Digests

Leave
All full time staff are entitled to an extra day's annual leave this year for the Golden Jubilee. Staff who work part time will also be entitled on a pro rata basis. Staff should arrange to take this extra entitlement as part of their overall annual leave entitlement before the end of the holiday year on 30 September 2002.

Ladies Club
Next October the University Ladies' Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a special event yet to be announced. President Beverley Horner would welcome anecdotes, recollections, photographs and memorabilia from members and anyone who might have been associated with the club over its lifetime for possible inclusion in a souvenir booklet. Please contact Beverley on 01382 225933.

Emeritus
Professor Emeritus Janet Sprent has been appointed to the Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution, where she joins former Principal Ian Graham-Bryce.

CALS
Marion Sporing of the centre for applied language studies has been appointed to the board of directors of the Institute of Linguists Educational Trust. Arthur McNeill, director of the centre, has been appointed to the British Council's accreditation scheme advisory committee.

Racing
Fans of Formula 1 motor racing are invited to register their interest in a new club - F1 Dundee. The club is open to all and aims to arrange big screen viewing of Formula 1 race weekends, some visits to races and other social events. Interested? Email your contact details to j.r.d.blicharski@dundee.ac.uk

Professorship
Alastair Thompson has been awarded a King James IV professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons. Professor Thompson will deliver a lecture during the year of his professorship and submit a paper for the College's journal. The specialist professorships were established by the College to mark the millennium.

Safety
The University safety office has been renamed University safety services and has appointed Dr Ian Scragg as head. Larry Fortune is the new fire safety officer.

Energy
What is your energy footprint on campus? Are you using unnecessary energy in your office or lab? An energy awareness day will take place on 24 October. Further details in the next Contact or email d.j.z.mitchell@dundee.ac.uk

Computing
ECLD is a European standard of competence in computing skills which is now on offer to students in the faculty of medicine, dentistry, nursing and midwifery to improve their IT skills to enhance and complement their clinical practice. The qualification consists of one theoretical and six practical tests. Modules are available at the training centre on level 9 Ninewells to teaching staff and clinical undergraduate students of the faculty of medicine, dentistry, nursing and midwifery. NHS staff can also access this through the intranet. Any clinical student wishing to use the training facilities can do so freely, providing there are spaces available. Contact Brian Blake, TUHT senior training & development consultant brian.blake@tuht.scot.nhs.uk

Prep
An initiative to help students who face resit exams in August is being launched by the learning enhancement unit as one of their new programmes - the preparatory resit examination programme - PREP. This will enable students to revise in a structured 2-week framework with tuition in effective strategies for revising, tackling exam questions, and coping with exam stress. Support will be available from subject tutors in liaison with LEU teaching staff. Further information is available from Jonathan Weyers ext 4258 or Kathleen McMillan ext 4532.

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Appointments
University Court appointed Dr Thomas Fahey from the University of Bristol to a personal chair of general practice from 1 August. Dr Deirdre Murphy, also from the University of Bristol has been appointed to the chair of obstetrics and gynaecology and will start as head of department on 1 August. Dr Bob Harris will take over as head of the history department due to the vacancy left by Professor Chris Whatley's appointment as dean. Professor Brian Burchell was reappointed as the head of molecular and cellular pathology for another three years and Dr MacEwen, currently acting head of opthamology, was appointed head of department for a term of three years.

Recycling
The central purchasing office has contributed a donation of 35,000 to the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) by returning old toner cartridges and mobile phones for recycling. CHAS is running a 10m appeal to build Scotland's second children's hospice. Departments are encouraged to continue returning their used toner cartridges etc to the central purchasing office. http://www.dundee.ac.uk/purchasing/CHAS.htm

Fellow
David Lilley was made fellow of the Royal Society of London for his work on the structure of RNA and DNA.

Slides
Since the review of central services the 35mm computer generator slide making service has now moved to clinical illustration at Ninewells. Please contact Margaret Lawson for details. m.lawson@dundee.ac.uk.

Conference
Professor Anthony Black's recently published book, "The history of Islamic political thought from the prophet to the present" has been selected as the theme book for a conference on Islam and the defence of liberty organised by The Liberty Fund - a US charitable foundation. Professor Black has been invited to help guide discussions at the conference which will take place in Savannah, Georgia from 27-30 June.

Mentoring
LINKnet mentoring is looking for black/ethnic minority people in the Tayside and Fife areas to join the mentoring scheme to foster better representation of minorities in further and higher education, public and civic life. Mentors will support and guide the mentee to develop their education, career, employment prospects or personal development. If you are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee contact Salma Siddique at the University of St Andrews ss6@st-andrews.ac.uk



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