eNews 22 November

eNews: Vice-Chancellor's Staff Blog, Net Zero Delivery Plan, UK Disability History Month and more.

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Net zero: Going from ambition to action 

“To be a credible champion for the climate, we must ‘walk the walk’. We’ve adopted a tough, internationally recognised definition of net zero, and our targets are based on the science. The scale of the challenge is huge – but we are ambitious and focused.”

As part of our ambitious Climate Plan, the University is sharing our plan for a net zero estate. With £152.8m earmarked to deliver the programme of works during the next few years, the plan contains a series of projects to help put into action our goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2030. 

Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Blog | Our priorities for 2023/24 and beyond 

Professor Hai-Sui Yu has written to all colleagues with an update on his vision and core priorities for the rest of the academic year and beyond. Delivered together, these will improve how we work, engage colleagues and achieve excellence and impact in our research, student education and external engagement. [NB: Image in stock eNews file] 

Israel and Gaza: A message of support for all in our community 

As a global University community, we want to do everything we can to support our staff and students as the deeply concerning events continue to unfold in Israel and Gaza. We have updated the University’s support materials to include guidance on sensitive seminar discussions where colleagues may need to discuss the issues surrounding the conflict with students as part of scheduled teaching. 

UK Disability History Month 

Hearing from those in the know 
16 November to 16 December 

Want to know more about working in disability support? Interested to hear about navigating the world as a disabled person? Join Disability Services for its series of events during UK Disability History Month. 

The making of pioneering new Master’s degree 

Watch this behind-the-scenes video to learn more about the University’s pioneering Disabilities Master’s degree. Disability Studies, Rights and Inclusion MSc is a new online taught programme, which will give students the knowledge and skills to advocate for, and protect the rights of, disabled people and communities. 

video equipment showing behind the scenes of disability studies.

Thought pieces 

Early Years: Together we can do better 

Making a difference to the lives of children is a subject staff and students in the School of Education are passionate about. Watch members of our community talk about how collaboration can help to improve the future for children.  

Podcast | Tackling global issues  

Beating cancer, food poverty, fast fashion and how to get to net zero are among the issues tackled in a series of podcasts featuring colleagues from across our community. All episodes are now available to enjoy. 

Listen to the podcast series.  

New peer network promotes the art of collaboration 

“The artists’ involvement was a key element in the shift to a culture of collaboration that values the active involvement of participants in research, from the beginning to its dissemination.” 

The final feature in our series highlighting the outstanding work already underway to improve the research culture at Leeds sees Dr Jon Ward and Benedetta D’Ettorre, of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, outline how a project they’ve been leading is helping promote the value of diverse forms of research activity

Inside Track | Harassment and Misconduct team  
Read our Inside Track with Charlotte Webster, Harassment and Misconduct Manager, who outlines the specialist support her team provides students and postgraduate researchers who’ve experienced serious incidents, such as violence, abuse, discrimination, hate crimes and bullying.   


Book | USS Pensions consultation

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) Pension consultation closes on 24 November. Make sure you have your say if you’re eligible for this scheme. You can read more on our USS Pension In depth page

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LEEDS 2023 partnership creates a universe of opportunities 

From a bus converted into a mobile space observatory to generating AI artwork in a marginalised community in India, the University’s partnership with LEEDS 2023 has created a wealth of opportunities both locally and internationally. As we enter the final stage of this year-long cultural extravaganza, hear all about the partnership so far and discover what the future holds for the University as a valuable partner in the cultural wealth of our region. 

Staff benefits 

Update | Wider Wallet 

The University is working hard to introduce extra staff benefits, and we will soon be announcing a new product that we believe will be attractive to all employees. As a result, we will not be renewing our contract with our current discounts portal, Wider Wallet, and access to this service has now ended. 

Library Survey | Last chance to enter prize draw 
4 December 

Tell us how you feel about Library support for your research, teaching and professional development to be entered into a prize draw. There’s a top prize of £300 with a further five £25 vouchers up for grabs – just in time for Christmas! The survey closes at midnight on 4 December. 

