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So much has been happening over the summer, we couldn't fit everything in the printed version so we've listed extra news items below. In addition, promotions from August 1 and out of season promotions and transfers can be accessed from this promotions link, also at the top of each page.

Promotions to senior lecturer

Lecturers can now apply for promotion to senior lecturer in August 2003. Full details of the procedures and the timetable are available from Shetwah Lee on ext 35773. The closing date for applications is 11 November 2002. Information is also available on the web at

Resident warden urgently required

A resident warden is urgently required for new University students in two dedicated blocks at Trinity and All Saints College. The college is on Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, six miles north west of the city centre (20 minutes drive).

Responsibilities include the pastoral care of the students and the maintenance of discipline. The post has an annual honorarium of £2,263, plus other benefits, including two meals per day.

Further information from Dr Lorraine Whewell ext 36082, e-mail Applications should be made immediately by sending a brief CV and covering letter, including extension number and email address, to David Irving, director of residential and commercial services before October 2. Interviews will take place on Friday 4 October.

New rules on short-term contracts

The number of university staff on fixed term contracts should reduce substantially, as UK law is brought into line with EU regulations, due to come into effect in October 2002.

New guidance on casual and fixed term employment has been agreed between the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and the unions to ensure that fixed-term contracts are only used in well-defined circumstances, and that such staff will receive the same benefits as permanent employees.

Under the new legislation, contracts which have run for four years or more on 10 July 2006 will be legally regarded as ‘permanent’ unless there is an ‘objective justification’ for the contract to end when the fixed term expires.

Marathon fundraiser

Senior Anglican chaplain Simon Robinson is running in two full and one half marathons to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and for the Centre Medical Evangelique at Nyakunde in the Congo. The Centre is run by former Leeds student Mwaka Nasekwa (MA in hospital management), and has been dealing with victims of the war in the Congo.

The last two legs of the challenge are coming up in October: the Great North Run (6th) and the Chicago Marathon (13th), and the fund raising now has added urgency as the Centre, previously unscathed, has been badly hit in a recent battle around Nyakunde. Any sponsorship will be gratefully received. Contact Simon Robinson on ext 35070 or

Nominations for life fellows

If you know of academic staff or those of equivalent grades (not professors) who have distinguished themselves by outstanding service to the University as a whole, then you can put them forward to receive the title of life fellow. Life fellows enjoy the normal privileges of University tenure, are eligible to become members of Court and are members of the Senate dining club.

Nominations should be sent to Melody Mellor in the secretariat ( ext 34061) by October 4, and can be accompanied by a supporting statement. Life fellowships – usually conferred after retirement – are not awarded every year.

New scientific women's network

A new scientific women’s academic network will be launched at a one-day conference organised by the Athena project next month. It will take place from 11am-5pm at London Metropolitan University – formed by the merger of London Guildhall University and the University of North London – on Wednesday 23 October 2002.

Targeted at academics in science-related disciplines, HR, equal opportunities and staff development professionals and anyone interested in women’s careers in HE or gender/science issues, the day will feature key speakers and showcase recent research findings from Athena projects.

The new scientific women’s academic network (SWAN) will be hosted by London Metropolitan University and the University of Luton.

For further details and to reserve a place, please email or call Louise on 020 7314 4220.

Short but supportive

A twenty minute presentation on key student support services has been developed by the student support network for departmental induction programmes. The presentation, on powerpoint or OHP, is short, sharp and to the point, and covers all key services within the University. For more information, contact Simon Robinson on ext 35070 or email

Hone your skills

A new programme of library training sessions begins in October 2002, and runs until May 2003.

The programme includes interactive starter sessions, offering hands-on experience of particular resources, and introductory seminars on specialised topics. Sessions are open to all members of the University – undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff – and are run at the Leeds campus and at Bretton Hall.

For more information and online booking form, see or email or call ext 35520.

Thinking about the festive season?

A Christmas party, organised by and for staff in estates services, is being opened up to all University staff this year. “We organised a do for ourselves last year, because estates didn’t run an end of year departmental bash,” said Dean Walsh. “It was really popular, so this year we’ve got a bigger venue and are opening it up to all University staff.”

The party will be held on December 20 in Stylus in LUU – recently named best UK student union nightclub. The £5 ticket will include entry to a raffle, with the bar and disco running until 1am. Tickets will be on sale from November 1 from the ground floor reception in estates, but you can book your place in advance by contacting Jane Beasley on ext 31234 email or Dean Walsh on ext 35997, mobile 07810892803.

