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Issue 471, 22 October 2001



An exhibition charting 150 years of Spanish photography is on show until 2 November in the school of fine art foyer. The exhibition, jointly organised by CentreCATH and the Instituto Cervantes, charts the history of photography in Spain from the first demonstrations of the daguerrotype during March 1839 at Barcelona and Madrid to the present day. The exhibition will be open daily 09.30-16.45 from 29 October. The featured photo (left), taken in 1920, shows shop assistants at the Lux Photo shop in Gerona. The exhibition will be opened on 29 October with a lecture by the curator of photography from the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, at 6pm in seminar room 1 in the Baines Wing.

Two for one concert tickets

Originally from the Basque Country, the quinteto Pablo Sorozabal are now making their debut in the UK. The quintet, which won the Basque Government's prestigious Chamber Music Prize, has performed at major music festivals throughout Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Poland since they first came together in 1986. Their repertory includes world premieres of Spanish composers of the second part of the last century, such as Pablo Sorozabal, Ramon Lazcano and Vicent Egea.
The Quinteto Pablo Sorozabal will be performing at 7.00pm on November 1 in the Great Hall, University of Leeds. Tickets are 6 or 4, but the Instituto Cervantes is running a special buy one, get one free offer. Box Office: Instituto Cervantes 0113 246 1741 or e-mail

Going with a bang

Fire and explosions are the subject matter of the inaugural speech by professor of thermodynamics and combustion theory, Andy McIntosh. The lecture – interspersed with simple demonstrations – will be a general introduction to the importance of understanding the fundamentals of combustion, from gas cookers to natural creatures with their own mini combustion chambers, with safety as one of the central themes. The lecture is on Thursday 1 November at 5.30pm at the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre. See the full synopsis.

International move

A new international centre at 18 Blenheim Terrace, headed by David Baker, has brought together the various offices engaged in international activities: the international office, the European office, the study abroad office, the international student advisory service (previously the office of the adviser to international students) – including the international students' centre – and the director of international scholarship development. All telephone numbers remain the same.

Strategic plan

Two open seminars are to be held this term for members of the University to hear more about, and to comment on, the new strategic plan for 2002-07. The seminars are provisionally scheduled for 5.15 pm on Wednesday 31 October in LT 21 and Tuesday 13 November in LT 22 both in the Roger Stevens Building, but time and venue will be confirmed on Campusweb, where more detail can be found about the plan.

Linking the sites

The Bretton Hall, Wakefield and Leeds inter-campus daily courier service is now in operation on a trial basis until Christmas, delivering internal mail and other items. The service is managed from Bretton Hall and 24 hours notice must be given for ad hoc deliveries or collections. Contact Paul Armitage on 01924 830261 ext 2177 or Kathryn Glover on ext 2087 stating the number of items and giving an indication of size and weight and collection/delivery address details.

Fair well abroad

A study abroad fair will be held between 12-2pm on Tuesday 30 October in the Parkinson Court, covering all the study abroad exchanges in Europe (ERASMUS), North and South America, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. The fair is aimed at first and second year undergraduates in all departments.

Travel name change

ULTRA, the travel agency based in the student union has been taken over by USIT, a company which runs other university travel agencies across the UK. University staff can still claim discounts available through ULTRA, but will have to fax through the order form immediately after a telephone booking rather than sending the form by post as before.

Watching our PVCs

Apologies to Professor David Sugden, who must have thought he'd been part of an unexpected reshuffle, when he was mistakenly dubbed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research in the last Reporter (Cutting the bandage, page 5). It is, of course, Professor John Fisher who holds that portfolio, while Professor Sugden is PVC for staff and colleges, including the recent merger with Bretton Hall.

See the full list of PVC's responsibilities on Campusweb

Talking two wheels

If you are interested in joining a new bicycle user group, then take your sandwiches to room 7.39 on level seven of the Worsley building, round the corner from the coffee bar at 1pm on Wednesday 31 October or contact either Sue Kilminster on ext 1655, Mark Jenkinson on ext 4212 or Jane O'Neill on ext 1664.

Join the group

A clerical staff member is needed to join the support staff advisory group, chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Harry Lewis, which meets three times a year to discuss matters of concern for support staff and acts as a channel of communication. Anyone interested should contact Shetwah Lee in human resources on ext 5773 before the end of November.

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