Reporter 464, 26 March 2001


An exhibition by Jewish artist Lily Markiewicz is currently on show at the University art gallery. Born in Germany of Polish Holocaust survivors, Lily Markiewicz’s art is inspired by the complexity of her own heritage, birthplace and childhood, and deals with the Holocaust in relation to questions of memory and place. The exhibition is the first event organised by the new Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History and will culminate in a conference on April 22 where the artist herself will speak about her work. The exhibition runs until April 29.

Join the network

Do you feel isolated in your department? Would you like to meet others throughout the University in a similar role to yours, for lunchtime discussions on issues such as career and personal development – or simply make friends and join social gatherings and outings? The support staff network is open to all clerical, technical and secretarial employees. For more information, email Christine on

Going up!

The first new lift is now in service in the SCR Building, as part of the University’s lift replacement programme.

Five more lifts are to be installed before the end of July starting with the Henry Price flats, the School of Chemistry, the E C Stoner Building and two in the Houldsworth School.

The new lifts employ the latest technology and are designed for maximum accessibility with landing and lift car call buttons at wheelchair level and speech annunciation for arrival at the various floors.

Advisers needed

Applications are invited for two newly-created resident adviser posts. The advisers will be responsible for the pastoral care of resident students and the maintenance of discipline.

The first will take responsibility for the 366-bed Manygates Campus, close to Wakefield city centre. The second will look after the 150-bed Bretton Hall campus, south of Wakefield, and the 77-bed lodge in nearby Kettlethorpe. The posts are available from August 1 to academic and academic-related staff, and offer an annual honorarium of £2,154.

For further information, contact Ann Collier on 233 6079, e-mail For informal inquiries contact Heather Sugden on ext 6071.

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Changing roles

New procedures to support staff facing redeployment have been approved following extensive consultation and agreement with all three campus unions.

The University has appointed Debbie Greenwood as the new retraining co-ordinator, and she can advise staff on tailor-made retraining programmes.

For details of the new procedures, please contact your link human resources manager or see the human resources website

Crime stoppers

Crime at the University has dropped dramatically, thanks to a pro-active approach by the security service in collaboration with West Yorkshire Police.

Burglary and vehicle crime have fallen, but acting head of security Malcolm Dawson said the open door policy in the majority of departments means that ‘sneak-in thefts’ are becoming a problem. The security service is holding one-hour seminars on how to avoid being a victim of this type of crime; there has been a reduction in thefts in departments which have already participated.

For more information contact Greg Shaw on ext 5559.

Charity cycling

Alison Allmand of human resources is doing a sponsored 330-mile bike ride in Canada to raise money for the Children’s Hospitals Appeals Trust. If you would like to support her, or get details, then email her directly on

Music of the provinces

Musical life in the provinces will be celebrated in a conference at the University on May 19-20. The traditional view is that music in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was centred on London, but the conference will bring together scholars and performers to demonstrate musical richness and vitality in the provinces, in the form of church choirs, military and brass bands, choral and orchestral societies and theatres. The conference is organised by Leeds University Centre for English Music (LUCEM) and will culminate in a performance of music from the period.

Words and images

Special needs children from a school in Pontefract are showing their photos and writings at Bretton Hall in celebration of a day spent with professional photographer Kate Mellor.

The visit to a local gallery with the artist allowed the children from Oak Tree School to view Kate’s work, take their own digital and pinhole photographs and then write their impressions of the day.

The exhibition runs from March 26 to April 11. For further details contact Sonja Kielty on 01924 832020.

Get your bearings

Following the closure of the University stationery stores, A4 and fold-up maps of the University are now available from print services. Telephone ext 8155 for further details.

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