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Issue 472, 5 November 2001


An exhibition showing some of the artefacts held in departmental collections throughout the University is on show in the special collections foyer of the Brotherton Library. The exhibition includes manganese nodules collected by the deep-sea exploration ship Challenger in 1876 to the calculating machine used by E C Stoner in his research on magnetism.

The exhibition runs until December 23 and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm.

A new website at provides information on the content and history of departmental collections. A Collections Forum has also been established for curators of the collections. For more information, contact Deborah Snow on ext 6372 or email:


Meet in the dales

The Dales Suite, a self-contained venue next to the careers centre can be hired by departments for away days, training courses or team meetings.

The suite includes a 45-seat large presentation with two breakout rooms, a smaller room seating 10 board room style and an informal meeting room for eight. Catering can be provided and room hire is from £40. For details, contact Glenys Hastings on ext 5290 or email

Changing numbers

University extension numbers will change in mid December, with external direct dial numbers changing early next year. Extensions at the Leeds campus will be prefixed by ‘3’and at the Bretton Hall or Wakefield campus staff will receive a new five digit extension number. For more details see the Reporter website or phonechange.

For numbers which may require special consideration or publications containing telephone numbers which go to press before Christmas, email Jennie Wright at

Keep it quiet

A quiet room in the former social sciences terrapins is available for all members of the University community needing a moment of personal quiet, reflection, meditation or prayer, or just wanting to be alone. Staff wishing to use the quiet room should contact the chaplaincy on exts 5070/1/2/3.

For further details, see chaplaincy/christian

Support and sandwiches

All support staff are welcome to come (with sandwiches), to the next meeting of the support staff network on 7 November at 1-2 pm in room G23 of the Baines Wing. The topic is personal safety and security. Tea and coffee are provided.

Helena Smith will be speaking to the network on assertiveness and confidence building at 12.30-1.30pm on 21 November in G22 of the Baines Wing. See departmental noticeboards for further information.

Personal data use

Most of the key rights of the Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 24 October 2001 and the Univeristy’s code of practice for the DPA is at The code includes staff and student consent for the use of their personal data in the day-to-day administration of their employment or education and staff who began their employment before the code was established are deemed to have consented to the use of personal data. Further details from Melody Mellor on ext 4062.

Christmas greetings

The University Christmas card showing a snow-covered Rosedale in North Yorkshire is available from the alumni office. Cards cost 30p each and overprinting can be done for a further charge. Contact Helen Thomas on ext 6109 or email

Going dutch

The SCR Club are organising a weekend in Amsterdam on 13-15 September 2002 at a cost of £85. There will be visits to a diamond factory, a Delft pottery and a wine and beer warehouse. All staff and friends are welcome. Details from Pat Brooke on ext 4161 or email Names by 25 January 2002.

Three ways to govern

With 300 vacancies for school governors in Leeds, 240 in Bradford and 700 across the rest of West Yorkshire, volunteers are urgently needed to serve on governing bodies.

For schools in Leeds – call the council’s governors’ unit on 247 5560 or email

There are vacancies for University staff on the governing bodies of schools in Leeds; Batley, Barnsley and Drax, contact Helen Pickersgill on ext 4036 or email

For other areas, email

Conserve your energy

Computers and other office equipment accounts for 6% of the University’s electrical needs at a cost of £ 96,000 each year. These costs can be reduced by manually switching off equipment when not in use or activating the automatic power save feature. This can prolong the life of the equipment by reducing the heat, friction and stress on components, and minimise the risk of damage from power surges or unauthorised use.

For more information, contact electrical services and energy manager Stuart Allam on ext 5993.

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