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Issue 475, 21 January 2002


Stephen Chaplin, who taught art at the University from 1966 to 1991, returns to the University Gallery for an exhibition of his drawings and paintings made during the last decade. Chaplin draws as a daily act, whenever an opportunity arises and whatever is around him: objects and fragments of his environment, supported by text, providing a diary or what he calls a 'life-trace'. The exhibition, which runs until March 22, presents a selection of his pocket books, whose concertina format shows more than one page at a time, as well as a large group of oil paintings.


Changing codes

Following updating of the University's telephone systems, staff can now dial directly between all three campuses using internal extension numbers.

The new external numbers will be 0113 343 XXXX (3 XXXX is the new five digit extension number) and these will be operational from March 18. The old numbers will still work for several months, to allow staff time to advise callers of the new numbers and to update documents. For any numbers that need to be kept beyond June 2002, contact Annette Gamston on ext 34851 or Jennie Wright on ext 34924.

For current information and FAQs, see

Brush with the Uni

Fairbairn House will be running an exhibition of artwork by staff, their families and anyone else with a connection to the University. The 'Brush with the University' exhibition will run from March 1 to May 3 and those with artistic leanings are invited to submit their work. The deadline is February 25. For more information, contact Sarah Spearing on ext 36911 or email

Lunches suspended

Lunch-time meetings of the support staff network have been suspended until October. Social events will still run, and details will be notified by posters to departments and by email.

To join, contact Christine Macdonald on ext 36635 or email

Focus on students

What does being student-focused mean? How do you give students the best experience of higher education? You can put forward your ideas on these issues in a forum looking at the student section in the University's five-year strategic plan. The venue is yet to be decided, but the meeting takes place on February 26 at 9.30am -2pm, with buffet lunch provided. To attend, email Sam Saxby on before February 18.

See here for more information.

Cosmic mysteries

Cosmic rays are still a mystery – and so might be the venue, date and time of the forthcoming lecture by former Royal Astronomer Sir Arnold Wolfendale on the search for the origin of cosmic rays, as full details were omitted in the last issue.

The lecture will be accessible to the layperson. It takes place on February 14 at 5.30pm in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre. Admission is free and no advance booking is required. For further information, contact Ros Raistrick, tel 0113 233 3868.

See here for further information.

Telling tales

Racial tension and male violence are dramatised in the latest production by Telling Tales theatre company, at the University's Powerhouse One theatre in Wakefield on February 13 and 14. The show, written and performed by senior lecturer in theatre David Bromley, reflects his interest in theatre as a vehicle for highlighting key social and political issues, and as a means of conflict resolution on a national and international level. The performance begins at 7.30pm, followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Before you need it

You never know when your research or the event you're involved in may hit the headlines, so it's worth being prepared in advance. SDDU has places available on their media skills courses, run by journalist and media trainer Susan Pape. The free half-day courses run from February until June. For details, see the SDDU website or brochure. To book a place email Beryl Stoker on or phone ext 34012

Scholarly publication

To raise awareness of the crisis in scholarly publishing – high costs reducing access, copyright changes, and domination by a small number of commercial publishers – and to look at the alternatives, the library has begun a Scholarly Publication Forum.

Its first event is an open meeting addressed by Julia Blixrud, assistant director of SPARC, a world-wide alliance of research institutions, libraries and organisations set up to encourage competition. The meeting is on March 6 at 12.30-2pm in the Edward Boyle Library conference room with tea and coffee from 12.15pm.

See here for further information. To attend, please email or ring ext 35501.

It's what you eat

A study looking into the role that nutrition may play in relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome is looking for volunteers to complete a simple, on-line questionnaire. It hopes to develop a better understanding of the problem and volunteers will be entered into a cash prize draw. See

Danzas Goyescas

A rare opportunity to witness an exceptional one-off performance never before seen in Leeds. Danzas Goyescas are part of Madridęs folkloric ballet and perform genuine Spanish traditional and carnival dances with popular rhythms such as Boleros, Fandangos, and Seguidillas. They are known as Goyescas because Goya immortalised them, painting their colourful and dashing costumes.

This exceptionally high quality group have participated in the most prestigious national and international festivals, collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conventions and commemorations world-wide. This performance is an amazing mix of the traditional and modern, the pain and the passion, with a spectacular and colourful act which combines the spontaneous spirit of popular dance with professional attention to detail. For this occasion there will be three musicians and six dancers coming to Leeds.  

The concert is on Thursday 7 February at 7pm in the Great Hall. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. £4 concession price to University staff. Box Office: 0113 246 1741 Or call into: Instituto Cervantes 169, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3AR

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