Reporter 423, 21 September 1998

News in brief

An icy welcome

The British Ambassador visited the University’s Glaciology Group during its recent field trip to Iceland – but needed a borrowed pair of crampons to do it.

After arriving in the ambassadorial Land Rover, Jim McCulloch, 62, was kitted out by the group before joining them in studying glacial water flow using a ground-penetrating radar. Mr McCulloch had met many of the group, led by Dr Tavi Murray, during a previous visit to Leeds, and described them as “a very impressive bunch of students.”

Air Force helps research take off

Ground-breaking University research into electronics has been chosen by the Department of Trade and Industry as a flagship project.

Dr Andrew Tavernor has led a four-year collaborative research project which has succeeded in developing filters to suppress interference in electronic circuits. Its potential use in aircraft has already been recognised by the United States Air Force, one of the first customers for the new technology developed jointly with Oxley Developments Ltd.

Salary scales

Salary scales for all staff have been revised for 1998/9. Full details are currently available here.

A measure of success

Life for people who have suffered a stroke, head injury or from rheumatoid arthritis could improve thanks to a Europe-wide project co-ordinated by a Leeds researcher.

Alan Tennant, Charterhouse Principal Research Fellow in the Rheumatism and Rehabilitation Research Unit, is measuring and comparing the efficiency of new treatments.

European countries currently use different criteria to measure a treatment’s success, but the project aims to develop a standard scale to allow better international comparisons.

Gender centre opens

The new Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies has been officially launched by the University. It builds on a strong history of feminist scholarship in Leeds and will provide a focus for future research in gender studies.

The Centre has over 100 members from 28 departments across five faculties, making it one of the largest in Europe. It organises a range of activities including regular seminars, a feminist reading group and public lectures, and is currently developing plans to launch MA and PhD programmes in 1999.

By the end of 1998 it will have jointly hosted two conferences and in June 2000 will host an international conference on ‘Gendering Ethics / The Ethics of Gender’.

Library’s total recall

The library will soon be able to send overdue and recall notices by E-mail.

Academic and research staff who wish to receive this electronic service should fill in a form, available at any of the library sites. All invoices and bills will still be sent out on paper.

The much-requested system is expected to go live on 1 October. If successful it will be extended to students and other University staff next semester.

Let’s be having EU

Professor Juliet Lodge of the Centre for European Studies spoke at a recent conference on Combating Crime in the EU.

The Centre for European Studies jointly organised the London conference, with a number of other bodies. Speakers included detectives from the National Crime Squad.

Urbaine renewal

Work is continuing on the £7.5m refurbishment of the Baines Wing. The historic building – part of the original Yorkshire College – will accommodate Healthcare Studies, a gallery and storage for Fine Art’s history archives, offices and teaching space for Philosophy and some administrative space. The conversion will be completed in time for 1999 degree ceremonies in the adjacent Great Hall. *More...

Constructive talks

The Minister for London and Construction, Nick Raynsford, MP, spoke at a dinner organised by the School of Civil Engineering on 26 August. The speech was part of a two-day International Construction Marketing conference held at the Royal Armouries. Over one hundred delegates representing academia and industry heard the Minister address the need for the construction industry to develop more effective marketing and export strategies given the opportunities which now exist internationally.

Dramatic retirement

Some 300 friends, staff and students came from all parts of the UK and from as far away as Kenya, Spain, Germany and Sweden to celebrate the retirement of Professors Martin Banham (Theatre Studies) and Peter Meredith (Medieval Drama).

Staff and students presented extracts from plays representative of the Workshop Theatre’s general range of interests and which are also particular favourites of Professor Banham and Professor Meredith. The evening culminated with the presentations of festschrifts to the two Professors.

Heart study launched

Sir Jimmy Savile accepted a cheque from the British Heart Foundation at the recent launch of the Yorkshire Heart Centre’s Family Heart Study – the largest project of its kind world-wide.

The initial £600,000 grant will allow 2,500 families with heart disease to be studied in an effort to identify the genes which cause unexpected heart attacks. Dr Alistair Hall, Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Cardiovascular Research, believes this will lead to new strategies for the prevention and treatment of the disease.

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