Campus life 

Key Travel | Campus Engagement Days 
22-23 November 

Key Travel and the University’s Travel Procurement team will be on campus hosting full-day drop-in sessions to discuss business travel, as well as offering booking platform training. Pre-booking isn’t essential but would be appreciated to assist with catering arrangements. 

Nightline Awareness Week 
24 November 

University buildings will be lit up blue to mark Nightline Awareness Week on 24 November. Leeds Nightline, a student society based at Leeds University Union, is a confidential listening and information service for students aged over 16 in Leeds. 

Bring joy by giving back this winter 
27 November to 1 December 

The University Sustainability team is looking to support communities across Leeds by collecting donations in the run up to Christmas. Donated coats, toys and clothes can be given at the pop-up donation point in the Parkinson Building. 

Did you know? 

Estimated to be taken around the mid 1930’s, this image shows what University looked like before the Parkinson Building was built.  

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Royal accolade for future medicines course 

The University and Labcorp, a global leader of innovative and comprehensive laboratory services, have received the Princess Royal Training Award for designing and developing the Masters in Biopharmaceutical Development with Industrial Placement. 


Celebrate graduation this winter 

Graduation is a special event that invites our whole community to celebrate, reflect and get involved. This year, graduation will be taking place in the Great Hall from 11-19 December, with virtual graduation on 8 and 19 December. Lots of activities will be happening in and around Parkinson building and Leeds University Union to mark the occasion.   

Order | Graduation ceremony gowns 

Academic colleagues attending graduation ceremonies in December have until 27 November to order a gown. Those who’ve ordered before have been sent an invitation to register attendance and submit their requirements. Please check your junk folder if the email hasn’t landed in your inbox. New colleagues should contact the Graduation team at graduation@leeds.ac.uk to set up an account. 

Climate and sustainability 

What is COP28? 

Watch the video by Dr Nicole Nisbett for an explanation of the UN climate change summit, COP28, which begins in Dubai next week. Find out more about what the University will be doing at COP28 on the Priestly Centre for Climate Futures website. 

Book launch | How to Save the City  
5.30-7.30pm, 29 November  

‘How to Save the City’ from Agenda Publishing is a new book by author and campaigner Professor Paul Chatterton, from the School of Geography. A ‘call to arms’ for city teams taking action on the converging and accelerating emergencies of our age, Professor Chatterton will be launching the book at Imagine Leeds.


Research Culture Café  
2-3pm, 12 December  

Book your place at the next Research Culture Café. Taking place on campus, this event aims to promote a positive and inclusive research culture at Leeds through café-style conversations. The cafés help colleagues propose solutions for change, share experiences and create a community network. Dates and themes for sessions running until August 2024 are also available to book. 

Apply | John Bedford and Brotherton Fellowships  
8 January 

Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute (LAHRI) and the Special Collections Team are delighted to announce the John Bedford and Brotherton Fellowships are now open for 2024. Please contact Dr Hilary Potter for further information.  

Register | Bragg Centre Symposium 
23-24 January 

Book tickets to attend the biggest ever Bragg Centre Symposium, with engaging presentations from distinguished experts in materials science, poster sessions for you to shine a light on your research and networking opportunities with fellow researchers, students and industry professionals. 


Have your say | Research Culture Pulse Surveys   

Share your views via our latest Research Culture Pulse Survey, which this month focusses on initiatives at Leeds and throughout the wider higher education sector. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete, and your feedback will play a vital role in helping create a positive and inclusive research culture at Leeds. You can also join the Research Culture conversation on MS Teams


DIY macroeconomic model simulation website 
Dr Karsten Kohler, a Lecturer in Economics, discusses his involvement of co-creating a new website that provides free pedagogical resources for the simulation of macroeconomic models in the open-source programming languages. 

Digital developments  

SAP migration 

To improve security and reliability, SAP, including the self-service portal, will be unavailable from 5pm on 24 November until 9am on 27 November. SAP is migrating to the cloud in December and will be unavailable from 5pm on 15 December to 9am on 18 December. Please contact SAPMigration@leeds.ac.uk with any queries. 

