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Issue 486, 25 November 2002
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Geoffrey and Fay Elliott’s donation of literary manuscripts to the University library, see page 5, was featured in the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Look North. Geoffrey Elliott explained to the Yorkshire Evening Post why Leeds had been chosen as the new home for their collection: “We didn’t see any point in it going to London because everything goes to London. We wanted to support the regions.”

BBC TV’s regional programme Inside and Out featured Cyril Pearce’s research into Huddersfield’s First World War’s conscientious objectors, see Reporter 472. The transcripts of the tribunals found by Cyril Pearce illustrated the range of arguments made by men in resisting conscription.

Professor of criminology and criminal law, Adam Crawford, joined The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 to discuss street crime in areas such as Leeds. Meanwhile joint initiatives between the University and West Yorkshire police to keep students safe remained prominent in the regional press. The Yorkshire Evening Post covered the Union’s distribution of attack alarms and self-defence lessons for students.

Dr Rachel Cowgill’s discovery of a possible Mozart arrangement of Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabaeus’ (see Reporter 463) was the focus of a BBC Four documentary last month. Dr Cowgill, Professor Julian Rushton and music students joined the programme, the Daily Telegraph’s ‘pick of the day’ on cable and satellite.

Numbers of maths undergraduates may be declining but the subject is one of the most popular A levels. This and other oddities caught the attention of the THES. Picking up on the potential for dramatic variations in marks, Leeds mathematics professor Chris Robson noted that sometimes students produced better proofs than he did.

Dr Richard Howells from communications studies joined BBC Radio 4’s The Message for a discussion on the ‘contentious nature of “truth” in documentary film and television’. He called for ‘documentarians to respect the "bond of faith" between the filmmaker and the audience’.

Communications studies graduates are some of the most employable according to new research reported in the THES. Professor Phil Taylor responded: "I hope this news finally lays to rest the myth that media studies fails to prepare students for the modern world."

Leeds Student cleaned up at the recent student media competitions, clinching the diversity award in both the Independent-sponsored national student journalism awards and Guardian student media awards.

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