http ://w ww. le.a c.uk Bulletin I N S I D E NEW VISTAS: Simulated space missions. Pages 3 and 21. GROWING CARE: Leicester’s Lord Mayor supports fund raising initiative. Page 5. PHYSICISTS OF TOMORROW IN MILLENNIUM OLYMPIAD THE 31st International Physics Olympiad is to be hosted by the University, which has an international reputation for its research and teaching in physics, astronomy and space science. Some 65 teams of star students from all round the world, studying Physics at A-Level or an equivalent standard, will gather in Leicester next July to take part in an intellectual marathon of theoretical and practical examinations which will help identify the champion physicists of the new millennium. Each participating team will consist of five students chosen after a stiff continued on page 2. ON TRACK FOR SUCCESS ON VIEW: Painting exhibition in University. Page 16. LIVE WIRE: Tune in to student radio. Page 23. ON-LINE BULLETIN: Issues of the Bulletin are accessible on CWIS via the following web address: http://www.le.ac.uk/bulletin/ Professor Frank Harris, the Dean of the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences, with the first entrants to the accelerated fouryear MB.ChB course designed specifically for graduates of the Biological Sciences. The new course is being run at Leicester for this initial intake of 16 students and will be run as part of the Leicester Warwick Medical School for all subsequent intakes. 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Email: [email protected] Newsline: 0116 252 3335 Advertising: 0116 223 1168 Address: University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH The closing date for the next issue is Wednesday 10 November. www 2 This icon indicates that a fuller version of the story can be found on the University’s web pages: http://www.le.ac.uk/press/press/ Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 PHYSICISTS OF TOMORROW IN MILENNIUM OLYMPIAD continued competition in their own country. The Olympiad has four rounds, the first three of which determine the make-up of each national team. More than 10,000 sixth-formers entered the first round in Britain a year ago, from which emerged the team which competed in the 1999 finals in Padua, Italy, in July, gaining three silver and two bronze medals. Next year’s Olympiad, in Leicester, will run from 9-15 July 2000 and will not be all work for the visiting students. At the opening ceremony at the De Montfort Hall they will be welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Leicester and the University ViceChancellor, and entertained by the prestigious Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. Throughout their stay the students will have the opportunity to explore some of the beauty spots in the heart of England, including Oxford and Cambridge and Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford on Avon. They will also be able to let their hair down at the region’s most exciting leisure park, Alton Towers and – closer to home – in the Leicester Students’ Union Disco, or can relax at the health club alongside the campus Leicester being the site of the new National Space Science Centre, Olympiad finalists will be able to test their skills and initiative in simulated space missions in the Challenger Learning Centre, located next to the Space Research Centre, and an integral part of the NSSC. Dr Brin Cooke, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, explained how the University came to be chosen to host the ‘millennium Olympiad’. “Having agreed on a bid from the UK, which previously hosted the Olympiad in London in 1986, the Olympiad Committee visited Leicester and felt the location and the campus facilities were particularly suitable to welcome such a large group of international students. They also remarked on the enthusiasm of the departmental staff to hold the event here. Now that enthusiasm has to be translated into making the event an outstanding success.” Dr Cooke acknowledged that the timetable for the Olympiad week is very tight and leaves little room for breakdown or error in equipment. Computers, in particular, need to handle over 20 different languages for the examinations, and foreign language students and staff at the University will be called on to assist in the translation of papers and to help non-English-speaking visitors make the most of their stay in the UK. Professor Ken Pounds, Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy added: “I am naturally delighted that Leicester has been chosen as the host for the 31st International Physics Olympiad. We are very much looking forward to welcoming this group of 300 of the brightest young scientists from around the world.” • Further information on the International Physics Olympiads is available on the Olympiad2000 Web site, http://www.star.le.ac.uk/IphO2000/ CHECK IT OUT! All issues of Bulletin from January 1997 to date are accessible via the following web address: http://www.le.ac.uk/press/bulletin/ Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Bulletin News MINISTER PRAISES SPACE CENTRE LORD Sainsbury, the Minister of Science and Innovation, has renewed his support for the National Space Science Centre. Speaking at an exhibition organised by the Space Centre in the House of Commons last month, Lord Sainsbury encouraged British industrialists to give their full backing to the project, which is being built in Leicester with the support of the Millennium Commission. The Minister, who previously endorsed the project at an event for regional businesses in Loughborough last February, spoke warmly of the University of Leicester's long-standing contribution to international space research programmes. The University is one of the founders of the National Space Science Centre, and its current research will be prominently featured in it. The main Space Centre building is now under construction at Abbey Meadows. Lord Sainsbury was also extremely enthusiastic about the potential of the Challenger Learning Centre - one of the core components of the National Space Science Centre. This has opened recently on Victoria Park Road, close to the University's Space Research Centre. The Challenger Learning Centre (see Feature, page 21) is regarded as every teacher's dream: an educational facility where children learn because they MYSTERY TOURS Leicestershire and is now on his fourth publication entitled “A Diary of a Ghosthunter.” The paranormal investigator explains, “I felt there was a gap in the market when it came to promoting this issue. All of my books have proved very good sellers.” According to Andrew the popular image of a ghost as a transparent figure is incorrect as his sources explain that ghosts are solid figures. “I’ve yet to actually see a ghost and so I am therefore quite sceptical. However I have seen some strange things such as weird light effects which defy explanation, vaporous mist, shadows and blinding light. “There are certain tools which prove that some kind of paranormal activity exists. For example certain cameras are highly sensitive when determining an apparition from a living person. An ex-colleague of mine said whilst on holiday in India he took a picture of a man on a bed of nails. The picture came out perfectly, apart from the HALLOWE’EN may have turned people’s thoughts towards the eerie and the occult, but for one member of the University of Leicester, ghost hunting has almost become an occupation! Andrew Wright, a porter at the University, is a leading paranormal investigator, and has recently come back from a successful ghost hunt in Ireland. Andrew claims to be unique in his field. He explains: “I’m the only paranormal investigator in England who provides guided ghost tours. “Most paranormal investigators tend to be very secretive. I tend to describe my tours as walking lectures. Paranormal activity usually occurs around the older parts of Leicester so my tours are usually around old churches – I go to the Guildhall as well as Tudor period and 15th century parts of Leicester.” Andrew’s 20-year interest stems from childhood. “I was brought up in a pub. A lot of pubs have a history of ghost-like activity and my home was no exception. Because I grew up around a ghost, as a child, I regarded the idea of ghosts as quite normal. I never actually saw the ghost – however my mother did regularly!” Andrew has written three local guides explaining the history of different ghost spots in and around want to, while participating in simulated space missions. Nigel Siesage, Principal Assistant Registrar at the University, who is responsible for educational activities for the Space Centre, commented: "Lord Sainsbury had clearly been inspired by the concept of the Challenger Learning Centre, not just as an enjoyable activity for children, but for its real potential for improving scientific understanding with consequential benefits for the economy. His strong endorsement is very gratifying, not just for the Space Centre but also for the University, which was instrumental in obtaining the rights to develop the first Challenger facility outside North America here in Leicester." GHOSTLY FIGURES: Andrew Wright. fact that the man who had been lying on the bed of nails was not visible in the picture at all!” Andrew is now in search of something else - others who share a similar eerie interest to his own. He is planning to build up a team of ghost hunters to conduct investigations locally, nationally and possibly internationally. Cecily Henry 3 Bulletin News Dear Friends, JANET and I left Leicester with many happy memories of our 12 years in the University. Of these none is more vivid than that of the tremendous warmth of the farewell event and our awareness of the wonderful generosity of so many colleagues and friends in producing the splendid gifts which we received. The oak table will be perfect in our dining room (once the builders have gone and we can gain full access again), and the silver salver will look just right on the table. We will enjoy finding just the right place on which to hang the Bryan Organ sketches. Janet joins me in our profound thanks to all those who contributed so generously to these gifts which we shall enjoy very much in retirement and which will be such delightful mementoes. We were both delighted that so many colleagues and friends, from inside and outside the University, came to the farewell event in the Charles Wilson Building, and the card which so many signed on that occasion will help us to recall those memorable years. As we both said at that time we enjoyed our time in Leicester in many different ways. For my part I saw the University grow extremely rapidly and also adapt very considerably in response to the huge changes which have occurred in the framework within which Higher Education exists. The University achieved these changes while retaining a very firm hold on the fundamental and eternal values of universities. Furthermore the University of Leicester has managed to remain a co-operative, collegial and friendly place. Both Janet and I will treasure the memories of the warm and friendly welcome we received when we arrived in 1987, and the many friendships which have developed in the years since then – and which we look forward to continuing to enjoy in the future. For Cambridge is not too long a drive from Leicester via the A14 (at any rate at certain times of the day). So we look forward to maintaining those friendships – either in Cambridge or Leicester. We are very grateful for all the support we received in Leicester and for the warm friendship of so many friends and colleagues. We thank all MOTHER’S MILK COULD HELP PREVENT ONSET OF ASTHMA – STUDY CHILDREN who are exclusively breast fed for at least the first four months are less prone to developing asthma or related ill health, a study involving Professor Paul Burton discovered. Professor Burton, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at the University, was involved in a study of over 2,000 children in Perth, Australia, where he was formerly Head of Biostatistics and Genetic Epidemiology at the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found: • introduction of milk, other than breast milk, before four months of age was a significant risk factor for asthma. • children were also more likely to suffer from wheeze. • they were more likely to suffer from sleep disturbance brought about by wheeze. Professor Burton and his co-authors of the study said: “There is a significant reduction in the risk of childhood asthma at age six years if exclusive breastfeeding is continued for at least the first four months of life. These findings are important for our understanding of the aetiology of childhood asthma, and suggest that public health interventions to optimise breast feeding practices may help to reduce the community burden of www childhood asthma and its associated traits.” 4 Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 of you for that and also for the splendid gifts which we were overjoyed to receive. Our very best wishes to the University of Leicester and to all those in and involved with the University for an enormously successful future. Ken Edwards SECURITY PACKAGE STUDENTS moving into private rented accommodation for the first time can feel quite vulnerable, particularly since student lodgings are known to be targeted by burglars. The University is working with local police to educate students living in Highfields and Clarendon Park as to how to make their homes more secure. As part of this initiative they will receive free security timers to turn on lights, making houses look occupied in the evenings. The anti-burglary packages will go to approximately 400 students and have been sponsored by Banks’ Brewery and B & Q. During Freshers’ Week Police representatives visited the University to give security advice to new students who had moved away from home for the first time. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Bulletin News UNIVERSITY WELCOMES LORD MAYOR THE Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leicester, Councillor Phil Swift and Mrs Marilyn Hall, enjoyed a lively programme of talks during the annual Lord Mayor’s visit to the University in October. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, welcomed the visitors and escorted them to the Ethnicity Research Centre in the Department of Sociology. There they gained an insight into some of the research highlights of the Centre in a series of presentations entitled Homeworking – New Wine and Old Bottles, Asian Elders in Leicester and From Schools to Work. The University is famed throughout the country for its football research, and the distinguished guests also paid a visit to the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research before moving on to the School of Social Work. KEEPING IN TOUCH: The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leicester taking a Researchers there explained their work on aspects look at research in the Department of Sociology with Dr Sally Westwood and Dr James Fulcher. of children in need, a subject particularly close to the Lord Mayor’s heart, since his annual appeal is partnerships with employers and community care, after on behalf of the Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre at which the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress had lunch with Mablethorpe. Other topics included social exclusion, senior officers from the University. PLANTING HOPE Pictured (left to right): Mr Barrie Frankland, Superintendent of the Gardens; Ms Natasha Semenchuk, fund-raising officer; The Lord Mayor, Councillor Phil Swift; and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Marilyn Hall. • For details of this appeal, contact Natasha or Sarah at the Marie Curie Fund-raising Office on 0116 277 4800. THOUGHTS of spring came early at a special ceremony in the University arboretum in Knighton. The city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Phil Swift, planted the first of 20,000 daffodil bulbs in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care’s new fund-raising initiative. In six months the bulbs will create a ‘Field of Hope’ in the arboretum which will be a tangible expression of support for people with cancer. Each cluster of four bulbs will be sold for £1. The Lord Mayor told University staff, health care workers and Marie Curie supporters of the charity: “This is a unique and wonderful idea. Thanks to everyone who is working hard to make it possible. I look forward to a beautiful show of flowers in the spring.” THINK POSITIVE THE University took advantage of World Mental Health Day to make students and staff aware of the issues surrounding mental health, in a series of eye-catching displays across the campus. World Mental Health Day aims to increase understanding of mental health issues and to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. The two key themes for 1999 are Positive Images, Positive Steps and Challenging Stigma. Carol Whitehouse, of the Educational Development and Support Centre at the University, said: “This campaign will challenge attitudes to mental health problems across the University and encourage us to take positive steps towards the mental well-being of ourselves and others.” 