Reporter 452, 22 May 2000


Second sight: John Mitchell, who was Gregory Fellow in Painting at the University from 1977 to 1980, has been welcomed back twenty years later for his second exhibition at the University Gallery. The show, 16 Gunmetal Frustums and Fillers: 4 Bronze Blocks with Conic Voids, opened on Wednesday and runs until June 30. Picture by Rosie Potter

Travel made simpler

A review of the University’s annual £2m spending on travel, hitherto booked through as many as 40 different agencies, has resulted in the selection of three firms as preferred suppliers - Delta Travel, Key Travel and Northenden Travel, appointed following a competitive tender involving 14 agencies. The change should save on the overheads incurred in processing large numbers of transactions with a wide range of suppliers, while concentrating the University’s business with a few firms providing a dedicated service.

Travellers may, if they wish, use other agencies, particularly for UK rail journeys. The appointment of ‘preferred’ agents is aimed mainly at rationalising international travel costs. It should also prevent large retrospective invoices hitting departmental travel budgets.

At an open day on Thursday (May 25), staff will have an opportunity to meet the three preferred agencies in the Parkinson Court.

A new travel policy and contract, applicable to all University staff, have been approved by Council and Senate. Both start on Monday, June 5. Meanwhile, a new travel website has been set up,

New life for old PCs

The University’s cleaning service has signed a deal with Roseville Enterprises, an employment initiative for disabled people, to put redundant computers to good use.

Machines no longer needed by the University will be sent to Roseville to be restored and either supplied to charities or sold to the public. Computers which are beyond repair are recycled in component form. Anyone with old machines to dispose of should call ext 3430 to arrange for their collection.

Flat rate on offer

Postgraduate students may apply for the posts of assistant advisers in University-owned flats for the academic year 2000/2001. They will live on-site and help advisers to provide support and pastoral care for students (mainly first-years). In return, half of the accommodation fee will be rebated. Applications will also be welcomed from mature students and members of staff.

Members of the academic and academic-related staff can apply to be non-residential adviser to the 428 students in the James Baillie Flats, half-way between the University and central Headingley. The successful candidate will work with one other non-residential adviser. For more information ring ext 6071 or e-mail: accom@adm.

Bodington Hall is also seeking sub-wardens; contact Penny Robinson,

Parking on the big day

Special parking arrangements have been made for the installation of Lord Bragg as Chancellor and the accompanying honorary degree ceremony on June 8. Four parks have been set aside for visitors only: the Paxton car park off Cavendish Road, the visitors’ park off Hillary Place, the ‘red zone’ park on University Road and the Career Services park. Staff who normally use these locations should make alternative arrangements.

Prices trimmed for staff

Details of further discount deals for University staff have been announced. The Hair Cuttery in Theatre Walk at the Headrow Shopping Centre offers a year-round 15 percent price cut on production of a University staff identity card. Lunch or dinner at the Boccagrande restaurant at the Crowne Plaza hotel on Wellington Street attracts a 20 percent discount, and the gas appliance and fireplace supplier, Cooking & Heating, on Regent Street, offers an extra 5 percent off. See the current list of discounts on the human resources website

Clarity on copyright

Bewildered by copyright? Help is at hand. Following consultation with academic staff, the University Library has created a new post of IPR and projects officer. Postholder Pam Davies will offer advice, gather and disseminate information, raise awareness of issues like the DACS slide licensing scheme and the new CLA digitisation rules, and co-ordinate copyright and licensing operations.

A set of web pages at offers an introduction to copyright, information about the University’s licences and a range of links to many other resources. Pam also takes over as the CLA licensing co-ordinator, and will advise on obtaining permission for bulk copying for student handouts beyond the limits allowed by the CLA licence. In brief, if your students end the module with four or more photocopied items which exceed 25 pages, or if you do any copying for distance learners, this is defined as a ‘course pack’ and needs clearance. Contact ext 5543

Run for your life

Equipping the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary with an ultrasound 3-D scanner is the £200,000 target for runners in the fifth Hospital Heartbeat Appeal Wall Street Run on Monday, 3 July. Backers of the appeal hope to field at least one University team for the four-miler at South Leeds Stadium. Enquiries to (0113) 276 2824.

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