1 June eNews

Partnership prized, plus get involved in REF2021 meetings, Be Curious and more

The June enews header featuring a bed of pink blooms outside the Great Hall. June 2020.


Partnership Awards 2020

Winners of our annual Partnership Awards have been announced online. The coveted accolades celebrate staff and students who truly put into practice The Leeds Partnership – an agreement setting out our shared commitment to work together to support all aspects of our University community.

Recognising gender equality

We're celebrating a hat-trick of new Athena SWAN Charter awards across the University, recognising advancement of gender equality. The Faculty of Biological Sciences has achieved a silver award, while the Faculty of Social Sciences and Leeds University Business School have both received bronze awards.

Sustainability Awards 2020

Nominations for the annual Sustainability Awards are now open. This is your chance to celebrate the individuals and teams who are embedding sustainability in everything we do at Leeds. Nominations close on Monday 22 June, with winners announced online in early July.

Celebrate Our Staff

See the latest instalment celebrating the achievements of colleagues across the University, featuring fundraisers, honours, new appointments and Fellowship awards. Contact Internal Comms to make submissions for the next roll of honour. This is open to all colleagues.

Research Round-up

Read the latest of our monthly features shining the spotlight on our research success stories. This month’s article includes grant awards, funding opportunities, coronavirus studies, climate crisis action and a new digital platform for stage@leeds. Contact Internal Comms if you would like to showcase your research achievements in a future edition.

Piers Sellers Prize 2020

Register to attend the virtual presentation of the 2020 Piers Sellers Prize awards on Wednesday 10 June. This year’s winners are Dr Katharine Mach, for her world-leading contribution to solution-focused climate research, as well as Leeds academics Oliver Grasham and Harriet Thew, for their exceptional PhD research to address climate change.

Digital education and learning…

Audio Video Recording Policy – have your say

You can provide feedback on the proposed changes to our Audio Video Recording Policy until Wednesday 17 June. Our recording of educational activities is an important part of the University’s strategy to ensure the teaching and learning requirements of our diverse student population are met.

New tools for digital education + e-portfolio demonstrations
Read about plans to further develop our use of learning analytics to support students, including the opportunity to see demonstrations by two potential suppliers of an institutional e-portfolio system. E-portfolios are used by students to record and reflect on their personal, professional and academic progress. Their content can be shared with staff, discussed in personal tutoring meetings and be used for career or further study applications. Email the Digital Education Service to register for the two demonstrations, one on Friday 12 June (1.30-3pm) and the other on Thursday 18 June (9-10.30am).

Access the training, resources and support you need

Colleagues who teach or support learning can now sign up to the ‘Adapt Your Teaching for Online Delivery’ course. This self-paced course is designed to support with the design and delivery of online teaching. Staff and students can also access information on the Digital Practice website that offers support, development opportunities and resources for online teaching, working and study. See the message from Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, emailed on Wednesday 20 May, for more details.

Digital student education/assessment system

In the event that a digital student education or assessment system goes down or is experiencing a problem, please refer to this guidance and information on resolving issues and alternative solutions

Growing community of LinkedIn Learning users

Join more than 10,000 staff and students who are taking advantage of the free online courses from LinkedIn Learning. Courses provide a great opportunity to gain new skills or brush up on your existing expertise – from IT systems, including subject specialist software, to leadership and management modules – at a time and place convenient to you. If you haven’t tried it yet, see the LinkedIn Learning quick start guide and join our growing community of users.

Take part…

REF2021 open meetings

Register via email to attend REF2021 open meetings on Teams, providing an update from the University’s REF Steering Group about our continuing preparations for the submission and how we are responding to changes to the national timetable. Meetings are on Wednesday 8 July (10am to 12 noon) and Tuesday 14 July (2-6pm). Quote ‘open meeting’ in the email subject line, and include your name, school and preferred date.

Balancing Life Survey 2020

Take part in the Sport and Physical Activity Service’s (SPA) Balancing Life Survey 2020. It aims to explore how social distancing measures have impacted upon habits and attitudes towards physical activity, which will ultimately help influence future SPA initiatives. Open until Sunday 7 June, the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Academic Listening Project

Do you teach PGT modules with sizeable numbers of non-native English-speaking international students? If so, we’d like to hear your views. Please complete the survey investigating issues surrounding second language listening and its possible impacts on student education, as part of the LITE Academic Listening Project

Research surveys

School of Psychology researchers are running two surveys.

The first, which closes today (Monday 1 June), invites parents of primary school aged children to share their experiences of home schooling or continued schooling (if their children are still in school). This information will help schools and families to support children if future closures are needed.

The second hopes to discover how people would prefer doctors in Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments to deal with them when the doctor is unsure what’s wrong. The survey about the choices people make in unclear situations is open to over-18s until Tuesday 30 June. Participants can enter a prize draw for the chance to win one of three Amazon gift vouchers (£25, £50 and £100).

Health and Safety Policy consultation

Have your say about the University’s updated Health and Safety Policy and see how the responsibilities affect you. Feedback can be submitted until Monday 20 July.


Be Curious goes virtual

Join us on Twitter to discover more about our world-leading research from the comfort of your own home as the hugely popular Be Curious showcase goes virtual! While the physical event has been rescheduled to Saturday 10 October, researchers from across the University are putting together some amazing resources and video content for the very first #BeCuriousGoesVirtual next month. Stay Curious by enjoying Demonstration Week (from Monday 1 June), Arts and Crafts Week (from Monday 8 June) and Question Week (from Monday 15 June) – there’s something for everyone!

Healthy Week 2020

Healthy Week’s virtual programme of activities has been announced to help you and your colleagues get active anywhere, anytime, and to boost your mental and physical wellbeing. Beginning on Monday 8 June, events include live classes and workshops, such as mobility exercises, yoga, a sleep workshop and live cooking demonstration.

Virtual International Medieval Congress 2020

We are excited to announce a virtual International Medieval Congress will be held during the same week #IMC2020 was scheduled – Monday 6 to Friday 10 July. A programme of around 500 presentations is being finalised, with further information, including registration details, to follow.

Help at home

Carers Leeds appointments

While face-to-face sessions with Carers Leeds have been cancelled until further notice, free and confidential one-to-one telephone appointments can still be booked for Thursday 4 June and Thursday 16 July.

Get creative with our galleries

Keep entertained during lockdown by joining our galleries’ digital ‘sketch club’ on Twitter as they post a different ‘Friday Focus’ at 12.30pm every week.

Latest updates…

Coronavirus website

We are continually reviewing and updating the information and advice on the coronavirus website, and you can find related staff email communications and student email communications on there too.

You can also access an archive of our coronavirus-related news articles via the main University website.

In case you missed it…

Online reading lists for assessments

Wellbeing information, advice and support

The Refectory is open Monday - Friday for takeaway only Social distancing controls are in place.

Homeschooling resources

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