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Issue 477, 18 February 2002

New posts boost city relations

Two new posts are to be created as part of the University's ongoing commitment to activities in the city and region.

The city and regional manager will liaise with the city council, police, government office and others in the local area on issues such as regeneration, community safety and student housing.

S/he will help to develop the University's policy and strategy in relation to the local community, and identify new collaborative projects, or exisiting activity within the University which could be useful for local partners.

The community project officer will work on a grassroots level, predominantly in the Burley, Headingley and Hyde Park areas of Leeds, acting as a point of contact and channel of communication between local residents, students and the University.

S/he will develop project work in conjunction with students and local groups, oversee the neighbourhood helpline, mediate in any complaints or disputes, participate in community groups and organise events and activities to involve both the students and local communities. The postholder will also manage the student handover of property at the end of the academic year in conjunction with the city council.

The new posts solely funded by the University replace the community relations officer, jointly funded by the University, Leeds Metropolitan University and the city council.

Head of the city and regional office, Ceri Nursaw said: "The University's mission is to be an international and national institution, yet play a full part both regionally and locally. These posts will help to ensure we continue to do so, both in formulating our policies and strategies and on a grassroots level in the community.

"One important way we make an impact locally is by bringing in funding for regeneration projects. Since January 1999, the University has accessed over 6m for projects based in Leeds and the Yorkshire and Humber region."

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