Reporter 460, 4 December 2000

In the news

The University attracted international attention after a group of Indonesian singers visited Leeds, together with a TV crew from Jakarta. A series of ten weekly slots about the visit to the UK were broadcast as part of a popular Indonesian youth programme on AN-TV. Leeds is not only mentioned as one of the sponsors of the tour but also has a slot dedicated to the University, featuring Hywel Coleman from the School of Education.

Composer Simon Fell received rave reviews for his composition No 57:Kaleidozylen after its world premiere at the Centenary Concert Hall. The Guardian describes Fell as a wizard of wilful discordance who proceeded to baffle and enchant the audience with an hour and a half of violent sensuality.

The launch of the £8 million bid to train dozens of doctors for West Yorkshire received coverage from the Times Higher Education Supplement and the Yorkshire Evening Post. A partnership between Leeds and Bradford universities, with help from the Open University, plans to create an extra 82 medical places to boost the annual intake at the medical school to 300 student doctors.

Honorary graduate and leading racehorse owner Robert Ogden was featured in the Racing Post this week. His close links as benefactor to the University were highlighted. Mr Ogden recently established a scholarship scheme to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Yorkshire to complete their A-levels and apply to university.

When the Readerís Digest asked: "Why do buses always come in threes?" they turned to timetable expert Professor Tony Wren from the School of Computing for an answer. He replied: "Buses do set out at regular intervals but if the first one gets delayed in a jam or by an accident large queues of passengers form. They take a long time to board so the second bus starts to catch up."

Nigel Simpsonís research continues to attract widespread recognition. Having already received national press coverage for his labour predicting device Dr Simpsonís work has now featured in specialist magazine New Scientist. He and his colleague James Walker found that the electrical signals that stimulate muscle contraction in the uterus change over the course of pregnancy. According to Dr Simpson they could nip the whole cascade of events in the bud, ensuring a safer delivery.

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