Reporter 433, 15 March 1999

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Because it's here

The world's first conference on the application of science and technology to climbing and mountaineering is being hosted by the textiles and sports science departments.

The international meeting at Bodington Hall on April 7-9 will feature topics including physiology, biomechanics and the medicine of performance and survival at altitude. The use of textiles and materials in equipment and clothing will also be covered. Members of staff are welcome to attend. For more information contact Neil Messenger on ext 5084, email or see

Technical teaching

Staff involved in teaching languages are invited to attend a University conference next month to discuss technology aids for learning languages. Developments in hardware and software that make independent learning both feasible and attractive and their role in teaching English will also be covered at the BALEAP conference, hosted by the Language Centre on April 7-9. For more information email or see

Bastille boules

Budding boulers and bouleuses among staff will have the chance to show off their skills at the second Leeds international boules contest this summer. Teams of three will compete for the prestigious 'Golden Boule' on the Leeds boules piste in Bond Court, with all proceeds going to the Lord Mayor's charity. Games commence in May with la finale magnifique scheduled for Bastille Day, July 14. For more information and entry forms, contact Karen Stout in the press office on ext 4031.


Computer clues

Those with an interest in high-performance computational modelling (HPC) are invited to attend an open day held by the University's HPC facility consortium on April 20.

The event will include presentations about the applications of HPC and will be of particular relevance to application developers working in the field of large-scale computing, parallel programming and visualisation. For more information see

Danger day

Hazardous situations in the workplace - and how to avoid them - is the subject of a workshop on May 4. The half day 'Personal safety in the workplace' training will focus on danger avoidance including verbal and non-verbal communication, dealing with complaints and diffusing aggression. Bookings must be made by March 31. For more information contact Mandy Ellis in SDDU on ext 4148 or email

Ideas exchange

'Swap-shops' bringing together companies needing environmental technology and researchers developing it are being organised by the Environmental Businesses Network (EBN). Exhibits, round-table discussions and presentations will help interested parties communicate ideas and exchange notes. The first swap-shop will be held in Sheffield on May 17 and will focus on chemical monitoring systems. For more information contact the EBN on 0114 222 4600, which would also welcome suggestions for future swap-shop themes.

Working lunch

A network for secretaries and clerical staff to establish links, exchange ideas and explore topics of interest has been launched at the University. Initial meetings have attracted up to 70 participants and the next is scheduled for March 31, when Helena Smith will discuss time and life management. Meetings are held at lunchtime in University House. For more information contact Barbara Andrews on ext 6291 or email

Promotion prospects

Applications are invited from academic and academic-related staff who wish to be considered for promotion (from August 1999.)

A circular setting out procedures and the timetable has been sent to departmental heads; further copies are available from Shetwah Lee, ext 5773 or email: Clerical staff will be sent information on the procedure and timetable for the clerical promotions exercise by March 22. For more information contact Diane Fussey on ext 4281 or email:

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