Reporter 432, 1 March 1999

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Complex club

An interdisciplinary group to explore complex systems theory and its applications has been formed at the University. Staff who have applied complexity theory to their own field, or have an interest in doing so, are invited to join.

Current interest is across a range of subjects including computer studies, geography, maths and biology. The group is planning an open seminar in University House on May 14. For more information contact Lynne Cameron on ext 4575.

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Come for an education

Secretary of State for Education and Employment, the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, is giving a public lecture at the University on March 11.

The title of his presentation is 'Lifelong learning - responsibility of the individual or the state?' It begins at 5.30pm in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre. For more information contact Alison Moore on ext 4656.

Apply yourself

Candidates for University posts can now request information - and supply applications - in braille, on disc or on tape.

For more information contact Kieron Broadhead in human resources on ext 5771. A text-phone service is now also available for applicants with hearing difficulties (ext 4353).

Common interests

All members of staff are welcome to use the dining-room, bar and coffee lounge in the Senior Common Room free of charge; you do not need to be a member of the Senior Common Room Club.

International aid

The Leeds branch of the World University Service is asking for contributions towards a fund for international students in financial difficulties. Even very small sums will help students to finish courses successfully. For more information, contact Oliver Pickering on ext 6377.

Mozart marathon

Leeds Philharmonic Society is laying on an all-Mozart programme on March 27. The Mass in C Minor will be performed by the chorus, and Piano Concerto No 23 features soloist Leon McCawley, runner-up in the 1993 Leeds International Piano Competition.

The orchestra is the English Northern Philharmonia, conducted by Dominic Wheeler. For more information ring the Civic Theatre on 247 6962 or 245 5505.

Join the press pack

Engineers and scientists wanting to learn more about the media are being invited to apply for British Association media fellowships.

Participants spend four to eight weeks working alongside journalists in a print or broadcasting organisation and will learn how to report scientific developments and breakthroughs. Ten placements are available.

For more information contact Meenal Gupta at the British Association on 0171 973 3069 or email

Poster power

Posters and leaflets advertising the University's code of practice on harassment and workplace bullying are available. Departments are being asked to display these prominently. For more information contact Martin Kebede on ext 4160.

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Ceremonial plan

Summer degree ceremonies will be held in the Great Hall between July 12-23. For more information contact Sharon Murphy in the Student Office on ext 4005.

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There's more

Extra copies of the Reporter are available for departmental foyers and general offices. Please contact Karen Stout in the press office on ext 4031 or email

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