5 Bulletin News Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 ISLAND PRIME MINISTER AT UNIVERSITY THE Right Honourable Dr Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of the Island Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, paid a flying visit to the University recently. Dr Douglas, who met the ViceChancellor Professor Robert Burgess, also visited the Scarman Centre, where he discussed research and training in security and risk management. Simon Bennett, lecturer in Security and Risk Management at the Scarman Centre, said: “We hope the Prime Minister’s visit has prepared the ground for further co-operation between the Island Federation, the British Emergency Management Agency and the Scarman Centre’s Disaster Management Team. It is hoped that both the Island Federation and BEMA will avail are to survive and prosper. The themselves of the world-renowned Scarman Centre has the expertise to educational and training services in help vulnerable communities”. risk, crisis and disaster management offered by the Scarman Centre. Given that natural weather hazards are set to increase both in frequency and magnitude, disaster preparedness is MEETING: (left to right) Dr Martin Gill (Centre Director), Rt Hon Dr Denzil essential if Douglas, Prime Minister of the Island Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, vulnerable Andrew Willis (Deputy Director), His Excellency, the High Commissioner communities of the Island Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, Mr Aubrey Hart. UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER SPEAKERS AT ROYAL BRITISH INSTITUTION THE bicentenary of one of the great British institutions features two University of Leicester professors among its distinguished guest lecturers during the twelve months of its 200th anniversary celebrations. Professor Gabriel Dover of the Genetics Department is the originator of the molecular drive theory of evolution, based on the molecular evolution of genes and genomes. He is currently writing a book ‘addressed’ to Charles Darwin entitled Dear Mr Darwin – on modern evolutionary processes – to Professor Gabriel Dover. 6 be published in March by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. The book takes the novel form of a conversation between the author and Darwin. His talk on Evolution Beyond Darwin on 13 October at the Royal British Institution in Professor John Holloway, Department of London’s Chemistry. Albemarle Street is in the Public Lecture series. Also taking part in the Royal British Institution’s bicentenary programme is Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Holloway. On 25 November, he will deliver the Science Events for Schools national Chemistry Week Lecture: Fluorine. The Tyrannosaurus Rex of the Elements. Last year, Professor Holloway gave one of the famous Friday Evening Discourses to members of the Royal Institution. Bulletin News Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 VITAL STUDY HIGHLIGHTED IN PRESTIGIOUS PUBLICATION A UNIVERSITY professor has been featured in a prestigious international publication that highlights the achievements of a noted group of scientists. The British Council publication, which celebrates the first ten years of its Academic Research Collaboration (ARC) programme in Germany includes a collaborative study by Professor Peter Williams, of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Dr Rolf Reissbrodt, of the Robert Koch Institute in Wernigerode, among eleven “success stories” chosen from more than 1000 funded projects. Food-poisoning scares owing to salmonellae frequently hit the headlines. The impact of the disease is especially serious when facilities with large canteens, such as old people’s homes, are hit. In Germany and the United Kingdom together there are approximately 250,000 reported cases annually, imposing a tremendous personal and economic burden both on individuals and on the health services of these countries. Salmonellae are bacteria that people usually contract from contaminated food, especially poultry and eggs. The salmonellae may remain undetected in eggs for several weeks, only entering the food chain when the contaminated eggs are processed into mayonnaise, uncooked desserts and the like. Identifying salmonellae using conventional methods takes at least five days, which can affect the freshness of products. The research teams in the United Kingdom and Germany, headed by Professor Williams and Dr Reissbrodt, have examined how the salmonellae can survive dormancy within eggs. Also, www they have designed a rapid and sensitive test to detect contamination. The two institutes continue to collaborate, and they have had a number of publications placed in international journals. Robert Kingsley, a PhD student working on the salmonellae project, has since become involved in research on a similar scheme in the USA. 100 MILE SPONSORED SWIM FOR CHARITY! JOHNATHAN Young, Warden of College Hall and a member of academic staff in the Geography Department, has just completed a 100 mile sponsored swim for a Leicester-based group of mentally and physically disabled children who will be going to Lourdes for a ten day holiday in July 2000. Starting last Christmas, the bulk of the marathon swim was completed by daily sessions of one mile at Aylestone Leisure Centre at 7.30 am. However, three individual ‘legs’ were completed on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii; the shimmering turquoise lagoon of the Aitutaki Atoll in the Cook Islands; and a toad-infested hotel swimming pool in Fiji! A total of 6,600 lengths were swum in about 75 hours, and £314 was raised from generous sponsors. Unfortunately, there has been very little reduction in the initial 20-stone body weight of the participant, which had been the secondary objective of the exercise. KNOTTY PROBLEM WITH WEEDS AS Japanese knotweed is once again in the news, the University’s experts continue to study the plant. Dr John Bailey and Ms Catherine Pashley, of the Department of Biology, have just returned from a trip to Japan, hunting down the origin of the knotweed clone which is plaguing Britain. This will then enable them to develop biological control programmes that can use natural predators to destroy the weed, avoiding excessive use of herbicides. SEARCH: Dr John Bailey with the Japanese Knotweed plant. 7 Bulletin News Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 UNIQUE LEICESTERSHIRE FIND JOANNA Sturgess of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, struck treasure when she was watching topsoil stripping for a quarry extension in the Soar Valley, Leicestershire. The quarrying uncovered a burial mound which, when excavated, revealed amber, jet and shale beads of Bronze Age date, c2000 BC. The beads, which are extremely rare, appeared to be part of a burial, though no bones remain in the site. With funding from the Wanlip Gravel Co and English Heritage, Joanna Sturgess was able to lead an excavation which made more discoveries. Next to the burial mound they found a circular building from the Iron Age, c100 BC, which may have been a shrine or temple. Much later still, around AD 600, more burials had been laid in the mound accompanied by iron weaponry, showing that the area was still respected and considered sacred as late as the Anglo Saxon period, some 2,600 years after the original burial. While the re-use of burial monuments is not unknown in Britain this is the first time such a site has been found in this county. Dr Patrick Clay, Assistant Director of ULAS said: All in all this is a very exciting discovery for us. We are not able to disclose the location of the site as yet for health and safety reasons, but our work at the quarry is now finished.” DISCOVERY: Part of the Soar Valley excavation site which revealed signs of sacred significance for more than 2,500 years. SECURITY JOURNAL TAKES NEW LOOK AT CRIME THE latest issue of the Security Journal has been launched. Co-edited by Scarman Centre staff, the Journal includes worrying independent evidence that opportunities to control crime are being missed. Dr Martin Gill, Centre Director and Journal editor notes: “Once again good research is showing that there is quite a lot we can do about crime and that we don’t www necessarily have to leave things to the police. These findings should be heeded by all local authorities.” Issues discussed in this edition include • Street lighting reduces crime. • Security guards don’t want to make arrests. • Hate crimes at work deserve special attention. DANGERS OF POLLUTION WEIGHED UP LABORATORY studies have clearly shown that several man-made chemicals and also some naturally occurring substances can disrupt the endocrine system, producing effects that could influence reproductive performance. A new report, The Ecological Significance of Endocrine Disruption: Effects on Reproductive Function and Consequences for Natural Populations has been published by the Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health at the University. Since the early 1990s concerns have increased that some man-made chemicals found in the environment may be capable of disrupting many of the normal endocrine functions of animals and humans. Evidence of 8 impaired reproductive functioning has been noted in many wildlife species throughout the world. These include mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, particularly those living at sites of chemical spillage or close to sources of effluent discharge. Such changes have led some researchers to suggest that the association between the changes seen in animals and the presence of chemicals is causal, and that this may not only represent a significant hazard to wildlife populations and ecosystems but could also have implications for human health. The IEH report incorporates the output of a workshop held at the University in 1997, attended by leading UK and international experts in the field. Its main findings are: • There has been a world-wide fall in marine gastropod populations as a result of the masculinisation of females exposed to organotin anti-fouling paints, but this is, at present, the only definitive example of chemical induced endocrine disruption that has led to population decline. • Reproductive abnormalities do occur in individuals from various other wildlife species, but in most cases the impact on population stability is unknown. • The link between reproductive abnormalities and exposure to a specific chemical is variable, with very few examples of definitive associations having been established to date. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Bulletin News STUDENT MAKES MARATHON EFFORT FOR CHARITY A UNIVERSITY student is making a marathon effort to raise money for a Leicestershire charity. FEET OF ENDURANCE: Ian Smith, Chemistry postgraduate student, training on Victoria Park for the New York Marathon. Chemistry postgraduate Ian Smith aims to raise funds for The Laura Centre by taking part in the New York Marathon on 7 November. He said: “A couple of years ago I and a fellow Chemistry PhD student, Barry Pollard, undertook to cross the country on foot in aid of Rainbows children’s hospice in Loughborough. We covered nearly 200 miles in 11 days, and raised over £900. Since then I have helped out with a number of fundraising events for Rainbows. It was at one such event, the ‘Walk of Life’, that I heard of the intention of Rainbow’s sister charity, The Laura Centre, to send a team of runners to the New York Marathon.” Ian added: “Having never run a marathon before, I hadn’t a clue what the training held in store. It came as a bit of a shock – night after night of blood, sweat and tears, and a night down the pub is but a distant memory. “To help me towards my target of £1,500 for the Laura Centre, University of Leicester Rag is arranging a balloon race, which will take place during Rag Week (1–5 November) with lots of goodies for the owners of the balloons which travel the furthest. “Tickets went on sale on the Rag stand during Freshers’ Week, and are also available at the Rag Office until race day at a cost of £1. There is also a collection tin in the Charles Wilson coffee shop, and I’d ask people please to contribute to this worthy cause. Every penny will be very gratefully received.” Last year, University of Leicester Charities Appeal raised a total of £55,000 for charity. MENTORS OFFER SUPPORT TO STUDENTS THE Students’ Union, the Educational Development and Support Centre and the Centre for American Studies, and the Departments of History and Economics have collaborated to pioneer a new system of support for students at the University of Leicester. It is a Student Academic Mentoring Scheme which aims to match up small groups of first-year students with second- or third-year students. The senior students will then act as mentors to their juniors and help them through the difficulties and problems that they may face in their first year. The scheme is intended to complement the personal tutor system with a ready and accessible source of friendly advice and guidance for students. It aims to make the transition to university studies easier than ever before. Max McLoughlin, Student Development Officer, explained: “During the summer vacation information was sent out to returning second- and third-year students to let them know about the scheme and to seek their involvement. “The numbers we had back gave us enough confidence that the scheme can work and will be of real value to those students it effects. By the end of week two over 75 students had received training and will be matched up to their mentees by the start of the fourth week With training provided and continuous support available it is a great opportunity for such students to gain useful transferable skills and to contribute to the well being and success of their department.” •Further information regarding the scheme is available from Max McLoughlin at the Students’ Union on [email protected] FIT TO BE AT LEICESTER IT has been reported in the Metro (London) that the University’s male students are amongst the fittest in the land. In a survey of more than 7,000 undergraduates from 109 universities Leicester ranked fourth in the “Fittest Men” category, beaten only by the Universities of Lancaster, Dundee and London. The survey appears on the Red Mole student website. 