eNews 24 August

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New Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion appointed  

Fiona McClement has been appointed as our first Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). She will work with colleagues to create a more equitable, sustainable and inclusive environment for everyone at the University, driven by our new EDI strategy. 


Celebrating successful change and innovation 

Discover how developing innovative ideas to enable world-changing research has resulted in official recognition for two highly successful projects, as part of our new Research Culture and Engaged for Impact Awards scheme. This week, we’re focusing on the winners of the ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ and ‘Finding a Better Way’ accolades. 

Campus life 

Final call | Campus Live 

Do you have a project or talent that deserves to have its moment in the spotlight? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your skills to a new audience this autumn. Applications for Campus Live close on Monday 5 September. Staff can claim reasonable expenses for staging an event or installation on campus, while students, societies and recent graduates (2020-2022) can receive up to £500 for taking part. Contact the Campus Live team for further information. 

Vernon Road closure  

Vernon Road will be closed to vehicles from Friday 2 to Friday 30 September while repair works take place. You can access the multi-storey car park via Willow Terrace or via a diversion in place through the Physics Deck.  

Roads and pavements closed 

Access will be restricted to several campus roads and pavements during forthcoming resurfacing work. Lyddon Terrace, Lifton Place and Cromer Terrace will be closed from Monday 5 to Friday 9 September, together with The Refectory side entrance on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September. 

Yorkshire Water hosepipe ban 

A hosepipe ban comes into operation from Friday 26 August for all businesses supplied by Yorkshire Water. The University is following Yorkshire Water’s advice for business owners, which includes restrictions for non-essential hosepipe use. 


Sign up | Have your say about how we communicate with you  

Do you like the way the University communicates with you? Tell us what you think. We’re holding online focus groups, exploring how we share information with colleagues. Sessions run by an independent agency are being held in early September. You can have your say in a constructive, but frank fashion. Register your interest online or contact the Internal Communications and Engagement team for further information. 


Call for Papers | Student Success Conference 2022 

Submit proposals to present papers or best practice on the Student Success Conference (SSC) 2022 themes, including what we mean by student success, curriculum change, student voice and more. You can join the free SSC 2022 on Tuesday 8 November to explore and reflect on the meaning of student success in higher education. The submission deadline for papers is Sunday 11 September. 


IMC 2023 | Final call for papers  

Time is running out to submit a paper for the 2023 International Medieval Congress (IMC) – one of the biggest hybrid academic conferences in the world. The deadline is Wednesday 31 August. 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.  

Apply | UK Research and Innovation Impact Acceleration Account 

As part of the UK Research and Innovation Impact Acceleration Account (UKRI IAA), Leeds has been awarded funding of £4m for the period from April 2022 to March 2025. University researchers can now apply for IAA funding, which supports early-stage translation of UK research to real impacts, transforms public services, forges new partnerships and more. Deadline for the current call is Wednesday 7 September.  

Wellbeing and support 

Free childcare | Undergraduate open days 

Our autumn undergraduate open days are taking place on Saturday 10 September and Saturday 8 October. We offer free childcare via Bright Beginnings for colleagues who work Saturday events. Email Bright Beginnings with your completed childcare booking form at least two weeks before the event you’re attending. Contact the Open Days events team for further information. 

Digital developments 

Administrator privileges 

From Thursday 1 September, we’re transforming the way we’re providing administrator privileges on University computers for academic researchers. Delinea Privilege Manager is being rolled out to Windows computers initially, and then Mac computers. It will enable researchers to update software themselves without asking IT. Initially, this will incorporate campus-based computers or those using the VPN service. Future phases will expand to computers used off-site, and rollout of a new request process aimed at non-academic researchers. We are not including Linux at this time and will be looking at identifying an appropriate solution for it in the near future. 

McAfee rebranding 

McAfee is rebranding as Trellix. You don’t need to take any action, and the antimalware protection it provides will remain the same. During the coming weeks, however, you may notice the McAfee icon at the bottom of the screen near the clock changes to reflect the new name. 

Learning and development 

Apply | Enhance Your Student Education Practice course   

You can now apply for OD&PL’s Enhance Your Student Education Practice course. The programme is designed for early and mid-career academic teaching colleagues. It features six workshops taking place in September. The course provides you with the tools and skills to plan, evaluate and enhance your teaching and scholarship practice. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 26 August. 

Register | Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) events 

There’s still time to book your place at an event to find out more about the CMDA and meet the teaching and support teams. Sessions, taking place in September and October, will help if you’re thinking of applying for the programme yourself, or for someone in your team, before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 25 November. Apply early as places are limited. 


Register | We Move – Race Equality and Migrants’ Rights Summit 

Register to attend the We Move – Race Equality and Migrants’ Rights Summit, hosted by the University from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September. Organised by the Runnymede Trust, the event will create a space for those working for migrants’ rights and racial justice – including academics, students and the general public – to come together and develop approaches to building a Britain in which we all belong. Ticket charges apply. 

Ilkley Literature Festival programme 

Access the Ilkley Literature Festival programme to view this year’s events, which run from Friday 7 to Sunday 23 October. Through the Cultural Institute, the University is the festival’s higher education partner, offering a range of initiatives and events, including ‘Melvyn Bragg: Back in the Day’, with our former Chancellor sharing stories from his captivating memoir. 

Register | Leeds Digital Festival 2022 

Register to attend the packed programme of events for Leeds Digital Festival 2022, running from Monday 19 to Friday 30 September. Colleagues across the University will showcase their digital expertise in a series of free online and in-person events. We’ve renewed our sponsorship of the tech showcase, which aligns with our vision to solve global challenges through digital means, as set out in our Digital Transformation Strategy 2020-2030

Book | Nexus Connect  

Sign up for Nexus Connect, which is being held at the University’s innovation hub from 4.30-6.30pm on Tuesday 20 September. The event brings innovators together to make meaningful connections, discuss ideas, share common areas of interest and discover opportunities for collaboration. This is a great opportunity for colleagues to find out more about, and network with, the innovative businesses within the Nexus community. For the third event in our networking series, Nexus Connect is heading to the Leeds Digital Festival, with a focus on Medtech and digital health. 


eNews deadlines 

Due to the bank holiday, eNews will take a break until Wednesday 7 September. The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 September. 

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