Reporter 447, 21 February 2000

In the news

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and University Librarian Lynne Brindley hit the headlines this week with news of her appointment as the first professional librarian to hold the post of chief executive of the British Library

The Times, Independent, Times Higher Educational Supplement, Yorkshire Post, Guardian, Observer, Yorkshire Evening Post and other regional newspapers all featured the story. The Times was particularly impressed by the appointment; its cartoon of Lady librarians praised Mrs Brindley for updating the stereotype of female librarians.

Further insights will be revealed by the Guardian’s forthcoming Working life column, as a desk therapist describes what Mrs Brindley’s desk says about her character.

Diane Myers, teaching fellow in the institute of communications studies, produced a Channel 4 documentary on adoption which was broadcast this week. Nobody's Child, part of the Adoption on trial season of programmes, featured the stories of three teenagers who were viewing their case files for the first time to discover why they had never been adopted.

Leeds is one of four leading universities which has announced plans to form a global alliance with four American counterparts as the first step in a multi-million pound deal to create "e-universities".

The group, Worldwide Universities Network (WWUN), was highlighted in the Guardian, Financial Times, Times and Yorkshire Post (click here).

University research on the future of gender, the family and sexuality in the 21st century has featured on the BBC World Service recently. Dr Sasha Roseneil, director of the centre for interdisciplinary gender studies, was interviewed on Talking Points then featured on a week-long series of programmes called The essential guide to the 21st century and Visionaries.

Students at Leeds this week banned Home Secretary Jack Straw from the union building over what they described as his "anti-libertarian" policies. More than 600 students voted at their annual general meeting to revoke Mr Straw’s life membership of the union and ban him from the building. Their views featured in the Guardian, Financial Times and Yorkshire Evening Post.

GMAP Ltd chief executive Professor Martin Clarke was revealed as a bon viveur, sports fan, and all-round Yorkshireman when he was quizzed by the Yorkshire Post Question time page.

He described how his career progressed from geography research assistant to, many years later, the formation of GMAP. Professor Clarke praised another Leeds academic, Professor David Rhodes, as someone who "had the balls to believe in the commercial applicability of his research and get on with it."

Probing questions revealed that were he not to be running GMAP, Professor Clarke would ideally like to present Match of the Day. His best gadget turns out to be a screwpull corkscrew, so he can enjoy opening a bottle of wine as much as drinking it. If he won the lottery, Professor Clarke would employ a full-time chauffeur.

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