eNews 19 July
eNews: Celebrating our research culture, graduation, international collaboration, data quarantine, Coleridge manuscript and more
Celebrating our positive research culture
Outstanding contributions towards improving our research culture are being celebrated on the first anniversary of a pioneering awards scheme.
“PhD DISCOs to help support our vibrant postgraduate researcher community, Water Woman Awards and equality, diversity and inclusion in data science are three of the many outstanding and most promising contributions to improving our research culture during the past year.
“Through the inaugural Research Culture and Engaged for Impact awards in 2022, we recognised positive contributions to research culture across faculties and roles.
“We also wanted to boost these good examples by supporting them with modest funding, enabling the nine selected teams to build on their already strong work. It’s wonderful to see the progress last year’s projects have made during the past 12 months, and to hear about the exciting initiatives and events taking place.
“Following this success, we’re looking forward to hosting the 2024 awards and recognising more of the excellent work inspiring positive change at Leeds.”
Dean for Research Culture, Professor Cat Davies
Our summer graduations are well underway and continue until 28 July. Check out our graduation overview to find out what’s happening and how to get involved. You can also watch our Forever Leeds graduation video, which captures the memories of our graduating students and celebrates the people, places and experiences that have made their time at Leeds.
TV presenter and leading physicist receive Honorary Degrees
Leeds alumni Anita Rani and Professor Ondrej Krivanek have been honoured with prestigious awards during graduation ceremonies in the Great Hall this week. Anita, TV presenter and Chancellor of the University of Bradford, has been awarded a Doctor of Laws whilst Ondrej, co-founder and president of Nion Co and Affiliate Professor at Arizona State University, has received a Doctor of Science.
Inside Track | Funding new international collaborations to tackle global challenges
Louise Heery, Associate Director for Global Research Partnerships, outlines how the new International Strategy Fund will help us tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today through international collaboration.
Election to the Association of Commonwealth Universities
Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor and President, has been elected to the Council of a global network of universities. Find out more about the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which is dedicated to building a better world through international collaboration in higher education.
Watch | A university with global reach and impact
In case you missed it, you can now watch the recording of our recent International Strategy event and hear from our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hai-Sui Yu, and Helen Foster, Director of the International Office, with contributions on international student recruitment, partnerships and the International Strategy Fund.
Data quarantine for research
Data quarantining for personally identifiable information under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) begins on 3 August, exempting research data. If you have research data on the M: and N: drives or Microsoft 365 (OneDrive, SharePoint), rename your top-level folders to include 'Research' or inform the Information Governance Team of their location. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for queries and upcoming Q&A session dates.
Migration of websites this week
We’re currently in the process of 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 have access to sites during this time, but content owners will only make urgent updates. This includes staff profiles. The process is running until Monday 24 July.
IT Service Desk | High number of requests
The IT Service Desk is currently dealing with an exceptional number of tickets, and unfortunately this means there may be a delay in responding to you. You can get help quickly by going to the IT website and:
- asking Falco or checking the IT Knowledge Base or
- checking the IT Service Status to see if there’s a major incident relating to your enquiry and if so, log on to the IT website and click the ‘I'm affected’ button rather than messaging the Service Desk directly.
If, after this, you still need to contact the Service Desk, please visit the IT website to submit a new ticket. Thank you for your patience and support.
Leeds Digital Festival 2023
Leeds Digital Festival 2023 takes place from 18-29 September, providing an open platform to showcase innovation and digital tech across Leeds city region. Got an idea to share? If so, please let us know. We’re coordinating a programme of events across campus, including a digital innovation showcase. Send your ideas to email@example.com by 28 July.
Minerva | 2023/24 modules now available
New Minerva module areas for the 2023/24 academic year are now ready for population, leaving around three months for modules to be built before teaching begins in the new academic year. Information and support on Minerva are available to guide staff through this process.
Coleridge anti-slavery manuscript saved by University
A historically significant Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem that was barred from leaving the UK has been bought by the University of Leeds Libraries. Taking its place in the Arts Council England Designated collection of English Literature and Poetry at the Brotherton Library, the Coleridge manuscript is the only handwritten copy of this poem.
Watch | International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2023 video
Changes to car parking
The University’s car parking permit system is changing from ParkIT to a new system called PermIT from tomorrow (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 colleagues can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Undergraduate Open Days | Free childcare
Colleagues working upcoming Saturday events for Open Days can register their interest in childcare offered by Bright Beginnings. The next deadline, for those working the 9 September event, is 17 August. To register interest, complete and submit the childcare booking form.
Building an electromagnetic shield to protect new microscopes
Managing all phases of building projects across campus, Senior Project Manager Adam Ives plays an important role in how the campus is developed. In the latest edition in a Facilities Directorate series, Adam talks about what he’s currently working on, including the installation of an electromagnetic shield to house new microscopes in the Bragg Building.
UNISON strike action reporting
The deadline for reporting participation via Employee Self-Service (ESS) for UNISON’s 11-13 July strike action is 21 July. Find out more about industrial action and the University response.
World Changers | Celebrating impactful research
People’s experiences are vital for researchers working to improve health services. But is it possible for researchers and people with direct personal experience to have equal power within a project? Cara Gates, Kate Farley and Natalie Mark reflect on the challenges and opportunities of co-production in the NHS. Read the latest collection of World Changers essays.
Apply | Research England funding
Applications are now open for funding for policy and participatory research projects in 2023-24. Visit the 2023/24 Research England SharePoint site for details, guidance and application forms relating to all three funding calls. The submission deadline is 13 September for the two policy-related calls and 22 September for the participatory research-related call. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Blog | Sharing personal research journeys
In a new blog with the NCCPE (National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement), Dr Alexa Ruppertsberg, Head of Public Engagement with Research, and Digital Creative Officer, Andy Guy, talk about how a recent project at Leeds gave colleagues the tools and confidence to share their personal research journeys.
Sign up | Leeds Pride
The LGBT+ Staff Network, along with allies, are marching at Leeds Pride and are inviting colleagues to join in. Taking place in the city centre from lunchtime onwards on Sunday 6 August, colleagues who would like to attend can sign up for the last few remaining places to join the Network on the day.
Learning and Development
Academic personal tutoring workshop
2-3.15pm, today (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.
Integrating LinkedIn Learning and Minerva
A new integration between LinkedIn Learning and Minerva allows you to easily add content from LinkedIn Learning into your Minerva module. You can add short videos and audio files, full courses or a collection of different content. If you’d like to add your own custom content to LinkedIn Learning or create your own collections, you can become a LinkedIn Learning curator.
Tell us your story
We’d like to hear about the great work you’re doing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your stories.