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Issue 474, 3 December 2001


There is an opportunity to witness the talent of dance students from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, during four nights of performances from December 3-6 featuring all three year groups. Second and third year students will be performing brand new work choreographed by Yael Flexer, Janice Garrett, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Simon Birch. Pictured above are third year students Matthew Wolfenden and Lisa Welham. Call the Riley Theatre Box Office on 0113 219 23018 to book tickets, priced 5 (2.50 concessions)

Changing numbers

University extension numbers will change at Bretton Hall on December 3 and Leeds on December 17, with external direct dial numbers changing early next year. Leeds extensions will be prefixed by '3' and Bretton Hall and Wakefield staff have a new 5-digit number. For more details see or email Jennie Wright at j.s.wright@adm.

Heaney poetry reading

Nobel prize-winning poet and Leeds honorary graduate Seamus Heaney will be giving a poetry reading on January 30 at 6.30pm in the conference auditorium. Entry is by ticket only (cost 3), and tickets are free to members of the University, students, under-18s, over-65s and the unemployed. Tickets available from Sharron Kyriacou on ext 4764 or email

Pay in time for Xmas

Staff who are normally paid at the end of the month will receive their salaries on December 21. Payment will be credited as normal to bank or building society accounts. For further information, contact Clive Davies on ext 4134 or email

Check out the plans

Displays have been mounted in the Parkinson Court showing plans of the new premises for microbiology in the Garstang Building, and the new school of music next to the Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall. Work on the microbiology building has already begun, and will be completed by summer 2002. Work on the new school of music will begin this month, for completion in December 2002.

Any questions on the plans to Stuart Bravender on ext 5929.

Research staff support

A White Rose biosciences forum to promote research and commercialisation in the region and showcase leading expertise in E-Bio, drug development, diagnostics, plant biotech, cell and tissue research, biomaterials and environmental sciences takes place this month. One hundred and fifty bioscience companies have already been established in North and West Yorkshire. The forum will be held in the Central Science Laboratory in York on December 5-6. For more information, see

Strategic plan seminar

There will be a further open seminar to give members of the University the opportunity to hear about and comment on the new strategic plan for the period 2002-07. The seminar will be held in lecture theatre 25 at 1pm on Wednesday 12 December., and will include a presentation by the Vice-Chancellor outlining proposed strategy for learning and teaching, research, third arm, staff and so on - covering all facets of the University's work. If you would like to attend, contact Catherine Mack in the Vice-Chancellor's Office on (0113) 233 3556 or e-mail

Building opportunity

Departments wishing to apply for funding for minor building work should submit basic details by December 14. The deadline for full applications for the second round of funding is January 18. The maximum size for schemes is 50,000 with the minor works fund contribution capped at 25,000. Previous applicants whose first round bids have been deferred by arrangement need not reapply. Further information from Jane Freer on ext 5995 or email, marking the subject as 'minor works'.

Flexible learning

For staff considering using some form of electronic support for on-campus or distance-learning students, there is a chance to see demonstrations of the learning platforms currently in use, such as VSP, WebCT and Bodington Common, at the next flexible learning network meeting on December 5. The meeting takes place in the Edward Boyle library conference room from 12-1.45pm. Drinks are provided. If you wish to attend, email Beccy Williams on r.l.williams@adm.

New benefits on offer

A new benefits package has been agreed with Royal Sun Alliance, offering University employees up to 1,500 discounted products and services through a website at An insert in this Reporter gives the username and password, and more details. For a catalogue or more information, contact Lisa Furlong on 4130 or email

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