9 Bulletin News Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 STEP AHEAD Herabans Kaur introduces the Leicestershire Widening Participation into Higher Education Project. OPENING DOORS ALTHOUGH more and more people are entering higher education, the socio-economic profile has not changed significantly. Widening participation for those who have not traditionally been engaged in lifelong learning is TRANSITION: Induction Day for applicants from the local area holding the University of Leicester as a a major thrust of Government firm choice. policy. colleges, the TEC, the Life Long Leicestershire Progression Accord. It The three local Universities of De Learning partnership, the Careers and will draw on expertise to raise Montfort, Leicester and Guidance Service, the City Cluster awareness both within and outside Loughborough have been successful and others. A Project Officer has the universities to bring more local in obtaining funding from the Higher been appointed to oversee the students in touch with higher Education Funding Council for strategies for widening participation education and encourage them to England aimed at widening the and to ensure the outcomes are met. stay on at school or college and participation of local students in Janet Graham, Director of progress to university“. Higher Education. The Project will Admissions and Student Recruitment, More information about the strengthen links between schools who is the Project Co-ordinator, said, project can be obtained from and colleges and the Universities and “This project will build on the Herabans Kaur (Hari) on 0116 252 promote education to new groups of successful links already established in 5349 or email on people. The project is concentrating the city and county, such as the [email protected] on informing students and parents about university life to dispel anxieties in families that have not • To provide support for schools in traditionally considered higher raising enjoyment and education. THE recent launch of the Leicester achievement in mathematics. It will focus attention on: Rutland and Leicestershire’s Maths • To encourage more people to • engaging students at an early Year 2000 is all set to prove that take maths courses post-16, age to raise their aspirations and maths can be fun. including all levels from basic motivation to learn Rose Griffiths, of the School of skills to degrees and teacher • easing the transition of students Education, said: “Maths is essential training. into higher education and in our modern society. The year’s • To show people that maths is • supporting those students whilst events will be practical and fun and important in most people’s lives studying. give everyone a chance to see how The target group is made up of and in most workplaces. vital maths is to us all.” academically able students whose • To show that maths has been The programme has been devised families have no prior knowledge of used throughout history and is by the three LEAs, education library Higher Education and who may feel used all over the world, to solve services, public libraries, museums that university is not for them. human problems. Leicestershire TECs Education Students who will benefit from the Rose Griffiths would be glad to hear project are those attending schools Business Partnership, as well as the from other members of the and colleges in disadvantaged areas Universities of Leicester, De Montfort University who would like to join in of Leicester and Leicestershire, often and Loughborough. Maths 2000, including people where there are higher than average Maths 2000 aims: holding events that are already levels of unemployment. • to encourage parents to make running and that could be slotted The project is a collaborative the most of mathematical into the programme. Her telephone partnership between the universities opportunities with their children. number is 0116 252 3670. of Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort working with schools, FUN WITH MATHS 10 Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Bulletin News United States and further www afield. The programme is funded by over the next two years, will look at the British Economic and Social the responses to global crime from Research Council (ESRC) which has governments, law enforcement awarded a grant to Adam Edwards, agencies and international bodies, Lecturer in Politics and Criminology and will involve academics and at the Scarman Centre. practitioners from Europe, the Mr Edwards said: “Transnational organised CRIME SEMINAR: Some crime is an issue of great of the experts attending concern for politicians, the Scarman Centre the media and policy seminar on Global Crime in September 1999. makers, yet there is little Picture includes Dr Wyn consensus over the Rees (Politics), Ms Estella character or extent of Baker (Law), Professor the supposed threat. John Benyon (Scarman This seminar series aims Centre) and Mr Adam Edwards (Scarman to explore the issues in Centre) with participants detail from a variety of from Interpol, National perspectives and to Crime Squad, Greater examine different policy Manchester Police, approaches to tackling Customs and Excise and from other universities. the problem.” RESPONSES TO GLOBAL CRIME EXPERTS on crime prevention met recently at the University for the first in a series of seminars on the growing problem of international crime. The seminars, which will take place Business Bulletin STEP TO SUCCESS A THIRD-year Engineering student has won an award in the Shell Technology Enterprise Programme’s (STEP) Most Enterprising Student competition. Mark Thompson won his prize of £750 in the Best Project in a Manufacturing Company category for a project he carried out while on placement with Dunlop Industrial Hose in Cramlington, Northumberland. He also won £300 in the regional final and £150 in the local final. His task was to look at production methods, identify any inefficiencies and suggest solutions. Acting on his recommendations, the company has successfully introduced improvements, resulting in estimated savings of a possible £24,000 per annum directly resulting from his STEP project, with a further £45,000 in the solution of major Health and Safety issues. far, as the competition was of a very The STEP scheme matches the high standard,” adding modestly, expertise acquired by “There were a lot of equally valid undergraduate and HND students projects, I was just lucky.” with opportunities in the small He received his prize from Lord business sector, placing second-year Dearing at the formal award ceremony. students with small and mediumsized companies for a period of up to eight weeks. It is funded by Shell UK Ltd, the Department of Trade and Industry, with local support from Government Offices, Training and Enterprise Councils, Business Links and Local Authorities. Speaking of his award, Mark Thompson said: WINNING WAYS: Mark Thompson (left) receiving his certificate and “I was pleasantly champagne from Kerst Hoost, a judge at the STEP regional finals. surprised to get so 11 Business News SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AND BUSINESS ACUMEN BRITISH scientists have a worldwide reputation for excellence and now university researchers are making their mark on the world of commerce. Two teams from the University have shown their skill in a national competition to develop a product from concept to the market. Microbiology researchers have masterminded “Envirogene” – DNA libraries used to identify and produce new enzymes for use in industry and the home. And in the University’s Space Research Centre, “Beta 2000” is an electronic imager for autoradiography, based on a low noise large area microchannel plate detector originally developed for X-ray Astronomy. Both teams are through to Round II of the Bioscience Business Plan Competition set up by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in conjunction with the Medical Research Council (MRC) to encourage the commercialisation of research. The contest is the first national business plan competition in the world devoted to biosciences. It is being run with support from Glaxo Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Wellcome and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation who are contributing to the educational aspects of the competition. In Round I, participants had to provide a short summary of their idea and of the business opportunity they wish to build. They were able to attend workshops to discuss key strategic business issues with leading figures from the biotechnology industry. Sixteen ideas, from an initial 59 entries, were awarded a place in Round II with up to £4,000 to cover the costs incurred in working up a full business plan. In addition, teams will have access to a network of mentors – business consultants, venture capitalists, lawyers, technology transfer specialists and patent agents. This mentoring programme will complement entrants’ other business planning resources and contacts to maximise the expertise that goes into developing the business plan. The full business plans will be judged upon clarity, quality of the idea, quality of the management team, the integrity and breadth of intellectual property, benefits to potential customers, market potential, competitor analysis, finance strategy and appropriateness of the action plan. They have to be submitted by January 7, 2000. The most successful teams will then be short-listed with the Competition finals taking place in the spring. The costs of participation are being met by the competition sponsors with the ultimate winners receiving a prize of £20,000 and two runners-up each receiving £10,000 to assist with further development of their business. “The BBSRC panel of judges reported that all of the 16 entries selected for the final round were ‘cracking’ ideas and viable commercial propositions,” said Dr Sean Heaphy representing Envirogene, whose colleagues include Bill Grant, Susan Grant and Helen Rees. “The full business plan, even if it is not the winner of the competition, will be seen by venture capitalists and business angels with the resources to invest in the company and bring the product on to the market,” he said. The commercial benefits from the Space Research Centre team’s work are already apparent according to Professor George Fraser who submitted Beta 2000 with departmental colleague, Dr John Lees. “We have already built a prototype of the imager and have been talking to a number of companies about its commercialisation. Colleagues in the MRC Centre for Mechanisms in Human Toxicology at Leicester have licensed results obtained with our detector to a major pharmaceutical company,” he said. KNOWLEDGE-BASED COMPETITION PROFESSOR Peter Jackson, Director of the University’s Management Centre has spent the past four months talking to managers about the sources of competitive success and the role of distance learning education in helping them to learn how to compete. The seminars have been held in North Wales, Leeds, Derby, Coventry and London, where they have introduced more than 500 managers to the distance learning programmes offered by the Management Centre. Presentations were given to the same seminars by Rdi (Resource Development International), who work closely with the Management 12 Centre in developing resource centres around the world. During 1999 Rdi obtained funding from the DTI International Secondment Programme, which enabled them to work alongside the INEX Corporation and the University of Maryland in the USA. This has enabled Rdi and the Management Centre to access state of the art IT supported distance learning education materials. The next generation of programmes originating in the Management Centre will incorporate many of these features. PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE: Steve Kingswell (Rdi), Professor Jackson, and Brian Hadley (Rdi). Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 International Focus provides stories with an international dimension. Any stories or ideas should be sent to Jane Pearson, Press and Publications Office, ext 2440, fax 2485, e-mail: [email protected] WELCOME TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Cecily Henry is a student of Brunel University on work placement in the Press and Publications Office. Recently she met some of Leicester’s new international students at the reception held by the Lord Mayor, and discovered how they are settling in. MOVING out of home to go to university can be seen as one of the most nerve-wracking times of a person’s life. Just imagine – the uncertainty of a new environment, not knowing if you are going to find the kind of loyal friends you left behind in your home town, and the apparent unavailability of immediate support from your family, all of which renders you to feelings of doubt, despondency and apprehension. If the situation depicted above seems traumatic enough, then think about what international students have to go through when deciding to take up their studies in a new country. Not only do they have to leave their family and friends behind, (with access to relatives not being quite as easy as a coach or train ride away – as it is for home students), but certain language barriers may hinder their integration. Unfamiliar cultural practices and customs familiar to those who already live in this society may be confusing. Even the fact that the British weather system follows an inconsistent pattern may be hard to grasp. With ten per cent of the University’s student intake made up of international students, the University recognises the importance of the rich cultural diversity they bring to Leicester. It also recognises the problems faced by international students and to help ease them into International Focus their new environment, they are given the chance to take part in the annual orientation course lasting three days at the start of the autumn semester. People from diverse cultures and backgrounds International students packed the City Rooms in Leicester at the Lord are registered on Mayor’s reception. this year’s success due to the positive feedback programme, including people from I’ve received from the students who Botswana, France, Hong Kong, enrolled on the course.” Ireland, and the USA. Many of the Some students had already orientation programme activities experienced education within Britain were of a factual nature and sought and were therefore already familiar to provide information on the types with British student life. For example, of support systems and services one student from Hong Kong had available to the students which they studied Design in Kent before are able to access through the deciding to take up a degree in University and other local companies. Museum Studies in Leicester whilst For example the students were another student from Ghana had introduced to the University’s Library just finished a college course in and its system and were also shown Cambridge. the process of how to open a bank Even if students were familiar with account. If necessary, those whose Britain and its customs already, all first language is not English were the students on the course were new given assistance in this area also. to Leicester and were therefore Not everything involved a greeted with a warm welcome to the download of important information city by the Lord Mayor of Leicester, for students to take in. Events were Councillor Phil Swift, at the City also organised in the evenings at the Rooms, within the city centre. “The Students’ Union Building. On one Lord Mayor’s welcome is an annual particular night the students event within the orientation watched and marvelled at the programme and is a good way to graceful sights of Scottish dancing. help students integrate into Leicester The main aim of the orientation by making them feel welcome,” programme is to ease international Rosemary Gibson explains. students into the British student way So we’ve seen how the University of life. Rosemary Gibson, caters for international students International Student Welfare Officer, when they arrive, but what actually explains: “The orientation prompts somebody from Africa, programme has been running for Asia, the USA and so forth, to come over ten years. However up until to Leicester in order to pursue a three years ago the course ran for higher education course? either half or one day. The course “I was informed of the University aims to welcome international of Leicester’s excellent reputation as students to the University, helping an educational institution,” said them to integrate into their new Thomas, a postgraduate from environment and make new friends. Indonesia. I believe the programme was a continued on next page 13 International Focus WELCOME TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS “I actually met a guy from Leicester at my university back home who told me that Leicester was a great place to live,” remarked Jo, an Archaeological exchange student from Ohio, USA. “I heard Leicester was a happening place to be!” commented Adam from Ghana. One student fell in love with a particular part of Leicester’s heritage; Valerie an undergraduate from California, was drawn to Leicester after finding out about its ‘700 year old market square...’