Reporter 448, 6 March 2000


Martyn Hodgson is pictured playing the theorbo, a kind of large lute. He is rehearsing with members of the recently formed Leeds Baroque Orchestra, which aims to bring together students from the music department and amateur and professional players of baroque instruments from the North of England. There will be a chance to meet the orchestra at a "BBC Music Live" event. The LBO will hold an open rehearsal for its forthcoming Messiah with a short talk by Peter Holman on The 18th Century Orchestra, its instruments and techniques in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall on Monday 29 May (2-5pm admission free).

Vision of morality

Ethical issues will be in the spotlight when Radio 4’s The Moral Maze comes to Bradford on Wednesday March 22. The regular team of presenter Michael Buerk, columnist Janet Daley, historian David Starkey, medical ethicist David Cook and Professor of Journalism Ian Hargreaves will be cross-examining "witnesses" on one of the week's top stories.

The event, to be held in the Cubby Broccoli cinema at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, starts at 6.30pm with a reception including wine and refreshments. Live recording of the programme is between 8-9pm. The press office has ten tickets on a first come, first served basis. Call ext 4031, e-mail View the invitation letter here.

Upwardly mobile

Applications are now invited from academic and academic-related staff who wish to be considered for promotion from August 2000. A circular setting out the procedures and timetable is going to departmental heads. For copies or more information contact Shetwah Lee, ext 5773 email:

Heads of Department will notify staff of departmental promotions committee meetings and will set an appropriate deadline for the submission of applications. Clerical promotion papers will be circulated shortly: for more information contact Diane Fussey, ext 4281 or email The text of the brochure is available here or view the human resources web site for copies of the application

Discounts for staff

Discounts on a wide range of goods and services, from driving lessons to hi-fi goods, bowling sessions to buttons, have been negotiated for University staff. ID cards are needed to claim discounts in most cases; for the complete list see the human resources web site

Council places

Nominations are being invited for lay (external) vacancies on the University’s governing body, the Council. The deadline for submission of names, to be considered by Court and Council membership committee in April, is March 27. Court will make a decision at its June meeting.

Council membership is to be reduced from 54 to 34, following a recommendation by Lord Dearing that universities review the size of their governing bodies and governance arrangements. Discussions are on-going about the size of the Court. For further information and nomination forms, contact Helen Pickersgill in the Secretariat, ext 4036, h.j.pickersgill@ The new constitution is available here

In need of experts

The BBC and the Science Museum are on the lookout for researchers in science and consumer issues. The Science Museum in London wants science news for exhibitions in its new £50m project The Wellcome wing, which opens in June. The wing aims to be the world’s foremost theatre of contemporary science. For more information contact Tim Walker on 020 7942 4737.

Also interested in innovative science news is BBC 1’s Tomorrow’s World, which is staging its annual Megalab event on March 22. For more information see the Reporter website or contact the Megalab team, email peter.oxley

BBC Radio Leeds is also looking for academics happy to be interviewed on consumer-related issues. For more information contact Sue McGorrigan on 224 7323.

A spring chorus

University staff and students are among choir members of the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, which is to perform Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 18 March at 7.30pm in Leeds town hall. The orchestra is the English Northern Philharmonia conducted by Dominic Wheeler. Tickets are £6.50 to £16 from the city centre booking office at the Civic Theatre, (0113) 214 5315/5340 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday.

Ancillaries needed

The support staff advisory group, which acts as a channel of communication between staff and the University on local issues, is seeking two ancillary staff members. For more information, see the Reporter website or contact Kathy Aveyard on ext 3964.

Reporter 447

Annabel Gartside, not Jacqueline Hodgson, received her administration NVQ on page four, and Professor Michael (not Paul) Steer pioneered laser research on page seven of Reporter 447. Apologies.

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