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Issue 495, 26 January 2004
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Triple alliance
Vanessa Bell's 1914 collage Triple Alliance (above) will be among the University-owned paintings, drawings, sculptures and manuscripts on show as part of the Centenary exhibitions in the newly-refurbished Parkinson building. The audience of the Centenary opening ceremony on April 22 will have the first chance to see the exhibitions, which will be open weekdays 10am-6pm from April 23 until July 23. Image © 1961 Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett.

Language lecture
Dozens of languages die every year, and a major international effort is underway to preserve as many as possible. On May 4 Professor Peter Austin, director of a £20m University of London School of Oriental and African Studies project to preserve endangered languages, will give a talk entitled “The life, death and life of languages: language death and revitalisation”. He will speak on 5.15pm in the University of Leeds’ Parkinson Building, room 108.

Council and court
Nominations are invited to fill a small number of lay (external) vacancies on the University’s governing body, the Council. Candidates for these positions will also be considered for vacancies on the Court, the body which serves as a mechanism for the University’s accountability to the wider community. The closing date for receipt of nominations, to be considered by the Nominating Committee, is April 23. Details from Helen Pickersgill in the Secretariat, ext 34036, email

Know-how transfer
Following the success of the last meeting about the LUBS corporate learning programme, when University staff heard from First Direct bank and Atkins about what businesses learned from working with the University, staff are invited to the next meeting of the knowledge transfer forum on March 31. This will focus on the University’s attempts at marketing to business. Meetings are open to all staff. Further details from Ruth Dolan

Scale review
Applications are invited from academic and academic-related staff who wish to be considered for promotion/additional/discr-etionary scale increments as from August 2004. A circular setting out the procedures and timetable has been sent to heads of schools. Copies are available from Joanne Poulter, ext 34144, Successful 2002-03 promotions lists can be found on the HR webpage:

Suppliers on show
The annual supplier exhibition will be held in the sports hall on March 30 from 10.30am-3.30pm. More than 60 companies will attend, with products including laboratory supplies, desktop PCs, printers, laptops, research equipment, vehicle hire, photocopiers, audio visual equipment, temping agencies, furniture, business travel services, water and stationery. Contact John Draper in central purchasing, ext 32992.

People power
The series of lectures on building democracy, to coincide with the launch of the centre for democratisation studies series, concludes next month. Ulrich Steinle from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin will draw on personal experience to illustrate Democratisation in Kosovo on Thursday 29 April. For more information see the events page or go to

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