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Issue 478, 4 March 2002


One of the most famous composers and singers from Equatorial Africa, Nve Ngomo Eyu also known as Baron ya Bk-lu or the Rhythm Baron will be performing for the first time in Leeds in a concert organised by the Instituto Cervantes. His group has its roots in the traditional melodies, dances and ceremonies of Equatorial Africa, such as sokos, bikut-si and African rumba, fused with more contemporary sounds and the Spanish influence of Equatorial Guinea. The group includes guitar, the cajn flamenco, bongos and dancers.

The concert takes place at 7pm on Thursday 7 March in the Great Hall and tickets are available from the Instituto Cervantes on 0113 246 1741 or email University staff benefit from the concession price of 4 (full price 6) and there is a special offer available of buy four, get one free.

Promotion prospects

The 2001/2002 promotions exercise will start on 11 March 2002. Academic and academic-related staff who wish to be considered for promotion or additional/discretionary scale increments with effect from August 2002 can now apply. Details of the procedures and timetable will be sent to all department heads, who will fix a deadline for applications and notify staff when the promotions committee meets. Further details from Shetwah Lee, ext 35773 or email

Details of the clerical promotions exercise will be available from 11 March 2002. For further information, contact Wendy Allwood, ext 34333, email w.l.allwood@adm.

Want to be a warden?

Applications are invited from existing or prospective postgraduate students for sub-warden posts in Bodington Hall and Flats for the 2002-2003 academic session. To discuss the position informally, contact the senior warden Penny Robinson (e-mail or submit a formal application (CV with covering letter) to Mrs Penny Robinson, Senior Warden, Bodington Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PT.

Time to put it out

For anyone still trying to give up the habit, there is help available on no-smoking day on March 13. There will be a display on level 10 in the E C Stoner building from 11.30am-2pm with information on the dangers of smoking and on what support is available to help you give up. For more details, contact Arline Matchette on ext 32922 or see the website at

Feeling off colour?

The procedures for recording and monitoring sickness absence are under review. Under current rules, staff should notify their managers on the first day of absence, provide a personal sickness certificate after three working days, and a doctor's certificate after seven calendar days, which the department should forward to payroll. The department should send a sickness notification form to payroll after four calendar days, and a return to work form if the absence is up to seven days. Full details can be found in section 4 at /facocf/chapt13.htm

You can bank on it

If you never find time to get to the bank, you might be interested in a service offered by Yorkshire Bank. Bank personnel will come and see University staff on or off campus during working hours, to review and manage your current accounts, loans and other financial commitments and give you a free financial healthcheck. The agreement with the University also includes preferential rates on some of the bank's products. To make an appointment, call 0113 274 5309.

A Nobel opening

As part of national science week Nobel Laureate in physiology and medicine 2001, Dr Tim Hunt, will open the school of biochemistry and molecular biology's new teaching facilities with a lecture on protein synthesis and the control of cell division.

The event is co-sponsored by Leeds philosophical and literary society and takes place at 5.30pm in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre. For more information, contact Steve Higgins on ext 33118 or email s.j.higgins@

Ned Kelly's antecedents

Australian writer and historian Cassandra Pybus will talk about Ned Kelly's African antecedents in the tenth Arthur Ravenscroft memorial lecture on Commonwealth literature. The lecture is open to all, and takes place at 5.30pm on Thursday 14 March in the Rupert Beckett theatre. For more information, contact Shirley Chew on ext 34767 or email

Senate election results

In the recent election held by all members of the faculties, the following were elected to senate for three years: Dr Carolyn Baylies, Professor John Chartres, Dr Louise Coletta, Dr David Salinger and Professor Carol Smart. Dr Philip Robinson was elected for a one-year period.

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