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Issue 466, 8 May 2001


A biology professor from the University of Leeds is one of the artists in a current exhibition of life drawings at Leeds Central Library.

Professor John Turner, who specialises in genetics, evolution and ecology, is a member of the group ‘Saturday people’ which also includes engineer Keith Lowe, a graduate of the University.

The nine members meet on Saturdays in the Swarthmore Centre, which has a high quality life-drawing studio. Their exhibition runs from Tuesday 1 May to Saturday 12 May, and Professor Turner’s drawings (see right) are also on show at Fairbairn House at the University.

James Joyce souls

There is still plenty of time to join in the reading of Ulysses before the James Joyce reading group reaches its final full stop.

The group meets once a month to study the text, checking references and discovering ambiguities, complexities and plenty of bawdy humour. This literary detective work began in 1998, and when the current episode and final chapter of the book is completed, the group hopes to publish the results of their work. The group is run by the editors of the James Joyce Broadsheet, published by the School of English, and all are welcome to attend. Click here for further details.

Warden required

Applications are invited for the post of Devonshire Hall flats resident warden, to be responsible for the pastoral care of students and the maintenance of discipline.

The site, which has two wardens, is close to campus and houses over 600 students. The post is available from 1 August 2001 to academic and academic-related staff and offers an annual honorarium of £2,154 plus benefits.

For an application pack, contact Ann Collier on ext. 6079, or e-mail For informal enquiries, contact Lorraine Whewell on ext. 6082. The deadline for applications is Monday 14 May.

Soft sell for students

A new software package will enable new undergraduates with their own computers to use them effectively in conjunction with those in the University.

The communications and technology in the curriculum project (C&IT) will sell the software on a not-for-profit basis to students during Introweek 2001, and are hoping to include other relevant material on the disk, such as departmental software and student handbooks.

The collection of material for the CD has already begun. If you have any material to contribute or useful resources to include, contact your faculty project officer on the C&IT project (listed on http://www.leeds. To see an example of a similar type of resource see

Cycling for sound

Two doctors from the school of Healthcare Studies are taking to their bikes to raise money for deaf children.

Drs Paul Marshall and Peter Morrall will be cycling 400km across Cuba in October, on behalf of the National Deaf Children’s Society. They are organising other charity events to raise funds, including a Cuban night in York on June 16.

For further details, contact Paul on 07960 235492 or Peter 01904 636605.

HR source

The University is due to receive over £8.5m from the HEFCE over the next three years, for rewarding and developing staff. The money is dependent on an acceptable HR strategy which must be submitted to the HEFCE by June 1. The University’s proposals for use of the money can be viewed at uk/hr/leeds/local/hefce.htm

Comments on the proposals should be made to the director of human resources, Matthew Knight by May 14. A decision on allocation of the funds is expected from the HEFCE by 1 July 2001.

A leading light

The founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born on May 12, and the date is now celebrated as Nurses’ Day, a global event supported by the RCN and the International Council of Nurses.

This year’s theme is ‘Nurses – united against violence’ and the School of Healthcare Studies is holding a series of seminars on such issues as violence at work, and ‘granny bashing’. All are welcome to attend. For further details, see Events or contact Anne Wickes on ext. 1180.

A Cat on Iraq

Yusuf Islam – formerly singer Cat Stevens – and left-wing MP Tony Benn are among invited speakers at a forthcoming rally to condemn the sanctions on Iraq.

George Galloway MP and award winning journalist Felicity Arbuthnot are among speakers will be appearing in a week of activities to raise awareness of the humanitarian impact of a decade of economic sanctions.

Leeds University students union is supporting the event following a motion passed this year condemning the sanctions. For further details, see Events, or see

Senate elections

Elections have taken place from faculties to Senate, and from Senate to Council and University committees. For full details of these see the following page - senate2.htm. Further elections – faculties to Council and committees – will take place on May 23.

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