November 17, 1995

LOWERING THE DRAWBRIDGE. The National Association for Fine Art Education's 1995 Conference will be hosted by Nottingham Trent University on November 23-24. It will explore how quality in fine art education can be sustained and developed through increasing debate and exchange between sectors. Speakers include: Judith Mottram, Loughborough College of Art and Design;

Frances Corner, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education; William Feaver, art critic for The Observer and honorary professor of fine art. Information: Commercial Administrative Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU. Tel: 0115 948 6409 or 941 8418 ext.2862.


Ivor Gaber, professor of broadcast journalism at Goldsmiths College, University of London will give his inaugural lecture "Driving the news or spinning out of control? Politicians, the media and the battle for the news agenda" on November 30 at 5.30pm. It will take place in the Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, SE14 6NW. Admission free. Information: Mrs S. Boswell. Tel: 0171 919 7970.


The University of North London will host a joint conference together with the UK office of the European Parliament on Friday December 1 entitled "Regional Government in the UK: lessons from the continent?" The conference will consider the following issues: the significance of the current decentralisation of British government; is a "Europe of the Regions" possible?; is regional government necessary for democratic renewal. Information: Sarah Vaughan-Roberts, London European Research Centre, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB. Tel: 0171 753 5794.


A seminar on "The New Chemistries" introducing the concepts and basic methodologies of tools for biotechnology which will also consider the developments, range of applications and problem areas for these new techniques will be held on December 6 at The Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park, 4pm-7pm. Contributors: Dr Shankar Balasubramanian on combinatorial chemistry; Dr Alison Smith on polymerase chain reaction; Professor Richard Perham on phage display technology. Information: Registration Administrator, University of Cambridge Programme for Industry, 1 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA. Tel: 01223 302233. Fax: 01223 301122


The Philip Larkin Society has organised a reception in the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull to mark the 10th anniversary of the poet's death. A revival of the Larkin Letters exhibition is also presented by the library until December 22. Information: Jim Dumsday, University of Hull, HU6 7RX. Tel: 01482 466326.

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