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December enews: University Christmas e card

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Christmas e card
The University Christmas e card is now available for all staff to use. To use the card, send an email containing your own message and a link to the e-card at

Holiday closure
The University will close for Christmas at 5pm on Thursday 22 December. (Thursday 22 December is a normal working day.) It will reopen on the morning of Tuesday 3 January 2012.

It all adds up - holiday shutdown
With the Christmas break only days away, please help reduce the University's carbon footprint by turning off equipment before you leave - whether it's a fridge, fume cupboard, water boiler or a computer monitor. Last year on Christmas Day, while the University was closed, the electrical load across campus was 4,240 kW every hour, using nearly £6,000 worth of electricity and releasing 56 tonnes of CO2. For more details and a helpful checklist see the italladdsup website

Last posting dates
A complete list of last posting dates for mail and packages is now available on the Royal Mail website

Get information on sending parcels to both UK and international destinations

If you require further information please contact Harminder Kalyan, Mail Service Supervisor on ext 32770.

ISS Christmas cover
ISS will be providing cover for some critical systems between Christmas and the New Year including the VLE, Portal, web and email. This will be similar to the successful support provided over Christmas last year, ensuring students continue to have access to key systems during a time when many will be revising for exams.

Save with the Refresh card

Save 10% on selected items at University cafés (including Christmas dinners in the Refectory) with a Refresh card. It's free and you can apply online. Find out more about Refresh cards and how to apply

12 days of fitness for £12

Throughout December The Edge is offering 12 consecutive days of 'Premium' membership with full access to its fitness facilities for only £12. It's the perfect way to try out The Edge's facilities. To sign up for your 12 days simply come into The Edge reception or email the sales and marketing team. You can begin using the facilities within minutes of sign up. See the terms and conditions

Wireless network - digital certificate change

Today, 12 December, the University will introduce a new digital certificate for use during the 'eduroam' authentication process.

The first time you connect to the 'eduroam' wireless network on or after this date your device (eg laptop, mobile phone etc) will probably prompt you to accept the new digital certificate from

You will only need to do this once per device.

Further information is available on the ISS website

New online staff IT training

In January the IT Training Unit is introducing a series of new tutor-led, online workshops, which you can attend from the comfort of your own workspace, or from any computer with an internet connection. The initial courses will be:
  • Managing your inbox - 9 Jan
  • PowerPoint skills - 13 Jan

Both sessions start at 10am. To book your place use the online course booking system

For more information email the IT Training Unit

Health and safety consultation

The consultation on health and safety training at the University will close at 5pm on Friday 16 December. Read the University's proposed new protocol on health and safety training

Send your comments to by the deadline to ensure your views are taken into account.

Timetable for elections to the Senate, 2012

The timetable for elections to the Senate by the "all faculties" and individual faculty constituencies has now been published. Appointments are to be with effect from 1 August 2012. View the timetable

Student executive leadership race

Do you know a student who would make a great leader of Leeds University Union? If you've spotted someone you think has potential you can recommend them anonymously. Nominations are open until 4pm on Friday 27 January. Nominate someone for the leadership race

Student education conference - Friday 6 January 2012

There are only a few places left on many of the parallel sessions for the first annual University student education conference, so book now to ensure you are able to attend the ones that interest you most.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Jim Parry, Professor of Philosophy at FTVS, Charles University in Prague
  • Claire Cashmore, recent Leeds graduate who will be representing Great Britain in the 2012 Paralympic Games

See the full programme

For more information email Stephanie Stones or Rebecca Shaw

Central teaching space

Please could all teaching and school timetabling staff check that the AV and associated equipment required for teaching is available in the rooms that have been allocated for semester two.

There have been a number of incidents in semester one where teaching staff have not requested the equipment that they would like or need during the timetabling process eg whiteboards, OHPs, and multi-region DVD and therefore have not been allocated the most suitable room.

If any member of staff requires equipment which is not available in the room allocated, please inform your local/school timetabling staff.

Draft response to the UCAS admissions process consultation

The University's formal draft institutional response to the UCAS Admissions Process Review is now available for consultation by University colleagues until Friday 16 December. Find out more about the review and read the University's draft response