. Of course with any major transition there is always that one thing people tend to miss from home. B J from Bangkok said that she missed her home country’s warm weather, whilst Raphael and Guillaune, both from France, found it hard trying to adjust to the British cuisine! Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 CONTINUED INTEREST: Two international students satisfy their curiosity about the Lord Mayor’s regalia. HOT SPRINGS AND TEXANS IN LAS VEGAS Four geophysics students took part in a seven-week adventure in the United States as part of a CD-ROM seismic project. Duncan Ansell describes the international exercise in which he took part with fellow students, Lee Bailey, Helen Basford and Chris Purcell. THE Continental Dynamics – Rocky Mountain project is a geological and geophysical investigation with the goal of understanding the lithosphere of the North American southwest. Our role was to contribute to the collection of seismic refraction data on a seismic line which stretched for around 1000km, from New Mexico in the south to southern Wyoming in the north. Many groups of people were involved in the project, some from the Geophysical Institute of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. The largest group however, of which we were a part, was from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The first day saw the majority of our team meeting early in the morning at UTEP to load the equipment onto the truck and into our individual trucks and vans. After much packing, repacking, consultation and a lesson in how to operate those ratchet things that tie 14 equipment down, the convoy began record at the precise moment that a to roll. shot goes off (providing that the The destination of the day and shot goes off at the precise moment our base for several days was Las it was meant to). Vegas, New Mexico. Billing itself as All we had to do was carefully the “original” Las Vegas, this small deploy Texans at the correct receiver town in central New Mexico had an locations, marked out by wooden uneasy time living up to its bigger stakes and flagging, then collect and slightly more spectacular them in after they’d recorded the Nevada brother. Nevertheless it shots. Sounds easy? managed to provide the crew with After a month of cow entertainment and sustenance for confrontation the wooden marking the four or so days that we were stakes were often the worse for there. wear, so a large amount of time Maybe now would be a good was devoted to driving backwards time to explain how the experiment and forwards looking for often was to work. In a way it was unlike invisible stakes. any before because it was to be the first large-scale field deployment of the newly designed Texans (small mysterious cylindrical green seismic recording machines). The Texans are digital recording devices with very accurate clocks inbuilt so that they can be A HARD WORKER: Duncan Ansell digging a hole for a Texan, programmed to New Mexico. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 International Focus found ourselves in the wide open plains of wild and desolate southern Wyoming, and as if to prove it our base was to be the Bear Trap Cabins in As thanks for our hard work Professor Randy Keller took us all out for a meal – thanks Randy. The outcome of the experiment is still being worked on, although from talking to Cathy Snellson, whose PhD covers this project, it became clear that timing errors had crept into the data and sorting the problem out may take some time. TAKING A BATH: Fellow seismic project workers enjoying a hot spring in New Mexico. Other than this all went smoothly apart from a 150-mile detour due to lack of map reading concentration, but the less said about that the better. Chris and Raquel got their van stuck in mud and had to abandon it. Helen and her partner Matt saw a herd of buffalo (which made me jealous), and their truck narrowly escaped falling down a 5ft ditch (which didn’t). Little of note happened to Lee and Mike and they proclaimed themselves the best deployers in the West. Retrieving the Texans after the shots was far quicker than deploying them, and all in all the first deployment went well. It appeared that Las Vegas, New Mexico could hold us no longer, fortunately it was time to move on to pastures new. Eventually we Riverside. The schedule for the next few days was more or less a rerun of the first Arlene Perez burying equipment under the huge skies of Wyoming. deployment and in our spare time we made use of Finally we would like to express the local Hot Springs (there had also our appreciation to the John been Hot Springs in Las Vegas). I sense Whitaker Award Fund the University a theme here, maybe the next seismic of Leicester Geology Department line will run through a series of and to Professor Randy Keller at vineyards or coincide with local beer UTEP for their support. This handsfestivals. I was lucky enough to be one of the few people who went to see the on experience has been of great value, furthermore the enjoyment of northernmost shot in a lake in a the whole trip and the new friends disused uranium mine; 6,000lb of that we made whilst in America will explosive in 50ft of water creates a not be forgotten. very spectacular water fountain. Duncan Ansell PORK PIES AND STILTON PROVIDE FOOD FOR THOUGHT A TASTE of Stilton was high on the agenda when Leicestershire hosted a group of visitors from cheese-rich Holland. Katya Bossaers, Jan Brugman and Fred Vogelzang are officials in the Dutch Department of Culture who aim to introduce degree courses modelled on those pioneered by the Department of English Local History at the University. During their visit they also met members of local history societies at Melton Mowbray, where every month around ninety people meet to talk about the town’s past. “No visit to Melton is complete without sampling pork pies and Stilton”, said Dr Graham Jones, of the Department of English Local History. “Regional foods tell the historian a lot about the character of the landscape and its people.” “We’re proud that the ‘Leicester School’ approach has become internationally-known,” said Dr Jones. “Earlier this year we had a similar visit from Professor Renzo Dionogi, vice-chancellor of the University of Insubria in Italy. “All across Europe, regions are rediscovering their identities as the EU develops, and the University of Leicester is a world-leader in teaching regional culture and history.” 15 International Focus Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 RADAR TO MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS IN SPACE THE Japanese are known throughout the world for their technical expertise. So the Department of Physics and Astronomy, took it as a compliment when the Communications Research Laboratory from Japan asked them for a scientific radar system for a site in Alaska. The new radar forms part of SuperDARN, a range of systems to the south and west of the magnetic Ionospheric scatter observed by the Finland CUTLASS radar over the Arctic. North Pole and surrounding the magnetic South Pole, the best sites to monitor the energy entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Their purpose is to measure the interaction between the solar wind and the Earth’s ionosphere. Dr Mark Lester, a member of the Radio and Space Plasmas Physics Research Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, explained the benefits the radar systems bring. “We are about to enter a period of increasing solar activity – activity emanating from the sun which Dr Mark Lester with the equipment destined affects the space surrounding Earth. for Japan. This increase in activity, known as drilling, as well as navigational and solar maximum, occurs every eleven communications satellites might years and can disrupt equipment be affected. This could cause mounted in space as well as groundmajor power cuts, as it did in www based systems. Since the last solar Quebec in March 1989. maximum more and more Satellites may be lost which technology has come to rely on could affect a range of man’s activities spacecraft and performance can be from scientific research to the disrupted or even lost as a result of transmission of television across this solar activity. the world.” “For instance, power lines and oil Out & About IN-DEPTH STUDIES FRIDAY 26 November sees the opening of an exhibition of new work by Beat Mundwiler who has recently come to live in Leicester. Appropriately enough, it will be held in the Music recital room on the tenth floor of the Charles Wilson Building (Beat is also a cellist – as well as a biologist). Born in Zurich, he followed a 16 course in sculpture at the Art School in Biel and Bern, Switzerland, he shifted his interest to biology, gaining a Master’s degree from the University of Bern in 1993. Subsequently he worked for several years as a zoologist in the fields of ethology and behavioural ecology, partly on work connected with animal welfare. Painting meantime became a hobby. Since moving to Leicester (where his wife Sarah Kraak is a postdoctoral student in the Department of Biology) he has taken up painting once more. All the work in the exhibition has been completed over the past three months. Describing his philosophy of art, Beat sees his painting not as a picture of the outer world but as a representation of an inner process – one that starts in chaos and ends, somehow, in a crystallic state. He adds: “To reflect an inner world by means of the outer world is problematic; so too is one’s attempt to represent colours, since colours can only be represented by themselves.” For this reason, he considers colour to be a crucial aspect of his paintings. Beat also feels that it is not possible to represent a process in time by an isolated painting. Choosing a different medium like a ‘happening’, installations or a film would be a more complete representation. He looks forward to leaving the field of pure painting for three-dimensional work. The exhibition will be officially opened at 5.30 pm on Friday 26 November. Thereafter it can be viewed by prior arrangement with the University’s Music Department. If you would like an invitation, please contact the Department on 0116 252 2781, email [email protected] • One of Beat Mundwiler’s paintings is shown in Bulletin’s centre-page feature, Artstop. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 LEADING EDGE TOPIC ORGANISED in part by members of the University’s School of Education, a Conference, The Realm of the Middle Manager in the Improvement of School Practice, was held at the University of Nottingham on 9 June. With the objective of facilitating a dialogue between theory and practice, through presentations by and discussions with people who are working in different types of educational institutions and arenas within the sphere of school education, the event attracted a national audience. One of a series of BERA National events for 1999, the Conference was promoted by the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in Leadership and Management in Schools and Colleges (co-ordinator Hugh Busher, from the University of Leicester’s School of Education) and School Improvement (co-ordinator Alma Harris, from the University of Nottingham’s School of Education). Howard Green from the Teacher Training Agency began the day by focusing on why subject leaders were such important figures in processes of improving schools and the learning opportunities of pupils. Lesley Saunders, head of the School Improvement Research Centre at the NFER, led a thought-provoking debate in the afternoon about how SEASON’S GREETINGS THE Departmental Staff Common Room Association will be holding its annual ‘GetTogether’ for members at lunchtime on Tuesday 14 December. Wine and mince pies will be available. Out & About one might evaluate the value-added effectiveness of subject departments in secondary schools. Paul Hammond pointed out the importance to heads of department of the internet as a means of sharing ideas. He runs a regularly-updated TEACHER TRAINING: No 2 University Road, part of the School of Education. website at thought provoking. It led some to www.hod.org.uk. query who within a school might be Discussing their research findings considered middle managers, while were Justin Dillon (King’s College others were led to reflect on issues London), Des Rutherford and relationships within their own (Birmingham University), Derek Bell institutions. Some said they became (Hope University College, Liverpool), more acutely aware of the current Alma Harris (University of range of issues being debated in this Nottingham), Hugh Busher topic. It also raised a number of (University of Leicester), Glyn questions about what else needed Kirkham (Nottingham Trent researching to elaborate current University). Although papers mainly understanding about the work and focused on secondary schools, Derek workings of middle managers as Bell discussed the work of middle leaders in the development of managers/subject leaders in primary teaching and learning in schools. schools. It was interesting to notice the similarities and correspondences Dr Hugh Busher between the work of subject coordinators in both types of schools. Participants found the conference A GLIMPSE INTO THE AGE OF RICHARD II RICHARD II’s reign saw artistic innovation, royal propaganda and a debate about the purpose of art. Those attending a Saturday School at the Department of Adult Education’s Vaughan College on 20 November (10.00 am to 4.00 pm) will have a chance to enjoy the art and explore the issues of this creative and fascinating period of history, guided by tutor Miriam Gill. • The fee, £17.00/£14.25/£11.75, includes lunch and refreshments. Phone 0116 251 7368 for booking details. 17 ARTS AND ENT IN THE Artstop LEG IT... THEATRE ON CAMPUS Leicester University Theatre will once again be entertaining the public with their production of Jim Cartwright’s Road (17, 18 and 19 November, 7.30 pm, Attenborough Theatre). The play revolves around a popular young man’s encounters during the course of one night with other residents of his road. Set in the 1980s it portrays a surreal vision of the urban landscape. The production should provide an enthralling and thought-provoking evening. Tickets are available from the Students Union Shop, the University Bookshop and front of house, normally situated outside the IN COLOUR: Beat Mundwiler’s paintings in University exhibition (see page 16). Queen’s Hall. Also this month LUT are teaming up with RAG to produce a vibrant retelling of Aladdin. The two societies, plus some ‘volunteers’, are working hard to modernise the original 1945 pantomime script, though there should be room for the traditional cross dressing and the all important panto-cow! In Queen’s Hall on 29 and 30 November, this promises to be a hugely entertaining show. Tickets are available from the RAG Office (all proceeds going towards World Aids Day). MUSIC HO! MORE, PLE Leicester’s Haymarket The adaptation of William Gol Pilot Theatre Company on and exhilarating’, this dist antidote, the Christmas m December and runs until 5 February 2000. It’s hard to believe that this sugary confection ‘set in the vibrant and colourful street of Dickensian London’, changed the face of English musicals when it was first staged 40 years ago. A bo del x o igh f ts Variety is the keynote here. At De Montfort Hall you can choose from the London Community Gospel Choir on 30 November and the Philharmonia Orchestra with flamboyant conductor Carl Davis in An Evening of Russian Favourites on 5 December. Leicester Jazz House pays Homage to Duke Ellington at the Y Theatre on 6 December. At the University there are the Swingle Singers at the Richard Attenborough Centre on 27 November and the popular Emma Kirkby singing the music of John Dowland at the Fraser Noble Hall on 3 December. 