eNews 12 July

New Director of People and Culture, UoL Teaching Awards, migration of websites, changes to car parking and more


Excellent teaching recognised in University awards  

University of Leeds Teaching Awards. July 2023

Discover who has won the University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2023. In their third year, these prestigious accolades are a celebration of the excellent practice and innovation in student education by colleagues across the University to deliver high-quality teaching and learning at Leeds. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. 

Dialect and Heritage project featured on the One Show 

The Dialect and Heritage Project, led by Dr Fiona Douglas (School of English), was featured on the One Show on 10 July. The filming focused on how we celebrate diversity through dialect. It was based at Hawes Museum and included interviews with recent participants, some of them descendants of people interviewed by the University in the 1950s. Read our spotlight feature: Many voices, countless words, One Show

Making connections medieval style! 

“Inspiring” collaborations ensured campus was “buzzing” throughout the 30th Leeds International Medieval Congress (IMC). More than 2,600 colleagues from across the humanities came together – in person and virtually – from 3-6 July to enjoy a packed academic programme running alongside a wide variety of medieval-themed activities. Discover more about IMC 2023


New Director of People and Culture 

Louise Kindon has been appointed as the University’s new Director of People and Culture. Taking up her role in October, Louise will develop, implement and manage people and organisational development at Leeds to support the University’s vision and strategic priorities with a significant culture shift to a community characterised by its inclusivity, collaboration, compassion and integrity. 

Thought pieces 

Inside Track | Opening our rare cultural collections to the world 

Imagine someone tens of thousands of miles away on the other side of the planet being able to see our rare and unique cultural collection – at a click of a button within seconds. Claire Knowles, Associate Director: Research and Digital Futures, tells us about the pioneering Digital Library Infrastructure Project

Curriculum Redefined | Sharing progress in POLIS 

About to start your Curriculum Redefined journey and not sure what to expect? Dr Victoria Honeyman, Director of Student Education for the School of Politics and International Studies, shares her reflections on what the POLIS team has learned in the process of reshaping their programmes. Want more Student Education success stories and lessons learned? Sign up for the fortnightly Student Education bulletin

Fifteen to One 

Fifteen to One | Sam Glenister-Batey 

In our latest Fifteen to One feature, Sam Glenister-Batey, Head of Conferences and Events, shares how he was inspired by the way the conferences and events industry came together during the pandemic. 

Digital development 

Migration of websites this week 

Between 5pm on Thursday 13 July and Monday 24 July, we’ll be migrating 18 of our University websites, including www.leeds.ac.uk, forstaff.leeds.ac.uk and faculty websites, to cloud-based servers to improve their security and reliability. You’ll still be able to view the sites as usual during this time, but content owners have been asked to only make urgent updates to the sites.   


Celebrating graduation   

Our summer graduation ceremonies start on 17 July. Find out what’s happening and how to get involved in the celebrations in our graduation overview on For Staff.   

Please share graduation success stories    

Do you want to share a memorable story or give a shout out to a particular student who’s graduating? Does a colleague go above and beyond to make graduation possible? Did you have an amazing graduation experience or are you graduating yourself this summer? We want to hear it all. Contact the Internal Communications and Engagement team at internalcomms@leeds.ac.uk for further information. 

Campus life 

British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) National Conference 

We’re currently hosting the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Conference. The event, which was officially opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, Professor Jeff Grabill, features speakers including England World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward. Hosting the largest higher education sporting conference of 2023 reinforces our position as a sector leader in sport and physical activity.  

Changes to car parking 

The University’s car parking permit system is changing from ParkIT to a new system called PermIT from 20 July. As well as the new name, users will notice some changes to the booking process. There are guides on the car parking website in the ‘Important Documents’ section and colleaues can contact carparking@leeds.ac.uk for help

Industrial action 

UNISON strike action reporting 

The deadline for reporting participation via ESS for UNISON’s 11-13 July strike action is 21 July. Find out more about industrial action and the University response on our Industrial action In depth page


World Changers | Celebrating impactful research   

It’s easy to be sceptical about public consultations. Do our perspectives and hopes really make a difference? Dr Helen Graham and Phil Bixby have been developing a new approach that puts dialogue and shared vision right at its heart. You can read the latest collection of World Changers essays on our Spotlight page. 


Open event | Priestley Centre for Climate Futures 
3.30-5pm, today (12 July) 

Register for an informal event to learn about an exciting new phase of development as the Priestley Centre becomes the Priestley Centre for Climate Futures. You’ll hear from Director Piers Forster and Head of the Priestley Centre for Climate Futures, Shona Smith. The event will start with a short presentation, but feel free to drop in any time. Light refreshments will be provided. 


Have your say | Staff Festival survey  

Were you one of the thousands of colleagues who flocked to the University on 30 June to enjoy a packed programme of hugely entertaining activities and attractions? If so, please take part in our short Staff Festival survey to help shape future events. Your views are anonymous and it should only take about five minutes to complete. And don’t forget to watch our Staff Festival video and view the full photo gallery

Learning and Development 

Academic personal tutoring workshop 
2-3.15pm, 19 July  

Sign up for an introduction to academic personal tutoring, designed for those new to the role at Leeds. The workshop will look at key aspects of academic personal tutoring, such as the boundaries of the role, referrals and facilitating a sense of belonging. Further sessions are scheduled for September and October. 

Aurora leadership development programme   

Applications are open until 14 July for the 2023/24 Aurora programme. Aurora is a leadership development programme for women (including non-binary and transgender colleagues) in grade 6-8 roles. Delegates will explore several leadership themes and skills through a mix of sessions involving guest speakers, mentoring, self-directed study and more. Find out more about Aurora and changes to this year’s programme on the OD&PL website.   


Watch the recording | Online Education at Leeds 

In case you missed it, you can watch the recording of our Online Education at Leeds event, which took place last week. The event shared the vision for the expansion of Online Education during the next five years and was an opportunity to ask your questions. We heard from Professor Jeff Grabill, Professor Jo-Anne Murray, Dr Margaret Korosec and Dr Megan Kime. 

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) 
17 July 

Book your place at this online event to find out more about the CMDA. The CMDA strengthens the leadership skills of new and existing managers, and focuses on the theory and practice of management, as well as fundamental business concepts. It will also help colleagues preparing to progress onto more senior roles. Course fees are paid by the University and the deadline for applications is 1 October.   

Open call | ESRC Festival of Social Science 

The festival is an annual event showcasing leading social science research or social science-related events to engage and inspire public audiences. Email lssi@leeds.ac.uk for an Expression of Interest form. Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to apply and you don’t need to be a social scientist to participate, as long as the research has a social science component or collaborating partner. 

Tell us your story 

We’d like to hear about the great work you’re doing. Contact the Internal Communications and Engagement team at internalcomms@leeds.ac.uk to share your stories. 

Keeping up to date 

You can keep up to date with our latest news on the For Staff website and by following the staff Twitter account

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