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New face in the press office
Antony Adshead joined the press office last month and is responsible for producing the Reporter. Antony wants to hear from you if you have any news or events that you think the rest of the University or the general public would like to hear about. Contact him on 36699 or email

The science of laughter
Leeds staff are invited “To make people laugh and then think about science” by entering the 24/7 competition as part of the National Science Week Ignoble Awards. This year entrants are invited to write a “Lab Limerick” on one of three topics: Prince Charles and science; President Bush and global warming, or, Me and my Petri dish. The closing date is March 1 and prizewinners will be invited to take part in one of the Science Week roadshow events. Send your limericks to Dr Helen Billington in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Further details are available here.

£30,000 for PhDs
The University is to apply for funding for 13 academic fellowships which will receive £30,000 each under a government scheme to help those who have completed PhDs into permanent academic posts. Academic Development Committee has agreed to apply for the funding, which is being made available to finance 1,000 new academic posts in the UK as a result of the Roberts Review. The University hopes to have an indication of the number of fellowships made available to it by the end of February and faculties are asked to consider whether they wish to invite applications for the fellowships.

Bretton Hall showcase open day
Bretton Hall campus is to hold an open house on Saturday March 13 to showcase its new state-of-the-art performance centre. Visitors will be able to take in performances, activities and exhibitions throughout the day. The full programme is available here.

Leeds joins NHSU
A University of Leeds-led consortium has been selected as a regional academic partner to the newly-formed NHSU. NHSU aims to be the corporate university for the NHS. It has been set up to improve the services the NHS offers patients by giving everyone who works in health and social care opportunities to learn and develop. The Leeds partnership was one of 11 confirmed early in February along with the universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, York St John College and Leeds Metropolitan University. They will work together to develop and provide courses, promote joint research and appoint to joint academic posts.

VKP to underpin city knowledge network
The University’s Virtual Knowledge Park will provide the platform for a new city knowledge network, Leeds Initiative Knowledge Network (LIKnet). LIKnet is a project set up by Leeds Initiative which has secured £400,000 of funding from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The VKP will have a central role in LIKnet with a significant proportion of funding coming to the University. The VKP’s collaborative tools – including expertise searcher, document management, discussion rooms and audio visual conferencing – made it an ideal basis for a city-wide collaborative working environment.

Volunteer time to be matched by University
Staff who want to give time to voluntary schemes in the local community will have their time matched by the University. Staff Committee has agreed a set of measures to support volunteer work activities and deans and heads of school are being encouraged to support such activities. Campusconnect runs a range of schemes including tutoring and mentoring in local primary and secondary schools, working with the Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos study support centres and a number of University Action Days. To find out more details of these schemes contact

Artist follows in family footsteps
Research fellow Dr Judith Tucker has retraced the steps of her mother and grandmother who escaped from Germany in the 1930s. The journey, which took place last year, was part of an Arts and Humanities Research Board-funded project which looks at landscape painting and the memory of traumatic events across generations. It was the first time Dr Tucker of Creative and Performing Arts returned to the area to visit places which appear in pre-war family photographs. She has been working on location in Germany and her sketches and photographs will form the basis of studio work which will inform her research.



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