the THES, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir
Alan Wilson focused on approaches for assessing widening
access schemes. He suggests that "social class is
still a barrier to entry. The problem is not just the
universities' responsibilities but extends to schools
and families and beyond connecting to all the problems
of deprived neighbourhoods". He said there were no
easy solutions but that it was important to 'disentangle
what is reasonably the responsibility of universities',
and called for a national research programme to fully
inform the debate on widening access, and for properly
integrated support to deprived areas. Widening participation
would then be 'as much a test of joined-up government
as of university performance', he concluded.
of civil engineering Professor Ed Stentiford, (see Reporter
481) defended composting in the Yorkshire Evening
Post following reports of the Environment Agency's
concerns that animal by-products in kitchen waste could
spread disease. "There's no problem at all with garden
compost," said Professor Stentiford. He also explained
that the laws for large-scale composting should not affect
Independent and Yorkshire Evening
Post covered research into housing patterns in
Leeds and Bradford by the school of geography's Dr Deborah
Phillips and Dr Rachael Unsworth (see Reporter 481). Their
research, to be concluded in the autumn, is the 'first
to analyse the mobility of middle-class Asians in Britain',
according to the Independent.
textiles researchers helped business woman and owner of
Second Nature UK Limited Christine Armstrong win Country
Living magazine's small business award. Talking
to the Guardian about the wool-based insulation, Thermafleece
468), she praised the University's help in developing
her product: "Leeds is the heart of the textile industry
so they had the knowledge and the expertise."
Times league tables demonstrated Leeds'
strength across a range of subjects, placed in the top
20 universities in the UK for areas including languages,
food sciences, agriculture, physics, maths, geology, dentistry,
psychology and chemistry. This range contributes to Leeds'
popularity with applicants, reasoned education correspondent
John O'Leary. Leeds remains one of the country's most
popular universities. The full tables are available at
Financial Times also published league tables
and alternatives suggested by Vice-Chancellor Professor
Sir Alan Wilson. See Reporter article
for more details.
Guardian's northern editor Martin Wainwright
quizzed staff at Blackwell's university bookshop on works
by the University Chancellor Lord Bragg: "I've stupidly
forgotten his name but I know he's written a few books."
His enquiry was initially greeted with 'friendly bafflement',
but the staff eventually found some of the books he was