Reporter 440, 11 October 1999

Help the blind

Volunteers are needed to help produce texts on tape and in Braille for blind students. People with linguistic skills (in particular French, German, Chinese and Urdu speakers) are especially needed, as well as a 'Benjamin Zephaniah soundalike' for recording a short book of his poems.
Help is also needed with checking and editing texts. Contact Andy Myers at the Transcription Centre for Blind People on ext 3929.

Classical symmetry of the Parkinson Court

The 'classical symmetry of the Parkinson Court' (above) was due to be interrupted with a photograph from the conflict in Kosovo from October 6-23. The photo forms the centrepiece of an art installation by MA student Jonathan Whitehall. More information is available here.

Breast cancer battled

A new group to raise awareness of breast cancer, which kills 1,000 women every month in the UK, has been set up in Leeds. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is running a series of events this month, designated national breast cancer awareness month. Volunteers are needed to collect money, distribute leaflets or help organise events. Contact Samantha Holland on Leeds 216 9047,

Sign up for peace

A web-based manifesto for peace and non-violence has been launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to mark the Millennium.
2000 has been proclaimed by the UN as 'the international year for the culture of peace' and the manifesto aims to make everyone aware of their own responsibility for bringing about change. For more information, see

TLSU splits three ways

The Teaching and Learning Support Unit has been reorganised into three new teams and a network: Flexible Learning Development Unit (headed by Dr Andrew Booth), Learner Support Office (Maggie Boyle), Skills and Employability Team (Val Butcher) and Learning and Teaching Support Network (David Gardner). For more information, see the Reporter website or contact David Gardner,

Be big in Japan

Scholarships for graduates of any discipline to work and study in Japan for up to twenty months are being offered by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Awards will cover air fares, language tuition and living expenses. The closing date for applications is December 16. The Foundation can be found at

Head for the hills

Bookings for the Pennine and mountain huts up to next May can now be made at the Physical Education Centre (ext 5080). The cost is 70 per night for groups of University staff/ students and 90 for others.

Safety first

A series of lectures has been arranged for staff and postgraduates working with electro-magnetic radiation. The sessions will include information on both ionising and non-ionising radiation, their biological effects, legal aspects and protective precautions. The lectures take place in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre at 4.05pm on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning next week (October 18). For more information contact Dr Ian Haslam at the radiation protection service on ext 4202.
Staff monitoring health and safety standards or who have an interest in workplace safety are invited to attend a course on safety in offices. The modular course will include the use of VDUs and hazard spotting. For more information contact Dr Brian Singleton on ext 4207, or visit the following two pages saft3-99.htm and saft4-99.htm, or visit the website at

Spaces for small ones

Places are available for pre-school children at the Children's Centre nursery school on Blenheim Terrace, opposite the University. For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact Pat Cooke on 243 3578.

Finish your symphonies

The World University Service is holding its second record sale of the year in the Senior Common Room at 12-2pm this Thursday and Friday (October 14-15).

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