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Issue 475, 21 January 2002


A flamenco concert by the Andalusian group Cuadro Flamenco La Paloma is being held at 7pm in the Great Hall on January 31. La Paloma includes guitarist, singer, cajon flamenco and four dancers. The group are currently on a world tour, and have played with, amongst others, Juan Martin and Javier La Torre. The event is organised by the Instituto Cervantes, and University staff benefit from the concession price of 6. Call the booking office on 246 1741 or email For a truly Spanish evening, before the concert you can hear the renowned novelist Ana Maria Matute speaking about her work in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre at 5.30pm. Admission is free.

What did you vote?

Nearly 1,500 questionnaires have been returned in the survey of workplace well-being and leisure provision (see Reporter 474). The questionnaires are now being analysed to ensure that staff throughout the University are represented. Results will be printed in future issues of the Reporter.

Stragglers have until 28 January to return their questionnaires. Send them by internal mail to the staff well-being group, 17 Blenheim Terrace. For more information, contact Lisa Furlong on ext 34146 or email

Lunchtime networking

The health and social sciences network is looking for contributions for its lunchtime seminar programme. Now in its fourth year, the network was set up to promote connections between staff working in health and social sciences. To join, send a message reading subscribe to health-and-social-science-network to

To present a paper, contact Carolyn Baylies at

For outstanding teachers

The University has set up a new teaching fellowship scheme (UTFS) for staff who have made an outstanding contribution to teaching or the development of student learning. One nomination will be taken from each department before January 24, with three fellowships available, offering 25,000 towards a learning and teaching project over three years, and an annual honorarium of 1,000. Results will be announced on February 1.

One of the three award winners will be chosen as the University's nomination for the national scheme run by the Institute for Learning and Teaching. More details are can be found here, or contact Chris Butcher ext 34047, email

Help on mental health

The number of students in higher education affected by mental ill-health is on the increase, and, in response, a group has been set up on student mental health issues. The group has produced a booklet to help staff identify when students are suffering serious mental distress, and to advise staff how to deal with such situations. The booklet lists the various support services throughout the University which can help students experiencing mental health problems.

SDDU seminars on raising mental health awareness take place on February 20 and June 19. For more information, contact Nigel Humphrys ext 34107 or email

Eat and read for science

Volunteers are needed for two studies in the school of psychology one in human appetite research and the other on reading for pleasure.

If you can eat whatever you want without putting on weight or if you put on weight easily, you could be suitable for a study into diet and obesity. Contact Karen Irving on ext 35753 or email

If you love reading and would be happy to read and discuss a contemporary novel every five weeks, contact Zazie Todd on ext 35731 or email

Details of the studies can be found here.

Are you satisfied?

Following its successful student satisfaction survey last year, the Library is running a similar survey for staff and researchers. To help prepare the survey questionnaire, the Library is asking staff and researchers to go to and list 5 ways in which Library services could be improved. Staff can also sign up on the site for focus groups, to raise further topics for consideration.

Anyone for Canada?

The Centre for Canadian Studies, one of the regional centres set up with Canadian government funding in 1979, promotes all aspects of Canadian studies and links with Canada among staff and postgraduates within the University and affiliated colleges. If you would like to participate, contact the director David Collins on ext 33291 or email, or see the website at

Banking on expatriates

As part of the People Matter programme, the University has teamed up with Barclays Bank to provide an international banking service for employees joining us from overseas. The service includes day-to-day banking and other products tailored to the needs of expatriates.

See here for more information.

New mothers policy

The new policy on health and safety risk assessment for new or expectant mothers is now available on the human resources website. For hard copies of the policy, contact Shetwah Lee on ext 35773.

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