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Issue 473, 19 November 2001


Forty original art works by Geoff Grandfield (b.1961), illustrating the Folio Society editions of the works of Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler are on show in the University Art Gallery until December 14.

From Los Angeles to embattled London during the blitz – and taking in revolutionary South America or corrupt Santa Cruz, among other locations – Grandfield found the images to match the heavy atmospheric character of both writers, and his work is a fitting testimony to the power of the illustrated adult novel.

The work shown is The blonde in my arms didn't move, didn't even close her lips from Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler.


Victim support

Staff and students can receive advice and support following crimes of any kind at a new drop-in centre at the University.

The victim support centre opens every Thursday between 12-2pm in room LG01 in the Michael Sadler building, offering information on police and court procedures, compensation and insurance matters and other relevant organisations, or simply providing a sympathetic ear.

The service is free and confidential, and staff can drop-in, or make an appointment by phoning victim support on 0113 293 0199.

C&IT bids invited

Bids are invited for short-term projects to enhance student learning through communication and information technology. The deadline is noon on December 7, and results will be announced by December 14. The average value of funded proposals will be 5,000 and projects must be completed by 30 June 2002. For more information, contact David Gardner on ext 4038 or email

£50,000 for good ideas

Budding entrepreneurs have until the 30 November to register for the 50,000 University/Forward Group business plan competition.

The competition is open to all staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students registered with the University or its affiliated colleges. After registering, entrants must outline an innovative and original business opportunity – not necessarily research-related – and winners will share the 50,000 prize and have their business developed and mentored by Forward Group experts. See for more information, or see a supporting letter written by the Vice-Chancellor

Calling good listeners

If you’re a good listener and can relate to people quickly, you could become an adviser supporting staff and students in cases of harassment or workplace bullying. Advisers can help resolve problems at an early stage and provide useful advice and support.

Work is voluntary, during normal working hours under similar agreements to trade union and health and safety representatives, and training is provided. Applications are welcome from all staff regardless of gender, ethnic origin or disability. For more information, contact equal opportunities officer Sue Harper on ext 6700. The closing date for applications is December 10.

Monastic midday service

A monastic midday service, sung by brothers and students from the Community of the Resurrection and College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, is being held in Emmanuel Church at 12.30 every Tuesday until the end of term.

Meeting rearranged

The support staff network meeting on personal safety and security, mentioned in Reporter 472 (Support and sandwiches) has been rescheduled to November 21, in G23 of the Baines Wing between 12.30 and 13.30.

Technical promotions

The technical promotions exercise 2001-2002 has started and information can be obtained from human resources on ext 5774 or on the web at

Before it's too late

The deadline for the receipt of travel expense claims for payment in December has been brought forward to December 12, though claims should be submitted as soon as possible. For more information, contact Clive Davies on ext 4134.

Help to get you there

Administrative and senior clerical staff wishing to travel in the UK or overseas to further their education can apply for awards from the Joan Balchin Memorial Fund. Applicants must be eligible for AUT membership.

The closing date for applications is April 30. For more information, contact Valerie Lomas on ext 4086, email or see more comprehensive details.

Christmas shopping

Discount vouchers for WHSmith and BHS are available for University staff. They can be used during special shopping times, at WHSmith from 6-9pm on November 21 and 28 and at BHS from 9am-9pm on November 28 and 29 and December 5 and 6. Collect your voucher from human resources or call ext 4146 or 4131.

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