(Roger Boyle, computing) I note
from the latest issue of your organ that henceforward
Campusweb is to be the primary
means of dissemination of University news.
Belonging to the grey-haired and old-fashioned
faction, I am disinclined to learn the new
tricks required to access this material, which
usually prove beyond me anyway.
Never mind, this is my problem. Nevertheless,
I am sorry that I shall be unable to read
obituaries, since your organ also reports
they will appear on the corporate information
news section of Campusweb,
instead of in the paper form I have mastered.
One idea might be to relegate the parking
correspondence page to Campusweb,
since I do not often find this interesting.
This would create a lot of space into which
you might re-insert material currently hidden
behind buttons and mice. Perhaps you could
conduct an opinion poll on this?
(Christopher Hammond, materials research)
The centenary of the charter for the
University of Leeds falls in April 2004
only one year from now. It should be expected
that this major event in the Universitys
history will be celebrated with appropriate
exhibitions, conferences and publications.
However, as far as I am aware, no centenary
committee, representative of all the
interests across the University has been appointed
and no formal arrangements for the organisation
of the centenary have been put into place.
Given the lead times that are
required for the planning of the relevant
exhibitions and events, this is surely a matter
of some urgency.
note: a paper on centenary preparations is
already in the committee pipeline. See opposite
page for details.
(Tony North, biochemistry and molecular
biology) My colleague John Lydon
expressed his concern in Reporter 489 about
the state of the University crest in the Great
Hall; might I suggest that he proposes to
the College of Heralds the term targent
for tarnished silver? He was evidently satisfied
that the white roses are okay, which is more
than can be said for the roses on the tapestries
that adorn the entrance lobby of University
House. These are labelled as being alarmed,
but alarming would be more appropriate
as they are distinguished by having six petals
instead of the usual five do they represent
a modification of the noble Yorkshire rose
perpetrated by our Leeds plant geneticists?
No wonder steps have apparently been taken
to minimise their chance of escaping from
the building and contaminating those in the
wild. Or perhaps they have already escaped
and crossed with the five-petalled wild type
to give those funny droopy 11-petalled blooms
that appear on the logo of the Yorkshire County
(Andrew Dye, electronic engineering)
I believe Pro-Vice-Chancellor for staff
Professor Shorrocks-Taylor, misconstrued the
main thrust of my letter printed in Reporter
489. She appears to think I am concerned over
the plight of official visitors to the University
campus. To be brutally honest, I dont
care one bit if a company representative parks
for free in order to tout for my business,
or has to put it on his or her expenses.
What I am concerned about is the lack of control
over whether someone has the right to park
on campus. Asking staff to show ID to
help avoid admitting students and bogus visitors
is pointless when said student or bogus visitor
can merely claim to be an official visitor
for any random member of staff picked from
the University phone book, as security staff
have no means of verifying this.