eNews 19 July

eNews: Celebrating our research culture, graduation, international collaboration, data quarantine, Coleridge manuscript and more

Professor Cat Davies


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


Celebrating graduation

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.

Thought pieces

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.

Digital developments

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 dpo@leeds.ac.uk 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 digiengagement@leeds.ac.uk 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.

Campus life

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

Did you attend the fascinating Making Leeds Medieval event on campus on 6 July? If so, see if you can spot your face in the crowd in our 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 carparking@leeds.ac.uk 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.

Industrial action

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 knowledge-exchange@leeds.ac.uk 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.

Staff networks

Sign up | Leeds Pride 
6 August 

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 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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