Get back to work

The Daphne Jackson Trust enables qualified scientist or engineers to pick up their careers in science, engineering and technology after a break due to family commitments, by funding two-year, part-time fellowships including retraining and new research or development.

The Trust arranges fellowships throughout the UK in universities and other research laboratories.
For more information, see or email Telephone 01483 689166.

Get digital

Get your photos on a CD with every film processed through media services until October 31. Print off the voucher at , fill it in and take it with your film to media services on level 6 of the Roger Stevens building. You can redeem as many vouchers as you wish, but only one CD will be provided per film. The offer is open to all University staff and students.

Web working

Leeds students can now access their University email anywhere in the world, following the transfer of their mail service from pegasus to the web.

By using a password to log on at - instructions are available in all clusters - students can see all ther email folders, together with new and stored messages.

“Web mail has lots of advantages,” said project manager Nigel Bruce of ISS. “It can display messages in a range of languages, including those with non-Roman scripts. When it's used with text to speech software, the web interface will also be easier for students with disabilities to use.”

ISS plans to web-enable all its services where possible, and web mail will be available to all staff by January 2003.

Keeping covered

Students in University residences are now insured against accidental loss or damage of unlimited personal possessions as part of their accommodation package. The new for old policy extends to a £1,500 maximum value for PCs, including laptops, and £250 for all other items. Benefits in the event of broken bones, hospitalization, assault and mugging are included, as well as personal liability and theft of keys and library books.

Under the agreement with Saxon Insurance, students pay a £25 excess on most claims, and can arrange extra cover for sports equipment, musical instruments and bicycles.

The insurance came into effect on September 1 and, if successful, will be renewed on an annual basis.

Director of residential and commercial services, David Irving, said: “We hope this will provide peace of mind for students as they arrive for the new academic year, and help to lessen the financial impact and distress should a crime or accident occur on University property.”

New HEFCE directors

Professor Liz Beaty will become director for learning and teaching) from November 1. She is currently director of higher education development at Coventry University and a member of the HEFCE learning and teaching committee.

Former head of management improvement at the HEFCE, John Rushforth, will take the post of director for widening participation from September 1.

The new director for research and knowledge transfer is Rama Thirunamachandran. Formerly HEFCE regional consultant for the South-East and acting director for institutions, he will take up his new appointment on September 1.

Steve Egan remains director for finance and corporate resources.

New brochure on staff benefits

New benefits for University employees have been negotiated by recruitment and retention manager Lisa Furlong, following feedback from staff. Details of these and existing benefits will be listed in a new brochure – People Matter – to be published in Oct and sent to all staff.

To gather more information on staff needs, human resources are running a number of focus groups – open to all categories of staff – to discuss working at the University. Numbers will be limited so to reserve your place, email Lisa Furlong on email or call ext 34130.

Clearing in Czechoslovakia

An exhibition of work by Dr Ken Hay of fine art is being shown in the mediaeval cellars of the Czech National Centre for Experimental Theatre in Brno. The exhibition incorporates digital images about the history of the Scottish Clearances, accompanied by a sound installation of poems and music, and will run from October 5 to November 5. Fine art students will also be showing their work in the Galerie Mladych in Brno, from October 9-23.

A longer secondment

Senior lecturer in music Geraldine Connor is to extend her secondment to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for another year.

During her first year at the Playhouse, Geraldine Connor directed the widely acclaimed Carnival Messiah, her adaptation of Handal’s choral work to a calypso setting, originally staged as a Bretton Hall production. Some students who appeared in the first performance are now professional actors, and played major roles in the latest production.

Twelve Leeds students joined with non-professional local people in the chorus. Their involvement with Carnival Messiah was an integral part of their degree course work.
The secondment is also helping to forge links between the theatre and the school of performance and cultural industries and with CentreCATH.

Geraldine Connor is now planning a virtual exhibition and conference called Calypso: a world of music – a collaboration between the Playhouse, the school of music and Florida Historical Museum.

Under the new artistic directorship of Ian Brown, the West Yorkshire Playhouse has introduced £3 tickets for those 26 and under, to encourage younger people, including students, into their audiences.

Wider counsel

The counselling course programme run by the continuing education at Wakefield campus is now offering certificate in counselling courses in Leeds on Monday evenings, and in Ilkley on Tuesday mornings. For further information, contact Michelle Lotherington (ext 39429) or email

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