eNews 9 August

eNews: National Teaching Fellowship, Celebrate Our Staff, Pride video, Leeds Rhinos tickets deal and more 

Celebrate  

Prestigious teaching fellowship for Leeds academic 

Dan Trowsdale, Deputy Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to higher education with a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF).  

“I’ve been inspired for many years by the work of colleagues who are already NTFs, so I’m thrilled and proud to be recognised alongside them. The award has boosted my confidence enormously. 

“The support of colleagues in the school, LITE and the Teaching and Learning in Engineering Network (TALENT) has been significant in supporting my development leading up to this fellowship. I was humbled that senior colleagues believed in my teaching and scholarship. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generous help from the NTF support team at Leeds – Peter Hartley and Kate Exley have been remarkable and very patient during the application process. 

“As a result of the application process, I have a very different personal view of my scholarship and teaching and my motivation as an educator.” 

Dan, who is also a Fellow of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE), focuses on human-centred methods of design-for-learning – using scientific insights to improve teaching and learning – and has been involved with the expansion of online learning at Leeds. 

Leeds students teach life-changing skills in South Africa  

Children in South Africa are learning to travel to school safely with help from students and staff from the University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University. Learning to cycle is a life-changing skill, taught through Gryphons Abroad, an international volunteering scheme. Read more about how the cycling hubs are helping children in Durban

Celebrate Our Staff – July 2023 

Medals, prizes and 75 years of the NHS, among other stories, feature in our regular series celebrating colleagues across the University. Contact internalcomms@leeds.ac.uk to make a submission for the next roll of honour.  

Community 

Leeds Voices podcast 

How has Jonny Brownlee remained at the top of triathlon for so long? How did Leeds kickstart Naga Munchetty’s career in journalism? And what five simple steps is one alum advising us all to take to fix our fatigue? Leeds Voices features members of our global community and is brought to you by the Advancement team. Which episode will you choose to listen to? 

Climate 

Article | The UK must not abandon the evidence on climate goals 

Professor Piers Forster, Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, writes a feature on UK net zero policy for the Financial Times in his capacity as interim chair of the UK’s Climate Committee. Visit our Climate Plan Hub to see what the University is doing to meet our climate goals. 

Digital developments 

New University Identity and Access Management (IDAM) system 

An email sent to all colleagues from Adam Toulson, Chief Information Security Officer, and Phil Worsley, Identity and Access Management Lead, on 3 August, explained how IDAM introduces new technology making it quicker and easier for staff to access the IT systems they need.  

Register | IT open session 

Register to attend an IT open session at 3.05pm tomorrow (10 August) to find out what’s happening within IT Services and to put your questions to the IT Executive Leadership Team. If you can’t attend, you can still use the registration form to submit questions and a recording will be made available afterwards. 

Research 

Apply | Santander Universities research grants 

Santander Universities – a long-standing partner of the University – has 50 grants of £1,000 available for any postgraduate students and academic staff conducting research. The funding can be used on resources, equipment, travel, workshop or conference attendance and any other research-based expenses. Visit the Santander Universities Research Grants website for further information. 

Staff Networks 

Watch | LGBT+ Staff Network Pride video  

Find out more about the LGBT+ Staff Network and allies who marched at this year’s Leeds Pride and watch the parade video on YouTube

Learning and development 

Resources | Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE)  

The LLE enables learners to access a flexible loan entitlement with an equivalent value of four years of post-18 education across the whole of their lifetime. This can be used to pay for short courses, modules and full courses at levels four, five and six. The Policy and Regulation Team has created a PDF factsheet for staff about this key government policy and its potential impact on the University. You can find other factsheets, briefings and research papers on the Policy and Regulation Team’s website to keep up-to-date. 

Events  

Book | The Friends of University Art and Music (FUAM) Graduate Art Prize   

6-8pm, 15 August  

Join the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery to celebrate the launch of FUAM 2023. The prize and exhibition, supported by the Friends of University Art and Music (FUAM), showcases and celebrates the artistic excellence of students completing BA studies in Art and Design and Fine Art at the University this year. The exhibition will be open from 16 August to 7 October. Book your free ticket for the launch.  

Register | Access and Success Insight Session 

12.30-2.30pm, 16 August 

Sign up for ‘Attainment at Leeds: Achieving Equity in Academic Success’ taking place on 16 August. This online event will discuss our progress against the Attainment Pillar from our Access and Student Success Strategy, focusing on how we’re ensuring all students feel valued and able to thrive academically. Visit our student success site to see the full agenda. Contact Jess Burgess at j.l.burgess@leeds.ac.uk to register for the event. 

Leeds Rhinos Family Day 
20 August 

Leeds Rhinos are hosting a Family Day at Headingley Stadium with all junior tickets available at the discounted price of just £5. University colleagues will soon be able to access further discounts through The Edge as we develop our relationship with the club. Watch this space for further information. 

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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