The University's Reuse website, reuse@leeds has been upgraded
Originally built in 2009, the reuse@leeds website has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds in surplus furniture and equipment by allowing departments to share surplus assets across the campus.
From Physics, Angela tells us, We used it to good effect when we had the first year undergraduate physics lab benching/storage totally refitted in 2012. I advertised the old wooden large lab desks (6ft by 3ft), various wooden cupboards & wooden stools on there. Engineering took 10 large benches, Biology took all 72 stools and most of the cupboards went to 4 other departments. Sue from the Leeds Dental Institute used the site to similar effect when Oral Biology relocated to St. Jamess.
In the Faculty of Biological Science research technician Lewis uses the site to either respond to items listed, such as a waterbath and a CO2 incubator. He also requested items like a computer screen, which came from safety and wellbeing, a toaster from the Facilities Directorate and a kettle. Jennie from FBS has responded to requests, such as sending unwanted Christmas decorations up to the Faculty of Arts, providing bamboo canes for bee and bug hotels, and key tags up to the Senior Executive Team in the Ziff Building.
Bee and bug hotel
Users can use the existing link (http://reuse.leeds.ac.uk) to access the site and login is with your normal university login information. By registering you can opt to receive notifications when items are requested, this will be particularly useful when replying to loan requests. Who knows what treasures you may have hidden at the backs of your cupboards that may be of use to others!