Reporter 445, 24 January 2000


Chancellor installation

Lord Bragg of Wigton (Melvyn Bragg) is to be installed as Chancellor of the University at a ceremony in the Great Hall at 2.30pm on Thursday June 8. Honorary degrees will be conferred during the same ceremony.

All members of the University are welcome at the ceremony, but space is limited and admission is by ticket only. For tickets contact Helen Pickersgill in the Secretariat on ext 4036,

University challenged

Postgraduates and students who fancy taking on Jeremy Paxman are invited to help form the next Leeds team for University Challenge. Leeds were the first winners of the contest in 1962 (though were eliminated from the current series by Christchurch College). Budding contestants can tackle sample questions by clicking here


For more information contact Nick Greenhalgh in the University Union on 231 4223, email or email

Rathbone remembered

The University's very own former MP will be remembered with a memorial lecture held in her name later this term. Eleanor Rathbone represented eight universities, including Leeds, as an independent member of the House of Commons from 1929 to 1946.

Including and excluding families: shifting constructions of race, class, gender and age will be given by Open University psychologist Dr Ann Phoenix, on March 29 in the Leeds University Business School lecture theatre at 5.30pm.

Admission is by ticket only; contact Joan Booth in the Vice-Chancellor's office on ext 4059, email

A retrospective exhibition of the work of head of fine art Ken Hay begins in the University Gallery on Wednesday (February 2). The show includes work in the fields of painting, photography, digital imagery and multimedia and includes the laminated computer print Frühlingsmann (above). The exhibition runs until March 10.More

Credit enclosed

University staff can now access a savings scheme and low interest loans through a new agreement with Leeds City Credit Union.

Savings can be paid direct from salaries and will earn annual dividends of typically around 4-5%. Loans of up to three times the amount saved can also be arranged and the scheme is also open to the immediate family of staff signing up. For more information see the enclosed leaflet.

Take up a hobby

Funding is available for ancillary staff wishing to learn to speak Spanish, taste wine or participate in many other non-work related courses.

The Learning for Life scheme is also planning a series of after-work introductory courses on campus including creative writing, the Internet and learning more about the history of Leeds United.

For more information contact learning for life adviser Eileen Barrett at SDDU on ext 4619 or Bernard Vickers (UNISERV, ext 5946), Annette Lawson (residential and commercial, ext 3666 or 3675), Edward Bray (security, mail room, cleaning stores, ext 3431), Galvin Evans (halls, grounds and gardens, 275 1993), Karen Grayson (University Union, 231 4215) or Fred Whitaker (cleaners, ext 5900).

Travel costs rising

Staff jetting off to conferences or booking rail tickets through the Union travel shop ULTRA will have to pay more from February 1.

The lowering of discount levels by transport companies has forced ULTRA to reduce the staff discounts on air flights from 3% to 1%. Discounts on rail tickets have been reduced from 3% to 2%. Package holidays booked through the shop will continue to receive a 5% reduction, or free insurance. For more information contact ULTRA on 231 4266.

Musical mailing

Music-lovers can now receive regular email updates about University concerts from the music department. For more information and a copy of the concerts brochure contact Doug Buist on ext 2584, email or view the following website

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