Reporter 460, 4 December 2000


The University Gallery is turning back the pages for a look at old Leeds. Its latest exhibition – Impressions of Leeds – is drawn from the collections of the Thoresby Society and features more than 100 drawings, paintings, photographs, maps and prints of the city from bygone days. The exhibition runs until January 12 (closed December 22 to January 1 inclusive). Pictured above is an image of Victorian Lower Briggate by Walter Braithwaite.

Christmas holidays

The University will be closed for Christmas from Friday, December 22 to Monday, January 1, inclusive. (The end of term one and semester one, teaching, is Friday, December 15. The start of term two and restart of semester one, exams/assessment is Monday, January 15. The start of semester two, teaching, is Monday January 29.)

Minor works fund

The second allocation of funds by the Group on Space Issues from the 2000/2001 Minor Works Fund will take place at the group's meeting on Tuesday, 13 March 2001. The deadline for receiving applications for this second round is Friday, 26 January, 2001. However departments are required to register their application (intent to apply) giving a brief statement and location of works by Wednesday, 20 December, 2000 at the very latest to enable adequate preparation of bids and cost estimates.

Information and assistance and application forms are available from the Estates and Projects Office, Estate Services. Contact Jane Freer (ext 5955 or e.j.freer@leeds).

Early pay day

December’s salaries, for staff normally paid at the end of the month, will be credited to individual bank/building society accounts on Thursday December 21.

A time for giving

Following the success of last year’s initiative, the University has again signed up to support Children’s Promise which backs the major charities working with vulnerable children.

It gives employees the chance to support their work through payroll giving, which is the most tax-efficient way to donate.

To arrange a donation, contact human resources on ext 4146 or download a form from

Travel awards

Administrative staff wishing to travel to further their education are invited to apply for awards from the Joan Balchin Memorial Travel Fund.

The awards are tenable both in the UK and overseas and applicants must be eligible for membership of the Association of University Administrators.

The closing date for applications is April 30. For more information contact Valerie Lomas in the student office on ext 4086, email

Games and study

The annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Games and Simulations in Education and Training (SAGSET) is to be staged at the University of Leeds next year.

Proposals for contributions to the conference are being invited. More information: Maggie Boyle, email: or take the following link for further information: sagset.htm

Festive savings

Staff planning their Christmas shopping can take advantage of a 10 per cent discount on certain evenings at Boots and BHS. The event details are:

Special Christmas Event
Boots, 19 Albion Arcade, Bond Street Centre, Leeds
6pm to 9pm Thursday 7th and 14th December

Christmas Shopping Event
BHS Albion Arcade, Bond Street Centre, Leeds
5.30pm to 9pm 7th, 14th and 21st December
Special Restaurant Offer - any hot meal and dessert for £3.99

Contact Victoria Rose in human resources (ext 4146 to request a discount invitation.

ISS open meeting

ISS will be holding its second open meeting on Tuesday December 19. All customers and users are welcome

Anyone with specific items to raise at the meeting or before should contact customer service manager, Basem El-Haddaheh on 5364. The meeting, at 2pm, will be in Lecture Theatre 19, Roger Stevens Building.

For more information see the ISS web site at:

It’s party time

The senior common room is the venue for the University clerical staff’s Christmas party on December 12.

Tickets – costing £5 – will be on sale tomorrow lunchtime in Geography. If you are unable to come on Tuesday but want a ticket contact Hazel Cox by Wednesday, on 1434 email

Focus on architecture

The AGM of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society is to be held at University House (next to the Students’ Union tomorrow (Tuesday, December 5)).

Guest speaker will be Leeds City architect John Thorpe who will talk on Civic Architecture in Leeds: Visions and Realities.

Library goes to the polls

Academic and research staff have a chance to influence what journals are stocked by the Library through a ballot currently being conducted.

The aim is to ensure a better match between the research and teaching needs of departments and journals taken by the Library, and to release money for new titles and services.

Details can be found at

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