University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 16 December 2010 Events

DecAid service tonight
DecAid, a national appeal set up by present or former members of the University Officer Training Corps, has lined up Christmas No.1 hopeful Xander Rawlins for a Christmas concert in Exeter this evening (please see Events). Captain Rawlins has served in Afghanistan where he wrote the song ‘1,000 Miles Apart’. DecAid was set up to mark 10 years in Afghanistan by the British Armed Forces and aims to raise £350,000 for services’ charities.

Christmas arrangements; appeal
In Exeter, most facilities and services will be open as normal until lunchtime on Friday 24 December, and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 4 January. Between these times, there will be limited opening hours. Leaflets with further details are available and staff in Exeter and Cornwall have received further information via email. Many international students do not return home and it can be a lonely time. The University has organised a Christmas Buffet (deadline for tickets today) to help share the festive spirit. We are seeking donations of presents, games and Christmas music, to be left in the Northcote House reception before 23 December. For further information, please contact Sue Lawrie.

Destinations of HE Leavers survey
There has been a very successful initial response from the class of 2010 for the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Over 30 per cent of questionnaires had been completed by late November. An email will be going out shortly to let staff know about non-respondents and to seek help with any up-to-date contact information. We begin telephoning graduates in the New Year so this information would really help our response rates. 

D Bus changes
From Monday 10 January, there will be revisions to the D and H bus services, following community consultation. New route maps and a frequency guide can be found on the Stagecoach Bus website. Please check in the New Year for the new timetable.

BDC guide; new research centre
The museum at the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture has a guide book for the first time, thanks to funding from The University of Exeter Foundation, the charity that owns its collection. Visitors will be able to use the fully-illustrated guide when visiting, or purchase their own copy. To coincide with the publication, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film and Research, based within the College of Humanities, has been launched as a hub for film studies research.

One Planet MBA staff update
Dr Malcolm Kirkup, MBA Director, and students from this year’s innovation cohort will give a staff briefing in January on the One Planet MBA which launches formally next September. This joint programme with WWF, the conservation organisation, has 40 students from 22 different countries participating in the development programme this year. There will be a briefing, followed by questions, at two one hour sessions. The first is on Friday 21 January at noon in Room 1.1, Peter Chalk; the other is on Tuesday 25 January at 1.30pm in Seminar Room B, Xfi Building. Please contact Julie Hargreaves on 01392 724494 for further information.

Exeter Community Guide online
The Community Guide, which students received through their post boxes in October, is now online. It includes advice on keeping residences safe over the holidays and about refuse disposal at the end of term. It also provides guidelines on end-of-term parties and how to be a good neighbour.

Exeter IT
From January, the IT divisions within Academic Services, Business Improvement and Systems Support (BISS) and Information and Computing Services (ICS) will merge to form ‘Exeter IT’. The new division will be led by current Assistant Director of BISS, Deborah Welland, with current Assistant Director of ICS, Mike Walton, taking on a strategic and project-based role within the service. Further details, including the new staff structure, will be circulated.

Smokers needed for research
Researchers at the School of Sport & Health Science are looking for smokers aged 18 to 50 to participate in a physical activity, mood and concentration study. Volunteers should have smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day for two or more years. The ongoing study involves three visits to St Luke's, where participants will be asked to complete simple processing and brief physical activity tasks after three hours of abstinence. Participants will receive £20 each. For further information, please contact: Marcela Haasova, PhD researcher, 0791 333 739.

Sculpture in the making
British artist Nigel Ross last month created a sculpture from a lime tree felled to make way for the Forum. He worked behind the Queen’s Building and hopes people will enjoy the seat and table that emerged from the tree trunk.

Last Chance
The Dhow exhibition at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies ends on Friday December 17. The Dhow, Mastery of The Monsoon exhibition has brought together material culture and images relating to dhows and the dhow trade around the Arabian Peninsula and on the East African coast, including full-size vessels and many models. Please visit the MARES Project website for further information.

Thurs 16 December, 7.30pm-8.30pm
Carol service: DecAid service with Captain Xander Rawlins to commemorate the 10th Christmas in Afghanistan. Followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Suggested donation: £2.
Location: Exeter Castle courtyard, off High St.

Fri 17 December, 7pm for 7.30pm
Candlelit Christmas concert: ‘O Holy Night’, traditional and contemporary music from local chamber choir composed mainly of staff, students and alumni. Tickets: £5 to include mulled wine and mince pies. Proceeds to church appeal.
Location: St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Mt Dinham, Exeter.

Mon 20 December, 12.30-1.30pm
Women’s Network Christmas social
Location: Ted Wragg room, Northcote House. Free mini-bus from St Luke's, leaving main car park from outside College House Halls at noon and returning from Northcote House at 1:30pm. Places limited so please book minibus when confirming attendance with: equalityanddiversity@

Sat 25 December, 1pm-5pm
Christmas Day buffet lunch: £5 per person. Deadline for tickets Thursday 16 December. Further information from
Location: Hope Hall, Streatham.

Tues 11 January, 5pm
Seminar: Professor John Bessant on ‘Managing knowledge spaghetti – learning to work with open collective innovation’.
Location: G18, PMS Building, St Luke’s.

Wed, 2 February, 4pm
Seminar: Dr Anna Gloyn, University Research Lecturer from the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism on: “Insights into glucose homeostasis from the functional characterisation of variants across the allelic spectrum.”
Location: Lecture Theatre, Peninsula Medical School, Barrack Road, Wonford, with a telematic link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth.

Northcott Theatre
Until Sun 2 January
Room on the Broom
Schools: (14–16 Dec) 10.30am & 1.30pm
Family: (18 Dec–2 Jan) 11am & 2pm
A few tickets still available for magical show for all ages 3yrs+, based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

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