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Issue 480, 22 April 2002


An exhibition of caricatures, costumes and books from the collection of leading dancer with the Imperial ballet, Nicolai Legat, is on show at the Lawrence Batley Centre Gallery at Bretton Hall. Nicolai and his brother Sergei were dance students with the same trainer as Pavlova and they made an album of caricatures of ballerinas and dancers of the Imperial Ballet. The exhibition shows newly acquisitioned items to the collection, including some from Nicolai Legat's daughter, Mimi Legat, herself a dancer. The exhibition runs until July 20, and the gallery is open on Monday to Thursday from 9am-5pm and on Fridays from 9am-4.30pm. For more details, contact Sonya Kielty on, ext 39134 or see the website at

World service to Leeds

University graduate and chief executive of the BBC World Service, Mark Byford, will return to Leeds to talk about broadcasting and visit communications studies on April 26.

His lecture From Headingley to Kabul: global broadcasting in the digital age will offer an insight into Byford's management of the world's favourite radio station, which 150m people listen to each week, according to the Financial Times. The World Service called for more government funding, as plans get under way to reach 70% of the world's capital cities by 2003-04 .

Byford studied law at Leeds before embarking on an career with the BBC, which brought him close to becoming director-general from a first job as teaboy for BBC Leeds.

The lecture is open to all and starts at 12 noon on April 26 in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre.

Scientists in the media

A chance for scientists to work 'behind the scenes' in the media is being offered through fellowships run by the British Association.

Secondments of up to eight weeks are available to practising engineers and scientists with organisations including the BBC Radio Science Unit, New Scientist, Einstein TV, Countryfile and the Guardian. They will work alongside journalists, gaining first-hand experience of the news accumulation and selection process.

Placements will normally run from August to October and the deadline for applications is April 30. For more information contact or see the BA website.

Bodies and committees

Staff are being invited to fill vacancies on University committees on honorary degrees; expeditions and travel bursaries; promotional chairs (arts, earth and environment, engineering); and readerships (medicine, dentistry, psychology and health).

Nominations to school governing bodies at the Holgate School and Foundation in Barnsley, Batley Grammar School, The Read School in Drax, Silcoates School in Wakefield and Whitcliffe Mount School in Cleckheaton are also being sought.

Anyone interested should contact Helen Pickersgill or ring ext 34036 by May 3.

There are a small number of lay (external) vacancies on the University's governing body, the Council. The closing date for receipt of names, to be considered by the nominating committee, is May 7. For more information on how to make a nomination, contact Helen Pickersgill (details above).

Senate elections

Faculties have elected the following staff to Senate (appointments are for three years unless otherwise indicated): Professor Margaret Atack (arts); Dr Simon Burrows (2), Dr Jeremy Higham, Ms Miriam Zukas, Miss Nicola Bown (1) (BLESS); Dr Jane Francis (earth and environment); Dr Mark Kelmanson, Mrs Pamela Davies (2) (mathematics and physical sciences); Dr Robert Gee, Dr Osvaldo Querin (engineering). See also Senate news, Reporter 479

l Elections by members of the Senate to the Council and University committees will begin on April 22. Ballots for these elections will be circulated on May 8.

More time in the library

The health sciences library is now opening until midnight, Monday to Thursday during term time, and from midday to 7pm on Sundays. A new access, from level four of the Worsley building, operates from 9pm-midnight and weekends, but there will be no access to other parts of the Worsley Building.

The Brotherton and Edward Boyle libraries open at 8.30am Monday to Friday for self-service issue and return; issue counters and enquiry desks open at 9am. For more information, see

l The Library will be asking all staff and postgraduate researchers for ideas on improving services in a questionnaire survey which follows last session's students survey. A report will be produced for next session and the Library will endeavour to act on all suggestions.

Making good use

User-friendly instructions for audiovisual equipment in central lecture theatres are now available online. Media services director David Brook said: "We hope to improve awareness of lecture theatre facilities and minimise confusion about how to use them."

The instructions have a list of all central lecture theatres, with step-by-step guides on how to use every piece of equipment, along with full photographs and illustrations. For more information, see and for feedback, email

Eating for PMT

Women are needed for a study into the effects of nutrition on premenstrual symptoms and mental performance, particularly the role of phytoestrogens, a plant-based compound, believed to reduce the risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms. Volunteers, who will be compensated for their time, must be aged 18-45 and not taking any hormonal preparations such as the pill or HRT.

Contact Maria Bryant in psychology (ext 36692 or 35753 email mariab@psychology.


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