Reporter 422, 8 June 1998

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Convocation’s coming

Foreign Office Minister and former Leeds lecturer Derek Fatchett, MP for Leeds Central, will give this year’s Convocation Lecture, entitled ‘Politics: Alienation and a Lack of Hope’. It will be held in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre at 11.30 am on Saturday 20 June; admission is free and a warm welcome is extended to all.

The lecture will be followed by the Convocation Annual Summer Luncheon at 12.45 for 1.15 pm in the Great Woodhouse Room, University House. Tickets at £15 are available from Room G06, 18 Blenheim Terrace. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The University of Leeds Convocation’ and arrive by Monday 15 June.

Convocation Annual Meeting will start at 9.30 am in the Council Chamber in the Parkinson Building.

Further details about the full programme for the day, from Hazel Exley ext 6022 or email

Supporting students

A conference to consider the changing role of the University’s student support services is to be held on July 8 at University House. As the student experience changes with increased pressure from semesterisation and growing debt and the nature of the student population changes, support services have a vital role to play. Stephen McNair, author of the recent DfEE report, “Supporting Learner Autonomy” will give the keynote address and lead the discussions.

The cost of the Student Support Network conference is £5. Enquiries should be made to Carol Dixon, SSN secretary, email c.a.dixon@leeds

The SSN is placing display boards advertising its work around the University over the next few weeks. Those interested in finding out more about the SSN can find the boards in the Sports Hall foyer until June 11, in the Roger Stevens level 10 foyer until June 18 and in the Parkinson Building until July 3.

Mine of information

As part of Minerals 98, the annual national event highlighting the role of the minerals industry, the Department of Mineral and Mining Engineering is holding open days on June 23 and 25. Although local schools will be the main focus everyone is welcome.

The national event is supported by the DTI, professional institutions, the Natural History Museum, relevant industries and university departments. Full details of events taking place during Minerals 98 are available at

Art on campus

An exhibition of paintings by Mary Metcalfe, Margery Newlove and Alan Metcalfe is currently being held at Fairbairn House, 71/75 Clarendon Road, until Friday 3 July. The exhibition is open on weekdays between 9 and 12 noon and 2 and 5 pm. Further details are available at ext 6633.

Community care

The Burley Lodge Centre is looking for volunteers to help out with a range of community activities such as youth clubs, supporting older people and decorating, as well as general office administration.

The Burley Lodge Centre is keen to attract postgraduate students and staff who may be able to spare a few hours. To find out more, contact Phil Newby on 244 3335.

Albania appeal

Charlotte Tomkies of the Mother and Infant Research Unit is appealing for a large tent and several sleeping bags to take six Albanian children on a camping trip in August. She has been involved with a charity, Family Aid Direct, which renovates hospitals, schools and orphanages in Romania and Albania for two years.

On the next trip they aim to construct a bridge over a river to shorten children’s walk to school by two miles. The team needs to raise £1,000 by August. If you can help by making a donation of cash or camping equipment contact Charlotte on ext 6888.

Pleasing plonk

The Senior Common Room wine club is holding a wine fair at 7.30 pm on Thursday 25 June. Tickets, at £6, are available from Pat Brooke in the SCR Club office ext 4161. Staff and friends are welcome.

Check the web

The University’s year 2000 web page continues to be updated as information about the compliance of various software flows in. The site is at

Fine Art students behind bars for riotous assembly

Thirteen Fine Art students are going back to school this evening, Monday June 8, when they stage their final year degree exhibition at the former Leeds Grammar School.

Not to be confused with the third-year students who staged last month’s Going Places happening, the fourth-years are pictured with Fine Art head Ken Hay wearing the mortar board.

Entitled Assembly, their show features photography, sculpture, installations, computer pieces and “even a few paintings”, says Ken Hay. The cage, to be exhibited under the title I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, was designed and built by Natalie Ring.

The exhibition, in the old Grammar School on Clarendon Road, is open to members of the University for a private view this evening, 7-10pm, and continues until June 17, 11am-6pm. *More

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