Harmful web content 
The University will block access to harmful web content from 27 November to protect staff and students. This will affect all University devices, including laptops. The University’s Use of Computer Systems policy forbids accessing inappropriate and illegal websites. Where this is required for research, or when a website is incorrectly blocked, you may apply for an exemption

Removal of Notepad++ and Audacity 
We will remove locally installed versions of Notepad++ and Audacity from 27 November as they contain vulnerabilities that allow attackers to run applications on devices without permission. See the IT website for further information on how to install the latest version of these apps using AppsAnywhere. 

Using Vevox within Microsoft Teams 
Vevox, the University’s polling and quizzing tool, is now available in Microsoft Teams. This means users can run Vevox polls directly in Microsoft Teams without switching between tools.  

Join | Digital Education Network 
2.30-4pm, 29 November 

The Digital Education Network (DEN), which launches later this month, is a new institution-wide forum open to all colleagues interested in exploring opportunities and sharing best practice in digital education. Register your interest to attend the first in-person DEN meeting and join the new DEN MS Teams group to keep up-to-date with future developments. 

Individuals conversating during the digital education network launch

Improvements to email security 

IT is making changes to improve email security. Emails from outside the University will now include a yellow banner within the message to remind you to use caution when clicking on links or attachments. You may also notice a reduction in phishing and spam messages. If you feel valid emails aren’t reaching you, please log a ticket with the IT Service Desk. 

Wellbeing and support 

Winter Wellbeing Week  
Until 24 November 

You can still sign up for a great mix of on-campus and online activities for the University’s first Winter Wellbeing Week. Take some time out, connect with other colleagues and boost your wellbeing this week. 

Welcome event for new staff    
10-11.30am, 7 December  

Book your place at the next virtual welcome event for new staff. Find out more about Leeds, meet new colleagues and explore the range of benefits, support and advice available. If you can’t make this event, an additional date is available to book on 24 January. 

Have your say | Health and Safety Protocol consultation 
8 December 

The Events Health and Safety protocol has been updated and is now open for colleagues to provide comments. Have your say by visiting the consultation webpage for further information, access to the documents and the online feedback form. 

Book | Menopause Toolkit Workshops 

Enhancing Research Culture committee funding will enable Sport and Physical Activity to run Menopause Toolkit Workshops free of charge until July 2024. Two eight-week courses run simultaneously every Wednesday and Thursday from 31 January. 

Sign up | Postural sessions   

Do you spend a large portion of your day sitting at a desk? Do you regularly experience aches and pains? Try the 30-minute full body posture session, run by the Physical Activity and Wellbeing team in Leeds University union (LUU) at 12.30pm every Tuesday. If you’re unable to make the campus events, several virtual 15-minute sessions are held every week via Teams. Please join the MS Teams group for session links, updates and recordings. 

Learning and development 

Keep up to date with the latest learning and development opportunities from the University on our For Staff website, including:   

  • Building authentic tutor/tutee relationships 
  • Pedagogies in physical spaces at the Library 
  • PebblePad training 
  • New LinkedIn Learning and Minerva integration 
  • Become a LinkedIn Learning curator   
  • Management Essentials programme   


Attend | Visiting Artist’s Talk 
2-4pm, 27 November 

Fine Art alumna Kate Stockwell is this week’s Visiting Artist’s Talk (VAT) guest discussing her art practice following a 30-year break. Kate’s installation works respond to the historical depictions of female anatomy with particular reference to the ageing body. The VAT series hosts talks by an exciting range of arts practitioners from around the world from 2-4pm every Monday during term time. 

Register | Archival correspondence in Special Collections 
3-4pm, 4 December 

Discover more about recent projects in the University’s Special Collections to scope new approaches to archival correspondence, including cataloguing work and mass-digitisation. Special Collections would like to work with academics to develop new interdisciplinary projects in this area, and to help identify the collections that will most benefit current research. 

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