eNews 23 August 2023

eNews: Knife crime prevention, Honorary Degree nominations, meet our COO and more

Postgraduate student and knife crime prevention campaigner, Sarah Lloyd

The image shows Sarah Lloyd ,outside, wearing a brown coat and black scarf stands in front of a blurred grey background of some trees


Postgraduate student to launch documentary warning of the dangers of knife crime 

After losing her son Kieran to knife crime in 2013, Sarah Lloyd is set to launch a new documentary warning young people about the dangers of carrying knives.  

“I want to prevent other families living through the pain and trauma that I’ve experienced and still do on a daily basis. It has been a long, hard journey but education has been part of my life for several years now and I will continue to share my experience for the greater good, even though at times it has emotionally taken its toll on my mental health. My battle to reduce knife crime will never stop.” 

Sarah, now an MA Social Research student, Spark scholar and violence reduction research practitioner at Leeds, is also the founder of Heartspoken, a knife crime prevention and victim support initiative, which she runs from Nexus. 

Read the full story on For Staff. 


Greenpeace vs Sunak: an ambivalent confrontation 

Climate change has hardly been out of the news this summer: record-breaking temperatures, forest fires and activism have made front-page headlines. As an expert in the politics of climate change, Professor Richard Beardsworth writes about these recent events

Leeds Research Fellow joins Climate Change Committee 

Dr Ahmed Gailani, a Research Fellow in industrial decarbonisation from the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, has been handpicked to work with the Climate Change Committee (CCC) and assist the UK government in its quest to meet net zero targets

Waste management innovation to help meet net zero goals  

The University is working with a new waste management provider. Working with Cleaning Services and other teams in the Facilities Directorate (FD), new contractors Mitie will explore further waste reduction techniques, optimise collection processes and seek to eliminate waste before it’s created – driving down carbon emissions towards net zero

Industrial action 

UNISON and Unite strike action 

The deadline for reporting participation in strike action from 12-18 August (UNISON) and 14-18 August (Unite) via Employee Self-Service (ESS) is 25 August. 

Campus life 

Nomination for the award of an Honorary Degree 

Since 1904, we have conferred honorary awards on a host of individuals from the worlds of science, art, academia, industry, politics, medicine, entertainment and many other fields. Honorary degrees may be awarded to individuals of real achievement and eminence in their respective fields, who are distinguished by excellence and originality and who embody the University’s values. The list of honorary graduates in any year should reflect the breadth of the University’s activities. Colleagues are invited to submit names for consideration by the Committee on Honorary degrees. Please return the form to hondegrees@leeds.ac.uk by 30 September. 

Register | Meet our Chief Operating Officer and Leadership team 
4-5pm, 4 September 

Register for a hybrid event to hear more about the University’s strategic priorities direct from Rachel Brealey, our Chief Operating Officer (COO). Rachel will introduce her senior leadership team, set out their main goals and priorities at Leeds, and outline how they will use engagement survey results to support delivery of those priorities. She will also give an overview of the work of the transformation office, as well as update on progress with our ambitious change and transformation programmes, which will introduce new ways of working to deliver the best experiences for staff and students. The first in a series, this event will provide an opportunity to ask questions and for attendees to network with colleagues. Refreshments will be provided afterwards. 

Commemoration event for Professor Duncan Dowson and Professor Anne Neville 
2-5.30pm, 4 September 

The 2023 Leeds-Lyon Symposium Organising Committee is organising a commemoration event on campus to honour the outstanding contributions of Professor Duncan Dowson and Professor Anne Neville to the University and wider research community. The programme includes presentations from close collaborators of Duncan and Anne followed by a social gathering. All are welcome. Please complete the registration form to confirm your attendance

HELIX | Your invitation to a digital showcase 
11am to 3pm, 28 September  

HELIX is a brand-new digital learning hub for students, staff, the wider University and the local community. As part of Leeds Digital Festival 2023, we're delighted to welcome you to this exciting space for a celebration of all things digital at the University. Either drop-in to explore HELIX and discover the latest digital innovations across teaching and research (no booking required), join a guided tour of the space or participate in a hands-on demonstration by booking a free ticket for your chosen time slot


Beat by Beat: Our journey with the Leeds Curriculum Campaign 

Delve into the heart of the Leeds Curriculum campaign with Leah Jones and Katia Spyrou, Leeds alumni turned graduate communications interns. Through the power of music, they capture and amplify unique student voices and experiences at Leeds, as well as celebrating our educators and reflecting on their own time at the University.   

