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Issue 465, 23 April 2001


Deirdre Kelly is one of a number of contemporary artists whose work hase been purchased by Leeds University Business School. The above picture is hung in the ground floor corridor of the Maurice Keyworth Building and shows the interior of St Joseph’s Church in Highgate. Deirdre Kelly’s screenprints highlight her fascination with architectural spaces, particularly those of religious devotion. Dierdre is based in London, but is currently exhibiting at The Dean Clough Gallery in Halifax.

The candidates’ debate

Voters will get a chance to quiz the Leeds North West prospective parliamentary candidates in a debate to take place on campus. Harold Best (Labour and current MP), Adam Pritchard (Conservative) and David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrat and lecturer in POLIS) will be taking part in the Question Time style session in the Council chamber on Friday 4 May at 3pm. All are invited to come along; questions for the panel can be asked on the day or sent in advance to

The debate will be recorded for broadcast on LSRfm on May 8 and May 10 at 6pm. The station can be heard across Leeds on 106.6FM from April 23 to May 20.

Making a pass

The official pass mark for undergraduate modules has changed from 37 to 40 per cent, although the criteria for a pass remain the same. The change brings the University into line with other UK institutions and is aimed at making the marking structure more straightforward. A conversion table translates marks from the old to the new structure.

Join the institute

Academic staff with only one year’s experience in teaching can now become associate members of the Institute for Learning & Teaching in higher education (ILT). The new category of associate is particularly appropriate for postgraduate teaching assistants.

Membership of the ILT brings recognition for teaching expertise, opportunities for career development, regular mailings of publications and discounts on conferences, books and other goods and services.

To encourage participation, the University will pay new members’ subscriptions for the first year. For further information, contact Chris Butcher in SDDU or see the ILT website at

Plans for success

Prizes of £5,000 are on offer in the business plan competition run by the White Rose Centre for Enterprise. The competition is open to students or researchers and the top business plan from each White Rose university will win £5,000, with an additional £10,000 for the overall winner. Further details can be found on

PMS question time

If you study from irritability, depression, anxiety, increased appetite, avoidance of social activities, poor concentration, anger, weight gain, breast tenderness or bloating before your periods, then you might like to get involved in a study looking at diet and pre-menstrual syndrome.

Volunteers are being sought between the ages of 18 and 45. For more information, contact Maria Bryant on ext 6682 – mariab@psychology. – or Fiona Smith on ext 5753.

To pastures new

John Macklin, current Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning and teaching has accepted the post of Principal of the University of Paisley.

He will take up the post in October 2001. A Senate election will be organised to determine his successor.

City scholars

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to promote the advancement of science, literature and the arts in the city of Leeds.

The Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society would welcome applications from individuals and organisations to fund research, other scholarly activities, and scientific or cultural events or projects relating to the city and its immediate area.

For application forms, email c.j.hatton or see the society’s website at

Open invitation

The new bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt. Revd. John Packer will be visiting the University on 3 May, 2001. There will be an open reception in the non-worship area of the Emmanuel Church at 5pm.

The bishop will then preach at a short Christian Aid service in the church itself, to which all are invited to attend. For more details, contact the chaplaincy on ext 5071.

The futuristic theatre

The Rupert Beckett lecture theatre is to be extensively upgraded. The theatre will be fitted with state of the art audio visual equipment, including touchscreen technology at the lectern to project handwritten information onto a six-metre screen on the teaching wall.

Details of the scheme can be seen on display boards outside the theatre and in the Parkinson Court.

Comments on the proposals should be made to Dr Kath Hodgson by April 30.

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