Reporter 463, 12 March 2001


In the news

Richard Lacey is once again in demand following the latest farming crisis. The Guardian was eager to hear the professorís views on the foot and mouth outbreak. According to Lacey, "we can attribute foot and mouth directly to our industrialised agriculture and food system," and for things to get better, "we are going to have to change our attitude to food."
Professor Lacey also gave The Guardian his first big interview for five years. In the profile he discusses the events which followed his warnings against BSE. 10 years ago Professor Lacey became a household name when he suggested BSE could be transmitted to humans. As a result of these claims politicians and the food industry vilified him and continued to do so until last year when the Philips report into the BSE crisis was released.
The report vindicated Professor Lacey. According to him, "the media sensationalised what I said, and took it out of context. They didnít mention that I said it was a distinct possibility that no one was vulnerable. They deliberately focused on the worst case scenario to discredit me."

The Yorkshire Evening Post featured Dr Laurence Smithís call for action on teachersí stress. Dr Smith, from the School of Psychology, believes it is a national scandal that the issue was not being addressed.
He said: "Itís not just a question of teachersí pay but the conditions of work and the demand that is put on staff. They are a very unappreciated section of our society."

Hugo Radice, Director of the Centre for Russian, Eurasian and Central European Studies, has been explaining why so many people complain about the research assessment exercise. His unique explanation appeared in the Times Higher and the Red Pepper magazine.
He draws an analogy between the British Higher Education system and the Soviet mode of production. According to Radice: "the institutions we work in resemble more and more closely the Soviet form of enterprise. Our activities take place within a rigid hierarchy through the university as a whole and onto HEFCE, the functional equivalent of Gosplan, the high command of the Soviet planning system."

The University of Leeds has been allocated over £62 million, the second largest allocation, for teaching from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
News of HEFCEís funding allocations of £3.1 billion for teaching and £888 million for research was featured in the Times Higher. The University is also among ten institutions that will each receive a block grant of more than £100 million for research.

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