Reporter 437, 24 May 1999
What an amazing piece of self-congratulatory journalism your Reporter is. It is a model work of its kind, something the old Soviet Union or a C.I.A. front would be proud of, even Government spin doctors would be envious of your skill.
Two fine examples of this fine art of ‘seeing no evil-hearing no evil’ can be found on the back page of your Reporter i.e. ‘dev res available’. Have you or any of your colleagues had a tour of the University’s host communities? There are no questions being asked of your students for their landlords, no need for written applications or CVs as a required residential qualification. But then the University has no role and certainly no responsibility to anyone’s suitability as a local resident and even less for the damage done to the host community by the Higher Education Industry. Anyway, I am sure you would do everything in your power either to prevent such damage or be actively involved in the recovery of such damaged community if you knew it to be so.
Then on the same page, the item ‘Environmental sense’, no mention here of the 18,000 litres of diesel oil run off into the Meanwood Beck from the site of another ‘Dev Res’ i.e. Bodington Fields. Perhaps I am being unfair or even just too cynical in my observations on your Reporter, for judging by/from the same page, in the item ‘Where’s Leeds gone?’, the University seems to be aware that it is located somewhere in the centre of Leeds, if no longer in its heart.
For more information on Meanwood Beck, click here
On returning from holiday this week, my wife and I were shocked to learn of the passing of Derek Fatchett. Both of us were delighted to be with him and his wife Anita last June when he gave the annual Convocation lecture. It was well received and it was evident that Derek was held in high esteem by those who were present at the lecture and at the luncheon which followed.
Ever since, my wife and I had watched his progress with great interest. We were convinced that he was destined for higher office. Anita and her two sons have suffered a great personal loss. The country in general and Leeds in particular have lost an outstanding statesman and a person of great personal warmth and humanity. He will be sorely missed by many.
The full text of Derek Fatchett’s Convocation lecture is on the Reporter website here. An obituary appears in this issue.
33 members of the University took part in the Leeds Marathon on 16 May - five teams doing the Corporate Challenge, three people running the Half Marathon (two of whom were dressed as nuns) and one other running the full marathon.
All were raising money for Martin House and MENCAP. The "Level 11 City & Regional Office" team came first with their final runner going so fast he didn't see what time he made, closely followed by Leeds Student Medical Practice [the best legs of all the teams], then the Chaplaincy team. At this stage we're not sure where the Jewish Students Society or the Student Support Network came. In fact, given the SSN team, they might still be out there!
Congratulations to everybody who took part, and to those who sponsored the runners, we look forward to receiving your donations. We're aiming for 100 runners next year - lead by the Registrar himself. A big thank you must also go to the University for covering all registration fees for this year's runners.
I want to thank Professor John Chartres very warmly for the simple yet moving ceremony last Wednesday when the self-catering blocks were named after seven notable former members of the University.
It was a great privilege to be present, and to stand outside "Evans House", named after my father Rhydwyn Evans. I wish to thank Professor Chartres for his welcome to myself and to my school-friend, Patrick. And what a splendid buffet!
I should also like to thank the Vice-Chancellor and the Council for honouring my father’s name and memory in a way that he would have warmly approved. He liked students and did his best for them. As I said at his funeral in 1993, he served the University of Leeds faithfully for many years (1926-1968), but the University also served him, I think, as his "Other Family". In his adopted City, it took him to its heart and sustained him.
I look forward on a future visit to my native City, to seeing the Tablet in place with the seven names on it.
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