Reporter 449, 20 March 2000


Celebrated artist, biographer and historian Quentin Bell, whose career in university art education took in Newcastle, Leeds and Sussex, is the subject of a major show at the University Gallery in the Parkinson Building from March 22 to May 5.
A Man of Many Arts represents many of the diverse craft and art idioms in Bell’s work. Most of the exhibits are on loan from private collections, including pottery pieces, painted clay figurines and illuminated manuscripts. The paint and clay work shown is entitled Ballerina.
The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm and admission is free. The exhibition is closed between April 20-25.

OED online - for now

Free access to the world’s most authoritative guide to the English language is available to University members - for at least one more week.

The University library has extended its trial subscription to the online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, accessible through a link from the library’s website. The dictionary has been brought up to date to encompass more than 300,000 words, with definitions supported by 2.5m quotations.

The site affords access to the 20-volume OED and its supplements, revised in a £34m project which has been under way since 1994 and adds more than 1,000 new words each quarter. This is the first thorough revision since the dictionary was completed in 1928.

Users have until March 30 to consult the complete OED (at and submit comments to Ann Farr at the Brotherton Library. A decision is to be made on whether or not the University should take an annual subscription (costing £2,000 plus VAT).

Discount deal is done

Discounted travel on buses and trains in the West Yorkshire area is available through a joint University/Metro scheme, whereby staff can pay for travel cards direct from their salary. The cards run from June 1 to May 31, and payments are made by 10 monthly deductions.

For more information, contact Zoë Warner in human resources on ext 4146. Current scheme members should have received letters inviting them to renew their cards. The last date for the return of completed application forms will be April 14 and new cards will be available for collection on May 31.

Addressing the Court

Lay members of the University Court have responded enthusiastically to a series of informal presentations by specialist speakers from different departments and centres providing an insight into their work in advance of the twice-yearly formal meetings.
Presentations have included the work of the conservation unit, the University’s biological collections, the astrophysics group, the field of philosophical skills and psychology research. Proposals are being invited for presentations on the next Court day, June 15; offers to George Brassay or Helen Pickersgill, ext 4055 or 4036.

Spring into culture

The translation and dialogue of cultural studies will be discussed at a major conference at Trinity and All Saints College this spring. Cultural studies and interdisciplinarity: difference, otherness, dialogue, translation takes place on April 25-26 and speakers include University of Leeds Emeritus Professor Zygmunt Bauman.
Conference organiser Stefan Herbrechter said: "After almost thirty years of gradual institutionalisation, cultural studies continues to engage academics, professionals and practitioners. We believe it is time to re-open the question of cultural studies and its problematic foundation on the principle of interdisciplinarity." For more information contact Stefan Herbrechter on 283 7279 ( or view the web page:

Bang the recycling drum

Staff are being encouraged to recycle paper wherever possible for cost and environmental reasons.
Around 33 tonnes of refuse a week are collected from the University campus, including significant amounts of paper, which could be recycled.
Last year some 224 tonnes of paper - including magazines, envelopes, fax paper and general correspondence - were collected in recycling drums throughout campus.
For more information, or to order waste recycling drums, please contact Dave Crombie on ext 3432 or view additional information available here

Pitching for players

Leeds University staff cricket club is on the lookout for players (staff/postgrads) of any age or ability to turn out this coming summer.
The club plays evening and weekend friendlies throughout the summer, and indoor nets have already begun.
For more details contact Martin Hamilton (, ext 4090.

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