A family-friendly event is to showcase some of the world-leading research done by the University of Leeds. The free Be Curious open day this Saturday will focus on how research makes a difference to the lives of people all over the world. Among the topics are the impact of selfies, how to design a cycle-friendly city and how to generate energy from waste. Dr Charlotte Haigh, academic lead for public engagement at the university, said: “Be Curious is about inviting people to have fun and find out more about the world-leading research happening at the university. This year we’re focusing on the relevance of our research to people across the world, with events for people of all ages.” The talks will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Parkinson Building and elsewhere on campus. There will also be stalls and guided trails for all ages. Dr Haigh added: “It’s a great opportunity to explore our campus too, including the two galleries in the Parkinson Building, … [Read more...] about University asks you to ‘Be Curious’
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From our archives: 85 years ago It was premiere night for the film King Kong, starring Fay Wray. Both the Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy Theatre in New York were packed to the seams with A-listers, grossing $100,000 in its first week before going nationwide. The movie about a gigantic ape was the first feature film to use stop-motion animation. And with two days remaining in his term, US President Herbert Hoover created the America’s first national historical park, at Morristown, New Jersey and the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. 50 years ago A midnight decision had been made by York University students to go ahead with a “selective boycott” of their four dining halls unless they received a written assurance by 10am that there would be no alteration to food prices and portions for the next 12 months. The boycott planned by 19 students was the first form of militant action since the University opened in 1963. Discussions about catering … [Read more...] about ON THIS DAY: March 2
Thousands of university lecturers are expected to walkout across the UK today. The strike action, which could see teaching staff spend up to 14 days on the picket line, comes after a bitter row with employers over pensions. Negotiations appear to have hit a deadlock and students are demanding refunds on their tuition fees. Read below to find out everything you need to know about the ongoing strike. Why are lecturers striking? Teaching staff at 61 universities across the UK are protesting proposed changes to their pensions. They claim the plans, put together by their employer, Universities UK (UUK), could see them £10,000 a year worse off. The UCU (University and College Union) says younger lecturers will be worst affected, with some facing losing up to half their pensions. Why have the changes been put forward? UUK says their current pension scheme has a deficit of £6bn which needs plugging. They argue that, … [Read more...] about Which universities are striking? What are lecturers walking out on?
MORE than a million university students across Britain and Northern Ireland are to be affected by strike action today - the first in a series of walkouts. An unprecedented level of industrial action is planned over proposed changes to lecturers' pensions. It will begin with a two-day walkout, affecting over 60 universities. Staff fear pension changes could cost an average lecturer £200,000 over the course of their retirement. University employers have said changes are necessary. Officials from the University and College Union (UCU) are meeting on March 2 to discuss the response from universities to the industrial action and warned that if the dispute is not settled then "nothing is off the table". The union has a mandate to take action until July 19, which covers the exams period. It means that institutions could potentially face industrial action during this important point of the academic year. Other action is likely to include members working to their contracts, meaning … [Read more...] about Full list of universities starting strike action
0 Have your say When the Representation of People Act became law a century ago today, it was hailed as a landmark moment, for it meant women over the age of 30 who owned property, or were married to a man who did, were entitled to vote. When the Representation of People Act became law a century ago today, it was hailed as a landmark moment, for it meant women over the age of 30 who owned property, or were married to a man who did, were entitled to vote.This empowered roughly 8.5 million women, which may sound quite a lot, but it still only amounted to around 40 per cent of Britain’s female population at the time. So even though women had worked tirelessly in factories, and in some cases given their lives for the war effort, this still wasn’t deemed good enough to earn them all the same rights as their husbands, fathers and brothers – for that they would have to wait another 10 years.The battle for women’s suffrage was long, hard-fought and at times … [Read more...] about Historic items in Leeds that chart the struggle for women’s votes in 1918.
