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A series of fifteen pictures by former University Fellow Alan Davie is on show to the public for the first time – at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate. Gallery curator Karen Southworth said of the works: “The first impression is an overwhelming hit of glorious colour. Then you become absorbed in the intriguing layers of signs, symbols and marks. His work is spontaneous and energetic.” Alan Davie, whose pioneering style set the British art scene on fire in the 1950s, was Gregory Fellow at the University from 1957-60. The exhibition runs until November 1.

Drawing the crowds

Be part of a bigger picture on Oct 26, by adding your artistic talent to a communal drawing at the University Gallery. The event is part of an exhibition about the ancient and modern uses of drawing, on show until Nov 1. You can have a go at drawing in special workshops and drop-in sessions throughout October. For more details, contact gallery@leeds.ac.uk or ext 32777.

Whatever you write

A new system to record staff publications and other research outputs will be launched in October.
The University of Leeds publications database (ULPD) will be web accessible, allowing details to be entered easily. The database is fully searchable and data can be exported in various formats, and dynamic links created from other webpages.

Developed jointly by RSU, the Library and ISS, the new database will be checked for accuracy by the Library on an annual basis. All information on publications held in the old REPIS system will be transferred to ULPD.

Hands-on demonstrations of the new database and other research information systems will be available at a special showcase event between 12-2 on Oct 10 in the Edward Boyle Library conference room. UPLD will go live on October 17.

Training is on offer for departmental staff who will be using the database. For details see www.leeds.ac.uk/library/training

For more details, call Tracey Stanley ext 35569 email t.s.stanley@leeds.ac.uk

Going European

Academic staff applying for SOCRATES funding for transnational projects should contact the European Office before October 18 to ensure they have followed internal procedures and written institutional support before the European Commission’s November 1 deadline.

Socrates funds projects which encourage innovation in education and the learning of European languages, such student and staff visits, collaborations, networks to disseminate ideas and good practice, studies and comparative analysis. Grants are mainly towards travel, subsistence and the organisation of teaching projects or curriculum development.

More details at www.leeds.ac.uk/european/educmenu/educlist.htm or email european@ leeds.ac.uk

See the SOCRATES website at http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/socrates.html

Athens changes

Staff wishing to access electronic journals and databases subscribed to by the library will need to register for a new personal password to the ATHENS system from September 2002, when the University’s institutional account is withdrawn.

Staff can register for a personal account online at www.leeds.ac.uk/library/athens/ though all existing staff ATHENS accounts will remain valid until their individual expiry dates. For details, see www.athensams.net/ myathens/

From September, all students will automatically be given a personal ATHENS account and details will be sent to them by email.

Let them speak

Campus Connect recruited 336 student volunteers last year to do voluntary work in 45 city schools, as mentors and tutors or running revision workshops and out-of-school activities.

Most students are recruited at the start of term, so over the next few weeks Campus Connect will be asking departments for a five-minute slot before first and second year lectures to introduce the project and invite students to an ‘infoshare’. In addition to existing volunteer opportunities, Campus Connect will be recruiting for a pilot scheme to send science and engineering ‘ambassadors’ into local schools.

The support and enthusiasm of departmental staff is essential for successful recruitment of student volunteers. Departments also benefit from volunteer schemes, as students promote their subject, department and the University to local schools, raising aspirations and improving undergraduate recruitment.

For more information, contact Anastasia Karanika on ext. 33762 or email a.karanika@adm.leeds.ac.uk

All review together

Staff review and development for clerical, technical and academic and related staff have been merged into a single scheme. The paperwork has been simplified and is on the new HR website at www.leeds.ac.uk/hr

During 2002-3, clerical and technical staff should have their reviews – between Oct-Feb and March-Aug respectively. Departments can choose to vary the timing, providing all staff are reviewed within the academic year.

Academic and academic related staff will have had their reviews last year and will not receive another formal review until 2003-4, although departments are encouraged to hold interim review meetings with all staff.

Details of the clerical and technical review scheme are on the web at www.leeds.ac.uk/hr or from Kathy Aveyard on k.a.aveyard@adm.leeds.ac.uk or ext 33964. Training sessions for new reviewers, briefing sessions for reviewees and refresher briefings for experiences reviewers will be held in November, December, February and March and can be booked through SDDU.

Anything to build?

Minor works bids – for schemes up to £50,000 – should be submitted now for consideration on Nov 26. There will be two more allocations during the 2002-03 session: Feb 11 and April 28. Application deadlines are Dec 6 and Feb 28 respectively. Estates will fund up to 50% of the cost. Further information from Jane Freer on ext 35995 or email e.j.freer@ leeds.ac.uk

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