Reporter 455, 25 September 2000


As time goes by: two technicians from the Department of Materials have won first and second prize in the Yorkshire heat of the Royal Mail/Canon competition to find regional photographic images to display on postage stamps. Both go through to the national final, which will be held at the Victoria & Albert Museum at the end of the year. Diane Bavester won first prize for a view of York Minster illuminated by gaslight (see the Reporter website) and David Horner was runner-up with this atmospheric image of York Shambles. Each wins a copy of the Royal Mail Millennium Collection, a set of stamps focusing on contemporary artists and designers and Millennium Commission projects.

Going for gold

Researchers with experience of commercial sponsorship have teamed up to share their expertise with the rest of the University and promote the benefits of working with industry. A new ‘Champions’ forum’ will promote applied research and development and disseminate best practice.

The forum, backed by the Research Support Unit, will invite external speakers as well as academics to discuss harnessing curiosity-driven research to the needs of industry.

The Champions’ forum aims to help members turn new knowledge into new products or services, developing entrepreneurial and negotiating skills and adding value to research output. It also seeks to enhance opportunities for students to gain experience of industry and improve their employment prospects.

Professor Rob Knipe of the Rock Deformation group (ext 5208) and Dr Anne Eady in RSU (ext 4083) would like to hear from academics interested in the project.

Guides upgraded

New, improved editions of the A4 campus map and the fold-out pocket guide have been produced by the University’s estate services. The format of the campus map in the pocket guide has been changed from a 3-D drawing to a 2-D plan, matching the map boards located around campus. The publications are available from stationery.

Works deadline looms

There will be two allocations by the group on space issues from the minor works fund during 2000/2001. The first deadline for receiving applications for this round is Monday 6 November. Departments have to register applications, giving a brief statement and location of works by Monday 9 October at the latest, to enable adequate preparation of bids and cost estimates. Contact Jane Freer (ext 5955 or e.j.freer@leeds).

Just good Friends

Friends of University Art and Music, a group which supports concerts and exhibitions on campus, hosting talks before events and discounts on tickets, is finalising its programme for the new academic year. Visits are planned to a concert in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, the Great Yorkshire Art Exhibition in Scarborough, Tate Modern and Somerset House.

Membership details from Pat Brooke on ext 4161 ( or view the website  More

Library plugs in

ScienceDirect, the electronic journals service from Elsevier Science, is available from the University Library for a trial period, giving access to over 1,000,000 articles online – all Elsevier’s publications and its imprints, including Pergamon, North Holland and Excerpta Medica.

For further information see: uk/library/ejour/scidirec.htm and to use ScienceDirect, go to:

The Library now also has a subscription for unlimited on-campus use of the Oxford English Dictionary database, OED Online. You can find it listed on the Library’s web pages under databases/general. A password is not required; just click on the ‘sign in’ button on the dictionary’s homepage at

The Brotherton and Edward Boyle libraries are extending weekend and evening opening during term time. Saturday hours will be 10am to 5pm and Sundays, noon to 7pm. From October, both libraries will be open Monday to Thursday, 9am-midnight (self-service after 9pm) and Friday, 9am-9pm. For full details of services, see

The Library’s latest information skills programme, with sessions on business information, patents and standards, news and newspapers and finding theses and dissertations, is outlined with a booking form at

School’s new brand

The School of Computer Studies is no more. As from this summer, the University has a School of Computing. Professor Anthony Cohn, head of the School, said: "This title better reflects our very broad range of activity, from theoretical computer science to artificial intelligence, scheduling, scientific computation and multidisciplinary informatics." More

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