eNews 20 July

Equity in HE, digitally-enhanced learning, award winners, digital developments, campus closures, learning and development, staff offers and more

Thought pieces 

VC Blog | Three steps to equity in higher education 

Read the latest blog from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, which considers the insecurity and unease that sometimes gets in the way of achieving equity in higher education. 

How to embrace digitally-enhanced learning 

Read a new blog piece exploring how to embrace digitally-enhanced learning, authored by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, and Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education. 


Inaugural award winners honoured 

Winners of the inaugural Research Culture and Engaged for Impact Awards were announced during a special ceremony held on campus yesterday (Tuesday 19 July). Hosted by our Chancellor, Professor Dame Jane Francis, and Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, the event (pictured above) marked the official launch of Further Together, a new campaign designed to showcase the achievements of those involved in delivering our transformational, fundamental and challenge-led research. 

Digital developments 

New Information Governance training 

The new Information Governance training programme has been rolled out across the University, replacing the previous IT Security module in Minerva. You will receive a reminder from the new training platform, called Learning Pool, if you need to complete the programme. Follow the instructions in the email or visit the IT website for further information about accessing the course 

Sign up | IT open meeting with executive team 

Join the IT Executive Leadership Team for a short update on IT programmes, followed by a Q&A session, from 10.05-11.30am on Thursday 28 July. Please submit your questions ahead of time so we can cover as many topics as possible. 


IMC 2023 | Call for Papers 

Even though this year’s International Medieval Congress (IMC) has only just finished, the IMC 2023 call for submissions is now open. Alongside the special thematic focus of ‘Networks and Entanglements’, the IMC welcomes papers, sessions, round table and event/workshop proposals looking at all aspects of medieval studies. One of the biggest hybrid academic conferences in the world, this year’s event was another huge success after returning to campus for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Register | ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022 

Researchers from all disciplines have until 5pm on Wednesday 10 August to express an interest in delivering a public engagement event at the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022. Running from Saturday 22 October to Sunday 13 November, the annual festival presents an opportunity to promote social science research to new audiences and gain public engagement experience, with up to £1,000 in funding available per event. This year’s festival theme is ‘My local area’. 

Campus life 

Laidlaw Library closures 

Ongoing repairs mean there will be no access beyond the barriers of the Laidlaw Library until Saturday 23 July. Ground floor areas, such as the study rooms, study spaces near the Hillary Place entrance and Caffè Nero, will be open. There may be some noise disturbance during this time. The library will close completely from Monday 15 to Friday 19 August. Visit the Library website for further information. 

Vernon Road closure
Vernon Road will be closed to vehicles from Monday 1 to Friday 26 August while repair works take place. Vehicles can access the multi-storey car park via Willow Terrace, or via a diversion in place through the Physics Deck. 

Learning and development 

Sign up | Research Impact Coaching 

Register for Research Impact Coaching with OD&PL and get flexible support to improve your ability to deliver impact through your research. Coaching is available to researchers at any stage of their career, as well as those working collaboratively on projects. 

Apply | Aurora leadership development programme   

Submit your application for the 2022/23 Aurora programme – a women-only leadership development scheme, designed and facilitated by Advance HE for colleagues at or above lecturer level, or grade seven for technicians and those in professional services. Delegates will explore several leadership themes and skills through a mix of sessions involving guest speakers, mentoring, self-directed study and more. Applications close on Monday 22 August, and colleagues can either apply themselves or be nominated by their faculty or service. 

Register | Part-time Business Management and Leadership degree 

Find out more about our Business Management and Leadership degree, a part-time course taught one evening a week designed to build on your knowledge and experience of business management to develop your career. Register to attend the online information event, which runs from 6-7pm today (Wednesday 20 July). 

Book | Minerva Ultra Course View training  

Register for Minerva Ultra Course View training, including a new course on creating tests in modules for formative or summative assessment. Training on the use of Gradebook within Minerva will shortly be available, with all courses during the summer period listed on the Digital Education Systems Help website. 

Staff offers 

Discount | ORA Singers Composer Competition Final tickets 

Book to attend the 2022 ORA Singers Composer Competition Final, being held from 4pm on Saturday 23 July in Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall. The event is hosted by the School of Music, in partnership with the award-winning vocal ensemble, ORA Singers. The evening will feature performances of new choral works followed by a panel Q&A. Get a 50% ticket discount by using code ORACOMP50. 


Book | Research Computing Leeds Conference 2022 

Register for the inaugural Research Computing Leeds Conference, taking place on campus on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 July. The event aims to bring researchers together to showcase all the amazing computational research happening at Leeds, highlight the breadth of problems being tackled computationally and help develop collaborations. It’s free to attend, although places are limited. 

In case you missed it 

Inside Track | Knowledge Equity Network 

Inside Track | Further Together 

New Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Celebrate Our Staff 

Leeds Partnership Awards | Student CEO wins innovation accolade 

National Student Survey results

Removing unused phones 

Listen | Global Challenges podcast 

Sign up | Menopause in the Workplace workshops 

Register | Life of Colour Seminar Series 

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