eNews 13 September 2023

eNews: Horizons Europe, MAB next steps, TEDxUniversityofLeeds, Welcome and more...

University welcomes return to Horizon Europe, September 2023

Horizon Europe 

University welcomes return to Horizon Europe 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation Professor Nick Plant wrote to all colleagues on 6 September welcoming the newly signed deal that allows the UK to immediately rejoin the £85 billion Horizon Europe programme.  

Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor and President, said: “To tackle the great issues faced by our planet, we must share expertise worldwide and work towards common goals. This is only possible if structures are in place for collaboration to happen. Reigniting Horizon Europe in the UK will help finance and foster closer allegiances that will have a real impact on a global scale.”  

Read the full story on For Staff

Industrial action 

Next steps following end of marking and assessment boycott  

UCU members have voted to end the marking and assessment boycott. Read Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Simone Buitendijk’s update outlining the need for staff to prioritise and complete outstanding marking by 2 October. As a gesture of goodwill, the University has agreed the return of 50% of pay withheld during the first phase, on the understanding that marks will be delivered by this deadline. In addition, no further pay will be withheld in relation to the second phase of the marking and assessment boycott (the period from 21 August to the end of the boycott). 

Find out more about industrial action on our Industrial Action In depth page and how we are tackling pay, job security, equality, workload and wellbeing at Leeds. 

UCU strike action 

UCU has announced five days of strike action from 25-29 September. More information can be found on our Industrial Action In depth page on For Staff. 

Campus life  

Tickets | TEDxUniversityofLeeds 
19 September  

Join us at TEDxUniversityofLeeds to hear from 12 inspiring speakers, including Paralympian Kadeena Cox OBE, Dean for Online Education Dr Margaret Korosec and Jamie Crummie, Leeds alum and founder of waste reduction app Too Good To Go. Tickets for the TEDx event, which aims to inspire attendees to make a positive impact on the world, are still available.   

‘Muslims Don’t Matter’ – Islamophobia and the silencing, sanctioning and stereotyping of British Muslims 
6-7.30pm, 19 October 

We’re honoured to welcome back University of Leeds graduate, Baroness Warsi, for a special guest lecture in the Great Hall. More than a decade after her famous ‘Islamophobia has passed the dinner table test’ speech, this talk will address the unfolding policies of successive governments and their impact on British Muslims. Please RSVP by emailing vice-chancellor@leeds.ac.uk by 22 September. Please let us know when confirming your attendance if you have any accessibility needs you would like us to be aware of. 

Welcoming students back to campus 

The start of the 2023-24 academic year is almost upon us, which can only mean one thing. New and returning students will be stepping onto campus to begin their next exciting chapter. From International Orientation to Welcome Week, find out what’s happening and when, and how you can get involved in this year’s Welcome activity.

Thought pieces 

Fifteen to One | Kerr Hunter 
Ahead of the official launch of the University’s exciting digital hub, HELIX Community Development Manager Kerr Hunter reveals how you can use this superb new collaborative space. Find out how you can test drive the state-of-the-art technology at HELIX for yourself and discover what has inspired Kerr during his career – from helping organise a tennis star’s Grand Slam celebrations to a real desire to facilitate positive change! 

Blog | Historic Indian moon landing 

In a new blog, Dr Papiya Mazumdar, Lecturer in Global Health, heralds the proud moment India touched down on the moon but warns of the persistent inequalities in scientific education and opportunity in the country. 

Chile 50 years on: hope, struggle and solidarity   

Fifty years ago, the democratically elected government in Chile was overthrown by a military coup. In a new blog by Dr Anna Grimaldi, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Leeds, she talks about the dictatorship that followed and the lessons for the world. 


‘Exceptional’ academic bids fond farewell to colleagues 

One of the University’s most ‘valued and expert’ academics has been paying tribute to ‘amazing colleagues’ on the eve of her departure from Leeds. Professor Laura Stroud will join the University of Sunderland on 2 October as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Health Sciences and Wellbeing. Ahead of the move, she was keen to acknowledge the ‘wonderful people’ who’ve supported her stellar career at Leeds. 

Digital developments 

Take part | University hosts exciting Leeds Digital Festival programme 

Colleagues across the University are preparing to showcase their digital expertise as part of a packed programme for the largest tech event in the UK. We’re hosting a number of free online and in-person events as part of Leeds Digital Festival (LDF) 2023, taking place from 18-29 September. Check out our full LDF 2023 programme and find out how you can get involved.   

Minerva | Build your 2023/24 modules  

New Minerva module areas were created for population in June. Colleagues are reminded to build their modules before teaching begins for the 2023/24 academic year. Minerva information and support are available to guide colleagues through this process. 


Take part | HE-BCI survey 

Record your public engagement data on Symplectic by 16 October to contribute to the 2022-23 Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey. This is an annual statutory return that collects information about the impact the University has on the wider community. Its results are used to inform the Knowledge Exchange Framework and the allocation of Higher Education Innovation Funding. You can record lectures, performances, exhibitions and other public events that happened between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023. 


Apply | Be Curious Associate and Fellowship programmes 
14 September 

Applications open tomorrow (14 September) for the Be Curious Associate and Fellowship programmes. The Public Engagement team at Leeds is launching the two new programmes in an holistic approach to give colleagues and PhD students the skills and confidence they need to deliver public engagement.  

