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Issue 482, 20 May 2002


Sculpture, painting and ceramics by sixty-two Bretton Hall second year students will go on display in Leeds this week in one of the largest contemporary art events in the north. The exhibition is being held in the newly opened Blank Canvas venue at the Granary Wharfe centre. Entry is free, and the exhibition runs from May 24 to 29, from 10am-6pm. The artwork featured is Untitled by second year sculpture student Alan Hook.

Two wheels to work

If you've ever wanted to get to work on two wheels but are too nervous to brave the rush hour traffic, you can now book a 'bike buddy' to show you the safest routes to the Parkinson steps.

The service is part of an event organised by the University bike action group for national 'bike to work day' on June 18. Staff who pedal their way to work will be offered a free breakfast in the plaza by the ESS building, free showers in the sports centre, and a free checkover courtesy of a professional bike mechanic.

To book your buddy and breakfast, go to or email

Widening the web

The University has adopted the World Wide Web's double A standard for accessibility, to ensure compliance with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act which comes into force in September 2002.

This act makes it illegal to offer a lower standard of service or a service on worse terms to students with disabilities. All new and existing web pages must now ensure they are fully accessible.

Web accessibility officer Richard Jones has been appointed to ensure the standards are met throughout the University's website. He said: "Accessibility and usability issues have a large overlap. An accessible site is generally a usable one, which is better for everyone."

An introduction to accessibility issues can be found on Campusweb at http://campus.

For more information, contact Richard Jones on or ext. 31145.

Leodis warden wanted

Applications are invited for the post of non-resident warden for Leodis Flats, a new development housing 312 students, ten minutes from the University. S/he will be responsible for pastoral care and discipline of students.

The post is open to academic and academic-related staff from August 1, and offers an annual honorarium of £4,619, plus benefits.

For more information, email or ring Heather Sugden on ext 36071. The deadline is May 31 and interviews will take place on June 14.

Theatre refurbishment

Major building work in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre and conference auditorium will cause these venues to be closed for a time over the summer and next academic year.

The Rupert Beckett lecture theatre – undergoing its second phase of refurbishment – will close on July 27 following the degree ceremonies and reopen on November 11. Work will begin on 14 January 2003 to refurbish the conference auditorium and extend it to a 344-seat lecture theatre. It will reopen on 5 August 2003.

Any concerns over these closures should be made known to director of estates Robert Sladdin on ext 35920 or email d.r.sladdin@

Pension reassurance

There are no plans to revise the final salary structure of the University's pension and assurance scheme (PAS), chair of the PAS trustees Trevor Scawthorn has confirmed. Pensions manager Geoffrey Parkinson has made the same assurance with regard to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

Both schemes are currently undergoing their triennial valuation, and the results will be circulated to members at the end of the year. Both are expected to continue to show a healthy financial position.

For more details, see the statements by Trevor Scawthorn and pensions manager Geoff Parkinson or contact Helena Smith on ext 36011 or email

Moving innovations

The University's technology transfer company Leeds Innovations has moved to new premises in the Leeds Innovation Centre at 103 Clarendon Road. Their new number is 384 5868 or email The website remains the same at

Funding for refugees

A list of trusts offering refugees financial help for education is being compiled by the council for assisting refugee academics (CARA) for refugees, refugee groups and refugee service providers.

The list is available direct from CARA, and suggestions of other trusts which could be included are welcome. Email tel 020 7836 8963.

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