Rich in history, with a thriving cultural scene and plenty of glorious countryside just on the doorstep, it’s no surprise that Leeds has become one of the most popular cities in the UK. And with its undeniable Yorkshire charm, the city has inspired many an amusing quip which sum it up perfectly. Here are a few of the best. “What is going on with the loop? I’m all for having an inner city ring road, but can we go both ways around it? “I had to go to the theatre – I could see the theatre from my hotel – it took me 25 minutes going around the whole city to get back to my hotel!” Michael McIntyre After bringing his Comedy Roadshow to Leeds in 2011, comedian Michael McIntyre was less than impressed with our road system. His confusion and frustration at the loop is sure to resonate with any Leeds resident who has experienced the pain of driving through the city centre. “Leeds is quite laid-back. That’s why I live there now.” … [Read more...] about 10 of the funniest quotes about Leeds
It was with slight trepidation that I headed for the largest city in West Yorkshire for a first-time visit by train, wondering how I would be able to do it justice in a weekend without a car to get around. I needn’t have worried. Firstly, travelling to Leeds by rail is surprisingly easy and relatively quick, and secondly, the city centre is deceptively compact and easy to traverse on foot. Our journey started in a Southeastern carriage from Ebbsfleet just after 9am on a Saturday heading for London’s St Pancras International, followed by a short walk to King’s Cross. There was enough time to grab some sustenance for the journey before boarding a Virgin East Coast train direct to Leeds with minimal stops. As we neared our destination, passing through stations such as Doncaster, our carriage filled with rowdy supporters of the once mighty Leeds United – via the buffet car for a livener or two – heading for a home game. By just after 12.15pm we had reached our … [Read more...] about Leeds’ lovely architecture
THE Shires have had a phenomenal year since releasing their second album My Universe in September.The country duo of Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle saw this record become the fastest-selling UK country album in history.Ben says: “We came together as a band because of our love of country music and really didn’t expect to have two gold albums in the space of 12 months. We are hugely grateful.”Here, the duo talk about their huge success, playing Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and one day working with Ed Sheeran. What can we expect from your forthcoming UK tour? Crissie: We chose these dates around the UK so that we could play in amazing venues in cities across the country we’ve never even been to before.We’re so excited about meeting and playing for new audiences, and of course being on stage at the historic London Palladium for the first time.Ben: Playing the bigger shows have played an influence.After we toured with Little Big Town and then The Corrs, … [Read more...] about The Shires open up on being ‘too young’ for country after record-breaking year
SUNSPORT'S man in the know for all the red-hot transfer news provides some more juicy nuggets from across the country...Monk Ry RaidLIVERPOOL whizkid Ryan Kent is on the radar of Leeds.Boss Garry Monk has been impressed by his form at Barnsley during a loan spell.Kent, 20, is happy to see out the season with the Tykes.But Leeds will head the queue for him in the summer and Monk may make a £2.5million raid if Kop manager Jurgen Klopp decides to cash in.Meanwhile, Burnley are looking at university student Harry Flowers — grandson of Wolves and England legend Ron.Flowers, 20, is a strapping centre-half.Clarets have taken him for an extended trial on the word of new youth spy Nicky Law and star spotter Ronnie Glavin.Robert-soldANDY ROBERTSON will quit Hull in May whether they beat the drop or not — and spark a £10million race to sign him.The left-back, 22, is fuming that a move to Burnley was called off when the Tigers could not find a deadline-day replacement.Hull … [Read more...] about The Boss of Goss: Leeds line up raid for Liverpool whizzkid and Andy Robertson to quit Hull
WITH his six-pack rippling above a tiny loincloth, Alexander Skarsgård looks like a poster boy for naked ambition.But while the Swedish star has no problems with nudity thanks to his liberated actor dad — his hunger for fame has taken longer to mature.The 39-year-old star of The Legend Of Tarzan, in cinemas today, grew up in Stockholm with his family walking around the house in the buff.He says: “I love to be naked.”But Alexander’s trek through the Hollywood jungle almost never happened when, after making a hit film in his early teens, he took an instant dislike to celebrity.It took a 15-month stint of National Service — and six months as an English student in Leeds — to put him back on the path that today sees him starring opposite Margot Robbie, as Jane, in this summer blockbuster.But then acting is in Alexander’s blood.He is the eldest child of Stellan, 65 — star of Mamma Mia!, … [Read more...] about Tarzan hunk Alexander Skarsgård opens up on pubs, his love of being in the buff, and living with a drug dealer