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No 490, 19 May 2003
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Merger inquiry

Professor Peter Moizer has been appointed as a member of the inquiry by the competition commission into the proposed merger of Carlton and Granada, who together control 52% of the TV advertising market. The inquiry will report to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on June 25.

The white paper

The University’s response to the white paper on higher education can now be seen on Campusweb, under ‘corporate information’. The response has been sent through to the DfES. Further information from University Secretary Roger Gair,

Paying online

Students can now pay their fees online by credit or debit card. The web pages developed by ISS and student and finance offices have automated links into SAP, and the system is fully secure. See for more details.

Dance school

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance has affiliated to the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CfDD) founded by RADA and the London Contemporary Dance School. The CfDD aims to strengthen access to training for talented dance and drama students in the UK.

Spin out success

Universities in Yorkshire and the Humber have produced the highest number of spin-out companies for any region in Britain, according to a survey for the HEFCE. In 2000-2001 there were 29 university spin-outs in Yorkshire. London saw 27, the North West 24 with 11 in the East Midlands.

The breast advice

Research by the mother and infant research unit– published to coincide with breastfeeding awareness week – has found that peer support is the most effective way to increase the numbers of women starting to breastfeed. Peer-support programmes were particularly effective for women from low-income groups, who are 25% less likely to breastfeed than other groups. The research, on behalf of the health development agency, also highlighted media campaigns, health education programmes and changes in government or hospital policy as ways to encourage more women to breastfeed.

Memorial prize

A memorial prize has been set up in memory of Sheona Ferguson, who died of cancer on February 24. Sheona Ferguson had worked at the University for over thirty years, the last ten in joint honours science. The Sheona Ferguson memorial prize is to be awarded annually to the joint honours graduate who has made the most notable contribution to the life of the University and its community. Contributions from departments and individuals are welcome. Cheques can be made out to the University of Leeds, and sent to the centre for joint honours, or transfers can be made into University account OS.COMB.372960.

Graduate start-up

Yorkshire Forward funding of 2.8m has been put forward for graduate start-up programmes at West Yorkshire universities. At Leeds, the programme – called SPARK – aims to convert students into successful entrepreneurs, through initiatives such as enterprise learning modules, business planning and appraisal, incubation space and support, marketing and promotion. Current students, recent graduates and alumni are all eligible for help under the programme, run by John Hulbert from the knowledge transfer support unit. Email, ext 37171 or see

Multimedia spin

Media Innovations Ltd is the latest University spin-out. Originally a division of Leeds Innovations, it was set up to identify multimedia products from within the University for commercialisation. The company will retain the Leeds Innovations staff, under managing director Stephen Taylor-Parker.

Northern catwalk

The fashion design graduate collections, showcased at the London Graduate Fashion Week in previous years, are now to be first seen on a Leeds catwalk. The fashion show will be held in the Parkinson Court on June 12, and will include work by a former design graduate now working for Tommy Hilfiger. The show is being sponsored by Burberry, Vidal Sassoon for hair and Mac for make-up. A show for schools, colleges and students’ friends and family will take place at 2.30-4.30, cost £5. The VIP ‘champagne and canapé fashion show’ will start at 7pm and costs £10. For more details, call Lynne Webster on ext 33714.

Joint appointment

Dr Chris TwelvesDr Chris Twelves has been appointed as professor of clinical cancer pharmacology and oncology, in a joint appointment with the University of Bradford. The school of medicine and the Bradford Cancer Research Unit, where Dr Twelves will be based, collaborate in the Leeds translational cancer research network centre, one of ten set up by the government to speed up the delivery of new cancer treatments. Dr Twelves, currently reader in medical oncology at Glasgow University, will work on cancer drug development and translational research with clinicians and scientists in Leeds and Bradford.


Senior lecturer in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr John Heritage, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Medical Research Council, from July 2003

Visiting professor in computing, Dr Thomas Green, has been elected to the Computer Human Interaction Academy.

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