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Issue 478, 4 March 2002


Award-winning choreographer Akram Khan is bringing his company to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance's Riley Theatre with a new performance Kaash. Akram Khan describes his unique dance style as 'contemporary kathak', a fusion of the 500 year-old Indian classical dance tradition of kathak with modern dance techniques. In Kaash a Hindu word meaning 'if' Akram represents the traditional Indian gods, contrasting the swinging motion of elephant-headed Ganesha with the mischievous darting of flute-playing Krishna and the violent, explosive Shiva the destroyer. Akram Khan was nominated in the best choreography category of the critics' circle dance awards 2001 and is currently choreographer-in-residence at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The concert takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 27 April. Tickets cost 7 (3 concessions). The box office is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Monday to Friday, telephone 0113 219 3018.

Know your numbers

From 18 March 2002 all external numbers on the main University exchange, including those for Bretton Hall and Wakefield campuses, will follow the format 0113 343 xxxx.

The existing 0113 233 xxxx and 01924 xxxxxx numbers will work in parallel with the new numbers until 30 November 2002. To facilitate the changeover, a messaging service will run on the old numbers from September 2 until November 30 informing callers of the changes.

Staff can now dial directly between the three main University sites using the new five-digit internal extension numbers, and calls dialled in this way cost the University less than external numbers. A telephone directory with all the new extensions will be available from early April.

See for more information.

Wined and supplied

A bottle of wine is on offer to the first hundred visitors to this year's suppliers exhibition, which has a huge range of products and services on display, from envelopes to incubators, lab supplies to vehicle rental. All staff are welcome to attend the event which takes place on March 26 in the sports and exhibition centre from 10.30am to 3.30pm. For more information, contact John Draper on ext 32992.

What are your thoughts?

Comments are being invited on the draft of the new information technology and systems strategy which will have an significant impact across all areas of the University. The strategy covers what has to be delivered for example, SAP and Banner, the campus network and integrated communication systems and how it should be delivered, including risk management, user support and collaborative delivery.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor David Hogg is holding an open meeting, to hear views and feedback on the strategy, at 5pm on April 9 in LT22 of the Roger Stevens building. Comments can also be sent directly to Professor Hogg or to ISS director Colin Coghill. The draft of the strategy can be seen at from March 25.

Gregorian oasis

Enjoy a 25-minute oasis of Gregorian chant, silence and light at the monastic midday office every Tuesday at 12.30pm. Students and brothers from the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, sing at the office in Emmanuel University Church (opposite the Brotherton), and everyone is welcome to either sit at the back or learn to join in the plainsong and other music. Further details from

Time to nominate

Nomination forms for the elections by senate to council and University committees will be sent out on April 22, to be returned by May 2. The ballot papers will be sent out on May 8 for return by May 17. For the election by faculties to council, court and University committees, the nomination forms will be sent out on May 22 and must be returned by June 5. The ballot papers will then be sent out on June 12, to be returned by June 21.

If you wish to make a nomination, or be nominated yourself, but will not be at the University during these nomination periods, contact Helen Pickersgill on ext 34036.

Leeds and Georgetown

The first informal alumni social event in the USA will take place next month in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The alumni office aims to build alumni communities in the States through informal chapters. All Leeds graduates, staff and friends who might find themselves that side of the Atlantic are invited to join Angela Casey (MA Chinese Studies, 2000) and others on April 6 at Le Jardin, 1207 19th Street (between M & N) downstairs in Le Bar from 8pm onwards. For those on the west coast, a similar event will be taking place in San Francisco in May.

For more information, contact Ellie Thornhill on ext 36683 or e-mail or see the alumni web pages.

On the move

Two divisions of the centre for joint honours (arts and social sciences and modern languages) are on the move in mid-April from their present accommodation in the Parkinson and Michael Sadler buildings to new premises at 1-3 Lifton Place. Visitors are welcome to look round; for more information, ring the centre on ext 33535.

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