Reporter 456, 9 October 2000


The University Gallery opens its season with a show celebrating the paintings and collages of Valentine Dobrée, a painter, writer and poet whose early figure paintings of the 1920s diversified into cubism, surrealism and collages like The Intruder, above. Her husband, Bonamy, was Professor of English Literature at the University from 1936 to 1955. The exhibition continues to November 10.

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Flexible friends

All staff involved in open and distance learning have a chance to share experiences and to disseminate good practice through four flexible learning network meetings, beginning on October 19 with a discussion of international developments in higher education. The session, led by Pro-Vice-Chancellor John Macklin, starts at noon in the Edward Boyle Library conference room.

Future events will address course administration systems, disability issues and progress tracking. For details, see www.leeds. and check events.

It’s a deal

The University Library has reached an agreement with Waterstone’s Online, which has more than a million items in stock. Offering access to the retailer’s site, by clicking on the Waterstone’s academic logo at the top of the Library home page ( generates a small commission for the Library.

New season for SCR

The Senior Common Room wine club holds its first meeting on October 16 at 8pm in the main SCR dining room, with a tasting of South African wines. Tickets are available from Pat Brooke at the SCR club office, ext 4161.

An SCR club evening on Thursday 26 October, at 7.30pm in the coffee lounge, is planned as a welcome evening for new members of staff and also for existing members of staff and their partners who have not yet joined the club and would like to see what it has to offer. During the evening, the WUS shop will be open for the sale of CDs and new paperback books at discount prices. Wine and nibbles will be provided.

See the senior common room website for more information

Senior lectureships

Applications are invited – by November 13 – from lecturers seeking promotion to senior lecturer next August. A circular on the procedure and timetable is available from Shetwah Lee (ext 5773) in Human Resources.

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Mural on the move

The Medical School’s mural, a feature of the Worsley Building level 7 common room, is now relocated in the extension of the health sciences library in the same building.

Painted by Brian Holmes and completed in 1989, it illustrates the history of medicine in Leeds and is 28 feet long. It was painted on four panels, in case such a move became necessary.

The move enables improvements to the access between the common room and the library to be carried out later in the year. A guide to the mural is available from the Medical School administration and reception at the Parkinson Building.

The library extension also includes displays of historical artefacts from the schools of medicine and dentistry.

Web winners wanted

The body representing the UK’s higher education webmasters is inviting nominations for its annual awards. The Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association is offering prizes in two categories – managed learning environments and student participation.

Under the first heading, judges will be looking for sites that enhance services to students in terms of both the learning experience and access to practical information. The second award is for a site that involves students actively in building Web pages used within a course or set of courses.

For information, contact Jeremy Harmer (

Help towards health

Smokers who want to quit, but need help to achieve it, are welcome to contact the University’s occupational health service, on ext 2922, where Arline or Maggie will offer an appointment.


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