eNews 26 October

Student success, Campus Live questionnaire, IT open sessions, surveys, SAP, BBC poem, Yorkshire in Bloom, research funding, events and more.

eNews 26 October

Thought pieces

Inside Track | Community approach to student success

A new Inside Track feature by Louise Banahene, Head of Educational Engagement, outlines how our University community is working together to further enhance positive outcomes for students at Leeds.

Campus life

Take part | Campus Live questionnaire

Have you heard about Campus Live, our packed programme of events taking place at the University throughout the autumn term? We want to hear from you about this exciting new initiative, so please take part in our Campus Live questionnaire for your chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher!

New Campus Live events

Week three highlights range from spinning yarn to stage musicals, and pop-up theatre to live music – there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Get involved online using #LeedsCampusLive and sign up for weekly Campus Live email updates so you don’t miss a thing.

Ancient inscription on display

You can now view one of the longest-surviving inscriptions from Ancient Britain after it was unveiled to the public for the first time ever at the University. The stone (pictured above), dating to Roman times, was unearthed in Wensleydale in 1960 by a team from Leeds, but it was so heavy it had to be housed in a basement on campus. Now it has been taken out of storage and is on display in the Michael Sadler Building.


Register | IT open sessions

Register now to attend IT open sessions to find out what’s happening within the service and to put your questions to the IT Executive leadership team. Sessions on Wednesday 9 November will also provide updates about Teams Voice and the Windows Refresh project, as well as the migration of M/N drives and Documentum. Don’t worry if you can’t attend – you can still use the registration form to submit your questions and a recording will be made available afterwards.

2022 UniForum Service Effectiveness Survey

A number of you will be invited to take part in a survey, as part of the UniForum programme, designed to gather benchmarking information to help make our professional services as efficient and effective as possible – an important part of the enabling work supporting our University strategy. Results will help us understand what we’re doing well and where we need to focus more attention across the University. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and launches today (Wednesday 26 October). Participants will receive an email from yourviews@uniforum.leeds.ac.uk that will include a survey link unique to them.

Take part | HE-BCI survey

Record your public engagement data on Symplectic by Friday 28 October to contribute to the 2021-22 Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey. The survey collects information about the impact the University has on the wider community. You can record lectures, performances, exhibitions and other public events that happened between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Sunday 31 July 2022.

Results | Balancing Life Survey 2022

Sport and Physical Activity’s (SPA) Balancing Life Survey 2022 results have been published, providing an insight into the activity and wellbeing levels of our University community. This year’s results once again found positive correlations between physical activity and wellbeing, demonstrating the important role this plays in enhancing mental health. Please contact Kate Petty, Physical Activity and Wellbeing Manager, for further information about the data in your specific work area.

Digital developments

SAP update

SAP is available again following the power issue last week. SAP is the main University system used by our finance (including research grants), purchasing, human resources and student management processes. We’ve experienced some ongoing online payment issues relating to student registration and have alternative arrangements in place to accept payment by phone, if needed. Please note the student registration deadline has been extended to Monday 7 November.


Yorkshire in Bloom success

Work of the University’s grounds and gardens team is worth its weight in gold… and that’s official! Leeds has been awarded prestigious Gold status in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom Awards, also winning one of the category prizes. Judges gave special mention to the collaborative efforts of staff, students and external organisations, as well as the accessibility of our gardens, the array of mature trees and our biodiversity work.

Access | BHM information and resources

There’s still time to visit the Equality and Inclusion Unit’s Black History Month (BHM) 2022 webpage to access information and resources to help mark this year’s programme, including a history of the initiative, guidance on how to support the anti-racism movement, and details of local and online events. Running throughout October, BHM provides an opportunity to promote and celebrate contributions of Black people to British society and foster a deeper understanding of Black history. University buildings will be lit up yellow, red and green on Monday 31 October to mark BHM.

Watch | BBC centenary poem

Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate and Professor of Poetry at Leeds, wrote a poem named Transmission Report to mark the BBC’s centenary. Watch a performance of the poem by a host of BBC personalities, broadcast on the One Show on Monday 24 October. You can also read Transmission Report and find out about Professor Armitage’s appearance at Campus Live.


Student newsletter

Read the latest student newsletter, which includes advice about how to make new friends at University, top time-management tips and helpful self-care suggestions.

Support for disabled students

Disability Services recommends reasonable adjustments for disabled students’ learning and exams. ‘Disability’ is a broad description and includes any long-term condition affecting a student’s studies, including physical disabilities, mental health conditions, autism and ADHD. Students should register with Disability Services by Friday 28 October to request support for their January 2023 assessments.


Apply | Funding opportunity

Apply for the Early Career Researcher Development Fund from the newly launched Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre, which is offering grants of up to £25,000 for projects exploring challenges related to vulnerability and policing.

Learning and development

Read | Lifelong Learning Centre newsletter

Read the latest Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) newsletter, providing information about how the LLC can support you in your role at the University. Sign up to the LLC mailing list to have the termly newsletters sent direct to your inbox.

Register | 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. 

Building authentic tutor/tutee relationships 

This session for new and experienced academic personal tutors looks at how to build authentic tutor/tutee relationships. The online event, running from 10-11am on Thursday 24 November, will explore the term ‘authenticity’ in relation to academic personal tutoring and discuss the potential benefits, how it connects to your teaching practice and some of the potential challenges.

Register | UKCGE Research Supervision Recognition Programme

Register your interest in the UKCGE Research Supervision Recognition Programme, which provides professional recognition for research supervisors. Funding is available for up to 100 places at Leeds this academic year. Closing date for applications is Friday 28 October. You can also join the OD&PL Research Supervision Development Community on MS Teams to keep updated about professional development resources, accreditation opportunities, news and policy developments.


International Concert Series | Autumn Season

The University of Leeds International Concert Series Autumn Season continues with a student showcase from 1.05-1.55pm on Friday 28 October. The concert will feature a programme of work by students on performance courses in the School of Music at Leeds.

Sign up | CERS talk 

Join the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) for a talk by guest speaker, Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry, titled ‘Black Futures Not Yet Lost: Black Abolitionism and the Politics of History’. The online event, which marks Black History Month, takes place from 5-6.15pm tomorrow (Thursday 27 October). Please register in advance via Zoom to receive a joining link.

Register | LITAC seminar

Sign up for the latest event in the Life of Colour Seminar Series. Presented by Dr Minchen Tommy Wei, the seminar will introduce studies addressing the challenges created by LED lighting, cameras, displays and metaverse systems. Run by the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), in association with industry experts VeriVide, the online event takes place from 2-3pm tomorrow (Thursday 27 October). 

Book | Introduction to Compassionate Campus

Sign up for the Introduction to Compassionate Campus event, taking place in the Esther Simpson Building and online via MS Teams from 10.30-11am on Wednesday 2 November. Hosted by Bridgette Bewick, Professor in Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Education, the event is followed by a Compassionate Campus Conversation from 11am to 12 noon.

Sign up | LUCAS and LAHRI virtual fellowship showcase

After two years running a virtual fellowship scheme for scholars in Africa, the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) and Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute (LAHRI) are showcasing some of their work during two online events tomorrow (Thursday 27 October). Register for ‘Local ecological knowledge and climate change in three corners of Africa’ (2-3.15pm) and ‘The post-colonial resurgence of traditional Yoruba practices’ (4.30-5.45pm).

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