18 ....to N Museu Satellit it in Fa Novem ....to where t make t visit t before The hig Poulenc this yea in the r Rigolet 16-20 N TERTAINMENTS REGION ottingham’s Castle m and Art Gallery, where tes of Fashion and Making ashion are on display till 21 ber. Birmingham’s Hippodrome, the Welsh National Opera heir last to the Hippodrome Theatre major refurbishments next year. ghlight is the new production of c’s The Carmelites, seen earlier ar at the London Coliseum. Also repertoire are Don Giovanni and tto. The dates: November. EASE SIR eatre season continues with a stage ding’s Lord of the Flies, presented by the n 16 to 20 November. Described as ‘terrifying turbing tale is followed by the perfect musical. Lionel Bart’s Oliver opens on 3 Artstop SOLO PERFORMANCES VENETIAN-born Ennio Marchetto brings his hilarious one-man show to Northampton’s Derngate on 28 November. Using his body, a soundtrack and coloured paper, this master of ‘human origami’ sends up numerous cultural icons from Mona Lisa to Madonna. Antonio Venturino adds a touch of commedia dell’arte to Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre Studio in Dario Fo’s one-man show Mistero Buffo between 30 November and 4 December. DON’T FORGET THE CHILDREN How could we? So Noddy comes to De Montfort Hall on 811 December. ...And at the Haymarket Theatre, the Pippin Club continues to delight youngsters on Saturdays. There they can enjoy The Little Mermaid on 20 November and The House with a Tale to Tell on 27 November. 19 Out & About Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 FIRST PERFORMANCE FOR LEICESTER Anthony Pither, the University’s Director of Music spent a creative summer writing a horn concerto. He tells the story of the concerto’s development... THE most challenging projects seem to come upon one unawares.This happened just after a performance of my recent piece, Pater Noster, a work scored for a chamber ensemble of twelve players. Perhaps it was the fact that the horn part was rather modest that prompted Roger Swann to ask me to write him a concerto. Roger is acknowledged as Leicester’s No 1 horn player – what is more, he seeks out performances of new music whenever he can. Maybe after attending the premiere of Oliver Knussen’s recent Horn Concerto, he decided to ask a Leicester composer for a work of his own. I agreed almost immediately and suddenly found myself creatively employed during July this year. Less straightforward was coming to terms with the notion that my next piece would in some way gain inspiration from a Beethoven piano sonata, his penultimate, in A flat major, opus 110. Back in 1992 I had constructed a string quartet out of the Beethoven sonata immediately preceding opus 110 – opus 109 in E major. There were drawbacks – at best challenges – in taking this almost perverse decision: a sonata is not easily transformed into a concerto, and, in the early stages of composition, I seemed to be writing a symphony (a genre which does relate to a sonata) rather than a concerto. Then there was the problem of finding orchestral equivalents to Beethoven’s piano textures, epitomised by the whirlwind climax at the end of his sonata. The concerto is scored for the orchestral forces used by Beethoven in his piano concertos: double woodwind with plenty of solo work, two horns and trumpets, and strings. The SOLOIST: Roger Swann. 20 timpani part includes the use of a particularly small instrument to reach notes at the top of the bass clef. Such is the magnetism of Beethoven, for which I can blame my classical training, and my mother – for having 78s of Beethoven’s Third Piano COMPOSER: Anthony Pither. Concerto in the house. Hearing that music for the first time was my moment of truth. • Roger Swann and the Proteus Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the composer, will give the premiere of the horn concerto at a concert which will be held on Saturday 20 November in the Fraser Noble Building as part of the University’s autumn music programme. For details of how to book tickets for this concert, phone the Department of Music on 0116 252 2781. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Feature MEETING THE CHALLENGE HAVE you got what it takes? Could you meet the challenge of navigating a Voyage to Mars, making decisions in space that could mean the difference between life and death, solving a problem with the air supply before it runs out completely? Would your communication skills withstand the pressure of keeping eight teams on a space station and in Mission Control in touch with each other, or allow you to explain a complex procedure to avert the latest crisis? That’s exactly what schoolchildren and corporate groups from around the country have been finding out right here in Leicester since the National Space Science Centre’s Challenger Learning Centre opened its doors for the first time in October. Challenger is the National Space Science Centre’s flagship educational facility and is the first part of the Space Centre, Leicester’s £46.5m Landmark Millennium Project backed by the University, to open in the city. It is open 18 months ahead of the original schedule, and for that period of time will be based on Victoria Park Road, behind Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College. Early in 2001 the Learning Centre will be transferred to the main Space Centre site at Abbey Meadows in the north of the city. The Challenger Learning Centre will receive its official opening on 7 December, when David Blunkett MP, Secretary of State for Education, will be in Leicester to perform the official opening duties. Astronaut Jeff Hoffmann, who was photographed in space with the National Space Science Centre logo some time ago, will also be present at the launch. Challenger Learning Centres were founded in America after the shuttle disaster of 1986, as a living memorial to the crew. The vision of the Challenger Organisation was clear – to continue the crew’s educational mission. There are now well over 30 Learning Centres in America and Canada, where they have become a proven educational tool. Now, after a MISSION POSSIBLE: Children on a space adventure at the Challenger Centre. decade of development in those countries, education experts at the University of Leicester have adapted the existing programmes to conform to the British National Curriculum, especially for the National Space Science Centre’s Challenger Learning Centre – the first Learning Centre outside North America. At Challenger, groups take part in realistic simulations of space missions, becoming scientists, engineers and researchers based on a space station or in mission control. The realistically themed mission control and space station areas, in reality next door to each other within the Challenger building, appear to be light-years away from each other, as the crew is “launched” into space via a specially designed shuttle loading bay, complete with realisitic audio launch sequence. The mission uniforms, communications headsets and electronic workstations ensure students become completely immersed in the mission, as the teams analyse planetary samples, solve problems, locate stars and comets, scan computer databases, manoeuvre robots and construct space probes with the aim of successfully completing their mission. Maybe they need to select a landing site on a distant moon or planet for establishing a permanent base, or launch a probe to rendezvous with a comet. Whatever the mission, it’s guaranteed not to be plain sailing, as surprises and emergencies are encountered along the way. Each mission lasts around two hours and is led by two of the Space Centre’s specially trained Flight Directors. The Flight Directors are all experienced teachers, and it is they who guide the team through the mission, briefing the crew prior to the mission’s start, helping younger children to solve problems and throwing extra problems into the mission for more able students. Two mission scenarios are run at the Leicester Learning Centre, each aimed at groups of different ages. The youngest groups Rendezvous with a Comet, whilst older children are off to man a space station on Mars in 2070. The missions’ main target is 9-14 year olds in key stages two and three, but the Voyage to Mars mission is also already being successfully run in Leicester for older students and for groups of adults. By the time we finally count in the New Millennium Year, more than 2000 people in schools groups, corporate missions and even birthday parties, will already have had the Challenger Experience and thousands more will benefit from the Centre across the city, county and country in the future. Further information about the Challenger Learning Centre is available from the National Space Science Centre on 0116 253 0811. Jo Higgins National Space Science Centre 21 Student Pages by Max McLoughlin, Student Development Officer A CLEAR IMAGE “CLUTTERED”, “confused” and “difficult to reproduce”. These were some of the more polite responses the Students’ Union received when we asked what students and staff thought of our logo. The best thing about the logo was that most people did not realise that it was the Students’ Union logo! We deduced from this that we were shielded to some extent from negative interpretations. The results of this investigation made it clear that we should replace this image with something that symbolised the positive values of the Union, promoting a consistent message of all the Union activities in contact with students, staff or those outside the University. The task of devising a new logo was given to the Marketing Committee, which comprised of an elected group of students coordinated by Lena Topping OPEN AFTERNOONS AT THE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT CENTRE WITH the appointment of a permanent member of staff in the Students’ Union Student Employment Centre (SEC), the Centre has high aspirations for the future. Gemma Smith, who brings with her experience from a similar environment at Coventry University, is aiming to make the SEC the first point of call, not only Leicesterbased businesses, but also University departments. Around 2,000 students, looking for part time work during term time and the vacations, are registered with the SEC. Many people on the database have existing experience in a wide range of areas and the Centre is in a position to match the jobs advertised to candidates. The SEC has five year’s experience placing students within the University as well as with companies such as Next, Alliance and Leicester, Debenhams and the Jarvis Grand Hotel. With employment often the only way for many students to ‘make ends meet’, it is increasingly possible to help find reliable part22 time help for employers. The Centre intends to build its client base through local business networking ALL SET TO MATCH JOBS TO events, pro- CANDIDATES: Gemma Smith. active marketing, sponsorship initiatives and by offering a consistently high standard of service that is completely free of charge. To promote the SEC and illustrate exactly how it can help with staffing requirements, we are holding two open afternoons on 17 and 18 November, between 4 pm – 5.30 pm for University heads of department and members of staff involved with recruitment. For further information please contact Gemma Smith on 0116 252 1151. The SEC is open daily between 10 am and 4 pm, and is located on the ground floor of the Students’ Union building. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 (Ex Vice President for Communication), and Chris Walters, Marketing Officer. The final version of the new logo is shown below left. The logo is clean, crisp and easily identifiable. It is easier to use than the old logo and can be reproduced in a variety of sizes without a loss of quality. And finally, from a marketing point of view, this symbol, as a visual representation of the Students’ Union, will help to communicate a consistent message about the Union and all of its services to everyone who comes into contact with us. Together with the Union staff who offer a very good level of service in a wide range of areas, this logo will help to positively promote all aspects of the Students’ Union. LEICESTER LAW STUDENTS ON THE CASE THE Leicester University Student Law Society Careers Fair in the Charles Wilson Sports Hall on 9 November 1999, promises to be the most successful fair ever hosted by the University. The exhibitors include a selection of the largest and most successful law firms in London as well as the crème de la crème of the regional firms. The requests for invitations by top firms surpassed the Society’s expectations and undoubtedly reflect their interest in Leicester graduates. It will be the first legal careers fair to be held by a university during the 1999/2000 academic year, and, for the first time ever, it will be open to all. Although a number of other universities host a similar event where it is normal for staff to be involved, at Leicester the Student Law Society has planned the Fair. The level of interest attracted suggests that this Careers Fair will set a precedent for the years to come and help to build on the University’s position as one of the top law faculties in the country. Student Pages Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 LUSHFM LIVE IN LEICESTER! On 1 November, the University’s very own radio station went out on FM all across the city. Adam Mitchenall, LUSHFM Station controller, gives a brief introduction to the station... IT hardly seems like three years since the University’s student radio first graced the airwaves. Since our first FM licence in November 1997, we have moved from College Hall to the top of the Percy Gee building into a new office and studio, and we are still growing, with the arrival of a new FM transmitter of our own, plus an audio editing station. We broadcast twice a year on FM – the first licence commencing on 1 November, and the second around March time next year. Promotions are already under way. A LUSH Mega and Reagans will be coming soon, as well as some events to be held in the halls of residence, and a trip into the city in the LUSH bus, where we will spread the word of our radio station. As for 1 November, you’ll be able to hear us on 106.6 FM, with a wide range of features and competitions together with favourite chart tunes during the daytime, and in the evening there will be specialist music shows playing the Beatles to Bhangra – so make sure you’re SOUNDS GREAT: Adam Mitchenall, LUSHFM listening! Station controller. ORGANISED CHAOS OR ANOTHER DAY IN THE UNION? THE Students’ Union Societies Freshers’ Fair was bigger and bolder than ever before this year, with almost 100 societies vying for the attention of new first-years and returning students to Leicester. Taking place in the Students’ Union’s Queen’s Hall on the first Monday and Tuesday of term, the fair provided the most hectic two days that the Union will see all year. Whether you see it as a fine example of organised chaos, the linchpin of Students’ Union life, or just a nightmare, there is no denying the buzz and excitement. Notable successes of the week came from Contact SCA, who used the Millennium Volunteer status to great effect, signing up a staggering 200 students. The Debating Society scored highly in the stakes for potential members with such debates as Sex versus Chocolate. The long-established LUT (Leicester University Theatre) signed up a record 250 members and newlyestablished societies, including The United Nations Society and the Welsh Society got off to a solid start.The Law Society’s membership numbers rose to 627! A change of location for the sports clubs from the ever-so-sporty Sports Hall to the not-so-sporty Union Venue did not help. All but football scored fewer memberships than last year. Not disheartened by the drop in membership, the Sports Executive hopes to improve membership next year. Max McLoughlin 23 Graduate Relations GRADUATE SAILS TO SUCCESS! A UNIVERSITY of Leicester graduate, Catherine Josling, has been awarded two prestigious prizes: • The British Commission Prize for Undergraduate Achievement in Maritime History, a national prize awarded by the British Commission for Maritime History, and • The H J Dyos Prize, an internal prize awarded by the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The two prizes were awarded to mark Catherine’s attainment of excellence for her dissertation, entitled Southampton Docks 1892-1950. The Influence of the Ocean Passenger Liner Trade. Catherine is the only person ever from Leicester to have won this British Commission Prize. She shares the H J Dyos Prize with Paul Wright who graduated this summer in Economic and Social History. