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Issue 495, 26 January 2004
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Creative writing lecturer Garry Lyons has written and produced a series of gritty dramas for Channel 4. The series, Decisions, commissioned by Channel 4 subsidiary 4Learning, is intended for use in secondary school citizenship classes. Steve’s Heartache, above, centres on the tensions created by the relationship between a white boy and a Pakistani girl, while others look at issues including youth crime and assisted suicide. The series opens with Ben’s Patient at 11.35am next Monday (February 2).

Bodington eco lecture
The man credited with introducing Mrs Thatcher to the environment will give this year’s Bodington lecture. Former diplomat Sir Crispin Tickell will talk on The future of humanity at 8.30pm on February 11 at Bodington Hall. Sir Crispin is director of the Green College centre for environmental policy and understanding and chairman of the Climate Institute in Washington, DC. Contact or see the events website

Le centre to open
The Department of French has established a new Centre for French and Francophone Cultural Studies. Its opening will be marked by a lecture by Professor Charles Forsdick of the University of Liverpool. Between French and Francophone: Fragmentation, Diversity and the Quest for Coherence will take place on Tuesday February 3 at 5pm in LG19 Michael Sadler building and will be followed by a wine reception. For further details contact centre director Professor Max Silverman.

Office renamed
The access and information office at 181 Woodhouse Lane has been renamed the course enquiries office to act as a first point of contact for prospective students. For information call ext 32336.

Work with business
Have you ever wondered what corporate learning can do for a business or what you could gain from working more closely with business? The Knowledge Transfer Forum is to hold a seminar entitled What do businesses learn from Universities? at 4pm on February 11 at University House. A speaker from First Direct Bank will describe their corporate learning experience. University partners Atkins Global will talk about how the company and the Forum won new business from a government laboratory. Contact Ruth Dolan on ext 33761.

Cleanroom opened
A new 150m2 cleanroom has been built on the lower ground floor of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering to provide a state-of-the-art environment for the fabrication of micro-structures and nano-structures at Leeds. The Wolfson nanotechnology cleanroom is funded collaboratively by chemistry, physics, materials and electronic and electrical engineering. To discuss requirements contact Dr Paul Steenson in Electronic and Electrical Engineering on

Xmas gifts to the city
Around 3,000 gifts and 150 hampers were donated by the University to 19 charities in deprived areas of Leeds, including centres for the homeless, refugees, single mothers and the elderly. Campus Connect manager Chris Pickering said: “We could not have imagined how successful this appeal would be.” See campusweb for more information

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