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Sponsored walk in Leicestershire to raise funds for cardiac research

The Department of Cardiac Surgery is organising a sponsored walk to raise funds for the purchase of research equipment. The one-mile walk - which commences at 12 noon on Sunday, June 20 at Ratcliffe College, Sileby, near Loughborough, is open to everyone (previous patients have already been invited to take part). Participants can walk as much or as little as they want of the route. Entertainment on the day will include a Bouncy Castle. 

For a Pledge Pack and further details contact The Charitable Appeals Office, University Hospitals Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Balmoral Level 1, telephone 0116 258 5034 - Jo Killick or Sally Sawbridge, email

Staff Volunteering Opportunity: Right to Read

The Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee has received information on the Right to Read project, whereby staff volunteers agree to spend one lunch hour each week to listen to four children read at a local primary school.

The Committee confirmed the University's support for the project and agreed that while staff would use their personal time to read with the children, the University would offer the travel time to and from the school (approximately hour).

The University joins several other leading local organisations already involved in the national literacy campaign. Right to Read volunteers can make a big difference to a child's life by helping them improve not only their reading skills but also their self confidence and motivation.

Staff interested in finding out more about the project should contact Korin Grant, Community Liaison Manager, on extension 3890, email

Men's Health Day at University of Leicester
Tuesday, June 15, 9.00am - 4.00pm
City Lounge, second floor, Charles Wilson Building

All male staff/students are invited to attend, as part of the National Men's Health Week, June 14-20, a University of Leicester Men's Health Day on June 15. Included in the programme are drop-in surgeries on blood pressure and blood sugar level, a lifestyle talk, reflexology taster sessions, and a stress workshop. A buffet lunch will be provided. Those unable to be present for the full programme are welcome to drop in on any part of it.

Places are limited. For more details and to book place (deadline May 28), contact Michaela Lefley, Equal Opportunities and Staff Welfare Division, on extension 3334, email

Do you suffer from moderate to severe asthma?

Are you aged between 18 and 65 years and a non smoker? If so you may be eligible to take part in a clinical research study investigating a new (non drug) treatment for asthma. For more information contact Nicola Sheldon on 0116 256 3067, email

Supper and Jazz in the Gardens of Knighton Hall
Friday, June 25, 2004, 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Last year a very special and successful charity event was held at Knighton Hall, when approximately 2,500 was raised to support cystic fibrosis. The aim is to raise even more funds at this year's event for The Hope Foundation. 

Jointly organised by the University of Leicester Women's Club and Mrs Wendi Stevens, the wife of the Bishop of Leicester, who works with The Hope Foundation, tickets for the event (which includes a buffet supper) will be allocated on a 'first-come-first-served' basis. Wine will be available for purchase - glass or bottle - and those attending should bring rugs/garden chairs. Entrance will be via the Arboretum Gate in Carisbrooke Road, where some parking is also available. It will not be possible to gain admittance through the gate at the bottom of the drive to Knighton Hall. If the weather is wet, the event will go ahead inside Knighton Hall.

To apply for tickets (25 each), send a cheque for the appropriate amount (payable to 'University of Leicester Women's Club') and a stamped addressed envelope to Mrs Brenda Thompson, 94 Stoughton Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4FN, who will also be happy to receive donations to support The Hope Foundation.

University of Leicester degree ceremonies, Summer 2004

Wednesday, July 14, 11.00am

Economics (BA/BSc); Economics (Europe) (BA); Business Economics (BA/BSc); Business Economics (Europe) (BA); Economics & Law (BA); Economic & Social History (BA); Financial Economics (BA/BSc); Human Geography (BA); Geography & Economic & Social History (BA); Contemporary History (BA); Politics (BA); Politics & Economic & Social History (BA)

Degrees awarded in the following departments: CLMS; Criminology; Historical Studies; Politics

Wednesday, July 14, 3.00pm

Ancient History/Archaeology (BA); Archaeology (BA/BSc); Archaeology (Europe) (BA/BSc); Archaeology (International) (BA/BSc); Management Studies (BA); Communications & Society (BSc); Sociology (BA/BSc) 

Degrees awarded in the following departments: Archaeology; Mass Communications; Management Centre; Sociology

Thursday, July 15, 11.00am

All undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the faculties of: Education & Continuing Studies; Law

Thursday, July 15, 3.00pm

All undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Faculty of Arts (except Archaeology degrees - see Wednesday pm)