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Catherine explained that the inspiration for her dissertation topic stemmed from her Southampton origins. On being awarded the two prizes, Catherine said, “I feel extremely elated. It shows all my hard work has paid off.” Her dissertation supervisor, David Catherine Josling. Williams, commented, “I’m delighted that Catherine has received these awards. She has done exceptionally well to achieve both internal and external and national recognition.” Catherine graduated in the summer in Geography with Economic and Social History and is now taking part in a graduate scheme, working at Sunlife Insurance Company in Edinburgh. Cecily Henry MORE IN STORE FOR LEICESTER GRADUATE IN THE BEST SEATS LEICESTER graduates who have gone on to become successful politicians manage to keep actively involved with the University despite heavy work schedules. In June of this year the Rt Hon Michael Jack returned to the campus to visit his old Department, Economics, and, on 1 July, Mrs Linda Perham MP sponsored a graduate reception at the Palace of Westminster. Pic: Graham Turner. WENDY Kneale is HMV’s brightest star and manager of one of its biggest stores. An English graduate, Wendy was bound for an M & S training scheme when she realised the St Michael label didn’t suit her. Instead, she was drawn to HMV, which, in just 18 months, trained her and gave her a store to manage in Cambridge. Rapid promotion took her to Bromley, then to Dublin, to manage the Grafton Street store. “I loved Ireland, but it was tough. The Irish way of working is very different, very laid-back. But I learned a lot about team working from them and their knowledge of music is amazing.” In the end, however, the opportunity to manage HMV’s Trocadero store in London’s West End was irresistible. HMV, which has 100 stores in the UK and 200 more around the world, recruits 24 graduates a year with the aim of putting them in charge of a store within 24 months. Wendy admits she’ll be looking for another move in the next six months, but there’s enough at HMV to hold her interest. Reproduced by kind permission of The Guardian. RECORD PROGRESSION: Wendy Kneale. MP Factfile Mr Bruce J Grocott MP BA Social Sciences (Politics) 1962 Labour MP for Telford since 1997 Rt Hon Mr Michael Jack MP BA Social Sciences (Economics) 1967 Conservative MP for Fylde since 1987 OPEN HOUSE: Mrs Linda Perham MP, sponsor, with Dr Ken Edwards. 24 Mrs Linda Perham MP BA Classics 1969 Labour MP for Ilford North since 1997 Mr Philip Sawford MP BA Applied Sociology 1985 Labour MP for Kettering since 1997 Dr Betty Boothroyd MP Honorary Doctor of Laws 1993 Speaker of the House of Commons since 1992 Mr Michael J Foster MP LLM Law & Employment Relations 1993 Labour MP for Hastings and Rye since 1997 Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 WHAT THE PAPERS SAY Hundreds of cuttings pour into the University’s Press Office from around the world chronicling the activities of staff and students. Cecily Henry, on work experience with the Press Office, reviews a selection of newspaper cuttings from recent weeks. WITH the Millennium just around the corner, many people are wondering just what Y2K and beyond will bring. World peace? Technological advancements? Increased crime? The idea of world peace seems idealistic, but science and technology will almost certainly play a part in shaping the new Millennium, and unfortunately, as with this century, it is likely that crime statistics will continue to rise in the next century. Many technological breakthroughs aiming both to solve and tackle crime, including the 1988 discovery of DNA – first discovered at this University by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys – have been praised. Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys’ findings resulted in the prosecution of Robert Melias on two counts of rape. Today cuttings (the latest arriving here from the Houston Chronicle, 12 September) bear out the fact that this technique has been adopted the world over to discover whether someone is guilty or innocent of a particular crime. The Independent (18 October), examines Lawless and Immoral: Policing a County Town by Brian Davies. Published by Leicester Cuttings University Press (a partnership between the University and Cassells Publishers), the book highlights the suggestion that petty crime was better dealt with in the Victorian era than it is today. Using police reports produced in a small Lincolnshire village constabulary, the book also casts doubt over the popular idea of teenage rebellion having its origins within this century. The rebellious attitudes of the young have a much older history than it first seems. What is different though is the fact that modern technology is enabling young rebels to take their deviant acts to a different level. The traditional acts of deviancy, harmless for the most part, remain for the majority of rebellious youth. However, many are now turning to less traditional and more dangerous means (such as joy riding and the use of fire arms) to fulfil their rebellious desires. Teenage rebellion is no longer a harmless phase as it was in yesteryear. The fact that criminals are now also reaping the benefits of technological advance does not stop at youth crime. There is now fear that terrorist organisations will undertake more sophisticated and lethal means of attack than they currently use – biological or chemical weaponry. The threat of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction is so serious that President Clinton has invested nearly $3 billion in preparation for a possible biological or chemical attack on at least one US City in the next five years. Before we resort to global moral panic we should weigh up all the LUP (Leicester University Press) The University is one of the very few in Britain to contribute to scholarship and the advancement of knowledge by supporting a University Press. The University controls the editorial quality of the Press’s output through the Editorial Advisory Committee. Cassells, which owns LUP, is responsible for production, publicity, sales and distribution. The Press has published since 1951. It has developed special, though not exclusive, interests in certain subjects: history, archaeology, politics, international relations, museum studies, and law. • Enquiries to: Cassell plc (0171 420 5555, email: [email protected]). evidence and the realities of the use of such lethal weaponry. As reported in The Times (18 October), Andrew Silke, a lecturer in Forensic Psychology within the University, has questioned the idea of a vast number of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction in order to strike fear into their victims. These types of weapons are too expensive for the majority of terrorist groups to produce and also require highly skilled scientists to undertake these projects. One terrorist group renowned for its use of weapons of mass destruction, Aum, has shown that many of its past attempts at using these weapons in an attack have failed. Most of the time they either killed no-one, or group members themselves were killed. The other part to this reality is that these types of ‘glitches’ are likely to be improved as terrorists improve their techniques and other groups are likely to follow suit. Making a ‘quick getaway’ from crime now to the subject of cars, the latest trend in prejudicial thinking. Just as we think one form of discrimination is being effectively tackled by new laws, a new prejudice seems to develop. According to a recent study conducted by Graham Davies, a Professor of Psychology within the University, people have stereotyped views of cars dependent on their make, colour, and owner. If a young or middle-aged male who drove a fairly high-powered car (maybe red or black in colour), got into an accident with another vehicle of an older make and whose driver was older, then the young/middleaged male driver is more likely to be blamed for the accident. (Evening Standard, 29 September and Cambridge Evening News, 30 September). It doesn’t seem as though discrimination or crime will stop raising their ugly heads anytime soon, but who knows, maybe somewhere within the new Millennium alongside the search for further technological advance there may well be an invention to eradicate all forms of discriminative thought and criminal activity. Only then may the idea of world peace have the chance to be put into practice. 25 Books THE EXPLOITATION OF PLANT RESOURCES IN ANCIENT AFRICA Edited by Dr Marijke Van der Veen (School of Archaeological Studies) New York, Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers, July 1999 £64.75 (hardback) Available from the Bookshop ISBN 0 306 46109 9 (hardback) This book brings together the most recent evidence for the exploitation Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 of plant resources in ancient Africa. It presents case studies from the West African Sahel, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt and Sudan, which range in date from 8000 BP to the present day. The volume addresses topics such as the role of wild plant resources in hunter-gatherer and farming communities, the origins of agriculture, the agricultural foundation of complex societies, long-distance trade and exchange of food and crops, and the human impact on local vegetation – all key issues of current research in archaeology, anthropology, agronomy, ecology and economic history. Early publications concerned with the origins of African plant domestication relied almost exclusively on inferences made from the modern distribution of the wild progenitors of African cultivators; there existed virtually no archaeological data at that time. Even as recently as the early 1990s direct evidence for the transition to farming and the relative roles of indigenous versus Near Eastern crops was lacking for most of Africa. This has now changed; the present WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? Dr Andrew M Colman (Department of Psychology) Routledge (third edition), £30.00 (hardback), £9.99 (paperback) Available from the Bookshop ISBN 0 415 16901 1 (hardback), ISBN 0 415 16902 X (paperback) This is the latest edition of a book that has remained in steady demand for many years. A clear and lively introduction to psychology, it is illustrated throughout with cartoons by Angela Chorley, Graphics Unit Manager at the University of Leicester. This book assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and is aimed at a wide readership audience of intending students of psychology, including A-level students and people considering to study psychology at university. It has also been used in adult education classes and as background reading for first-year students studying at university or college. Furthermore, even though this book is sometimes hard to grasp as it tends to present less popularized version of psychology, it also finds a market among general readers. Earlier editions were very favourably reviewed. This third edition is not only updated but also considerably improved, with almost every chapter rewritten. Examples 26 volume presents lots of exciting new evidence through a wide range of case studies. All the evidence is very recent and for the first time all this archaeobotanical evidence is brought together in one volume. While the volume does not pretend to be comprehensive in its coverage of the entire continent- the evidence is still patchy for that – it does bring most archaeobotanical data from Africa collected over the last five to ten years. These data were collected as part of current and recently completed international and interdisciplinary research projects, and all articles include extensive bibliographies referring to previously published work. Consisting of 20 chapters written by scholars from eight different countries, the book is the result of a conference held in Leicester in 1997. The publication was facilitated by a grant from the University of Leicester Research Fund. • Dr Van der Veen is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Leicester. throughout illustrate fundamental ideas, with a self-assessment quiz focusing readers’ minds on a number of intriguing psychological problems. The differences between psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis are explained, and professions and careers associated with psychology are explored. The bibliographic references have been substantially extended and updated, and suggestions for further reading and useful Internet sites are included. • Dr Colman is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Leicester. His previous publications include the Companion Encyclopaedia of Psychology (1994). Books Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 The Rise of The Fiscal State in Europe c.1200-1815 Edited by Professor Richard Bonney (Department of History) Oxford University Press, June 1999, £65.00 (hardback) Available from the Bookshop ISBN 0 19 820402 7 (hardback) In this volume, an international team of scholars builds up a comprehensive analysis of the fiscal history of Europe over six centuries. It forms a fundamental starting point for an understanding of the distinctiveness of the emerging European states, and highlights the issue of fiscal power as an essential prerequisite for the development of the modern state. This study underlines the importance of technical developments by the state, its capacity to innovate, and, however imperfect the techniques, the greater detail and sophistication of accounting COUNSELLING SKILLS IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE Janet Seden Open University Press, August 1999, £40.00 (hardback), £12.99 (paperback) Available from the Bookshop ISBN 0 335 19969 0 (hardback), ISBN 0 335 19968 2 (paperback) • Is there a place for counselling skills in modern social work? • If so, how can such skills be employed in practice? This is a no-nonsense guide to the application of counselling skills to social work practice. It is written from the author’s first-hand experience of working in the field and teaching counselling skills to social work students. The book is packed full of useful hints and tips for trainees and busy practitioners, and illustrated throughout with examples of good practice. practice towards the end period. New taxes had been developed, new wealth had been tapped, new mechanisms of enforcement had been established. In general, these developments were made in western Europe; the lack of progress in some fiscal systems, especially those in eastern Europe, is an issue of historical importance in its own right and lends particular significance to the chapters on Poland and Russia. By the eighteenth century, ‘mountains of debt’ and high debtrevenue had become the norm in western Europe, yet in the east only Russia was able to adapt to the western model by 1815. The capacity of governments to borrow, and the interaction of the constraints on borrowing and the power to tax had become the real test of the fiscal powers of the ‘modern state’ by the 1800-15. Britain emerged as the sole economic superpower at the end of the Napoleonic wars. The British combination of sophisticated credit structures and its capacity for sustaining fiscal increases over time, both in political and in economic terms, was at the time unique; but elements of the modern ‘fiscal state’ were present in the fiscal systems of other countries, though in a less developed form. Subsequently, Britain was displaced as an economic superpower and other states learned how to develop as truly modern ‘fiscal states’. • The book is a companion volume to Economics Systems and State Finance, edited by Richard Bonney and published by Oxford University Press and European Science Foundation in 1995. The examples are drawn from reallife situations in a range of local authority, criminal justice and voluntary sector agencies, and have been reworked and rewritten for the book. They include work with adults, children and families and demonstrate the practical use of the various counselling skills described. The author argues that relationships remain the heart of good social work practice and that interpersonal transactions are highly significant in creating and maintaining an effective outcome. Counselling Skills in Social Work Practice is recommended to all social work students and qualified social care professionals seeking to improve their practice. • Janet Seden is a Lecturer in Health and Social Welfare at the Open University and is also a sessional counselling tutor at the University’s Vaughan College. She qualified as a probation officer, worked in social services, and lectured at the University of Leicester before joining the Open University. She is a practising counsellor, trainer and supervisor. 