Reporter 450, 3 April 2000


Learning curve: children from All Saints Primary School, Leeds visited the University's computer labs last week as one of a number of events held on campus and in the city celebrating National Science Week. Computer studies lecturer Dr Lydia Lau was one of the volunteers who helped the children to put the technology through its paces.

Posters win prizes

A poster competition for research students at Yorkshire and Humberside universities offers a top prize of £2,500 and three second prizes of £1,000. Judging will take place at the University of Leeds on May 11.

The contest is open to students in any discipline for posters highlighting the role of research in advancing innovation in 14 industry sectors, ranging from bioscience and financial services to textiles and food. Sponsors are the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward. For more, see the Reporter website or contact postgraduate officer John Woodward, on ext 2544 or 2531 ( The closing date is April 14. Details available here

On the move?

The commuting discount deal announced in Reporter 449 has now been joined by a special offer from FirstLeeds, the local bus operator. Its Ridercard offers discounted prices for unlimited travel at £102 per quarter or an annual £350.

It can be bought full price from FirstLeeds travel shop on New Market Street, Leeds City bus station or most post offices - but University staff can now order them through Human Resources (ext 4146) and pay in easy monthly instalments. These can be ordered through Rider direct (Charles Donnelly 0113 237 7240).

As noted in Reporter 449, Human Resources can also arrange monthly payments on Metro travel cards at specially discounted prices. The ‘bus only’ Metrocard costs staff members £437 a year, a saving of £23 on the full price.

Nominations sought

The committee on nominations and representatives will be discussing vacancies on internal and external committees at its May 12 meeting. There are vacancies on committees to consider honorary degrees, applications, promotional chairs and readerships, among others.

There are also vacancies on the following outside bodies; Bingley Grammar School Foundation, Giggleswick School, the Read School, Drax North and West Yorkshire Committee for the Professional Development of Teachers.

Existing committee members are eligible for further appointment. For more information, and to make nominations, contact Helen Pickersgill in the Secretariat (ext 4036, by Friday 28 April. Further information available here

Merrion welcome

University staff members can enjoy a 20 percent discount on the £12.50 two-course specials in the restaurant at the city-centre Merrion Hotel. Two people dining from the main menu can enjoy a free bottle of house wine, and a special weekend rate of £25 per person (bed and breakfast) is on offer. To claim any of these discounts, customers need only show their University identity cards.

Call for runners

This year’s Leeds Corporate Challenge half -marathon is on May 14 and the University Chaplaincy is looking for teams to raise money for Mencap and the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre. Last year's response was magnificent, with five University teams raising over £1,000. Any departments willing to rise to the challenge this year should contact Rev Simon Robinson on ext 5070.

Degree days revised

Major changes have taken place to July degree ceremonies. The revised timetable can be found on the University's website ( /cerem_jl.htm

Queries should be addressed to Sharron Murphy in the student office on ext 4005 or 4108,

Closing time

The University will be closed from Friday 22 December 2000 to Monday 1 January 2001 inclusive.

Yes, people are starting to ask!

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