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Centre launch

A new high-tech centre to promote collaborative learning and develop study and employment skills among students has been developed by the University in partnership with Skipton Building Society. The Skipton skills centre help students develop technological and collaborative skills to improve their employability. It will provide leading edge IT resources that include wireless internet access and video-conferencing. It will assist staff in incorporating skills into their curriculum and provide a forum to share good practice. The centre works closely with the University’s careers services.
For further information, see the press release

Hot desking

Staff can now meet business contacts in the knowledge transfer support unit’s new outreach office at Thorpe Park, at junction 46 on the M1. Staff can use the meeting rooms and ‘hot desking’ facilities, linked to the University IT systems, free of charge. The outreach office joins the biomaterials and tissue engineering centre for industrial collaboration and the Faraday packaging partnership, both already based at Thorpe Park. For more information or to book the facilities, including car parking, contact Jane Richardson on 0113 284 0210, email ktsu@admin. or see the link from the campusweb KT section.

Mongolian visit

Prime Minister Nambar Enkhbayar of Mongolia interrupted a diplomatic visit to return to Leeds where he was sent in 1986 by the then Communist regime to study English. “In Leeds I was suddenly free to do what I liked. I could read books forbidden in my country. And I discovered Marmite!” he said.
For further information, see campusweb

Deisgn award

The electronic cane which uses ultrasound to help visually impaired people move around was named ‘design application of the year’ in the European electronics industry awards. Inspired by the way bats navigate in darkness, the ‘batcane’ was created by Brian Hoyle, Dean Waters and Deborah Withington.
For further information, see the press release

Apologies to Martin Looker of biology and David Harrison of biomedical sciences, whose promotions to technical grade H were incorrectly listed as grade F, in Reporter 492.
The following promotion has also just been approved: J Adrian Iredale, medicine, admin 4 to 5.
Carolyn Baylies

Dr Carolyn Baylies of the school of sociology and social policy died on 1 November. She was an internationally-renowned expert on the social impact of AIDS in Africa, building on her earlier research into the political economies and labour movements of the developing world and on her interest in gender, health and inequality. A highly dedicated and very popular teacher and a greatly respected and influential member of the University community, she was also well-known for her work in the AUT, providing support and advice to individual members and campaigning particularly on equal opportunities and short-term contracts.
See the obituary on campusweb

Jim Lynch

Leeds central MP Hilary Benn has praised work by the Leeds universities crime reduction partnership in keeping students safe in the city. Mr Benn said “Leeds is a national leader in forming this effective close working” and called Leeds ‘a great place to live and study’.
See the obituary on campusweb

Web development

Students can now find out all they need to know about support for personal development at a new website – The site pulls together information from the counselling service, learning centre, careers centre, equality unit, chaplaincy, library and student union.

Audit deadlines

The team appointed to carry out an institutional audit of the University will announce on December 8 which six disciplines have been chosen for particular scrutiny. The disciplines will be used to test the statements made in the University’s ‘self-evaluation document’ (SED) and in the students’ union ‘student written submission’, sent to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) this month. Each discipline will have to write its own SED for submission to the QAA at the end of January. The audit team will make an initial visit to the University from February 9-11 and the audit will take place in the week beginning March 15.

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