Thursday, July 16, 11.00am

All undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Faculty of Science (except Archaeology degrees - see Wednesday pm; and Physics degrees - Friday pm); plus Psychology (BSc); Psychology/Neuroscience (BSc); Psychology/Sociology (BSc); and all postgraduate degrees in the Department of Psychology

Friday, July 16, 3.00pm

All undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Faculty of Medicine & Biological Sciences (except Psychology - see Friday am) plus Physics (MPhys/BSc); Physics/Astrophysics (MPhys/BSc); Physics/Space Science (MPhys/BSc); Physics/Medical Physics (BSc)

Living Soulfully - A Conversation with Aboodi Shabi
Thursday, June 17, 7.00pm, Charles Wilson Building

Aboodi ( is one of the UK's top life coaches. Hear him talk about how you can discover more meaning, purpose and passion in your life. Tickets 10 (5 concessions) in advance. Contact Craig Brown for details and bookings on 0116 210 7651, email

'Genome to Systems' Conference

The second Conference of the Consortium for Post-Genome Science will be held in Manchester from September 1-3, 2004. The Conference brings together researchers, biotech and pharmaceutical executives, technology transfer and service providers working in the field of post-genome science and technology. This year the focus is on post-genomic technologies and their impact on scientific, healthcare and ethical issues. Further information and online registration can be found at

Make a difference - be a School Governor

The School Governors' One-Stop Shop is a charity which provides a free service to schools to find governor volunteers with transferable skills from the world of work. The role of a governor is challenging, rewarding and interesting and it gives great personal satisfaction whilst adding value to the community.

School governance is the most important voluntary role in education. Those interested in becoming governor volunteers should contact the School Governors' One-Stop Shop for further details - telephone 0970 241 3883, email, website

University Reading Group extends a welcome to new members

A University Reading Group meets monthly to enjoy and discuss a variety of literature. The Group normally meets on a Wednesday and is open to students, staff and members of the public. Those interested in joining should contact Rebecca on extension 2000, email

Contestants sought for 'Household Olympics'

Zig Zag Productions is seeking contestants for Household Olympics - a new game show for Challenge TV. The company is looking for rival families of four (two adults and two younger family members aged 12 and above) to battle it out to be Household Olympic Champions 2004. Auditions will be held in the next few week and filming at the Maidstone Studios in June 2004. For more information and an application form, email or go to

Volunteers from the world of work sought for Industry Day in Leicester

Business in the Community is seeking volunteers from the University of Leicester to act as Group Advisors for an Industry Day at Crown Hills Community College on Tuesday, July 6.

Group Advisors will work with students to help them consider the processes and skills involved in getting a job, working as part of a team, creating a product and communication skills. Students can really benefit from working with people from the world of work while volunteers from the University can enjoy the opportunity to engage with local students in a unique way.

If you are interested in participating in this or any forthcoming Industry Day please contact Korin Grant, Community Liaison Manager, Educational Development and Support Centre, email

East Midlands Oral History Archive

Latest news:

The EMOHA website now has online copies of the following: 

Latest newsletter:
Latest education bulletins:
Updated information sheet number 19 - with details of how to request recordings from the Records Office:

Equiopment pages have been updated:

EMOHA's website also contains information about 'Contour and Cream', a one-woman show on the first hand memories collected from the employees at R & W H Symington Factory (corsets) and W Symington Factory (coffee mills and dried foods) in Market Harborough. Performances are around the county in May and June. Find out more at

The Museum of London's London Voices programme will hold a series of oral history workshops throughout May at the following London libraries: Battersea, Hillingdon Central, Hainault and Willesdon Green, plus a day of workshops at the Museum of London. For more information contact the Museum's box office on 0870 444 3850.

People from ethnic minorities are under-represented in the museum and gallery workforce. The East Midlands Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (EMMLAC) is offering a training opportunity to prepare a person of African, African Carribbean, Asian or Chinese descent for work in UK museums and galleries. The bursary will support a one-year full-time postgraduate diploma/masters degree course in the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, including a period of paid work experience in an East Midlands museum. For more information see

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For more information ring Narissa on 01733 704669, or email

Cycle challenge in aid of National Kidney Research Fund

The National Kidney Research Fund invites cyclists raise funds for the charity by taking part in this year's 500-mile Tower to Tower Cycle Challenge. The event starts at Blackpool Tower on August 28 and ends at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on September 5.

