Reporter 441, 25 October 1999

More for Millennium

The University is to remain closed on January 4, giving staff an extra day off for the Millennium. It will reopen on 5 January 2000.

Winter woolies

With Christmas cards already in the shops, University staff are being given the chance to stock up for the season with a festive discount scheme.

10% discounts for staff have been negotiated with Woolworths on special shopping evenings, beginning next month.

The events take place at the White Rose Centre store on November 4, 11, 16 and 18, from 6pm-10pm. For tickets contact Victoria Rose on ext 4146 email More

On-line on equality

The role of women in scientific research and education is to be discussed through a new on-line forum beginning today (October 25).

The topics to be debated include barriers to a science education, career progression and the consequences of gender imbalance.

The on-line consultation is part of an ongoing enquiry by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. It is scheduled to last until November 12 and is open to all.

More information is available on the Reporter website or from Sue Harper in the equal opportunities office, Have your say at More

Lifelong lunchtime

Staff with an interest in the University's lifelong learning institute are invited to its inaugural meeting next month.

Institute director Professor Philip Hodkinson will address the meeting, in University House, on November 24. Sandwiches will be provided. For more details and to confirm attendance please contact Janet Barton on ext 3417, email

On native grounds An inaugural lecture given by Professor Mick Gidley will discuss Native American culture on November 8. On Native Grounds: Indian Episodes in American Culture takes place at 5:30pm in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre. For more details contact Sharron Hollings on ext 4764

Statistics for all

Staff whose knowledge of statistics is 'rusty' have the chance to shine up on their standard deviations and confidence limits.

A four-day University course promises to teach the essential ideas and applications of the politicians' favourite tool, without straying into 'complicated theory or tedious calculations'.

50% of the course will take place on December 15-16 and 50% on January 6-7. The full course costs £270, or £160 for two days. For more information contact Cath Dobson on ext 5164.

Strategy seminar

The University's new teaching and learning strategy will be launched at a seminar on November 10. The meeting, in the Edward Boyle learning centre will be led by Pro-Vice-Chancellor for teaching and learning Professor John Macklin.

For more information contact David Gardner in the flexible learning development unit on ext 4038 or email d.gardner@

Incomplete Reporting

Teething troubles with the new SAP computer system may have resulted in the most recent issues of the Reporter not reaching all University staff. Apologies to all those affected.

Dedicated readers can complete their collection by calling the press office (ext 4031) for back issues. Full text and pictures are also on the Reporter website.

Boyle lecture called off

The Boyle lecture, due to be delivered by Clare Short MP on November 30, has been cancelled. The Secretary of State for International Development has withdrawn.

Study sessions

A range of study skills events for first year students have been arranged by the learner support office. The next session Doing more with less effort takes place on Wednesday (October 27). Future sessions will include presentation skills, writing skills, problem solving and exam skills. Contact Maggie Boyle on ext 5306 for full details.

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