Digital developments 

Academic personal tutoring essentials course 

Academic personal tutors (APT) can now register for a one-hour course to learn how certain digital systems can help them prepare for, and support, successful APT meetings. Dates are available across September and October. 

Watch | Research data Q&A 

The Information Governance team recently hosted a Q&A session on the GDPR Filestore Project. Watch the recording of the Q&A to hear updates from various initiatives impacting research data, covering data migration, the future of research data storage and the Library’s pivotal role in research data management. 


Long COVID ‘blue legs’ symptom 

Dr Manoj Sivan from the School of Medicine has found an unusual case of a long COVID patient’s legs turning blue after 10 minutes of standing. The 33-year-old man who developed acrocyanosis – venous pooling of blood in the legs – has highlighted the need for greater awareness of this symptom among people with the condition. 


Technician Survey 
4-29 September 

The Technician Survey will be launched ‘for technicians, by technicians’ on 4 September and forms part of the Technician Commitment, which the University signed up to in 2018. Watch a video to find out more about the survey and to hear voices from across the technical community explaining what it will bring. 

Technicians Week 
18-22 September   

The programme for Technicians Week 2023 is now live, featuring tours of technician-run spaces, career development workshops, sustainability events and more. Several events are open to all colleagues, creating a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the amazing work of our technicians in research and student education. You’ll get the chance to explore different facilities and equipment on campus whilst meeting other colleagues from across the University. 

Learning and development 

Academic personal tutoring workshop  

Sign up for an introduction to academic personal tutoring, designed for those new to the role at Leeds. These workshops look at key aspects of academic personal tutoring, such as the boundaries of the role, referrals and facilitating a sense of belonging. The workshops will run from 10-11.15am on 29 September and from 11am to 12.15pm on 6 October. 

Development drop-in session (Grades 2-5) 

Attend the next drop-in session run by Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) at the LOGIK Centre on 26 September to find out more about personal and professional development for colleagues working in roles graded two to five. The event runs from 10am to 12noon with no need to book. Sessions take place on every fourth Tuesday of the month, unless the University is closed. 

Career development programmes (Grades 2-5) 

Sign up for upcoming OD&PL programmes to support career development for colleagues in grade two to five roles. The First Steps session helps you look at where you are in your career, reflect on your achievements, identify future goals and start career planning. In addition, the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme looks at creating effective CVs, skills profiles, job applications and interview skills and practice.  

Pedagogical Power of PebblePad workshop    

Book your place at the next Pedagogical Power of PebblePad workshop, taking place from 11-11.30am on 21 September on Microsoft Teams. The workshop will feature two presentations of how PebblePad is being used to support student placements. There are five workshops in total running from September to February. Recordings of previous workshops in this series are also available to watch.   

Enhance your Student Education Practice    

Applications for OD&PL’s Enhance Your Student Education Practice course are open until 5pm on 30 August. The programme is designed for early and mid-career academic teaching and professional services staff. Featuring six workshops, it provides you with the tools and skills to plan, evaluate and enhance your teaching and scholarship practice, helping support your career development and plans for professional recognition. 


Gryphons Go Kids Camps  
Until 25 August 

There’s still time to book some summer entertainment for your kids this week with Sport and Physical Activity’s Gryphons Go Kids Camps hosted at The Edge. Children can swim, climb and explore the outdoors, as well as develop their physical skills and make use of our superb educational facilities.  


eNews deadlines 

Due to the August Bank Holiday, eNews will be taking a break next week and resume on 6 September. The submissions deadline is 1 September. 

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.  

With best wishes, 

The Internal Communications and Engagement team 

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