Reporter 439, 27 September 1999

Booking up

The Student Union bookshop now offers staff an account system with a 10% bonus. Account-opening deposits of £100 will be credited with an extra £10. The account can be topped up, and further discounts earned, at any time.

Extra supporter wanted

The support staff advisory group has a vacancy for a member of the ancillary staff. The group meets three times a year to discuss matters of concern and to act as a channel of communication for support staff.

For more details contact Kathy Aveyard in human resources on ext 3964.

Japanese images

Images of the Japanese city of Edo (present-day Tokyo) will be on display at the Parkinson Court from October 6. 'On the margins of the city' features colour woodblock prints and illustrated books dating from 1760. It includes 'One hundred views of famous places in Edo - view from Massaki,' by Hiroshige, above. The exhibition runs until November 19. For more information see the enclosed 'Friends of University Art and Music' leaflet

Policy statements

University employment policies concerning leave for compassionate and domestic reasons and alcohol and substance abuse have been agreed by Senate and Council.

Copies of the policies have been circulated to all those with responsibility for staff management. Full versions are also available here.

Notes for notes

Young composers (under 28) living or studying in the Leeds area could win up to £1,000 through a Millennium award scheme organised by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. New music for string quartets and brass quintets are among the pieces judged. The closing date is April 10. For more information contact Virginia Rushton on 278 0827.

Meetings of open minds

Staff interested in open and distance learning are invited to join a proposed campus-wide network to discuss issues at regular meetings.

Experiences of flexible learning and its introduction and management will be included in the sessions, which will be held in addition to a more formal programme arranged with SDDU. For more information contact Christine Talbot in TLSU on ext 3186, or email

Minor improvements

Departments wishing to receive money in the first of this year's two allocations from the minor works fund need to register their intent to apply by October 11.

The funds will be provided in December and again in March and departments need to provide a brief statement and location of works at this stage. The deadline for the first round is November 8. For more information contact Jane Freer on ext 5955, or email

Senior applicants

Applications are invited for promotion to senior lecturer next August. The closing date for applications is November 12. For more details contact Shetwah Lee in human resources on ext 5773.

Clerical crew

The first of this termís meetings of the clerical and secretarial staff network takes place on October 7. The network, open to all clerical staff, has a full programme planned for the coming months.

The network has already covered issues including stress management, time management, language skills and forthcoming topics will include presentation skills and assertiveness. Guest speakers are regularly invited.

The first meeting is at 12.30pm in the active learning centre (room 7.30) in the E C Stoner building. For more information contact Barbara Andrews on ext 1368 or Hazel Exley on ext 6022.

Take a trip

Funding for overseas sabbaticals is included for the first time in this year's Leverhulme Trustís individual awards. Up to 23 grants are available for academics to study anywhere in the world except the UK and the USA.

The closing date for applications is January 6. For more information contact Jean Cater on 0171 822 6952 or see

Millennium extension

University life in the 21st century will resume a day later than usual, with the reopening after the Christmas break scheduled for Tuesday January 4.

The University buildings will be closed from December 24 to January 3, inclusive.

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