Reporter 458, 6 November 2000


Landmark performance: Composer Simon Fell collaborates with Music Department students in Clothworkers’ Hall for the première of his radical new Composition No 57: Kaleidozyklen, on Wednesday 15 November. The work is ‘a dialogue’ for an improvising double bassist – the composer himself – accompanied by the 27-piece new music ensemble, LSTwo, with Rachel Cocks on clarinet and Paul Koschiecha on piano. Director Simon Baines will be joined by five ‘sub-conductors’. The composer promises to present instruments in ‘bizarre combinations and extreme situations’.
Photograph: Jo Fell
To see the review of the event in the Guardian, follow this link,4273,4092208,00.html

Bragg is Boyle lecturer

The University’s Chancellor, Lord Bragg, will be giving the 2001 Edward Boyle Memorial Lecture at 5.30pm on March 7. His title is The media and the message.

The lecture, normally a biennial event, commemorates former Minister for Education Lord Boyle of Handsworth, who served as Vice-Chancellor at Leeds for over a decade until his death in 1981.

Born in 1923, Edward Boyle entered Parliament at the age of 27 and served there for 20 years, holding several Government posts, until joining the University.

Admission to the lecture will be free, but by ticket only, from Helen Pickersgill in the Secretariat (

Fee-free degree

From this academic year, all full-time and part-time staff, regardless of grade or category, are eligible for remission of fees to undertake a part-time research degree at the University. The main purpose of the scheme is to enhance work-related skills.

Fees will be remitted in full for staff on contracts of 50 percent of full-time and above, and pro-rata to contract for staff on contracts of 49 per cent and below. Staff on short-term contracts are eligible for remission only if they have a contract for at least nine months of any year of study.

Fees are not remitted for any grades of staff studying for taught postgraduate or undergraduate degrees. Staff may, however, apply for departmental and Staff and Departmental Development Unit funding to cover such fees in part. See the SDDU website for further details.

Claims date comes early

The deadline for receipt of travel expense claims for payment in December has been brought forward to December 12. The payroll office has asked that claims be submitted as soon as they are completed, rather than just before the deadline.

Speak up for staff

There is currently a vacancy on the University’s support staff advisory group for a technical member of staff. If any member of technical staff is interested, please contact Kathy Aveyard in human resources on ext 3964 by the end of November.

The group is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff and has six members from each of the support staff categories: technical, clerical and ancillary. It meets once a term and acts as a channel of discussion and communication between these groups of staff and the University on matters of local concern. Recent discussions included cycle and car parking on campus, long service awards and membership of the University sports centre.

Retirement terms shift

Provisions for early retirement and for lump sum payments under the early retirement and mobility incentive schemes have been amended for the financial year 2000-01.

The pension enhancement that an individual scheme member can apply for will generally cover up to three years’ contributions, not five years as previously; and the lump sum payment will be the equivalent of one year’s net pay, not two.

For more information, contact your head of department or resource centre, or the pensions office.

Helping hand is sought

Applications are invited from members of the academic and related staff for the post of non-resident adviser to students in Lupton Flats, Headingley, which house over 600 students.

Details are available from Ann Collier on ext 6079 (

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