Contributions from experts sought

A new magazine, Bio-IT, seeks contributions from experts in Bio-IT/Bioinformatics and/or related fields who would be willing to submit writing contributions to the magazine on either a one-off or a regular basis. For more details, contact Teacha Hamilton, Orbital Biosystems Ltd on 0116 254 0777, email, website

Piano for sale

Danemann baby grand - 1960s, brown. In reasonable condition - some work would improve it, but no major overhaul required. Well worth a look - ideal for domestic 'front room'. Offers in the region of 375 plus removal cost. Contact Colin Hide, email, telephone 07973 503345.

Cancer Research UK's Leicester Race for Life

The local event in this year's Race for Life will be held at Western Park on Sunday, July 11 - the race starting at 11am. The organisers aim to attract over 2,500 women to take part in the 5k run/walk, and hope to raise in excess of 140,000 in sponsorship monies. Over 150 races are organised nationwide in this series. For details on how to enter and for more information visit

Paediatric Intensive Care Society: Low cost educational days

The following courses are primarily for trainees in paediatric intensive care, although others are very welcome to attend.

June 10 Cardiac Intensive Care - hypoplasts and arrhythmias and pacing
For further details contact Caroline Cley on 0116 258 6844, email
September or
Sepsis/pulmonary hypertension
For further details contact Caroline Cley on 0116 258 6844, email
November Neurology and neuro surgery, brain stem death, organ donation, bone marrow transplant
For further details contact: Caroline Cley on 0116 258 6844, email

 Caroline Clay


Channel 4's top rating property programme seeks house hunters in Leicester

Location Location Location's professional property hunters Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are taking on the challenge of finding properties in Leicester. The new series will be broadcast on primetime Channel 4. This will be a fantastic chance to portray Leicester and surrounding areas and showpiece properties currently on the market. The programme organisers want to show off the area's character, assets and genuine appeal. To achieve this, house hunters are sought who would appreciate expert opinion and advice on what and where to buy in the area.

For more information call Siobhan on 0141 353 8431 or email

The Young Sports Photographer of the Year Competition

SportsAid is currently running a competition for budding young photographers aged 21 and under. The organisers are looking for strong, well-composed images capturing the essence of sport. Supported by Channel 4, Kodak and Olympus, the competition has four age categories: 12 years and under, 13-14 years, 15-16 years and 17-21 years. The overall winner will accompany award-winning photographer Clive Mason to a top sporting event for coaching and advice. There are prizes for the four category winners and the two runners up in each category.

Entry forms (entry fee 5, made payable to SportsAid) can be downloaded from the SportsAid website at or obtained by email at or by phoning 0207 387 9380.

BBC's Weakest Link is coming to Birmingham!

Potential contestants are sought. Ideally, the programme organisers are looking to target women's sports teams. Call for an application form on 020 857 64748 or 020 857 63825 (please state where you are calling from). Applicants must be 18 or over.

Fancy a Family Holiday?

The ITV series Holiday Showdown is looking for families who are really passionate about skiing and snowboarding holidays. Maybe you and your family enjoy a particular style of holiday - be in skiing, snowboarding, adventure, cultural, cookery, yoga, ecological, activity, safari, etc. If so, you are invited to call Zoe on 0207 013 4225, email, giving contact details, a brief description of your family and the type of holiday you enjoy.

Professor Graeme Barker

I am sure members of the University will want to join me in congratulating Professor Graeme Barker on his appointment to the University of Cambridge to take up the Disney Professorship of Archaeology and the Directorship of the McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research from October 1, 2004.

Graeme has taken on many roles in the University including Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, founding Dean of the Graduate School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He has made a splendid contribution to this University and I am sure will be a great success in Cambridge. 

Professor Bob Burgess
20 January 2004


Dr Adrian North (School of Psychology) is running in Rutland's first-ever marathon on May 16, and is trying to collect sponsors. The marathon, which starts in Oakham and ends in Braunston, is organised for the benefit of the Prince's Trust. Around 25 organisations from Rutland and Leicestershire have representatives among the runners. 

To sponsor Dr North, contact him via email (

Wanted: retired academics to solve recruitment problems at commonwealth universities

The Retired Academics Database (RAD), which was launched by the Association of Commonwealth Universities less than two years ago, has begun helping universities in the developing world tackle their staff recruitment difficulties. RAD is a database of retired academics and administrators from around the world that these universities can use to fill vacancies on a short-term basis.

Universities in countries including Botswana, Swaziland and the West Indies have already used RAD for recruitment. RAD is keen to hear from more academics and administrators who would be interested in serving a short-term contract at a university in the developing world. Interested university staff can register by completing the online form on RAD's website:, and can contact Jocelyn Law, Marketing, ACU Advertising, Association of Commonwealth Universities, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPF, email ( or by fax (+44 (0) 20 7380 6776) or by telephone (+44 (0) 20 7380 6707).

