Reporter 444, 6 December 1999

Will Parky pick you?

Staff donating their last hour’s salary of the Millennium to the Children’s Promise fund have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali and tackle Michael Parkinson’s questions on TV.
More than 150 staff have already signed up to the fund following its announcement in the last Reporter. Participants have a chance of appearing on the BBC’s 2000 to 1 quiz programme by ringing 0181 576 0941, email For more information about the scheme contact human resources for a donation form. More

A new series of University postcards is now available featuring striking images from around campus. The set of seven includes Our Lord driving the moneychangers out of the Temple (detail), above, from the Eric Gill sculpture in the Michael Sadler building. The postcards cost 15p and 20p and can be bought from the Parkinson reception or ordered from Hannah Morgan in the alumni office on ext 6109. See the full set on the web at

But why would you?

No matter how busy the pubs or far the walk home it is strictly forbidden for anyone to enter University buildings between 6pm on December 31 and 6am on January 1.
Every effort has been made to ensure that equipment is Y2000 compliant but there is a remote possibility that failure of embedded chips may render buildings unsafe if fire alarms or lifts do not work properly.
Staff requiring access to buildings between 6am on January 1 and 6am on January 3 must check with security first. The buildings reopen as normal on January 5. For more information see

Welfare workshops

Accommodation, admissions and finance issues are included in a series of workshops and briefings on student welfare beginning next month. The sessions are open to all staff who have contact with students, and will also cover health and counselling, cultural differences and support for students with disabilities.
The programme of courses runs from January to July. For more information contact Debbie Greenwood in SDDU on ext 4148, email More

Community helpers

An action plan setting out the University’s relationship with and commitment to the community and city has been produced.
Staff are welcome to submit comments and suggestions on the draft report. The University of Leeds and community strategy outlines the University’s role in Headingley, Burley and Hyde Park, considers relevant issues and suggests actions to be taken. The document follows meetings with local MPs and councillors.
The plan is on the Reporter website and copies can be obtained from Julia Faultless on ext 3936. Comments and suggestions should be made as soon as possible.More

Network’s stressful start

Discussions on stress and bullying in the workplace kicked off a new series of meetings for departmental staff with responsibility for human resources.
The HR forum will address specific topics and matters of local concern at its termly meetings. The next two meetings - to address the Bett report and staff reviews - are scheduled for February 16 and May 10 respectively. For more information about the forum or to suggest topics contact Kathy Aveyard in human resources on ext 3964, email

Election time again

The Senate elections process for the second term begins next month. Nomination forms for election by all faculties to Senate will be dispatched on January 24, with ballot papers following on February 9. The second phase - election by individual faculties - begins when nomination papers are sent out on February 23. For more information contact Helen Pickersgill in the secretariat on ext 4036.

Winter dancing

Two of the UK’s leading choreographers have helped the Northern School of Contemporary Dance prepare for its winter showcase, which begins tomorrow night (December 7). It is the first time both choreographers, Wayne McGregor and Jeremy James, have worked with the school. For tickets and more information contact the school on 219 3018.

Books on the Sabbath

Sunday opening hours at the Edward Boyle library are being extended from next month. Beginning on Sunday January 9, the library will open at midday instead of 2pm. It is also planned to open the Brotherton library on Sundays.
During the run-up to exams all library sites will be open from 9am to 10pm next May Day. For more information see the library noticeboards, its website at or ring Pippa Jones on ext 5573.

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