Reporter 451, 8 May 2000


Room with a view: The Permanent Collection room in the University Gallery has put on public display two late Corot landscapes, depicting the area around Ville-d’Avray where the artist lived during the 1870s. Landscape with Cottage and Windmill (above) and Landscape with Wood were bequeathed to the University Library by Dorothy Una McGrigor Phillips in 1967

Book your place to welcome Chancellor

A limited number of tickets remain for the installation of Lord Bragg as the University's Chancellor on Thursday June 8. Any University member wishing to attend the ceremony should apply to Helen Pickersgill in the Secretariat (ext 4036 or h.j.pickersgill

Protecting staff

Senate and Council have now agreed new employment policies covering two important areas: the protection of pay and conditions of service for support staff, and a family-friendly approach to parental leave.
The first document sets out arrangements to look after staff whose pay, hours or conditions of service may be affected by changes in organisational structures or services. The second, reflecting the University’s support for the ethos of the 1999 Employment Relations Act and good employment practice generally, explains eligibility and entitlement to unpaid leave.
The two policies are available to view:

Secretaries get together

Secnet, the networking group for all the secretarial and clerical staff, has now been up
and running for more than a year, meeting for lunchtime workshops once a month in the Baines Wing, usually on work-related themes (see Events).
The group has developed a lively programme of social events, including theatre outings and talks on a variety of themes ranging from food to healthcare and fashion. With more than 30 regular participants, Secnet is keen to expand its membership this year. For more details, contact Christine Macdonald on ext 6635 (c.macdonald
For further details view the following page

Pastoral sympathy

Applications are invited from members of the academic and academic-related staff to be resident adviser to 300 students in Oxley Flats, with primary responsibilities for the pastoral care of the students and the maintenance of discipline. As well as the provision of accommodation, the post - available from July 1 - attracts an annual honorarium of £2,091 and other benefits.
Application packs may be requested from Ann Collier, ext 6079 ( and informal enquiries may be made to accommodation manager Heather Sugden on ext 6071. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 26.
Devonshire Hall invites applications from postgraduates who are interested in being a sub-warden for the 2000/2001 academic session. Contact Dr Darron Dixon-Hardy ( for further details.
Further details about the post are available here

Fund pounds the peaks

The National Heart Research Fund is seeking keen walkers for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on June 24. The 26-mile walk raised more than £26,000 last year for research into the treatment and prevention of heart disease. The Leeds-based charity currently funds more than £1m worth of research at centres of excellence throughout the UK, including work at the University.
Volunteers should contact Mike Garnett on (0113) 234 7474.
Further details and an application form are available here and a press release is available here

Travel to the bank

Travel expenses will be made monthly with salary, directly into the employee’s bank account on the same date each month, instead of being processed separately and paid by cheque, or credit transfer, on an ad hoc basis.
This change will help the University comply with tax rules and will avoid the need to maintain duplicate records.
Full details of the new arrangements are available here. For more information, contact John Lillywhite, ext 6060, email

Sponsorship appeal

Rebecca Shore, who works in the Student Office of the School of Biomedical Sciences, is off to Tanzania in August on a volunteer programme for the Health Projects Abroad charity. She has to raise £3,000 in order to take part and one of her plans is to do a sponsored weekend hitch from Leeds to Paris in early June. Offers to:

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