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Issue 491, 16 June 2003
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Staff and postgraduate researchers can now take advantage of SCONUL Research Extra, a new cooperative access and borrowing scheme launched by SCONUL: Society of College, National and University Libraries. Researchers will be able to borrow material from 130 participating HE libraries across the UK and Ireland. Electronic library facilities are not usually included in the scheme. See for details on how to join or download the form at Check the SCONUL webpages to see which libraries are participating.

A welcome reward

This year's student support network conference is focusing on skills development for a diverse student population. Workshops include induction strategies, embedding skills in science programes, spirituality and employability and supporting postgraduates. Speakers are from Leeds, and the universities of Cardiff and Hull. The conference is at Devonshire Hall on Friday 11 July, 9.15am-4.30pm and costs 20 (includes lunch). To register, contact Susan Lacey, ext 36106.

Money for ideas

Knowledge transfer projects at Leeds have already attracted over 5m from Yorkshire Forward, but the regional development agency is still keen to fund the development of new ideas in innovation, competitiveness and higher level skills, to support universities as the 'heart of economic development'. Find out if you could be the next to benefit from their support by attending the knowledge transfer forum at 4pm on July 15 in University House, where representatives from Yorkshire Forward will be outlining possibilities. For more details contact Rob Knipe on

A welcome award

Residential and commercial services is to receive the 'hospitality assured' award, the definitive standard for service excellence in the catering and hospitality industry. Awardholders are recommended for membership of prestigious hotel and catering industry associations.

Beat the cheats

All staff can now use the JISC online plagiarism detection service. The system compares assignments - uploaded in bulk - with other submitted files and over 800 million websites to find similarities. The check takes about four hours. For details, see

Season in hell

A music theatre production, directed by University lecturer Dr George Rodosthenous, of Rimbaud's poem, A season in hell, is being previewed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on June 30 at 8.15pm. The poem is about fading honeymoons, thirst, destruction and love. For tickets, call 0113 213 7700

New BNFL award

Excellent research and the ability to communicate it to the public are the criteria for a new University award, endowed by BNFL. Candidates must be postgraduates in process or nuclear technology and engineering, applied and green chemistry, particle science and technology, nanoscience and manufacturing, materials science and engineering, fuel and energy science and engineering, mining and mineral engineering. Shortlisted candidates will present their work on November 26, and the winner will receive a £500 cash prize and a medal. For more details see

Gaping discovery

Human remains over 4000 years old have been found in the Dales’ most famous pothole, Gaping Ghyll. The bones, found by Phillip Murphy of earth sciences, were deposited by flood waters seven metres higher than today’s maximum flooding level, giving important clues to environmental changes which have taken place since the Bronze Age. The bones are the oldest human remains found in the cave. This is Phillip Murphy’s second major find in the area: he aslo collected a stalactite sample from the cave system below Malham Cove, proving the cove is four times older than previously thought. See Reporter 480.

Two wheels best

Two wheels best If you've ever wanted to get to work on two wheels but need a little encouragement, June 19 is the day. As part of national Bikeweek, staff who pedal to campus on June 19 can get a free breakfast from 8am in the courtyard near the social sciences building.

A bike mechanic from Woodrup Cycles ( will be around to carry out assesments of peoples bikes condition and basic running repairs.

See for details or the bike week website (

Silver success

Professor Richard Williams of SPEME has been awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his money-spinning innovations. He has founded three companies to exploit his research into how tiny particles behave in manufacturing processes.

Changes in careers

The careers centre has been reorganised into three teams, focusing on different customer groups: independent service users, staff and students and corporate customers. The teams will be led by Jane Conway, Paul Jackson and Clair Souter respectively. More details on Campusweb news.

Summer school

The University's summer school this year runs from July 7-11 and is supported by Leeds West MP John Battle. Over 100 pupils from the Yorkshire and Humberside regions will be taking part. Pupils will live in University halls and will be mentored by current students. For more details call ext 33936.

Stopping spam

A new anti-spam email service is being run by ISS. Email messages passing though the core servers are scanned, and suspect messages have [PMX:#...] inserted into the message subject. Users can then choose what they want to do with identified messages: they can sort messages in their inbox by subject and quickly delete suspected spam or set up more complex systems through the ‘rules’ in their email program.

For more information about the email filtering service and how to use it, see the ‘dealing with junk email (spam)’ section at /iss/documentation/email.html

Data protection

The code of practice on data protection has been amended to provide clarification and add extra categories to the data routinely processed by the University. The Code is at Further details from Melody Mellor on extension 34062 or m.k.mellor@adm.leeds.

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