27 Books Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 ALTON TOWERS – A GOTHIC WONDERLAND Father Michael J Fisher Published by M J Fisher, May 1999, £14.95 (paperback) Available from the Bookshop ISBN 0 9526855 2 3 (paperback) Alton Towers is known to millions as the picturesque backdrop to one of Europe’s most popular theme-parks. Yet the story of this great house has lain hidden in archive repositories and picture collections – until now. Michael Fisher brings to life the amazing history of Alton Towers from its origin as a mere hunting lodge to its completion as the largest privately-owned house in Europe, crammed with costly furniture and works of art. Researched from original sources, the text is illustrated with nineteenthcentury drawings and photographs of this ‘Gothic Wonderland’ created by the 15th and 16th Earls of Shrewsbury. A key figure to completion of Alton Towers was the great architect and designer A W N Pugin, who worked for the 16th Earl from 1837 to 1852. The extraordinary relationship between Earl and architect is explored through their correspondence; yet CLEAR PICTURE: Historian Michael J another original feature of Fisher. this book which explores the achievements and limitations of Pugin as a domestic architect. • Father Michael Fisher is a History graduate of the University of Leicester and former research scholar at the University of Keele. He is currently based at the twelfth-century church of St Chad, Stafford, and has written several other books on historical and architectural themes relating to the Staffordshire, including Dieulacres Abbey (1989) and A Vision of Splendour (1995). LET THE BULLETIN COVER YOUR BOOKS! The Bulletin welcomes news of recently-published books written or edited by the University staff. The book cover, together with any other relevant details, should be sent to Barbara Whiteman, Press & Publications Office (2676, [email protected]). People APPOINTMENT Professor Rob Stammers, B.Sc., Ph.D., C.Psychol., F.B.Ps.S., F.Erg.S., Professor of Occupational Psychology, from 1 October 1999. Rob Stammers comes to Leicester from Aston University where he was a Reader in the Psychology Institute. His undergraduate and postgraduate education was at the University of Hull. He joins the Centre for Applied Psychology with a brief to set up postgraduate courses and research in Occupational Psychology. His research specialities are Occupational Training and Ergonomics. In Ergonomics, which is the study of human interaction with 28 technology, his main interests are in large scale systems. He is currently involved in a European project on the training of Ergonomists. In training, his research has focused on task analysis and factors that influence simulator effectiveness. With the continued concerns over the shaping of technology to fit human capabilities, Professor Stammers is keen to build up contacts with those concerned with the design and implementation of new systems. The objective of such work is to maximise the potential for producing systems that are compatible with the user’s physical and psychological characteristics. People Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 RETIREMENTS TRIBUTES TO INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF LEICESTER GEOLOGISTS THREE senior members of the Department of Geology, Professor John Hudson, Professor Aftab Khan and Dr Allan Mills, retired on 30 September after a total of almost 100 years of service. All three are wellknown figures in the University. John Hudson has been Head of Department and has led a wide range of research activities, from global climate issues to Jurassic fossils to the hazards of radon gas. He has also acted as departmental Teaching Director, and is perhaps particularly linked with the development of undergraduate field courses in Arran and the Alps. Aftab Khan, who twice served as Head of Department, and also as Dean of the Faculty of Science and as Public Orator, brought the subject of Geophysics to the University both as a research field and a degree course. Aftab’s major research has been in seeking to use geophysics to understand the structure and origin of the East African Rift Valley, where he was the instigator of a major international programme (the Kenya Rift International Seismic Project, KRISP). His international connections have also led to the setting up of field courses for undergraduates in the Troodos complex, Cyprus. Allan Mills, who held a joint appointment between the Geology and Physics and Astronomy Departments, is renowned for his demonstration lectures and for his research and teaching on planetary geology and the measurement of time. He also designed the Astronomical Clock on the Rattray Lecture Theatre and the sundials on the front of the Bennett Building. A series of celebratory events was organised by the Department and its Alumni Society (LGAS) on 17-18 September. A symposium emphasising the international influence and impact of the retirees’ research was held in the Bennett Building on Friday 17 September, with speakers including close research associates and former research students. Some of the talks were heavily scientific, others lightly anecdotal, but most were a mixture of both. Among the presenters were Professors of CLOCKING UP 100 YEARS OF SERVICE: (left to right) Professor John Geology from Hudson, Professor Aftab Khan and Dr Allan Mills. other UK and also on the Saturday morning, departments, company directors, when the Department of Geology astronomer Heather Couper and was opened to visitors. This proved broadcaster Nigel Henblest. to be a very relaxing and enjoyable On the Friday evening a retirement occasion, and also resulted in the dinner attended by nearly 120 recruitment of a number of new friends and colleagues was held in members to the Alumni Society. the Charles Wilson Building, with LGAS, with full support from all of presentations to each of the retirees the retirees, has used this occasion and their wives. The retirement to launch an Alumni Research Fund speeches presented by the three to support postgraduate research in were admirably characteristic. Allan the Department of Geology. The Mills gave a short and erudite long-term aim is to be able to demonstration lecture, John Hudson finance a research studentship from spoke on his heartfelt view of the this money. importance of education, and Aftab As to the three gentlemen Khan presented a witty speech on themselves, they will undoubtedly the joys of his career, of his continue to pursue their research as experiences in education and of if little has changed, proving the old retirement. adage that ‘old academics never die, Alumni and friends had the they just move into smaller rooms’. opportunity to talk to the retirees and to each other during the evening Professor Richard J Aldridge OBITUARY The University has learnt, with regret, of the death of the following graduate: THE VERY REV R WISE The Very Rev Randolph Wise, Dean Emeritus of Peterborough, died on 8 September 1999. A respected Anglican priest, he was a student in the Department of English Local History from 1992, graduating with an MA degree in 1994. After wartime Royal Navy duties, he trained for the Ministry at Queen’s College Oxford, completing his training at Lincoln Theological College. His career commenced with a curacy in Walworth, and included serving as vicar of Stocksbridge and Rector of Notting Hill. He was Dean of Peterborough from 1981 to 1992. During his retirement at Oakham, he was chairman of Oakham School governors, and acted as Vicar of Oakham for a year without taking a fee. He is survived by his wife and four daughters. 29 People Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 FAMILIAR WITH TIMES TABLES MEMBERS and graduates of the University of Leicester featured prominently in the recent Sunday Times Power List 1999. Graduate Carol Galley headed the rankings with three entries. At 25th in the main list of the top 100 most powerful people in Britain, she was one of only seven women included. Co-head of Mercury Asset Management, Carol was placed 7th in the Top Twenty in Finance. She was given the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University in 1997. Dr Tom McKillop, one of the University’s Pro-Chancellors, was ranked 50th most powerful person in Britain. Dr McKillop is Chief Executive of chemicals giant AstraZeneca, Britain’s fifth largest company. In the Science and Technology ratings he was in second place, only losing out to Professor Sir Robert May, the government’s chief scientific adviser. Professor Liam Donaldson was 78th in the top 100 list. Now Britain’s chief medical officer, he gained a PhD in Community Health at Leicester in 1983. He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology between 1978 and 1986. Professor Donaldson was also placed 6th among the Top Twenty in Medicine. Recent honorary graduates were also prominent, including Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of Glaxo Wellcome, 28th overall, and in first place as the most powerful man in Medicine. Dr Philip Campbell, Editor of Nature, and Sir Harold Kroto made the Science and Technology top twenty. Sir Donald Irvine, President of the General Medical Council, was in the Medical List, and Tony O’Reilly, AHEAD: Carol Galley. formerly of Heinz but now Chairman of Independent Newspapers, described as ‘the richest man in Ireland’, was included in the Media top twenty. Notices SCIENCE FUTURES – A SERIES OF SCIENTIFIC EVENTS Sponsored by the Royal Society Millennium Commission NOVEMBER: Blade Runner – the film (followed by a discussion) (tickets £4) Sunday 21 November, 6.00 pm Leicester Phoenix Arts Theatre Killers in the Mind by Nancy Rothwell Monday 22 November, 7.30 pm Leicester New Walk Museum Professor Nancy Rothwell is Professor of Psychiatry at Manchester University, investigating the relationship between the brain and the body’s response to disease. DECEMBER: Lucifer’s Legacy: What’s the Matter with Matter? by Frank Close Tuesday 7 December, 7.30 pm Leicester New Walk Museum NEW WALK MUSEUM: Leicester’s first public museum, opened in 1849, is the venue for two forthcoming Science Futures events. 30 Professor Frank Close, now at CERN (The European Laboratory for Particle Physics) is the author of The Cosmic Onion and gave the 1993 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. • Admission is by ticket – available free unless indicated from: Jean Collins, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester (telephone 0116 252 2675, fax 0116 252 2464, or email [email protected], or at the door. On the Sunday following each lecture, there will be ‘Tea at the Phoenix’ – an informal discussion hosted by the BAAS. These discussions are a chance to reflect on the substance of the previous lecture, an opportunity to put views and comments, whilst enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of tea. The discussion session is free. Refreshments will be on sale. Everyone is welcome. Notices Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 UNIVERSITY SUPERANNUATION SCHEME For the attention of USS members: A copy of the USS Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 1999 is now available for inspection in the Superannuation Office. A copy of the Members’ Annual Report (previously called the Trustee’s Annual Report), which incorporates the basic details, will be sent to all USS members within the next few weeks. ADVERTISE IN THE BULLETIN FREE OF CHARGE! FREE ADVERTISING Space permitting, Bulletin will in future publish small advertisements FREE OF CHARGE. Simply complete the form below and return it to Pat Bone, Press & Publications Office (email: [email protected], 0116 252 2415) by the closing date for the preferred issue. Bulletin will make every effort to publish all advertisements received by the deadline, but cannot guarantee their inclusion. 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Her telephone number is 0116 252 2411. UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER CHARITIES APPEAL This year's RAG Week is from 1 to 7 November. The aim is to raise as much money as possible for local and national charities. In 1998, RAG Week raised in excess of £5,000. A number of high-profile events will take place in and around the main campus of the University. Events include: Wednesday November 3 Three Legged Pub Crawl, starting at 7.00 pm and 7.30 pm (three routes around the city). This event raised in excess of £3,000 last year and the aim is to beat that sum this year. Thursday November 4 Comedy Evening, 9.00 pm, Elements Bar, University of Leicester Students' Union. .......................................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................................... 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Please remember to include in any revised total the appropriate number of copies for clerical/technical staff. 31 Small Ads Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 LEICESTER INTERVARSITY CLUB Leicester IVC is an informal club whose members organise a wide range of activities including speakers, meals, walks, badminton, cinema, and theatre trips. For more information contact Jan on 0116 273 5306. HOUSE SHARE Professional wanted to share fully-furnished house with two others. N/S preferred. All mod cons and c/h. Off Uppingham Road, near to local shops and regular bus routes into city centre. £180 pcm + bills Contact: Pramod Morjaria on 0116 276 4405 (home), 0116 251 6688 (work). ROOM TO LET ANSTEY HOUSE Room to let in large house, sharing with two others. Situated in Anstey Lane, 10 minutes from City Centre, bus stop right outside house. £200 pcm all inclusive. Contact 0116 299 7907. Room to let in lovely Anstey house; with own living room and bathroom. N/S preferred. Please phone 0116 235 9498. Dates for Your Diary INAUGURAL LECTURES 5.30 pm Lecture Theatre 1, New Building Tuesday November 16 Escape from Childhood Emotional Trauma. Professor P Vostanis, Psychiatry. Tuesday November 23 Blood Coagulation: From Patients to Proteins and Back. Professor K Pasi, Pathology. Tuesday November 30 Keeping Eye-Strings from Breaking and Cracking. Professor I Gottlob, Ophthalmology. Tuesday December 7 Title to be advised. Professor C Pollock, Engineering. NOVEMBER Tuesday November 9 University of Leicester Chaplaincy: Food for Thought. Lunch and discussion led by Jan Chown, Glen Parva Prison. The Gatehouse. 12.30 pm. Tuesday November 9 Lunchtime Soundbites: Guthlaxton Big Band play standards, Jazz/Rock fusions. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Tuesday November 9 The Leicester Early Modern Seminar: Religious War and Constitutional Defence: Justifications of Resistance in English Puritan Thought, 1603-45. Glen Burgess, University of Hull. 5.30 pm. History of Art Slide Room. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday November 9 British Association – Science Futures. A series of scientific events sponsored by the Royal Society Millennium Commission: The Astrophysics and Cosmology of the 21st Century. Malcolm Longair. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building. Admission by ticket available free from: Jean Collins, Space Research Centre. Tel: 0116 252 2675, or at the door. 32 Wednesday November 10 Evening Concert: The Lindsays play Beethoven. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building, London Road. For more information contact the Music Department on 0116 252 2781. Thursday November 18 Lunchtime Soundbites: African drumming from the Gambia. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Thursday November 11 Lunchtime Soundbites: Severn, an acoustic pop band, playing their own definitive brand of upbeat pop music. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Thursday November 18 Department of English Local History Seminar: The Sibthorps of Canwick Hall, Lincoln, and their estates in four counties, c.1716-1940. Dr Dennis Mills, Open University. 2.15 – 4.00 pm. Seminar Room, Marc Fitch House, 5 Salisbury Road. Please notify Mrs Pauline Whitmore on 0116 252 2762 if you would like to attend, as there may be limits on numbers. Tuesday November 16 Lunchtime Soundbites: Tea for Three! Robert Calow (clarinet), David Calow (flute), and Marguerite Beatson (piano) with an assortment of trios and solos and many favourites. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Wednesday November 17 Department of Economic and Social History: Lunch Time ‘Brown Bag’ Seminar Programme. Nationalism and National Identity:The Ordinary People’s Response to a State Ideology. Stavros Bozos. 12.30 pm. Attenborough 802B. All welcome. Offers to lead discussion or organise a session during the Spring Term will be gladly received. Please contact Huw Bowen Ext 2883, email [email protected] Wednesday November 17 University of Leicester Chaplaincy: Staff Lunch. 12.30 pm. The Gatehouse. Wednesday November 17 Lunchtime Concert: Dana Morgan (flute), Antony Clare (piano). Copland, Rhene Baton, J S Bach, Roussel, Jolivet. 12.45 pm. Music Room, 10th Floor, Charles Wilson Building. Admission free. Wednesday November 17 Sociology Department Seminar: Doctoral Students’ Presentations. PhD showcase, Sociology, University of Leicester. 3.00 pm. Room 707, Attenborough Tower. Further information from Dr Virinder S Kalra on 0116 252 5357. Friday November 19 Centre for Urban History Lecture: The Twentieth-century Seaside: Themes and Approaches. John Walton, Central Lancashire University. 2.15 pm. Seminar Room, 108 Regent Road. All welcome. Saturday November 20 Evening Concert: The Blessed Damozel. University Singers and Proteus Chamber Orchestra. Debussy, Tallis, Pither, Debussy, Franck. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building, London Road. For more information contact the Music Department on 0116 252 2781. Sunday November 21 British Association – Science Futures. A series of scientific events sponsored by the Royal Society Millennium Commission: Blade Runner – the film (£4.00) followed by a discussion. 6.00 pm. Leicester Phoenix Arts Theatre. Admission by ticket available from: Jean Collins, Space Research Centre. Tel: 0116 252 2675, or at the door. Monday November 22 British Association – Science Futures. A series of scientific events sponsored by the Royal Society Millennium Commission: Killers in the Mind. Nancy Rothwell. 7.30 pm. Leicester New Walk Museum. Admission by ticket available free from: Jean Collins, Space Research Centre. Tel: 0116 252 2675, or at the door. Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 Tuesday November 23 Lunchtime Soundbites: John Brindle sings acoustic folk/blues/roots country music. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Tuesday November 23 The Leicester Early Modern Seminar: The Peerage and Politics, December 1648 – May 1649. Edward Beesley, Rugby School. 5.30 pm. History of Art Slide Room. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served. Wednesday November 24 Lunchtime Concert: Lucy Willmot (violin), Lydia Clatworthy (piano). Elgar, Poulenc, Smetana. 12.45 pm. Music Room, 10th Floor, Charles Wilson Building. Admission free. Thursday November 25 Lunchtime Soundbites: Joyful music for brass from Leicester Grammar School. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Friday November 26 Centre for Urban History Lecture: Property Owning Elites in two County Towns. Janet Smith (CUH). 2.15 pm. Seminar Room, 108 Regent Road. All Welcome. Saturday November 27 Evening Concert: University Wind Band. Stuart Johnson, Alun Hoddinott, Colin Touchin, Alfred Reed, Richard Wagner and Paul Hart. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building, London Road. For more information contact the Music Department on 0116 252 2781. Saturday November 27 Evening Concert: The Swingle Singers. 7.30 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Tickets: £12/£11/£7.50. For further information contact 0116 252 2455. Sunday November 28 Evening Concert: University Sinfonia. Including Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major. Sebastian Mellett, cello. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building, London Road. For more information contact the Music Department on 0116 252 2781. Monday November 29 Joint Lecture – Stanley Burton Centre and Department of Archaeology: The Archaeology of the Holocaust: Excavation at Belzec. Robin O’Neill. 4.45 pm. Lecture Theatre 3, New Building. Open to the public and free. Tuesday November 30 Lunchtime Soundbites: Ad Lib, Clarinet Duo, Kate Luxmoore and Rosalind Hawley, of Live Music Now, present a miscellany of music. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. DECEMBER Wednesday December 1 Department of Economic and Social History: Lunch Time ‘Brown Bag’ Seminar Programme. Economic Development in Early Modern Europe. Peter Musgrave. 12.30 pm. Attenborough 802B. Wednesday December 1 Lunchtime Concert: James Walker (piano). Schubert, Sibelius, Delius, Elgar, Tom Walker. 12.45 pm. Music Room, 10th Floor, Charles Wilson Building. Admission free. Wednesday December 1 Evening Concert: The Lindsays play Beethoven. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building, London Road. For more information contact the Music Department on 0116 252 2781. Wednesday December 1 University of Leicester Chaplaincy: Ecumenical Bible Study. The Gatehouse. 8.00 pm. Thursday December 2 Lunchtime Soundbites: Jazz Foundation Course students in performance. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Thursday December 2 The Geographical Association (Leicester Branch) joint with the Department of Geography Meeting (Joint with the Royal Geographical Society – with the IBG): Under the Dragon: The Crisis of Tibetan Identity in the New Millennium. Mr Adrian Abbots FRGS. 7.30 pm. Bennett Building. Nonmembers welcome. Branch enquiries (evenings): 0116 221 7207, 01664 565147. Friday December 3 Evening Concert: The Consort of Musicke. Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building, London Road. For more information contact the Music Department on 0116 252 2781. Saturday December 4 Evening Concert: University Orchestral Society. Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich. 7.30 pm. Fraser Noble Building, London Road. For more information contact the Music Department on 0116 252 2781. Monday 6 – Friday 10 December University of Leicester Chaplaincy: Fanfare for a New Generation. Tuesday December 7 Lunchtime Soundbites: Umoja Gospel Choir sing African spirituals a cappella. 12.45 – 1.45 pm. Richard Attenborough Centre. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15 pm. Tuesday December 7 The Leicester Early Modern Seminar: John Milton’s Theology of Violence and the Puritan Revolution. John Coffey. 5.30 pm. History of Art Slide Room. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served. A More Comprehensive List of Events is Available on CWIS SALAD DAYS Sunday November 28 University of Leicester Chaplaincy: Ecumenical worship followed by Gatehouse Gathering. 6.45 pm. Dates for Your Diary 33 Sport Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 REFLECTED GLORY DO you remember the days when Portsmouth F C were Football League Division One champions, when Pompey stars Jack Froggatt and Jimmy Dickinson played for England, and when entry to a football ground cost 2s and programmes were 3d? When Preston North End, Blackpool, Burnley, Grimsby, and Wolverhampton Wanderers were in the First Division? When legendary managers like Stan Cullis (Wolves), Matt Busby (Manchester United), and Matt Gillies (Leicester City) were in charge? If you do, then you won’t put Brenda Bullock’s book, Reflected Glory, down until you have read the last page. Brenda Bullock is a University of Leicester graduate (BA French, 1962) and a life-long football fan, and her story is a fifty-year slice of social history. She brings remarkable insight to a nostalgic account of the sport in the 50s and of its changing character since then. In an age when workingclass girls were expected to be more interested in dolls and knitting than football, Brenda had difficulty getting permission to attend matches. Even then she remained an outsider in a male world, going in through the boys’ entrance, and standing on windy and wet open terraces where there were no ladies’ loos. Her account is also a loving history of Wolverhampton Wanderers from the glory days of the 1950s when Wolves won just about everything, and a match versus West Bromwich Albion could attract PERSONAL VIEW: 55,000 spectators Author Brenda Bullock. to Molyneux. Wolves were the first club to install floodlights, enabling them to play friendly matches against glamorous foreign clubs like Honved from Hungary, and Spartak and Dynamo from Moscow. Brenda’s teenage dream was to marry captain Billy Wright – dashed when he married Joy of the Beverley Sisters in 1958. She subsequently chose to study at the University of Leicester because Derek Hogg was playing for City – but sadly he was transferred to West Brom before she arrived. Vignettes abound – the squalor of the mens’ loos – ‘worse than any brick privy Brenda Bullock’s book is published by in any back yard at the Brewin Books, and costs £8.95 (paperback, turn of the century’, ISBN 1 85858 145 1). stewed tea and mugs of 34 Bovril from ramshackle refreshment counters. Supporters wielded bell and rattle – the only weapons likely to inflict violence upon neighbouring spectators, and collected players’ autographs. These were the days of the W formation when defenders defended and attackers attacked, when substitutes were not allowed. And did you know that the first cantilever stand was built in Scunthorpe? After the 50s the scene began to change rapidly. With the sixties came Carnaby Street, the Beatles and the pill. Football saw all-round inflation: the abolition of the maximum wage, massive sponsorship, £million transfers, replica strip, hooliganism, Hillsborough and all-seater stadiums with better facilities. Football became more a middle-class game, and players and managers became media stars with private lives to match. Eventually the First Division became the Carling Premiership, with blanket television coverage. New grounds were built with names like the Reebok Stadium, and marketing off the field became as important as events on the pitch. Football began to lose touch with its roots. Things would never be the same again. David Johnson 7 8 10 11 Crossword Bulletin University of Leicester November 1999 12 13 15 16 18 20 21 22 24 25 26 28 PRIZE CROSSWORD 38 by Seivador FOUR PRIZES: First correct entry from draw – a three–course lunch for two in the Carvery, donated by the University of Leicester Catering Services, second correct entry – a £15 book token, donated by the University of Leicester Bookshop, third correct entry – a bottle of wine, courtesy of the Bulletin, fourth correct entry – £5 book token, courtesy of the Bulletin. Entries (in a sealed envelope, clearly marked) to PRIZE CROSSWORD COMPETITION, PRESS & PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, FIELDING JOHNSON BUILDING BY NO LATER THAN NOON ON MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER. 1 2 3 4 7 8 NAME: -------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPT: -------------------------------------------------------------------- EXT. NO: 9 10 11 -------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 15 Winners of Prize Crossword 37: Lunch for two in the Carvery, donated by the University of Leicester Catering Services – Martin Pennington, Careers Service; £15 book token, donated by the University Bookshop – John Hayes, University Electrician; a bottle of wine, courtesy of the Bulletin – Margaret Shear, School of Education; £5 book token, courtesy of the Bulletin – Jack Sansom, Safety Office. 6 5 16 19 17 13 14 18 20 21 22 23 24 Clues Across 1. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 15. 17. 18. 19. 21. 22. 24. 25. 26. ‘Links’ is sea-coast playing (10) Say Victoria Wodehouse to friends (4) When is activity down 50% _ 35 years? (4-4) Material burned in anger (7) Heretic bishop: imprisonment is comprehended by God (7) Broken piece is tough (5) How, heartlessly, German’s addressed: ‘Miss the mark?’ (3) It is back to the old tax (5) A serial we hear from yesteryear (3) Cast lay outside, with reserve (5) Unprofessional fellow taking gold about to run (7) HG vehicle is for stopping at dentist’s (7) Woman’s ending unstressed (8) Out East, mouse isn’t right for this wrestling! (4) Can mere pen’s production be of lasting quality? (10) Clues Down 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 9. 12. 13. 14. 16. 20. 23. 25 Hero Damon is in the top honours (8) Secluded, and so artily disposed (8) A strike in city brings disaster (8) Adolescent participant in private enterprise (4) Mention day of prize-giving (6) Garden centre runs to rye, perhaps (7) Eg William for Spooner nursed fame (5, 4) Calming tones aid reconstruction (8) Well, description of heretic receiving setback (8) The German divinity before and behind (8) Shape of tick turning up in untidy shrub (7) Move clumsily and look into election returns (6) A long way off from a loaf: a roll (4) 26 PRIZE CROSSWORD 37 SOLUTION Across: 1 Life insurance. 7 Chrome. 9 Utopia. 11 Ayer. 12 Aviate. 14 Etui. 15 Die. 16 Dawn. 17 Man. 18 Apse. 20 Demon. 21 Hie. 22 Sue. 23 Garlic. 24 Cat’s-paw. 27 Cha. 28 Assegai. 29 Latin-American. Down: 1 Lackadaisical. 2 Fervid. 3 Inmate. 4 Rut. 5 Nap. 6 Evasive action. 8 Eye. 9 Urban. 10 Open-air. 13 Aide. 16 Dan. 17 Moss. 19 Pelagic. 20 Decant. 21 Hawser. 23 Gas. 25 Torn. 26 Palm. • Seivador sometimes takes liberties with punctuation, capital letters and the like. 35 Photostop AUTUMN LEAVES Snapshot ‘Autumn has caught us in our summer wear’ THIS line from Philip Larkin’s poem captures the essence of these pictures of the University’s grounds, on and off campus. The University’s estate includes the picturesque Harold Martin Botanic Garden, the Attenborough Arboretum and fine Halls of Residence, set in expansive gardens. • Philip Larkin was Assistant Librarian at Leicester from 1946-50. 36 Name: Mr Anthony Munday Title: Print Finisher in the Reprographic Department About Yourself: I’ve worked in the Reprographic Department for four years. I recently completed my modern apprenticeship in print finishing at Leicester College, which lasted three years and was a day release scheme. At an awards evening, I received the Senator Rose Bowl, sponsored by Senator Print Finishers, for the highest achievement in print finishing, along with a cheque for £50. Print finishing is part of the production process of magazines such as the Bulletin. Outside work I enjoy all sorts of sports and music. What is the one change you would like to see to make Leicester a better place? I’d like to see more car parking spaces on campus for employees.