Reporter 463, 12 March 2001


The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton Hall is the stunning setting for a new exhibition by renowned British sculptor William Tucker, (pictured right), a former Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at the University.

The magnificent bronzes, which have a strong reference to Greek mythology, weigh more than two tonnes each and had to be lifted into position among the trees in the park’s grounds.

Examples of William Tucker’s smaller works can be seen at the Sculpture Park’s Pavilion and Bothy galleries. Many of the works have never been seen in the country before. The exhibition was opened by Professor Philip King (left) president of the Royal Academy of Arts and a park trustee.

Get into science

University scientists are keen to demonstrate that science isn’t just for the professionals – and there are many enthusiastic amateurs working on scientific projects both on their own and in groups.

University astronomers, naturalists, chemists, model engineers and radio amateurs will be among those exhibiting at a science fair on Saturday 24 March, which will give the public the chance to learn more about their work – and maybe inspire them to begin projects of their own.

The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society is holding the event from 10am to 4pm in the Parkinson Court. Admission is free.

Holiday options

Changes providing greater flexibility on annual leave have been approved by staff committee. From January 2001, up to one week’s leave can be carried forward for up to three months after the end of the leave year, by agreement with managers. This allows staff the option of retaining some leave until late in the year, in case of emergency, without risk of losing any of their entitlement. For more information, call Shetwah Lee on ext 5773, or see the human resources website (internal only).

Open all hours

To help students facing deadlines for the submission of dissertations, the Edward Boyle Library will remain open until 2am for two weeks this Easter: Monday-Thursday 19-22 March and Monday-Thursday 23 - 26 April. Use of the library will be monitored to help assess demand for extended opening hours.

ISS will be also be extending the help desk service during the last three weeks of term in the library’s level 10 support office. The desk will be open from Sunday 4 March to Friday 23 March from 6-7pm Monday to Friday and noon-4pm Sunday and is on ext 5366.

Campus and canvas

Fairbairn House will be running an exhibition of artwork by staff, their families and anyone else with a connection to the University. The ‘Brush with the University’ exhibition will run from April 11 to June 8 and anyone with artistic leanings is invited to submit their work. For more information, contact Sarah Spearing on ext 6911 or email

Promotion prospects

The 2000/2001 promotions exercise will start on 12 March 2001. Academic and academic-related staff, who wish to be considered for promotion or additional/discretionary scale increments from August 2001, can now apply.

Details of the procedures and timetable will be sent to all department heads, who will fix a deadline for applications and notify staff when the promotions committee meets. Further details are available from Shetwah Lee ext. 5773 or email:

Details of the clerical promotions exercise will also be made available from 12 March 2001. For further information, contact Rachel Penney, ext. 4144 or email: r.l.penney@ or the human resource website (internal only).

Help for refugees

The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) is now welcoming applications for financial help from individual refugee scholars. CARA assists university teachers or researchers who have lost their job as a result of political, racial or religious discrimination and have become refugees in this country. The council will also respond to enquiries from academic, refugee and welfare organisations or from individuals acting for refugee academics. For an application form and further information please contact CARA directly. Contact details can be found on their website at

Keep up with the Act

The needs of disabled people in higher education will be discussed at a lunchtime meeting of the flexible learning network on March 21. Disability Services Officer Judith Russell will explain the Special Educational Needs and Disability Rights Education Act during the meeting in the Edward Boyle Library Conference Room from 12.15 to 1.45pm. To book a place please email Jane Jotcham

Strategies for stress

Feeling stressed? Two courses on reducing stress could help. The first, on April 3 from 1.30 to 4.45pm, will demonstrate how techniques for managing your workload, improving communication skills and building relationships, can help tackle stress.

The second, on May 3 from 9am to 12.30pm, will concentrate on Managing and Initiating Change and is aimed at managers and supervisors. For further details and to book places please email Debbie Greenwood on

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