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Issue 467, 21 May 2001


The University is hosting a rich and varied textile exhibition to celebrate the first decade of the Theo Moorman charitable trust for weavers. Theo Moorman (1907-1990) was a weaver of outstanding ability, who set up the trust before her death to provide financial assistance to younger weavers for education, research, sabbatical periods or equipment.
The exhibition involves weavers who have benefited from the trust’s help, and includes tapestries, rugs, domestic and fashion textiles, as well as photographs, sketchbooks, samples and text. It offers an insight into the working practices of the contributors, as well as a stunning display.
The exhibition runs from 16 May to 29 June and a study day will be held on 16 June involving three of the contributors.
The work featured is Waterfront by Joan Baxter.

Tea or football?

If you had to show an Omani teacher something of British culture, what would it be: a cup of tea at Betty’s or a football match? Two hundred and fifty Omanis will be spending eight weeks in Leeds from June 26 or 27, as part of their BA Educational Studies (TESOL) begun in January 2000.

They are mainly in their late 20s or early 30s and have never been abroad before, despite being teachers of English, so they are very keen to learn about the country and to meet British people.

If you would like to meet them and can offer any time, please contact Martin Lamb or Goodith White on ext 4620, or email: All offers very gratefully received (and expenses paid).

Jude Kelly lecture

West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director Jude Kelly will be giving the 46th Convocation lecture on 23 June 2001. All graduate members of staff, whether their degree is from the University of Leeds or another university, are automatically members of Convocation, a formal body of graduates with a worldwide membership of 100,000. The annual meeting will be held in the Council Chamber in the Parkinson Building at 9.45 am and the summer lunch is in University House. For tickets and details ring Kelly Smallbone on ext 6683 or see the convocation website

Osteoporosis test

A non-invasive screening test by ultrasound to assess the risk of osteoporosis is available through occupational health at a cost of £15. The test will take 10 minutes and will be available from June 4 – 6. The results will be given instantly and those at risk will be advised to consult their GP for a follow-up. Advice on diet and exercise will also be given. To book an appointment, phone ext 2997.

Immigration advice

It has been illegal since 1 May 2001 under the Immigration and Asylum Act to offer immigration advice unless authorised to do so. University staff who are approached informally by international students for help should refer such enquiries to the only University staff now authorised to provide information: deputy adviser to international students Betty Vaughan or advisers from Leeds University Union welfare services. The adviser’s office, LUU and UKCOSA produce leaflets and posters with information on immigration, and these are available for staff to offer to concerned students. For further information, contact Mrs Vaughan on ext 3931 or email

Centre supermodels

Are you involved in interdisciplinary research or teaching and thinking of setting up a centre to improve your collaborations? Are you already involved in a centre but concerned that there might be a better way to run it? The heads of centres forum is holding a meeting open to any member of the University on "Models for managing an interdisciplinary centre". This will take place at 1430-1700 on Tuesday 12 June, in room 1.23 in Psychology. For more information, contact Lorna Halson on ext 4017 or email or see

Do it in the pink

Wear pink, eat pink, drink pink. The breast cancer research action group is asking people to do anything on Friday 15 June – so long as it’s pink – in an effort to raise awareness and money for the campaign. Suggestions range from gestures as high-profile as dyeing your hair pink, to as discreet as wearing pink underwear. The group funds the salaries of two research registrars and a research nurse at the LGI. Supporters pay £1 and then can act as zany and pink as they wish. For further details, contact Anne Long on 0113 263 5176.

At an executive stretch

Do you relish physical and intellectual challenges? If so, you might be interested in the ‘Exercise executive stretch’ on July 13-15 at Whinney Hill near Catterick.

The event, run by the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Yorkshire and the Humber, is designed to bring the reserve forces and the business community closer together.

The University will contribute towards costs and travel costs. For more information, contact Adele Laverton on a.l.laverton before the end of May with your name, age and a brief note detailing your level of fitness.

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