The Reporter
ssue 492, 29 September 2003
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As a pilot scheme for raising the profile of Leeds research in the media, biological sciences has appointed former MSc student Will McDowall on a three-month media fellowship. Will recently won second prize in the Daily Telegraph’s young science writer competition, and will be working with the faculty and the press office researching stories and drafting press releases. Contact Will on ext 32833 email w.mcdowall@ A grant application is planned to fund a longer-term science publicity post; for more information contact the press office on ext 34031 email pressoffice@

Plenty of space

The University has signed a £750,000 contract with Dell Computer Corporation for storing, backing up and managing electronic data. A new storage area network (SAN) and centralised backup solution (CBS) will double the amount of disk space available on University servers by making them work more efficiently. It will also speed up data retrieval from systems such as the SAP database, which holds all the University’s financial and staff information. For more information, read the longer article or contact Adrian Ellison on ext 35837 email

Raising your voice

The search is on for staff and students to sing in a new University liturgical choir. Auditions will be held on Sept 29 and October 2 at 4pm in the music school with an open rehearsal on Sept 30 at 4.15pm in the Great Hall. For details or to book an audition, contact Steve Muir on ext 38229

Meeting targets

Undergraduate recruitment went well this year, with all faculties meeting targets. Nationally hard-to-recruit areas did particularly well, including engineering, physical and biological sciences. Around 6,800 first years (home and EU) were due to register this week. Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning and teaching Professor Alan Pearman said: “We’re happy to be the UK’s most popular university, but alongside others we have problems in some subjects, so we were especially pleased at our success in recruiting good students across the board. It’s down to a lot of hard work by colleagues across campus.”

Christmas already?

Mr and Mrs Santa, aka Leeds University Union’s Craig Topling and Campus Connect’s Chris Pickering, are recruiting elves throughout the University for a Christmas appeal. Started by Leeds Cares, the appeal aims to collect toys and food parcels for needy children, refugee families and local charities. Elves will coordinate activity in their department, collect and wrap toys and food and deliver donations to a central distribution point. Those interested in becoming involved should contact Chris Pickering email or call 0113 343 4072.

Home working

There will be a rare opportunity to hear emeritus professor of history Maurice Beresford and author of Walks Around Red Brick speak next week. He joins geography lecturer Rachael Unsworth to talk about the growth of Leeds’ service sector from the industrial revolution up to the 1860s. Drawing on archive material, they will describe how accountants, lawyers, architects and engineers who serviced local industry worked from residential properties until the nineteenth century. Dr Unsworth said: “Albion Street is where it was at in the 1840s. Starbucks on Albion Street once housed an insurance company.” The homes of these small businesses are now shops and coffee bars, with businesses moving west. The Thoresby Society lecture is open to all and will starts at 7.15pm in the Friends Meeting House at 188 Woodhouse Lane on Tuesday 7 October.

A better outlook

ll staff who currently use Pegasus or other email systems will be moved to the Microsoft Outlook email and calendaring system over the next year. Pegasus mail will be decommissioned by 31 March 2004. Programme manager Adrian Ellison said: “Outlook offers lots of benefits such as easier ways to plan meetings and appointments and manage your email. It can also be accessed remotely through the web.” ISS is running roadshows to explain the changeover, the benefits and demonstrate features of the new system. Full training will also be provided for users. Staff can start to prepare now for the changeover. For more details, see the Reporter website. For further information on the Outlook project and the roadshows,read the longer article or see, or contact your ISS account manager.

Online bookings

Staff and postgraduates can now search for and book SDDU, ISS and library training courses online at The service is easy to use, and can help you find the right course for your needs. For further information, contact a.j.newton@ ext 35060 or see Campusweb.

Housing help

The charity ShortStop is looking for people in Leeds to offer emergency accommodation in their own homes to destitute asylum seekers. Accommodation is offered on a night-by-night basis, with no more than six nights with any one host. Asylum seekers are assessed for suitability for the scheme, and hosts are asked to provide two references. Ongoing support is offered to hosts. If you can offer a bed, would like more details or would like to offer financial support, contact John McLaughlin on 0113 293 2746.

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