Make the difference - support your local schools

Leicester schools need governors - and you can help. Leicester City Council is looking for enthusiastic and committed people with practical skills who care about children and their future.

Skills such as strategic planning, problem solving, team working, decision making, financial planning, personnel issues, marketing, and project management can be employed to help with planning and improving standards in schools. 

Through free training and practical experience governors further develop knowledge, skills and experience on managing change and how to bring about improvements - attributes that are also applicable to many work situations. 

School governors make a real contribution to their local community. For more details about the role of school governors, contact Leicester City Council's Education and Lifelong Learning Department (Governor Services Team), Marlborough House, 38 Welford Road, Leicester, LE2 7AA, or telephone Jean Lingham on 0116 252 7794, email, website

Changes to UK copyright law

The Patent Office has announced that as from October 31, 2003, the UK's Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has been amended in order to comply with a European Union directive on copyright and related rights in the information society.

These changes affect the activities of University staff and students and the photocopying services provided by the University Library. For further information follow this link:

A link to the revised leglislation is available from the Patent Office website:

Jonathan Burch
Copyright Officer


For information about the DSCR and DSCR events contact either Honorary Secretary Krys Wysocki (2100) or Programme Secretary Terry Garfield (0116 288 5350). The Programme Secretary can also be contacted via the DSCR pigeonhole in the Post Room of the Fielding Johnson Building.

University of Leicester Counselling Service
161 Welford Road (Freemen's Common car park - rear of Student Health Centre)

The service is free at the point of access, confidential, and available to all members of University staff. It is able to offer one-to-one counselling, couple counselling (for couples who both work for the University), consultancy service, training, and interpersonal conflict resolution. It offers support with work-related and non-work-related issues.

To make an appointment, telephone 0116 223 1780 or email

Interpreting and translating in Serbo-Croat - assistance offered

University of Leicester staff requiring help with Serbo-Croat interpreting/translating are invited to contact Petar Bogunovic, Department of Geology, on 0116 252 3639, email for further details. Petar is a qualified Immigration and Nationality Directorate Interpreter and has Institute of Linguists' training. 


The University's Harold Martin Botanic Garden's opening hours are as follows:

WEEKDAYS (Monday to Friday): 10.00am - 4.00pm
WEEKENDS (from the third weekend in March to the second weekend in November): 10.00am - 4.00pm

The gardens can be accessed via the entrance on Glebe Road (The Knoll), Oadby. For general enquiries telephone 0116 271 7725.


This University subscribes to the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE). Are you making the most of this resource?

OBHE is a joint initiative between the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Universities UK and was established as an international strategic information service on borderless higher education. The borders under consideration are both geographical and conceptual - looking globally at emerging trends and policies that cross political and geographical borders as well as more conceptual borders such as time, place, level (continuing professional education, adult, post-16 and lifelong learning) and type of provider, be it public, private, for-or-not-for profit or some combination thereof.

OBHE outputs are very much aimed at strategic policy oriented issues in the first instance and only secordarily on the more technical or pedagogical issues. Products and services provide:

OBHE provides up-to-the-minute information on an extensive range of developments via these routes:

OBHE's website contains a resources page which is continually updated. It provides links to other national studies on borderless issues including e-learning and distance learning, a survey on the development of online learning in higher education, and a survey tool for institutional review to enable institutions to determine the current level of use of ICT in teaching and learning as well as exploring issues of staff development and training.

To access to resources on OBHE's website the password is required. To find the password visit and click on a report - an interface will appear that offers three choices, including the option to receive the Institute's password. Please note that the system will only return the password to a University email address. The password allows complete access to OBHE's website. 


The Press and Publications Office welcomes news of staff appearing on radio and television. Please email details to As part of the Press Office's service, news of press coverage is forwarded on a regular basis to the University's management.

Science forum meetings at Cafe Scientifique 

In February, Cafe Scientifique opened in Leicester. Part of a nationwide network, Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Cafe Scientifique provides a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science and is committed to promoting public engagement with science. 

Local branch meetings take place at Marz Bar, 34 Belvoir Street on the second Monday of each month from 7.30pm. 

Speakers from as broad a range of disciplines as possible are sought for these meetings, which are also seen as an opportunity for local scientists to raise their own profiles and that of their institutions. University of Leicester staff willing to speak at these meetings are invited to contact local co-ordinator Regan Forrest,, or visit for further details.  

