Reporter 464, 26 March 2001


Taking our data beyond the campus

Doreen Illingworth
School of Biology

Wearing my local councillorís hat, I have given interviews and filled in questionnaires for student research projects on several community issues.

I am sure the data collected would be of relevance to community and interest groups out there, beyond the campus boundaries. Instead of having these hours of effort confined to departmental shelves, letís make as many of them that are appropriate, available to the community. The quality of work varies widely, but accompanied by a suitably worded disclaimer from the University, perhaps including the mark and assessment, the reliability of the project data could be made clear.

I would take this further. How about all departments that have student research projects as a significant part of the degree scheme ensuring that a proportion are of direct interest and relevance to the citizens of Leeds?

Playwrights and wrongs

Martin Banham
School of English

Thank you for your generous coverage of the opening of the splendid new facilities for the Workshop Theatre in the Emmanuel Institute. May I, however, put the record straight on one matter?

Much as we might like to claim him, the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka did not take the MA in Theatre Studies (which wasnít created until 1967) Ė he took a degree in English, graduating in 1957.

Leeds did, however, play an important part in his development as a writer; he acted with the Unionís Theatre Group, performed in Rag Revue, contributed short stories to University magazines (see, for instance, Madame Etienneís Establishment in Gryphon, March 1957, and A Tale of Two Cities in the autumn 1957 volume) and began work on the two plays that were to draw him to the attention of the Royal Court Theatre in London, The Swamp Dwellers and The Lion and the Jewel, sometimes referred to as The Leeds Plays.

The MA can, though, claim a Soyinka: on his recommendation his sister, Omofolabo Soyinka Ajayi (now Professor of Theatre and Womenís Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence) came to Leeds to take the MA in 1976/7.

No fish please, weíre veggie...

Christine Talbot
Flexible Learning Development Unit

No, Gordon, some vegetarians do NOT eat fish! Many non-meat eaters are not vegetarians Ė because they eat fish. They are, well, non-meat eaters. Hope that clarifies things.

...and while youíre at it, buy a dictionary

Hannah Dee
Faculty Project Officer (Engineering)

I think the fact that someone to do with the Senior Common Room Club mentions fish twice in a letter about their vegetarian provision just goes to emphasise the problem. Some people eat fish, but vegetarians donít. You donít need a recipe book to work that out, just a dictionary.

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