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Issue 481, 7 May 2002


Shibden Hall in Halifax is the focus for one of the guided walks run by the school of continuing education to celebrate local history week. Anne Lister inherited Shibden Hall in 1826 from her uncle, and then began an affair with a neighbouring heiress, consolidating their estates in what was effectively a lesbian marriage. Dr Jill Liddington, who edited Anne Lister's diaries in Female fortune – land, gender and authority, will lead the walk on May 9 from the magnificent Piece Hall (1779), visiting the 15th Century parish church and up to the edge of the Shibden Hall estate. Other walks include Victorian and Edwardian Harrogate, Bretton in the 18th and 19th centuries (both May 8), Victorian and Edwardian Springfield Mount (May 9) and Industrial remains in Norwood Green (May 11). For more details, contact the school on ext 33222 or email All walks are free of charge. The above picture of the hall comes from John Horner's Buildings of Halifax from the 1830s.

Best footy forward

Staff wishing to watch the World Cup first round game between England and Argentina at 12.30 on June 7 should ask line managers for extended lunch breaks (or book leave in advance).

Heads of resource centres and equivalent managers are asked to respond sympathetically to requests, although there must be no disruption to exams and other essential services.

Time off can be made up, or staff may also opt to support a campaign launched by Cancer Research UK to donate the equivalent of an hour's pay to cancer research. Anyone who wishes to do that should email Vicky Rose in human resources (v.h.rose@adm. ext 34146, giving their payroll number and the amount they want to donate.

A winning name

A £15 book or music voucher is on offer in a competition to find the best new name for the human resources jobs bulletin, currently undergoing a revamp.

Entries on a postcard please – or preferably by email – to Lisa Furlong at l.a.furlong@ (ext 33430) before May 17. The competition result will be announced in the Reporter.

Better eating habits

Female volunteers are required to participate in a study looking at different ways of reducing fat intake. If you are interested in improving your eating habits and are prepared to record your food intake and give two fasting blood samples, please phone Cheryl Golding in the Nuffield Institute on  ext 34862 or email

Clarence and Charles

Two vacancies for residential wardens, at Charles Morris hall and Clarence Dock flats, are being advertised to academic and related staff. The main duties are pastoral care of students and maintenance of discipline.

An honorarium of £2,241 and other benefits is offered.

Deadlines for applications are May 30 and 13 respectively; for more information, see the Reporter website or email ext 36079

Counting the cost

The prototype of a new, internet-based staff costs calculator is now available online. SiriusWeb – developed by the academic support unit to replace SiriusLite this summer – will calculate the full employment costs, including employer’s pension and NI contribution, increments and pay awards for a chosen grade and contract duration.

The prototype can be accessed at DevSiriusWeb/CalcDes/default.asp

For more information, contact Andrew Busby on (ext 34032) or email

Marking Flo's birthday

Caring for and working with families is the theme for a seminar series to mark nurses' week (May 13-17), celebrating and promoting the work of the international council of nurses. The week coincides with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, and healthcare studies are also hosting an exhibition to highlight nursing and midwifery initiatives in the region.

The exhibition takes place in the Parkinson Court on May 13 from 11-2pm. Details of the seminars can be found in events, or contact Anne Wickes on ext 31180.

Heart and bones

Non-invasive tests to estimate how much people are at risk for heart disease and osteoporosis are being offered through occupational health.

The tests will be available on June 20 and 21, cost £15 each, and take 10 minutes. To book an appointment, phone ext 32997 or 32922.

Equality and ICT

A conference looking at the use of information and communications technology to help promote equality and overcome social disadvantage and exclusion is being held at the University on May 29.

The conference will focus on ways to provide support and help for those who need it to access training and employment opportunities in Leeds, looking at best practice and gaps in provision.

Hosted jointly by the University, Leeds Metropolitan University and EQUAL – an EU initiative to tackle discrimination and inequality in the European labour market – the conference includes speakers from Leeds City Council and Big Issue in the North.

For more information, contact Samantha Armitage in continuing education on ext 33241 or email

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