at

Fixed-term focus

Due to popular demand a workshop on career development for research and academic staff on fixed-term contracts is being repeated. Topics to be covered include the changing labour market and the emphasis on skills and competences, identifying personal skills and motivations, making effective applications and job opportunities.

The workshop will help those on a fixed-term contract identify what they want from employment, the skills they possess and to develop for the next career move. Places are available on the mornings of Wednesday 6 May or Friday 5 June. The workshop will be participative and will consist of a mixture of mini-talks, discussion and interactive group work. To request a place contact Beryl Stoker in SDDU, by Thursday 30 April .

A home in halls

Sociable and responsible postgraduate students are invited to apply for the posts of Sub-Wardens and Assistant Advisers for halls of residence and flats for the academic year 1998-9. They will be required to live on site and to assist the Warden or the Adviser providing support and pastoral care for resident students (principally first years). In return, a rebate of 50% of the fee for accommodation will be given.

Contact Lynda Brown (e-mail tel 6079) for details. Applications will also be welcomed from mature students and members of staff.

Under pressure

Healthy volunteers are needed for a couple of hours for a study on blood pressure control. For more information contact Clive Brown at the Institute for Cardiovascular Research ext 4820, or email

Scale new heights

Bookings for Pennine and mountain huts for the period up to 24 January 1999 can be made from 9.30 am on April 24 for groups of University staff and students at £60 per night, or from May 1 for groups including non-University members at £80 per night. Bookings will take place at the Physical Education Centre.

Postgrad prospects

Postgraduate research tutors and course directors have recently been sent the documents from the Universities Careers Services Unit to complete departmental entries for the ‘postgraduate opportunities’ listing that appear in the THES.

Special attention should be given to the completion of entries; from 1999 submissions will constitute the National Directory of Postgraduate Courses required by the Harris Report into postgraduate education and authorised by the CVCP. The contents of the Directory are also likely to be consulted in Academic Audits of postgraduate provision and the listing is an opportunity to provide accurate and up-to-date information to potential students.

All entries should be returned to Jill Davis in the International and Schools Liaison Office by May 5.

A most social site

Social science researchers interested in finding out about training, careers, jobs and collaborations should visit a new web site funded by the Economic and Social Research Council at

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