Student bursaries available

Three bursaries to the value of 100 each were recently awarded from the Henry Swain Bennett Research Fund, administered by the Leicestershire Literary and Philosophical Society, to three postgraduate students from the University of Leicester's Department of Chemistry. The recipients have subsequently been asked to present abstracts for the Society's transactions, demonstrating how the grants were used to support their research.

Applications for bursaries from a wide range of research students from different departments are invited. There are two annual closing dates in mid February and mid October when applications will be considered. For further information contact the Secretary of the Leicestershire Literary and Philosophical Society, Davinder Sandhu, on 0116 243 3018.

Recognising excellence in customer service

Have you considered getting your excellence in customer service recognised by gaining a nationally-recognised customer service qualification? Contact Helen Clarke, Staff Development Centre, on 5211, email, to find out more about working towards an NVQ in Customer Service.

Recognising clerical work

Over the past year several candidates have been working towards an NVQ in Administration at level 2 or 3. If you work in a clerical position and would like to gain a nationally-recognised qualification for the work you do, contact Helen Clarke, Staff Development Centre, on 5211, email  

Database of Welsh-speaking academics

Television producer Will Davies is creating a database of Welsh-speaking academics across the fields of science, arts and humanities for Channel 4 Wales. His contact details are: Teledu Solo Television, The Media Centre, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff, CF5 6XJ, telephone 029 2059 0568, fax 029 2059 7183, email


A major initiative

The British Council is launching a major awards scheme to recognise the experiences, achievements and contributions of international students and highlight the institutions which support and encourage them. 

Unlike most other student competitions, the International Student Awards will focus on non-academic achievement. The British Council is now encouraging applications for these awards from international students who are enthusiastic and proactive young people and who are really making the most of their time here. 

pic of international student

Any full time international student on a course of at least six months' duration at a UK institution can apply. Prizes will be given to short-listed and highly commended candidates, as well as those who reach the final.

For full details and application information, visit


A website, aimed at easing the career path of women in mathematics, has been launched by Oxford Brookes University. With the aid of a European Commission grant, the site will be developed to provide mentoring and careers advice to postgraduate students and staff working in mathematical disciplines.

The site,, was launched last November at Oxford Brookes University. For more information, contact Catherine Hobbs on 01865 484530, email or Lajwant Gurm on 01865 484508, email

[LEXICAN]  - An Electronic Guide for the Media

Members of staff are invited to supply details of their expertise for inclusion in [LEXICAN] - Leicester Experts Database. This will build into a comprehensive index for journalists, which is now taking shape in electronic format. It is intended that [LEXICAN] will provide improved access to this information via three search routes - subject (expertise), member of staff, department. Specialisms appearing in the postgraduate prospectus or in departmental handbooks/websites should be included. The online database also has suggested subject areas, designed with the media in mind.

We would be grateful if members of staff could spare a couple of minutes to contribute to this valuable database. For further information and to submit details to the database, click here:

Barbara Whiteman (, 0116 252 2676)
Press and Publications Office


Co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning with support from the Millennium Commission, the Reading Families Award Scheme is offering over 1.2 million worth of awards to individuals to run projects which stimulate an appetite for reading amongst families and communities.

Any individual can apply for an award - if a person wants to apply for an award the project should not be a part of their job. The first 130 award winners are already underway. Mentor volunteers are also sought. Each award winner will receive support from a Community Mentor, who will help them by offering advice, for example, on project management or budgeting. Ideally mentors should feel able to offer a day of their time in total over the six to nine months that the mentee's project runs.

To receive copies of the Reading Families Application Pack/Flyer or information on becoming a Mentor, contact Annabel Amoh, Reading Families Project Officer, Campaign for Learning, 19 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6EF (0207 976 2011), email


As a major employer within Leicestershire, the University is regularly asked to provide work experience places for students from local schools and colleges.

Many Year 10 and 11 students are required to undertake a two-week placement as part of their general development. For those studying at a higher level, relevant work experience is often an essential requirement.

The University is keen to build on its relationships with local schools and colleges and would appreciate your support in the provision of placements. If you feel that you may be able and willing to offer a work experience placement to a local student, you may wish to discuss the possibility with your Head of Department.

Heads of Department are asked to advise the Personnel Office in writing of any expressions of interest, providing details of the type of work available. Expressions of interest should be sent to the Head of the Support Staff Division.

Are you a golfer?

LUGS (Leicester University Golf Society) welcomes new members. The annual membership fee is 5.00. For further information and details, visit or contact Garry Whitelam (secretary) on 0116 252 3381 or email

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