Reporter 446, 7 February 2000


Find your fortune

Reporter readers interested in the gold panning courses featured in the last issue may like to know there are two expeditions to Scotland planned this summer. Spaces are available on both the weekend of June 9-11 and the week-long course held July 22-28.

For more information contact Rob Chapman in continuing education on ext 3190 (

Craig Wood, (above), the current holder of the Gregory fellowship for sculpture at the University, kicks off a series of public lectures on The Objects of Sculpture next Monday (February 14). The five lectures are open to all and are designed to reflect the vitality of contemporary sculpture. All talks take place on Monday evenings, in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre, and begin at 7pm. For more information contact the fine art department on ext 5260

Huts open for spring

Bookings for the Pennine and mountain huts up to September 17 are now being taken at the Physical Education Centre for groups of University staff and students, costing £70 per night. Bookings for groups containing non-members begin at 9.30am on Friday (February 11), costing £90 per night.

Change of order

Staff or departments wanting to order expensive equipment or services must now consult central purchasing. The purchase of goods or services over £144,456 must now be advertised throughout the European Community by EU law.

Central purchasing must be involved at the planning stage if the estimated value of the contract is above this threshold, or if a 'substantial' contract for commonly bought goods or services is intended. For more information see

Join the press pack

Engineers and scientists wanting to learn more about the media are being invited to apply for British Association media fellowships. Participants spend four to eight weeks working alongside print or broadcasting journalists and will learn how to report scientific developments and breakthroughs.

For more information contact Meenal Gupta at the British Association on 020 7973 3069 (email meenal.gupta or see The deadline for applications is March 31.

Open for business

The dates for the main University open days in 2000 have now been arranged. Expect the campus to flood with eager sixth-formers and inquisitive parents on May 10 and June 22.

Go Dutch to help

The transcription centre is looking for a kind-hearted Dutch speaker to record texts onto tape for a student with sight difficulties. Volunteers usually give up one hour of their time a week. For more information contact the centre on ext 3929.

Election season

Elections by faculties to University committees will be included alongside elections to Senate in this termís polls, which begin on February 23. An election from Senate to membership of Council may also be included. Elections of members of technical, clerical, ancillary and academic-related to Council, and of members of Senate to University committees, will take place after Easter.

Interesting family

Staff interested in family organisation and change, kinship obligations and childhood are invited to join the centre for research on family, kinship and childhood. Members are drawn from a range of departments and regularly attend seminars and workshops. For more information contact Nichola Hutchinson on ext 4874,

Travel for less

Staff can now receive discounted travel with National Express through a new arrangement negotiated by human resources.

Savings of 10% are available on all the company's services, which include Flightlink, Speedlink and Jetlink coach services and short breaks to London, Britain and Europe. The discount is only available through the National Express discount travel hotline, contact human resources on ext 4146 for details.

Details of key human resources policies, departmental contacts and the updated handbook for academic and academic-related staff are all now available on the revised human resources website.

For more information see Comments and suggestions about the new pages should be addressed to Adele Day ( or Keiron Broadhead (

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