Focus groups | Authenticity in Teaching  

Stacey Mottershaw and Dr Mike Reynolds are embarking on a project examining authenticity in teaching. Teaching colleagues from all fields are invited to participate in one of two focus groups: 11am to 12 noon on 27 September (on-campus) or 2-3pm on 3 October (online). Email Stacey at s.mottershaw@leeds.ac.uk by 12 noon on 15 September to express your interest in taking part, specifying your preferred session. 

Apply | Funding opportunity for Early Career Researchers 

Apply for the Early Career Researcher Development Fund from the Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, which is offering grants of up to £25,000 per project exploring challenges related to vulnerability and policing. The deadline to apply is 4pm on 15 January 2024. 

New smartphone technology explores skin tones 

Researchers from Leeds have teamed up with a smartphone company to make digital photographs more accurately representative of all skin tones. The six-month collaboration with mobile phone manufacturer TECNO will improve technology to produce more true-to-life portraits. 

Apply | Research England funding  

Applications close today (13 September) for policy-related research project funding in 2023-24. Visit the 2023/24 Research England SharePoint site for details, guidance and application forms. The submission deadline is 22 September for the participatory research-related call. Contact knowledge-exchange@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions. 

Staff Networks

LGBT+ Staff Network | Call for academic guest speakers 

The LGBT+ Staff Network is planning to showcase examples of active research from across the University on LGBT+ focused or associated themes, as part of its programme for LGBT+ History Month in February 2024. The Network is inviting early expressions of interest from colleagues who would like to participate. Fill in the call-out form to register your interest in speaking.

Wellbeing and support 

Save the date | World Menopause Day 2023 

Register your interest to take part in our World Menopause Day programme on 18 October. We’re hosting a variety of online and in-person events to raise awareness of the menopause and the support available at the University. Full details to follow. In the meantime, bookings are now open for our 2023-24 programme of Menopause in the Workplace sessions, Meno-Pause for Thought Cafés and Menopause Toolkit workshops at The Edge. 

Flu vaccinations 2023 

We’re encouraging colleagues to protect themselves from flu this winter by offering paid time off for vaccination appointments. Staff who aren’t eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination can still protect themselves by booking a private flu jab and claiming costs of up to £17 through e-expenses. 

Pregnancy Support Hub infant feeding session 
1.45-2.45pm, 27 September 

Jenny Tompflitt – a breastfeeding and infant feeding peer supporter – is running an infant feeding session for the Parent and Carer Peer Support Network’s first event of the new academic year. New parents and soon-to-be parents are welcome! Join the Parent and Carer Peer Support Network Teams channel for further information.  

Cycle to Work webinars 
11.30am, 14 and 28 September plus 12 and 26 October 

The Cycle to Work scheme – Cyclescheme – is hosting open-to-all webinars during September and October. Sign up for the Cycle to Work Zoom sessions, which will provide a run-through of the benefits of the scheme, how much money you can save and how to get started, as well as offering the chance to ask questions. 

Learning and development 

Technicians Week 
18-22 September   

You can still sign up to a whole host of events celebrating Technicians Week 2023, including tours of technician-run spaces, career development workshops, sustainability events and more. With several events open to all colleagues, don’t miss the chance to explore different facilities and equipment on campus, meet other colleagues from across the University, and find out more about the amazing work of our technicians in research and student education. 

Book | Build your Scholarship Practice  
10am to 12 noon, 18 September 

Book your place at the final workshop of the 2022/23 Build your Scholarship Practice programme. This session will feature a panel of high-profile Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) researchers, who will share their experiences of planning and delivering impact. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and work with peers to explore practical examples and resources for delivering impact.  

Professional Recognition in Student Education (PRiSE) 

The PRiSE scheme supports colleagues to achieve professional recognition for their contributions to student education. You can apply for Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship and the next submission deadline is in January – attend a PRiSE introduction session to find out more. The first session is 27 September, but further dates are available. Accredited by Advance HE, PRiSE has recently undergone some changes to align with the revised Professional Standards Framework.  


Exhibition | Left in a Safe Space – MA Fine Art Degree Show 2023 
Preview – 5-9pm, 14 September  
10am to 4pm, 15 to 18 September  
Explore the work of six MA Fine Art students graduating from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. ‘Left in a Safe Place’ references a statement that we encounter every day; something that’s left between places that’s both exposed and hidden. Each artist’s work has been placed in a series of safe spaces throughout the building. Colleagues are invited to the preview night tomorrow (14 September). Email fincomms@leeds.ac.uk to RSVP.   

ESA Fringe Conference 2023 
Until 15 September 

The European Space Agency (ESA) is co-organising its 2023 Fringe Conference with the University. Open to colleagues involved in science, as well as students, the event is an exchange of knowledge between academics and the space industry. 

Book | Sculpture celebration
5.30-7pm, 20 September 

Celebrate the installation of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s iconic ‘Master of the Universe’ sculpture. The latest addition to the University’s extensive public art collection, it joins works by high-profile artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Liliane Lijn. The sculpture – located near the entrance to the Edward Boyle Library – is based on an imaginative drawing by artist and poet William Blake and depicts physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton. It was donated by Leeds alum Douglas Caster. Book your place at the celebration event, which includes a drinks reception.

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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