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Issue 488, 24 February 2003
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Honours | Chairs


Kora player Seckou Keita will be performing a lunchtime concert on February 27, in conjunction with the ‘Africa and beyond’ exhibition at the University Gallery.Originally from Senegal, Seckou Keita’s family are ‘griots’ – oral historians carrying traditions on through songs – a heritage which deeply influences his music. He uses an inspirational blend of traditional African music, percussion, dance and song. The concert takes place in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall at 1.10-2pm. For details, email Jillian Johnson on or call ext 32584




Centenary choices

Among the events planned for the University’s centenary in 2004 is a special celebration ceremony on April 29 which will include the award of honorary degrees to graduands chosen to underline the University’s international standing. Staff who wish to submit names to the committee on honorary degrees, should contact Catherine Cho in the secretariat by Friday 14 March. Nominations should include a supporting statement, addressing the criteria which can be seen in full on campusweb.

Funds for travelling

Applications are invited from University administrators for awards from the Joan Balchin Memorial Travel Fund. The awards are to further the education and training of administrators, particularly with travel expenses. Applicants must be eligible for membership of AUA. The application deadline is April 30. Contact Valerie Lomas, email v.j.lomas@ ext 34086.

The AUA is the professional association for HE administrators and managers, dedicated to promoting excellence in HE management. The Leeds Branch meets in the SCR on the second Friday of each month from 12.15 pm. Contact Sigrun Trotter on ext 32322 email

Bakerian lecture

Professor Chris Dobson of Cambridge University is to deliver the Royal Society’s Bakerian lecture at the University on March 13. Professor Dobson is an expert on the protein assemblies that occur in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, BSE and CJD and has developed new ideas for treating these disorders. His lecture takes place in the Clarendon Wing lecture theatre, at 4pm. For more information, contact Professor Sheena Radford on ext 33170 or email

New funds for KT

Schools can now apply for two funds to support staff in developing their knowledge transfer activity. One will support academics’ attendance at applied research conferences and meetings, and the other will buy out staff time to develop new courses or products for work-related learning on a speculative basis. Knowledge transfer is now part of the University’s 2002-2007 strategic plan and the knowledge transfer support unit is helping Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Hogg, to drive forward the agenda and encourage more staff participation. If you have any queries, comments or ideas to share with the Unit, call ext 33761.

A gap in support

A vacancy exists in the clerical and ancillary areas of the support staff advisory group. The group meets three times a year to discuss matters of concern and act as a channel of communications for support staff. To find out more, contact Joanne Poulter on ext 34144 email

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