Reporter 459, 20 November 2000


Show time: Sue Wray puts the finishing touches to a work in her first gallery exhibition, as one of the ‘Secret Seven’ group of artists currently showing in the Baines Wing Fine Art Gallery. Members of the group lead double lives – all have other occupations, some of which are not often associated with artistic activity. They include an engineer, a solicitor, a full-time mother of four, and a lecturer in computer studies. Ms Wray has made sculptures out of washing-up cloths, clothes pegs, and even the fluff in her tumble-dryer. The exhibition, Seven Escape to the Magic Land of Art, runs until December 6

XYTV science

The Einstein Channel, a European digital TV channel dedicated to popularising science and technology, is launching in Britain in January. It will cover space exploration, earth sciences, life sciences and technology, explaining the relevance and benefits of scientific projects.

A local independent production company, XYTV, is to make the reports. Producers are especially keen on science projects that involve human subjects. Contact xytv@dial.pipex. com or phone Leeds 237 1199.

Move on up

Documentation for the current technical staff promotions exercise is available from human

resources, ext 5774, 4128 or 3963, and at

Get to grips with GIS

The School of Geography is running a day school on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) on 10 January next. The aim is to introduce GIS and show how they could be of use in your work.

The course will suit staff and research postgraduates who want to use GIS software for their work or research. Masters modules covering the same topics run in semester one, and most new research postgraduates miss the opportunity to attend those.

Early booking is advised. The cost is £160 with lunch, or £150 without.

Details from Anna Wellard on ext 6698 ( or John Dodds on ext 6754 (

Rights unit holds court

A human rights research unit has been created within the Faculty of Law, and will collaborate with colleagues in other departments working in related areas.

The unit, co-ordinated by Ian Cram (ext 5056;, starts a series of seminars on Wednesday December 6, at 1pm in the Brian Hogan seminar rooms at 21 Lyddon Terrace. John Bell, Professor of Public and Comparative Law, will talk on French attitudes towards the European Court of Human Rights.

Library goes to the polls

Voting papers have been distributed for the annual periodicals voting exercise, which involves all academic and research staff. It will assess the extent to which the journals currently taken by the Library match the needs of staff and students.

The aim is to ensure a better match between the research and teaching needs of departments and the journal holdings in the Library, and to free up money for new titles and new services by cutting out the cost of titles which are no longer needed.

Details can be found at

Leg-up for youth

Departments and resource centres preparing to appoint a new member of staff may be eligible for assistance under the Leeds Employment Grant Scheme, LEGS, run by the city’s Training and Enterprise Council.

A person aged 16 to 25, appointed to a permanent post for at least 15 hours a week and residing in four key inner-city wards, may attract a subsidy of £1,000 to the employing department towards salary and training costs.

This scheme applies to those who have been unemployed for less than six months and thus do not qualify for the support available to those who have been jobless for longer.

Keiron Broadhead in the human resources office (ext 3962, k.r.broadhead@adm.leeds. has the details.

Data reform kicks in

Guidance for staff and students on the new Data Protection Act (1998) is being drawn up by a steering group headed by human resources director Matthew Knight. Key changes will include express consent for processing certain types of data; the inclusion of manual as well as electronic records (individuals will have access to data held about them in manual records); and restrictions on data transfer outside the EU.

The data protection steering group is considering how the University records, uses and retains personal data, reflecting both the changes in the law and best practice. A draft code of practice is being circulated to heads of resource centres and senior committees (see

Further information is available from Adrian Slater (ext 4079) or Melody Mellor (ext 4062).

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