Reporter 428, 30 November 1998

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Discounts in store

Discounted Christmas shopping for University staff and students is available in three local shops on the production of a staff or student card. The 10% discount at Mothercare in the Leeds Shopping Plaza and BHS in the Albion Arcade is available tomorrow night (December 1) from 6pm to 9pm. Boots in the Bond Street Centre is offering similar reductions on December 13 from 11am to 5pm, and December 15 from 6pm to 9pm. For more information contact Carol Cook on ext 5771.

Christmas payday

December's salary for staff normally paid at the end of the month will be credited to bank and building society accounts on December 23, the last working day of the year. For more information contact Jane Stark on ext 4132.

Gifts for boys

Boys at Tadcaster's Dr Barnardo's home are set to benefit from a Christmas project established by Charlotte Tomkies in the Mother and Infant Research Unit. She is asking for new presents suitable for the 13-16 year olds to be donated, which she will wrap and deliver. For more information contact her on ext 6888.

Unwanted Christmas gifts or items which can be sold over the festive period are being requested by Oxfam. For more information contact Betty Vaughan on ext 3931 or drop them into the Adviser to International Students Office in the Parkinson Court.

Support staff vacancy

The support staff advisory group has a vacancy in the technical area. The group meets three times a year to discuss matters of concern and act as a communications channel for support staff. For more information contact Kathy Aveyard on ext 3964.

Travel awards

University administrators wishing to travel to further their education and training are invited to apply for funding from the Joan Balchin Memorial Travel Fund.

The fund commemorates former University administrator Joan Balchin and annually contributes towards the travel expenses of administrators attending conferences or carrying out research. The awards are available to anyone eligible for membership of the AUA. Applicants should submit proposals by March 31 indicating how their education will be developed, with details of proposed travel arrangements. For more information contact Valerie Lomas on ext 4086.

Nominations date

The closing date for nominations to the office of Pro-Chancellor is Tuesday 8 December. Nominations, which should be proposed and seconded by members of the University, should have the written consent of the nominee, and should reach the Registrar and Secretary by 12.00noon on that date. The present Pro-Chancellor, Colonel Alan Roberts, is eligible for re-nomination and is willing to continue in office.

Value judgment

The Bishop of Ripon, and chair of the Church of England's General Synod Board of Education, the Rt Revd David Young, will be leading a discussion on Values in Higher Education in the Emmanuel Institute on December 3. For more information contact University Chaplain Simon Robinson on ext 5070.

A rolling programme

Library books borrowed by academic and research staff can be kept for six months under a new rolling return system to be introduced on December 11. This replaces the two fixed return dates in January and June.

Books can be renewed at any time under the new system from any PC on campus with access to the Library catalogue. The Library is also introducing a dedicated telephone renewals line, primarily aimed at part-time students and distance learners. The new line (ext 5663) will allow readers to renew items issued on the on-line circulation system.

For more information contact head of reader services Pippa Jones on ext 5573 or

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